- Privacy film for the window. Installing this privacy film is one of the simplest and most effective home projects I have ever worked on. Just cut to a rough size, apply with sprayed water, squeegee, and trim to size with a straight razor. Placing the privacy film on just the lower half of the window affords us some privacy, while leaving the top half clear gives us a view of the trees and lets the light in.
- Floating bench frame. My husband Chris really made this happen. He made the bench frame out of a couple of 2x4's and topped it with a quarter inch sheet of plywood. He attached an pine board to the front, and for now, I'm leaving it alone because I love the unfinished look. For the cushion, I wrapped a long piece of 3” thick foam in batting, and placed it on another thin piece of plywood. Then I wrapped and stapled a twin-size IKEA duvet around the whole thing. No sewing! Just strategic stapling. The white duvet will probably be swapped for something more stain-friendly, but for now, I love how the cushion reflects so much light.
- Soft textures. Right now, I have some “base” pillows and layers: two long linen pillows (similar here), a geometric patterned square pillow (borrowed from the living room), and a sheepskin rug. I plan on adding a colorful throw and some velvet pillows.
- Space below. I'm into getting furniture off the floor by any means necessary (mostly because it makes cleaning the floor a lot easier). I'm still looking for a shallow, wide basket to neatly store books, magazines, my iPad, etc.
- Art. Our dining room also serves as a gallery of original art from our friends. Currently hanging on one wall of the nook is one of Chris’ Diazo prints of his sculpture designs. The little brown picture on the left is of a cow standing on a wheeled cart that I picked up at a antique shop years ago.
- Hanging Plant. Sunny spaces call for plants! I have a black thumb, but I'm slowly learning how to properly care for plants. The chain is actually a necklace that was way too heavy to wear, but was just the right material to lower this hanging plant.
So, that’s it! My first ever blog post on this here blog. Thanks for reading!