Sunday, September 18, 2011

Love at Home

So, the other day I saw this cute little printable on pinterest.

And it's true. Cory is definitely the best part of coming home. 

But I like other things about our home too. Especially this new place.

For instance, if I use the centrally located bathroom plug, I can vacuum the whole apartment without unplugging even once. This makes me so happy.

And did I mention it's the perfect jogging (maybe biking??) distance from work? Two miles. Perfect work out.

Also, I feel safe. Which is a really nice, previously taken for granted, perk.

Most of all, we're finally starting to be really settled in. It is awesome.

Ready for a before/after? If not, prepare yourself.

This was the view right as you walked in the door on moving day:

It's only taken a mere 3.5 months (ha!) to get to this: 

I found the rug at Target on clearance a few weeks ago. I had some birthday money set aside just for such an occasion. That bad boy came home with me, and Cory loves it too.

I know that Cory loves it because he protects it as if it were our first born child. "Don't spill on that the carpet!" is his battle cry. So far the rug has escaped unscathed.

And I'm just dying to tell you that our curtains are really table cloths. The cheapest kind you can buy at Wal-Mart. I just had to get it off my chest.
The little clips are also from Walmart. 3ish bucks a pack. Now anything clippable is curtains!
This was a game changer for me...

The pictures in the corner are the very same wedding pictures of our parents and grand parents mentioned in this post. I wanted a grid of pictures, and these were the lucky winners.

The 11x14 frames were $5.00 each at Walmart. Which adds up pretty quickly, but it was the cheapest I could find. 

I "matted" the pictures with poster board and tape because I used up all my monies on the frames. ($30.00 total project budget. Well, actually I used monies from the "grocery budget" for this one. And Cory hasn't even missed the cheese and bread.) 

The real mats would have cost me $7.00 EACH at Micheal's. $42.00?? For mats?

 Too rich for my blood.  Maybe I can save up for them, and have real mats in a few years.

So, I'm loving this mostly finished room. I have one little, tiny problem. It's called "this whole entire wall above the couch."

I don't know what to put there. I thought the shelves were a great idea but..nothing I put on them seems to work. So, I turn to you. Ideas?


Nathan and Holly Larson said...

I don't have any ideas, but I gotta tell you this looks awesome! When can you come to my house and decorate?!?!?

Amy & Miikael said...

Love the curtains. And everything looks awesome. I have no idea for above the couch...that is what got at me for like 6 months at our house. Good luck coming up with something. The hardest thing is that when you have a lot of space above the couch it is hard to find something you like and can do for a good price. good luck.

Lindy said...

Thanks guys! I really like this room. I'll keep you posted on the over the couch situation. It's really got me stumped! I love the area above your couch, Amy, so I might have to...ahem...borrow your idea.

Becca said...

I love many things about this room, but am especially jealous of the wedding picture collage. Seriously? I thought that was only possible on pinterest . . . not in someone's actual home.

My sisters all use sheets as curtains. Also from WalMart.

The Hargretts said...

looks amazing! I might just take your curtain idea for our new home. I need floor length curtains for in our kitchen for the sliding down that goes to the back. I'm thinking yellow...maybe... but I love the table cloth idea.

As for that back wall that is a tough one. Maybe you need just one big shelf kinda thing like There is a small picture of it put it's in their living room.

Meagan said...

I love that you have ideas for MY weird space above our couch but are struggling for your own space! I love the frames. I do that too with the mats. It makes sense now when our budget is $0. Who gets that close anyways to even check! Pssh