Progress at Our Place & luxe magazine


We're ALMOST able to move downstairs at our house!!! I CANNOT wait!!!
 
Here's where we started:
 

The beams were sanded down, we added insulation & drywall to the ceiling, the floors are in and we took out the tiny windows & added two large ones farther apart so there will be more wall space between them...


The old fireplace and paneling....


....are gone.  A new fireplace is going in between the windows next week:


 
...And our sofa arrived!! wahooooooooooooo
 
This is my "little louie" enjoying it:
 
{poor Luke has a nickname from his big brother that's stuck!! hahahaa}
 
Our kitchen will be going in behind the sofa so we'll just have one big open room for living & eating.  (what we do best ;)
 
I pulled in some more furniture in so we can enjoy the room.  It's so open & airy!! (and empty!!)
...But I'm really happy just to have somewhere to sit down there.  The white sofa is in an indoor-outdoor linen.  I tested the sample with greesy tomato sauce... I smeared it all over the sample to make sure it would wash off.  It did.  We'll see how it fares at our place.  A wet sponge is supposed to do the trick.
 
And... we went to the luxe magazine (DC) launch party last night...
 

 
The first issue is beautiful and I'm so excited to have a new design magazine in DC!!  The quality of the magazine /paper itself is amazing too... reminds me of those thick glossy Veranda covers.  Photographer Greg Powers is coming over to our house Monday to take some pictures of me in my new "studio" (i.e. very messy office ;)  for the "stylemaker" section in the next issue of luxe.  We met him last night & he really sweet so it shoud be fun.  (I feel pretty awkward when I'm having my photo taken alone so nice people make it much better ;)
 
Here's a quick pic of Dave & I heading out to the party:
 
{ignore the scary eyes}
 
Have a great day!!




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36 comments:

Emma (Glitter and Gold) said...

O M G I cant tell you how excited I am to see this house evolve! it is already looking fantastic! I have to know where you got the sofa!!! Love the lines & shape . . oh and the fiddle fig trees in the background PLEASE dish where you got those ... I cannot find any here in CA

Becky Cowen said...

i too would love details on your sofa! it sounds perfect for a family with young kids :)

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Lauren,

Everything looks beautiful! I cannot believe how far you have come in such a short time. I cannot wait to see more.

Congratulations on the Luxe photo shoot!

Have a wonderful weekend, Elizabeth

Brooke said...

I can NOT WAIT to see your house all finished- it's going to be gorgeous!! I love how open it is!

Jamie Evelyn said...

So much fun!!! Thanks for sharing!

MrsF said...

Looking good!

Is that the belgian track arm sofa from Restoration Hardware in their Perennial linen-weave fabric? I looked at that one for our family room, but sadly it wasn't in the budget. It looks amazing!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

so great to see progress at your place - I know you're just so relieved to be able to GET IN to a safe and warm environment :-)

Shelly Van Rozeboom said...

It's looking great Lauren! Really love the sofa too. Smart girl with the fabric. I went stupid with our new sofa and DIDN'T get a washable fabric. I KNOW better! We've already had two wine spills and had to remake..yes remake the slipcover on part of the sofa because I shrunk it. Stupid stupid! And I KNOW better!!!!

lizziechia said...

Is the couch from Restoration Hardware? What is the couch's length?

wilhitelarkin said...

I love your blog, and can't wait to see all the cool things you've got planned for the new house! Quick question- what will you do with the green velvet sofa? I've been dying to get one, but I don't know if velvet is the best with a toddler boy. Thoughts?

Dawn @ Inspired Living said...

I love everything you have done to the new house so far, especially the new windows (master and living room); can't wait to see more. Thanks for sharing.

Lumen Drops said...

It's looking more Zen to me - lovely!

Scandi Coast Home said...

You're so so soooo clever!
Can I ask where the lounge is from???
Thanks so much,
Tania xx

eLIZabeth Floyd said...

