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A Light and Airy Living Room

Posted Monday, October 10th, 2011 by Mollie

I’ve never loved the wall color in our living room.  In fact, the whole house used to be painted the same basic tan, and I’ve been slowly changing it to better reflect my taste.  The problem with the living room was those high ceilings… I needed a lot of motivation to tackle those! Then I saw this picture and it inspired me:

(picture via a la mode)

Granted, it’s about 3 times the size of my living room with 5 times the natural light, and doesn’t have to do triple-duty as a dining room and office, but it was exactly the look I’d been wanting.  The blue-green-gray paint in that room would leave my smaller, darker living room looking more cozy than airy, so I decided to go with a more true gray (Moonshine by Benjamin Moore). Plus the kids room is a very similar greenish gray, and I didn’t want it to look the same. I’m VERY pleased with the result!

BEFORE: warm tan (November 2010)

NOW: cool, bright, and gray

In my dream world I’d have a couple of these beautiful lamps in there, too. (Pottery Barn gift cards welcome for Christmas/Birthdays! :))

Still not sure what I want to do here. The dining area always stumps me.

Wouldn’t something like this be amazing??

(via blessedbeyondmeasure)

However my next project is decorating for Fall, which begins this week!  (I don’t acknowledge the beginning of Fall until mid-October, so I’m not disapointed with California’s lack of fall weather.)


Weekend Projects: Pillow Covers

Posted Monday, June 6th, 2011 by Mollie

I love reading about what other people do on their weekends!  Personally, I love to stay home and work on my never-ending list of “projects” than anything else ( I think this drives Andy crazy sometimes).  This past weekend (yesterday), I got some photography experience at a wine & food festival, which is also awesome…  but here’s what I did the weekend before:

I decided it was time to update my living room’s look for spring and summer.  My favorite and most frugal way to change it up is to sew up some new pillow slipcovers!  I am no seamstress, but they are simple to make and fabric can be found cheap!   This time I got super fancy and attempted some very professional looking piping around the edges (thanks to help from my mom and an Internet tutorial).

I wanted some kind of bold print because my living room has a lot of neutrals, and found this fun and unusual black & white pattern. I am so pleased with how these turned out and ended up LOVING the fabric, which apparently is vaguely reminiscent of animal print… Mom said “zebra”, Hannah said “Dalmatian”, and Natalie threw a scrap over her back and said, “Pretend I’m a cow!”

The yellow rosette pillow was a gift card splurge, and my favorite Target purchase ever. I normally stick to making them myself but I could not resist that happy pillow! The white ruffled pillow hiding in the back is something I made last summer.

After I mastered the piping on the black and white pillows, I tried this one with piping AND a ruffle (the LOVE pillow was an Etsy purchase).  It was not easy, and came out far from perfect, but I am happy with it!  My ultimate goal is to get experienced enough to sew a slipcover for that green wingback chair some day!  As you can see, it is getting quite worn.

I think the living room ended up looking bright and cheerful for the beginning of summer!




Thanksgiving 2010

Posted Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 by Mollie

This year’s Thanksgiving was not what we expected.  With just hours to go until Thanksgiving dinner at the Satterburgs, we were hit with the stomach flu!  Not the most fun way to spend a long weekend, but at least we can be thankful that we had those days free from our normal work and activities, and didn’t have to feel any guilt over laying around doing nothing.

We did start gearing up for the Christmas season, though.  The kids and I went “shopping” in the hand-me-downs box in their closet, and found some great Christmas footie pajamas.

We also hauled out the Christmas decor and did a little decorating.  I think this is the last year I will use my live tree.  It’s grown a couple feet since last year and doesn’t seem too happy to still be living in a container!

These were two VERY excited tree trimmers.  It still looks a little sparse, but  Mommy the Head Decorator was starting to get sick and wasn’t feeling terrible motivated.  Anyway, its hard enough to get them to leave those ornaments on the tree!

The tree inspired Natalie to dance, so she changed outfits (typical).

A Little Christmas Decor

Posted Friday, December 25th, 2009 by Mollie

Some of you may have recognized the live tree we got last year in other pictures.  I managed to keep it alive to use again!  It’s grown some and of course has a bigger container this year.  It’s a little offbeat but so are we, so it suits us. 🙂

I like to decorate differently every year, which is why I bought silver ornaments years ago– they go pretty well with anything, like the black, white, and Tiffany blue that I am loving right now.

Here’s the colorful fabric scrap garland that my mom made me last year, the bright colors were perfect for this year too.  I hang my Christmas cards from it, and it is now almost impossible to see because of all the cards!