Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Un-Home Tour

You know how bloggers share photos of their beautifully, immaculate homes and you think, "Wow! Their home is so cute, I love seeing pictures of their home."

Yeah, that's not me.

I mean, I like seeing photos of other people's homes, I'm nosy like that. But, I don't have a beautiful home to show off share.  But in an effort to always keep it real, I thought I'd share our home anyway. And who knows, maybe someone from #HGTV will see it and decided to help us out.

I wish the internet had hashtags and there was a possibility HGTV might actually find this post through the hashtag above, but I know it won't happen. Anyway....

I bring you:
Notice Peanut in the window - gosh I love that kid!
Imagine some big, drastic, booming voice saying, "The un-home tour!!!" mmmkay?I feel like I need to have our voice guy at work cut something.

Let's start with the front door. It's pretty much smack in the middle of the house. The worst part is, B chose to put it there. When he moved in, the only door was in the carport which is now a garage.

So this is what you see when you walk in our front door. You have no idea how much I hate the brown wall. When I moved in the brown wall was crimson (don't go Cougs!) and the other walls were white. Knowing nothing about interior design, I chose brown and a tan color so the walls matched B's green couch.

How sad is that couch? Can you tell how saggy it is in the pictures? B's had it for probably close to 8 years and who knows how long his mom had it before that....have I mentioned that almost all of our furniture is hand-me-downs? Boyfriend refuses to get rid of it because at 6'1" he can actually lay down on it.

News flash! He'd be able to lay down on a sectional too. And a sectional wouldn't look so gargantuan in our tiny house.

When I moved in, we needed more seating so we got another free couch. I hate it. And don't even get me started about how they overlap and waste a sitting spot.

I've done what I can to make the accessories decent since I can't do much about our furniture at this point. But I need to learn how to style everything better.

Somehow this mirror always has smudges
A few years ago, this mirror got another paint job, which I love, but none of this stuff goes very well on the sofa table B made me. I get tired of messing with it and just end up setting everything down without being "staged." I have plans to steal  ask for a pallet from work and make a little planter box with succulents inside.

The boys' toy box lives under the sofa table so there's always toys in the "entry way." It's a pain when actual people come to visit.

The other big piece of furniture is the bookshelf my mom gave me when I moved into my apartment. It used to hold DVDs but I couldn't stand the clutter so I switched them up when we got our last set of family pictures. Except, now, Boyfriend keeps filling them with clutter :)

It's topped with kids DVDs, my favorite fan that I got on vacation,  a birdhouse is sitting on top because I have no idea where to put it and what to put inside it ( a bird is too expected,) the picture Claire sent me from when she visited, toys, and the dog I recently thrifted and spray painted. 

I still kind of think it looks like Teddy, don't you?

Overall, the pieces on the shelves are ok - except for the clutter- I just need to learn to style them better. But then we move to the other side of the living room where we see the TV (which reflects in the mirror - a feng shui no-no) and the sad, ugly TV stand that serves pretty much no purpose.

I hate that you can see the cords. It drives me batty. Have you noticed that there are literally toys everywhere you look? We go through and get rid of them all the time, but we just lack storage....I haven't even shown you the train table yet.

Lastly, we have these shelves. I like the way I used to have the shelves styled better. I don't know why I don't change them back. The bottom one is ok, but the top shelf needs serious work. Bonus points if you get the reference in the far left pic.

So, that's our house. I plan on going room by room just because I think it's kind of funny. I'm so envious of people with beautifully decorated homes...or even just "big kid" furniture - a.k.a. not hand-me downs.

I primered on Sunday night...maybe I should have left the brown - one coat of primer looks horrible!
 Okay, I lied. This is actually what our living room looks like right now. After working on him for close to a year, B finally agreed to paint the living room - and I picked up paint chips the very next morning before he changed his mind.

10+ paint samples later, we still don't have a color and I'm feeling defeated. I want a grey but nothing with too much of a blue or green undertone. I want a charcoal gray couch and to bring some color in with painted furniture so I want to do a pretty neutral wall, but nothing boring like beige. I want to open up our small living room and make it seem bigger, but I don't want anything too stark. We don't get a lot of natural sunlight either so there's that. I feel a lot of pressure to get the color right because I know Boyfriend will not readily paint again as long as we live here, most likely.

Do you love your house? What color are the walls?


  1. Hey Linds, I came across this info on different shades of gray when researching what color to do the main living areas of our house and thought you might find it useful! We went a little mad trying to pick from the swatches as well! Good luck! Can't wait to see how it turns out! http://www.firsthouseliving.com/2013/02/my-love-hgtv.html

  2. Ugh, I HATE picking paint colors! And hate painting even more!! Good luck!!
    I love your home, it seems cozy and homey. A perfect place to raise those boys!! And, it's best to have hand me downs now. That way if the kids wreck it, it's really no big deal!! As we are finishing out now! Hahah! And don't even gt me started on the toys EVERYWHERE! I hate it! But, I do love when I leave for work and find a car shoved into to toe of my shoe!! Lol!


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