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Our NYC Home: Living/Dining Room



I have been putting off photographing the rest of the house because I wanted it to be “finished.” But really, are rooms really ever “finished?” Further more, with a newborn it seems your rooms are no longer yours, but theirs. Rather than waiting till everything is picture perfect I decided to share some “in progress” with you guys. I am learning to live with a far from perfect space. I am learning to accept this as my new normal. So here it is. We start with a view from the long entry hallway. LR Nov 2013 _ 1   We sold our large entertainment center from KY and purchased a cheap Ikea LACK TV stand as a temporary fix. One day we will upgrade. I used my curtains from our KY house and doubled them up for more fullness. This time we hung them high and wide to create the feeling of higher ceilings and larger windows. I used the same lamps from KY and am currently hunting for a new fabric to recover the shades. Our ottoman houses a library of books for Sabine. Folded under the window is the Rock ‘n Play. The rug is by “Flor,” pattern “Sweater Weather.” I am in love with it! The large table and benches in KY were sold and we downsized to a small square Ikea table that opens up to seat six. Same chairs as KY, covers made by me. The little wood school chair will soon hold Sabine’s high chair. The ugly Lamby Swing contains Sabine while Mommy shoots photos. Behind the lamby swing is the well-known Ikea Expedit bookshelf. If you look on it seems every single NYC apartment features at least one of these. We have three and each provides inexpensive storage. I dream of upgrading to floor to ceiling bookcases with glass doors one day, but for now they serve us well. LR Nov 2013 _ 2   Here is a closeup of the Expedit. The bottom shelf holds a box of Sabine toys, my weights, a box of cat toys and a padded cubby for cat naps, which they all reject so it will soon hold Sabine books! I can’t wait till that damn lamby swing leaves… but then I guess it will just be replaced with another equally hideous baby toy! Eventially I will have a large canvas blown up of a photo I took in California last year. Until then some old photos fill the space. LR Nov 2013 _ 3   Here is a view looking into the entryway/office space. Ugh, this is such a mess still! We are waiting on the building to complete the bike room.  Hopefully it will be done in January and our bikes can move from the hall to the basement. The ugly cat tree will relocate over by the desk once the bikes leave. Along the other wall are four Ikea Pax wardrobes that provide TONS of storage for all our crap. I’ll photograph the interiors of these next. At the far end of the hall is our shared “work space.” Looking at this photo I realize just how messy it looks. I think I will be purchasing some more white boxes or some cupboard doors for the Expedit to hide some of the junk! I am also considering painting that far wall and the front door a bright color. Maybe a a deep turquoise. Thoughts? In the living room you can see a cat box peeking our from under the guitars. One day the Professor will build a bench that will house the litter box, provide cat litter/food storage and give us a place to sit by the front door and take off shoes/boots. LR Nov 2013 _ 5   Here is a quick picture of the dining “area.” The Seattle photo is one of my favorite photos I have ever taken. Looking at this I realize that the Professor has hung the aluminum landscape print and the abstract piece by my brother too high… Ooops! And there is a box he has stashed on top of the wardrobe! Shame on him… he knows how I feel about stashing things like that! 🙂 LR Nov 2013 _ 4   And finally our little couch/seating area. I am stalking Apartment Therapy’s classifieds regularly and waiting for the perfect small scale mid-century end tables to pop up for a good price. Hopefully soon!

What do you think? Any suggestions? I feel the space is lacking a cozy element. Maybe some fresh textiles… some pretty throw pillows and a floor pillow or two? Definitely need some new lamp shades and some new pillows on the couch. There are WAY too many lines happening on that wall!

How does your space make you feel? Do you ever feel a room is “finished,” or is your home constantly in a state of change?



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  1. 35life #
    November 22, 2013

    LOVE what you’ve done so far and how well you’ve used the space. I love the idea of adding a turquoise wall for a color pop. To answer your question about finished rooms, no, I don’t have a single room that I can call “finished”. It’s been five years in our house and we still have empty corners and shelves and some of the stuff we do have, I’m already ready to change. It will always be a work in progress, but that’s part of the fun. Creative people need to keep creating. 🙂

  2. jak #
    November 22, 2013

    LOVE the idea of a color pop wall, and yeah, deep turquoise would work. maybe a burnt orange on the opposing wall too, hhehehehe? you guys have done an awesome job so far. i definitely lack the organizational skills to accomplish that kind of drastic change you’ve pulled off between the space in KY and the space in NYC. excellent job!!

    are those radiators i see?? how are you liking those? we love ours, actually.

  3. November 22, 2013

    I was thrilled when I was able to get rid of the swing! It was like getting my room back after pitching a Christmas tree. (I don’t even do Christmas trees anymore.)

  4. November 22, 2013

    I think it looks awesome! You’ve done a great job with the space. I know what it’s like to live in less than 900 sq ft (our last apartment–that we lived in for ten years, two with a baby/toddler–was not quite 900sq ft) and it’s hard to make it look that airy and spacious. Well done!

    We’ve been in our new house for a year and it’s still not even close to finished. I suppose it never will be. 😉

  5. Amy #
    November 23, 2013

    We are in a constant state of renovation. Old house. When we go to ikea we fantasize about living in the 450 square ft efficiency with a nice new kitchen & where everything is clean & shiny. We do have tons of bright colors-they really help with mood enhancement in they grey months. I enjoy the blog ‘young, house, love’. Check it out, maybe you’ll love it too & you’ll get some fun ideas.

  6. Amanda Rychel #
    November 23, 2013

    The swing will be replaced by a jumperoo, then when Sabine wants to learn to walk (and starts to hate the jumperoo), you can get rid of that too. You will love that lovely space that is left behind 🙂 A new place to play! I am feeling squished in our apartment. I think it is smaller than yours… though with a very different layout.

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