We've been living in this new house for almost 5 (!!) months, and I have not shared the house pictures I promised. Not that anyone really cares, but I really enjoy "peeking" in the homes of other people, especially if they are friends I don't get to see on a regular basis. Or actually, even the ones who I see on a very regular basis, because, let's face it, I love houses. I love how people decorate and hearing why they do what they do. I am definitely no professional decorator or designer, but I definitely take a lot of pride in the cheap way that I come by things which my house is blinged up with, or re-purposing items I had used previously in another room.
This new house is just plain wonderful. Although, I know that living in the apartment slash cave for a year really helped me appreciate this town house even more. The current townhouse in which we reside does not even hold a candle to the house we had in York when it comes to size, so I know know I certainly have a lot of space to be grateful for.
That being said, here's a few pictures of our current living room. Let's start with the view from the front door.
I am absolutely in love with the L shaped stair case. I like the older style railing with it's boxy-ness and craftsman feel. Which, even though it's weird, is exactly why I started a little gallery wall on the landing. And yes, a guitar does live in that little corner of the stairs all the time.
You can see that there is a dresser in front of the faux fireplace. The dresser didn't fit up the stairs (downside of the L shape), but it serves a purpose because the fireplace isn't really that. It's a slab of brick with a hole to the chimney for a non existent wood stove So, the dresser does come in handy for aesthetics and storage!
I am perfectly aware of how disgusting the carpet is in the living room/stairs/hallway/master bedroom. At least the color is non-offensive. If we owned this house, I would rip it up pronto, because, yes, there are nice hardwoods underneath. In the meantime, I bought that 8x10 area rug for $50 from Rugs USA(thanks, Groupon for that deal!). It's a really low pile and darker and more grayish than I expected, but I am pretty happy with it. Especially for the size and price.
The piano bench ottoman doesn't really match the rug anymore, it has a much brighter teal on the fabric, so I picked up the furry thing at Ikea for $10. It might get permanently attached some day, or maybe not, I kind of like the options of throwing it around different places.
The wall behind the couch has been my biggest struggle. It is a huge blank space with no windows, and since there is plaster and brick behind painted wallpaper (yuck), hanging things has been next to impossible. I finally invested in some of those 3M command strips and had some fun gathering "art" I already had.
The cable has to run over the door to the kitchen and I really liked when it was Christmas and my garland covered it up. Now I need to come up with a more permanent solution. I would also like to replace the cabinet to the left of the couch with a tall shelf for books (maybe like this one? Can I build it?).
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