First Round of Furniture Buys

This is overwhelming... this whole furnishing a house when all of your furniture was purchased by other people. But, HOLY SNAP (crackle and pop), is it fun too! :) 

*All pictures are linked to their sources. If my sleep deprived brain missed something, let me know! 

So let's start with the, I am not sure where this is going to go for sure yet, but I love it pieces.

This bench could go office, entry, bar room, or bedroom... OR living room! I don't care where it goes, I love it so.  

This shelf is fun and modern and looks pretty sturdy. I think it might end up in my office if not the loft/playroom. 

Bar Room. 

We are going to do this Ikea hack for the bar/buffet in the bar room. 

Parts we need for the hack. 

On top of said bar we will put things... starting with this candle. LOL. The gold accents mixed with the industrial concrete vibe just inspired this whole Mad Men, mid-mod bar room thing I got going on. 

Couch for said bar room. 

 I got one of these side chairs from Target and we will just see if we get another one. I am thinking the answer will be yes.

Light for the bar room! I have wanted a space to do one of these sputnik lights FOREVER and am pumped to get to do one in this house. 

There is going to be a fight over where this lamp goes... and it is going to be a fight between me and me. It's gonna get real interesting. 


We ordered two of these gates for the top and the bottom of the stairs... we've never had to deal with stairs with Lyla before and so any tips y'all have on that, let me know!

Living Room

We ordered this custom couch from Interior Define and I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to get it. It is the Maxwell in Basketweave Graphite. It's super deep looking and I hope I love it as much as I think/know I will. 

I am going to do a whole separate post on the rest of the living room set up debacle because I am just struggling with the set up and have 800 inspiration images and am not sure where to let them guide me. 

Dining Room

This light might look familiar... it's nearly identical to the one that was in our old house. :)

Lyla Stuff: Her Room and the Loft

We picked up two staples for a Loft/playroom space: a small table and chairs and an adorable tent. 

Most of these tents are well over $100 (looking at you land of nod) and I wanted it be as gender neutral as possible. All kids welcome!

We got these comfy floor cushions for inside her tent. 

And these room darkening curtains for her bedroom. Her room is getting a whole revamp and I am pumped. 

Guest Room

We got a Tuft & Needle mattress for the guest room about 2 months ago and now I want to get one for our bedroom too. I get to sleep on it every other night when LB takes Lyla, and I LOVE IT. It is the most comfortable thing of life, was $600 for a queen and unfolded brilliantly in our guest room. Best money we ever spent on a bed. Period. 

SO yeah. That's where we are at thus far. We still need... oh God. It's too much. It's just too much. 

Upstairs Bathroom Planning

It's officially official-ish that when we refinance this house in March we are going to be getting some cash out to do work! My I-am-not-really-a-designer-but-I-think-I-know-what-looks-decent brain is in OVER DRIVE PEOPLE. OVER DRIVE. We had Jeff the contractor over this weekend and even if he isn't the cheapest (we're interviewing two more this week), we are 90% sure we are going to go with him because we really liked him. So, Jeff and I have decided to gut the upstairs bathroom with the exception of the bathtub. I really love that tub and now take baths at least twice a week. It's my thing now. I haven't talked much about this bathroom, because I have done ZIPPO to it. It is the only space upstairs that we didn't paint when we moved in and you can tell because it still looks like this:

bath 5bathroom 2bath 4bathroom 1

There are some obvious problems with this space:

  • Blue linoleum floor (shudder).
  • The vanity is way too big for this small of a space
  • Blue patterned tile in shower
  • Now listen, Nicole Curtis, I also love the original blue tile in this bathroom along the wall. But it is SO blue. And we are going to take this bathroom more down the modern side of the mid-century modern scale.
  • Storage isn't really an issue since that medicine cabinet is recessed and stores all the things I use everyday. The interesting thing in this space is that behind where I have my hair stuff in that brown basket looking thing, is a rather deep closet. (More on this later).

I also have recognized that I love all of the things. Sinks. Tile. Paints. Beadboards. You name it, I love it. But this space is small and we want it to feel as light and bright and refreshed as possible. This is where y'all come in. I want to hear about your favorites in each category. Leave me a comment and I PROMISE it will be taken into consideration (note: I have tried to link back to the pictures original owners below so if you click on the pic, it will take you to where it came from. Most are from Houzz or Pinterest). Game faces people.

Floor Tile

Really I think I am sold on the marble floor. I just can't pick between Hexagon tiles like these (I also love the sink in this bathroom, but do not love the marble floor on marble wall tile):

Or a Herringbone pattern like this:

Wall/Shower Tile

Since whatever tile we do on the walls will probably be carried over from to the shower area, I am combining these two categories.  I get sort of stuck here because I can't yet tell if I think the marble floor will look good with a traditional subway tile on the wall (which I think is sort of over-done these days):

A more modern twist on the subway tile:

modern subway

Mix up the traditional carry the wall tile over from the shower thing... don't do it and instead try some sort of accent "strip" behind the mirror and sink:

...OR do beadboard? Even now thinking about this, I feel like I might save the beadboard for when we gut LB's bathroom downstairs.

Or just no wall tile at all and just tile the floor and the shower and leave the walls with textured drywall and paint. Always paint.


I am basically convinced that we are going to do a free standing sink instead of a vanity. I mean look at this thing... if got the base/underside in black with the black strip of tile along the top on the walls... hmmmmm.

sinks 1 Another one... might even be the same sink just wider:

More modern... love.

Another more modern sink look I like... but holy wallpaper batman:

One more:

That is already a whole lot of design choice-age happening- so weigh in folks. We've got pendant lights and flooring to pick out later this week!