House Tour: Library

 

library_housetour_12172013_0016library_housetour_12172013_007I figured I had all of the extra photos from the “At Home With…” post, so why not share them? Most are up close shots, with a few, sorta, full views. I just like taking close up shots, I guess it’s because I take photos of little things ALL THE TIME!

Anyway, Enjoy!

 

library_housetour_12172013_006library_housetour_12172013_004library_housetour_12172013_001library_housetour_12172013_005library_housetour_12172013_0013library_housetour_12172013_008 Haha, I didn’t even notice that my little Eiffel Tower was knocked over!!! I wonder what else is out of place? Also, these close up shots totally show imperfections. Like that gap between the corner bookcases.

library_housetour_12172013_003library_housetour_12172013_0011library_housetour_12172013_0015library_housetour_12172013_0010That Coraline key is one of my favorite things I own. It was a promotional gift for people who saw the premiere of the movie. I found it on Ebay.

I have a few photos of the Living Room too. I’m planning on sharing those later next week, after all the crazy holiday stuff is over.

I’d also like to say thank you to all of my readers who commented on the original post! You guys were all too sweet and you totally made my day!

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“At Home With Jessee Maloney” on A Beautiful Mess

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This past weekend our home was featured over on A Beautiful Mess! It was part of their series called “At Home With…” where they showcase different types of homes and styles. I was excited to be chosen!

I haven’t posted a nice house tour on here in awhile, so if you would like to see how my home has changed over the past year you should go check it out!

Behind the Scenes: Organizing the Workroom

I spent some time this weekend FINALLY organizing my workroom, or trying to at least. The poor room has been in shambles since February, which is when I started on the gluten testing (and got super sick and weak). I had been just throwing stuff in boxes on the floor or on the table. Nothing was where it was supposed to be and it was starting to get out of hand. How could I start working again if I couldn’t find anything?

I wish I could say I finished the room, but if that was true, you would see more than close up pictures! I still have a lot of work to do. I need to install some more shelves in the closet for supplies that are only used every so often. I need a few more containers for scrap fabric (all the blue and green fabrics are just in piles until this happens). I need to get all my quilting fabric on bolts and out of the baskets to make room for more apparel fabric (I have plans). I need to transfer all my beading supplies to one area. I need some actual lighting and maybe a chair? Ha. yeah, that’s the state of things, I don’t even have a chair!

I’m also thinking of doing some cosmetic things in the room, just to make it pretty to me. I was thinking last night about maybe a chalkboard wall? I have one in my kitchen and love it, but I’m a bit worried about a mess. The one in the kitchen leaves chalk dust all over the baseboards and wood floors. It’s easy enough to clean up, but I don’t know how easy that would be on carpet. Has anyone else had experience with this? How about Chalk Pens? Maybe they wouldn’t have the dust? (I think I have one around here somewhere to try out)

Once this room is done, just like the kitchenette, I’ll share more photos!!

Oh and friendly reminder! make sure to check out yesterdays post where you can win a Blue Garden necklace, just by telling me your favorite color combo!

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House Tour: A Peek at the Kitchenette

I know I haven’t really shared much of my house lately. Probably because it’s in a constant state of change lately. I can’t seem to make up my mind about certain things. Plus I’m all about the idea of slow decorating, where you are super picky about what you bring in the house and don’t rush to get it done all at once. It’s a very budget friendly way or doing things actually, because you can find vintage things or items on sale!

This slow way of decorating has made our kitchenette feel super unfinished and plain. Well, plain compared to the rest of the house. The walls are painted, the frames are hung, there’s even a bunch of furniture, but it still feels super unfinished! I’m not super fond of the rug and plan on replacing it with this rug whenever we can get to an Ikea. I also have this lamp (in wood) that needs to be hung (and a new switch, lots of wiring). Maybe the thought of these “missing pieces” makes me feel this way?

I hope that once I feel this room is presentable I can share more than just the walls (and a Hello Kitty in disguise)!!

