Friday, September 21, 2012

Updates and Changes

Well folks,
I'm still here.  I wish I could blog more, but I have to build stuff or have stuff happen to make it interesting for you to read.
First let me start by passing on a tip for purchases.  We are horrible with keeping track of receipts.  The Morning Room fan has been an issue for months.  The light turns off after about 15mins of use.  That's no good AND we could not find any of the receipts for stuff we bought at move in (but I did write the purchase date on the manual).  Luckily, Lowe's helped me out by exchanging out the parts.  So last night I got it taken care of and we are good to go.
What about the tip you say?  If you are like us and never lose a manual but horrible with receipt, staple the receipt to the manual. 

We chose a darker brown carpet through out the house minus the Living room and "office".  So in the Family room, we moved in with a darker brown couch and two lazyboy chairs.  It looked very un-colorful.  Brown Blah.
So rather then replacing furniture at higher costs, we chose to "decorate".
We chose Sherwin Williams "Peppery" for the fireplace wall.  Hobby Lobby had 50% metal, hence the designs hanging.  Also added some flowers on the fire place hearth.  Replaced brown couch pillows with color.  Moved a lazy boy into the Master BR and moved a Paong chair in it's place. 

Took the brown dimensional blinds down and put up curtains with pull backs.

We are very happy with the results.  I have a late 1960's AstroTuner console I am refinishing/updating to use for the TV in the Family room.  Then I will take the Ikea table it currently sits on, add a wood top and use it as a coffee table.

The Change
My daughter has moved home.  We put her in the "game room" (first door top of stairs for you Ravenna owners).  We moved the "game room" down to the "office".  We like the change.  The game room being just inside from the garage means the neighborhood kids will no longer trample up and down the stairs dragging their dirty hands on my walls.

Next up, Kitchen back splash and corner shelves.  Stay tuned

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Curtain Rods

I love that industrial feel to interior decorations.  My wife on the other hand needs to be sold a bit.  Luckily, in this case I was a good sales person.
My wife wanted a curtain in his room to replace the dimensional blind we put up initially.  Having picked out a grey curtain, I pushed for a "different" kind of curtain rod. 
I like it and now I will make some basic shelves using pipe for the brackets.  Pictures to follow.

Not the greatest pics, but you get it.  What you don't see is the pipe "pull-back" on the side that allows my son to pull the curtain to the right side.