Helping Friends With Their Loft- The Reveal!

So, I told you about my friends that reached out for help with their living room/ kitchen area of their loft. They live in the top floor of an old commercial building that they recently renovated. The bones of the place are amazing! They just needed help with the decor. They have great taste, they just weren’t sure how to put everything together. That’s where I stepped in to help them out!

 

This was their living room before. It was a bit cluttered and lacked a since of style. I moved out the bean bags because they just didn’t really fit the style that they loved. I got rid of some of the clutter and combined things they already had and helped them shop for some new stuff.

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In place of the bean bags I pulled a chair from their bedroom into the space. It helped give the living room less of a college dorm feel and more of a formal, grown up space. They side table is a great midcentury find they picked up on their own. Like I said, they have great taste! The foot stool was something I pointed out to them at HomeGoods. My friend loves bohemian influences. I really wanted a footstool their to help anchor the chair to the rug since the rug doesn’t quite reach. It looks a lot better if your run in your living room can touch or come close to most of your pieces of furniture. It helps bring the space together.

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One thing they really needed help with was just making sure all their surfaces were “pretty” and clutter free. I really just helped her arrange all of their nick-nacs into nice little arrangements. It really brought a more polished look to the room.

 

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This was their couch area before. Pretty bland which felt really strange given that the opposite side of the room was so full.

 

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Couch Area After:

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To help pull in the Bohemian vibe she loves, I suggested that they pick up this yellow and white rug from IKEA. The space just needed to be warmed up a bit. When it comes to couches, I prefer a layered look. There was nothing really wrong with the yellow pillows she had, but they lacked depth and interest. I shopped the rest of their house for pillow and came up with a different mix.

I did suggest she buy two new pillows which she ordered right away. I wanted her to add a couple of Turkish Kilim pillows. I knew she’d love them because of their Bohemian look. We hopped on Etsy and ordered these two.

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I have to say I was incredibly nervous about the pillows… You never know when you are ordering on Etsy, and it’s really scary spending someone else’s money! I worried they wouldn’t quite work or that she wouldn’t like them. It was a totally success, though! They are AWESOME. The quality is fantastic and they work in the space so incredibly well! The best part…They were cheap! Only $14 a cover which is totally unheard of for pillows like this! They have such a great texture to them. I’m totally going to buy some of these for myself now, too!

 

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The white coffee table was an IKEA purchase they had made for another space. I suggested we use it as the coffee table. I had them buy a fur to put on top that way it can easily and comfortably double as an ottoman to kick your feet up on. I just arranged some items they had on top of the coffee table to make it feel like a completed surface.

 

TV Area Before:

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On the flip side of the room is the TV. They have the TV nicely mounted and they already had a great entertainment stand that they had picked up at TJ Maxx a while back. the real problem was the kitchen clutter was inching its way into the living room and the surfaces just were’t pretty. When you see a picture of a room you love in a magazine, pay close attention to the details. It’s probably where you are going wrong in your home. There’s no clutter in those magazine rooms, and all the surfaces are beautifully stylized!

TV Area After:

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Surprisingly, we didn’t buy a single thing for around the TV. they already had a lot of cool stuff they just weren’t using it in the best ways possible. We moved out the kitchen clutter and added these knit poufs that were in their daughters room. They can serve as additional seating, but also they help to anchor the TV area to the rest of the room. The TV was feeling a bit like it was out in no man’s land setting the poufs in front of it inched it back into the direction of the couch. It’s hard to see in pictures the difference that it made, but it did make a big difference.

 

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Next we made sure the surface of the TV stand looked awesome! My absolute faaaaaaavorite thing is the clay art they picked up from a local artist. It’s AMAZING! So much texture. They literally had this gem shoved behind a table in their son’s room before I started rearranging things. When I found it I felt like I hit the jackpot. It’s perfect. The Marshall speaker they had sitting on the floor next to their bed. It’s so awesome and cool looking, why not showcase it? It just makes sense in this spot along with the record player. I always like to add a little green to just about ever area so this little grass plant works perfectly.

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Right next to their TV they have a stove that they use in the winter. It was feeling just a little out of place so I decided to stage it as a bar.

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They will have to move this stuff while they are using it, but since it’s all on a tray it won’t be difficult.