Oh and on a kinda side note, what would YOU call the room in between the kitchen and the living room where you eat? Is it called a kitchenette? or is it called something else? I just assumed that’s what it was called.

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Close Ups and Complaining…

I had this sudden urge this morning to take a few close up photos of one of my favorite corners in the house. It’s in the living room. It’s where I keep all my small travel trinkets of places I’ve been (or want to go, since I’ve never been to Paris). I love looking at all these pieces and the memories from each trip. Good and bad, since I didn’t have the great time on a few of the trips.

It’s also where we keep some of our little toys and collections… though why lie, there’s actually toys and trinkets all over the house! Which I am beyond happy about. I spend A LOT of time in this house, so I’m glad I can just walk around and find things to make me smile. As of late, I really need that.

I have this constant urge to rearrange, paint, build and more these days. It’s like my mind is being super cruel to me. I don’t have the energy to do such things, but for some reason it’s all I want to do. Ugh…

More on why I’m so tired…

my gluten sensitivity test / endoscopy was moved about 20 days from its original date due to the fact that I had a horrible cold and they can’t do a scope when someone is sick. This means I am STILL eating gluten everyday, and STILL feel super sick and tired. I seriously consume way too much caffeine just to keep up with CT, and I hate that. I just plain out hate being sick.

I have this plan to completely change my food intake and possibly TRY a paleo lifestyle change (not a diet, since it’s mostly not by choice) once all this crap is over. I have a dairy intolerance and a gluten allergy, so it’s right up my ally. I’m also planning on taking a lot of sugars and processed foods out of my daily diet too (since I notice even the gluten free stuff hurts my stomach) Not all of it though. I’m not the only one living in this house, so I can’t keep all that stuff away. I’m not going to deprive my family the foods they love just because I can’t eat them anymore. Plus we really like frozen yogurt (and our local place has soy options) and it’s a fun family outing.

I know I got off topic there, oops. It’s just been on my mind NON STOP.

Anyway, would any of you readers be interested in posts sharing my adventures into clean eating? Successes and failures?

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A Pink Couch?

This past weekend, I was taking a very short break from sewing to look at this years Ikea catalog. Normally I sit down and look through the entire thing the second I get it, but this year I just didn’t care as much. Maybe because I know exactly what I need for my house? (for once) I don’t know, but I’ll get back to my story now…

While flipping through I saw that the couch we currently have has new cover options. I absolutely LOVE the current cover, it’s the perfect gray and it goes with everything we have. However it IS NOT toddler friendly, enough. It’s a bit heather-ed, so it hides the small stains, but it does not hide the big “I spilled an entire cup of chocolate milk on the couch” stains. Also, I just like to change things around a bit, and two covers means I could switch back in forth!!

The exact cover that caught my attention was the one above, a bright, solid pink-red cover! PINK! I’m not normally a pink furniture person. I was reluctant to even put it in CT’s room before she was born, until I realized I was being a huge jerk. Now I want it in my main room, the room I see all day, everyday? Maybe I have a brain tumor that’s making me have weird color cravings?

My husband, knowing I normally don’t steer us wrong, said “sure, why not?” So of course I made sure to first go look at all my color options, do a mock-up and even lay some fabric on our current couch to see how I felt. I could have just been mesmerized by the Ikea catalog? We don’t know.

None of it helped. It actually made it worse! Now I have three colors I can’t decide on!!

Above is a photo of the current color couch cover (say that 5 times fast!!). Below are the three, very quick, mock-ups I did…

Ok, so the Plum and Dark Teal are not made by Ikea, but instead by a furniture cover company that specializes in Ikea covers called Bemz. Their a teeny bit more money, but you have hundreds of solid, and patterned, choices!!!

It looks like I’m mostly leaning towards the plum, which happens to be my favorite color, but those Teal and Pink covers are still interesting to me! Grrr. Were in no rush to decide, luckily (unless CT spills something way worse than chocolate milk… ) So I have time to just stare at the mock-ups and figure it all out.

I will ask you though, If this were your home, what color would you go with?

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