Tag Archives: Living Room

January 18, 2011

Quick Fix

Okay. We’re a little exhausted from the past few years of major renovations around here at the Rettinger house. So… because I can’t completely give up the DIY projects (duh, out of the question) we decided to tackle a few smaller fixes! Yipee 🙂 Now, don’t get too excited. You have been forewarned. There are no super pretty pictures in this post. First up for sharing? Our awkward mini windows in the living room. Unfortunately this is the only before pic we have. As in before we even lived in the house, ha. And it’s a half shot.

See that tiny little misplaced window on the right there? Yea.. it has a twin. Actually, these windows are pretty common in a house of it’s era, but usually paired with a fireplace. Sigh.. no we don’t have one. The previous owner completely removed it. Who does that?? Anyway. They stuck out like a sore thumb. And with all of the other additions we’ve added to this room, we really hated that the eye went straight to these fugly windows. So… we made a few improvements. Now, most people wouldn’t think that adding more to a feature would actually make it blend with the rest of the room, but in this case it does just that. First, we had custom sized blinds made that we already had in the rest of the house. We totally scored on these white faux wood blinds from JCPenney’s. We got them during the holidays for 60% off! (Love!) Next up, the hubster added some simple molding around the exterior of the windows. We just used some 1×3’s to fit in with the rest of the house. We would have loved moldings with a little more character, but in our home it would have just looked out of place. So, simple it is.

Add just a few coats of white paint and…

Ta dah!

Okay, not the typical “after” shot around here. But definitely an improvement, and an easy one at that. We are loving how you don’t even notice these suckers now. Now to do something about these obnoxious cords hanging down from the TV that have been glaring at me all afternoon.

Jessie R.


January 8, 2011

UPS Love

I absolutely L.O.V.E. days like yesterday. Complete UPS overload. It’s was like Christmas morning over here at the Rettinger House last night. Over the holidays I used a little birthday money on these awesome finds! Love the rustic, yet simple character.

Perfect for our “soon to be” office area. This is inspiration at its best.

Could not pass up this House Rules Sign. Especially with a little one rolling around now. Haven’t chosen a place for it yet, any ideas?

And saving the best for last! We’ve been waiting on this baby for over a month.

We recently moved our TV to the opposite side of the room, mounting it up on the wall. Usually I’m not too keen on this idea, but with the layout of our room it was really the best option (pictures of the living room soon!). We wanted something below that would provide storage without that “media center” look. This was the perfect height, sitting at 34″. The living room isn’t huge in size and doubles as an entry and our soon to be office as well. We loved the look of this bookshelf console from west elm. It provides a decent amount of storage but has an open concept to keep the room feeling as light as possible. Too many bulky pieces of furniture end up really weighing the room down. We’re loving the new look! Updated pics soon 🙂

Jessie R.