Category Archives: Our Home

Meet Klein: Our New Sofa

On Monday, I casually mentioned that we finally went ahead and bought a sofa this past weekend.  Everybody, meet Klein, our fancy schmancy new Room & Board sofa.

room-and-board-klein-sofaYep, I know it’s a far cry from the Tailor Sofa we were previously looking at.  And yes, it’s waaaaay more modern than we were ever thinking of going for this house. But, now that we have it home, I know it was the right choice.  For now, Klein will live in the living room (well actually the front porch until we’ve finished refinishing the floors and drywalling), but we may have other plans for it in store.  Before we delve into those details though, let’s chat about why we decided not to go with the Tailor.

The Harriet House Living Room Before | Through the Front Door

As you can see above, our living room is realllllly dark, and all of that dark trim isn’t helping the situation.  It will lighten up once we get a fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling, but there isn’t a ton of natural light in there. Because of this, I was super anxious about putting a dark turquoise or dark gray couch in there.  It probably would have worked, but I was terrified to spend $1000 on a couch, and then not like it.  So I kept going back to a lighter neutral color.

Another reason we decided the Tailor wasn’t for us is because of the way we hope to arrange the furniture.  We don’t have a ton of space for a very big couch, and the Tailor was juuuust pushing our size limit.  It was small enough to barely work, but we feared it would have made the room feel cramped.

tailor-sofa (3)However, the main reason we decided not to go with the Tailor was because of a few reviews I read online.  Apparently, several people had issues with the fabric snagging on just their jeans, and since we have a hyperactive puppy that is known to have sharp nails, we just didn’t think it would hold up.  So, despite its beautiful design and fabulous colors, we had to part with the idea of owning the Tailor sofa.  RIP Tailor.

And this leads us to Klein.  I knew I wanted to go with a really light, cool tan (basically almost white, with just enough color to hide dirt), and we also needed a durable fabric.

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We really liked the fact that it was Room & Board (I’ve worked with their furniture a lot in my clients’ homes and know its really high quality), and we liked the flexibility that came with its small size.  Not only will it allow us to arrange the room several different ways, but if down the road we decide it just isn’t working in our living room, it’s small enough to go up in the attic (in Noel’s future man cave).  Plus, Noel has been bugging me to buy a “low couch” for years now, so he’s pretty ecstatic about it.

Long story short, we bought a couch, and even though it’s a bit more modern than what we were hoping for, it will fit right in with the “old meets new” concept we have going for our house.

Dry Sink Vanities

On Wednesday, I talked about my first idea for our half bath: to make a vanity out of an antique dresser.  However, there’s one other idea I have that I’m rather in love with, and in a perfect world, is the route I’d take.  But before I dig in too deep, let’s give you a little history lesson.

Back in the 19th century, before indoor plumbing had made its way into homes, people relied heavily on the use of dry sinks.  They were pieces of furniture, usually with a recessed top, that were meant to hold a tub or bowl of water, and a pitcher.  They were frequently found in kitchens (to do dishes and all that good kitchen sink stuff), and they were also common in bedrooms.  If you were really fancy, you may have even had one with a copper basin, like the one you see below.

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Dry sinks typically had some sort of storage below them, as well as a towel rack inside their door.  Some offered places to store silverware, some had a hutch on top.  The victorian ones usually had a flat top instead of recessed, and often had a raised towel bar as you can see below.  Again, the fancy pants victorian dry sinks also had a marble top.

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Now I’m going to go out on a limb and say you can probably guess where this is going.  Why not resurrect one of these dry sinks and turn it into an actual functioning sink?  I’m so in love with this idea for so many reasons.  First of all, I think it’s so cool that I’d be able to use the dry sink it the way it was originally used (except with the added convenience of modern day plumbing).  Secondly, our half bathroom now sits where our big old kitchen buffet (maybe dry sink?) contraption used to sit, so by putting in a dry sink there, it’s a nod to what used to be.  Ya follow?  Anyways, before I ramble on all day, let’s get to the goods.  Hello pretty dry sink vanities:

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 Image Credit: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Like I said earlier, I love this idea.  But honestly, it will probably come down to me being able to find one I like. These bad boys are a lot more difficult to find than dressers, and they can sometimes come with a pretty price tag.  Moral of the story is I’d be happy going either route (as they both give you a similar look), but you can bet my eyes are peeled for the perfect dry sink.

Let’s open it up to you: which would you choose?  The dresser or the dry sink?  Leave some love below and let me know!

The Best Dresser Turned Sink Hacks

After a 6+ week break, this past weekend, Noel and I got our hands dirty and started working on the kitchen again.  We were able to finish framing out the bathroom wall, and even though there are only studs right now, I get so happy every time I walk into the room and see it.  Let me tell you, progress is a beautiful thing.

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Super awesome side note about the above picture: we were able to salvage the studs from the wall we removed between the kitchen and dining room and use them for the bathroom wall.  Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal, but the nominal dimensions of 2×4’s from 100 years ago are actually different than 2×4’s today.  SO, by reusing existing studs, there won’t be any funny jogs/bows in our drywall due to different sized studs. Hip hip, hooray! 

Now that it’s starting to feel like a real space, I find myself daydreaming about all the different ways we could finish it.  I often encourage my clients that if they’re going to take risks, to do so in their half bath.  I do this for a few reasons – one being it’s normally a small space, so it won’t cost as much to use a funky material in there, and two, it’s a room your guests will use a lot, so if you’re going to pack a punch into a room, why not do it where it will be appreciated.  And since I’d obviously be silly not to take my own advice, you can expect great things in this little room of ours.

Well today, as we were browsing the vanity aisle at Home Depot, Noel learned about one of those “great things.” And as always, he was incredibly enthused.

Riiiiight.  

This is how it went down.  I pointed out a vanity and said to him, “See, I want something that has this shape and looks like that in the half bath….except I want to make it out of a dresser.”

To which he stopped dead in his tracks, turned around, looked at me, and said, “why do you always have to make things 100 times more difficult than they need to be?”

Oh silly Noel, haven’t you learned after 6 years that if there’s a way to do things that’s guaranteed to take us 15 hours longer, that’s obviously the choice I’m going to make?  Yeah.  Cuz that’s basically what’s going to happen here.

Sure, we could buy a vanity, but that’s just too easy for this girl.  Truth be told, I actually have two different ideas for the sink in our half bathroom, and today, I’m sharing the first with you.  So without further ado, I give you some of my favorite dresser/sink hacks:

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What do you think about these dresser vanities?  Is this something you would ever try in your home?  Do you have any guesses as to what my other idea for our bathroom sink is?  Check back on Friday and find out!

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