Looking good! It must be almost unbearable as you now are entering the home run of the renovation... that is for the big stuff that you need a GC for...

Have a wonderful weekend, Liz

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Lauren- What great progress! And I can't wait to see the Luxe interview - you are Ms. StyleMaker herself!

We tore the exact same 45 degree pine paneling off our walls, too. Believe it or not I was trying to think of some way to paint/save the paneling but Vern Yip suggested I had to rip it down. He said it could be salvaged/painted if the boards were vertical, but that 45 degree thing was way too dated...

(and Vern was SO nice- what a talented and sincerely nice guy.)

Loretta

Windlost said...

Love seeing bits of the transformation. You and Dave looked like a gorgeous pair for the party. Even with glowing eyes you are beautiful. And talented and funny and amazing. Hope the new house comes along perfectly and you get to settle in with your boys soon and rest! xo Terri

emily said...

really looking forward to watching the transformation of your home!! love your style.

any chance you could help me source the gorgeous rug in your profile picture??

many thanks. can't wait to see what you do next!

emily
egrosen@gmail.com

Nancy said...

wow, your place is looking AMAZING! I love that sofa- it looks huge, or is it cause Luke is so tiny! He is adorable, and so are you guys!
xo Nancy
Powellbrowerhome.com

Lumen Drops said...

Lauren, keep checking in cuz can't get enough! This will be the best advertisement for your decorating business.

Mehul said...

It seems fast progress in such a short time Lauren. Hope to see next update soon. White sofa is cool, Luke must be enjoying. xo
~ Mehul
stone range hood

Lavender said...

Yes, I know, you said to ignore the scary eyes...I can't. I laughed my head off because I kept looking at them. Glad you posted the photo and gave me such a good laugh.

anniebeuker said...

Lauren I have been following your blog for awhile and I am excited for your new home! Can't wait to see how it progresses!

Annie

tokyojinja.com said...

Like everyone else, I am dying for the details on the sofa!

Torri Miller said...

I love your blog! I was wondering what kind of fabric you used for the sofa? I am wanting to recover a piece of furniture and that is exactly what I have been looking for.

Thanks!
Torri
flyhi03211@aol.com

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Love your sofa Lauren! Its my favorite look- simple skirt and single bench seat.

And the ceiling- wow! So open now.

Kelly Robins said...
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Kelly Robins said...

Love your style and your choice of sofas. Could you share the source. You are so talented and your decisions are so grounded to how people and families really live.

Jen said...

I am absolutely in love with your sofa. Where did you find the indoor/outdoor linen? It is a genius idea. I have been wanting a white coach for some time but have been putting it off due to having 2boys and a small dog. This fabric just might be the ticket!!!!

DecRenew Interiors said...

Baby Luke looks like he's settling in well! All looks fab! Glad you got a date out in the crazy busy time.

DecRenew Interiors said...

Baby Luke looks like he's settling in well! All looks fab! Glad you got a date out in the crazy busy time.

Marcela said...

Hi Lauren,

Are your floors white oak? Is it from mountain lumber?

Thanks!

Marcela

Laura said...

Hi Lauren,

What brand of fabric was used for the sofa?

Thanks!!

lauraamullen@gmail.com

coast said...

your house is coming along fabulously!!! i too love the sofa and wondered if you would kindly share the source.

coast said...

lauren your home is coming along fabulously!!! i cannot wait to see the finished product!!! i too would love to know thw source of the sofa. absolutely love it!

coast said...

lauren your house is coming along fabulously!!! i cannot wait to see the finished product!! i too would love it if you would share the source of the sofa. i love it!!!

Lauren said...

Hi everyone! The sofa is by Restoration Hardware and it's there Perennials Collection Linen in white... Have had it for a few months now and wouldn't recommend. If it's white and you have a family, it's GOT to be washable. I've learned the hard way. (AGAIN!!! I can't stop with my white sofa love!! haha)
xoxo,
lauren