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Redecorating, Big and Small

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do was rearrange my room. Every time I got bored with status quo, I'd move my furniture around to give the same old stuff a fresh look.

That hasn't stopped. My husband and I usually complete one or two projects per year around the house. Earlier this year we redid our family room by pulling up carpet, laying hardwood, and swapping our living room couch for the leather sectional that was in our basement.

This summer my husband decided he wanted to try growing grapes, which turned into his desire for an arbor for them to grow on. Thanks to his "go big or go home" philosophy he built a huge (as in HUGE- like the size of a large room) arbor in our backyard complete with solar light caps on the top.

With the baby due in just two short months, we're trying to plan the nursery despite the fact that my in-laws still occupy that room. Hopefully they'll be moving on soon, but in the meantime we have a crib in the dining room waiting to be moved upstairs and assembled. In our upstairs hall, we have an old rocking chair, some hand-me-down clothes, and a few other items collected from around the house. And our office holds the baby shower gifts from our loving friends and family.

One thing we still needed was a dresser/changing table. We also had been looking for more grown-up furniture for our 13-year-old who is quickly outgrowing his bunkbed and child-size dresser. These were the challenges we undertook this weekend and I'm happy to say that in one long (read lots of walking, note-taking, backtracking, stopping for food, more walking, hauling, etc.) trip to IKEA, we accomplished it all plus some other nagging little decorating tasks.

The baby's dresser (to double as a changing table) is now, well, still sitting in the minivan in boxes because we have nowhere to put it yet.

My stepson's bunkbed and dresser are now in our dining room awaiting a buyer, while his room is now furnished with a full-size bed, a desk, and a proper size dresser that actually holds his clothes.

We also found new beige linen curtains to replace the heavy, brown velvet ones that were in our living room. Between the dark floor and dark furniture, the dark curtains made the room feel like a cave. Now it's light and inviting and it only cost us $30. Completely worth it.

Even though some of the house is still in disarray, some of the house is feeling new and fresh. There is a new energy wafting through our home and I love it.

On a somewhat related note, if you are looking for pretty ways to get organized or if you want to holiday shop for the amazing women in your life, check out the totes, purses, bags, baskets, and such on my Thirty-One site. If you place your order before November runs out (meaning today or tomorrow), you can get a free zipper pouch for every $31 you spend. Add item 3045 to your cart last and choose from one of these prints: Peacock Paisley, Paparazzi Dot, Boho Patchwork Paisley, Onyx Medallion, Floral Fanfare.


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