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April 5, 2011

Living the Dream

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Not to rub it in if you’re reading this at work, but…I love working from home. Especially now that my chair actually fits under my new desk! I actually called Ethan last week to tell him how awesome it was…at home in my shorts & t-shirt, rocking out to my iPod, designing an album, and sitting comfortably at a huge desk!

{Please ignore those awful cords. And the putty on the trim. And anything else ugly you might see.}

Just like the breakfast area, there’s a whole lot that needs to happen in this room (paint the awful yellow trim & replace the carpet…just to name a few). But for now, new furniture is a welcome improvement!

{love the wood top!}

My old home office setup was pretty sad. I was working on a sewing table (with sewing machine still inside) I recently inherited from my grandmother. It now lives in the gameroom, at least until I have a better plan. Check out the door in the background…white trim (new paint) + yellow door (old paint). Real classy. Or a new trend…you pick.

{yes, I am aware of how sad & pathetic this is}

I don’t know how to sew, but I asked my grandmother for her machine in an attempt to learn (first things first). I was completely unaware the machine came with its own piece of furniture. At least it gave me a place to put my computer for the last 9 months (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) Now that the machine is freed up, anyone want to teach me to sew?

April 4, 2011

Sitting Pretty

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Here it is! Our newest piece of furniture, sitting pretty in our oh-so-outdated breakfast area. It’s amazing how just adding a table makes this room feel a little homier.

When we first ran across this table, Ethan loved it. I found it to be interesting, but wasn’t sure it would go with our quatrefoil chairs (that I’m absolutely crazy about!) We took a few pictures of the table & kept walking around the show. All day long, I kept pulling out the camera to look at the table & held it next to a chair photo on my phone…debating. My sweet husband left the decision in my hands…even though I know he wanted to bring that table home!

Once we got it in the house, I wasn’t so sure. But can you blame me? Look at all the different wood tones fighting with each other! Plus that hideous light fixture? Of course it looks awful!

But once we do some painting in this room, it’s going to make a world of difference. Here’s the master “to-do” list…

  • Remove wallpaper + paint walls (Right now you’re looking at painted-over wallpaper -a big thank you to the previous homeowners for that one!)
  • Paint the wood wainscot/trim/cabinets a bright white color (Benjamin Moore “Super White” to be exact)
  • Paint the ceiling (trust me, it needs to be done)
  • Replace the current light fixture (I’m not digging the basket look, are you?)

That’s just the home renovation stuff. I’m not even thinking about the decorating yet (refinishing chairs, a rug, draperies, art, etc.) At the rate we’re moving, it will be 5 years before we get all that done. But it’s a marathon, not a sprint. At least that’s what I’m going to start telling myself.

Enough on our long list of projects – back to the table! It’s made from reclaimed pine boards (we’re guessing it used to be hardwood floors?) and has a great casual quality, which is perfect for a breakfast table. Every nick, spill, water ring, etc. will add character (rather than damage it) and that’s just fine with me. Especially since it’s next to the back door & will most definitely become our dumping ground for bags, keys, coffee cups, etc.

So we’re loving our new furniture find & the Abby dog is pretty crazy about it too. All in all, a successful shopping trip to Round Top!

P.S. If you’re in love with my desk, it’s for sale on The Foundary again today under “Versed Classics.” It’s a little pricier than when we bought it, but still cheaper than Restoration Hardware!

March 21, 2011

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

I spent all day waiting for a furniture delivery, and the suspense almost killed me! Every time I heard a diesel engine barreling down the street, I had to run to the window to make sure it wasn’t the truck bound for my house. Mind you, we’re in Texas. Every other truck that passes my house sounds like a big ole moving truck. I was about 6 inches from losing my mind.

But finally – it’s here!! The first piece of furniture to making a more functional home office. A desk!

Ok, it’s nothing too exciting right now. We have to assemble it – basically just attach the legs. But that sucker is heavy and I’m not going to try it alone! I need a good strong man to help me. :)

Anyway, here’s the background story on this guy….

About a year ago, when we were still in an apartment, day-dreaming of the furniture we’d one day buy, Ethan and I ran across this desk at our local Restoration Hardware.

{via Restoration Hardware}

It has a weathered wood top on a steel frame with casters – very industrial, which is not necessarily my style. But it definitely has a “we found this in the back of a dusty antique shop” look, which is exactly the thing I love! We were both hooked. But at that time, we shared an 800 square foot space that was packed to the brim with hand-me-down furniture. And I refused to buy anything for an apartment, knowing that I’d probably regret it when we one day moved into a house.

So imagine my excitement when I ran across this guy on The Foundary last month. And for half the price of the Restoration Hardware version!!

{via The Foundary}

So I immediately emailed the link to Ethan & gave him a call. Being the logical, straight-laced guy he is, he ran through a list of questions. How much? Will it fit into our budget? What’s the return policy? Will it fit up the stairs? I answered them all very (im)patiently. Then asked my one question – “But Ethan. Do we want it??”

Here’s the deal with The Foundary. They have different sales each day, with limited quantities available of each item. So if you want something, you have to commit right then & there before it sells out. There’s no going back next week once you’ve had time to sleep on it & make up your mind (which is my typical method on furniture purchases for myself). So we made the decision, bought the desk and scheduled delivery for today!

I’m so excited it’s here & can’t wait to put it together! More pics to come when we get it assembled & into the office!

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