I may have spazzed just a TINY bit.
So, I was thinking now would be a good time to answer some questions and general wonderings about our space, and why we’ve done things the way we have.
If you never visited our blog before (hey! welcome!), we’ve moved a LOT in the last couple years. Think, every four months. Think, working at camps and living in cabins. Think, working at colleges and living in dorms. We knew this would be our situation while we finished our undergrad degrees and we don’t regret it one iota.
When we knew we would have our very own space while we are in grad school, we really wanted to make it our own. We wanted to have a place that conveyed our personality, but also a place that we could live out hospitality.
In the middle of the summer, someone told us they would just go buy furniture. I was spending a lot of time looking for inspiration, the right pieces, supplies, and then accomplishing the task. But I had time. We didn’t (and hey, still don’t, but that’s cool. what we need has been provided) have a lot of money, but we both had lots of time. Buying stuff wasn’t really an option, but making it was.
And that’s why we have the space we do.
Let me explain with pictures. It’ll make more sense.
Let’s start with the coffee table. Jared built it with wood from an old barn several months after we were married (and after he had built us two bombdiggity bookcases from barn wood). A friend of ours had torn down the barn and let us take as much wood as we wanted for free.
You probably know about the couch already.
The lampshades were both a quarter at a garage sale. I modpodged book pages onto the one on the right and made it a little smaller and shorter (we’re talking serious lampshade surgery). The one on the right I messed up the first time, so I tore it apart last night. Hopefully it’ll be awesome when it’s done.
The wood frames above the couch are actually windows (they have glass in them). I found them on a garage sale when we in Massachusetts (and I got to buy them because we got rid of Lenny/Lester so there was a lot of Uhaul space being wasted. obviously). My original plan was to do something creative with them, like put photos in them, paint a cool design them, etc. But, when we hung them up I really started diggin’ the simplicity they offer. They were centered above the couch, but then we rearranged the furniture, and now they aren’t. We’re all about not putting gobs of holes into our rental walls, so… let’s call ecletcitc, mmmkay?
I made the curtains from yummy old tableclothes that Grandma Goose and I scored at a great antique store in Nebraska. Jared made the curtain rods from electrical metal tubing (emt) that we spray painted black. The little “tie backs” are knobs that I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby. Grandma Goose gave me the floor lamp (it was a brassy lamp at the time, but now it’s gray).
Phew. I think that’s all for this part of the room.
I used Pinterest for a LOT of the inspiration and organizing of ideas (yep, not all of these ideas are original. but that’s alrighty). It was also helpful to show Jared an example of the picture in my head. He’s a lot more willing to try a project if he can see that it’ll be spectacular.
But, the bottom line is that a lot of our family members gave us wonderful things. I forewarned them we would alter it, but they gave them anyway. I love that we have so many things from different people, because it reminds me of them.