dream living room

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As I’m slowly making progress on creating my “dream” wall, I’ve slowly turned my attention toward the furniture around it.  I’m completely grateful for and satisfied with the furniture that our friends and family generously gave Tanner and I when we got married, but it’s fun to dream a little about my “perfect” space.


dream wall

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The wall above my couch consistently bums me out with its lack of art.  But I’ve found out through the process of trying to spruce it up through a gallery wall that I apparently have issues committing to art!  I either find something that I love but can’t afford, or refuse to pay for  since I can recreate it myself (but then never take the time to actually do it), or I can’t decide whether it’s the perfect piece or not.  So I decided to take a step toward facing my issues by creating a virtual gallery wall – no commitment necessary!  The prices range from free downloads to out-of-my-budget art, so check out their sources to find out more about them.


As Tanner and I began to shop for our new home once we got engaged, we were suddenly blessed with an extraordinary amount of gifts – from kitchen items and furniture, to decorations and more.  One particularly special gift was our kitchen table.  Here is the story of its life, and how it fits into ours!

My mom is originally from Venezuela, so when she and her family moved to the United States when she was in her 20s, they bought new furniture for their house here.  One of those items was a kitchen table.  Several years later, after my parents got married, my grandparents gave the table to my parents since they were both in college and had a tight budget.  

I grew up at that table.  I have so many pictures from my childhood sitting at the table – eating in my high chair, learning to color, learning to read, celebrating every year of birthdays, and so much more.  During my engagement, my parents decided it was time to for a new kitchen table, so I jumped on the opportunity to take this special piece of furniture.

Here is a picture of it in my parents’ apartment in the 1980s…


…and here it is in our apartment today.

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It is a constant reminder of beautiful memories and the love of family.

P.S. It is a complete coincidence that our apartments have a similar layout and that my mom and I decorated the table in the exact same way (doily+vase combo)!