I love our 1950s ranch style house! I love it. I love it. I love it: quirky pink tile bathroom, beautiful wooden floors, picture frame paneling, sun drenched from all of our large windows... but, I have had a lot of issues designing our living room because it is long and skinny (15'x30'ish)
When we first viewed the home it was set up like this: 4 individual spaces (the fourth is the piano area but you can't see that in these photos)
|Looking into the living room: first you see the sitting nook, the living area, then a table/vignette space|
|The sitting nook|
|The living area looking out onto the large porch|
We liked this set up a lot but we didn't have the right furniture for it or the rugs or the ability to play with our daughter in this space. We did follow their basic set up of "sectioning" off the room
|After living here for a while I got a little tired of the living room being soooo gray! If you know me, you know I need color. And pardon the mess I'm the mom of a TODDLER! There will be messes!|
|My re-work of the living area|
|My re-work of the play space|
The next issue was figuring out how to mount it since the moulding sticks out half an inch from the wall. After much discussion I decided to nail into the raised part of the moulding and mounted it like that.
So.... duh, duh, duh, DUHHHNNNN, DONE!!!!
The big reveal!!!!
|Our "new" space is much more inviting and doesn't feel like a long hallway anymore.|
|I recovered the floral pillow on the couch and painted the lamp and made the lampshade. The painting looks great and I love how it anchors that whole wall!|
|Looking towards the play area. The spaces work much better together now.|
|We "tried" to build her shelves but ended up buying some from Ikea. There is plenty of space now for her puzzles, puppets, instruments, and such.|
|For now this is her reading nook. I hope to find a piano soon to put on this wall. The rocking chair and doll crib were mine when I was little. I made the floor cushions.|
|My serious girl hard at work. We bought the Don Quixote painting while we were in Puerto Rico and her Noah's ark set is from Uganda. I bought the purple storage pieces at Ikea and the heart ones at Target.|
My next projects include finding more art for our living room and making a dining room table. I was inspired by these portraits in the Nordstrom's women's lounge
I'd like to paint a portrait but I've only ever painted one.
|Painting I did inspired by art seen in Hitchock's Rope|
I also want to build a long skinny table like this one that I saw at Antropologie
|Sorry for the blur... I was shopping with a cranky toddler :)|
And don't worry, I didn't forget!
As in: Our home is ready for you baby Martin! Come home soon!