Our New Sectional

Our new sectional finally arrived about two weeks ago.  I did share a sneak peak on Facebook with Puddy making himself at home on the couch.  But, I didn’t share the rest of the couch because it wasn’t exactly how we ordered it.  Our pillows were on back order at first, so we got them about a week later.  And, it had the wrong color feet on it.  The correct feet finally arrived and are installed, so now I can share the full sectional.

New Sectionl - close up

When it was delivered to the house, it had espresso colored feet on it, which looked terrible with our light floors and other wood furniture.  The feet on it now were just like we pictured.  The great part about the sectional is that we ordered it for this room.  Our old sectional was from my previous house, so it wasn’t set up the right way for our living room.  Now, we have the longer side facing the fireplace, so the coffee table can be parallel to the fireplace too.

New Sectional - view from patio doors

It makes the room feel cozier.  We are still debating an end table for the other side.  It would need to be skinny though so it doesn’t block the walkway.  I was even considering a garden stool.  With the length of that side previously, we couldn’t have an end table on that side.  So, it’s nice to have options.

New Sectional - Flexsteel

We are still using the rug we had.  It really throws off the colors since the new pillows have blue.  The four matching pillows are what we ordered with the sectional.  The other two prints, I picked up before the sectional arrived.  I don’t think I’ll keep both on there at the same time, but for now we like having all the pillows on the couch.

New Sectional - Puddy on corner

Puddy definitely approves!  It took him a little bit to adjust, but he didn’t waste time making himself at home on the new couch.  Bob and I love it too.  It is long enough on each side for us both to stretch out, which is great. We have the comfort factor taken care of, now we just need to work on redecorating the room.  So, now that you see it in the room, what are your thoughts on a rug?  What about a second end table?

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Upcoming Living Room Changes

I had mentioned that we would be looking for new living room furniture, when I last shared the room with you.  In the last month or so, it got moved to the top of our list.  I’m not quite sure why…I think it may have been the commercials for the sales at the furniture stores, and I caught Bob at a weak moment and he said we could go look.  Of course, we didn’t find anything on the showroom floor that we liked.  So, we explored getting a quote on a custom sectional at the one local furniture store, Wolf’s.  We took home some fabric samples, chose one we liked and then went back to find pillow fabric. I wasn’t thrilled.  I don’t think we were ever like “this is the one.”  So, we walked away.  Then, I had a day off of work.  I made no plans in advance, I just did what I wanted to.  And, that day I ended up at the other big local furniture store, Interiors.  I ignored all the salespeople and wandered around the whole store.  They had tons of sectional options, none that were perfect either.  But, a nice saleslady found me near the end of my rounds.  She showed me a Flexsteel sofa that was very comfortable and was available in whatever custom shape you could dream up, at least it seemed that way.  So, I picked out some fabric and had her work up a price.  Then, I took it home to Bob.  The price was a bit cheaper than at Wolf’s and it provided the option to add one more seat on the one side, so that it is basically 2 sofas put together (I think one more cushion than the picture below).

Living Room - New Flexsteel  Vail Sectional-2

Bob still wasn’t sure.  So, we stopped in the following weekend for him to take a look, and he liked the sectional.  He wasn’t sure about my fabric choices though.  My saleslady was not there, so we left.  We waited another week and went to try to pick out fabrics again.  This time, the saleslady was there to help.  Fortunately, she suggested taking the fabric I had picked out into the natural light and it made a big difference.  Bob liked it.  He already liked the pillow fabric I chose.  We tried and tried to find a second pillow fabric, but had no such luck.  So, we just went with a base couch color and one pillow fabric for all 4 pillows.  The couch itself is 100″ x 123″, so its big!

So, why am I sharing all this now, when we don’t have a new couch yet, and we have to wait 6-8 weeks total until it arrives!  Well, I got the fabric samples in the mail today.

