Monday, March 25, 2013

Some Furniture Photos

Keep in mind, this is a work in progress.  I had no idea how much effort went into moving into a new home.  We were in our old home for 7 years, so we had really "settled in."  This place, however, I feel like I may never have as "homey" as the old one.  I know that's not the case, it's just that I was so used to our old house having everything just so that it's tough for me to get used to having a clean slate/bunch of new stuff here.  There's so much furniture and other stuff to buy!

I know, I should be excited, and I kinda am.  But when it comes to the curtains...I'm terrified.  At the old house I changed out the hardware and curtains in the family room, and changed the valances in the kitchen.  That was easy - the holes and hardware were already there to guide me.  The bedrooms all had white wooden (or faux wood) blinds, and I took down the curtains one year while I was painting and never replaced them.  They were all the same drab shade of green anyway so no big loss.  We still had the blinds.  But here, at this house I have no idea how to do what I want. Do I go with 84" curtains, knowing that they won't be a full 6" above the windows if I do that?  Do I go with 95" curtains, and hang the rods super-high, making our already tall 9' ceilings feel even taller and possibly drawing attention away from the crown molding we wanted? 

Oh. My. God.  I have no idea what to do. 

The only room in the entire house with any type of window treatment is the mudroom/laundry room, simply because I had a valance from an old house/apartment and I could easily buy a tension rod to fit.  Otherwise, I'm paralyzed.  It's even worse now that the neighbors are all moved in.  One of their side bedroom windows and the window on their stairs (it's a Venice with the garage on the left) look directly into our master sitting room area.  It was fine when there was no one there, just workers, since I never needed to worry about the weekends or after hours.  But now I seriously need something there, lest I continue dressing in the closet.  I think I may call J.C. Penney.  Apparently, they will give you a free in-home estimate and design consultation.  I think I know what I want to do, it's just the little details like how long of curtains I should buy and how I should hang the hardware that I'm stressing about.  And, it's really only for some of the windows - all of the windows along the back of the house (save for the single window in the back of the master and the smallest bedroom/craft room) will be going bare for the foreseeable future.  There are a good number of trees back there, and a good distance too, between our house and the neighbors', so I'm less concerned about someone seeing in.

Anyway, anyone's thoughts about curtain placement and hanging height would be appreciated.  It's starting to make me sick.

Here's some pics of some of the rooms that have furniture.  Once again, they're all a little rough - not one room is completely done.  And our new bedroom furniture is nowhere in sight yet, so that's another room that needs some serious help (no pics here of that - it's just our old mattress and box springs on its frame with two old nightstands next to it.  Nothing to write home about yet).

The Living Room
(still looking for tables and lamps - night pic from the day we got it)
The furniture is by Best (Made in the USA) and the rug is from Lowe's.
(day pics from the weekend)

Couch - apparently it's called black although it looks grey to me.
The cats have already left their mark with cat hair and snags.  *sigh*

Another view - I'm so happy with it all and the rug is soooo soft!

This chair is totally cute but completely uncomfortable...

...for humans.
The Hall Bath - I am in love with this shower curtain.
(The husband swears there's a devil in the branches.  It's possible, I've seen a running horse and a deer head)

The Morning Room
(thinking about a rug from Macy's, but we need to order it)

Panorama of the Media Room (and another Kitty!)

This TV will soon be upgraded and we still have to clean up the wires and stuff
(and then I think this TV will end up in the bedroom, but I'm not sure).

Ahh, the Family Room.
We need some bigger furniture!

Entertainment center in the Family Room
(what's hilarious is that this practically filled up the wall it was on in our old it seems small!)

We still have no dining room furniture (soon, I hope, soon).  You can see from the above pics that I have a box of artwork/pictures in the family room, but nothing on the actual walls.  Once again, I'm paralyzed.  I'm afraid to put holes in the walls!!  I do have one thing on the wall, though - 

It's an "S" initial my sister made for us.  I need to trim the ribbons a bit, but it looks great!  Matches our colors perfectly.  And it's hanging by a Command hook, so still no holes!

