New Dining Room Art & A Fall Table

I recently purchased some art for my dining room. I had been on the hunt for quite a while. Originally I thought I’d like to curate a large collage for the wall, but then once I started collecting pieces, it all just felt like too much. I knew that I’d just know when I saw it, and that finally happened for me last weekend at Ikea.

I take an annual pilgrimage to Ikea with my BFF. She lives south of Atlanta, and I live about three hours north. It’s a great meeting place for us. I was in the frame section to find some living room art that (long story short) didn’t work out when I saw it: the most perfect dining room art ever.

New Dining Room Art at

What do you think? I’m completely smitten. At $39.99, I felt really great about purchasing such a large piece of art for the dining room. Scroll down for product details.

In other news, I’ve decorated the table for fall. I normally like to set out place settings, but I just don’t trust my cat, Winter, with breakables yet. I never catch her on the table, but I still just don’t trust her.

Fall Table Decor at


Confession: I’ve had these pumpkins out far longer than it’s been acceptable to display fall decor. I can’t help it. I love fall.

Source List:

Candle Holders: Ikea
Candles: Local Store, going out of business sale
Pumpkins: Hobby Lobby, end of season last year
Pumpkin Salt & Pepper Shakers: Big Lots, three years ago (?)
Table Runner: Joanne’s, end of season two years ago (?)
Spoon Art: Ikea

Blue House Tour: The Office

We’ve already wrapped up the tour of the guest rooms, and now we’re moving into one of the rooms where I spend the majority of my time: my office, also known as the sunroom. This is where I do all of my blogging, crafting, bill paying, etc.


BetweenWeekdays Floor Plan_Office

As a reminder, here’s the before of this room:


The previous owners also used the sunroom as an office, and it’s funny to look back at how different this room is now. Today, it’s sporting a new paint color, a new light and a whole new set of furniture and accessories.

The yellow walls and window valances just weren’t doing it for me, so we removed the valances and painted the room what I thought would be a deep gray. It ended up being a very pretty blue that sometimes looks gray when the sun hits just right (color below).

The Office at

While I wish the room was larger, I’m really pleased with just how functional it actually is. The room may have wall-to-wall furniture, but it doesn’t feel cramped at all thanks to the large windows and openness to the living room.

The Office at

(Yes, that’s Winter’s litter box. I know it would have been prettier to remove it for the photo, but this is real life!)

In our first house, we had two separate office spaces: the office upstairs and a corner of the downstairs living room. The office upstairs functioned as an occasional guest room and a space for our desktop computer to live. It was mostly unused after we purchased my MacBook Pro. I did the majority of my crafting downstairs. Having two separate office spaces kept me running back and forth a lot, so I’m definitely glad to have one office space now.

The Office at

I have a lot of storage in this space thanks to an armoire we purchased off of Craigslist that Travis retrofitted for all of my crafting supplies in the top. The printer and more traditional office supplies are in the bottom. I also have a bookshelf and a few desk drawers for storage.  A trunk in the corner houses all of our board games. Since my storage space is limited, it really helps me limit what I bring into the space.

The Office at

One day soon I hope to show you exactly how I’ve utilized the armoire for all of my storage needs.

I’ll admit that I did compromise on the office space when we purchased this house, but, so far, it’s working really well for me. I like that I’m not separated from the rest of the house, plus having my office right off the living room forces me to keep it picked up.

Room Source List:

Armoire: Craigslist
Book Shelf: Walmart, South Shore Gascony Collection
Chairs: Kirkland’s, HomeGoods
Chandelier: Overstock
Computer: iMac
Computer Desk: Walmart, Better Homes and Garden Autumn Lane Writing Desk
Crafting Desk: IKEA
Lamps: HomeGoods, Rooms to Go
Wall Art: Kirkland’s, Etsy

Paint Color: Mark Twain House Ombra Gray, Valspar

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick.

House Tour: Downstairs Living Room

The tour of our current house is slowly coming to an end. We’ve already seen the entire upstairs, and now we’re moving to the lower level. If you’ve missed any of the posts along the way, click here to see each room.

Our house has a fully functional downstairs apartment with it’s own entrance and living spaces. Today, I’m going to show you the downstairs living room. This room actually sees a bunch of use from us, and it will be difficult to replace in a new home.

We never got around to doing much decorating in this room. In fact, we just settled on this layout right before we listed our house for sale.

I don’t have a true before photo of this room. Imagine it looking something like the before of the main living room upstairs. However, I do have pictures of some of the different layouts we tried.

