Chair, There and Everywhere

Wow, it’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Like we said, big projects have really slowed down around here, and between the holidays, work, traveling all the time to see family and friends, we just haven’t gotten around to posting. But, you’re in for a treat because all that time off from posting means we’ve got a little extra material to share with you, so there will be another post coming from Andrew pretty soon after this one! Let’s get to it…

Seating has always been a predicament in our tiny house. You may remember when we decided to part ways with our love seat as Part 1 of turning the office into a guest room. Well ever since then, we have to admit, we’ve missed the additional seating. If it’s just me and Andrew, the main couch is perfect. But if we have guests, it could be a little awkward to squeeze them in the middle of the couch between us. We love our friends, but seriously, that’s just a little too close for anyone’s normal comfort level.

First of all, neither of us could stand the fact that our desk chair was on wheels, scraping up our pretty floors that are, in the grand scheme of things, still in their infancy. We had been looking for a better desk chair that wasn’t on wheels, but nothing seemed to really call to us. In a chair, we like comfort, but style as well…we wouldn’t settle for just a cheap folding chair. Most chairs online and even at Ikea were just a little too high in price. I mean, come on, it’s a chair!

Long story short, we noticed some pretty cool chairs pop up at Target that seemed perfect and they were only just about $30. We jumped right on this since we knew something like this would sell out quickly. It’s a good thing we did because they were gone by the following week! Meet our new desk chair:

Desk chair from Fresh Nest Blog

Not only did we get a new desk chair, but we also decided to add a new comfy chair to the living room AND even a new slipper chair in our bedroom! We found these beauties on Wayfair.com.New denim lounge comfy chair from Wayfair Our new slipper chair

Now we have another seat in the living room and this one was SO easy to put together; it took about 5 minutes. This makes room for 6 in the living room right now with the new desk chair, old Ikea chair (now fashioned with some lovely accents), the new comfy chair and the couch.
Maximizing living room space with seating

As for the new slipper chair in our bedroom, that was an offer I just couldn’t refuse. We also got this chair from Wayfair, on sale for just $89. Most slipper chairs we were seeing were well over $100 a pop. I am constantly frustrated with the lack of places to put things in our bedroom. We have my dresser, but the cable box for our TV lives there and that really limits my surface space. I really wanted a chair that would fit in without taking up too much space, so that I could lay out my clothes for the next day or just sit down while I tie my shoes. These were just minor annoyances, but adding the chair has been great. I was worried it would be too cluttered in such a small room, but I think it is just fine and it gets the job done, that’s for sure.Our new slipper chair

We O.D.’d on chairs and we don’t care! Now we have more seats for our guests and nice accents, to boot!

The Re-Arranger Part 2

If anyone remembers, a year or so back I woke up one morning and had an epiphany about rearranging our living room furniture. That same thing happened again, but this time with the office formerly known as “office.” That’s right, the office is no longer an office! It is on it’s way to becoming a guest room (in addition to be Andrew’s wardrobe/dressing closet/storage unit). 🙂

It’s been bugging me for awhile now that we can’t comfortably accommodate guests. With only one spare bedroom that we had been using as a home office, there was obviously no room for any type of bed situation. I work from home once in a blue moon and Andrew’s job requires him to be at the office so why on earth were we so set on having a home office? Our needs a few years ago were clearly way different than our needs today; Enter epiphany #2.

Let’s face it, the love seat in the living room get’s no action. Aside from being a place for people to crash after one of our world-famous “McBaker” parties (which only happen about twice a year) and a spot for the occasional let-me-toss-my-crap-here, the love seat gets no love.

Love Seat in Living Room

Thus, it’s time to say goodbye. This is step one of the transition. In order to move the desk setup out of the office formerly known as “office”, we made the love seat and the desk switch places. Brilliant, right? but wait, there’s more!

Couch in Spare Room Desk in Living Room

Now that the love seat has relocated, step two is to list it on Craigslist…which we did…right here. The idea is to temporarily keep the love seat in the office formerly known as “office” so that the desk can get situated in it’s new space in the living room. Once we get rid of the love seat, we plan on adding a futon. My hope is that the futon will be a lot more compact than this bulky love seat with it’s bulky arms and huge body. I think a futon will have slimmer, cleaner lines and fit much better in the room. AND it will create that guest space we really want. Win, win.

In short, the office is now on its way to becoming a guest room and the desk is living in the living room. I think this works…how about you?

Color Me Crazy

Okay, so it’s been just about a year and a half since we moved into our house. We’ve painted every room (with the exception of the basement which is a work in progress for sure), we’ve painted ceilings, cabinets, shelves, doors, trim…you name it, we painted it. Our motto has been “down with brown” since SO much of the color in our house was brown before we started attacking it from every angle with paint. We look at the before and after photos and it’s hard for us to believe that all it took was a little paint…

Kitchen before and after:

Outdated kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets, kitchen remodel from Fresh Nest Blog

Doors and trim before, progress and after:

Painting doors and trim white

With that being said, however, we may have gone just a tad overboard with paint when it came to wall color. As we mentioned in a previous post about the office, we went so crazy with paint right off the bat that we had a sort of “rainbow in my house” kind of theme going on. Between the “Minted Lemon” living room and “Sunbeam” office, there wasn’t much cohesion. Thus, we switched out the yellow for a soft, almost white, blueish green called “Wave’s Crest.” And a before and after of this:

Yellow Office Sunbeam

Office Painted with Wave's Crest

Now we’re heading back to the drawing board to tackle the living room. I love Minted Lemon. It’s the color I swore I wanted, but now that we take a step back and look at the entire house, it doesn’t seem to make much sense. Based on our rug choice, I want to take the walls in the living room in a slightly different direction. We’ve been looking at a ton of different colors, but we keep coming back to lighter, more muted and natural looking greens and goldish-brownish colors. Here are a few of the top contenders at the moment:

Living room paint colors

What do you think? Weigh in! Comment below or head over to our Facebook page to tell us what color you think we should paint the living room. You can also follow us on Pinterest to keep up with what inspires us!