Friday, August 22, 2008

Our home: the living room

I think it's about time to post a few pictures of our home!

We fell in love with this little house when we first saw it. After looking at several rather scary apartments this duplex with its big shaded yard and quiet neighborhood was really attractive.

But there were two major drawbacks for me. First the tiny closets, limited cupboard space, small linen closet- in short almost no storage space. Second, an unfinished wood bookshelf spanning the length of one living room wall (it really did not go with the beautiful one Joshua's dad made us).

As I thought about it though, I realized that the one was the answer to the other. Instead of filling the bookshelf with books, it could serve as storage space...

My sis Heidi and I
A batten burg curtain my mother found at a garage sale a year ago worked perfectly as a covering.

Now the only other change I would make would be to cover the couch. For a free one it is pretty comfortable-- but quite crazy looking.

Since I wasn't going to spend the money buying fabric to cover it, I tried this:

Which looked okay until you sat down. :)

Then a few days ago I was attempting to find a spot to store the cover from the guest bed we sold before moving. My efforts to squeeze it into the linen closet were proving futile when an idea struck me...

I love it: a "new" couch for free! And now just one last shot of the other side of the room.

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Check out Crystal's blog for some great frugal ideas.


Brooke said...

very nice! :) congrats on the outside the box ideas

momof4sweetsisters said...

Cute cover! It sets off your curtain nicely. I like find other uses for things too!

Brenda said...

Such a great idea and it looks lovely!

A'yi said...

Good ideas, Anna.:) It is nice to see some of your new home.:) I hope you'll post more pictures later. Can't wait to see you and Rosalie!

Audra Krell said...

That is such a cool couch cover! I love the pics and that you used what you had!

Abbi said...

It looks very pretty. Battenburg looks so nice. I am glad you found a cover that works for your couch, I know from experience that a lot of things don't look very good after a sitting or so.