I was gonna wait to share this post but then I got too excited, so figured why not?
Currently we live in a Single Wide. It is not my ideal home but it has been a blessing as we get out of debt and recover from the Real Estate Crash (Prior to moving back to SV we fixed and flipped and invested in Real Estate. Things were moving along when we were blindsided by the crash. But that’s a rather long and boring story.) So here we are, working our way to achieve our goals and dreams in life despite our great fall.
I am one that prefers to save and save and save until I find what I absolutely love. Every now and again I see something I want for “when we build our home.” and I become slightly melancholy about whether or not it is ever really going to happen. I have been hesitant to really make our current home a “Home.” For the past few years it has just been the place we live. With recent events in our lives, I finally decided it was time I stop trying to save and live for “someday when we build our home.” to “today in our home.”
My new priority in life is creating a home and place of sacredness for my son, to be a better mother and wife. Feeling depressed about our living arrangements doesn’t really help create that environment so after discussing it with the hubs, we decided to create a budget for making our house a home.
I am in love with what we have come up with and although we will have to save up for some things, such as furniture and decor, it will only take a few months to achieve vs. years of dreaming about it. I suppose most people really won’t understand where I am coming from with all this. That’s okay. It gives me purpose and excitement in my life to work toward creating a home both physically and spiritually. At night I am unable to sleep because of night terrors and worries. Last night I was unable to sleep because I was excitedly waiting for our local Hardware store to open!
Because our Living room is pretty square and “small” (actually a pretty decent size for a single wide) We have decided the best solution for our sitting arrangement is what I like to call a Compact Sectional. Here’s a sample of a style we are thinking of, minus the extension at the end. Final color to be decided
This will allow us to have slightly more room and not have wasted space that our other couches create. I am still debating on whether or not we will actually have end tables by the couches. I think it will depend on the final size of the sectional and if I think it’s too much or not (at the moment I think it’s too much but I’m trying to humor John:))
In the corner by the front window we will have a nice cozy chair. To help save on money I am actually hoping to find a chair that is slightly used. I would love a swivel/glider type chair like below so that I can be more comfortable when rocking the Creature to sleep. I also think having a nice cozy chair like this will be more inviting for our family and friends when they come to visit vs. the current glider sitting in the corner.
Next to our cozy chair there will be a nice little sofa table with a table lamp I bought last year. I am slightly skeptical that we will be able to get a full size sofa table to fit in that spot (which if we can’t means no table lamp) but John really wants one so we will see I’m also hoping to find a nice good size table to go with the sectional. Hopefully I’ll find some of the items at yard sales and thrift stores to help save on our budget
Here is the plan for our living room. We are also fixing up the kitchen which will flow with our living room. The main layout of our home is open. There are no walls to separate the living room and kitchen so I wanted to choose colors that would give both rooms their own identity but complement each other so it isn’t such a shock to one’s eyes when they walk into our home. I have spent the past few years following and study different Interior Design Blogs to help me figure some things out. I am not very good at drawing things to scale or as a professional designer would, but you get the idea
And now for the wall color. This is kind of a funny and frustrating story. I have always LOVED gray walls (even before they became trendy) and I have always had the perfect gray in my mind. However, my darling husband did not see the vision and wanted White walls (Gasp!) We finally decided on a nice Gray with a blue undertone. It is actually a really pretty color and I have loved it for my photo sessions, but as a wall color for the entire house? Um, no. However, I didn’t know how to break it to John and I felt bad that I ended up not liking the end results because of all the hard work he put into it. I felt like I was always entering a child’s room and I haven’t even bothered finishing up the living room with trim or pictures because I just couldn’t “fall in love” with the color.
Small back story: I have been trying to talk John into changing the carpet also, but the cost has made both of us a little hesitant. After getting quotes locally and outside of the area I came to realize that it was just going to cost and the sooner I accepted that the sooner I could move forward and make a final decision on what type of carpet to get. So, earlier this week I went to Carpet’s Plus and got some samples.
I brought them home and to my surprise John actually got excited about it and as we discussed the carpet, the color of the walls came up. I finally confessed my true feelings and he confessed his. He NEVER liked it but he kept pretending that he did because I kept pretending that I did LOL!
When deciding on my gray colors I appointed myself as the one to have the final decision because I had the vision and the hubs did not I did ask for his help to narrow it down and to make sure we were both on the same page of style. This is where the carpet really comes in. I want grays or creams for our carpet color. And not the ugly grays, the really nice, complement your wall, grays. So now we get to go through more samples to help us find the perfect wall and carpet color
I originally wanted to go with Ralph Lauren’s grays, but I couldn’t get any samples and I was getting really frustrated with it so I scratched that idea. I promised John to try to keep the paint budget low anyway since this would be the second time to paint in less than a year I suppose next time I should just get the paint samples I want and let him see the results for himself before making a final decision.
And thus that is what we did this time. His response to the carpet samples was such a pleasant surprise that I really felt that if he could see the paint samples on the wall and compare the different shades of carpet with it than we could both be happy with the final color.
The color isn’t quite accurate in the picture, but these are the 4 finalist of our wall colors. I was surprised to realize that the one I loved the most on the paint chip was the one I hated the most on the wall and the one I disliked the most on the paint chip is my favorite on the wall. Hopefully we can find a shade of carpet that I feel really complements it, but if not I already have a carpet piece picked out for my second favorite color so all is not lost
From left to right: Silver Lining, Gray Pearl, Tea Pot, and Familiarize. I’ll announce the winning color in the next couple weeks. I have a feeling choosing the carpet is going to take awhile….
I highly recommend going with paint samples first (even if you are absolutely SURE you’ve chosen the perfect color.) Trust me. It will save you money and time in the long run. Plus, you will end up with a color you love instead of a color you hate.
These colors will remain on our wall for several days so I can see them in different lighting situations and see how I like the different carpet choices. This might be overkill but I refuse to do this a THIRD time so we are doing it right this time
The overall color scheme for our living room is Gray, Cream, and Blue. I’m excited to work on this throughout the summer and blog about our progress.
When you walk into our home you immediately see our living room, kitchen, and hallway. In it’s current state you are exposed to four different colors on the walls. It’s not a very welcoming feeling and makes me feel very antsy with all that is going on, so all of these walls are going to be the same Gray with white trim (Rich White.) I want each room to have their own personality but I also don’t want it to be a stark difference since you can see both rooms upon entering so I have one color to quietly bring it all together.
The kitchen will be Gray, Cream, and Yellow with a touch of blue from the living room. My first project for the kitchen is to repaint our dining room set. This will be a pretty cream (Picket Fence) and yellow (Sugar Cookie or Lemon Delight) with cushions and pillows added to the chairs.
I chose yellow for the kitchen on a whim. I don’t usually do this, but none of the other colors I had chosen felt right and I was beginning to feel like there was too much blue in our design plans and the other colors I felt were way too girly for a house full of boys I went to the hardware store intending to select colors of the blue, pink, purple, and green range but someone was already in that section so while I waited I found myself really drawn to the yellows and I realized that was the perfect color. I wasn’t able to get the Lemon Delight sample so I’ll have to try that next week when they get more paint cans in. I guess I cleared the shelves with all my samples This yellow rose has become my inspiration for the rest of the kitchen. I forgot I had it but the Creature decided to climb on my dresser while I was gone and Dad was on the phone and then fell off in his attempt to hurriedly get down before I caught him when I came home. He landed on a box that burst opened with the yellow rose in it. So I guess I can give him a pass for doing something he wasn’t suppose to be doing
I mean, look how adorable this kid is!