Renting has its advantages. I thank my lucky stars every time something breaks and I can just call maintenance. Broken things are always someone else’s problem. Still, it has its disadvantages. Along with feeling like you’re throwing your money away month to month, it also can be tough to make a rental space feel like home. 🙂 I am striving to accomplish that one (CHEAP) update at a time. Because the last month or so has been filled with a few of them, I thought I’d share the “progress.” Not too long ago, our dining area looked like this. And it was cute! Our table was a $100.00 moving sale score. However, it was a bar height table. Great for grownups, not great for visiting children. 🙂 Also, the leaf was chewed up by the previous owner’s puppy, so it was limiting. With hopes of opening up our home to more loved ones, my dad and brother have agreed to build a new one for us (I get to be the glorified assistant). 🙂 For now, we’re rocking the above look. You can read about the chairs here. I MISS the warmth of the wood, but we have plans to reintroduce that ASAP (though perhaps a little cooler). You also may have noticed the new gallery wall. It’s important that you know what a challenge that was. Because it just looks “so-so” now, but it was some WORK!
Some people are naturally great at things like this, but I’m not. It took lots of gathering, moving, measuring, and editing. So, it may evolve over time, but it’ll stay put for now. 🙂 It’s full of items I love. The leaves aren’t sentimental, but they do remind me of home. The white grate was a gift from my Mother in Law, and I love every scroll-y inch of it. My favorite wedding photo is finally up in our home. It was taken by the very talented Kyle Gregory who you can look up here. The chalkboard is from World Market and currently features an Easter verse. while I love this scripture, I plan in changing it as soon as I get new chalk. A certain beagle pup ate my last piece. You can buy this chalkboard here. It also includes the thumbprint tree I drew for our wedding day. Instead of a guest book, we asked guests to stamp their thumb onto our “tree” and to sign our family Bible. I have occasion to look at these sweet reminders of our loved ones every day. 🙂 The “S” was on our gift table. All those teeny, tiny crosshatching marks in pen were a PAIN. Whew! (Our names have been removed thanks to the magic of Photoshop). 🙂 Also updated in the dining area was our sideboard. It was once in the home of my maternal grandmother and grandfather, then my childhood home, and is now in ours. When Mr. S. and I refinished it as newlyweds, he didn’t think it important to mention that he had no clue how to paint. Imagine the horror when I came to view his side of the project. 😉 The lamp and picture were once in my parents’ home, and the ruffled, linen runner was a too-fun sewing project of mine. The art that was in our dining area has been moved to our living room. It was purchased only a couple of years ago at Kirkland’s and was an already-dated shade of blue and brown. It’s got a new coat of white and a “ASCP French Linen” wash to make it good and grimy. I’ve tried to “cozy up” the white slipcovers with the yummy textures of this knit blanket and scratchy pillow. 🙂 P.S. If anyone tries to tell you that slipcovers like this are a pain, they’re liars. Just unzip, wash with bleach, and tumble dry low in case of a spill. The end. You can’t do that with a beige one. The tan-and-white mitered pillow was a Home Goods steal, while the blue-and-white, ticking stripe pillow was sewn by yours truly… ’til 2:00 a.m. with pin pricks and tears. Mitered stripes may have been a tad bit ambitious for a newbie like me, but I ended up with the look I love for just a few bucks. This is our desk area, where I’m hunkered down right now. You can read about the ASCP chair makeover here. I’m happy to report that the soft wax means the finish is holding up way better than I imagined! I added a blue mason jar of white roses, a newly-placed lamp, and a fantastic ball of twine from my folks (you can grab it here). This book brings to mind Mr. S. and was the inspiration for this steamy love letter. 😉 Just kidding, guys. But seriously. The man deserves a love letter. And here’s little Lucy lounging away on our ottoman. You can read about that lunatic of a dog here if you’re in the mood to cry over a dog story. I always am. The red-and-white loveliness was a quilt sewn by Mr. S’s grandmother. I keep it freshly laundered and proudly on display. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by for a visit. 🙂
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