Drab to Cozy Living Room

My husband and I bought our first house two years ago. We still have mixed emotions about our purchase, this two years being the longest we have stayed in one place in seven years. I feel like home ownership has been extremely challenging but extremely rewarding as well. One of those times when the rewarding feeling hits me is when I am curled up in the couch of our living room. This entire space was made on an extremely tight budget, our biggest splurge being the professional paint job because we feared a broken limb and further expenses trying to paint the vaulted ceilings. Our house is always a work in progress but it has been so much fun finding creative ways to decorate on a budget as well as ways to mesh our completely different styles together.

The Leroy Neiman Frank Sinatra was scored at an art auction on our honeymoon for $60 on a mystery bid!

Our coffee table is currently an old steamer trunk that belonged to one of my grandparents (it still has a partly legible cargo sticker on the side)

One of our end tables is an antique school desk that actually belonged to my father but was gathering dust in the attic!

Although the coffee table trunk serves as great storage space for most of our blankets, I have an unhealthy amount of throws and so we bought a half ladder at a flea market for additional easy to reach blanket storage.

Below is a before picture of our family room. The walls were brown and rust orange and, to be honest, I thought that I could live with them for a while but my husband couldn’t and he pushed to make painting this room a top priority. I don’t say this too often but he was right.



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Budget Bathroom Makeover!

Right before we took of for Italy the hubs and I decided to tackle the ugliest room the second ugliest house in our room next to our “Pizza Kitchen” (but more on that later…)  We had lived with the brown walls and obnoxious cabinet for far too long and were ready to lighten things up a bit.


Hideous! Am I right?
With a few hours after work each night, six different paint swatches and some time to mull it over (loudly disagree about who’s color is better) we reached a compromise on this lovely green by behr called Moss Mist

We didn’t have much a budget for this makeover-on-a-whim project so we left the tile and tub, but we upgraded the shower curtain, mirror, and added some open shelving. I think it turned out wonderfully!



Warby Parkers

It’s safe to say that I  “hide behind my glasses.” I don’t necessarily think that this is a bad thing though when there are so many stylish options out there! I have had horrible vision since I was in seventh grade. It was then that my parents bought me my first pair of glasses. They were pretty standard; rectangular and black frames. I stuck with the style for a long time and it wasn’t until this year that I wanted something different and so I turned to Warby Parker and I don’t think that I will ever turn back. Warby Parker has an awesome at home try on program where they will ship you five frames to try on at home for free! This was one of the few times where I threw in my uncomfortable contacts and wore the tester glasses out and about to get feedback and see how comfortable they were throughout the day. After much deliberation I chose my favorite pair, uploaded a picture of my prescription and purchased them online. They shipped them to me within two weeks and I’m totally in love. Oh, and for each pair of glasses purchased they will give a pair to someone in need. I ended up choosing the Durands in Saddle Russet. I have three more pairs on my wishlist!