One Media Console And A Giant TV

Hey, guys, guess what? A couple of weeks ago I bought some furniture and it didn’t come from IKEA! I know, right? Amazing! Well, maybe it isn’t that amazing considering in the last two years, I have actually either purchased furniture online or ordered sight-unseen from a local store, both of which can be a little nerve-wracking. So here is how my latest online furniture shopping experience went down.

I went to my usual favorite sites like Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Wayfair and Overstock, picked out what looked good to me and put a Pin in it (you know what I mean). Here are a few of my favorites, a mix of rustic and traditional.

Then I decided I liked this one from Crate & Barrel. I love the color and grain of the wood combined with the metal details. It’s rustic and contemporary all at the same time.

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I liked it the best until I realized Crate And Barrel would charge $299 for shipping, nearly adding another 30% to the total price (there isn’t a store in my home state). Yowza! Since I’m a girl on a budget (I’m a real tightwad), I zeroed in on Wayfair because of free shipping and I like how you can refine the search capabilities so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for.

I’ll admit that picking out an entertainment center/media console is kinda complicated. There are so many things to consider. I ignored style for a while and simply went by width and price to conduct my search. Hubby bought a 70 inch TV, so the actual width of the TV is 60 inches. At first I figured I wanted at least a 72 inch wide media console, but it was too hard to find that at a price I was willing to pay. Then I realized I had to consider the size and number of the media components and how tall the unit would be. How high we wanted to hang the TV had to work with the side speakers, plus the center speaker, which will sit on the top of the console. After I figured all that out, it was easy to decide. Here is what I settled on.

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It is 65 inches wide, 24 inches tall and the shelves will actually fit our components. I especially like that there is a drawer for storage and the glass doors will keep things hidden, but remotes will still work. A nice bonus feature I realized after the unit was delivered, already assembled (score!), is that the shelves are vented to help keep components cool. Delivery happened just like Wayfair said it would. Overall, I’d say my experience with Wayfair was very good. It saved me the hassle of driving all around town to different furniture stores and then giving up in frustration.

Here’s our old set-up.

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Here is our new TV and media console.

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I think the new TV is in better proportion to the wall and the room, plus it’s in better balance with the speakers and new media console. I’ll admit I was worried that a 70 inch TV would be too big, but I think it looks great. I do wish I could change out the speakers. Replacing those with smaller versions of equivalent quality is out of the budget right now. I’m hoping I can disguise the bass speaker and soften all the boxy edges, perhaps with some plants. I’m thinking a tall ficus or fig leaf tree on the far right side and maybe a smaller, bushy plant between the fireplace and left speaker. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll be sure to give you an update after I’ve decorated and styled the living room more.

Have you purchased furniture online? How was your experience? Have you tried Wayfair too?

Making Table Linens with Oakshott Cotton

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of Sew Mama Sew’s Oakshott Cotton Table Linens Challenge.  When I received the fabric I was curious about its unique iridescent color.  It is 100 percent mercerized cotton and has a lovely sheen to it.  On closer inspection I realized that this was partly due to the way the material is woven. Its weft and warp are woven from too distinct yet complementary colors.  So that’s when the ideas for napkin making began to swirl in my head.  I really wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to showcase these lovely colors.

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I have a favorite set of napkins that I really love that served as inspiration for the napkins that I made.  They are made from a very different fabric but I really loved the way the edge was done with a rolled hem and I wanted to re-create this look.

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I know that not every one has a serger with which to achieve this look so I decided to come up with a method for a rolled hem look without a serger.  Since I am also a knitter I decided to see what would happen if I tried to accomplish this look with the use of yarn.

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So I chose to use yarn in complementary colors similar to the ones used in the weft threads.  I chose the same color thread in both the needle and the bobbin to match the yarn color I chose so you would not see the thread color as it held down the yarn along the edge of the napkin.

