Our front stoop was looking pretty sad and droopy. I hadn’t really done much with it since we moved in, so I figured it was time to give a lil sprucing up for the holidays! It was about time to make a good first impression. My old doormat was in definite need of a replacement and I feel like it’s not the holidays until a wreath is hanging on the front door, am I right? 🙂
You might all remember peeking at what the living room looked like right after we moved in, and a little bit later on, and it worked for the moment. It was all furniture from the old house, and pieces I loved, but it didn’t really work for our new, more petite, living room. For one thing you opened the front door and would knock right into either the sofa arm or you’d get stuck on the rug (which was a teensy bit too big). It took me a few months of deliberation and seeing how we use the space, or need to use the space. And not to mention, lots of different room plans! But I finally came up with a design that both the Mr and I agreed on and one that would work well for us as a family.
Ever since coming home from our trip to Waikiki, I’ve been daydreaming about our our hotel room at the Modern Honolulu. I decided it was time for a little master bedroom update of our own. As you saw from the No Makeup Home Tour, our cal king bed takes up pretty much our whole bedroom! It’s definitely a smaller room than our last master, that’s for sure. I think our new bedroom calls for a queen sized bed – That way we can fit TWO nightstands instead of just one 😉
We have the cutest little reading nook in our house on the second floor landing. After putting the kids down at night, I like to lay there and read a bit while I wait for them to settle down for the night. It’s such a great spot and has a nice view of the surrounding hills. It’s also a great little perch for watching the sun set. I’m not the only one who loves to sit there though, Arden loves curling up there with a good book too. In fact I often find open books propped just so…in fact the book in these pictures was left there by her and I figured I’d leave it for the photos!
Most of you have heard of the Konmari method and the every minimalist’s bible: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Ever since reading the book a few years ago, we regularly “konmari” everything in the house. It’s such a simple and easy way to keep clutter to a minimum.
When we moved, I thought I would use the konmari method to help make the whole moving process easier, not only before moving but during the move as well!
I can’t believe that I’m doing this you guys…but yes, the first home tour of our new house that I’m posting is a No Makeup Home Tour. No staged, professionally photographed glamour shots in this post. But I guess it makes for good “before” pictures, right? When Kyla first invited me to take part, I had no idea we’d be moving a few weeks later!
So, big news! We moved! We closed on a house a couple of months ago and we finally moved in. We’re still unpacking and trying to put things away, but we’re slowly getting there. I thought it would be a good idea to take it one room at a time until we’ve worked our way through the entire house. The living room is the first room you see upon entering, so I thought that would be the perfect place to start. Once everything has been stowed away, the fun part begins: time to decorate!
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a living room update over here. The wall you can’t see is actually where my desk used to be. We’ve mixed things up recently and I’m pretty excited about the changes.
I loved having my desk and being able to work in the living room. It’s such a beautiful, airy space, but it got pretty old trying to keep my desk functional AND looking pretty all the time. I figured it was time to relocate it elsewhere. I missed having this corner tied into the rest of the living room.
When I was offered a chance to receive the latest Samsung Frame TV I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to rework this corner. We had only one TV, hidden away in our family room, and I’ve always hesitated adding a TV to the living room. I didn’t want a huge, black screen taking away from the room’s character. The Frame solved that dilemma perfectly – I can have a TV in the room without it looking obvious. In fact, it looks like a piece of art, and was designed in collaboration with designer Yves Béhar to be exactly that. It is the perfect accessory for the space.