Living room decoration ideas

Now that everything is painted and the furniture is all settled I’ve got to pull out my decorating hat and see what I can do.  I’m scared.  I’ve got some decent ideas but I’ve got a lot of wall space.  I don’t want things to look cluttered, I’m going for clean lines in this room.

My ideas so far stem around flanking the left and right side of the room with wall anchored shelves…kind of like this…but in white:

I’m thinking three on each side mounted kind of staggered like above.  Here I can set vases, my Grandpas microsope, and other trinkets I may pick up along life that have an interesting story or charm.

In between the shelves I’m thinking black and white prints, maybe five sort of like this, but maybe not all in a straight line:

I would have these photos come from some friends and some from my collection.  They would be of scenery in places we have lived or visited.  I’ve got a great one of the Eiffel tower I took when we were in Paris that I think would look good as a black and white.

My friend Kim, who used to live in KC has a great black and white shot of the old Western Auto building that I think will look nice..  Now all that I’m missing is something “Iowa” and “DC”.  I don’t have any scenic pictures but I found a good photographer who does, so as long as he doesn’t cost and arm and a leg I may buy one of his prints.  I’m hopeful my friend Amanda took some good DC shots before she left.  If not thats OK…we will be in Yellowstone and Rome soon so I can finish off my picture collage there.

Do you have any photos we could use?  Outside of Kansas City, Iowa, Buffalo, DC, and Paris we have only been to tropical locations and those don’t photograph in black and white as well as they should.  What do you think?   I think this is a better option that some generic artwork from Ikea, and it can grow as we grow…we definitely have the wall space for it! 

pooped out from painting


I think this room was a bit more than a one day project but we managed to finish it anyways.  We started at around 9 am with taping…so much darn taping…and then we trimmed…and then taped again.  While us girls were trimming/taping Royce was busy patching holes and sanding.  We took the valance down and man does the room look bigger without that heavy thing dragging it down.  As you can see Charlie was instrumental in getting this project off the ground and completed:

Here is inspecting our ability to safely protect our new couches.

And here he is telling Monica that her tape lines are not straight enough:

Now he is telling Royce to quit messing around in the kitchen and get back to work:

Royce still needs to install the moulding around the window (we are in the slow process of replacing all the window and door moulding) but for the most par this room is done with its painting.  This winter we will install crown moulding or maybe we will get to it sooner because our ceiling line turned out really crummy.  We also need to get a new front door.  Neither of us are crazy about the one we have.  Part of me feels bad because after some research I’m pretty sure this is the original 1950’s door which was popular among ramblers in that eara.  The other part of me is pissed at the POs who put up this frosting on the glass so I can’t see out (and there is no peep hole).  Something that brings in a bit more light would be nice.

Happy Mothers Day…a good day to buy rugs

I didn’t become mother this year to much of anything other than a house, and a fluffy mutt but for some reason that doesn’t qualify for a card or a gift which is OK.  I got rugs instead.

Royce and I had a busy day today.  We headed out early to get a large tent for car camping and for me to get a new golf bag since the carrying strap on mine is shot.  I also stocked up on some new gym gear because I’ve been wearing the same stuff since college and well…it stinks…literally…so I figured it was a good time as any to restock the stinky workout clothes.

We also had rug shopping on our itinerary and lucky us the Mediocre Indoors had a 50% off sale.  Score!  We looked and looked and looked through more rugs than I desired.  The end conclusion is that you can find way more stuff you hate than stuff you like.  Much like baby names…but thats a different blog entry for a different time.  We ended up with a great rug for the living room…the runner we bought for the entry way looked a bit puny so Royce took that back today and we will find something for the entryway another day because we are shopped out.

Its nice to have some carpet to rub my bare feet against.  Charlie likes it too.  He did his usual…rolled around on it for a good few minutes just like he likes to do in fresh cut grass.  Now we only need window coverings, paint, artwork, something for above the fireplace and some recessed lighting installed in this room and it can be officially be called ‘done’.

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