7th House on the Left

Pull Up A Chair

posted by Ashley  /  27 Comments

First of all, we so appreciate all of the virtual love and support from you guys when we posted our last post! The comments, emails and messages have meant so much. Thank you for sticking in there with us!

You know how like a million years ago, we were trying to decide on chairs for our new dining room table? Well, after months and months – seven to be exact – we finally have dining chairs. And we can have people over for a real dinner again! Cue: the corniest version of Funkytown America’s “Celebrate Good Times”.

Dining Room / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’m going to go ahead and apologize for the weird lighting in these photos! That’s what I get for trying to take pictures at noon! The room still looks a little sparse; although I want to keep things simple and not make it too busy. Two things I’m on the hunt for right now: 1. Some sort of simple modern green/plant/floral decor to go down the center of the table – channeling my inner Joanna Gaines. 2. An old, beat up, black (or almost black) guitar to hang on the wall in the corner – something that looks like it would go in Deacon Claybourne’s house.

Back to the chairs. I love. these. chairs. So does Greg, but I was the one with the squeals of “Don’t you just love theeeeeeese?!” for weeks after we got them. Okay, I may still do that from time to time. Maybe not everyday, but every time I walk through the dining area, my heart is happy. That, my friends, is what happens when you picked the right piece of furniture for your home.

Restoration Hardware Dining Chair Pairing / 7thhouseontheleft.com

As I mentioned when we bought the dining room table, I was dead set on waiting until we found the perfect chairs and were completely positive they were the ones. After a lot of going back and forth (because that’s what decorating is like is casa de Brown), we finally decided on classic industrial side chairs paired with upholstered classic modern chairs on the ends. (The Remy Side Chair in Burnished Steel and the Sloan Armchair in Weathered Oak Driftwood / Belgian Linen / Sand – both from Restoration Hardware).

Restoration Hardware Dining Table / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I’ve got to be honest, at first I was a really apprehensive about the metal side chairs. Sure, they look cool but I wanted chairs where our friends and family would be comfortable enough to easily spend hours sitting around the table playing games and talking. Therefore, whenever these chairs would come up in my search, I’d disregard them as an option. It wasn’t until after our church bought these for our meeting table when I realized they were actually pretty comfortable. They don’t sit at all like you’d think a metal chair would and I can attest to the fact that they’re great long conversation chairs.

When we purchased them, Restoration Hardware was having one of their Friends & Family Sale (20% off everything, including sale items). The chairs were marked down from $139 each to $99 each. With the sale, we were able to get them for $79 each. If you’re following the math, that’s a savings of $60 per chair! They have similar chairs on Overstock and at Target, but they aren’t as good of quality and aren’t as large as these. But, the ones at Overstock and Target were more expensive. So, this was a great deal.

Dining Room Chairs / 7thhouseontheleft.com

As for the upholstered beauties, I love the classic meets modern look of these. They’re kind of like a modern take on a wingback – which really spoke to my and Greg’s personal styles. Exceptionally comfortable and cozy, these chairs just had us at hello. They’re 43.5″ high, making them about 6.5″ taller than the side chairs. So, they’re large enough to look more “substantial” than the side chairs, but not too huge so that it looks out of place or overpowering for our living/dining room combo area. In the words of Goldilocks, they’re just right.

With the 20% off for the RH Friends & Family sale, we were able to save a good amount on these chairs as well, though they were still pretty pricey as fast as dining chairs go. However, with dining room chairs, we’ve found that you get what you pay for. By mixing the more expensive chair with a less expensive chair, we got a look we really love.

Dining Room / 7thhouseontheleft.com

Oh, and while I’m at it, a dining table update! (For more about our dining room table, check out this post!) As for sealing the table top (we still get questions about that a lot), we have yet to pull the trigger. So far, the table has held up beautifully and we really haven’t felt a huge need to seal it. We don’t have kids, so there aren’t a ton of spills and messes going on around our neck of the woods. Though, all of our friends have small kids, so we’ve had a few small spills here and there, but there hasn’t been any damage at all. The table is so rustic that is there was, I don’t think you’d notice it anyway. (‘Tis one of the perks of having a rustic dining table.) On the other hand, if it was sealed, I would probably relax a little better when we eat and have game nights. The main thing I inwardly freak out about are drink rings. So, that being said, we’ll probably end up sealing it at some point in the future. But for now, it’s doing just fine.

Long Time, No Type…

posted by Ashley  /  61 Comments

First off, sorry for the delay in getting this post to the Instagram/Facebook followers. I promised an update post a few weeks ago whilst Greg was making some background site changes. (In other words, geeky code changes that I kind of don’t understand.) Long story short, the changes took longer than expected and ultimately delayed the post going live. But, here we are!

