We’ve lived in this house for just over three years. We are renting (and feel so lucky to have scored such a great house in Silicon Valley) but have been constantly frustrated at the housing market here. We’ve put some work into decorating our rental but not a ton of work.
We’ve been toying with the idea of buying a house out here and even looked at a few but something was telling us it just wasn’t the right time for us so we’ve put it on hold. Once we put the house hunting on hold I told myself to just enjoy this rental we have and really make it our own!
I knew I wanted a long picture ledge along the back of the couch. We have so many wonderful pictures + prints framed and the ledge makes it so we can swap out as often as we want! We bought two of these ledges from Ikea and hung them next to each other on the wall. I love how it turned out!
Oh, if we owned this house that fireplace would be the first thing to go! The stonework matches the outside of the house but it definitely needs some updating. I’m not really sure if the actual fireplace works but that could use an update, too. It’s from the 60’s, I believe!
There was a NIGHTMARE of a mess of cords hanging allllll along the wall. We had all of the game consoles and internet/cable boxes on the mantle and it just looked terrible. I wish I would have taken a before picture — it was THAT BAD. Now full disclosure: a tiny bit of the gathered wires really do show a tiny bit around those white flowers that I didn’t have time to fully figure out how to cover up so that was photoshopped out. You can totally hide the wires behind the wall though following this tutorial, we just didn’t want to drill into the wall anymore than we have to.
I love this diffuser from Magnolia Market. Everything Chip + Joanna do turns to gold. I want to be BFFs with them (a sentiment felt by most of America, I’m sure!) The diffuser smells DIVINE. The perfectly fresh scent.
It took me a really long time to figure out what to do with the top shelf! Like a really long time. I finally was like DUH, put some great books up there and steal that cool ball thing from Sawyer’s room and voila! The difference between past decorating endeavors and this one was I didn’t want a bunch of little things that maybe looked cute but served no purpose. I don’t need anymore junk around my house! I used the shelves of our Walker Edison media tower to host some of our favorite books, a plant for some green next to a box for all of our Amiibos, our game consoles and cable boxes (which I still want to hide somehow) and a speaker for our nightly dance parties!
I LOVE our coffee table from Walker Edison! It has a glass top which you’d think would be super annoying to keep clean with three little kids but it honestly hasn’t been bad and the fact that you can see through the top actually helps me to keep the bottom shelf clean. I need all the motivation I can get to not let clutter take over our lives!
Sawyer was, of course, hamming it up for the camera. He just radiates sunshine!
Now this is technically a TV stand of sorts but after I saw how Whippy Cake made it such a functional piece for her family I was like THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT WE NEEEEED. Now, this post is already getting suuuuper lengthy and I have so much to say about how we use this in our every day lives so I’m going to have to make a totally separate blog post for it. It’s been that life changing in organizing our day to day! Thank youuuuu, Walker Edison, thank youuuuu!
We needed a LARGE piece of art to put above our life organizing, wonderful piece of furniture and Minted definitely saved the day. They have the most beautiful selection of art and you can either buy the art separately or have it framed and shipped. We opted for the framed and shipped option because convenience is everything in my life right now! They have SO many options guys, take a while and browse their selection! I want it all.
We were going to put two large pieces just leaning against the wall there but decided to move one of the framed pieces to the game room. I love how it looks on our buffet and that copper frame is just gorgeous!
Here are a few more shots from around the room and then I’ll try to put some sources below but if there’s something specific you’re wanting to know about, just put it in the comments and I’ll get back to you!
I love having the quilts I’ve made for our family out on display. They are such a labor of love and mean so much to me, there’s no way I could hide them all away in a closet somewhere! We love snuggling under quilts watching tv, movies, or playing a video game so it’s perfect having them so easily accessible.
That Rad Revolution romper on Charlotte…obsessed! I don’t think she sells that floral print anymore but has TONS of other adorable romper choices! And really, it would be terrible of me not to turn you guys onto Loyal Hana if you’re nursing. All of their clothing is cute, well-made, and HAS HIDDEN ZIPPERS for breastfeeding! I have quite a few pieces from them and pretty much rotate them out and maybe throw a t-shirt or two in the mix but mostly I’m like, why would I not want zippers in everything I’m wearing right now?! I told you, convenience.
Like I said, if you have a question about a specific piece let me know in the comments and I’ll get back to you! Hope you enjoyed the tour! I’ll post next later this week or next week about the console and how we use it!
All photos by Rachael Bradley.