Living & Dining Room Renovation {Before + Inspiration}

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If you can believe it…The kitchen is still not completed. We are STILL waiting for Ikea to come finish it! (There is only one outlet in the entire kitchen!!!) I love Ikea products, but I hate the customer service, at least here in Austria. It’s like we are inconveniencing them (!!!) and it’s gotten to the point where we will think twice before having Ikea do another kitchen for us in the future. The process might be smoother in the states, but honestly I wouldn’t know.

Anyways, we have moved on and are well on our way to having the living and dining completed by Christmastime. The photos I have posted are not exactly the true “before” photos, just FYI. These show more of the work-in-progress state of things, but if you want to see the true before photos…just check out this video. (Very fun to look back at the beginning!) I have been posting a lot of snaps about the recent progress and if you follow along, you can see that we are really flying through this renovation. All the lights are installed, all wallpaper is removed, all walls have been patched and junk has been cleaned up, etc. We could have this done in a couple days if we really put our minds to it, but since we have other things to do besides renovate, it will realistically take a couple more weeks.

As far as furniture and design go, I love a clean (almost-Swedish) design and palette. A mostly-neutral room will make bright and bold artwork come alive. We plan to do a statement wall of bookshelves on the back wall behind the dining table for several reasons and I look forward to designing/decorating that space. The wall behind the sofa will be a gallery wall of fine art and prints. I am currently looking for an area rug for the living room that will add a little color to the space as well. Thinking dusty golds or blues or pinks. (???) I will be painting the top of the window seat white and adding large comfortable seating pads to make it a fun reading/playing area for the kids. Of course, curtains and sheers for the large windows will not only be beautiful, but help insulate the room in the winter months. I have so many ideas and am having a lot of fun picturing the end result. I am relieved that this renovation journey is finally winding down and coming to an end. It’s been a very long, expensive and time-consuming process. Hopefully the investment will pay off in the end! #sweatequity

{BTW: So me taking a day off here and there is kind of a thing now. Sorrynotsorry for the no-show on Monday. This is life! I will try and get better after the New Year…life is super hectic right now!}







  1. Kyla says:

    You have done such an awesome job at renovating your house. I can only imagine how ready you are to be done with it though. I was reading the first part of your post out to Austin about the kitchen and Mitchell over heard and a few minutes later he came over to me and said “they could use an extension cord since there is only one plug.” I just love this kid. He is so smart and I had no idea he was listening. I say don’t worry about taking a day off, it’s your blog. 🙂 Have a great weekend!!!

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