Living Room - New Sectional Fabric

I love the tones and texture of the couch color.  It will be a nice change from our primarily all gold couch now.  And, the pillows will be a change as well.  We are adding blue into the mix.  I think it will lighten up the room.  Our living room gets great light, but sometimes it feels dark because of the traditional dark colors of the burgundy, greens, and gold tones.

So, with the arrival of the fabric samples, I got excited to look at rug options.  I already warned Bob  that the new couch would lead to a new rug 🙂  I was searching online for some rugs, and came up with a few options.

Rugs- Target Threshold Jacobean Floral Rug

Target – $199 for 6’6″ x 10′

Rugs - Target Threshold Hooked Wool Area Rug - Blue-brown

Target – $359 for 7′ x 10

Rugs - Target Mohawk Home Asian Branches Area Rug - Coconut

Target – $299 for 8′ x 11

Rugs - Lowes Allen + Roth Rectangularg Beige Floral Area Rug

Lowe’s – $364 for  7’10” x 10

Rugs - Shaw Living Blue Berries Area Rug

Lowe’s – $278 for 8′ x 11

Rugs - Lowes ARtistic Weavers Waikiki Green Floral Area Rug

Lowe’s – $328 for 7’10” x 10’10

Rugs - Artistic Weavers Pahala Beige Floral Area Rug

Lowe’s – $328 for 7’10” x 10’10

I looked a few other places online, Rugs USA, Overstock, and Ikea, but I didn’t find anything I liked there…well, at least nothing I liked that was in my budget.  I must be cheap, but I can’t see spending $1,000 on a rug.  I’m still struggling with how much the sectional cost!!

What do you think of these rug options?  I’m definitely more traditional with my rug choices.  I love how geometric rugs look in spaces I see, but when it comes to choosing for our house, I am not drawn to that look at all.  I seem to like nature – flowers, leaves, and berries were my natural instinct.

Do you plan your decorating decisions in advance?  Or, do you just let the room evolve?  Any suggestions for where to look for rugs?

Our Living Room

I’m discovering that Winter time poses an additional challenge for me, besides just trying to get through the short, dark cold days.  The lack of daylight hours that I am home has proven difficult in trying to get photos for blogging.  My photography needs all the help it can get, so when the sun was shining recently I took advantage and snapped some pictures around the house of areas that I have not shared yet.  I did show you the Odd Corner in the Living Room, so I thought it was time to share the rest of the living room.

Below is the view of the living room from the odd corner.  The kitchen is off to the left, the foyer is the opening in the middle, and the view on the right is into the guest room.

Living Room - View from chairs

This is the view standing at the patio door.  Our living room is heavily used since it is the central part of our home.

Living Room - View from Patio Doors

Overall, the room is decorated pretty simply.   I always think it feels better with some fresh flowers.  I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my spray painted vase.

Living Room - Flowers in spraypainted vase

I had the sectional before we got married, so its been around for a while.   I’ve already added extra poly-fil to the back cushions to give it a little more cushion.  At some point, we’ll get a new couch, but I think we’ll have to replace it with another sectional, since the corner of it is where Puddy spends a lot of his time.

Living Room - View from Kitchen with Puddy

I had to close the curtains on the patio door to get the picture below since it was so sunny.  This angle shows you the dining room, the kitchen bar and a sliver of the breakfast room in the background. I love that we get such warm sunlight in the hub of our home.

Living Room - View from Hallway

As we are beginning to consider a new couch, do you have any recommendations?  Should we stick to a sectional?  Or, is there other furniture we should consider for a better layout?

5 Years

5 years ago today, we had been living in our home for only a few weeks and we were already giving the living room a completely new look.  We removed all the furniture and brought in 30 white chairs to prepare for our big day…our wedding day!

Wedding - Chairs in Living Room

We kept everything simple, decorating only with some fresh flowers and candles.

