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As promised, here’s a little sneak peek of our progress with our living room makeover. If you’re new here, we have so far updated a pair of Ikea Billy bookshelves with base and crown molding and it’s made such a difference. We also painted our walls a warm green/grey with subtle yellow undertones and I love the cozy feel it has created in the space. I now regret living with white walls for so long.? At first I was afraid F&B French Gray (matched at a local paint shop) might look too dark and make our little apartment look and feel cave-like, but the two large windows make the living room walls lighter and the room looks bigger and more interesting than it ever was.?

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Over the last few months I collected inspiration – images and fabric samples, as well as some new accessories. eBay, local antique shops and estate sales have been great places for one-of-a kind pieces. I even bid on a tortoise table and won!?This past weekend we braved the cold to attend Olde Hadley Flea Market and came back with a handful of stuff. I found a sweet little blue and white plate which I’m already using as a catch all for keys…

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A bird print (framed and matted) that I couldn’t resist…

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…and my favorite – a rush basket. You can never have too many and I’ve been looking for a pretty one just the right size. This one I love! It has delicate woven details and can fit an extra blanket, now that the cold season is here.

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I have to admit that I still miss Urbana and the Midwest but what I lack about Urbana, New England makes up for with an abundance of antiques and antique shops to keep me mind occupied. At times it feels like I’m storing “nuts” for winter. Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace are filled with local listings that make me want to open an antique store of my own. Just kidding…sort of.?

I also ordered our living room rug and new window treatments are in the works. Next come pillows, armchair slips and a window seat mattress. I feel like I’m taking too long with fabric decisions, there are so many that I love… I don’t know about you, but with my own home the decision-making process is proving to be much more painful than I thought! Fun, but painful ?? The possibilities are endless so I gave myself a deadline. We have family visiting for the holidays so I must be done before Christmas!?Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this tiny peek into our progress. I’m off to pick up a bamboo bookshelf for my daughter’s bedroom! See you on Friday for a fun Q&A with Tessa Foley of Nine and Sixteen Home.?

xo,

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8 Comments

    • Eva Contreras
      Author
      October 24, 2018 / 12:53 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Loved seeing pictures of your Connecticut home on Instagram!!! xo

  1. Anna
    October 24, 2018 / 5:39 pm

    So wonderfully done Eva! It is a pleasure to follow what you have accomplished with your home. I especially like the bookshelves and that nice corner with the basket! Looking forward to seeing more of it.

    • Eva Contreras
      Author
      October 25, 2018 / 9:09 am

      Thank you so much, Anna! Your comment makes my day! xo

  2. MELISSA
    October 24, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    I look forward to all of your progress post! This room is coming together so beautifully, and your recent purchases just add to the comfort and charm you are creating.

    • Eva Contreras
      Author
      October 25, 2018 / 9:10 am

      Thank you so much, Melissa! I’m happy you enjoy these little updates! xoxo

  3. November 13, 2018 / 7:21 am

    Beautifully done! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the bookcases!! Do you think you’ll do a tutorial for them? I have some IKEA bookcases that could definitely use an update ??

    • Eva Contreras
      Author
      November 13, 2018 / 9:06 am

      Thank you so much, Marta! I’m glad you like our bookcases!! You’re so sweet…a tutorial has never crossed my mind, you see we’re very new at carpentry LOL. Let me think about it and comb through my photos, but in the meantime I can tell you more about what we did via email, if you’re interested. xo