Living Room Makeover

I think I have said this before, and if I haven’t I should have:I am a terrible interior decorator. Seriously, the idea of decorating makes me slightly nauseous and hysterical.

That being said, as a homeowner, I couldn’t ignore the need to decorate my house. It is easy in an apartment. I just kept telling myself we were only going to live there for a few months and then we would be gone. (I eventually decorated thanks to my mother and being told we were going to live there for more than a few months)

Anyway, my living room has been my priority. It is the space we spend the most time in and the space that people will see first when they walk into our house. I wanted it to be comfortable, yet simple and homey.

We bought new furniture at Rooms to Go- a couch and chair w/ ottoman. The room is a very weird space because of where the front door is in relation to the staircase and the fireplace. Anyway, we needed furniture that wouldn’t be humongous, but would also allow seating for more than 3 people.

(I was told DO NOT buy white/off white/cream colored furniture. Apparently black dogs and white furniture don’t mix. Well, I said psshh I will buy whatever furniture I like. Therefore, I have white furniture that I currently vacuum at least twice a week. I also try (unsuccessfully, I might add) to keep my dog on the floor or on a blanket if she is on the couch.)

Anyway- this is what we came up with and this is legitimately so comfortable and fits quite a few bottoms comfortably.

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The second most stressful thing in my life (next to getting dressed every morning) was buying a rug. I knew from the beginning of our time in this house that I would need a rug for this room. It was just too big and needed something to bring it all together (and it has helped the never ending sweeping event that has been going on in the last month and a half). Well, I have been staring at our blank floor with disdain and I have beens staring at rugs in stores, trying desperately to find something I would like in a few months that did not cost me an arm and a leg (we are teachers, people!).

So, the other day I went to Target to buy something I needed, maybe peanut butter or what not. But, like during all Target trips, I started wandering around not looking for anything in particular, but ending up with a bunch of stuff (not in my cart, because I try not to use a cart so I don’t buy as much) in my arms, which I kept dropping, but kept refusing to get a cart because I wasn’t getting THAT MUCH. Whatever, it happens to all of us. Anyway, I was wandering through the bathroom/bedroom aisles just minding my own business, when I ran into the rug aisle and came across a rug I didn’t mind putting in my living room.

Well, long story short…I bought the rug, got home, laid it on the ground and….I hated it.

I hated it because I bought a 5 x 7 but this room is much too big for a 5 x 7 rug.

After the failure, I sat on the couch and pouted about my horrible decision making, decorating skills, and then decided to go back to Target and see if I could find the rug in a bigger size.

As you can see, congratulations are in order. I found the rug in a 7 x 10 and ended up actually buying it (after again, not getting a cart, so I walked my happy self around while carrying this 10 feet long rug around Target. No shame)

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I’m pleased so far with how the rug has pulled my little room together. I will continue on with paint color and other decor tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am writing this post with a very grateful heart today..

This is the first post from our new HOUSE. Praise the Lord, I can’t believe this is really my home. It has been (and will continue to be) a very hectic few weeks as we have tried to finalize all the things that come with the home buying process, while making it through a very intense part of the school year, and on top of that, enjoying the Rebels incredible football season.

All of that has resulted in a very different Thanksgiving in our home.

Rather than spending the week in one of our parents’ homes, we woke up in our own house today because the Rebels had a Thanksgiving day practice, which, I am learning, is a great honor. Tomorrow night is the state semi-final game. There are only four teams left in the tournament, and West is one of them. I am so proud of that team and especially my coach, my husband, Nat. He puts his entire heart into that team. Around October he starts to get exhausted, but he pushes on anyway. Being able to coach at West has been a great blessing. It has been an amazing experience, and so now we are hoping to end up in Cookeville next weekend playing for that state Champion title.

I am so humbled when I think about the last year in my life. What a year it has been. I think I will always look back on this first year and a half of marriage with gratitude when I think of all that has happened.

This morning, instead of running the annual Werre turkey trot to Pig & Whistle, I ran the Hot to Trot 10k with my friend Hayley. I am so thankful for the friendship we have developed and all of the friendships that have come out of our community group at church.

I am missing my family terribly this year; that comes with the territory of living far away from everyone. I can only think back on this year and smile (and cry happy tears). We welcomed a new member, Sue Ann, into the family in August, we got to take a once in a lifetime trip as a family, we found out we are going to welcome the smallest member of our family in March. I am so grateful for a family that loves hard and loves even when it is hard. It is not easy to live away from all of those crazy people, but it sure makes seeing each other so much better.

I am so thankful for the Scott family. I have always felt like I was part of that family, even before Nat and I were married. I am thankful for health, and for medicine and the fact that everyone is going to be there today. My heart is full when I think about how well they love Nat and I. I won the jackpot when it came to in-laws. It is so nice to know that if I can’t be with my parents, I have a great other half of my family just an hour and a half down the road.

Anyway, this is gushy, I recognize that. I am just counting my blessings today.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This Week

We are moving in a week and a half. These are my pre-moving plans:

  • Wash literally every linen we have in this apartment and any dirty clothes we acquire in the next week and a half. (I am getting every penny out of my water payment for the month)
  • Go see Justin Timberlake in Nashville
  • Eat every single freezer meal left in our freezer (We are having taco soup at least 3 times.)
  • Eat everything from our refrigerator (I am getting really creative here, people!)
  • Throw away any old/expired/gross food. I am finding cans that are from when I was in college. That is much too old.
  • Try and ignore the mess that is my apartment. I am praying I am not going to be judged by anyone for the amount of dust, dirt, and junk we have acquired as we have started packing. I’m usually really clean!
  • Buy a couch.
  • Find a refrigerator.
  • Find a new kitchen table.

And somewhere along the way I am going to grade papers, teach students, go to meetings, and hopefully sleep.

This is an exciting time! Here we go!