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Filled-in Frames - Our Living Room Reveal

Filled-in Frames - Our Living Room Reveal

Okay…here it is: the promised living room frame reveal. If you read this post, you have already had a sneak peek of the filled-in frames, but today I am going to take you up close and personal.

What you didn’t see in that sneak-peek photo, is that those frames weren’t only things the got some love and affection over the past couple of weeks. Somehow, I also managed to totally rearrange the living room furniture. I say “somehow” because I did all this while Brado was out of town and I was single mama-ing it. It almost killed me, but I did it! And I love it!

Also, before I go raising expectations, it might be a stretch to say that I rearranged ALL the living room furniture; not everything was moved. But some big players got the ol’ heave ho or found themselves a new home.

The result?

A lighter and more open space…exactly what we were going for.

Okay enough blabbering, Let’s get on with the show.

Actually, let’s first revisit the before so you can gasp (with sincerity) at the DRAMATIC difference (there I go again, raising expectations).

Before:

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After:

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Yay! Filled in frames! Admittedly, they are not perfectly straight. They were…and then when I took down the frames to fill them, I didn’t pay attention to which frame went in which spot. So now we have filled-in, but slightly unaligned, frames. Ah, well.

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I talked about this here, but would you believe that 6 out of the 8 pictures in those frames were taken with my iPhone. Crazy. The quality even when blown up is really good. Perfect? Probably not. But do you know what it looks better than? Empty frames.

We got our pictures printed locally for REALLY cheap (I think the whole thing cost us 50 USD) but if you are looking for a company that will print large square pictures (from your awesome iPhone) look no further than Artifact Uprising. I actually was all set to use them, as I had a difficult time finding a local printer to print the images in the size that we wanted. The only thing is that the shipping (to China) was going to cost a fortune. And Brado was all, “Are you out of your freaking mind?”. And I was all, “Maybe?”. Anyway, check them out if you want quality prints (in any size) delivered to your doorstep. They also have awesome photo books that your can create. I have about 5 different ones in my cart right now that I am just waiting to publish this summer.

Okay, enough with the frames, let’s look at the rest of the room. Remember how the desk used to rest on the back of the couch? Well, I pushed it up against the wall where our bookshelf used to be. It is amazing how much that one little switch opened things up.

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The desk area is still very much a work in progress. That beautiful Chinese screen is staying in the living room but it probably won’t stay there. We need the space above the desk to be a little more functional. So eventually, we will probably hang some shelves or something.

And that desk… I don’t hate it with a burning passion. But I suppose you could say I don’t love it. Mostly, I am so, so, so, so, so tempted to have it repainted white. In fact, the more I stare at it, the more I can guarantee you that the desk’s dark days are numbered. It is going to happen. Stay tuned.

I stole the rug from our playroom upstairs. It probably won’t stay, but I wanted to try out a rug in this space to see how it worked.

As you can see in the next photo, the bookcase that used to be where the desk is now, found a new home by the window. Also, while you are looking at this photo can you please disregard that monstrosity of a light fixture. Yeah. That was a HUGE fail. And it will be coming down ASAP. Lesson learned: It is good to take design risks. But it is also good to recognize when these risks end up being seriously fugly.

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The bookshelf also got a little makeover because restyling a bookshelf has got to be one of my top 3 most favorite activities. I can’t help myself.

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Aside from those big moves, not much else changed. We pushed our huge, pleather, brown chair (that we can’t get rid of because it is our landlord’s) into the corner. That makes it a little less noticable. Or, at least, that is what I am telling myself.

The T.V. area didn’t really change at all. The only real change over there is how alive the plants are (a.k.a. on the verge of death).

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You know what has been the best consequence of finally filling in our frames (besides not having to be unbelievably embarrassed anytime somebody stops by our house)? Finley is SOOOOO excited to see herself on the wall. She points and laughs and is super, super proud of “her” photos.

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I probably shouldn’t mention this, but the reason she is so excited might have a little something to do with the fact that, in true 2nd child fashion, she is severely underrepresented in our home. I think before these photos were framed we had like 2 framed photos of her total. I keep meaning to switch out some of the ones of Beau for ones of her but…time, priorities, work, showers, life…it all just seems to sidetrack me.

Maybe that is my next project: De-shrine the house of the Beau Beau. Finley’s self-confidence depends on it.

So, what do you think? Do you like the new layout? The pictures? Are 2nd children psychologically damaged due to the lack of photos of them in their house? Or do you think this simply makes them more resilient? Do inform.

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