 

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When I first stated this project they had bikes shoved in this corner. It was making their living room feel a bit like a garage. The space isn’t exactly functional so we just made sure it was pretty.

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They already had the big metal pot and we just picked up a fake grass plans to put in it. The candle sconces were hanging in very random places before, and I relocated them here.

Kitchen Area Before:

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Next up was the kitchen area. With so few cabinets, the biggest issue was storage. We really had to get organized and creative to get the clutter off the counters.

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We succeeded! The biggest help was that they added shelves above the stove. That helped tremendously, and I suggested that they pick up these cheap baskets from IKEA. She can now store some items that she doesn’t use regularly in them. I also suggested she get baskets for the shelves under the island. She was putting things there a lot and it was looking messy. The baskets keep it clean and contained.

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I wanted to make sure the counters were reserved only for pretty kitchen items.

 

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Another big help was that she picked up this little cart from Walmart of all places! It was a great purchase that really helps with food storage. I just helped her pick pretty things to go on top of it.

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They had these antlers and this bag already and I suggested we hang it here. She now keeps her potatoes in it. It works perfectly and looks great.

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Well, that’s it! A little project I’ve been taking on! I had a lot of fun with it and I think everyone ended up really happy with the results!

 

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Helping Friends Love Their Loft

A friend of mine recently asked me for some help at her house. She and her husband had recently renovated a loft and she said she hated it. I think she just felt stuck. She knew what she liked and could point out spaces she liked on the internet, but I think she just didn’t know where to start in her own home. I think it’s a problem a lot of people have. They feel like they have to just scrap everything they have and start over. Occasionally that might be true, but it wasn’t even a little true in this case. Here are the before pictures of their living room and kitchen area: IMG_2354

The space itself are what design dreams are made of….Tall ceilings, loads of natural light, an open floor plan, exposed brick, and tons of character!

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They had done a lot of things right in the space. They had arranged the major pieces of furniture in the right places for this room

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Initially, they had planed to put a new kitchen in the space. To save money, they instead opted to put the original metal cabinets back in. I think it was a great choice! They add a lot of character to the space. I love that it’s not something you see every day. Their kitchen needs a bit of tweaking, which they plan to do in the future, but for now it’s functional and also really cool.

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They also had a lot of really great staple pieces. They have great taste. It was just putting those pieces together that was the problem.

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The other issue was just clutter. We all struggle with that. it’s easy to collect things and just keep adding them into your space, but generally less is more, especially when the bones of the house are as amazing as this. All the “extras” were getting in the way of an actual style for the space.

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Another big problem was that pictures she showed me of her “ideal” living room were very formal, but some of the pieces in her living room weren’t formal at all. I think that was a major contributor to her dissatisfaction with her living room. These huge bean bag chairs just weren’t fitting the vision of what she showed me she wanted.

My job here was super easy, because they had so much cool stuff! Check out the blog later this week to see what we did in the space! I can’t wait to show the “afters!”

This Week’s Obsessions

Here’s a round up of things I’ve been obsessing over this week. I’m not sure how pillows aren’t somehow involved. They are one of my true obsessions….I guess I’m evolving as a person!

Just when I thought my sheepskin addiction couldn’t get any worse…I’m starting to see black sheepskins, and I’m smitten!

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I’m in love with moto jackets. I have one in white and black, but I’ve really been wanting a maroon moto jacket! I’m also dying over moto vests! I miss the days pre preggo belly. I’m thinking if I can get my post baby body together for the rest of the winter I’ll be picking myself up a moto vest!

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I’m not sure why, but lately I’ve been obsessing over benches. I love love love benches! I always envision them at a dining table or in the entry. They deserve some place in the house where you can stand back and really get a good look at them. Unfortunately, my house is just too small for a beautiful statement bench….Someday

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I’ve been crushing big time over faucets that come out of the wall! I just love the look of them! If I was completely renovating a bathroom I’d go for a wall faucet!

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I’m adoring swing arm lamps in bathrooms and kitchens. I love that they aren’t your typical pendant. Come on….How great do these look?

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Shane says I have a boot problem…he’s right. I’m dying to add a pair of fringe booties to my collection!!!

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If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, please stack wood somewhere! I need to live vicariously through you!

