RIBBA frames. Back in January, after a marathon week of painting our entry, living room, and kitchen, I planned out and hung a casual gallery wall behind the sectional in our living room.
natural skincare items.
pin your travels map inspired by this photo. In an effort to keep things from getting busy, I thought a larger piece of art along the left wall would help balance out the gallery arrangement without being too much.
these. Something like this with lots of storage would probably be my ideal coffee table. I also have plans to sew pillow covers to replace the now sad looking pillows that came with our sectional. I bought some lovely down inserts during our IKEA shopping spree and plan to cover them in a mix of vibrant colors and patterns to liven up our neutral space. A pillow arrangement like this is my dream.
Now for a little kitchen update. I found this gorgeous dining table on sale at HomeGoods last July while casually shopping with a friend. Up to that point, Hubby and I were using a rather worn oak table from the early '90s that his parents had been kindly letting us borrow since we got married. The table wobbled and we had a mismatch of three different types of chairs (not the cute kind of mismatch, mind you). It was time we got around to getting a real grownup table. When I saw this beauty for a steal at HomeGoods I immediately freaked out and texted hubby a pic. I went back later that same day and basically had to fight off another lady who was interested in the table as well. Long story short, she became mine and I love her. What can I say, she's got great legs.
The table itself didn't come with any chairs, which I honestly was fine with as I'm not usually a fan of matching dining sets. We had our lovely new table but were still stuck with our mismatched chairs until a close friend offered to hand down a set of vintage chairs to us. When I saw them, I thought they were perfect! They had a beautiful detail but were still simple and streamline and they would compliment our table nicely without looking too expected. Best of all, they were free. The photo above is how the chairs looked when we inherited them.
I decided to give the chairs an update with fresh upholstery foam and some gorgeous new fabric (it's Dwell Studio's Bella Porte in Brindle). I've been planning to also paint the chairs a glossy white in the spring. I'm a big fan of the look of white chairs against a dark table. However, the look of the chairs as is with the table has certainly grown on me. The wood on the chairs is a little worse for wear in some areas and they could certainly use a freshening up whether it be from paint or stain. At this point I'm kind of torn on what I'd like to do with them. What do you think: should I keep them dark or paint them white?
I turned to the point-and-shoot again to give you a better view of the eat-in side of our kitchen. Right now it's pretty darn bare. Unfortunately the space is too narrow to add any sort of hutch or shelving along the long wall behind the table. I'd like to add some art there in the future (probably a simple grid arrangement of square frames similar to this). I would love to add a rug with a pop of color (I'm thinking navy) under the table. I'd also like to upgrade our bar cart for something a little bigger and rectangular with some simple shelving above with storage for wine glasses, etc.
Overall I'm pretty happy with the changes I've been making, even if the process has been a slow one! My office is coming along nicely and I've got a few updates to share in our master bedroom soon as well.