2.19.2015

living room tour

welllllll, I've finally finished decorating our formal living room. This feels like a triumph, mainly because it's the first thing people see when they come through the door and for many moons it was empty and awkward. It has been so fun to decorate and find furniture and artwork for each room. And paint! After years of renting, it was so nice to put a fresh coat of paint on our walls. And now that this living room is done (and I love it), I am running out of rooms to decorate! I only have our master bedroom and the two upstairs bathrooms left. (not bad at the one year mark!)

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I added some personal artwork to this room. One of my favorites is this little black and white painting Elsie did. I wanted something unique and abstract, but I always over think the things I create. Plus, I feel pretty strongly about displaying my kids' art as "real" framed art in our home. So one morning while Luke was at school, I stripped Elsie down to her diaper, gave her a blank canvas and paint brush, and let her go at it. She was surprisingly deliberate about her brush strokes, and she did a better job than I would have! It's a treasure to have around for sure (and compliments the family portrait Luke painted in our living room...photos coming soon, but you  probably saw it on my instagram @rachfrakes).

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The F type picture is an inexpensive blueprint copy I printed out at Staples after designing it in Photoshop. The mirror I found at an antique store a few years back while shopping with my mom, and this island print is another one of my favorites.

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 The photo is one I took while we were in Mexico, celebrating Travis' graduation. I ordered the canvas from TinyPrints, and personalized it a little bit with a line from the song Swing Life Away.
  Travis proposed to me under palm trees on the shores of La Jolla, and we were married a few minutes away from that spot in the San Diego temple.The song seemed appropriate since our love story has deep roots in that city, and one day, maybe one day, we'll end up back where the palm trees grow.

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I painted the lyrics directly to the canvas, and then got to work on the frame. It was originally an oak color, and it wouldn't take stain, so I ended up spray painting it white. Then it was too white, so I stained over the white paint, and that was better. It still wasn't quite right, so I added some gold leafing I had laying around to compliment the gold mirror.

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 That green chair is probably my favorite thing in the room. My father in law acquired it several years ago as a bit of temporary furniture while they were in the middle of a move. He thought it was the ugliest thing, but offered it to us because we were poor and newly married and Travis hates it too, but so help me, I WILL NEVER GET RID OF IT. Because it is fantastic, and so comfortable. 

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couch is from macy's, side table is from target, rug is from rugsusa, curtains are ikea, children are mine

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the sun streams in the the late afternoon, and this couch is our new favorite place to cuddle up with a book before dad comes home. 

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