This was the family room when we saw the house for the first time. Not pictured? More cat equipment, a futon and more random plastic shelving.
The first thing we did was have the built-ins painted.
I probably should have straightened my shelves, and picked up Buddy's toy, but I am keeping it real, right?
That's why you can glimpse pictures leaning again the wall that I have yet to hang. They've been sitting there for a couple months now. Someday I will hang them. The walls used to be ratty 70's paneling that had been painted., and the ceiling was acoustic tile.
Here's the biggest change. The doorway into the kitchen used to be a wall with an opening cut out- just like how it is to the right.
There was a narrow doorway where the painting of the barn and the red toile chair is now into the kitchen. It made for a very awkward flow.
The closet on the left is wonderful- the sides are shelved and where I keep all my platters, glassware, etc. And the middle houses our bar. I also have tendency to throw fabric and pillows in there. I should stop that.
Now looking at these pictures, I really should have tidied this space up. Closets are my secret shame where my inner messiness abounds.
I have thought about turning this into a closet office, but Morgan does not want to lose the bar, and it is a wonderful storage area, and bar for entertaining. Which we have not done in far too long. . .
Oh, the curtains are cheeps from Cost Plus World Market, and I attached burlap ribbon to the bottom as a border, since they were too short. The rug is a wonderful- perfect for those who have kids and dogs and don't want anything too precious. It's from Overstock- a great source for rugs, that my sister in law reminded me about. Pillows I had made, and the sectional is a hand me down from my parents. The toile chair was a baby-sitting payment in law school, and the leather chair and ottoman (currently in service as a baby-proofing cabinet block) was my wedding present to Morgan.