I've been holding out on you. Before we moved we bought a new sectional couch! We didn't really need a new couch. But the price was right and we jumped on it. The couch is bigger than our old one. Since we've had it it's been kind of a pain. We really like it, but it was just too big.
You can't tell very clearly from this photo, but the length made it a tight fit to get past the chair on the left. It also made the passage between the book cases into the dining room difficult unless you we're going single file.
Once we knew for sure we were moving I started getting all sorts of ideas on how I would do the rooms differently. Turns out, the layout we had really does work best. But I was determined to make the sectional work for us. I mean, it's four separate pieces! Who says it has to be just like that?! (my husband) But, I came up with a solution for most of our seating needs. And, there is room to walk around :)
I took one of the middle pieces and just added it it the end. I know it doesn't have an arm rest, but I figured it would be okay. Especially because the sides come up so far anyway. The middle is now centered with the entertainment center. In an ideal house, we would have a living room and then a family room. Giving me space to entertain without the TV being the center of attention. But, that's a few years away. Realistically, the TV is the center of attention in our house. Jordan and I work opposite schedules, so what little bit of quality time we get is usually spent vegging out in front of the TV.
We really like the new sectional. Each seat has it's own storage underneath. Living in a tiny apartment, every little bit of storage we can get our hands on is like the greatest thing ever.
I shopped around the house a bit to come up with another end table. I felt like that end of the couch needed it's own table. That was the ottoman didn't get too crowded.
I switched out the chairs as well. This floral monster was (covered) in the bedroom. I traded it with the rocking chair that was out here before. I've had this chair for about four years now and I've loved it the whole time. It is super comfortable but so massive that I haven't had a spot to put it. It's always ended up in the bedroom, pretty much as a catch all.
I turned the chair to face the couch instead of towards the bookcases. They are more included with my office.
I really like the feel of the living room now. It's like it's all connected now. That we could have people over and they could all sit down and have a nice conversation. There is still so much that needs to be done, just in this corner. I'm not even going to think about the rest of the house for a moment. But, it's all decoration now. The "bones" are placed.
That's right. On Tuesday I decided to take the plunge and finally rid my life of the horrible black hair. Let me do a little refresher of what I was dealing with.
For a long time, it looked like this. Basic natural color, average length.
And then I cut it all off after I colored it black. I honestly thought it would be an easy fix. I was really wrong.... Over a year later and I was still dealing with the dreaded black. I had gone to a hair stylist and she said the best thing to do is let it grow out while gradually coloring it lighter each time. I tried that for a few months, but it was torture. Before we moved she striped all the color in hopes that it would lighten a bit.
It worked for about all of a day. Then all of that glorious light-ness went away.
Literally the next day..........
Then we moved, life happened. You know. I didn't think much about my hair. Until I was in Target and came across...
It claimed that it could lighten even the darkest hair. I was sold! I bough a box and set to work. I followed the instructions and started with a test strip. After 90 minutes I had a strip of hair that had white blonde roots and copper end. Not bad. Not blonde, but not bad. At least it wasn't black. So, I took the rest of the product and just did the bottom half of my hair, with a few chunky pieces throughout. I was getting there.
That lasted about a month. Then on Tuesday, I decided WHY NOT? Why not just do it? Why not just rid myself of the black for good? So I did.
It is by no means perfect. There are a lot of root spots that I missed. The color isn't even either. But that's okay. Mainly because I don't want to be a blonde. After a while I'm going to go over it with a light brown. But for now, I'm having a pretty good time as a blonde :)
Sorry for the lack of post these past couple of weeks. As you can tell by the blog post title, we have moved! We started the process on Friday, September 7th and didn't completely move out of our old place until Tuesday, September 11th. It was crazy busy those five days! Since then we have slowly been trying to put everything back together. We got our cable hooked up a few days ago and I finally got my computer up and running yesterday. We are really happy with our new apartment! I can't wait to show you a few pictures of the process. In the meantime, here are a few random shots of our weeks.