The Sitting Area

Here’s the before…keep your eyes on those 2 windows, that will help you with see what we did.  We did not change the location of those windows:)

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After…

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Remember we blew out that wall in the before picture and moved it about 10 feet back to make the dining room.   We also knew that we for surely wanted/needed a fireplace in this house as well.  You make roll your eyes at me when I say needed…but it’s kinda true:)  I love that when that happens!!  Our only source of heat is the in-floor heat and radiator heat.  All of which is electric.  Therefore we needed a back-up in case our electricity ever went out, or our house couldn’t keep up.  And actually, Ry has our our electric on off peak, which means that they can shut it off on us for up to 2-4 hours at a time…and in the winter it can get a bit chilly.  Therefore the gas fireplace is a great option.  We even have it on a thermostat, so if the heat were to go off at night, it would automatically kick on if it got too cold.  I’m pretty sure Ryan did that though for my sake, in case I forgot it on it would run back on the program in 4 hours.  Kinda convenient!

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To see how I painted these curtains, click here.   We originally were going to move it down the wall and put it in the living room, but there were a couple of reasons we/I opted against that:)  1.)  I have always wanted a mantel.  I did not want a mantel to hang a television on, I wanted a mantel to decorate and make beautiful!  Therefore if the fireplace had been in our living room it would have had a big ole tv sitting on it.  2.)  I love it being central.  You can see it when you walk in the door, I can see it while I’m cooking.  I like that it’s  central!  And it works better to heat as well!

before…

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We took out that half wall and door, opened it all up to the kitchen and now it looks like….

after…

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You can see how I made those stump end tables here.

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sunburst mirror