How we really live

I aspire to be one of those people/mothers/bloggers who can show off her perfectly decorated home in all it’s trendsetting glory.  But that’s not going to happen.  Like ever.  So I decided to show you what everything looks like since we’ve moved back home, mostly because I figure that there are many of you that are just like me.  Indecisive and on a tight budget.


Living Room
benjamin moore paint: revere pewter


Shelf is from Pottery Barn. Oil painting and branch from Home Goods. I’ve collected the old bottles over the years.


In addition to wanting an area rug, an accent chair and other things on the walls, the “coffee table” is actually the play table from Luke’s bedroom.  We stole it from him so we have something to put our wine glasses on at night until we find a table or ottoman that we really like.  Luke isn’t happy with us.


I can’t ever have enough trays. Another Home Goods find.

I like these in place of Luke’s table…

essex ottoman in linen West Elm

West Elm Essex Ottoman

hastings coffee table pottery barn

Hastings Wood Coffee Table Pottery Barn

pottery barn rebecca trunk

Rebecca Trunk Pottery Barn

On to the boudoir…


Master Bedroom


The bedding is all from Pottery Barn. I love the colors and textures. It makes for a serene atmosphere when I need a place to escape from the kids.


I do shop in other stores. Really, I do. But we happened to have hit the pottery barn outlet pretty hard and the nightstands are from there as well.


We loved this storage bench so much and had to have it, even though it doesn’t really fit in the room.

This is the rug I’d like to put in here, on either side of our bed…


Pottery Barn Chunky wool & natural jute rug


See? makes the room look cozier.

Welcome to our toilette…(In my mind I said that in a french accent.  You know, twa-lette)




The shower curtain is from Target.  By the way, I folded the toilet paper into a point to be fancy.  Just in case you missed it.


The medicine cabinet is from Restoration Hardware


I took these guys out for the first pic, but really they kinda live in our bathroom


I really love our kitchen!


Love my jars!


I read cookbooks for fun, even when I’m not cooking anything.

Our kitchen is the piece de résistance of the house.  We haven’t put our island back yet.  It’s still in my parents’ garage and it’s in need of a good scrubbing, but eventually it’ll get moved over here and I’ll get a couple of stools for it.  Ideal place to give the kids breakfast.  Otherwise, we’re totally loving how the carrera marble counters, the white subway tile with charcoal grout and stainless steel appliances go together.

Madeleine’s Room


Washed Velvet bedding from Restoration Hardware, doll from pottery barn kids


Dresser from Restoration Hardware


Luke’s Room


Luke’s bed is from the pottery barn outlet. You can’t tell from the pic but it’s the Catalina bed in navy blue.


The nightstand is from


The Star Wars poster is my husband’s from a million years ago.

The shelf above his bed is actually from my childhood bedroom, which my dad altered to remove heart-shaped cutouts and also repainted it a distressed dark red.  For now I have knicknacks on it from when Luke was an infant, but since he’s turning 6 this weekend I’d better man up the decor!


Horsey, your days are numbered.


Motorcycle, now that’s more like it.

This is the dining room as it is now – a major work in progress.  The carpenter is coming back in a few weeks to build a banquette around part of the dining table.  The table is from West Elm and the chairs are from Restoration Hardware.  I love the rustic planks in the table.  Picking food out of it after dinner is tricky but I still love the way it looks.


west elm table

Are you loving the contractor’s giant lights in the background?  Like I said, this is how we’re living right now.  The house is very much a work in progress but we’ll get there.  Eventually.



I love plants


cast iron urn – Home Goods

After I went over this post I realized how much we’ve purchased from Pottery Barn.  I don’t like to shop in one place all the time but I’m impatient and the idea of shopping around for months and months to find things for our home is tiring to me.  Generic isn’t the worst thing in the world as long as it brings you happiness when you look at it.  By the way, have you ever checked out  I love perusing their website, even thought it’s a bit pricey.  They’re having a tent sale.  Check it out!

This entry was published on June 27, 2013 at 2:19 pm. It’s filed under Home design, home renovation and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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