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Join Me in the Living Room (along with the cats!)

The Living Room.

The first room we really remodeled in this house. After almost a year of strangely painted walls with an ugly stripe, a Popcorn ceiling with a water stain, no TV and a ripped up brown leather couch.

We rarely spent any time in here.

The idea for the living room came together pretty quickly; we knew we wanted a bookshelf wall, a picture wall, and the entire room to be painted white, like a canvas.

Of course we had a few trash ideas too.  Like no TV or hiding a small TV inside a cabinet on the bookshelf, or painting one wall orange.

And then there was the temporary freak out at IKEA when we last minute decided to get white bookshelves instead of black, had an existential crisis, then realized we were being silly and got the black ones like we originally planned. Typical IKEA trip.

Over the years the bookshelves became filled with collections of our favorite things. For me vintage cameras, for Steven, antique radios and space stuff.

The picture wall is a mixture of Steven’s drawings and my photographs. Plus a few old photos we found at antique stores.

Our IKEA couch was eventually ripped to shreds by the cats, so we replaced it with this one from World Market.  The cats quickly got to work shredding this one as well, and then I realized that my dumb self should have put a scratching pole nearby. As soon as I did that the couch scratching stopped! The scratching post lives next to the coffee table most of the time, and the cats spend so much of their day going crazy on it!  I have to buy a new one multiple times a year.. But better than buying new couches!

Our living room is now a nice peaceful, relaxing place, just like we hoped it would be.

Before and After shots are located HERE.  Click at your own risk.  That posts contains some cringey 2014 photo editing skills. And writing..

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Modern House Tour


A cluster of modern houses have appeared on a street corner not too far from my house. I’ve liked these homes ever since I first saw them and often wonder what they look like on the inside. Well, luckily the other week there was a tour of all the modern homes in this area built by Stitch Design Shop so I finally had a chance to see inside..


The interior of the homes were decked out in modern style furniture, and green plants filled the corners.


All the homes featured two story tall ceilings in the living rooms, and usually a staircase could be found wrapping around the outer edge of the room, giving a unique perspective to the space. I bet cats would really like hanging out up there and looking down on everybody!




Some homes had flat roofs with a patio on the rooftop. Which made for a great use of the limited space the houses were built on.




I would love to live in a modern house. But for now, my 1940s house with modern touches will do!

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Finally Frank Lloyd Wright

Hey, remember that time I went to Pittsburgh to see some Frank Lloyd Wright houses, and then proceeded to post almost every picture I took except the FLW pics?  Yeah.. Me too!

I took the photos on my husbands camera because I read something that said only small cameras were allowed and I was worried they wouldn’t let me use mine. However, the cord to transfer the photos from the camera got lost for months. But now here we are!

Frank Lloyd Wright was an amazing architect in the early 1900s, designing over 1000 buildings with a modern style, and approximately 500 of those designs were built. He always tried to bring nature into his designs, with warm earthy colors and large windows. One of his most famous designs is the falling water house which is located just outside of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and was the reason for our trip.

My favorite part was that there was a glass trap door in the living room that opened up to these stairs that led down to the river. I want that in my house! I imagine my cats would have a good time with that.

They don’t allow photos to be taken inside, because of art collections.. But plenty can be found online!

Frank Lloyd Wright built this house for the Kauffman family who lived here for the rest of their life and then their son let it be turned into a museum. They originally wanted a house near the river, but Frank, being he wild guy he was, thought why not build it right on the river!

The next house we visited was just a few minutes down the road and it was called Kentuck Knob.

Kentuck Knob was the name of the small mountain the house was built on; it was named by an explorer who was on his way to Kentucky but decided to stop here because it was just as pretty as the Kentucky mountains were in his opinion.  At least that’s the story the tour guide told us!

The house is actually built right into the side of the mountain and curves around into a hexagonal shape

The original owners of Kentuck Knob were friends with the family who owned the Falling Water house. They liked Falling Water so much that after it was built, they decided to hire Frank Lloyd Wright to design a house for them as well.

Here are a few interior shots I found online.
The hexagon shaped kitchen was my favorite. It was at the very center of the house, with no windows, but there was a skylight at the top! 

The view was beautiful!  It would be nice to go back when the trees have leaves on them.

The house is currently owned by a Lord who lives in England and occasionally he and his family will come and stay for a while. It was interesting to see his stuff set out on the desk and family pictures on the wall.  He also has an interesting collection of statues which he has scattered about the grounds..

Including a piece of the Berlin wall!!

I did not expect to see the Berlin wall on my trip to Pennsylvania.

It was a pretty fun trip and I loved seeing the houses. It’s hard to decide which one I would rather live in if I could choose. I almost would prefer Kentuck Knob because it’s set up to be more practical, But you just can beat leaving right on top of a waterfall!