I had to completely furnish my dining room because I'd never had a dining room before! I mean, I had one as a kid growing up, but all the apartments I lived in as an adult were too tiny for a real table and chairs.
So what do I do when I first get a dining table? Put my pugs on it.
I was going to get a new light fixture but I couldn't decide on a new one and so I tabled that decision for later (a year later I still haven't gotten a new one). And I still haven't decorated my dining room. I like buying art that I like to fill my place, but that takes time and money (especially for framing).
I didn't love the look of my old duvet cover, so I whooped out one I bought ages ago from Anthropologie just before I adopted Sunny and never used because I was worried the pug fur would show up too much on the dark cover and the pugs' nails would pull out the embroidery. The girls love it.
Since I don't have much of an entryway I got a coat rack. I love this one from West Elm because I can hang stuff from the hooks, stow stuff in the lower compartment (I got some woven felt boxes to hold my shoes and slippers), and rest things on the bench or use it to sit on when putting on shoes.
And matching console table. It looks so clean and orderly here in comparison to the mess it is nowadays. If there's a flat surface in my house, I will cover it with stuff.
Once the floors were fully cured, I laid down some rugs, which the pugs highly appreciated.
Before (sad pugs, no rugs):
After: (Lots of rugs, happy pugs!):
With the help of my close friend (the same one who helped me pack - man I owe her big for this past year!), I hung up the small amount of framed art I have.
Before (no art):
I don't have many pictures of the spare room on the main level because sadly I rarely use it. I thought I'd use it as my office but I don't. Instead it's become my room of shame - the place where I just dump stuff and then close the door. I did manage to get a new bookcase and put that together. That's the one corner of the room that is somewhat orderly.
When I redid the floors before moving in I had them rip out the old gross runner up the stairs. I toyed with the idea of installing a new runner, but instead got these awesome stair treads that require neither installation nor tape. They're by Dean Flooring Company and, while pricey, they are so worth it. They really don't budge.
I don't have a good picture of it, but I also installed faux wood blinds in all the downstairs windows. I had the temporary paper blinds up forever because I had to wait the appropriate period of time after painting the window trim and then I bought the wrong sized blinds and had to return them (I measured them right but the size of the blinds at Home Depot didn't quite match up).
I didn't do anything to the porch for a while since by the time I moved in it was too cold to really use.
Once spring came around, I bought a bunch of stuff from Ikea and then went through Ikea hell putting it together by myself (with pugs). Sunny thoroughly enjoyed the boxes.
That rocking chair took me several hours to put together. It was one of the worst Ikea experiences I'd ever had (and I've gotten a LOT of Ikea furniture (including two huge Expedits) over the years). But I loved the patio furniture once it was set up, before the heat and spiders drove me inside.
And I try to keep the flower window boxes nice, but I'm terrible with plants. The petunias I planted in the spring didn't last very long despite my best (okay, maybe halfhearted) efforts.
Whoo, I feel tired just recapping all this. Time to sit back with a nice drink!