i have mentioned before on the blog that one thing that i really (really) (just ask chris) love doing is decorating our house. or anyone's house for that matter. i love looking at other people's houses, even if the only legal way of doing that is via home decor blogs and better homes and gardens magazines. ok, maybe i have driven around the lakes peeking in people's windows at night. don't get the wrong idea – i stay in my car...it's not like i'm outside their window in a hamburglar outfit or anything. but if you're going to leave your curtains open at night, and i'm driving by, i'm gonna look in your windows. sorry.
i do decorate my house all the time. i get in these moods...moods where i feel the need to overhaul the whole house. and pretty much everything in my house is thrifted, so i don't feel too bad about redecorating (and redecorating) (and redecorating) all the time. for now, though, i am pretty happy with how it all looks. ask me again in a few months. or better yet, i might have all new pictures for you. in the meantime, i decided to snap a few pics to share while my house was clean. i took a ton, so i'm just going to stick with the main floor for today. stay tuned for the second floor next week!
this is our living room (as seen from the landing of the stairs leading upstairs). everything in this picture, aside from the striped rug, the ikea pillow on the right chair, and mirror (behind the suitcases) is thrifted. the books in the fireplace are my mom's childhood books. they consist mostly of nancy drew and hardy boys. i can't wait for my kids to read them when they get a bit older.
i know that looks like dust in the tile, but it's just the way the sun is hitting it. next week it will be dust.
i have a
small collection of suitcases. i love them. the bottom two i got for $1 each at a garage sale held by two 80+ year old men. there is a sticker on one that says, "thank you for not smoking". i decided to leave it on. there are also a ton of anti-smoking pins inside one, along with a travel tag with (what i'm assuming is) one of the man's wife's name and address. the top one i got in my neighbor's alley. there were three total (the other two are in our bedroom) with a huge sign that said, "free", so why wouldn't i take them?
i think one of the best ways to decorate a room is with a cozy blanket. along with the suitcases, i have a huge collection of vintage blankets and afghans.
you can't go wrong with a horse tray on a table, right?
we have more throw pillows in our house than a pottery barn. seriously...i have to stop myself from buying more. these are two of my favorites. to be fair, i have about 15 favorites.
i love our mantle. you are starting to see a trend, i bet – i like to collect things – suitcases, blankets, milk glass (and as you might already know, or as you will see soon, globes). i painted these silhouettes of our family (including desi) on the wall myself. i took pictures of the kids and chris when they were sleeping one day and worked from there. my own was the hardest, but i think it's a pretty good rendition.
one of my favorite things about our house is the built-in nooks. if not for the nooks, where would i put my kitschy collection of woodland animals, radios and sequined squirrels? and can you see the cutest picture of henry and eva holding hands in the woods?
as the alphabet blocks say, this is the top of our bar. i like to say this represents us pretty well...because we like to party and we are pretty worldly. ok, maybe we just like to party.
this is our entryway, aka a place to hang some of my favorite art pieces, including bucky. i have always wanted a deer head, but never wanted a real one. so when i saw him at a garage sale, i had to have him!
this is a corner in our living room. oddly enough, no one ever sits on this chair (except desi when we're not home). but, i figure people have to have a place to throw their jacket when we have a party, right? (plus the chair was only $5.)
this is where i write most of my blog posts! it's a corner in our dining room. see the aforementioned globes? yep...i told you so. oh, and a blanket and a throw pillow. they are all over. i'm not ashamed. also, the farm aid is one of my favorite pictures. chris' mom gave that to him for christmas one year. we have seen willie nelson live countless times, but never at farm aid. how cool would that be?
this is one of my favorite walls. i have done and redone this dining room wall so many times. i never truly loved it until now. my embroidery ring hoarding has paid off!!
so there you have it. our main floor. it's not always this clean. in fact, it's rarely this clean. and when it is, it literally only lasts a few hours. but that's ok with me. that means we're having a good time!!