At one time the room was divided in the middle by the couch (top two photos). As you entered the room, you walked straight into the man cave portion of the room. Behind the sofa was where my crafting space lived on a card table. Oh, those were the glory days.

The bottom photo in the collage represents what I call the chaos period. For a long time, this room was a dump zone. We hadn’t gotten around to doing anything with the rest of the downstairs, so no one ever came down here. The room in this state gave me hives, and I couldn’t stand to spend any time here.

As you noticed in the above photo collage, this room has a multitude of functions. This made finding a cohesive layout difficult. This room is used as:

  • Travis’ Man Cave
  • My Crafting Space
  • A Movie Room, occasionally
  • A Workout Room

In our next house, I would love to have my crafting and office space combined, but we’ll see.

I love my little corner of the room. This desk is long and very functional for my needs. The armoire on the other side of the room houses all of my crafting supplies. I’m looking forward to really organizing it when we move.

I purchased the armoire, which is made from solid wood and is very sturdy, from Craigslist for $100 and then painted it. I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra in classic silver. This paint is pretty amazing, and I’m looking forward to using it again. I only used about half of my quart for this project. The color in the above photo is pretty true to life.

Travis has spent many hours on the sofa in this space playing his XBox. For a long time the only function of the room was Man Cave. The sofa is a hand me down from his parents. Its lost most of its cushion and the fabric is scratchy. I’m definitely hoping to replace it in our next house, but for the past several years, it’s served my husband pretty well. Plus, it was free!

We only have a handful of rooms left on our house tour. It’s definitely going to be bittersweet to say goodbye to this place.

Source List:

Sofa: Hand Me Down
Desk: IKEA
Armoire: Craigslist
Coffee Table: IKEA, LACK
Side Table: IKEA, LACK

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar (left over from upstairs)

House Tour: Master Bedroom and Bathroom

I love our master bedroom. I do. It’s just the right size. It let’s in just the right amount of natural light. It’s completely comfortable. And it’s us. If any room in our house is us, I think it’s this one.

We’ve spent years collecting different pieces of furniture for this room. Isn’t it funny how your own space (in this case, the master bedroom) is at the end of the to-do list?

Did you notice the lampshades we recovered last year? They’re still one of my favorite projects to date.

Our bed is a massive California King. It’s funny because I’m 5’1, and my husband claims to be 5’9. I don’t think he’s actually that tall. In case you’re wondering, a California King is the longest bed you can buy.

It’s a long story. Before we were married, we were shopping in a small mall, which had a Bombay & Co. outlet. I fell in love with the bed frame, which we were told was a queen. The footboard was brown, but the headboard was black. So, in short, we scored such a fantastic deal on it that we had to have it. It sat in my in-laws basement for months waiting on us to be married. This was very convenient for me, because my mother-in-law stained the footboard black because she got tired of looking at the mismatched pieces. I told you it was a long story.

We recently purchased a Sleep Number mattress for this bed, so I suppose we’re stuck with a California King for the next 20 years. And, yes, the Sleep Number is magical. Travis’ sleep number is 35. Mine is sometimes 50 and sometimes 40. I’m indecisive like that.

The one thing I don’t like about this room is the closet.

think the photo above should speak for itself, but in case it doesn’t, this closet is teeny tiny. Originally this closet was only mine, but once we listed the house for sale, we downsized our wardrobes considerably to fit in into this one teeny tiny closet in order to make it appear like this house has ample storage.

Moving on…

This is my viewpoint from my side of the bed. You’ll notice the DIY paint chip art above the chest of drawers on the right. I just love it there. We only recently mounted the television, and it’s great to finally have it off of the furniture.

The doorway between the chests obviously leads to the master bathroom.

We thought long and hard about converting the tub into a shower, but, in the end, it just didn’t make sense. We’ve done virtually nothing to this space other than paint it and add some hardware and accessories. It’s not my most favorite room, but it’s sufficient.

The tour of the master bedroom and bathroom wraps up the main level of our home. Next, we’ll move into the downstairs apartment. If you’ve missed any of the tour, click here to go to a full listing of each room.

Source List:

Bed Frame: Bombay & Co.
Mattress: Sleep Number m7 bed
Nightstands: IKEA RAST 3-Drawer Chest, stained black
Tall Chest of Drawers: Ashley Furniture (The link is very similar to the chest we own.)
Short Chest of Drawers: IKEA HEMNES 3-Drawer Chest
Bedding: Macy’s, gifted
Artwork: Kirkland’s

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar

Update: I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Show Us Your Bedrooms party.

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