Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Feeling Like Home

Happy Tuesday!  I hope many of you enjoyed a long weekend thanks for Martin Luther King Jr Day.  Some of my favorite MLK quotes are on my quote board.  Now, even 50 years after his death, his messages are still so important.  While the beginning of the week is usually reserved for a weekend update, this weekend, we were in L.A. for another runDisney weekend, and I can't wait to recap all of that later.  It's been a while since I shared a home decor update, so here's what we've had going on:

We finally took the cardboard place-holders off the wall and replaced them with these awesome 360 degree photos of Charleston by MLB Perspective Photography.  I just love Jason's work and definitely want one of his collage pieces next!  We chose one taken at each time of day: sunrise on Folly Pier, morning on Rainbow Row, evening on the Battery, and sunset at the Ravenel Bridge.
One of my dreams for the first floor of our double porch was a swing.  We found this perfect white one with this matching rocker, but I just wasn't a fan of the metal chain.  Mike did an amazing job transforming it into a rope swing with a bunch of supplies from Lowe's, and I can't wait to do a full DIY of this project soon!  Here and here are our outdoors pillows, in case you're interested!  Target has the best options and colors!
One of our favorite rooms in the house right now is our dining room.  While we joke that this is the one paint color we made a mistake with, we have really grown to love the beachy feel.  We had the whole house painted the weekend after we chose with colors we had only seen on small paint chips, so we're bound to make one mistake out of 10 colors, right?  In the dining room, we have Mike's family's dining room set from almost 100 years ago.  It was in his house growing up and has traveled from aunt to uncle to cousin.  We were really excited to have it given to us when we lived in Connecticut, but it was in pretty rough shape.  The table always had a tablecloth on it with all the rings and scratches, and the white upholstery of the chairs saw its fair share of spaghetti sauce and red wine stains since his mom last reupholstered them 25 years ago.   We refinished the tabletop and deep-cleaned the chairs before Thanksgiving.  Now, we just need to work on the intricate table legs and sideboard!
Take a look under the first "before" photo of the table - that apoxy floor was one of our very first projects.  It makes clean up so much easier for things like car work and the table staining; plus, it looks better!
Okay, so not really a "project," but I love updating our sheets every season.  While I love these minty green ones, the cranberry is so perfect for Christmas!
And lastly, while working on this post and asking Mike what we've done with our house, he reminded me that all of the 45 regular lightbulbs (lamps, ceiling fixtures, fan bases) in our house are now LED!  If you're looking for awesome deals on lightbulbs, head to IKEA.  Nope, this isn't sponsored in any way, but the bulbs are $1.99 for a two-pack and look really nice - just wanted to share a great deal with y'all!

14 comments:

BLovedBoston said...

Everything is coming together so nicely!! We finally (4 months later) hung a few pieces because it took that long to decide that we wanted to finally put holes in the wall LOL! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

That swing is what dreams are made of! I love it!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

I love that y'all changed your swing to have rope instead of chains! It's so cute!

Nikki @ makeupHER said...

Love all the updates y'all have made! That swing on the porch is so cute and perfect for your home!! How neat that y'all have that same table 100 years later!!

Macy V said...

I LOVE the photos you picked! They are all so unique and cool looking. You two have done so much to your house to make it perfect. I used to work in Lighting at IKEA and people were always amazed by how cheap the bulbs were compared to other stores. Fun fact- IKEA is really big on making sure they have the lowest prices so they offer $75-$100 to employees for finding cheaper prices in other stores and showing photos for proof. I really took advantage of that when I needed money ;) We are slowly switching over to a smart house and bought a bunch of new light bulbs that can be controlled via alexa, I love it!

Rebecca Jo said...

A front porch isnt a home until it has a swing or rockers ;)

Jen said...

I love the swing! It's amazing!

Julie said...

Oh my yes the rope looks much better than a chain. Love it!

Emelia at Dream Big & Buy the Shoes said...

Everything is so pretty! love the swing so much :)

charlestonlowcountryboil.com said...

Very cool post.

amy said...

Ok, i am LOVING all of these photos of your home details!
The 360 photos = uhMAZING.

Lauren @ Oh Hey! I Like That! said...

Everything looks BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Carolann Chambers said...

I love what you are doing with your house! I am really bad at decorating so I love reading posts like this. I always wanted a porch swing. It looks like the perfect place to hang out and read. I also really like that beachy paint color in the dining room! It's really fun. I also love that you have that table that has been in Mike's family. We have a few things like that in our house and it's all really special to me.

Emily said...

I love how your dining room table turned out and so perfect for a Charleston home. Amazing job!

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