I’ve sat down to write this long-overdue update post at least 23 times, but every time I got past the first sentence, I just didn’t know where to start. I guess I’ll just start by saying Greg and I are both very happy and healthy. Oh, and Bentley too. He’s good and as cute as ever – if I do say so myself.

We didn’t plan on taking a blog break or even really had a desire to at first. We didn’t have a case of the infamous “blogger burnout” and decide to step back for a bit. When it came down to it, it was more of a matter of our priorities shifting. Since our last post a few months ago, so many things are the same, yet so many things have changed.

When Pigs Fly / 7thhouseontheleft.com

As for what is the same… Like I said before, we’re happy, we’re healthy, and we’re still living in the same city, in the same house. We are absolutely still happily married. (We actually had emails asking about our marital status!) Greg is still a geeky web developer who has an odd love for furniture with cup pulls. I’m still a working graphic designer with a notebook obsession. The master bathroom still needs to be finished and my office is still in a state of flux. I still can’t sew to save my life, and Greg still leaves a trail of guitar picks wherever he goes.

As far as the change… I’ve managed to keep a non-succulent plant alive for more than four weeks. (I mean, really, folks. That’s major.) There are 10 chairs around our dining room table (we finally made a decision!) and there are curtains hanging on more than one window in the house. Greg now has a manly hipster beard (he’s just 3 months shy of his “yeard”) and he spends a lot more time reading. I suddenly like cherry tomatoes and I’m taking on more graphic design clients. We’ve also both completely given up diet sodas. (If you know us, you know our love for Diet Dr. Pepper was real.)

The most drastic change (other than the plant I mentioned above being alive) is that Greg is now the worship pastor at our church. About three years ago, our dear friends planted a church here in Richmond. We’ve been involved from the beginning in one capacity or another, but started regularly attending last January. Greg pretty much immediately started playing in the band, and I started singing regularly later in the year. Long story short, in November of last year, he became the worship pastor/elder. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a “professional geek” anymore, but it does mean that he and I have a “family” of about 15 musicians and singers that we do our best to lead on a weekly basis. On top of that, I also fulfill some of the church’s graphic design and social media needs, Greg works with the lead teaching pastor to guide the church from a spiritual and logistical perspective and starting soon, we’ll be leading a weekly small group together.

And, guess what? We couldn’t be happier. We know this is where God has placed us and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be serving and doing life with the people in our local church. In light of these new responsibilities, our priorities have shifted from our own house and the blog to a community of awesome people. We can’t really apologize for that, but as they say, hind sight is always 20/20. We would have loved to have said, “Hey guys, we’re going to take a break from the blog for a while…”, but the “blog break” wasn’t planned. Our priorities simply gradually shifted – for the better.

So, what now? We are still planning to post house updates from time to time. (Pretty sure the next post will be about the dining room chairs!) We can’t guarantee weekly updates at this point because, honestly, we just don’t have the time to do projects, shoot/edit photos, and create 3 posts a week like we used to. However, we do want to keep you up to date. That might mean posts are shorter or spaced farther apart, but we’re looking forward to getting back in touch with all of you. If you want to be notified when we post a post via email, just type your email address in the “Subscribe” bar over in the sidebar to the right. It isn’t a newsletter or anything like that, it just notifies you when there’s a new post!

Instagram is where I hang out these days and where I’ve managed to keep in touch with the rest of the online world. (Boy, do I have some serious blog-reading to catch up on!) If you’re on Instagram, you can find me over at @AshleyBrown. I share personal/design work/organizing fun/church/Bentley/Greg updates pretty often. So, if you want to hang and see what we’re up to a little more on the regular, that’s where you’ll find me.

We so appreciate all of the virtual love that has come our way the past few months! Thank you all for sticking in there with us and being patient with us during this time of transition. We’re glad to be “back” in some sense of the word – we’ve missed you guys!

A while back, I posted about organizing our linen closet (see that post here). Since then, one of the most random, yet frequently asked, questions I get is, “How do you get your fitted sheets to look so neat and tidy?” I always try to explain it as simply as possible or reference the “Martha method”, but I still feel like it might be a little too confusing.

How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (the easy way) / 7thhouseontheleft.com

I don’t know anyone who loves folding fitted sheets. If you do, you deserve a gold star sticker. But yesterday, I finally came across a super simple and short video that perfectly went through the same steps I go through to fold the oh-so-dreaded fitted sheets and – oddly enough – it makes folding fitted sheets… dare I say it… fun.

I got a little nerdy and watched the video about 5 times just because I thought the music, videography and styling was so perfect. Well done, West Elm. You just gave me yet another reason to love you more than Kanye loves Kanye.