8.14.2012

our digs: where we lounge

Oh hey guys. I see Sherman decided to let you in after all. So nice of him. So here we have the living room. It used to look nicer than the picture above. And today it looks worse than the picture above. Confused yet? It's all because of Sherm. We used to have bigger, nicer things in this room. But then Sherman decided to eat these bigger, nicer things. For instance, those tiny metal bins you see there used to be beautiful, oversized wooden baskets. But, believe it or not, since these pictures were taken ... even more things have been destroyed. That ottoman, for instance, has lost all four of its corners (sorry ottoman). And the couch ... well ... you all know about the couch. And if not, keep reading. You'll see.

BEFORE ...

DURING ...
This pretty much sums it up.

AFTER ...
So it really was not my intention to show you a box of tissues. I have some mad decorating skills, eh? However, it was my intention to introduce you to "Dan's Basket". And yes, he gets one basket. Kind of like Sherman ... all of his crap that I find around the house goes into this basket. And speaking of crap around the house ... we really don't have much. I've been known to clean and organize on a daily weekly basis. I also like to color coordinate our closets. I mean really, how can you find a green shirt if it's not with the other green shirts? Don't worry, I make fun of myself too.

Now, I have gotten a lot better since getting Sherman.
Our house is now covered in dog hair. I am constantly tripping over dog toys.
And then there's the couch ...
that we have yet to replace.
See, I'm getting better.

What we did:
  • The living room was in pretty good shape (thank you, living room)
  • Patched up some crazy cracks in the wall; mudded, sanded, mudded, sanded, and eventually repainted walls
  • Replaced all electrical outlets
  • Put up some new trim and painted existing trim
  • New windows and window shades
  • Had the hardwood floors refinished (probably the only thing that Dan did not DIY). The original hardwoods might just be my favorite thing about our home. We don't have a square foot of carpet in our entire house ... and I wouldn't have it any other way. Not only are they gorgeous, but they have just enough "creaky" spots to give me goosebumps when I think about "home".

45 comments:

  1. i'm so glad other people have the same issue with their sweet furry kids :) Boone has destroyed 1 love-seat, 1 doggie bed and another chair- not to mention 3 rugs.....i could have some REALLY nice things in the house if it wasn't for him :) Glad I like thrifting :)

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  2. WOW... Sherman... Good thing Tiff loves you. Despite Sherman the misguided interior decorator the living room looks AWESOME... love the color palette!

    and your engagements... so sinking cute!

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  3. My husband needs a "basket", I love that idea! Right now I just pick up all of his crap and pile it on his desk... he doesn't appreciate that too much. And poor Sherman, he'll never live the arm rest thing down!

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  4. I like the idea of the 'man basket'. I need to do that for my husband! Sounds like Sherman may have to be jailed to fix his bad habits. ;) xoxo

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  5. Oh yikes your poor couch!

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  6. I love your living room!! and love that first framed pic of you too!!

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  7. Beautiful. I love the pictures of you two around the place! I like the idea of giving them a basket each.

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  8. All men should have a basket. Ammon usually has 10 pairs of shoes hanging out all over the place in the walkways, and whenever I trip over a pair, it gets thrown somewhere. It would be much more mature of me if I could throw them angrily into a basket.

    You've done a great job of turning your house into a home!

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  9. I love the hard wood floors! And, OMG, I can't believe he chewed up your sofa!

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  10. You have THE best pictures at your house! They are always the cutest of you two and Sherm!!!!

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  11. I like the man basket thing. Coop has a basket...maybe J needs one too :)

    p.s. I cringe for you about that arm rest. so sad.

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  12. Corks in a vase. Great idea.
    I think my husband would like to create a Kaileigh basket.
    And I colour sort my t-shirts in my dresser into piles of similar colours. With two drawers of t-shirts how could I ever find the one I wanted otherwise!

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  13. It took me a while to figure out the corks.. i thought it was rolls of coins.. sure did.

    Can I borrow your sufficiency book? Please.

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  14. Can you come visit for like a week and sort out my place???? You can bring Sherm to destroy whatever needs to be destroyed.

    I am so bad at keeping things organised and don't even get me started on my "hording" personality defect!!!

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  15. Hardwood floors *swoon* And Nate has his own basket too ;)

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  16. I'm curious - does the basket thing actually work? I have debated on doing this with my hubby because I swear that man thinks the floor is where is socks belong, his hats belong...well everywhere, and mail belongs strewn from kitchen to bathroom. I need a method that will work!

