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So I warned you that the design of my grandparent’s house that we’ll be living in part-time was going to be very different than what our 70’s Landing Pad looks like. I wasn’t kidding. Are you ready for the first design plans? Let’s start with the living room…
First off, the wood trim isn’t going anywhere. It does need some cleaning up where paint was splattered on it over the years, but we are keeping it as-is otherwise. I think my Pap would strike me dead from the grave if I painted over it. 😉 He loved a beautiful piece of stained wood.
This is a longer room than it is wide, so there might be some furniture re-positioning going on once we get it all in there, but for the most part, here’s where we’re going with this space.
We’re calling it Traditional Casual. Growing up, the living room at my grandparent’s home was always the more formal room, but it was always warm and welcoming too – it’s where we always arranged ourselves to open gifts at Christmas. I wanted to stay true to that, while also making it work for us.
The walls are going to get a fresh coat of a light beige paint (Beige! Can you believe it?!), but we’re going to add some more traditional colors into the space with the drapes, rug and leather sofa. We’ll also throw in some accent pillows as well.
On the wall opposite the sofa, is where the television will reside. Growing up, the den always held the TV and never the living room, but the den is small and I decided it would be better used for us as an office of sorts. In my head, the den is going to be a library as well where I’ll write a book, while looking out the window but we all know how that will probably work out. 😉
We have a hand-me-down dresser very much like the one above, that will hold the television. I’m considering putting sconces on either side of the TV like we did in the living room at our Beloved Foreclosure.
One of the issues we’ve had to figure out about this whole part-time country living was the TV service. In the beginning, I thought maybe we would be able to get by without cable since we would be there just part of the time. And then Grunt reminded me about football season. Duh. TV is a must. In my hometown, there is one cable TV provider in the area and well, they don’t offer all the channels we would like or even a price we would like either. We looked at alternatives and eventually settled on DISH.
Besides having all the premium channels, sports channels and Netflix integrated right into their services at a good price, DISH also has amazing customer service. Seriously, the installer showed up to install our dish, which is free by the way, and I didn’t even have our television out of the box or set-up. He must have realized how much I had on my plate by the looks of my paint covered overalls, no makeup, crazy hair and crazy talk, so bless his heart, he took all of it out, set it all up and then neatly arranged all the instruction manuals and other paperwork that had came with the TV.
We were also able to take advantage of a promotion that DISH is currently offering – a free Polk soundbar – I’ll let you guess about how excited Grunt was at the thought of turning up that soundbar during football games – just like you’re in the stadium, baby. 😉 Besides the free soundbar, if you’re a new DISH customer, you can also take advantage of their free TV mounting or a set of bluetooth headphones, but only thru July 30th! Use the following offer codes during checkout to make sure you get yours: Polk Soundbar – DISHSOUND967, TV Mount – MOUNT4753 or Bluetooth Headphones BTOFFER852.
DISH also offers a 2 Year Price Guarantee, which is a huge deal for us. We’ve went round and round with cable companies in the past because their rates skyrocket after the first six months, a year or really whenever they decide to change their mind, but DISH isn’t like that. We can budget for that cost for at least two years without it changing. You can find more information about getting DISH at your house by visiting their site or calling 877-625-0157.
So while we are currently rocking a somewhat redneck TV setup in the living room, we’ve got premium TV service. Little blonde hair girls with curls and overall-wearin’ uncles not included with DISH offers. 😉