Living Room

Aaron and I have both fallen down the mid-century modern hole, and it doesn’t look like we’re getting out any time soon.  Something about the simplicity, clean lines, skinny legs, warm wood that makes a heart flutter.  If we stay on this road, I’ll be cutting my hair into a bob, burning all my jeans, and changing my name to June before you know it.


Keep in mind, like the kitchen and breakfast nook, everything is still REALLY minimal.   We are still trying to figure out what we’d like to hang on the walls, coffee table vs ottoman, what curtains we want, and different lamp options.

We put our old couch from the basement at our old house in the living room and it was all wrong.  The shape of the sectional was wrong for the shape of the room, and it was too bulky looking.  And thus began the new couch hunt.

ugly couch

I set out for the post office one morning, and took a detour to IKEA.  And the heavens smiled down on me.  The floor model of Karlstad U-shaped sectional had just been moved off the show floor and down to AS-IS, and was marked down 40% from its original price.  I’ll take it!  I lived in a couch-maze for a week while I tried to quickly sell old beige.


I knew I wanted a Kilim rug for the living room.  I was able to find this one on Etsy for a screaming deal.


This couch fits the space SO much better than our old one.


For the living room, we plan on wall-mounting the TV.  I need to start looking for some good art as well.  I want to get curtains, but I’m not really sure if I want to go for something strong and bold, or something soft and subtle.  I also want to change out the lamp.

I bought this TV stand from and painted the shell bright high gloss white.  It wasn’t worth writing its own blog post.


I really like the view over the Karlstad into the kitchen, and visa versa.  It’s really nice to be able to work in the kitchen and watch Evelyn play.


Speaking of Evelyn playing… while I was shooting this space she decided it would be a good time to have a parade and walk around while clapping.  So of course, I needed to take a video of it.  It’s a pretty great way to spend 34 seconds.  She disappears for a second but then she comes back.

She and the dogs are both enjoying the new couch.




We are all extremely happy to have a place to relax at the end of the day.  It’s a place we enjoy being.  It’s good to be home.


Kitchen and Breakfast Nook (and Tom Dixon Copper Chandelier)

Moving is so hard.  (Can I get an amen?!)  When you are finally in your new place, you wonder if the boxes of your stuff literally multiplied and replenished your house.  Boxes. For. Days.  And then, your stuff comes out of the boxes, and what once fit in your old house, doesn’t quite fit right in your new house.  Aw, the moving game.

It took some time for the boxes to clear out, but I’m FINALLY starting to feel like our house is more of a home, and a livable home at that!

This post is more of a “state of affairs” of the house.  Obviously nothing is on the walls or really decorated.  But it’s semi-put-together, so I felt confident enough to share.

I love this view of the breakfast nook when you first walk into the house.  The copper chandelier is the first thing everyone notices and comments on when they walk in.


We kept our Restoration Hardware table, but the chairs were all wrong all of a sudden.  I knew the breakfast nook was screaming for a set of Eames chairs.


We had a builder-grade chandelier over the table, and I hated it.


I knew a long time ago that I wanted a Tom Dixon copper chandelier.  Fun fact, I couldn’t find one for less than around $700.  And that was discouraging, because that was NOT in the budget.  It would be a very empty dinner table (with a very pretty light) if I would have paid full price.

HOWEVER.  I found a very (seemingly) sketchy Chinese wholesale website, that sold this light fixture for a fraction of the cost!  (Here’s the link.) Right after I ordered it, I got a call from my bank verifying I indeed made the purchase.  To be transparent, I was terrified I had made a huge mistake.  But then, 2 weeks later, to my delight, the chandelier showed up!  It was as brilliant as I expected.



Forgive me, because I TOTALLY forgot to take the baby-lock off the cabinet before shooting this… and by the time I realized it, the kitchen was already messy, and the sun was down.  So, you get a lovely baby-lock in this photo.


Aaron picked this granite because he liked the way it tied with the copper light.  (We had the light picked before we even started building!)  We still have many things we want to do to the kitchen.  We have plans for a backsplash, and for making the cabinets less builder-grade and more custom.

The bar stools are the same from our old kitchen.  I’m not really sold on them being cohesive with the design plan we have going on.  But for now, they are staying (until I find new stools that I absolutely cannot live without haha).


I’m really pleased with the way the kitchen and breakfast nook are coming together.  I was REALLY skeptical of the dark espresso stain on the cabinets.  That was Aaron’s decision.  It’s very far out of my white kitchen comfort zone.  But it’s really growing on me.  I guess it’s a good thing to trust your husband every now and then!



Our New House is Finished!

Hi loves. So, it’s been awhile, huh. I don’t really think I need to get into why I’ve had a hard time blogging (right now at least). I just want to share with you how our house came together.  Last I left off, we had just finished framing.  Naturally the next stop on the house checklist would be drywall.   Since drywall is SO exciting, I obviously took about 300 pictures.  I’ll spare you the deets and just give you one.


They painted all our interior doors, and all I could think of was Monsters Inc.  I wished they had them on a revolving track.  I mean, that would be an effective way to paint, right?  I’m going to mention that to the builder.  And of course I’ll expect royalties.

Painted Doors

And then there was a HUGE mess with the flooring.  We had had a few bumps along the way, but the flooring was a massive debacle.  We wanted our planks to be entire main level.  We didn’t want carpet, especially in the great room.  I knew if we did get carpet, down the road I’d change my mind about wanting carpet, and trying to match the floor would be costly and time consuming.  It was better to do it now.  However, that message was apparently not communicated to the builder.  They eventually fixed it and redid the floor, however it took awhile and really set them behind schedule.

Flooring mess up

Meanwhile, the exterior was slowly getting worked on.  Our friends enjoyed the adult jungle gym scaffolding.  I enjoyed staying on the ground.


They poured our concrete at an unusually wet time, and built this incredible rain gutter system.  I mean, I really think they’re onto something.

Wet Cement

The siding got installed which was fun to watch.  It really began to take shape and really look like the house we had been dreaming of.  I don’t think anyone was surprised when they saw that the siding was green!


The carpet came, and then Evelyn really loved visiting the house because she could get down and explore.

New Carpet

And then, it was finished!  (Well, almost.  The builder had to bond with the city for our landscaping.  They were responsible for the sprinkler system and sod in the front yard.  We just got it installed over the weekend, however I do not have an updated exterior picture yet.  Maybe sometime next year I’ll show you.)

New House


I made a video tour for you guys.  It’s a little boring since there is nothing in the house.  But it will give you a good idea of the layout.  The chandeliers are all builder grade, and are getting swapped out.  We have some projects lined up for the kitchen to give it more of a custom feel.  It wasn’t our first choice of finishes, but the builder didn’t offer what we had in mind.  Lucky for us, kitchens aren’t a project that scare easily.  This kitchen is kind of a downgrade from our last kitchen, however the rest of the house is a major upgrade.  So we will happily take the trade off for now.  The plan with our new house was to get into a place with good bones where we wouldn’t need to rip down walls, but have a place where we could still do projects and leave our mark.

If the embedded video isn’t working for you, you can watch it directly on youtube here.