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In the Meantime

Things have been pretty crazy around here lately — hence the no blog post in over two weeks… But amidst all the prepping for winter and soaking in the last bit of summer we’ve made a little headway in the decorating department.

One of the biggest selling features of our house for us back when we bought it almost two years ago was the stair case and hall that have this kind of grand feel to them. One of the not so awesome parts of it all was the red carpet and wallpaper that came with it.  I’ve had some people come into our house and love it, maybe you’re one of those people? But we are definitely not! We envision wainscoting (maybe white?) and a lot more architectural detail to the walls for the future — and not a lick of wall paper ;)

The list of projects we have going on around here is absolutely endless, overwhelming and mostly very un-sexy.  You know like: installing insulation, adding central air, replacing rotting subfloor, do something about our leaky sieve of a basement… the list goes on.

BUT, I was growing tired of seeing this upstairs landing space sit untouched.  Busy, yet boring.  It’s going to be a long time before this space nears the top of our to do list and that empty space at the end of the hall was taunting me. So, in the meantime, I did something about it. And I’m in love with the results.

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desk, c/o Walker Edison

It’s the perfect little spot to catch up on email, blogging, editing photos, etc. while my boys play in their room — I love this because previously it was nothing but dead space.

I’m a big fan of modern meets traditional, so I opted for a minimal desk with clean lines. I blended it into it surroundings by layering it with worn, torn and antique trinkets, and now? I’m kind of rethinking the whole tearing down the wall paper and replacing the carpet thing.

Just kidding! ;)

Any tips for when we finally do get around to ripping down that wall paper?

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    Carla
    September 1, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I love it! How do you have the time though!! No tips on wallpaper removal, I feel like I’ve read steaming it is the go although I’m not sure how…

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      Laura
      September 1, 2015 at 8:06 am

      Thanks Carla. All I can say is my husband and I make a wonderful team. :) I often think we’ve taken on too much while raising babies, but he always seems to be able to talk me off that ledge and we just keep trucking a long. But I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t some hair pulling a tears mixed in it all.

      We’ve heard steaming is best too, currently that’s our plan!

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    Andrea
    September 25, 2015 at 3:37 am

    Try lightly spraying the wall with warm water and then a wet sponge….over and over and over again! Taking down wallpaper is a mind numbing task. I know there are solutions you can use to help the process along. I’d ask at your local paint store, they usually know!

    When we bought our house in Seattle a little over a year ago, we had a whole list of projects (or at least I did!). We replaced the carpets upstairs before we moved in, I painted in the first few months, and we knew at some point the following year we wanted to redo the wood floors (which were in awful shape, the previous owners having refinished them themselves…some things should just be left to professionals.) I want to move the kitchen island – which is huge and lovely, but when you’re sitting at the counter it’s a tight squeeze accessing the fridge – and make it a peninsula. And convince my husband to to let us get rid of the terrible granite countertops, and rip out the weird corner bathtub in the master, and change the chandelier in the dining room… :)

    Before we could do any of that, exactly a year later we moved to London! So I have two years to work on my husband to convince him we should do all those things when we get our house back circa summer 2017. After 13 moves and owning 6 houses, my style keeps evolving. I *think* we will be based in Seattle for the long haul (we’d already been there 3 years, longer than any other place we’ve lived besides Germany). I’ve learned it can take awhile for a space to speak to you. Maybe you just have to live with red carpet and wallpaper while your space tells you exactly what it should be.

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