We moved in in 2008 and started "trying". I got pregnant early 2009, had a baby late 2009 and since then I've either had a young kid (or two!) and/or nursing/pregnant.
Our living room shortly after we moved in. We had yet to buy a rug, new lamps, or even hang art above the couch.
So, our living room. We wanted some color. Before it was beige, and I really detest beige. Plus, our fireplace was simple and ugly, and needed some major TLC.
Over the last five years I've been cataloguing ideas of what I wanted in our living room. E and I both decided that we'd love to have board and batten, where the top half of the room is a color and the bottom is white with a horizontal board and vertical boards under it.
We decided after a year of thinking that we'd tackle it ourselves.
We are so happy we did. It was crazy easy and the room is so so so much better.
And the paint color we chose? One that we've LOVED for years. Back in our condo days our bedroom was painted Behr Skipper. We adored it. It was gray and moody on dark days and light and dreamy on sunny days. Purplish in some lights, gray in others, and just stunning like the sea.
Here are some before and afters.
Beige and blah.
Our fireplace now. We gave the beige mantle a fresh coat of bright white paint, added some more crown moulding, and fished off the fireplace opening too.
this one. It never seemed to fit our style, so, we upgraded last year.
this photo (still my favorite photo of the two of them of all time), I ordered it on canvas. I ordered as big as I could afford, and it's perfection! I love those two sweet kiddos of mine.
the library (which is now his room).