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I wish I was good at lipstick, because I’d love to be rocking some dark lips this fall…Sigh…I just can’t find a brand I love that looks nice… If you have any ideas please share!!!

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My baby bump is seriously making me love the oversized trend! I’m totally able to find clothes that still fit me! I can’t wait to continue wearing oversized sweaters after the baby comes, too!

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So, when we renovated our kitchen we chose black and white because it was the most cost effective option. At the time I really wanted an all white kitchen, but now I’m obsessed!!! All the kitchens I love are black and white!

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Well, that’s my roundup of this weeks obsessions!

Knitted Baby Blanket

The nursery may still be on hold, but signs of baby are showing up other places!

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I can’t explain to you how weird it is to open up our silverware drawer and find baby spoons! It will take some getting used to. I’ve finally sorted through all of the shower gifts we’ve received, taken inventory, and put what I could away. It’s really starting to make this all feel more real! Just 6 weeks left to go!

I’ve also been working on another baby project.

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I knitted our baby girl a baby blanket! I have to say I’m pretty proud of this! As of a few weeks ago, I had never knitted anything in my life. It was definitely a trial and error project, but I’m happy with the results.

 

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I used huge knitting needles and the chunkiest yarn I could find. It makes it a nice big knit and go comes together super fast.

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The stripe down the middle came about when I ran out of the white yarn and couldn’t find anymore matching yarn. So, I just opted to do something else down the center. I really actually like it. I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet baby stuff, and I feel like the browns and beige helps keep the blanket from being too sweet.

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Around the perimeter I crocheted pink yarn. I just looked up videos and did my best. It’s not perfect by any means, but it works. It’s super soft and warm, and I hope our little girl will enjoy it for years to come!

Nursery Planning When We Should be DOING!

Do you feel like I abandoned you this week? I totally have. I’ve been mega distracted with life and all it’s happenings. I’m so sorry…I’ll try to regain my focus…Although, pregnancy brain makes it tough!!

 

OH MY GOSH I AM 33 WEEKS PREGNANT! How the heck did that happen?!?! (You can spare me the bird and the bees convo, I know how it really happened.) This pregnancy is flying by! I only have 6 and a half weeks to go! I honestly can’t believe it. It’s probably time Shane and I get serious about putting this nursery together. There’s only one problem… Shane’s working 12 hours from home…. BOOO!! Since there’s a lot to be done, I can’t tackle it alone. We are hoping he will be home in a week and a half and we can start the project. That’s all a big MAYBE he will be home. In the meantime, I’ve decided to not sweat it. We’ve got the carseat, the diapers, the pi’s, the bassinet…all the things babies really need. If her nursery doesn’t get done before she joins our little family, that’s ok. (The preggo nester side of me is totally not ok with that, but I’m pretending she doesn’t exist…) What can you do? Life is easier when you just go with the flow…

That being said….I’m totally still prepping in the way of gathering things and planning. Shane and I recently added something new to the plan!

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I’m totally going to get my plank walls! We had lots and lots of drywall work head of us in the nursery. The walls are old plaster that’s badly cracked. We were going to replace much of it with drywall. We did this in our living room about a year ago, and let me tell you, it was a nightmare. Drywall dust and everyday life just shouldn’t mix. I’m obsessed with plank walls and we decided that it would probably be easier to do since we can attach it right to the plaster. YAY! I think it will be adorable. All the plywood will be cut and sanded at Shane’s shop. Therefore, keeping the dust out of the house. I’m more than excited about this. Now can you see why Shane’s help is essential?

So, I’ve had a basic idea in my brain what I wanted for the nursery, but this the first time I’ve really put it together. I have to say I’m loving it!

 

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So you may remember the painting I painted for the nursery.  Well I totally painted over it. I know…CRAZY right?! I just wasn’t in love with it. Clearly white is my thing. I’m going to blame the original red decision on hormones. It just didn’t feel like me. So now my giant flower painting is white and has similarities to the flowers above. I can’t wait to catch Baby P looking it over for the first time!

The chair is a chair that we already had from IKEA. Shane is going to put rockers on it to make it a rocking chair. One of the many things on his long “to do” list.

The poufs you will remember from the end of our bed in our bedroom. They are going to live in the nursery.

