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Last spring I helped two friend”s renovate their home. These two roommates have busy lifestyles but I wanted to show you how cute their house is. I hope you can get some inspiration from them. Here is their living room before they moved in. We helped them install new laminate floors and paint the fireplace.
Here is the living room with their personal touch. This could be some inspiration if you have a small living room with a corner fireplace:
The rug is from Target and the couch is from a local furniture store in Jane”s hometown. The great thing about the couch is that you can move the chase so they will move it to the other side to put their Christmas tree up by the window. They found this small desk at a thrift store and use it for a t.v. stand. I love how they got creative with seating for such a small space.
A little over a year ago we spent some time with the Hubs sis and bro-in-law in Nashvegas. While we were there we helped them turn this:
After we left they got some new counters, appliances, and backsplash and turned it into this:
Last Friday I shared with you that iloverehabs will be doing a monthly reader rehab post. One other monthly post will be titled “Normal Us”. This is my version of house crashing. These are homes of gals like me that are non-interior designers trying to make their house unique. They are all on different budgets, time frames, and schedules. While these women know what they want they more than likely make it happen in stages and make mistakes along the way. While I love a good finished home for inspiration sometimes it good to see the process and greatness from everyday, “Normal Us”.
My first home is my best friend Ashley. Here is her cute little family. Aren't they precious!
She is a mom of two and she has lived in her home about a week longer than her first daughter's age. Moving in and 9 months pregnant, yep that's my friend Ashley. It didn't phase her one bit. She, like me, has painted and repainted, moved and reshuffled, nailed up and taken down, thrifted and Craigslisted. You might remember that I made this bench for her. Here it is 9 months later:
- Her style: Cozy Casual with industrial accents
- Her color Scheme: Neutrals with pops of color in fabric and things
- Her next project priority: Her desk.
Here is her living room:
Since she doesn't have a fireplace in her home. Sometimes a home with out a fireplace can lose the focal point. She smartly created the focal point by choosing this entertainment center. It serves as the anchor for the room and truly is the focal point. She has plans for the wall and other furniture placement but she is getting there one project at a time. I love her fun bean bag in the corner. One day it will be moved into her basement but I like it here too.
These stools she found in a garage sale. They are great extra seating and she is going to cover them with a clearance table-cloth she found at Target. Since she has two little toddlers she has lots of storage for toys all around the house.
She made her curtains and I love the modern pattern. It brings the industrial into her cozy casual style. Curtains for big windows like this can be expensive. She already had blinds for privacy so she just made curtains to frame and soften the window. She didn't worry about having to open and shut the curtains.
Here is the home for her desk. I love the way she used Ikea Lack Shelves above her desk. She made all of the printable art that you see and used frames she had.
The desk is a necessity..she works part-time from home. Her next big project is to DIY a desk using these legs from Ikea.
Here is her Dining Room and Kitchen:
She also has plans for wall-to-wall storage on the wall to the left. I might have to show you when she's done because she has got a good plan. She was given this table by a friend who didn't want it and she painted it cream. Dont you love it? I also love the different styles of chairs around her table. She has plans to add more.
I love these bar stools. I love typography and I am swooning over the numbers on the bar stools. Again, this a nod to her industrial accents.
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These file organizers don't always have to go in an office. I like how she placed it in her kitchen. Its right where they walk in and it's really easy to drop the mail in:
Here is her hallway closet. Yes, this is my friend. She is SOOO good at organizing. She could be a professional organizer. She is that good, seriously, you should hire her. The crazy thing is that she didn't even know I wanted to take this pic and I opened it up..it was organized. I need to be more like her. If you come over to my house dont ever do that to me.
As every good mom does she sacrifices herself for her kiddos so her master bedroom has not been a priority, but she has a plan and its starting to come together. She did make her headboard and I love how it looks with her bedspread.
Ashley did a great job of making the most of her space in her bathroom. I love her cabinet over her toilet.
Okay get ready for the bombshell. Check out her little girls' room.
I mean is your jaw dropped? Pick it up off your keyboard and keep looking at the details. Her little girls share a room so she has made room for two cribs. The girls are not twins but they are only a year apart.
She repainted an old dresser and has really made it a functional space in the room:
I love how she added some whimsy and feminine touches with the paper pom poms and curtain Fabric:
I love how she used the space here for a reading nook.
Just for fun, lets take one more look:
An Area That Puzzles her:
Okay, here is your chance to help Ashley…she does have a little nook in her living room and she is thinking through what she wants to do up there. Do any of you have suggestions for her? If you do please do comment below.
There's my friend Ashley's home…don't you love it? I might have to check back in later this year because she is doing things as she goes.
If you are wondering where she got some of her stuff click here for her source list. Thanks Ashley for letting us into your home. If you want a place to show us your projects please contact me with pictures! Remember it doesn't have to be perfect…its just “Normal Us”.
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