Last week Gwyneth and I shared the Part I of our NC home tour, and today we’re back for Part II – the living room. As with our Expedit bookcase, we’ve tried to find new uses for the same pieces we had in our New York apartment. Unlike our bookcase post, you’ll see a few “new” things incorporated into the space. Starting with “The Big Guy.”
“The Big Guy,” named by my Dad (for obvious reasons) is an antique my parents have had in their home longer than I can remember. Like me, Mom is always on a quest to hide the TV. (What better place to store the electronics than in a giant antique?)
As you can deduct from the name, “The Big Guy” is not easy to move. So while I was packing up the NYC apartment, and my parents were clearing out my Dad’s “man cave” to become my living room, it was decided that “The Big Guy” would stay in the space to be my entertainment center. The pie safe you may remember from the NYC apartment is carefully wrapped in moving blankets and stored in a corner of the garage until Gwyneth and I figure out a more permanent plan.
And as you can see, a few things have not changed. Gwyneth continues to claim the top corner of the couch as her prime napping space (#whydoweownadogbed?), and we kept our Pottery Barn console table behind the couch to display a few of our favorite photos.
To balance out the height of “The Big Guy,” we decided to turn our Dumpster Dive Bookcase on its side and use it as a console. It took great restraint for these two maximalists, but we decided to keep a few of the cubbies open. The eye needs a place to rest, right? We did, however, decided to create a mini gallery wall above the bookcase. Life is all about balance, right?
Gwyneth’s favorite antique is the trough underneath The Big Guy. What once held lunch at a North Carolina pig farm now holds Gwyneth’s growing collection of squeaky toys and bones.
Another piece being used differently in North Carolina than in New York is our Dumpster Dive End of Bed Bench. Because there isn’t quite room for the bench at the end of the bed in our new space, we decided to use it as a coffee table. The DIY Upholstered Ottoman that we used as a coffee table in NYC is now extra seating in the living room. We are both loving all the extra space to store the magazines and books – they make for a great couch party.
Lastly, we kept our Pottery Barn side table with the couch because it matches the console behind.
And that’s the living room! A few “new” things and a lot of new uses for the old.
To keep it 100% real here, Gwyneth and I are doing our best to put a positive spin on our new life in North Carolina – a life that despite the milder climate, we’re having a tough time warming up to. Our original thought was that finding new uses for our things might add elements of customization and excitement to our new space. We’ve got a few more areas to work on, so we’re not giving up on the theory entirely.
And while we believe if you don’t have anything nice to say, you shouldn’t say it on the internet, we believe in being authentic and keepin’ it real just a little bit more. We’re decorating our hearts out, surrounding ourselves with what we love and praying the method that worked in making NYC feel like home will apply in North Carolina. But we miss our lives in NYC every day, and we are struggling. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? What did you to to pull yourself up?
mk & Gwynnie