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Ants in my Pants…

I want to start by saying I am by no means any sort of professional decorator, and don’t aspire to be… but I do love it! Every time we get into a different house my mind starts racing with ideas of what we can do to it.

Ever since we got back from San Diego, I’ve had ants in my pants. I’m getting anxious. I can’t stop thinking of ways to decorate our Β new home. Β I know I need to get in the house first to feel things out, but still… my mind can’t stop racing with ideas.

With so many thoughts jammed in my head I thought I’d write it out to clear some space in my already crammed brain.

Please keep in mind that I have no idea what I’m talking about. So if I sound like I don’t know what I’m saying… its probably cause I don’t πŸ˜‰

I’m a big believer in letting a house set the tone for decorating. For example, the house we live in now was built in 1930. Its a cottage/craftsman bungalow. If someone were to move in and put a lot of contemporary decor inside, it would look strange.

When Mr. Weekly Bite & I first got married, we slowly started buying high quality, classic pieces of furniture. I let the accessories change with the style of the home. Β The home we bought in San Diego is completely different. All of our big, classic pieces of furniture will fit the house perfectly, but the accessories need to change.

Here what our living room looks like now. There are several things in this room that won’t work in our next house.

Here’s our new house in SD. When you walk in, the family room is on your left, and the dining room is on your right. As I’ve mentioned before, the house was completely gutted and redone. When the owner realized she was moving, she carpeted all the living & dining areas.

The first order of business is to remove the carpet from the dining, family, and living room, and install hardwood flooring. We actually had a flooring company come out and give us a quote when we were out there.

Below is the family room, opposite of the dining room.

Just off the kitchen sits the living room. This will be our no TV, quiet room πŸ™‚

The walls in the house are all white except for a few accent walls. Its hard to tell in the pictures, but the color is a greenish yellow color. It looks nice with the furniture in the pics, but not with our sage green sofa.

I’d like to paint the walls of all the living & dining areas with this linen color. Its a very light color that I think will add a soft touch to the rooms. It won’t clash with our furniture either.

If we decide to paint a few accent walls, we might use this color. Who know… we might just decide to paint most of the house this color…

Or this color

I’d also like to sew some new throw pillows for our sofa & chairs. Since our sofa is such a plain color, I like add color back in with pillows. It will take up to a week for our furniture to arrive in San Diego, so M & I will be making a pitt stop in Texas to spend some time with my mom. Since my sewing machine will be all packed up, we will be using my mom’s to sew some new pillows.

I really like this yellow ikat print…

Maybe layered with this floral print…

Then layered with this striped print?

I’m also loving these floor lamps! I’ll add these to my wish list πŸ™‚

The last thing on my wish list is mirrors.

I really like this one

This one might be cute too…

That’s all I’ve come up with for now. Knowing me, all this will change by the time we get out there. I’ve been known to do that in the past πŸ˜‰

What about you? Have you done any decorating, or redecorating lately?

12 Responses

  1. Kim at Quit Eating Out said on April 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Moving sure has it’s share of stress. But I LOVE to fill the new house and get it all set up as our “home”. I LOVE all the things you are choosing… the colors and fabrics. Can’t wait to see how it all looks in the new place! Best wishes on your move!!!

  2. Merri Ann said on April 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

    I’ve been in my new house since November and have not even considered decorating. But to be honest … it never crosses my mind. I am officially decorating challenged. It will take one of my sisters walking in to my house and saying, “Could you at least put a picture on the wall” for me to even notice that they are missing.

    But every inch of floor, molding, ceilings, walls, and even the garage will be organized, painted, and, before kids, I could add “clean”.

    You have a great eye for making things look great. Your current home, from the pics you shared, looks nice without being cluttered or over done and like someone actually lives in the space (as opposed to some photos in magazines).

    Can’t wait to see pics as you settle in to your new home.

  3. Graze With Me said on April 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I’m on the verge of decorating the nursery for our first! We find out next Wednesday what we’re having and I’m so excited to go completely crazy on the room. It’s all white and empty now but I’m thinking apple green walls (regardless of gender) and lots of fun, handmade, vintage artwork.

  4. Estela - Weekly Bite said on April 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Sounds like fun! I’d love to see pics of the final product πŸ™‚

  5. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said on April 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Your new house logs beautiful! I love how much natural light it has. I love decorating, but being in a rental, I’m very limited right now. Looking forward to purchasing a house to have the freedom to decorate as I choose. πŸ™‚

  6. J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) said on April 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Looks, typo. Autofill error

  7. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I get the same way every time I move. But since that happens once a year, I rarely decorate much. I just know it’s that much more stuff to take down and pack up when we move again.

    However, if I won money from HGTV or something I’d go wild and get all off the stuff I drool over but can’t buy!

    Also, those colors are gorgeous. And I love the yellow fabric you want for the pillows.

    Finally, why would you carpet a dining room floor? Maybe she never spilled or dropped stuff while eating. And she definitely didn’t have kids.

    OK this is getting to be an outrageously long comment. Sorry!

  8. Pilar said on April 28, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I LOVE your ideas! Can I commission you for decorating help? I don’t seem to have that gene.

  9. Nicole, RD said on April 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Your new home is beautiful! I can’t wait to see more pictures! Especially of the kitchen πŸ™‚

    I have plans to make an arrangement soon – just tall willow in a large, cylinder vase. So clean and fresh! It will go at the top of our landing upstairs πŸ™‚

  10. mp4 to mp3 said on April 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Great article . Will definitely apply it to my blog.Thanks.

  11. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on April 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I completely agree with you that the house sets the tone for how you decorate. I think your ideas are beautiful. Tony is way better at that stuff than I am. He has an eye for design…I guess that goes with the artist in him. I love the colors you’ve chosen!

  12. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said on April 30, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Love the yellow and grays. I bet it will look great whatever you end up doing. I wish I had decorating sense!