Wedding - View from Kitchen-Flowers-Chairs-Unity Candle

We used a side table that we had and placed our unity candle on display.  We didn’t follow the tradition of not seeing each other on our wedding day, but we did stick with some traditions.  My Dad walked me down the aisle.

Wedding - Here comes the bride-Leslie and Dad

Our Reverend wrote a beautiful ceremony incorporating words that Bob and I both used to describe each other, but she didn’t reveal to either of us what she was including in that portion of the ceremony in advance.  Our comments were a surprise to both of us during the ceremony, which was very special.

Wedding - Ceremony - Bob Leslie and Reverend

Amazingly, I didn’t cry!! 

Wedding - Bob Leslie lighting unity candle

It was a beautiful ceremony! 

Wedding-Mr and Mrs

Bob’s brother is a wedding photographer, so his gift to us was the beautiful photos you are seeing here, and a few hundred more!!

Wedding-Rings with bouquet

Since we had an intimate ceremony with our immediate family, we also had the opportunity to take many family photos to add to the memories of the day. 

We had our reception dinner at a local restaurant.  No wedding is complete without some cake!

Wedding-cutting the cake 

To my wonderful husband, Bob,

I love with you with all my heart, even more than I did 5 years ago when we stood in our home in front of our families and pledged our love and committment to each other.  It has been an amazing 5 years and I look forward to many, many more!!  Happy Anniversary!

Love,
Leslie

Our Christmas House

Christmas - Puddy on porch with greenery in urns

Welcome to our Christmas House!  I’ve shared some pieces of projects around our house recently, but this is the complete tour of  our home at Christmastime with many pictures and few words. 

Christmas - Greens-magnolia-berries-urn-on-porch

I just stuff several types of greenery in the urns and added a few faux berries, but I think the real highlight are the magnolia branches in each pot.  This was the first year I’ve used them and I think it really adds to the overall composition.

Christmas - DIY Wreath on Door

The poinsettias are more burgundy than the picture shows, but you can get a pretty good idea of the overall look.

Christmas-Foyer table with tree and santa

Right inside the door, the foyer table is decorated with tree #1.  This tree is home to the more sentimental ornaments.

Christmas- Puddy with Tree with Red and Green Lights

I had a lot of difficulty getting a picture of our real tree lit, so I snapped this one of Puddy is his normal spot with the tree in the background.

Christmas-Real Tree in daylight

Same tree, just in daylight.

Christmas - Greens in Spraypainted vase-ornaments- wreath on mirror-foyer-tree-in-background

The living room coffee table, looking back to the foyer.

Christmas - Neutral Vignette with Santa trees and Nativity

A little vignette on the table in the odd corner of the living room.

Christmas-Ornaments in vase reflecting in mirror

Christmas - Fresh Greens lights and stockings on mantle

Christmas-Touches of Christmas in Powder Room

The powder room even has a little touch of Christmas.

Christmas - Craft Room Shelves

These are the shelves above my desk in my craft room.  They were the first part of the house to be decorated, since its one spot that is mainly just for me to enjoy.

Christmas - DIY Centerpieces-Sprayed Branches with snowflakes-poinsettias-and-candlesticks

I’m still using my spraypainted branches!  I just changed the vase filler and added some snowflakes.

Christmas - Ornaments in Glass on Buffet

I have quite a variety of ornaments, so they end up in any vessel I can find around the house.  These are on the buffet in our breakfast room.

Christmas -DIY Cork Board into Card Holder

This is my card display in our kitchen.  I used an old cork board and just wrapped fabric around it using staples to secure it on the back, and added Christmas roping secured with nail head trim on the front and staples on the back.  Above was with our first card that arrived.  Below, it is now overflowing with greetings from friends and family.

Christmas-DIY Card Holder full of cards

Christmas - Basement - Table and Side Table Decorated

Now, you are getting the tour of the basement decorations, starting with table and side table above.

Christmas - Basement Entertainment Center Shelves

The shelves get a whole new look for Christmas. 

