Wednesday, May 25

The Long and the Skinny of It

Sometimes life just collides all around you. It can be an inner, grueling, turmoil kind of thing (which is all sad and depressing, and who would blog about that?), OR life can literally collide. Like, I saw it happen. In my living room. 

Here is the short of it:

We had this little B-Day party last Saturday for the eldest. Great time. Fabulous cake. Things were good. Then there was the balloon incident (yet to be blogged about, but I will let the anticipation soak a bit), which left me with three enormous balloons still in my life. Oh, and then my couches disappeared! Literally, one moment there, the next gone (alright, I sold them. But disappearing sounds way better). Then, today, the girls retrieved several bins of toys that held, what else, but marbles, a farmland Uno game (a kazillion pieces), two boxes of train tracks and trains, and a deck of playing cards. Without the couches I could here ever little cling, clang, roll, and knock like a thousand mini instruments blaring in my ears! Where was I, you may be asking? I was making breakfast. Yeah, it was 8:30am. Life was colliding in my bare living room, and those darn balloons looked all too cheery at that moment.

As I stood there, staring in amazement at the giggling girls, I really missed my enormous, mess-hiding, child-constraining couches. The girls are practically giddy with all the freedom this new empty space provides.


I am already dreaming of what could be in this room, nix the snarky balloons, and the littered mess! For the first time since we moved in, I am seeing how long and skinny it really is. 

Today, the mister informed me that he would like to take a stab at making some of our own couches and built-ins when he returns home. Part of me shrieked with terror, since couches tend to define most living rooms. But the other, cooler part of me was excited to give it a go! The fireplace, the piano, and the built-in bookshelf take up the two long walls. Which leaves the long, skinny, center area to work with. So, maybe DIY is the best way to go. We like mid-century, and/or industrial, and/or bazaar. Besides, my mister can make ANYTHING look totally amazing (funky coffee table, case in point). 

Encouraged, I found quite a few really fantastic tutorials on-line about DIY sofas. Here are some of my favs:






9 comments:

  1. candace olsen {from divine design on hgtv} did a corner daybed using two twin beds in a corner and it looked awesome....definitely could use that idea for this. i looked for pics of it recently and couldn't find it though... : (

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  2. oh and i LOVE the room right now...i bet your girls are having SO much fun! ; )

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  3. The first example suits the coffee table. But I'm sure your Mr. can blow that one away and impress everybody.

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  4. Ooo, I especially like one and two. I like two best, but I'm more traditional and those little turned feet make me feel safer. :) And seriously. The noise. Sometimes I wonder what in the world made me think wood floors were great. Add two more kids AND a really loud grandpa and sometimes (like this morning) you think your head is asploding.

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  5. The thing I like about building our own, is that, with no extra guest rooms, the living room has always been the crash pad for company. It would be awesome to have a couple of twin sized daybed/couches in there.

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  6. where am I going to sleep?

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  7. Not sure yet, but hopefully we will have sleep spots for you and your girls before you come!

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  8. I have to be honest, I was hoping for more of a mess..... darn! ;-)

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  9. I started off as more of a mess. This was my, take a break, sit on a kitchen chair and snap a shot. Funny how when the girls are cleaning up, it takes trice as long and there are scheduled play times every 5 minutes.

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