7th House on the Left


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It’s staining day! As I type, Frank (our staining guy) and his crew are busy sanding away in the laundry room. I’m so excited to see what it’s going to look like when they’re done!

And thank goodness for plastic and tape! I can only imagine the mess we would have on our hands with all of the dust going through the air.

While they’re doing their thing, I’ll be stocking up on inspiration photos via Pinterest. Sometimes I forget what decorating was like before Pinterest! 


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A while ago, I ordered a baby shower gift from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child. Ever since, I’ve been on their mailing list. Since we don’t have kids, and aren’t planning to anytime soon, I normally just thumb through it then toss it. However, the most recent edition caught my eye and I found myself wishing I was six years old again so I could have a playroom like one of the spaces in the magazine. Specifically this one…

girl play room

What little girl wouldn’t want to have a tea party in this room? I mean, seriously. Even though this room would cost you well over $6,000 (the bookshelves are $1,149 each), you could still learn a thing or two from the rooms featured in the catalog. For example, the groupings of the silhouette art pack a big punch and the industrial bookshelves and mix matched play chairs give the room a great eclectic storybook vibe.

Even if you don’t have kids, or a bazillion dollars to spend, these rooms have some great decorating trends to take note of. Here are a few of my favorites…

boys playroom

The first thing I noticed about this room was the miniature, estate-looking, leather sofa. I have to admit, even though it’s $1,700 and I would constantly be worried about my kids scratching it, I love it. It’s one of those “statement pieces” you could build an entire room around. The oversized wall art above the sofa, the metal pendant light and the vintage cafeteria table are other definite show-stoppers in this room. So cute!

I think I could get some homework done in this room, couldn’t you? Again, I love the oversized wall art and the vintage schoolhouse chairs remind me of my kindergarten class and Mrs. Mondee.

The miniature wingback chairs are simply adorable. I also like the framed synonym flash cards and the numbered coffee table (both which would be really great DIY projects to get the look for less).

The catalog also has some pretty awesome nurseries too! The floor to ceiling mirrors behind the cribs along with the chandeliers make a big statement. Though I’m sure once the babies were old enough, they would love getting fingerprints all over the mirrors! And yet again, I’m loving the framed vintage nursery rhymes. Genius.

First of all, that’s some chandelier, right?! This nursery looks like it came straight out of a storybook. The decorating tips I noticed from this room is how they made the crib the focal point of the room with layering the chandelier, crib and a huge mirror. They also brought more attention to the crib by flanking it with matching dressers.

Now this is one snazzy looking safari-themed nursery! It all works… the huge art, the netting, the trunk for the side tables, light curtains, the giant pendant light. I also noticed two decorating choices made here I wouldn’t ordinarily think about doing: the art lighting is only on the top pieces and they put a rug on a rug.

boy's bedroom

This room uses the same furniture as the nursery above but instead of a safari theme, they’ve transformed it into a little more grown up varsity theme. The two hanging pendants over the desk are a great alternative to an ordinary desk lamp. I also like the vintage flags in the shadowbox over the bed.

The layers of bedding makes you want to hop right in. Again with the wall art… they framed pages from a French storybook. I’ve seen book pages framed before but I particularly liked how they hung them so close together. It gives the illusion of one big art instillation.

Last but not least… if I was six, I would SO be asking for one of these tents for Christmas. And the sheepskin sleeping bag to match.

There’s more rooms to be gawked over on their website including ridiculously fabulous play rooms, nurseries, and bedrooms. The room gallery is full of decorating ideas not just for kid’s rooms, but for “big kid’s” rooms too, don’t you think?

Images courtesy of Restoration Hardware Baby & Child

…the cat will demo.

The other day, we shouted from the rooftops about FINALLY ordering the kitchen cabinets. We also mentioned we had a few projects up our sleeve that we want to accomplish before the kitchen cabinets are delivered (which will be a day or so before Thanksgiving).

The first item on our list is widening the laundry room closet door. Until now, the closet has housed odds and ends like tools we use on a semi-regular basis, spray paint, parts of light fixtures that came with the house, and shoes. Now that the completion of the kitchen is near in sight, we want to get our laundry room organization in tip-top shape. An organized house is a happy house. Therefore, the laundry room closet will soon be the “central hub” for paper towels, extra detergent, cleaning supplies, batteries, “everyday tools”, the “emergency box”, and so on. In order to make it as organized as possible, the widening of the door is key to be able to actually get to everything.

