Thursday, February 11, 2016

Barcart Styling


Oh barcarts... such the trendy little bugger that hit the scene about...what?...3 years ago? I bought mine from Target and have enjoyed styling it ever since. This was its latest look. I am actually retiring it to the basement now...it just doesn't exactly fit the look of my living room anymore, but it's still a great piece I want to keep around for parties. I always like keeping the top shelf simple, while the bottom was filled with our bottles. How cool is that rum bottle? It deserved a top shelf spot:) Anyways, just wanted to share this snapshot before it begins collecting dust!



Monday, February 8, 2016

Dining Area Updates



I am so excited to share with you the first sneak peeks of my newly updated dining area! As I have said many times before, we live in a rowhome in South Philly, so the downstairs is one long room extending back to our kitchen. There is a wall that divides once you get back to the kitchen, but my living and dining areas flow together. I love my living room. It's the place we spend the most time and the area I have put the most love into because of that. I've also shared before some of the updates I have made to the kitchen- all temporary fixes until we can hopefully do more of an overhaul. But that little dining area in the middle has been a frustration for me. It's a darker area, because the space lacks side windows, so I've done my best to decorate the shelves (as you've seen) and make my cute coffee stand/dresser look nice, but I still hated the area. The round dining table frustrated me because it was shoved against the wall and was just awkward. So of course my wonderful mom comes over and lights a spark under my butt to get it together, and that we did!

Step one was to figure out the seating. I really wanted to add a built-in bench with storage that would go around the corner and down the wall, but I did not want to lose the space where that dresser stood. It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture. So, we nixed that idea and started looking on Craigslist for a bench! That's when my Mom won "Best Mom' award...she found this church pew from a lady in New Jersey and while we were nervous about the length (almost 8 FEET!), it fits JUST PERFECTLY in this space. I added these linen-colored covers to my existing Ikea Parsons chairs (not the actual IKEA name...I think they are the Henriksdal Chair there?). And now we have plenty of room around the table and if needed, can always add the table leaf to make it larger and the bench will still work wonderfully! My favorite part of getting this bench was having it out on our little city sidewalk to sand it down a little and about 3-4 neighbors that we had never met before were coming out saying "is that a church pew??...awesome!". Then they all automatically started talking about Fixer Upper. So, they now think I am the Joanna Gaines of South Philly and I am kind of ok with that.

Speaking of Fixer Upper...step 2 was SHIPLAP! This was the most exciting part for me! I absolutely love the look of Shiplap. I will be honest, Joanna is the one who enlightened me to the look...I jumped on that bandwagon quick and I am not ashamed. My Mom and Dad helped me put it up. I will definitely post later about how easy and cheap the process was! (Think: two packs of thin boards for $12 per pack...you use 2 nickels to create the gaps....primer and paint from the basement...and BOOM, you're done).

I still have to hang some wall décor and I think I will switch out the pillows- the white is a little harsh...but other than that I am having so much fun in this updated space that now feels more put together and like home! I hope you like it! Oh, and if you noticed that the place settings are all completely messed up (ie one plate here, a full setting there), it was just because I was playing around with it after church and all my plates were in the dishwasher. #reallife

Thanks for stopping by and reading this long post! If you made it to the end, you are probably either my mom...or maybe my sister...or you should get back to work:)








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