Hopefully we'll have more furniture and pics soon.  I look forward to everyone else's decor pics too!!


  1. I found these links about hanging curtains: maybe it will help you!

    1. Thanks! I'm going to check them out - perhaps they will help with my fears!

  2. Looks awesome! I love that living room carpet!

    1. Thanks! It is super soft and thick. One of the cats attacks the stripes - I think she thinks they're strings or something. Too funny to watch.

  3. The rug looks awesome in the living room. Everything will come together...just live in it and be happy.

    1. Thanks! I know I need to just relax and enjoy it, it's just hard some days!

  4. I do completely understand, it takes some of us longer to be "in love" with our homes. I get it, I'm there with you. It is paralyzing to decorate all of it. My family room windows are the same and I may copy you if you find an idea! Mine are bare. I did have more vision for furniture, but still have a long way to go...I don't think I have a "style" either!
    We must have faith that ONE DAY it will all look great and feel like home :)

    Funny my biggest obstacle is going to be my back yard, it took 10 yrs to get my old back yard "cozy", here I just don't know where to start, it's overwhelming to do a deck or concrete or flagstone...urgghh.. I dunno.

    Oh, don't worry about the holes, they are SO fixable!! Just go for it, it's only drywall, it can be patched!!

    You're fireplace is amazing...and I am so sorry for what I am about to say.......your shower curtain freaks me out...sorry :/ LOL

    1. Ha ha ha! Thanks - the tree is a little interesting, I think that's why I like it (and pretty much all bare, leafless trees). There's something dark and foreboding about it...creepy and macabre. I don't know - I like scary stuff. Sure hope our guests don't mind it when they take a shower!

      And I know I can patch the holes - it still seems so definite though! Which is weird, since I never felt that way about the old house...

      And don't even get me started on the mud pit - aka backyard. Just thinking about it makes me exhausted.

  5. Looks awesome! And I'm with you on the curtains. Ugh!

    1. Thanks! I never thought curtains would give me such anxiety, but they do. Hopefully it'll all come together eventually.

  6. Looking more like a home already!

  7. First of all, let me say your living room furniture and rug are AWESOME! And I absolutely MUST know where you got your shower curtain. I have "dead trees" all over my decor -- I love them!

    I freaked out about window treatments before we ever moved in. I finally had Next Day Blinds come in the day after closing. I had them put wood blinds that matched my hardwood floors in every single window in the house (then stressed over the decorative tapes). Expensive, yes; however, we have been in the house 11 months and I've been able to put drapes on a back burner until we decide on paint colors. Now I'm paralyzed over paint colors!

    1. Thanks! I got the curtain at Bed Bath and Beyond. You can search for "tree shower curtain." I think Kohl's has a whole set with that graphic, but it's a brown tree on white (I wanted black). Check it out!

      We may do a similar thing with the spare bedrooms in the front - we figure those make the most sense to have blinds and since the windows face the front we want them to match. But I'm not too worried about privacy for the first floor front-facing windows (office and living room), so I don't know about blinds there. Maybe sheers? At least blinds give you a finished look, and let you think about curtains just like you said! We shall see... Good luck with paint colors!

  8. I bought some sheers at JCPenney - same ones I have used in the past few houses we had. I just had to buy a ton more for this house. I put them in every window in the house on tension rods. It's not fancy, but it is elegant in it's way. And these sheers used to cost $30 each, but when JCPenney went to the fair and square pricing? They lowered the price to $10! They were never even on sale that cheap in the past - not even with a coupon!

    Two panels are enough for each window for privacy, but they still let in lots of light.

    I'm all about the light.

    I like your shower curtain. And you cracked me up with the uncomfortable chair. For humans.

    p.s. Thanks for the Louisville info!

  9. Window treatments also have me feeling nervous. I have to say that rug is absolutely beautiful. Good luck and I look forward to seeing your pictures :)