Apparently My Design Genes Have Been Replaced With Wine.
It occurred to me that I’ve never showed you our living room.
I mean, aside from this picture from move-in day:
And, while it’s far from finished, I think it’s come a long way since then.
This is slightly embarrassing. This is a photo I quickly snapped when the room was clean for about 4 seconds. It’s especially embarrassing after recently publishing photos of my friend Matt’s ridiculously awesome home on Re-Nest. I wish I could replace everything in my house with his delicious, paint-peely, story-filled furniture, but alas. New furniture — even old new furniture — is just not in the cards right now. Which is why, dear readers, it’s important to collect things you love slowly over time.
A lesson I still clearly need to learn.
Anyway. Looking at the above photo, it’s obvious I like things cozy, and, as determined by that style quiz of yore, I’m into a room with craftsman style that’s apparently filled with booze.
Hey, that’s the quiz talkin’– not me.
But it’s also me,
The overstuffed sofas have seen better days, as I’ve mentioned before. They’re too big for the room and happen to be the first new furniture Justin and I bought together… seven years ago.
Everything else is way too matchy-matchy — my entertainment console on the left, which I’ve had for 9 years, used to be blonde wood laminate that I’ve since disassembled and painted dark. Then apparently I went on a dark wood kick, because the Target bookshelf, end tables, and sofa table (not pictured), are also all dark wood. Matching dark wood.
And finally, the carpet.
That carpet is nasty.
Like, installed-in-1994-and-survived-years-of-renters nasty.
And I use the term “survived” loosely. As in, it’s still there. Mostly.
And this, my friends, is next on the list. We’re getting ready to order some laminate floors.
Well, we’re set on a DIY install to save some much-needed moolah, and wood requires a lot more work (nailing, gluing, etc.). Also, while we’re getting a really nice laminate, the material is less expensive than wood. Also, we’ve really already spent too much money on this house for its price point, so we really shouldn’t expect to recoup anything else we spend. Higher end laminate will look just as nice as wood floors, and while it doesn’t have the classic longevity, frankly, we’re not going to be here long enough to care. Plus, with the warranty, this laminate should last much — much — longer than carpet.
This is what we’ve been eyeballin’. In the Cosmopolitan color. Yes, it’s high gloss, which worries me, too.
Anyway. I’ll share more details on that when we actually order.
I just thought you should know.
Any strong opinions out there on laminate vs. hardwood? Are we making a horrible mistake? Should we just abandon the house and move now to a yurt in northern California?
Actually, the yurt thing doesn’t sound like a bad backup plan.
What say you?