Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Brushing up a Bit

We've been settling into our new house and slowly getting back into a routine. We still have one room to finish up for sure and our storage room is a royal mess. Since moving in, money has been tighter than it's ever been, but we are happy to be back on our own and having consistency in our lives.

The house that we are renting was built in the 60's or 70's. It's a split-level and the owners did quite a bit of work in the house (such has expanding the kitchen/dining area and putting tile down in the lower level) several years ago. Still, it is very much a rental house with its all-white walls and neutral coloring everywhere. Thankfully, our landlords gave us creative freedom to make it our own, and slowly, we are planning on doing just that. It's nothing drastic or major, since this house is not our permanent residence forever, but is the first place we've lived where I am itching to decorate a little or update maybe. We've hung pictures and added a few coat hooks in the front area. I have a million ideas running through my head and am sharing a few with you in this post, so hopefully, some day down the road, I can show you the actual projects in completion.

The first one is for our living room. When I saw this post @ Love Actually blog, I was inspired. She found it through another and I immediately thought, "This would look so cool and bring our livingroom up-to-date!" That is one room in all our living spaces that has felt completely "Grandma-ish," meaning outdated. We had couches that were given to us from my mom's garage sale find that were seafoam green with pillows that were a peach, off-white and seafoam green, along with these massive lamps in the same seafoam green with very decrepid lampshades. They were the most comfortable couches I've been on and we were so grateful for them, but they were from the 90's and you could see it pretty plainly. We did add a couple darker wood side tables that I love and now, we have a new camel-colored couch. I love it! Our area still lacks something and I know these pictures will be a nice addition (along with replacing our curtain with something adorable!).

The second project is for our front area, which is not separate from our living room. It's a small area at the front door that's tiled. We have no front closet to hang coats or put shoes inside, but I've found something, I'd love to do to help keep the area neat and organized, plus add a little charm to it. I've always loved Pottery Barn, but obviously, they are way out of our price range, so I've asked Mr. ADM to build me something similiar to this.

Mr. ADM's dream room for the boys (or himself)The third project is painting our boys' room. The walls in that room are pretty dirty and the bad areas have been spot painted, so it needs a solid coat of something. I'm not sure what color to paint it. I'm thinking blue. I don't know if I want to theme their room or not because all we have in the room are their toddler beds, a cubicle with different colored bins for their clothes and a mini-nighstand. If I do a theme, I want it to be something simple. Maybe dinosaurs, cars or space themed? Do you have any good ideas for little boys' rooms?

Other than that, it's mostly little things here and there that need replaced or added. I want to make some pillows for our couch and possibly curtains too. Some hardware needs to be replaced in the bathroom and curtains in a couple rooms. Looking forward to slowly making this our own! It feels good to be home.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Happy Feast of St. Francis of Assisi!

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon:
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope
where there is darkness, light
where there is sadness, joy
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.