Holiday Decorating While Under Construction

Thank you so much for stopping by Day 2 of the Home For the Holidays Blog Hop put together by the talented Emily from Table and Hearth.  I’m so honored and excited to have you here in my corner of the blogosphere and to collaborate with you in some Holiday cheer and wisdom ;)

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By the time Christmas roles around we are all in different stages of life.  I’m sure we all would love to jump head first into the seasonal decorating and deck our halls will wreaths and holly, but that just isn’t always practical.  Jake and I are currently in the middle of a home renovation which involves a chop saw in our dining room, a second story sans any flooring, and an toilet-less bathroom (to name the worst offenders).

When October (why does it have to be so early??) came and all of blogland was blissfully draping garlands across anything and everything, I thought to myself… Will we even bother to decorate for Christmas?

After all, there are a million projects that need time and energy around our home right now, why waste it on holiday decor?  Plus, who wants to see a sparkly Christmas tree next to a pile of sawdust?  I would not call the current state of our house ‘decoration-ready’.

But, we did decorate for Christmas. And here’s why…

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We could have said, oh forget it, we’ll do something nice next year and got on our merry way towards installing more flooring and getting our bathroom back in working order.  But, we dedicated several evenings and a few corners of the less-construction-zone-y rooms to bring some festivity and Christmas cheer to our home.

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Choosing to decorate amidst the chaos says: while we may not be finished with many projects, we are content with the home we live in.   Dust may cover every square inch of our house at times, but this is still our dwelling place.  We may have a gazillion unfinished projects that are clamoring for our attention, but there is a reason for this season and it deserves our first thoughts.

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Our house may not have the most beautiful display of white and gold tinsel, and it’s certainly not swimming in boughs of holly, but it is a little ray of light in our home this season.  Reminding us to nest despite the chaos, to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and to rest in the construction zone that is our home.

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I even brought a little holiday cheer to work with this festive Christmas tree art.  (Let’s be honest, this environment is much more cleanly to decorate than our home at the moment!)

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Wishing you contentment, rest, and cheer this Christmas and many more to come! (And make sure to stop by and visit all of these lovely ladies’ Christmas home tours!)

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The Big Reveal!

Notice anything different around here??  Yep, you guessed it!  My blog got a facelift in the form of a new theme.  And…. I designed and coded it myself.  This is a super proud moment for me, to have come this far in my web design skills and to launch my theme here on the blog :)

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I’ve been learning and tinkering with this theme for months now in order to learn the ins and outs of wordpress site design and gain more understanding of HTML, CSS, and even a little PHP.  My goal was to create a clean, sharp, and eye-catching theme that was smartly coded, contained all the extras I wanted, and was responsive and easy to navigate.

I still have a little tweaking to do, but I just wanted to pop in and see what you all thought of the new look!  I can’t wait to further expand my skills… next on the list: start learning photoshop (which is currently very intimidating).  I’m all too good at getting by with the most creative solutions using Word and Paint, but I also know that those can only get you so far.  Maybe there is a class I can take locally…

Well that’s all for now, see you all next week for a little Christmas blog hop fun ;)  Until then… ta ta!

So Very Velvet

Howdy, my friends! It’s f-f-friday. :) And boy, we have stocked this week full of exciting happenings! So, I think it’s time to do a little update in the house department.  With all the Thanksgiving fun last week, we haven’t really made any progress on our house projects.  But, we have gotten some new fun finds and purchases.

Don’t you just love when your neighbors leave stuff out on the curb just for you??  Last week, our neighbors left out a little round dining table and I snatched that thing out of the rain and dragged it inside.  The top looked to be a failed DIY project, but the base was really nice.  So we are adding it the stash in our basement in hope of making a table for our sunroom eventually.

Then, we found a gorgeous rug on Craigslist for only $50 (the deals you can find on there are unreal, people).  Since we’re doing the whole house in hardwood, we’re going to be needing quite a few rugs to make area rooms more pleasant to walk on.  I love the ivory and subtle beige tones in this rug, and it is 100% wool and looks hardly touched! We put it down temporarily (it still needs a rug pad) in the living room and I think that will eventually be it’s permanent home.  I want this room to be lighter more pastel colors, in contrast with the dark and dramatic colors of the den.

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(it’s not pink at all, I think I took the pic at sunset, hence the reddish hues)

Ever since floor has gone down in the den, I have been on a mad Craigslist hunt for a sectional to go in there.  Well after lots of ups and downs, and not being quick enough to the draw on one, we finally have found and purchased a sectional.  Hooray!  Here is the picture from the listing:

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I just love the clean and simple lines, and the shape is just perfect for our space.  Jake wanted the ultimate tv lounge room and I think this sectional definitely fits the bill.  Now, we got it for an amazing deal on Craigslist, but it does need some work.  The fabric is worn and not my preferred color (it really clashes with our Gray Matters in the den).  So, I am super duper excited to reupholster it!!!  Each piece separates, so it will really be like reupholstering 6 separate chairs.

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Sorry for these horrific nighttime phone pics..  I just get so excited to share, that and my camera is out of battery…

Oh, and sorry that you are leaning over weird in all these pictures, Jake, (he was spraying cleaner on the sofa)… again my impatience got the best of me.

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I’ve known for a while that I needed wanted a velvet furniture piece.  And how chic and sophisticated would velvet look on this clean lined sectional sofa??  I just cannot decide what color to do.  Here are my considerations…

Light/Medium Gray

Besides liking this color for a velvet sofa, I once read online that choosing a sectional that was closer to the color of your wall helped keep the room open and bigger because all the colors ran cohesively together.  So, at the risk of it fading into the background, I’m considering a light/medium gray to keep the sectional from taking over the room.

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Charcoal

I love charcoal couches, they are just so pretty!  And also, going along with the gray theme again, I would hope that the charcoal would somewhat match the wall color and prevent sofa overload.

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Royal Blue

I just love the rich and regal tone of a deep blue sofa.  It would add so much fun and color to the room!  But, the danger here is that it ends up looking like a huge blue thing and engulfs the room.  I don’t want the sectional to make the room look smaller or like it doesn’t have breathing room.

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Navy Blue

This would be a more subtle play on the blue option.  The darker blue would still add that fun color element to the room, but should be a little less obtrusive.  I do wonder about the contrast of having a dark couch and medium walls, maybe it would still be too much for the room to handle.

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So basically here is my decision summary: I like the grays because they could help keep the room bigger, and I could add colors with pillows.  But, the blues are more exciting since they are less drab and more fab. The issue with those is they may cause sectional overload in the den and shrink the perceived size.  Help!!!  What color should I choose???

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I did a quick color scenario using my favorite Microsoft Word editing techniques, and you can see a rough idea of what each option would look like in the room (at night time.. I’m sure daylight would be much more flattering).  So given all I’ve discussed with you, what would you choose?