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  17. It was such a big adjustment to get used to DOG HAIR..ugh! I still can't handle it...but am slowly learning to cope, any secrets you have please share!

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  18. We don't have carpet either! and I am loving your living room. You kept it simple and I love it!

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  19. My Matthew has a basket too. I was so tired of picking up all of his little things from his pockets and what not, that I got him a basket. Now when ever he is looking for something is say "check the basket"!

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  20. Fabulous! and that clock is TO DIE FOR!!!!!! Where did you get it?!?!

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  21. ohhh Sherman... what a little rascal. I am in LOVE with your house. I saw yesterday's post and the inside is just as gorgeous as the outside! I've always wanted a 1950's home to remodel. Or at least have the mr remodel it.

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  22. Hardwood floors are the best. We desperately need ours refinished, but I still love them. And I color coordinate my closet and think it's strange that other people don't.

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  23. I feel ya on the DOG HAIR EVERYWHERE thing! It blows around our house like freaking tumbleweeds!!! And because our floors are dark wood laminate you can see Baby Reefs yellow coat EVERYWHERE! Loooove the living room, Sherman proofed and all!

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  24. Shawn needs a basket. So do I. Thank you for opening my eyes to this organization tidbit. And I'm still sorry about your couch. Our dogs have taken it upon themselves to destroy things they don't like in our house too. Enter the 27 different rugs (this may not be an exaggeration) we've had by the back door. Not sure why I haven't given up replacing them yet...Oh and Miss Moxyn loves to eat the crotch out of my underwear. I'm becoming a big fan of crotchless panties (ewww, I hate that word!) as of late. Cute digs though!

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  25. Hahah!!! Love the "during" picture. You are probably the most photogenic person I know. I can only wish for your bone structure :-)

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  26. I still love that arm rest. Classic Sherman.

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  27. I color coordinate our clothes too!! Its a must!!
    Cute living room! Love the corks idea! :)
    -Britt

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  28. Love your clock! So fun.
    ~FringeGirl

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  29. My take away from this is that (a) Sean needs a basket for all the random shit he brings home in his pockets every day; and (b) we really could be friends because I color coordinate my closet too! I also must have all the clothes facing the same way. And I separate dresses, pants and shirts. And then work clothes too. Those are separate. Long sleves, short sleeves and tank tops... yea... i don't really care for clothes are shopping too much, but I adore a well organized closet. Lets be friends!

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  30. Beautiful! You guys do great work...hey, wanna come over and help me?

    p.s. LOVE the clock!

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  31. UGH, I love hardwood. Why ugh? Because with Max's joint issues and overactive fears, he refuses to walk on hardwood. Or stone. Or tile. Or linoleum. So we have rugs. And grippy mats. And strategically placed bath mats.
    I love that boy-I love that boy-I love that boy-I love that boy-I love that boy

    Your living room is nice and tidy. I like your table, and the clock. Oh, and the pictures of y'all are cute :)

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  32. Love the wine corks!! Such a great idea :]

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  33. I have gotten lucky that my dogs don't really chew on anything. Love the entry table, love the clock, love the painting, love it all!

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  34. Ha! Baileah ate my coffee table & his basket! I feel for you!

    xx

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  35. Oh Sherm! Haha your space is so cute and my dog has the same bed as Sherman!

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  36. Oh I totally color coordinate my closet. I hate it when I see someone else's closet and clothes are just shoved in there every which way. Misery!

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  37. I love your entire living room (yes even the chewed up couch)! Looks so cozy and pretty. No wonder Sherman likes to.. spend all his time there. Ha!

    http://dreamingenfrancais.blogspot.com/

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  38. That clock.....love that clock! That couch must have really pissed him off to take such revenge ;) Sorry, but every time I see that pic, I laugh a little.

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  39. Such a pretty and neat living room!! Love it! xo Heather

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  40. I love it that your man has stuff all over his face in the last two posts! haha! Looking good and congrats again on the home!

    Hope you are having a fabulous week!!!



    xx
    
Holly Foxen Wells

    GlamourMash

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  41. Oh no, not the arm!! Just gorgeous & LOVING the clock, love Posie

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  42. Ohhh Sherman, you are lucky Mom and Dad love you sooooo VERY much!!!

    I have the lamp ;)

    Love what you have done, not so much what Sherman has, he should probably let you stick to the decorating!!!

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  43. oh, I have that lamp too. Actually I have two of them!

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