We are opting to go for a cheap IKEA crib. Babies only spend a couple of years in the crib. There just didn’t seem to be a good reason to spring for something fancy. I like the clean and simple look of it anyway.

The dresser is IKEA as well. It’s going to double as a changing table. My sister and brother-in-law used the same thing for their new baby (AKA the cutest nephew known to man) and it seemed to work well.

Lastly, the rug…Oh the rug… I had originally planned to use a rug that we have stored away in the basement, but Shane kinda nixed that idea. He wanted his baby girl to crawl around on something soft and plush. The rug we had was a flat weave and really not soft at all. This may be the beginning of “Daddy’s little girl” spoiling…let’s hope not. Truth is, I didn’t love the idea of the flat weave rug for the nursery either, but I’m always trying to save a buck. Shane wouldn’t have it though, and I’m pretty glad.

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Now for the extra goodies….

We bought some IKEA spice racks to use as bookshelves like pictured above. Also, and idea I’m stealing from my nephew’s nursery.

Shane and I have plans to make a brass mobile similar to what’s pictured above. She may be 6 before it’s hanging above her bed, but hey at least we made it! Let’s hope that’s not really the case, but as I write this I’m realizing how much we still have to do and how little time we have left to do it! EEEK!

There are two windows in the room that are going to get dip dyed curtains. I’m thinking ours will be a little bit of a softer more teal blue.

The “For Like Ever” poster is something I’ve had for 3ish years. How cute will it be in her nursery, though? I have a fancy gold frame I picked up at Goodwill 3 or more years ago that it fits perfectly into.

The three shelf cart is from IKEA. I’m thinking a lamp will go on it for beside the chair and some toys in the bottom shelves.

Of course there will be sheepskins….because I’m obsessed, and if a nursery isn’t the place for sort and furry I don’t know what is!!!

Lastly, this lamp will go in the nursery. We already had it and I like gold and brass as accents. I painted a lampshade for it. You may remember that from HERE.

 

Yep, I love it! I can’t wait to see it come to life! Hopefully that’s sooner, rather than later.

New Kitchen Rug

I’m in love with antique rugs. They are beautiful, and if you haven’t done much vintage rug eye candy research, I highly recommend you head over to Pinterest now so you can see what I’m talking about! The problem…the price tag. Stupid money…It’s always getting in the way of my dreams! I would love love love a vintage rug for our kitchen, but I just refuse to spend the money on one. Maybe some day I’ll spring for it, but with baby on the way, that some day won’t be now. Instead I opted for the cheap way out and got an Ikea rug for the kitchen.

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It’s the Valby Ruta rug. It’s of course not vintage, but it comes with a much more friendly price tag. It’s $29.99 for this size. It’s almost 3×6. It comes in a variety of sizes. It photographs a bit small in the space. In really life it feels like it fits the space a lot better.

 

 

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It’s maybe not the rug of my dreams, but I really like it, and my tootsies are especially thankful for it and will continue to be thankful through the cold winter months!

Bedroom Benches

I’ve always planned to put the Ikea poufs at the end of our bed in the nursery. I wanted an ottoman in front of the rocking chair for late night rocking, and the round, corner-free, aspect of these poufs made them a perfect fit.

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The problem…I really liked the look of something at the end of our bed. I looked around, just not too seriously, and hadn’t really found anything that felt right to replace them. Our bedroom was lacking wood tones. The only thing I was really certain of was that I wanted wood.

When I bought this bench from HomeGoods for our front entry, I actually bought 3 of them. They were all a little different in size, and I really thought that I would need at least two of them in the entry space. I just wasn’t sure which two. I planned to take at least one or two of them back but plans changed.

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The entry space only ended up needing the largest bench. On a whim, I decided to stick the other two at the end of the bed.

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Success! I decided not to take them back and just use the other two here. All the other benches I had looked at were a lot more expensive than these two.

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Tulip is making a guest appearance in this post! She looked so peaceful I couldn’t make her move, and she’s pretty anyway!

I really liked the idea of hanging on to all these benches. Since I do so much constant rearranging, I can see the whole set reuniting somewhere someday, where they would make a pretty cool impact. For now, I’m enjoying these in the bedroom. Since they are a bit taller than the poufs, I find myself sitting on them quite often for putting on shoes. They aren’t only pretty, they are pretty functional!