I'm actually going to be painting the walls in the living room to a dark beige color. And then I'll be sewing curtains as well - which will be my first sewing project since getting a sewing machine for Christmas (wish me luck). So if my curtains turn out horrible, you'll never see them on this blog. Haha. I know that we're just renting and what is the point to going to all the trouble - but I love to BEAUTIFY~! To me, it's worth the effort because I don't like living in an empty space. And I also don't mind painting or decorating. It's fun. :)
Also, I'd just like to say that that little black beauty of a piano is now all ours. After working hard at my music for the past 4 years, decent royalty payments have FINALLY started to come in as of late 2010 and it's been enough to finally purchase the piano (I'd been leasing it for 4 yrs). I just had it tuned today for the first time in 2 years and it sounds amazing.
Here is the view of the Entry Way from the stairs, which you can see into the living room again.
Our hutch almost didn't clear the ceiling. Phew.
I love having a formal dining room. My decorating style is very much traditional with a touch of French Provincial - and I've been so excited to finally be able to have our formal table be just that - FORMAL. (it's been our "kitchen table" for the past 3 years).
It's nice having a closet in the family room - because we can store our movies and games right there (as well as toys). And Will and I are excited to be able to watch movies late at night again without fear of waking up the kiddos (since their bedrooms are upstairs).
I'm so pleased with my husband's taste in microwaves. He went and picked out that red beauty all by himself. Way to go babe!
Since we'd been using our formal dining room table as our "kitchen table" for the past few years, and now that it's in a dining room finally, we don't have a kitchen table anymore.
This is just a little half-bath downstairs...again...we're so excited to have more than one toilet. No more standing in line. ;)
Taylor has the far-most corner bedroom of the house, and it's over the garage. This way, he can sleep soundly while the rest of us make a bunch of ruckus.
These are all the same nursery decorations from when Preston was a baby, and now Taylor gets to use them. I have loved this nautical theme - and especially now that we're living on an island, it's very fitting. The seashells on his name plate are from this island as well.
Here is my Music Studio...which we just got finished today actually.
I actually painted those walls. Before, they were white with lots of dirty stains and with pink stenciled cats around the top of the baseboards. I just couldn't get past the cats and thought my creative side would be better nourished with some sort of color on the wall. And to also cover up those cats. Just thinking about them makes me sneeze.
I totally felt vain putting up those photos of myself. But this is the first time I've had an entire room to myself for a music studio and I wanted to put up some of the artwork from my debut album. Which, by the way, I'm so grateful to Will for allowing me to use the room for my studio. He totally could have used it for his office, but that's why he's the world's best husband. :)
And don't worry, there are other people on the wall besides me. Like, Rachmaninoff and Paderewski. Those are 1924 Steinway ads. The ads say that you can buy a Steinway for $875. Wow...today they go for at least $60K and that's for a small one.
A nifty shelf to house CDs and mailers. Sooooo happy that I now won't have to go into the storage room every time I need to mail a CD out. It's like I have a little shipping station now.
This is the upstairs hallway bathroom, otherwise known as the kids' bathroom.
It's not finished yet...I have some little black frames that I'm going to hang. But first I need to get some photos printed. I want to put pics of the boys during bathtime in the photos (black and white), and then I have some lime green ribbon to hang them with as an accent color.
Now, since we just moved all of Preston's bedroom items into Taylor's room (decorations, crib, dresser, and all), Preston's room is quite lacking in the decoration department so far. It's a work in progress, because where he used to have all the decorations, he now has none. Bare walls.
When we moved, Will bought Preston a Lightening McQueen (Disney Cars) Toddler Bed in order to make the transition into the new house (and a new bed) easier on him.
Like I said...he's a bit lacking in wall decor.
But definitely not lacking in Lightening McQueens...haha
This is the Master Bathroom...which you can't see, but there is a nice big soaking tub with a view of the mountains and bay. It's wonderful. I've already taken a bajillion bubble baths in there.
And then this is the wall next to the door as you come into the bedroom. Will is going to be putting his computer up in the corner, and then that other tiny desk is my sewing desk. I hope to eventually replace that desk with something more condusive to sewing...but for now it works.