Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Rest of Our Thrifty Abode Part I

I'm still moving pretty slowly on some of those projects I was working on over the weekend.  I'll have more to share later.  Until then I thought I'd give a little peak into the rest of our home since I've only shown the living room.

We have been in our house for almost three years and it is nowhere near being "done."  I held out showing off our living room until my re-vamp was over, however, for the rest of my house, I'm going to bring y'all along for the ride...incomplete rooms and all.  I don't have a specific budget or timeline to work with to complete each room.  I'll probably be jumping around from project to project, room to room. 

Let's start with the outside of our little townhouse.  Here it is:

Our townhouse is built in a big building of other townhomes and they're back to back.  Our unit is not on the end so this means we have 5 (I can count them on one hand) windows and a whole lotta wall space.  It also has three stories which means we have a whole lotta stairs and hallway.  The square footage of our house doesn't sound bad on paper, but because it's so split up over hallways and different stories, our house feels a lot smaller than a one story house with the same square footage would.  I don't have the measurements on each room on the layout below, but when you see the pictures, you'll see how small it is.

This is the layout of our first floor (notice the 1 window). I've made the most progress with this floor, because it's the floor that guests see.  (One of the positives of having so many floors is that I usually don't have to worry about 2/3 of my house being perfectly clean when people come over.)

I didn't bother staging for these pics so excuse dog and baby toys.  When you enter the couch is to the left and our (teeny tiny) dining area is to the right.

The living room is to the left.
and the dining area is to the right.
Thank goodness the living room is finished.  The dining area, on the other hand, needs some help.
Here are some things I have in mind:
-I've had that mirror for almost two years and I've been meaning to frame it
-find a different light fixture
-maybe add a runner or table cloth
-possibly cover the chairs

The kitchen is at the back of the first floor.  I already changed the prints in the gallery wall and painted the letters above my cork board, now all I have to do is change out a few other accessories in the the kitchen.  I'm also looking for another drawer pull for the our little cart.

This counter between the kitchen and the dining area is my arch enemy.  I'd love to find a way to keep it clear, but I'm afraid it will always be filled with clutter.

This is what the powder room looked like on Friday.  It looked exactly the same as it did the day we moved in.  I hadn't done a thing to it.  We changed some things up over the weekend and I'll share those later.

So that's the first floor.  The small living space is sometimes an inconvenience, but in day-to-day life it's not a big deal and it's been a great starter home so far.

To keep this post from getting too long, I'll get to the second and third floors tomorrow.  There's a lot to do up there.
Have a great Tuesday!


Full Plate Designer said...

You are off to a good start! There is a lot of potential, too. I can't wait to follow along with you as I need some ideas for my new house. I'm going from bland to glam!

KL said...

You have a beautiful home, I love the botanical prints in your living room. As for your counter between your kitchen and dining room - I think everyone has a catch all in their home and you are lucky to have just one:) I have found that baskets and/or bowl work very well at keeping these areas somewhat acceptable in appearance.

mom2crazygirls said...

you have a really cute house. can't wait to watch you transform it. love seeing house re-do's.
good luck!

Aaron said...

Thanks! We'll see how long it takes me. Blogging has definitely sped things up a bit, but I'm afraid it'll be a looooong process.

Debbie--http://refreshrestyle.com/ said...

Love your home and ideas! I have the same issue at my kitchen desk (like your bar area)...I have been fighting it for 7 years, it always ends the same! me a losing battle!

Callie said...

hey Aaron! Love your blog! Your home is so beautiful and you do such a great job decorating :) I'm sure Jason told you we moved and I was thinking about totally copying your shelf over the TV design if you don't mind! Our new apt. has a huge wall our TV is on and I love what you did with yours :) If I blog it I'll be sure to give you the credit if it's ok! Thanks Aaron and if you guys are ever in Nashville please give us a call!

Aaron said...

Of course, Callie. Can't wait to see how you decorate y'all's apartment.

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