A Little Hallway + A Little Paint = 4 years

I’m no mathematician, but I’m pretty sure 4 years is a really long time to paint an 8 foot hallway.

Let’s go back to the beginning…

When we first moved in to this house 4 years ago the very first thing we did was paint the living and dining room. Now, when you’ve never owned a home, or ever really “decorated” a home, it is extremely challenging to get started. So we did what I’m pretty sure at least 50% of first time home-owners do (right? just tell me I’m right, even if I’m not) we picked paint colors that matched our furniture. Ugh. Just, UGH. Huge mistake, don’t ever do this. BOOOORRRIIINNGGG.

Then we sulked around for about 2 years talking about what color we would repaint (I talked, Kevin rolled his eyes) until finally we realized that our to-do list was way too long right now to focus on repainting and we should just work with it. Don’t worry, I WILL wear Kevin down one of these days and we WILL repaint ;-). So for 4 years our little main hallway off the living room remained stark builders white until we finally decided that we weren’t repainting any time soon so we should just make the hall feel as cohesive as possible.

The hall went from this:

(notice how awkward it looks when the living room paint job just stops and doesn’t continue through the hall)

And now, to this!:

What a difference!

I still hate the color, and we still need to rip out the old molding and install new baseboards (which explains the paint all over the current ones, we aren’t THAT messy people!) but it’s a nice temporary fix. Makes the space just feel a little more cozy. Next up we need to replace that awful light. I’ve narrowed it down to three options so I need your help! Which one do you like the best?

1. Bushel pendant from Shades of light. I LOVE this one, but would it look odd to have a hanging pendant in this space?

 Bushel Basket Lantern

2. Mama’s got a PB gift card burning a hole her pocket, AND only one month left of our registry discount! Plus, I love how this option is semi-flush (a seriously underserved lighting option in the marketplace imo)

3. Love these two flush mounts, but still hate that they’re descendants of the boob light.

 

Help a girl out, vote in the poll below!

 

ps – MODERN FAMILY IS BACK TONIGHT!!!! AAAHHH!!! Dear big man/woman/vampire upstairs, thank you for fall tv. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Sunday Sprucin’

I’m back!

Now that we got that out of the way…

There’s something you should know about Mama D, she is a firm believer in little things making a big difference. She’s also a very visual person (like me) so she’s adamant about making little changes in your surroundings to make your home feel cozy and pretty. She’s the type of gal that when you’re feeling a little gloomy, she buys you a perfectly adorable new tube of lipstick, or brings you a delicious smelling candle, or sends you a beautifully embellished card. The lady likes pink, and glitter, and frou frou and aint nothin wrong with that!

So this weekend when we were standing out in the front yard and I told her it was a mess, and we had to do something about it but I didn’t have the time, she jumped on it with her typical gusto and said “Come On! It’ll only take a few hours let’s do some quick sprucing”. The next day was gorgeous and we headed over to the nursery and got our green thumb on.

Here’s a few shots of how sad things were looking before.

Mama D getting us started.

Welcome to the weed garden. Enter at your own risk.

The plants actually weren’t in bad shape. It’s just that we had planted them right when we moved in and we’ve since learned more about what works well in that part of the yard. For example, the right side of this garden bed (where the flag is) is directly under the heating vent and water drain from our laundry room, so anything that is planted here grows to monster blue ribbon winning size whereas the left side of the bed stays normal. So we did some shifting to balance everything out.

Oh man, this next pic is a mess. We’ve got grass, weeds, remnants of some mums from forever ago, and then some bulbs that my husband “promised” he pulled up last year. 😉

And now, some pretty little afters!

We planted some mums for Fall color (don’t they get you so excited for T-Day? Can’t WAIT!). We also planted three azalea bushes for some low maintenance greenery that will last almost year round. The others are all plants we already had in the bed just shifted around.

Welcome!

We kept it simple and low maintenance here. What I love the most about this bed is that aside from the pansies we planted four little ground cover starters that will fill in the bed pretty quickly and they will flower pretty little white buds in the Spring.

And then, because this is my blog, and I am obsessed with my beautiful pooch, here’s a shot of Soph helping out 🙂

Yay for a Sunday Funday filled with mommas, pooches, and flowers!