Christmas-Basement Tree with Christmas Shelves and Angel

And, finally this is tree #3!  This tree has had two different looks this year.  It was decorated in pink for Keri’s baby shower, but I changed it to the blue decorations since then.  We’ve only had this tree for two Christmases, and I just love it.  It is so nice to be able to put it up early and leave it up for as long as we like.  I think it was up until February last year!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas House.  Anyone else have three trees?  Do you decorate the whole house, or just certain rooms?

Rug Anchors

We have two rugs that I have had to reposition on a daily basis for years.  They each had the traditional rug gripper under them.

You can see the rug gripper peaking out from underneath as well.  The rug in the background in the hallway had this problem as well.  But, fortunately at the Haven Conference, 3M had a booth and they were giving away products.  The representative handed me Rug Anchors.

They are a new product, that are basically command strips to hold your rugs in place.  I explained to the representative that I had 2 rugs that I had to reposition every day, so he kindly gave me 2 sample products.  I initially tried the rug anchors on the small rug in the hallway to see if they worked.  I’ve had them in place for over a month on that rug and it hasn’t budged!  Bob actually said how great it was and that we needed to get more to fix the larger rug.  I informed him I had another set and that was my plan all along, but I wanted to make sure they worked first. 

So, this weekend, I tackled the simple project of removing the old rug gripper, and replacing it with the rug anchors. 

The dusty, dirty rug gripper got removed first.  Then, I just followed the step-by-step instructions on the back of the rug anchor package.  I separated each of the 4 strips.  Then I attached the tan strip to the black strip.

For each corner, I removed the tan backing and attached it to the underside of the rug corner.

Then, I removed the backing for the black side.

And, the final step was to press the rug into place.

I repeated the process for all four corners and now we have both rugs secured with the 3M Rug Anchors, so we can avoid the daily replacement of the rugs.

Puddy had to show off that the rug doesn’t move for him anymore! 

Has anyone else used the 3M rug anchors? Any other solutions for keeping your rugs in place?

The Odd Corner in our Living Room

Decorating and arranging furniture in our living room has been the thorn in my side from day one.  These pictures are the best I could find with no furniture in the space.

Our original plan was to put the large sectional that Bob had in his house in our living room.  It is four pieces and we thought it would fill the room nicely.  We were definitely wrong on that idea.  On moving day, my Mom and I tried every possible arrangement of the four pieces in the living room and it did not work at all.  Fortunately for us, I also had a sectional from my previous house.  It was a smaller two piece L-shaped sectional.  In desperation to try to get some furniture in the room, we tried it.  It worked in the space, but it also meant we needed to place our TV in the corner to the right of the fireplace and partially blocking the window.

Not long after we our wedding, we upgraded to a flat screen TV, so we bought a corner stand and the corner of the living room was on its second look.

It stayed like this for several years, because we really did not know what else to do to rearrange.  The only other option we considered was placing the TV on the wall above the fireplace.  Bob and I were both hesistant to make the change, but eventually decided it was the way to go.  It bothered both of us that the TV was blocking the window.

We finally took the plunge and hung the TV over the mantle when we moved the larger TV to our basement, which at the time was just finished.  So, we purchaed a slightly smaller TV  and hung it over the mantle, which  left the odd corner in the living room with needing a new purpose.  It has now had many looks, as evidenced in all the pictures.  And, I know there was at least one other arrangement in that corner that we don’t have pictures to prove it existed.

This is the current state of the odd corner in the living room.   It definitelywill not be the final look, as I think it needs bigger, more comfortable chairs.  But, I am pleased with the current state.  Especially since I bought the little table for $5 at a yardsale. It was painted in a pretty pastel purple, and I stripped it and then stained the top and spray painted the legs to get the current look.  The chairs were bought at a used furniture store and I reupholstered them and added the trim.  I sewed the pillow covers as well. 

Does anyone have any suggestions for improving the odd corner in our living room?  Or, any other layout suggestions?