rennes

2.17.2013

Untitled Untitled It's easy to get stuck in a rut. Take for instance: I moved my work out of this room more than nine months ago and until a week ago I was sick of it I would barely stepped foot in it. Whenever I saw it all I could think of was piled up stacks of fabric, impractical storage solutions (ikea always makes it look so easy in their store, but then you get home and all the containers and shelves you purchased only seem to have made matters worse), and cramped machines pushed so close together it makes me wonder how it ever worked. That on top of not being a fan of Navajo White paint made me feel permanently deterred from doing anything in this room. I know, I sound like a snob saying I don't like a certain shade of white paint, but I swear it makes already dark rooms darker. Untitled Untitled
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Fast forward to this past week:  there is 'less hate' (as our friend Jim would say), for the back room. Three things we nixed: A blue braided rug, the blue curtains, and the striped blue bed cover. We added: a cream bed spread on top of the bed I forgot we had, white curtains we used at our last apartment, and okay - one purchase - a rug. Needless to say this is the first rug we have ever bought, so I don't feel too bad about it. All the other ones we have just seem to come to us. I think that having most things white in this room has lightened it up considerably (all that blue hadn't been helping).

Also, I'm not sure I ever mentioned that we made this bed about a year ago. It's a simple frame. Jesse drew it up in CAD and then we built it from scratch. We kept meaning to paint it or finish it but I've always liked the look of raw pine so we never got around to it. I wish we had had the time and stamina to make ourselves a bed frame, but we finally caved in and bought one recently.

I spend a ridiculous amount of time dreaming about a perfect home and someday I think it's possible to get there.  I'm just hoping when I get there it 1. won't include bay windows and 2. has an attic we can remodel.  In the meantime I'll just continue to make as many things white as possible.

9 comments:

maggie said...

Whaaaat! I am gagging over the slight section of sweater from photo 1. What is it? I'm in love.

Carolynn Markey said...

your home is beautiful. I am also thinking that the sweater in the first picture is amazing!!!

erica said...

the room looks so light and airy now! i love the rug, it's an excellent choice.

amy said...

where can i find that rug? perfection!

mary @ BG JOURNALS said...

super super lovely photos of your sweet home.

julia said...

maggie & carolynn : thank you! the sweater is by iro and the style is called lexie, very warm and soft!

erica: i was saving up for it for a long time! we had so much stuff in the back room after i moved out. glad to have it cleaned up!

amy: thanks! the rug is called the souk rug and is from west elm.

mary: thanks so much!

caroline said...

love your home. I like how airy it is.

Kim said...

I love seeing the pillows and lavender sachet in your room. Tell me about your hanging plants. I love all of them. And p.s.: I almost got the same rug a couple of weeks ago! Everything looks great.

metrode said...

this is lovely, julia :)