So after weeks of half-heartedly unpacking, splashing around with wood stains and rearranging furniture, I’m calling my living room presentable enough to blog about it. The highlight of the whole ordeal being my new ebony/jacquard stained couch (which you might remember in its unboxing state). I bought a World Market Indonesian Bench and played around with it in my garage for a few weeks, staining, sanding down, and re-staining until I got sick enough of the pattern to just drag it into the house :p (it started as an awful light gray teak color that doesn’t really come across in the photos…) I got a variety of pillows from West Elm and IKEA. There is also an ottoman still in the works to match… more after the jump!
The original couch in the living room was sinfully comfortable but -I must say- too manky even for me. My brother found it several years ago in the middle of a field, lacking all back rest pillows and held together at one edge by nothing but blue duct tape… it also attracted cat hair like the dickens, a rather unsightly combination. It was a full 80″ wide, too big for the tiny living room in my opinion. I’m still a bit sad to see it go (last-minute hopes of re-upholstery popping into my head) but it is what it is.
I previously had some grand plans for how to better use the very limited space on the ground floor of our townhouse, but even my plans were a a bit too ambitious…The whole roughly 14 x 10′ space has to somehow contain the living room, a dining area, and walkways from the front door to the kitchen, the patio, and the garage. Insane! Overall I’m not displeased though, I just barely got all the necessaries to fit with some creative rearranging.
Some of my favorite pieces in the living room are my mother’s old persian rugs that we bought in Finland when I was 6 (we got them about the same time that Aladdin came out in theaters, I spent weeks sitting on each one trying out different ‘magic words’ to make them fly :p) There’s also the various Finnish nicknacks and the gorgeous old un-tuned piano that my grandpa helped strip down from it’s original 7 layers of white/baby blue/avocado green paint. It’s nice to live somewhere with real furniture for a change, having lived in student budget housing for years has left me craving good solid heirloom wood pieces.
As far as the kitchen goes, I’ve decided to use the extra space above the cabinets for jars of preserves and sauces for the winter, I’m embracing this whole cataloguing/storage-in-sight idea… It’s also rather necessary because it seems the cabinets were designed/installed completely haphazardly by the contractor, and it’s impossible to look inside or get anything from them! I added some extra shelving on the side wall for cookbooks and random Finnish paraphernalia.
Thanks for taking the tour, I’ll show you my bedroom soon (ooh la la, you might have to buy me dinner first!) It still has a few pieces missing but I’m told it’s very sailing inspired hahah.
Over and out.