Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Pack It Up, Pack It In

Last night, Jordan and I were discussing our little home and how we've enjoyed it. While we feel like we are "over it" and have outgrown it (no children planned, just needing more than one bathroom/shower, better guest room, etc), it really has been a great little place for us for the past 3.5 years. It's allowed us to save a lot of money, and the location is supreme! There are so many great little restaurants and shops around here, within walking distance. Plus, the coziness of this little home has been great. 

I've been thinking about all the looks I've given this condo - its kind of crazy. I wonder if I'll continue to change decor a lot in the future, or if, as I continue to make larger furniture purchases, etc, that Ill chill out with that a little? What do you guys think? What's your experience? I feel like I've already chilled a little in the non-stop-redecorating department, but that might only be because I knew we were going to move, and I don't want to spend time or money on something that's not going to last, you know? 

I wish I could show you guys photos of my rooms and houses in college (maybe i'll try and dig some up! My college roommates can vouch for this.). Talk about redecorating. I was constantly changing things up. It's so funny to look back on, and to think about those passions and ideas flowing into my life now. I always loved decorating and interior design, and I had no idea that it would be part of my job in the future. I was an art major, but I changed from art, to education, to interior design and finally settled on Fine Art. Anyway, I guess I'm just rambling about my decorating passions, but I have just been thinking about how all that is leading me to where I am at today, and I am really happy with it. I have a job I love, and I am working in a field that literally makes my heart beat faster, because I love it so! 

Decorating has always been my favorite thing. I always say that I'm not sure I could ever do it for a living, because I like what I like, and I don't want to compromise to help pick out things for someone else! So, I do decorative painting instead, where I can have a little more give and take. Does that make sense? I have loved decorating my homes, and I thought I'd take a look back at the many MANY looks the condos had over the past 3.5 years!

we started out here, in the living room: 

pretty! hah. this was like, literally the day after we moved in. It's an effective "before" picture, I always say.

I ended up getting rid of that sofa pretty quickly, and bought my $25 thrift store sofa. Then, I painted the walls white and did a little furniture arranging: 

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At this time, Jordans office area was in our living room:

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The area across from the sofa, where the bookshelves are now:

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(looks like this now:) 
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Then, I reorganized and things got a bit more symmetrical:

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But, of course I got tired of the white, and decided to paint it gray in there:

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and it also looked like this while it was gray:

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Then, at some point (It was inspired by a client's home) I decided to paint it a blackish blue:

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And finally "finished" the room when I got the CB2 clear waterfall table:

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I loved this look for a long time, and it probably is the look I've liked the best. 

But of course all good things must come to an end, and I decided to go back to white this past spring (spring of '12)

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And this is where we stand now... I still don't love it, or feel like it was ever finished in this look, but I am still loving white (This white has too much yellow in it, though, which is weird, because it is not a yellowy white on the sample card), and want to paint our new house practically all white.


That took forever to write. Can you believe I've done so much changing up? I have a feeling I'll keep at it. It's what I do!


  1. I totally understand changing things up. All your looks have been fun and pretty.

  2. That's great that you've found a career that you love doing! and I think you'll always be changing and rearranging your house, no matter where you live. I'm always rearranging our furniture, paintings things, changing things out. My husband is constantly coming home to me moving things around. It kills me to be in a rental, cause I always want to experiment with paint colors. Luckily, I love the neutral gray that our rental is now, because it goes with everything and I can easily change out curtains/linens/rugs and instantly give our rooms a new look.

    1. yes! that is really fortunate that you got a nice neutral. i'm trying to pick out paint colors for the new house now, since i won't have to be doing it myself, and i'm going with all grays and whites - easy and easy to please!

      and i agree - i'll always be changing it up! if i don't, then maybe i have lost my touch :)

  3. I love to see the metamorphosis of your home, Kristen. It's interesting, I have spent less time on my own home in the past two years since I've been decorating other people's homes.

    What I've discovered over the past few months, is that our home is in dire need of some attention. It is no longer inspirational or fulfilling to me. So, I think decorating your own place ebbs and flows with life, but it's important to keep things fresh as you have done.

    I feel sure that you will be inspired to make wonderful changes to your new home. Good luck and I look forward to watching your progress.

    1. it makes such a huge difference in my life, at least, when i'm enjoying my space and being in it.

      thank you lori! i look forward to seeing everyone tonight!

  4. I loved that little $25 Tuxedo sofa--what ended up happening to it??

    So glad that your place sold and you guys are moving on...nothing like the fun of having a brand new space to decorate. :)

    See you tonight!

    1. I had it reupholstered and it's still in the living room! you might not recognize it, because when I had it reupholstered I had them remove the skirt, and I stained the feet dark java :)

      see you soon!

  5. I love your taste and I actually would love to sit and read a good book in all the rooms. It's so cool to see all your different visions. Shows you can really do a lot and change an entire room, even if it isn't very big. Congrats on the new house! Can't wait to see what you do with it...

  6. If I had your eye for design/colors/arrangement/etc I probably would save us a lot more $$! I liked every color of the living room. It's crazy how changing a color or a piece of furniture can make a room look completely brand new. Must keep this in mind for future projects. Good luck with the move!!

    1. aw, thanks hayley! i know, paint can make such a huge difference -- on furniture and on walls!

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  8. have to admit, i was kinda hoping you were moving cus you were knocked up! i would love to see a nursery designed by you. no kids ever? please, just one. :)

    1. hahaha hilarious! no plans now, but who knows.

      nurseries are the best... practically all of my spaces look like nurseries anyway, due to my lack of respect for formality! haha.

  9. I loved loved loved the dark walls...I've had it saved forever bc I want to do it to our guest room. Glad you got moved out okay!

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