We are back! I wish I could say refreshed, organised and inspired to start 2012 but it is so far from it! In the midst of unpacking, recovering from a 2 day long drive with two children and limited sleep we somehow decided the last day of 2011 was a good time to buy 10 flat packs of IKEA furniture!
Why do we do this to ourselves? I know it’s only the third day of 2012 but I think it is already time for a flashback to 2011….
Remember how we were looking for some colour?
And how 2012 was going to be the year of LIVING in our HOME?
With these dreams in mind and exactly a day to spare of 2011 we made a start. That’s right the first organising and decorating project of 2012 has begun! And it’s a big one! Of all the rooms in the house we want to work on this year, one was a top priority. The most important room in our house. The living room, because you know that’s where we live!
Our downstairs living areas are all open plan which means our living/dining room and kitchen are combined with a few columns separating the entry area and a dwarf wall separating the play room.
I am approaching this project just as we have all other projects in our house. Step by step.
1. Identify the problem. I am so grateful for our home, but to be honest we have not really done much with it since we moved in. I guess really that’s the problem. It’s lacking colour, organisation, style….LIFE! The living area also needed to be opened up whilst reamining a defined space. So we can all fit in there to play the wii but be able to recognise that it is the living room and not a home for all the toys!!
2. The inspiration. I had already tracked down some colour inspiration, via pinterest of course!
We are hoping to mix a bit of teal, beige and tiffany blue with…
3. Begin! I have started to gather little bits and pieces for our new wall size entertainment unit! (That’s what the 10 packs of IKEA was!)
I have been searching the depths of every cheap store, for years, trying to find some kind of display easel! I was actually looking for a cream shabby chic style but even better I came accross this metal easel for only $5 and it is a decent size!
These vintage style frames were a steal at $3-$4 even better they came in the exact shade of tiffany blue I was searching for!
These shell tiled candle holders were wait for it… $2 each! Love the neutral colours and the fact they remind us of our favourite place…the beach!This little assortment of tin buckets were in the garden section! Best of all the outer picture is just stuck on the tin so fingers crossed with some peeling, scrubbing and eucalyptus oil we will have some cute tins for around the house!
There will be plenty more before and after pics to come….if we ever get this entertainment unit assembled!