From me and mine to you and yours, we hope you have a relaxing few days this Christmas season. Yes, this year is not going to be a normal Christmas, but if we do it right, next year will be so much better.
We’ve kept ourselves busy at home this holiday with lots of movies, toys, gaming and painting; I got a kick-start on painting our living room. It’s in no way complete as I’ve only been painting one section at a time. This is the only corner that’s been updated with burgundy.
However you choose to spend your time off, whether it is something that seems tedious like painting or not, I hope you get to do a few things you love and spend it with someone or something [pets included] close to you.
We’ve lived in our home for over a year and there’s a lot of it I haven’t shown just yet. I can’t really explain why. For a lot of areas in our home, I’m still figuring out what I’d like to change or update or keep as is. I guess I don’t want to share something until I can say, “But wait! I know what I want to do that will make it look better!” Or maybe it’s that we’ve lived in our home for over a year and I’ve only managed to update three rooms [and only documented one of them].
Case in point: our living room [not to be confused with our front room, which is like a secondary living room]. Our living room has very tall ceilings [maybe 11 feet?] and as you may have gathered from the title, is prominently brown. I’m not going to shame this shade of brown as it’s not a bad shade, but I don’t think it suits this room nor this setting so it’s time for a change. Now that I have some time off for the Christmas holidays and we’re heading into a second major lock down, I figured there was no better time than now to climb a ladder and annoy my family with the squeaky, rusted roller I refuse to throw out because it still technically works. Carpe diem.
Going counter-clockwise around the room, here is our main living space. And you would be correct, I did zero tidying before taking these photos. Nor did I warn my family:
There is a ton of storage in our living room and we don’t even use all of it. I love the built-ins. They’re not going anywhere. I’m not however in love with where our TV is and I would ideally like to move the TV or in time get a projector / screen situation so we could put the couch somewhere else.
I like the desk in the bay window, but there are some changes I’d like to make to it. I used to work here when I first started WFH in November 2019, but once covid hit and both Robert and Cora were home with me all day, all of us being in this room all day then in the evenings to relax really got to me, so I eventually moved upstairs.
I’m planning on painting this room – wait for it – burgundy. I know absolutely no one is surprised by that since the last two living rooms we’ve had have been burgundy. I have a type and I’m not ashamed by it.
“I know you don’t want to hear this but I have to say it: you can’t paint every room in our house burgundy”
– My ex-husband Robert
Robert was not surprised, but was worried because I mentioned I’d like the front hall to also be burgundy [with hand painted wallpaper] and felt the need to immediately veto the idea of an entirely burgundy house. Bless.
I should have alternatively called this post: “Robert’s Afternoon Nap on a Giant Bear in Eight Parts“.
I really should have warned him. I doubt he’ll ever see this though.
I wanted to finish the tour of the before photos of our brown living room with this very annoying design choice the previous owner made when building the extension onto our house: neither the bay window nor the pendant light fixture [which doesn’t work] are centered to the view from the rest of the house from this hallway. It irks me and I sometimes want to get a sledge hammer to them in an attempt to move them more to the left.
*“Why the strangely specific blog title?”, I hear you ask. WordPress has a new feature where it encourages you to achieve a more unique blog post title by scoring you. My original post, “Our living room – before” got a score of 27/100. “Use less common and more descriptive words!”. It seems once you throw turd-brown in the title, I suddenly get 66/100. WordPress is a dirty girl.
I do not like award scenarios whereby you have to ask friends, family and members of the public to vote for you. I don’t mind voting for other people when they ask, but something deep down inside of me turns inside out at the thought of asking people to vote for me in any way. It’s probably something to do with social pressure and me hating ‘popular people’ when I was growing up.
As I was perusing Instagram on Thursday morning, I saw an update from Value Village about their Thriftie Awards and I was immediately like, hold my drink. Value Village are having their first annual Thriftie Awards this year and to become a nominee, all you have to do is nominate yourself and share a post on Instagram about why you should receive the award. Where do I start and remind me again – who’s holding my drink?
I’ve always been aware of shopping secondhand. My mom would bring us on occasion thrifting, but the older I became and the more aware I’ve become of the environmental benefits of thrifting and the more I’ve consciously chosen to buy secondhand pieces.
I would confidently say at least 85% of our our home [including decor, furniture, clothes and accessories] is secondhand and a huge part of that is from Value Village and essentially, my entire blog is proof of that. My dream is to renovate a home of our own and all the renovations we make to be secondhand pieces we find online or on the side of the road or thrifted. Next to nothing new [within reason. I mean, mattresses. I won’t be running too quickly towards a mattress that I find on the side of the road].
Today I’ll be sharing on my Instagram storiesALL OF THE THINGS WE OWN FROM VALUE VILLAGE in an attempt to solidify and prove my nomination as a #ThriftieNominee2019. There’s a lot. So much that I had to record it all in advance last night while Robert was putting Cora to bed.
I hope you find it encouraging to go out and make your next purchase a secondhand purchase. It’s the main reason I share all my treasures. That, and to brag about what I found.
I’ll be spending most of my day manifesting receiving that tiny golden shopping cart. I already know exactly where it’s going to go.