Planting Sequoias

In which I blog about a life (hopefully) well lived.

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Living Room Reveal (in which I admit that I didn’t dust until, uh, after I took these photos)

I’ve shown most of our tiny apartment on this blog, but the main room, our living room, was woefully neglected. I wanted to wait until it was “finished,” but then I realized that, uh, if we waited until then, you guys would never get to see it.

Let’s just call this room a work in progress. You can see the rest of our apartment on the Apartment Tour page.

And, though I took all of these photos during daylight hours (yay, me!), I neglected to dust and it shows. But the good news is that I dusted after I saw these shameful pictures, so our house is in fact much cleaner. Retaking pictures was not a top priority, so you’ll just have to take my word for it.

This is the room that we spend the most time in, blogging, doing homework, watching TV (only the free channels because I’m stingy like that), and yoga. Ken, not me.

Actually, I don’t really know how I’d react if I saw Ken doing yoga. I’m just speculating that he does it when I’m not around.

//awkward silence//

Moving on…here’s a picture of the layout. We decided to make an office space at one end because we couldn’t think of anything else to put there.

(Engineering print art saga part 1 and part 2).

Don’t get dizzy, but I’ll move counterclockwise and show you some details.

This is my favorite room in the apartment. Happy pillow, record player, classic clock, and crazy bamboo plant=awesome. And let’s not forget about that sunset picture over Lake Michigan at Camp Geneva. Be still my heart.

Here’s how I made that pillow out of a placemat and a napkin.

The map was a rare successful birthday gift for Kenny last year. It’s a National Geographic map from 1984 that I snagged from a thrift store. I love the colors, and Ken likes map decor.

Yes, the couch is slipcovered. Underneath lies a very nice lumberjacky plaid that should no longer see the light of day.

I’m not really sure what I’m doing with my oil painting collection, so at the moment I’m just stacking it in the corner.

Here’s my favorite little vignette in the house, with the melty crayon art.

The basket holds our blankets and quilts but I’m hoping that an old 4′ ladder falls into my lap soon (not literally) so I can display them.

Here’s the TV stand that Kenny made and the scoop on the TV we got for $99.

Remember that time I went a little jute crazy? This large vase of sticks was one of the victims. The jute also covers up the fact that I’ve yet to get the sticker goo off…

That’s about it, but this place is always a-changing, so keep a-checking back in (not sure why I did that).

We’re thinking about using a gel stain on the coffee table (and obviously adding more plants to the terrarium*). Thoughts? I’m worried I’m going to ruin it but I’m not a huge fan of the current color.

The other thing we’re considering is doors for the TV stand, but at this point, we can’t logistically wrap our minds around how to do that. If someone wants to point us in the right direction, we probably wouldn’t object.

Who wants to come over so we can use this living room? Ken and I need to be less like hermit and interact with society more, so in theory, you’d be doing us a favor. Also, you’d be especially welcome if you brought brownies.

*I have a plan for this. I just scored some Home Depot Lawn and Garden coupons (for $5, $10, AND $15 off your purchase!) by killing zombies on their Facebook page. Go check it out here.

The things I do for coupons.