I'm nosey. I like to see how other people live. How they decorate their homes... how they dress their children... what their fridge, cabinets, and pantry look like on the inside.
As a young child, I simply assumed everyone did things they way my parents did. I assumed that no good parent would ever drink or smoke (not even a sip of wine) because my parents didn't. I assumed that everyone's Mommy whipped together homemade meals each evening, and that everyone's Daddy worked hard to "bring home the bacon".
I assumed everyone in families all over the world sat down at the table together for meals, because my family did. And, I also assumed that everyone had a beautiful, perfectly clean house because our house, growing up, was always in perfect order. (Now, let me make note: My mom's dirty is my sparkling clean. I did not inherit that gene!)
It was a huge shock, at times, to find out people did things differently than my family did. I was shocked to find that some people's Mommies hardly ever made a meal, and some families never sat down at the table for dinner together.
(I did marry someone whose family ran much the way mine did for the most part, which has been nice.)
Anyway, all of that to say... would you like to peek into our livingroom? A couple months ago we cleaned our carpets, rearranged the furniture, and added some area rugs.
At the very back of this room (which is actually the front) is the entry way. You can see the little cubbies the kids put their shoes in when they come through the door (shoes were always piling up on the stairs and in the entry way, so this remedied that problem). That door is to the garage. On the opposite side would be the stairs and a little powder room. Before the piano is the entry into the master bedroom. I am so grateful to have the master downstairs! (Although, the negative side of that is that I can hear little feet scampering around upstairs!) The star artwork above the piano is my own, as is the Texas flag painting above the couch. The coffee table was something my dad found it the trash! Very shabby chic.
See that armoire? *Beams* My husband made that. He's very talented. Beyond that, you can see our homeschooling area- the tables and stools are from IKEA, as is the easel (a gift from my parents). It's also the general hang out for coloring and whatnot.
And a view of the other side. I LOVE that sewing table. My husband removed the top and had a piece of granite cut for it. Once upon a time I used it as a desk, but now it just hosts a bunch of photos. (BTW, my MIL made those curtains for Nolyn's room in our old house.. and they fit this room perfectly!) There's actually a clock that should be below that little metal sign (which says OLD GLORY) on the left side of the room, but it stopped working, so I had to buy a new one... and I hadn't bought it when I took these photos.
The rugs are matching indoor/outdoor rugs from Garden Ridge. Everywhere we shopped for rugs, I found the style I liked to be WAY overpriced. We ended up spending $150 or so for both rugs, which is a great deal, in my opinion. (Even though, heh, I was hoping to spend less than that.) Still, they really help anchor the areas and set them apart.
I'm still not done decorating the area (and, um, I have some Christmas decorations- garlands- that need to be taken down... still), but it has a more complete feel than it did, which gives me warm fuzzies. It's been a slow process, since we use to have more of a Mediterranean theme, to switch everything over to that country feel I love so much. At times, our living area has looked ridiculously mismatched, but I have just told myself, "At least we have nice furniture!" and "My house doesn't have to look like a showroom!"
But, yanno, we all wish our homes DID look like showrooms, don't we?
I thought y'all would enjoy this sweet shot of my Hubby and little Keagster during our family bible time.