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We won't move until October 15, but we're buying some new things and moving them in now. I am particularly happy about this lovely midcentury sectional:


I'm not a hundred percent sure how all our living room furniture is going to wind up looking when we have it in there together. The space is designed as one big living-dining room, and instead we're going to use it as a living room-study. Our current living room contains one very nice two-year-old dark chocolate-colored couch, and two awful ancient armchairs I bought secondhand when I moved to Iowa in 1995. We won't be moving those. Instead we bought this nice sectional and - this is the part I'm nervous about - a bright lipstick-red armchair. My hope is that the pillows on the sectional will help bring the colors in the room together.

The other thing, of course, is that having our study in our living room will mean that we have to keep the study neater. That's part of my master plan. This house has such a rational layout that I'm hoping we can set things up in the first place in a way that will foster better organization. (For example: all the homeschooling materials (1) together, (2) next to my desk, (3) with a table that is not also our dinner table, and (4) with plenty of space for Colin to play nearby. All the toys downstairs in a confined space. A place to keep the cookbooks in the kitchen. And so on.)

In other news, Colin is going to have a big boy bed in the new house. He asked for one.


We decided to forego a toddler bed this time and go straight to a twin. I'm a bit concerned about height (it's waist-high on Colin), but we can put a mat on the floor until he learns not to fall out. He's going to have transportation-themed bedding and also a wall border and, well, you see the rug. It's much more theme-y than anything we've ever done before, but we promised Alex that she could have her room painted and it only seemed fair to give Colin special decor too.

Alex has chosen aqua walls, and a beautiful sea-colored duvet and sheet set to replace the bright, cheery toddler bedding which now offends her sense of dignity. I think this new set will age with her nicely. We also got her a filmy tulle bed canopy and a fun, silly floor lamp from Ikea, because dignity or not the child is still six.

Oh, and Michael bought a self-propelled cordless electric lawnmower! Because we have a lawn now, and boy does it need cutting.

So our house is still almost empty, but it does have porch furniture (left by the sellers - we ordered new cushions, though, and we need to give it a good scrubbing), high captain's chairs at the kitchen bar, a sectional sofa with jazzy pillows, a couple of lamps, a lawnmower, rakes, and a big boy bed.

You know: the basics.

Date: 2011-09-18 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chargirlgenius.livejournal.com
All the toys downstairs in a confined space.

Hee. Hee hee. Hahahahaha! ;-)

That's what I thought when we designated a "playroom"...


I love that sectional! And I'm sure the armchair will look fantastic.

Date: 2011-09-18 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivka.livejournal.com
I forgot to mention that we also ordered new kids who don't drag their toys all over the house. Maybe that was your mistake? ;-)

Date: 2011-09-18 04:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chargirlgenius.livejournal.com

Wow, that option just isn't to be found in the boonies. City life!


Date: 2011-09-18 04:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ratphooey.livejournal.com
LOVE the sectional!

Date: 2011-09-18 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tracicle.livejournal.com
For the sake of saving space in your gorgeous new digs, you could forego the mat on the floor for Colin and get a safety rail (http://www.amazon.com/Products-Safe-Sleeper-Rail-Ultra/dp/B0002VAF3Y). (That's just an example.) It slides between the matress and base and we had one for Amy that stood upright against the bed or could be folded down. Really effective and not too ugly. :-)

Date: 2011-09-18 12:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] papersky.livejournal.com
I've just bookmarked that duvet cover site.

They do those in full size! And some of them are awesome. And they ship to Canada.

And I haven't had a new duvet cover since 1997.

I'm sure Alex and Colin will love them. I certainly love them.

Date: 2011-09-19 05:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjlayman.livejournal.com
Yep, I marked two because I need a new set and it's hard to find lavender.

Date: 2011-09-20 03:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivka.livejournal.com
The duvet cover arrived yesterday and I am really pleased with the quality. The colors are vibrant and the construction feels really sturdy.

Date: 2011-09-18 12:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kate_nepveu
SteelyKid has a bed much like that one and we tend to put the king-sized pillow we use for reading to her along the edge when we leave. This seems to have prevented more than a handful of falls, and in only one of the resulting falls has she managed to _avoid_ falling on the pillow.

Date: 2011-09-18 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tammylc.livejournal.com
It all looks great! We have that same Ikea rug in Liam's room. (And I have a lipstick red chair in my living room!)

I'm loving hearing stories about your new house. So fun!

Date: 2011-09-18 01:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eeyorerin
Oh, I love the rug and duvet. And I would want that lamp!

When I was around Alex's age we got new carpet in our house and I begged my mom to let me have pale-yellow carpet ("the color of lemon yogurt, mom") and rainbow stripe bedding. She did and I was so happy.

Date: 2011-09-18 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] journeywoman.livejournal.com
Furnishing a new-to-you house--what fun! I love that sectional.

Date: 2011-09-18 04:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ailbhe
Yay! I love the sound of the armchair and I bet it's great with those cushions. We have safety-rails on the toddler beds when we have toddlers - and on ours when we have cosleepers - and they seem to work really well.

I bought a mat awfully like that for a friend's children the other day - they chose Lillabo rather than Lekplats because of it being more build-things-on-ish.

I think in the new bedroom here the girls might have gauze hangings over the beds and I am looking for somewhere to put the green leaf IKEA seem to always have...

Sorting out the homeschooling stuff is a great plan. Let me know how it works out. We've had good luck with Expedit shelving, and they have desk add-ons available...

Date: 2011-09-18 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browse.livejournal.com
Congrats on the new house!
Where can one send housewarming presents? :-)

Date: 2011-09-19 12:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pameladean.livejournal.com
I totally covet Alex's new bedding. She has lovely taste.


Date: 2011-09-20 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rivka.livejournal.com
Her duvet cover arrived yesterday and I can testify that it is even nicer in person than it is in the picture. What I didn't realize is that the cover is reversible. One side is the pale ice blue with the leaf/fern/bubble pattern, and the other side is the deep turquoise with the seaweed/bubble pattern, same as the sheet. The pillowcase is reversible too.

Now that I look at the picture again, I guess you can tell that it reverses. I thought all the deep turquoise was sheets, but looking closely, it's partly the underside of the duvet.

And yes, I am pleased with her taste. I think she did well at choosing a pattern that she won't decide she's too grown-up for in a few years, which is just what I was hoping she would do.

Date: 2011-09-19 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjlayman.livejournal.com
I have a living/dining room (there's a sort of illusive hallway going through from the foyer to the hall), but the dining room is for my computer and things I have to keep of, plus CDs and some nice old dishes. The computer desk obviously makes it a different room.

Date: 2011-09-21 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] epi-lj.livejournal.com
That bed and the sectional both look lovely!

[livejournal.com profile] okoshun and I are debating mowing instruments. She wants to go with a cordless electric. I'm tempted by a push mower.

It sounds like it'll come together well -- the red cushions should pull the colours together. :) You should post a final picture when it's all together!


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