Annnnndddd here’s the living room
We debated the placement of the furniture for a while but eventually decided this is the best for conversation and walkability. No TV anymore! We hope to one day get a smallish flat screen to go on top of the fireplace, but not until we have some better cash flow We’ll save money on cable too!
We also hope to get a rug for the room. I have one in mind from IKEA already!
Note the IKEA “coffee table.” I wanted the room to feel open and airy. I almost went with the CB2 clear one, but that was $250 and these guys were $5 each! Plus, they’re movable and serve as foot stools and drink holders for any of the seating positions.
This corner is my least organized. It’s filled with computer stuff, office supplies, blogging gear. I’ll have to work on it a bit more.
And then my desk. We wish we had a dedicated office downstairs, but that didn’t work out. My computer needs to be accessible and not isolated, so in the living room made the most sense.
The desk was only about $85 from IKEA!
And the nice little computer shelf worked out perfectly. I hate cords and computers on the floor and also got a cord holder for the back. Gotta love IKEA
What is missing is my PRINTER. We had several arrangements but decided it just looked too clunky. We’re eating going to buy a $50 wireless printer or see how much printing I actually do now that I’m not in school and just walk down to the basement if I need to print from a laptop.
My favorite room is probably the foyer. I love foyers and we didn’t have a very big or nice one in our old house. This one is so open and airy and I LOVE the purpley color! And the King chair green.
Foyer table with the norm.
Matt and I spent the morning shopping for Ball jars, hardware and bulk foods.
Not only were the Ball jars only $12 (compared to $7 a PIECE for regular food storage containers at Bed, Bath, Beyond and the like) but the bulk foods were all on 15% off special! Got all the contents for about $25. These are my very favorites:
Adzuki beans, wheat berries, millet, lentils, red quinoa, millet, short grain brown rice, 10 grain hot cereal, garbanzo beans
Plus sunflower seeds, almonds and raisins – for the week!
I had wanted open shelves to put these on, but with plaster walls….I got nervous. We debated all kinds of shelving units in this tiny corner of the kitchen but eventually decided it would be too claustrophobic.
As it turns out, the open shelves above the sink seemed like the best fit.
We also hung some hooks!
We were more than ready for lunch when we finished around 2PM!
Matt made us plates while I worked on the jars
Sardine salad made with mustard, mayo, dill and the best secret: red curry powder! Tip: Great Harvest bread does freeze well! This Whole Grain Goodness is still excellent.
Celery and hummus
Grapes! I love grapes but I never buy them because they’re always from South America. These were California and while that’s hardly a “local” food, I splurged.
So glad I know what a Ball jar is now! I’m in love with them This was a smaller extra one we found in the house. Filled with seltzer
I didn’t finish all of my grapes or sandwich – Matt makes big portions!
I can’t believe it’s already 3:45. The day is going too fast! I have more to do and we’re biking for a date at 5:30. Going downtown tonight and testing out the bikability!