But before I can really address the shelves, I need to show you where this side of the room started and where it is now.
It started as a REALLY small front room. We only intended to paint and carpet in the beginning. But we had great plans for where we wanted everything to go. Just not right away….
Wellllll, one thing led to another and as demo was happening, and discovery was going on, and things became apparent that we hadn’t counted on (which is all part of a remodel process ~ one big Pandora’s Box!) we did things sooner than we had planned. But thank goodness for loads of talented friends and family willing to chip in with time and braun…and a Husband that will work all hours to get a job done!! I may or may not have said this before, but our house is 100% sweat equity!
Back to the front room.
From the photo above, the room went here in order to deal with the electrical…
But when Pandora’s box opened up, we went ahead and opened up the ceiling. Seemed fitting since Hubs is 6′ 5″ and he kinda had to duck down a bit…
And shortly after the windows & wall to the left were gone. The roof line continued outside to a “covered patio” which was an easy way to take that area indoors and give a little more space to the “Everything Room”.
Note that the fireplace never changed. Wasn’t in the budget for new stone (especially with the added scope and workload we had given ourselves). So we had it painted out white and our fabulous painter worked with us to give it an updated surround (as well as a small fence to discourage the Littles from getting too close to the fireplace ~ at the time this meant Addie who was 8 months or so, I was 6 mos pregnant with Hayden).
The floor is the original hardwood that was hiding under the nasty carpet. The wood was unfortunately very stained and water damaged, and while we could have attempted to sand out the spots, we had no idea how deep some of the marks were. Ultimately we stained the floor SUPER dark (to hide everything). Which I love the look of, just not the day-to-day care of with small kids.
A year after moving in, we opened up the wall to build the playroom. You might remember the wall from the Vonny photo shoot.
Today this is what that wall looks like.
OK, back to the shelves. Love em! Bought them at Room & Board for our first house. It was a small (600 sq ft…) beach cottage back house in Corona del Mar. I used the shelves to hold all of our dishes we were so thankful to receive when we were married. There was no storage in the small house, and with no children (yet!) I was able to stack away, adding to the overall decor.
Now the shelves are in our front room.
The top half of each is for the grown ups – mostly meaning me :-) With photos, coffee table books, our wedding albums.
My half of the shelves…
The bottom half of each is the Littles’ stuff. Baskets from Ikea hide what I don’t like to see. The shelves above the baskets have some of the Littles’ books, along with the toys that look cute. I figure this is a happy balance for us all. The baskets are easy for the kids to pull out and play with what’s inside. And also helps the kids clean up with some form of organization.
The Littles half…
Happy weekend everyone!