Monday, February 6, 2017

Hummel House Progress | Family Room

I’m back with some progress at the Hummel House!  It’s been slow going with any new projects at our house, just not enough motivation to do any big projects.  Instead, I’ve been focusing on organizing areas that have seen better days, like the laundry room or cleaning out the fridge.  Unfortunately, not anything blog worthy.  But something that is worth sharing is the progress my sister and brother-in-law have made at their house!

My sister wanted to first focus on the family room, which is where they watch TV, entertain, and generally spend a lot of their time.  I mentioned that the plan was to remove the carpet and add laminate flooring and paint.  Not only has that all been done, but all the major pieces are purchased and it’s already miles from where it started.

I ran over a couple days ago and quickly shot some photos after work so the lighting was a bit harsh, but I still think it looks great!


As a reminder, here’s where they started:

Hummel House Family Room - Before

Hummel House Family Room - Before 2

The flooring and paint (Sherwin Williams Alabaster) have made a huge difference, and small upgrades like new, thicker baseboards and even just quickly spray painting the fireplace screen matte black have gone a long way to upgrade this space.


Both my sister and bro-in-law wanted a large couch to lounge and one of their first grown up furniture purchases was this super comfortable West Elm Henry couch, in Ash Gray.  They went with the 96” version and that set the scale and layout for the rest of the room. 

Since they have the sliding doors opposite I suggested two smaller scale chairs that wouldn’t visually block the light too much, and still be able to be moved around to get outside when the weather warms up.  We chose these Threshold Windson Wood Arm Chairs from Target but waffled back and forth between a bone color and this bluish gray color.  After weeks of out of stock notices on the bone color, it was an easy choice!  I think it was the better choice and adds some interest to the neutral room.

Family-Room-4(Peeta sighting!)

Those are anchored by a large jute rug from World Market.  This layout also solves the problem I mentioned when I first introduced the room: two focal points.  The fireplace being one and the TV on the opposite wall, since that’s the only space it’ll fit.  By laying out the seating to face each other, both focal points can be seen from any seat.


The TV wall is still a work in progress, but my sister and I kicked butt a couple weeks ago and mounted the TV to the wall, installed an in-wall cord system (using this kit suggested by Young House Love), and mounted the storage units which will be finished similar to our fauxdenza, all with minimum phone calls to Mike!

Unlike our fauxdenza which was made using Ikea kitchen cabinets, the TV storage unit here is a three unit Ikea Besta storage system.  These units can sit on the ground with legs, or mounted to the wall.  After I took these photos my sister and I finished poly’ing the top and sides so those should be mounted soon.

We also hung curtains and measured for a couple more items, but mostly this room’s large pieces are done and it’s all accessories from here on out! 


There’s been more progress in the living room/dining room area (no more red paint!) and the entry, so I’ll hopefully get more photos as those spaces get further along.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Office Makeover | Plan

Now that I’ve introduced you to my latest project, let’s get into the plan. 

But real quick, we need to talk about our house master plan.  If/when we have kids, the plan is to use the bedroom that I use as my office for the nursery.  Since we don’t have that many overnight guests, we’ll eliminate having a guest room and move the office into the now guest room/dressing room. 
With this in mind, I knew any new office plans/furniture would need to work in the current guest room.  I basically designed my office in the guest room space and then made those pieces work in the current office, that way if we switch it over, everything works!

I’ve been collecting a lot of inspiration, and there are a few common themes.  Here are some that I’ve been pinning for the last year or so.


All of my inspiration rooms are mostly white with accents of black/dark blues and wood.  This is similar to the aesthetic on our main floor, most notably our kitchen, and something that I’ve been wanting to bring upstairs.  I feel like crafting supplies and accessories are colorful on their own, and can be a little overwhelming, so a neutral background is my preference.

Luckily I was able to create a new desk and add a lot more storage options with this in mind.  Here are the pieces that I’ve either bought or planning to bring into the room:

The large items like the shelving unit and desk hail from Ikea and will help keep the room from feeling too heavy.  The butcher block top will bring in the natural elements and provide a large workplace that I’m used to.  The chair is also from Ikea and is something I’ve had for years and love.  I have had both wheeled and stationary chairs and prefer wheeled for quickly moving to grab something on the other side of the room.

The rug is something that’s been purchased and I’m looking forward to adding something a little more comfortable and a lot more stylish/mature in the room.  All while keeping in mind that I share the room with the litter box and loose pieces of litter are just a reality.  This rug will sweep up well (which I do A LOT for the above reason) and will camouflage anything between.

I plan to bring in plants (real) and gold/brass accents (fake) and color with accessories.

My timeline is still very loose on this project.  I have to pare down a lot of supplies like scrapbooking paper which I have a lot of, but surprisingly have never scrapbooked!  Once I clear a lot of it out I can then paint and switch out the large pieces, which is another hurdle since it took 3+ people to bring in some of the larger pieces in the room and it’s just me now!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Office Makeover | Introduction

It’s been three months since Mike’s been in Chicago and I’ve basically taken a break from life (including blogging obviously).  I thought I’d have all this alone time to get shit done and do some things that I want to do like crafting or something, but I found myself in kind of a funk.  That all sounds a little more depressing than it really is, but getting into a new routine at home, where I was responsible for my regular chores plus Mike’s, took some time.   It’s taken awhile, but I think I’ve finally figured it out and I’m back to my old self, which means I’m itching to start a project!

I’ve been brainstorming an office makeover for literally years.  Besides small changes, like a new chair, here and there I haven’t done anything to it since we moved in.  My style and interests have changed, which means the office just doesn’t work for me anymore.  

Here’s the photos I have on the Home Tour page:




I painted it beige (Bungolow Beige SW7511), brought in my old crafting area, made a desk for Mike, and added the cube storage and then literally never updated it.

Here’s how it looks today, without any cleanup, styling, or general care for putting this on the internet:




As you can see the organization has gotten a little out of hand.  When we moved in I was mostly just paper crafting, but now I do a lot more and while I still love paper crafting, it’s not the main use of this space.  Which is probably why the cube organization still looks relatively neat – I don’t use it that much.

Another major problem is I share this room with the litter box.  Which is less than ideal.


This does force me to keep it clean, but all the mess that is associated with it is a pain.  Plus I don’t think kitty litter bins are exactly in style.

I’ve got some plans and basically all the furniture is getting upgraded and adding in more storage that’s not specific to any one type of crafting.  I’ll share the major plans soon, I just figured if I put this idea out on the blog, it’ll give me even more motivation to get it done!