Oh well, Christmas happens every year, and there will always be time to get to the projects I didn't have time for this year. Not going crazy and taking on more than you can handle is important for your sanity sometimes.
So instead of spending time crafting and scrambling to make last minute Christmas gifts this past weekend, we did something for ourselves. We took a drive down to Charlotte and bought the very important first piece toward finally fixing up our family room, a new couch.
Our family room has a LONG way to go, considering all we've done is paint the walls and trim, and scrape the popcorn off the ceilings. But getting rid of our 70's couch we bought at a thrift store in 2001 is a good first step!
Right now we've got way too much beige on beige with the laminate flooring. But just envision it in about 2 1/2 years, once we get pretty walnut hardwood floors for our 5th wedding anniversary (the 'wood' anniversary), which will tie in nicely with the ceiling beams.
Some mock ups I've been playing around with, although I'm still not set on a rug style, or even color yet.
Herringbone Rug in Navy (sadly not available until March in 8' x 10')
The coffee table in my mock ups is the Pottery Barn Benchwright Coffee Table, which retails for $699, but I plan to build it using Ana White's plans for much cheaper. I think it will work great with my plans to bring in some more wood elements to go with our beams (walnut floors and tables), to play off of the neutral furniture and really make the bright colored walls and accessories pop.
And of course, we still have plans to build a facade over our huge red brick fireplace on the other side of the room, which we're planning to tackle in late January. We're still working on the plans, but as a reminder, I made this mock up while painting of what the other side of the family room will eventually look like, sans furniture.
So yeah, lots of stuff to do in this room. But since we're now only two weekends away with being done with our never ending bathroom project, we can finally start working on the family room, which we were going to start in July, if only we hadn't found mold in the bathroom. I can't wait!
Did you buy yourself any Christmas gifts this year? I love that my husband and I did a joint gift to ourselves, since it takes all the pressure off to think up a good surprise gift!