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I sewed the yarn down with a zig-zag stitch on each of the four edges.  Then once I was done I trimmed close to the yarn edge without cutting through my zig-zag stitch.

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For a more detailed tutorial click here.

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I am happy with the end result. I feel as though these napkins can be used in both a more formal setting as well as a more casual one.  Also, you can get creative with your yarn.  Some of the yarns I used also had an iridescent quality as well.  Also one of the yarns I used is made of variegated tones that darken and lighten as it goes around the edge of the napkin.  So with your choice of yarn, which is endless, you could greatly change the look of the napkins.

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I feel like this makes for a fun and quick project that is practical while also letting you express your self creatively.  I can’t wait to see what napkins you make!

Be sure to head over to Sew Mama Sew the week of October 22-25 th to check out the highlights from this challenge. You can also enter to win some Oakshott Cotton fabric of your own!!

I’m lucky enough to have these guys join me in this challenge.

Michelle White            Falafel and the Bee

Jessica Skultety         Quilty Habit

Nicole Neblett             mama loves quilts

Sara Peterson            knottygnome crafts

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So go check out their blogs and see what everyone is making!! Napkins just in time for the Holidays!!!

 

 

 

 

 

A Gal With A Plan

Does it ever seem like it takes you forever to finally do something that you’ve wanted to do for ages? I feel that way about lots of things all the time, but now I’m so excited that at least on one front, we are finally moving forward. Imagine that I have pom-poms in my hands and I’m doing a little cheer because I’m so happy that hubby has finally bought a new TV. This purchase will have a snowball effect in our house, so I think that must be why we waited so long to finally hit the enter button on our Amazon Wishlist. So what gave us the go-ahead? Hubby finally found a new job and it means we will not have to move. Woot, woot! We’ll get to stay in our house and I’ll be able to work on all these projects I’ve been planning. Work will continue at Lease Haus!

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It will be weeks before the new TV and the media console I picked out arrive, so it gives me plenty of time to get our guest room in order. You see, the guest room will inherit the old TV and media console that is currently in our living room. The guest room, really more like storage room, will morph into a hangout spot for my son and his friends. Here’s what it looks like now.

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We’ve been a one TV family for so long, it will really be nice to have a spot for kids to play video games or watch movies while adults hang out in the living room (or I can watch Call The Midwife while hubby watches football).

I’m not going to go into the details about the new TV and media console in this post. I’ll wait until they arrive that way I can better show you why we picked what we did and how it works in the space. What I’m really more excited about is getting the guest room set up. I even did a mood board a few weeks ago and I already have some artwork and fabrics purchased to use in the room.

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I did the mood board on Olioboard.com, but I’m not very pleased with this website because I can’t figure out how to make the image larger so y’all can see it better. I tried to recreate the mood board by just copying pictures onto a blank page to save as a PDF. Then, I thought it might be a waste of time because essentially everything going into this room is already in the house and I really won’t buy very much. When you get down to it, to finish the guest room all I have to do is move around some furniture, sew some pillow covers, buy some picture frames, and buy some lamps. Should be easy right?

Here’s what I already have that will go in the guest room.

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The bird prints coordinate nicely with the colors in the fabric and I think they’ll look nice in a rustic wood frame. I’m flirting with the idea of refinishing the end tables, but I’ll probably wait to decide that after I put them in the room and see how everything works together. It took me a few days to realize that I should move our living room end tables into the guest room and upgrade to nicer end tables in the living room. The TV stand will fit nicely, but the TV will hang on the wall and the speaker will stay in the living room. I think the pillow fabric I bought looks good with the curtains I’ve had forever. I plan to pile pillows on the daybed, so it looks something like this.

Hopefully that will be nice and comfy for all the gamers and guests who come to visit. I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the pillow and framing projects, plus the lighting plan I come up with for the room.

What projects have you finally been able to tackle after months of waiting? Do you use any rooms in your house for a different purpose than they were intended?