I took out my camera the other day to get pictures of my new and improved living room. I laid the baby down on the couch next to me and started getting myself in all positions to capture the TRUE change that has undergone my home. Here is what I realized...
#1 Andrew looked so cute laying there that I spent most of my time taking his picture and trying to make him laugh...like a lot of time ...and 1 million pictures!!!
#3 Then you walk out of button jar, knob room and into the room where 2 girls are sitting and reading looking so cute and wanting to be silly. They were teasing each other about who knows what and enjoying the new arrangement of books and cozy spots to read them in. And yet again I walk out of that room with little to show in way of house changes...but a really cute red head all dressed up to go get her daddy from the airport.
#4 The changes are way more "wow" in person than on Sim card. But I have to say Pete LOVED it. LIKE REALLY LOVED IT!! The biggest change we made was moving the kitchen table, swapping the 2 rugs, putting the couch up against the wall. I bought some yellow pillows and lamp to help bring the yellow/gold color from the kitchen into the living room. I must have been like 7 months pregnant when I agreed to go SO red in the living room. I am in a way more neutral mood right now...but with the new arrangement of furniture I am way happier with the red.
I stole lamps from all over the house to add to this space. I grabbed a blue lamp from the basement and then I remember seeing these cute blue tables at Target. I loaded all the kids up and rushed to Target to get the little blue tables. I got them home and wondered how I ever lived without these 2 blue tables??
I could go on and on...but to you guys it probably looks pretty much the same...but to me..it is a whole new world.
"Do you see how shiny the floors are?? HELP!! Soon!!"
So that is it. I will say I spent some money. Pete and I had been saving to buy this whole fancy shelf/desk system from Ikea. To do the whole school/sewing space it was going to cost $1600. I rearranged everything, used what I had and spent about $500. I bought yellow pillows (6), 2 tables, a gray blanket, a fake flower arrangement , a little yellow side sitting puff thing (total sucker buy that I LOVE!!), a new rug for in front of the front door (not shown here...yet), a new table runner ...
A new yellow lamp and lamp shade that I must say MAKES the entire room. It was spendy...but I am glad I went for it. I had to get 2 new basket/bucket things for the school/sewing room because I have more yarn than I realized.
So all this was taken from the money we were saving for the IKEA shelf/desk system. So I am feeling pretty good about saving us a bundle. Plus we used what we already had and I got to freshen up THE WHOLE house for a fraction of what were were getting ready to spend.
I am sure I could have shopped and gotten better prices on some stuff...but I was on a roll. Besides, in my line of work, when I have all the kids in the store, and I am ready to buy, I try not to prolong the torture for any of us.