Thursday, June 14, 2012

mixing old and new

our new sectional arrived earlier this week for the den and it has taken some getting used to.  not that i don't love it (because i do!) but i always have a fear when incorporating multiple new items in one room, that i'm creating a space that looks 'vanilla'.

for me, there needs to be a balance of old and new pieces.  nothing quite beats an old, original re-purposed gem that is one of a kind.

that said, there's a time and place for new. 

as i was looking for ways to incorporate a little something to give this space a unique factor, rob's brother saved the day again with an original piece of art.  it used to hang above the old sofa in our more formal living room, but i'm really loving how it pops against the white walls in the den. 

more photos to come!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

when will the dust settle?

just when we had the dust cleaned up from the hardwood floors, we thought we'd challenge our living conditions once more with a little drywall project.  oh, yes ...

the previous paneling had been painted to give it some saving grace, but there was an obvious lack of attention to the walls and trim in our den.  the paneling was thin and buckled over time.  wavy walls are not a great selling point, nor are armstrong ceiling tiles with water spots from the old roof.  we decided it was time to tackle this project as it stuck out like a sore thumb against those beautiful refinished hardwoods.  might as well while we're at it, right?  (enter grumble of reluctance here). 

and might as well add some recessed lighting and updated grounded outlets while we have the walls and ceiling exposed ...

does it ever end?  i sure hope so ...

more photos to come soon once the new furniture is delivered.  when it rains, it poors (in a good way).