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April 15, 2011  —  Written by Julia 

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We were the family that had to wait at the top of the stairs on Christmas morning.  My dad would take his time down there making sure the presents were sprawled to perfection and Mannheim Steamroller was playing as mood music.  He’d turn on some lamps and then take a nap.  Okay, probably not take a nap, but from the perspective of a little girl waiting to open Christmas presents, a short prep on my dad’s part felt a lot longer.  This morning, the Christmas magic was alive in our house as I walked down the stairs.  Granted, Chris and I put the living room this way before we went to bed, but seeing it in daylight gave me goosebumps.  There are still lots of details that need added and some in place that need tweaking, but this house is slowly evolving into our home.  OUR home.  Let’s take a look at where we are at this morning.  
We picked up three things from Ikea last night; the couch, the art and some fabric.  We need to stretch the canvas on the art a little more to eliminate some of those ripples and add some lighting above it for some more illumination after the sun goes down.  Right now, all we have is our table lamp to light this room.  Not.  Enough. 

Speaking of our table lamp, it’s in mid-costume change right now.  The blue and brown swirls weren’t jiving with this room, so I picked up a half yard of this black and white fabric last night and will  hopefully get it fitted and presentable today.  I’ll just use this tutorial of yore to get ‘er done.  Something else of note is that green throw that is lounging over the chair.  It was a wedding gift from Chris’s grandma.  She MADE it and I jumped at the chance to feature it in this room.  It’s beautiful and soft and personal–all things a home should be made of.

We need to hang curtains on that big window, but we think we’ll skip the blinds for now.  We love the light pouring in and the clean window lines.  And if we change our mind, the curtains will be there for a crutch, if needed.  Also, the ottomans will be dressed in mustard fabric before the weekend is through–finger’s crossed.  More mirrors and art to hang, yada yada.  All that will come in time.  Right now, this room doesn’t really belong in this house with the other rooms in their current state, (you can check out more rooms in the house tour) but it is serving as a great entry room for all those folks that drop in.  Basically, we are tricking them into thinking that we are superhuman and our whole house is revamped.   Ha!  I guess that will only last as long as it takes to look past the living room into the adjacent dining room.  Wop wop.

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What do you think?

  1. Leslie says:

    OK….even if you didn’t do one more thing to that room it would still look FABULOUS!!!! Seriously you two have suck a nack for interior design.

  2. Bonnie says:

    It’s looking good!! Can’t wait to come visit!

  3. Julia says:

    It’s a large, I’m sure altered, photo on canvas from Ikea. Honestly, It is almost spiritual. We call it our tree of life. :)

  4. Britt says:

    It is delicious! I must say I love that painting or picture… what is it?

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