After a very frustrating weekend full of false labor, I’m happy to turn my attention to decorating my new house! I’ll try to get some pictures up soon, but let me tell you….the house looks AWESOME! It has walls. It has siding. It has cabinets and sinks and crown molding!!!!! In short, it is looking like a real house now! Since Loo Loo is here, I decided to take advantage of her last Thursday and take her decor and furniture shopping. We went to several fabric stores looking for color inspiration (we wanted most of the rooms in the house to “coordinate” using like colors and color families)….this is all new to me, and this is why we need Loo Loo. I do not have a good decorating bone in my body. Sure, I know what I like (See my Pinterest Page at the top), and what I don’t like….but when it comes to starting from scratch and being creative…..I just don’t have it. But, I’m an excellent copycat! =)
Here are some of the fabrics we liked (keep in mind we were looking for our color scheme…something to base pillows, rugs and curtains off):
Obviously, we were drawn to beiges, light blues, teals, dark blues and whites. We decided that with our SUPER dark (almost black) cabinetry in the open kitchen, VERY dark (like expresso) furniture and KINDA dark (like a maple color) floors….we needed some lighter colored fabrics with dark and light prints. So here are the specific fabrics we chose…
We wanted to keep a little bit of the red, so we’d be able to use some of our current accent pieces (vases and such) and it would still go with the mostly blues theme. We also plan on making or recovering our own pillows and using fake roman shades in the hallways with the striped fabric used as ties against kind of a linen or canvas fabric (in a lighter beige color) for the stairwell windows. We’ll also throw in some solid colors too.
As for furniture, our only MUST HAVE pieces will be a white dresser for Jayna (which we will probably get from IKEA, to match her bed), barstools for the kitchen counter and a hutch/sideboard piece for the breakfast area for more storage. We went to Nadeau, our favorite furniture store and found the PERFECT hutch….tall enough that we won’t have to worry about finding art or a mirror to hang above, deep enough for some of my massive platters and pitchers, and the EXACT color to match all these blues we found! It’s even white washed on the inside to provide a little more rustic feel!
But alas, nothing is going right for me this weekend. Apparently we were not meant to be together. We found it on Thursday, needed to mull it over for a couple of days (and focus on crazy false labor!), and when I called to place it on hold this morning…..was told that it SOLD on Saturday. And no, they don’t order more….these are all one-of-a-kind pieces. So we are back to square one for kitchen storage. =( So sad.
We also considered a couple of little console tables for our entry hallway, but decided that there really isn’t room for anything there. But I still think they are cute!
We also found this piece (before we saw the blue hutch), that we considered….same price range, but it would need to be refinished as it had a greenish paint tint to it that wouldn’t have matched at all. It also didn’t have as much storage as the other one, and no glass windows to prevent little hands from grabbing what I need to store on the shelves.
I’m seriously considering making the loft in our new house into my crafting/sewing room. So when I saw this table….I just about died! I love it! It’s huge, but manageable for our not-so-big loft, and it has drawers on both sides for lots of storage. I also love the antiqued white color, I’ve always wanted that in my house, but it doesn’t go with my DARK furniture downstairs. Here’s my chance! I guess I need to make a decision quickly before it sells too!
That’s about it for our finds this week, but I’m hoping to get back out there on Wednesday (provided Amelia doesn’t show up before then) with Loo Loo and look some more….still hunting for bar stools! Tomorrow is Meet the Teacher and Thursday is the first day of school! Can you believe how fast summer flies by?!?!?
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