We've barely gotten anything done this week, and I don't feel the slightest bit bad about it. We haven't installed my closet shelves. We haven't hung the mirror in the bathroom or installed the sconces. I haven't chosen fabric for the curtains in our bedroom. Instead of tackling projects every night, we're spending time together and having friends over for home cooked dinners. I wouldn't have it any other way.
But we did see a bit of progress in the living room: The ottoman coffee table we ordered directly from an Uttermost dealer in April is finally here. If you found this blog post because you're thinking about buying it, I highly recommend it. It's even nicer in person! I thought it would be white, but it's pale beige with a heavy linen-like texture. I'm glad it's darker than expected, because I won't worry about getting it dirty. The attached tray slides back and forth smoothly, the button tufting doesn't feel loose, and the metal tipped feet give it polish. The instructions gave me a laugh, though. Thank you, Captain Obvious.
In the interest of full disclosure, we did NOT pay the retail price for it. We definitely couldn't have afforded that! We ordered it through an Uttermost dealer who did us a kindness and charged us the wholesale price, plus tax and shipping. When all was said and done, we paid about half the full retail price. It was still a splurge for us, but Keith really wanted it. He was so funny: "An ottoman? You can use an ottoman as a coffee table? THAT IS SO COOL!" *grin*
|In progress. Unstyled. Messy. Dog beds and air purifiers. Keepin' it real, y'all.|
At this point, the living room is almost finished. But the view from the sofa isn't exactly picturesque: We need more bookshelves and a pair of matching chairs. We want to have very tall bookcases built to cover the wall facing the sofa. It's the first wall you see when you walk into our front door, and seeing our books as soon as we come home will feel good. And we need the storage space! Half our books are still packed, if you can believe that. Right now, I'm trying to decide whether I should turn the spines inward. Is the visual cacophony of colors annoying?
As far as the chairs go, I'm not going to run out and buy the first thing I see. I know that if I keep my eyes open at thrift stores, I'll find something perfect. Eventually. When I least expect it.