EXACTLY!! Wow...please post MORE when you get a chance! :D Love your place.
EXACTLY!! Wow...please post MORE when you get a chance! :D Love your place.
very nice, Beppie! I need to get some bookshelves myself.
Beppie, it looks like there is lots of room for the kids to play :)
There is honestly not much else to our home than what I posted already, except the bathroom, which has a dim lighting and I will try to get a decent photo one of these days.. Maybe I have to use a flash.
I can post some detail pics of around the apartment, but really there is not much else to show.
minimum, you're home is a dream! so minimal and gorgeous!
Texanromaniac, that really looks clean and clear! Everything is so tidy. Should be inspirational to you to look at these while you tackle the rest!
I have to agree that your place is really lovely! I'm truly digging it!
First, I love the grey/black/white backdrops with simple furnishings and then bright splashes! I love the green sofa! It's not something I would buy, but I love how it's a hand-me-down in your family. It's *perfect* in that way! And the color against the dark grey/black is fab.
Overall, I have a similar design aesthetic. We are looking to move from this apartment into a beach cottage with a yard. I'm excited about this new place because of the location, but it's also a beautiful victorian that looks right over the water (it's across the street from the beach, with nothing but road between beach and house. The exterior is done in grey and white, and the interior is really lovely, too. The floors are wood, and then I've asked if I can paint the walls. The color palate that i'm choosing is white, grey (silver-grey like the clouds here on a cloudy day), and a light blue (taken from a photo of the sea here, then taken down to a lower hue-value).
Most of the house will be minimally furnished.
Our bedroom will be as it is now: a king sized bed and our tall-boy dresser for clothes.
For DS, I'll eventually do his room in a twin of our bed, and a little side table/shelf for his candle, a small lamp, and his bedtime books.
For DH, I'll put together his office with a secretary desk, reading chair and lamp, and shelves for all of his books, piles of papers, and collections (he much less minimal than me. he needs his own space for his messy way of working).
For the living room, I have two danish modern chairs that were given to me by a friend (I need to recover the cushions) and I'll make side or coffee table (scroll down to the last picture) out of a bit of tree so that I'll have a place for my cup of tea. I'll also have some floor cushions since I normally sit on the floor. I'll need some kind of shelving for DS's and my own books and DS's toys.
But, the first priority is a table. I'd like a table like this one, though I've also found some that are more simple that I like. I have chairs to go with it already -- these funky old wire ones from the 70s (at $10 a piece, they were a fabulous a steal!). They are rusty, and I think it would look great with table similar to the one linked and one of these as a pendant light.
I love keeping it simple, and I can't wait to move in and share the pictures. Probably next summer. LOL :)
Thanks Zoebird! I'd like to see pics of your home too, it does seem we share a similar aesthetic.
As far as the sofa, we might off-load the sofa to another family member if anyone should want it.. It comes with SIX matching chairs that we just have no use for. The reason why I hang on to it is that my dad kindly offered to pay to fix it up and re-upholster the set after my mom and grandparents passed away, and it was CRAZY expensive..
So while I wouldn't feel terrible about passing on furniture that has been in the family for a long time (it's just stuff and I have other things from them, like my desk), if nobody had space or use for them, I do feel bad about my dad spending so much money on it:/
I love it in a way too... but it's big and heavy and it's only ever used when we have guests and someone will sit on it then.. and it's really not my style anymore either, I love a very monastic, spare style. But I kinda look the eclectic look it brings to our otherwise spartan home, like, we wouldn't buy this thing but it's family "heirloom" and like you said, as such it's special. I just wished it was also functional :D
After my mom passed away I made decisions that I regretted a couple of months after, like wallpapering in our apartment when we moved...
Honestly I should have just said that we don't have room for it.. So I'm thinking I might offer the set to my brother and his fiancé, they don't have a big home but they are into a more decorative, maximalist look. If they don't want it, I could try to sell it and give dad the money, if I'd manage to get what was spent on the work for it!!!
Things like this make me really stressed out about buying anything very expensive. I'm afraid it turns out I don't like it/have room for it/it breaks or disappoints in some other way.
So in addition to this sofa set (the chairs are not in our home) we have a new expensive bed, but it's expensive because it's all natural and I didn't want us to keep sleeping on some toxic plastic, and I've had back pain for over two years, ever since DD was born.... It has a lifetime guarantee so it should be okay in that regard, and it's just a mattress and box spring so I won't get tired of how it looks.
I'm really not suited for expensive stuff, be it antique or designer furniture or jewelry or just about anything. I pay what I feel is decent for good quality and ethical and nice looking stuff, but paying for brand name or exclusivity is not working for me. I've actually sold (and donated) a bunch of expensive stuff, like a vintage mid-century designer pendant lamp, because I'd rather have the bare bulb for light (or a 5$ rice paper shade) and 600$ in the bank! Then when we move I don't have to worry about breaking the thing!
Bump...I would post, but there is a lack of clean, clear spaces around here. Maybe I'll post a pic of a messy one so that I'll feel obligated to follow it up with a clean, clear space.
Share your pics, mamas! I know some of you have great spacing due to spring cleaning fever.
My kitchen!! I decided to change some things around to make it even more open and uncluttered. Took the crockpot, blender, and breadmaker off the counter and they are now stored under the counter...and decided to take the coffeemaker off there too since we use it at most once a week (and are prob gonna get rid of it now that we have a Euro-style stove top espresso maker and a cold brew system). Took the knife block and moved it to a high cabinet too, since little dude now pulls chairs over to the counter to "help" and don't wanna have him getting into them). Moved the canisters too and weeded them down from twelve to eight. I'm loving having super clear counters!!
Thanks texanromaniac! Your kitchen is a breath of fresh air. I love the espresso picture next to the espresso colored table! Congrats
I love the matching jars in a row at the kitchen counter!
Your home looks like a model home. It is so clean, beautiful, and peaceful. Thanks for sharing with us!
P.S. Edmund is an Awesome name!
Thanks. I try to have at least the living/dining/kitchen, halls, master bedroom, nursery, and guest bathroom in decent shape all the time...key word being TRY...cause weekends we relax and things tend to pile up...so if I'm not motivated enough at the beginning of the week it IS a struggle to keep it all neat.
The guest bedroom is usually picked up as well, but it's a wreck right now as I pulled EVERYTHING out of the closet in there cause it was bugging me how cluttered it was, even with the room itself clean. Once it's cleaned out I can move a few things into it from the hall closet and both will be clean and loverly!! My next thing to tackle after that SHOULD be the garage before it gets too hot here in Texas!! The final embarrassing room is the home office...but that is definitely happening soon as well. I HATE doing massive cleaning/decluttering when it's too hot or too cold and wanna get it dealt with and cleared out before it gets insanely hot!!
Gorgeous spaces, ladies!
This thread is so inspiring! After many months I decluttered our living room & dinig room, here are the links.
This is inspiration to me!! I love the books and plants. :)
Beppie I love your dining area...the plants and the sun coming in on to that wooden table, it all looks so inviting!