Our House // In Transition

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You know when you finish one project and it creates five more? Welcome to the last year of our life.

First, we moved our main living space downstairs, and suddenly the furniture that fit the space before felt off.

Cue five more projects — sanding and painting and scrubbing and everything else that goes along with salvaging some good-looking furniture we can actually afford (lots more on that later… I have at least one piece that’s almost ready to share).

The move also left an empty room that I’m hoping will someday become an office.

… but that means more painting, more diy… more time. And our first go-round with color on the office walls, as great as it looks, is currently a little too dark for all of the shooting we do in the room.

Cue five more.

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Meanwhile, and because we can’t just stick to one thing (that would be way too easy), we’ve also been sprucing up our bedroom and master bath… touching up the walls, hanging a few new pieces… basically just making everything look a little bit better next to this guy that we added over the summer.

I’ve been saying this for months I know, but soon I tell you… soon I’ll be able to share.

You can see some bits and pieces here that are finally starting to come together… kilim pillows, the deer skull that I’ve lovingly nicknamed Fred (of the “Drop Dead” variety — which was natural, I assume, since he was found in the woods… you probably didn’t want to know), and a scruffy little dog on an unmade bed… unmade because we spent the whole weekend (the whole weekend where I should have been working on any number of other things on a very long list…) on our latest project — painting the living room.

The living room — that new place where we hang out (instead of upstairs in a guest room designated for our one tv — don’t ask me why) whose dusty peach and yellow walls suddenly look like crazy sherbet with the furniture we’ve moved in.

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And that’s great. We were excited to paint, and we assumed it would be easy (clearly our first mistake). It wasn’t all that complex of a room. Quick work.

We decided to go with white. Something clean to make our green couch look a little less crazy than it did on that yellow wall.

But there’s something they don’t tell you about white. White is the King of Finicky Colors. Yellow undertones, blue undertones, purple and pink… how it reflects the light and how it matches up with any other whites in the room.

Thanks to some seriously great recommendations from this lovely lady’s go-to paint colors series on SMP, I’m in love with the white that we chose — it’s soft without any ugly undertones and it really looks beautiful… more beautiful than I even expected.

But it doesn’t match the trim. Or the doors.

our house in transition / a thousand threads
So, just so you know… Lennon’s planning to stay right here on the bed with his scruffy, unkempt hair until his humans can pull it together enough to clean him — and their house — up… and it might take some time. At this point, I fully expect to be “five more” project-ing this for the rest of my life.

He, for one, will be happy as a clam.


  1. Posted November 19, 2013 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Painting always stresses me out for that very reason! Even within white or gray, there are so many choices…ahhh! And I always feel like I should try color or dark walls, but every time I have I end up regretting it or getting sick of it. On another note, I really like the little bits and pieces you’re picking up! I’ve been wanting to get some big airplants too.

    • Laicie
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Permalink

      Ugh yes — that’s always the way!! Thank you though! Slowly but surely we’re getting there. I love those airplants so much. 🙂

  2. Posted November 19, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Your house just looks amazing!
    I love the colour of your wall. That shade of grey (lol) it’s just perfect!

    • Laicie
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      Thank you!! I do love that grey — that’s one color we managed to nail on the first try. (Total accident.) 😉

  3. Posted November 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    you’ve been a busy bee, Laicie! what we can see here looks perfect 🙂

    • Laicie
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      Thanks lady!! Hopefully I can share more soon. 🙂

  4. Posted November 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I can’t wait to see it–I know it’s going to be gorgeous! But everytime I look at our apartment walls I think, thank goodness I didn’t have to pick out this color and paint it!

    • Laicie
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      You’re so lucky. When I lived in an apartment all I wanted was to paint — now I’d love to go back!!

  5. Posted November 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    It’s looking great! I’m not the best at getting my house decorated either. I was going to paint upon moving in but that seems like it’ll never happen lol

    • Laicie
      Posted November 19, 2013 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Haha that’s the way it goes. Maybe one of these days. 🙂 I always laugh, actually… because while we do have guests, we don’t have them all that often. We do all this work but it’s mostly for our own sake.

  6. Posted November 20, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Your living room is looking amazing 🙂 I love the color of grey paint, goes really great with Fred

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