Category dining room

Choosing a rug for the dining room

Before we can really move forward with the dining room, we have to pick a rug. Since we’ll be using the furniture we already own, it’s the biggest purchase we’re making, which will set the tone of the whole room. Rugs are expensive, and I’m a little overwhelmed! Apartment Therapy recently posted guidelines for choosing […]

What a difference paint makes!

Nik spent a few evenings last week painting the dining room Mark Twain Gray Brick, and it’s just gorgeous. Rich and romantic, the perfect counter balance to our light and airy kitchen. I need to gear up to paint the trim like I promised, so we can get to the fun parts! The table is […]

Stripping wallpaper: what worked and where we should have saved our money

We got the the ball rolling on the dining room project this weekend! I took some before pictures, which are true to the starting state of the room, except for the test-peels of the wallpaper: The white bead board at the bottom is actually wallpaper that Nik put up a couple years ago, which is […]

Planning projects: how do you get started?

Since the kitchen project is coming to an end, I’ve been trying to decide what project we’ll tackle next. In my mind, we were going to finish everything by the time I moved in, but with 6 weeks to go, I’m coming to terms with the fact that it’s unlikely. I could make a case […]

How I turned my studio apartment into a one bedroom

It has been six whole fly-by months since I’ve been living in this apartment, and I’ve reached the point where it feels like a complete space. Not finished! Never finished, but cohesive without many corners that are works in progress. We had a snow day recently, and I used the time to clean, cook and […]

A starbust, ombré wall

  ETA: I’ve gotten so much great feedback on this project since it was featured on Apartment Therapy that I wanted to add an updated glamor shot in the decorated space. Seven months later, it’s still one of my favorite things in my apartment! I painted this section of wall in an hour or so […]