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Monday, April 27, 2009

Meta Monday: Great Room

It’s been a few weeks since I posted a metamorphosis. Susan hosts it every Monday and I love to see what others are up to. I’ve been planning this one for a long time, but haven’t because I didn’t feel it was finished/good enough/blah, blah, blah. I had a Nester inspired epiphany though and took her motto, It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful to heart and decided it will never really be done because I’m always changing something, and so what if it’s not perfect. I like it and feel comfortable, so that should be good enough. Right?

You may remember this photo. I showed it to way pack in Nov when we first moved in. It was a big, boring, messy room.


Oh, it hurts me just to look at it! The walls! The light fixture (which I showed you in a previous morph)! The…well, everything! Ack!

Have a look at it today:


Isn’t that better? We painted the walls a cappuccino brown, changed the light fixture, added rugs and art, oh, and furniture! I was so happy to have my furniture! Let’s take a look around, shall we?

This book case is just to left in the previous photo. It’s technically part of the dining area, but I like the book shelf there. If you look closely, on the top shelf, second cubby from the left, you can see the sign I won on Nester’s Small Words give-away. I love it! Notice Indy’s little violin case over in the corner? :) It’s so cute! The artwork on the top of the bookcase was done by Indy when he was 3. It’s a triceratops. He is so proud that we framed it and display it. He shows it to everyone. The door to the right, leads back to the bathroom, Indy’s room and the school room.


Here’s out entertainment center. We had to replace the two side pieces that the movers put the forklift through. You can tell what I was watching while I took the photos.


Here are some close ups of a few of the shelves. In order, we have stuff that was brought back (legally) from Iraq, a Paris photo I took with books and mini Eiffel towers, my cloche and another photo I took in Paris with various other chachkies.

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This is the Living Room half of the room. I adore my sofa. It’s so comfy. We’re planning on getting an overstuffed leather chair to replace the small chair, but that will come later. I’m also going to recover the pillows, but another time. The cabinet in the back used to be in Indy’s nursery, but we’ve repurposed it to hold DVD’s.


This is the dining room half. Don’t look at my windows. They are filthy! Stupid pollen. The table is also a previous morph. The bench is one of my favorite pieces. When we have people over, we can pull it up to the table for lots of seating.

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I would have turned on the overhead light, but just before I took the photos a bulb blew and I don’t have any replacements. D’oh!

So, that concludes this weeks meta. I hope you enjoyed having a look at where I spend much of my time.


satakieli said...

A lurker here,

I notice you have the exact same curtain rail things as we do in our apartment. How on earth do you put up curtains on those and make them look good?

The house looks beautiful btw. I'm in the process of doing up mine at the moment.

the wild raspberry said...

wow, what a difference!
it turned out great...
{love the little eiffel towers!}

Bonita said...

Wow! You did a great job! Such a pretty room!

The Nester said...

Looks really great! You've worked hard and Ilove the thick black frames around your windows!

Linda/"Mom" said...

* Hi! You should be SO PROUD of yourself! You've created a LOVELY HOME out of your quarters~~~ it looks so warm n' inviting! (And oh, that view out your DR window is SOOO familiar... yes, we had those views TOO, when stationed in Germany soooo many times over the years!). MANY KUDOS, KIDDO, and thanks to your husband, you, the children & the REST of your families for your sacrifices~~~ (I know them well after 38 years as an Army wife.)~~~ WE APRECIATE YOU~ Hope you know that!!!

Take care & enjoy your tour there! (Where ARE you, BTW?)~~~

Warmest wishes, Linda in AZ *

Chandy said...

Very nice transformation! Love your taste!

Lindsay @ Peacock Blue said...

It looks great! You did such a good job! I love your "B" wall!

Jadehollow said...

It looks like HOME now .. what a great job you did. Glad to see your Entertainment Center is all healthy again. Thanks for sharing.
Have a Great Week.

marty39 said...

Gorgeous. I love the colors you've chosen. So pretty. What a warm and inviting room. I could be really happy here. I think you've done an amazing job, and I am with you, I don't think a room is ever done. Hugs, Marty

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

What a difference!!! Your *new* home looks so warm and inviting. A place that anyone might feel welcome to drop by and have a chat. Good work!! :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love that entertainment center!!!! The bookcase is fabulous as well!

Anne said...

What a change!! Love it!!
You'll have to explain to me something though, I saw that you painted most of your appartment rooms. Now I heard that in military housing you aren't suppose to paint anything? I guess I have not heard it right! Can you explain (sorry I don't live on post, my hubby is reserve and we might get to get close to you, it will be our "first" big family deployment!)
Thanks... Love your entertainement center and your sofa do look inviting!! ;-)

Tamara Jansen said...

What a wonderful change!

Janis @ An Inspired Life said...

It looks warm and inviting, makes you wanna grab a cup of coffee and stay awhile.

Great blog.

KimAustin said...

Tell Indy and M hello. I want to see a close up of the curtains, actually of the print. I like them a lot, where did you get them? Did you buy them on the economy or did you make them? I am hoping to come out this winter. Would like to come for christkindlemarkt. You did a great job just like you always do! The cappuccino color looks great; like the dog too!

Joyce said...

Love the paint color and it really makes a huge difference. Thanks for sharing.

Michelle said...

I love love love it!!

I'm finally getting caught up on my blogs. 311 in Google Reader...yikes! I'm secretly glad that you blew the light bulb before you snapped the makes the lighting much softer! Digging the warm wall color!

Thanks for sharing!

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