Winter blues

It’s been a several weeks since I posted anything.

Firstly, Merry Christmas! I hope it was a wonderful time with food, family, and drink.

After the ORC living room challenge, I was so happy and invigorated. Then tired, and wanted to take a week off. Then that week turned into another and so forth until I am here in a major FUNK.

Cripes. Could I get anymore self pitying?! The answer is yes, probably.

I feel ok with being mediocre at self pitying.

The struggle is real though, right? It seems like most blogs on home renovation are ever steadfast in their positive outlooks and cranking those projects out tirelessly.

I don’t seem to be that person, and then I feel guilty about it. Like I let someone down.

This blog has been so helpful and you readers are such a blessing. I want to be real about it though. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes the decisions on a million little insignificant (to the general public) details gets wearing. Sometimes the financial aspect gets overwhelming. Most times my house isn’t clean enough for pretty pictures. A lot of times, I would rather be netflixing.

Point is, I want to get over this funk.

Writing this out has already been cathartic and I am ready to get back to projects for the new year.

Thank you for your company at my pity party.


Coffee table update and mental confusion and the ramblings of a mad woman

I find my living room shape a little of a conundrum, the room is long and narrow, with two large openings and two windows. When it comes to furniture placement, I’m a little at a loss for the best set up. And the TV. I like TV, I like to watch it and I don’t want to hide the fact that I like to watch it (precious netflix time after my 5 year old goes to bed is sacred time.)

When my living room make-over for the ORC started rolling, I was making so many decisions and purchases, I impulsively purchased the West Elm marble topped pedestal coffee table when it went on sale.

I knew it wasn’t going to arrive in time for the reveal since I had stalled and purchased late, and I already had an acrylic waterfall coffee table in my possession, but I had been debating replacing the rectangular table with something round for a couple of months. One thing quickly led to another and lack of impulse control took over.

For the record, I quite like the acrylic coffee table. It has worked well for a small child household (curved edges and plastic) and is long and narrow, which worked for the space when our couch was along the long wall and across from the TV.

When I moved the couch in front of the picture window, that cut off the walkway through the living room somewhat. That’s where the long and narrow coffee table became a little of a hindrance, making the living room opening even more narrow, prompting the round coffee table thought.

I like where the couch is now. The TV is on a wall mount that I can fully extend out and turn the TV so it faces the couch, when I want it to and that it’s not the first thing you see when walking into the home.


See? Ramblings. Is anyone still reading?

The whole point of this is that I got a call from West Elm that my coffee table arrived at the store and was ready to be picked up. I decided to save $50 and ordered it through the store to be delivered there.

My kind mother drove out there with me and loaded it up into my car in 30 degree weather (thanks mom!) and helped me unpack it and put it in place.

Now that it’s here, and I read the care for marble… I’m wondering if I made a mistake?

The acrylic coffee table looked great in my ORC reveal pictures and the lack of visual weight, kid friendly etc. are all pluses.IMG_0973

Marble is high maintenance and I never thought of myself as a coaster person.

The size and shape of the round coffee table is great for the walk path through the living room and it pulls the couch and chairs together more. The curves of the round table and the curve of the couch are complementary.

I think the acrylic coffee table will be great out on our porch, once I finally get furniture out there and it’s not below freezing.

Another thing, the white of the marble makes the off-white rug look more cream and dingy. I love the rug.

Here’s how it looks in the living room:west elm marble topped pedestal coffee table ; safavieh casablanca rug ; blue velvet couch west elm marble topped pedestal coffee table ; safavieh casablanca rug ; blue velvet couch west elm marble topped pedestal coffee table ; safavieh casablanca rug ; blue velvet couch

My husband has put his foot down to keep the new coffee table – which made my jaw drop. He very rarely has such a strong opinion on these things.

So, am I being crazy over this coffee table?

Ugh. I sound like such a tool.

I should probably just STFU and enjoy the table, yeah?

Most of these questions are rhetorical, but feel free to pitch in. west elm marble topped pedestal coffee table ; safavieh casablanca rug ; blue velvet couch