Whine & dine.

In October of 2013 my husband and I sold our home with no clue where we were going next. The value of our home had increased significantly since we’d purchased it in 2010 and we knew it was an amazing and much needed financial opportunity for our family, but it was so, SO scary! On a major leap of faith we put our house on the market and it sold within the first month. We were blessed to have a interim place with family to stay and to have found our dream home while we were in escrow. God was and always has been so incredibly good to us!

I never wanted to be one of those people who complained about how ‘hard’ it was to buy and sell our homes at the same time, record a new album, and have a 2 year old running around at the same time, but let’s be real…it was a nightmare. An actual nightmare. You may be familiar with the saying, “Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth with Oreos…” Well, think that but then add paint, drills, music, snot, and about a zillion DIY projects everywhere. Honestly, I wasn’t a sane woman for a while there. It is a difficult task to try to implement a vision for your new home in the midst of chaos, but I can tell you right now that it was all so worth it.

Let’s start with the Dining Room!

(The before shots are from the previous owner of our home)

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The rope orb chandelier (which I am in LOVE with) was from http://www.onekingslane.com, and was only $199! Such a steal, especially in comparison to the $1,400 one I first fell in love with from Restoration Hardware. Our bank account quickly reminded me that it was out of my reach, so I was so excited to find a comparable piece that was priced just right for our budget!

I love a nice open concept layout, but sometimes separating one space from another can be a challenge. I’ve found that if you are able to create an accent wall in your dining room it really helps to visually set the space apart from the rest of the room.

I fell in love with this wallpaper from American Blinds:(http://www.americanblinds.com/wallpaper/productid,78156)

Wallpaper is a wonderful option for any accent wall. The most important piece of advice I can give you in regards to wallpaper is this: buy wallpaper paste even if the paper you choose is “pre-pasted.” ┬áIt rarely sticks well enough and is a huge pain; I chose to use both together and it worked wonderfully (by wonderfully I mean I only wanted to pull my eyes out 20-30 times, rather than 100)! Wallpapering is on the extreme side of annoying, but the results make it completely worth it in my opinion!

Our Living Room is one of my favorite places in our home. The windows give so much light to the room and it makes me want to snuggle up on the sofa and read a good book with a cup of Ovaltine (that is, if my 2 year old would take a nap…but that is a completely different subject).

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I LIVE for floor-to-ceiling drapes. They add so much drama and height to any room. Once I tried them I became addicted and now they are in every room in our home. I absolutely love our new sofa…”The Magdalene” ($1295) from Living Spaces (http://www.livingspaces.com/ProductView.aspx?productId=71968).

I’ve always wanted a chesterfield sofa, but they can be pricey. I didn’t want to be that mom who is constantly freaking out if our toddler is touching our sofa, so this was a really affordable option for us since I wanted it in a light color. The fabric is also very durable and cleans extremely easily so I don’t have to have an anxiety attack every time she wants to sit on it. Ha!

Our grandfather clock is a Craigslist find that I upcycled. It was actually really easy to do! I took out all of the inner parts, added shelves, and painted it to create a unique curio. I have also made a red one in the past for my daughter’s room and use it to store her diapers! I will make sure to write a post on those DIY projects in the future!

Hope you enjoyed our Living Room and Dining Room makeovers!

xoxo,

r.

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