We’re also hoping to find a place in the laundry room, outside the closet, for shoes. Oh, and the microwave. A while back when we were planning the kitchen layout, we realized we hardly ever use the microwave. That being the case, we don’t want to use prime real-estate in the kitchen. In our apartment, there wasn’t much countertop space, so we kept the microwave in the attached walk-in pantry/laundry room. It worked out for us so well that we’d like to adapt that idea to this space as well. Now I’m getting a little too ahead of myself. But we’ll come back to all of that later.

The other morning, my dad came over just as I was walking out the door for an appointment. He said he was going to get started on the door. Not thinking a thing of it, I said, “Awesome! Thank you!” and headed on out. A few hours later, I came home to find that my dad had not only taken the existing door out, but he also removed the trim, cut the opening for the new door and even went and picked up the new double doors that we ordered! He’s Superman. Then it dawned on me… I FORGOT TO TAKE BEFORE PICTURES! I know, what kind of blogger am I?! I guess I wasn’t expecting that much work to be done in such a short amount of time. Here’s what I came home to…

He even managed to go ahead and move the hot-water heater for the plumber that was coming the next morning. I’m telling ya’ll… he’s Superman.

Oh yeah, the hot-water heater. That used to be in the closet where the big round non-tiled hole is. Ugh! No photo! Yesterday, we had it moved to the attached shed – which is right on the other side of that wall. We aren’t plumbers so we had a pro come out, move the pipes, and all that jazz. Last week, we asked a couple companies to come out, take a look and give us a quote. One place quoted us $500 and another quoted $150. Guess which one we went with ; ) Well, the work was done yesterday and they did a fab job. Since it was moved, it seems that the water gets hotter a lot faster, too. Score!

But what about those nasty gaps in the tile, right? Well, now that we have the door opening for the new closet cut, we get to move on to the second item on our list of to-do’s: replacing the laundry room floor. This is something we totally wish we would have done before moving into the house. But hey, you live and learn. The plan is to rip up the tile, add hardwood floors, then everything to match the rest of the house. That way, we’ll have cohesive flooring that will ultimately make the kitchen/laundry area feel bigger and more integrated.

To have the new wood installed, we called the same floor guy who installed the hardwood in the bedrooms and kitchen (he also tiled the hall and master bathrooms). He gave us a phenomenal price that included materials (wood, supplies, etc), ripping out the existing tile, laying down the hardwood, and even ripping out the vanity in the half bath! All to the tune of just $1,400. Yeah, we could have totally saved a few bucks by demoing the tile floor ourselves, but with our super hectic schedule at the moment (both house- and non-house-related) and with the great price, we couldn’t pass it up. Done deal!

Melvin (the floor guy) and his helper showed up this morning at 9:00. Around noon, I left the house for an appointment. I came back around 2:00 to find them packing up their trucks… it was finished! Seriously. That’s just freakishly fast. If my dad is Superman, maybe Melvin is The Flash! Did I mention the floors look amazing?!

Already, the room seems so much bigger! The gaps near the baseboards will be covered with shoe-molding, which will be put down after the floors are stained.

wood instillation

The closet is just waiting to be organized! I’m envisioning perfectly lined up rolls of paper towels and canned-goods in alphabetical order…. Okay, back to reality. A girl can hope though, right?

Melvin also ripped out the vanity in the half bath – which is something I’m so incredibly excited about, you have no idea! The plan at the moment is to replace it with a cabinet that matches the kitchen cabinets. Behind the mirror, we found a huge hole. I’m guessing it used to be a medicine cabinet back in the day. My mind has been swirling with paint options. I’m thinking either stripes like this or a stencil design like this. The jury is still out on that one. Either way, it will be nice to finally paint the very last non-painted area of the house.

The next step is to have the floors stained to match the rest of the house. We’ve called on the same guy who did the rest of the house (he’s a different guy from the floor guy). He’s scheduled to get started around this time next week. Until then, we’re going to be hanging the new closet doors, installing an exhaust fan in the half bath, painting the half bath, and possibly a few other projects we haven’t quite decided on yet. Either way, we’ll definitely have our hands full between now and then. Including making sense of the totally chaos that’s currently in the kitchen.

All of the stuff that was in the laundry room found it’s way into the kitchen and is messing up my brain. Totally. It’s definitely like nails on a chalkboard.

Btw, for you Richmonder’s… Our tile/floor guy is Melvin at MB Tile. And no, we weren’t paid, perked or given a discount for including this! I’m not even sure he knows we’re bloggers. Melvin (and his team) are super nice, trustworthy and do terrific work!