Casual, Well-Traveled Living Room

My future living room is going to be so much fun to put together. I've kind of got this idea in my head of what I want it to look like, but I need to be in the space to really envision the look I want. I'm calling it the casual, well-traveled living room. I'm waiting on the rug I ordered to arrive and then I will test paint samples on the walls. Eeeeeeek! So excited to get this party started.

The curtains pictured here are the similar to what I already have in my living room. They are cream with a really cool Boho look to them. That lamp with the pineapple base is what I'm currently crushing on. My current lamp will have to stay for awhile though. Other rooms need more attention for sure.

I'm still brain storming media center ideas. I want something a little more modern, because while I looooove vintage, I don't want a museum for a house. It's good to keep things a little fresh and up-to-date, and technology seems like a practically obvious choice.

Casual, well-traveled living room

Overall, I want the living room to feel relaxing, inviting, comfortable. The clutter needs to be kept at a minimum, but 2 little boys in the house, I'll be fighting that battle valiantly. Just picture me with a roman centurion get-up on clearing clutter and shouting, "For the family!" or something.

So what do you think? Do you have any rooms that really hard to decorate? What have you done to fix this in your home? 


A Chair of Another Color

So I'm a thrifting failure when it comes to a dining table and chairs. We had one set given to us (ugly), one set from Craiglist (ugly), and one set bought from Kmart. Yes, you heard that right, Kmart. It's solid wood and simple lines, so I bought it. It made hubby happy. It was functional.

I just could not bring myself to buy a nice table until we got a house. Kind of like we were living temporarily.

The table has gone through a few makeovers, leaving me never satisfied with the end results. It was painted white to over compensate for my poorly lit dining/living room combo we got going on. Meh is how I felt about it.

My favorite thing to do with the table is cover it up.


The Story Behind the Name: What Does Clear Cut Crystal Mean?

Have you ever heard the phrase, "There's no clear cut answer?" or "yeah, I get it, it's crystal clear" spoken with a hint sarcasm?

When I picked my name, I wanted something with my name in it, something alliterative, and something that could grow with the blog.

Clear Cut Crystal. That's me. What you see is what you get. I'm never one to sugar coat and I'll never tell you what you want to hear just to make you feel good. I'm usually pretty blunt.

That has rubbed many people wrong over the years, but I just don't know how else to be. I'm me and I'm not sure how to change that.


What to DO When God Says Wait

Mr. ClearCut and I were talking about life and how excited we are to FINALLY move into our new house, when he said something that blew me away, "I feel like I've been living temporarily for years now."

I've actually had this thought many times in the last couple years. We never fully embraced our apartment, never really decorated until recently. We lived in a temporary world. Someday we will have a house, someday we will put down roots, someday we will...and so on.

We lived in "after the house" world. I joked with my husband that we lived in this rosy world where all of our troubles would be over "after the house".

After the house we will have parties. After the house we will buy that (insert something we should probably buy, but we are being way too frugal right now). We will take that trip "after the house".

But you know what? I'm kind of proud of us for having HUGE goals, dreaming for the future, and then executing those goals with laser-focused intensity!  We did it, baby! It's very emotional for both of us.

Delaying pleasure for future gain = being an actual grown-up.  :)

This memory came up on Facebook on June 11 and I just had to share it. My heart was so full that day. It's a beautiful story that I had to share again.


Father's Day Gift Guide

If you're anything like me, then you are racking your brain about Father's Day gift ideas. Guys are soooo hard to buy for. I've been thinking about it for weeks now and here are a few ideas to throw around:

The Manteen is practical and fun! Mr. ClearCut will appreciate this gift all summer long in Florida.


Listy vonListenberg: Deciding Living Room Rug & Paint Colors

On the ol' list for the house, the living room is not that complicated.

But it kinda is complicated. Doors and windows and walkways. EVERY WALL has something going on...

It's one of those rooms, where you just kind of have to play with the layout until it feels right.
This rug!!!! is one of the last pieces to the puzzle of my living room. I needed something with blue and orange, geometric, and lots of color but not something you would see in your grandmother's living room. I think this will hide all the stains well. That's not what you look for in a rug? Yeah, me neither.

I'm keeping most of the furniture and my huge brown leather sectional. But with freshly painted walls, a new rug, and a new layout, I'm thinking it will all feel fresh.

Here are some paint colors I am thinking about. I painted a poster board with some sample pots I picked up.

Top Left: Benjamin Moore Coventry Gray
Top Right: Ben Moore November Sky
Bottom: Ben Moore Smoke

I'm kinda paralyzed right now on paint colors. I've never painted a whole room myself! I paint, refinish, or build furniture...somebody help haha.

I kind of LOVE the bottom color Smoke. It's just blue enough, just green enough, just gray enough. PERFECT.

So here's what I'm thinking:

Paint the living room, formal dining, and hallway Smoke.
Paint the master bedroom & bathroom, boy's room, my office Coventry Gray.
The Master Bedroom will have an accent wall of some sort.
Possibly leave the kitchen and breakfast nook alone, with future plans to knock down the wall dividing the breakfast nook and formal dining room.

It's just paint, right??!! Any suggestions on how to pick paint colors??



Listy vonListenberg: My Office

The room I'm most excited about in our new house? My office! It's all mine muahahaha. I can't wait to make a sophisticated, grown-up, feminine space all my own.

Something a little like this.

I found a $35 mid-century desk badly in need of paint and painted it white. Her name is Riz. The green dresser pictured is the right color, but that's where the similarities end. I just got a campaign style kelly green Dexel upright dresser. I plan to take accessories from around the house to finish off the space since it is mostly functional.

The office supplies in the middle are Kate Spade because duh.

That chair will pull double duty in the office--functional seating, but visually not taking up much space in a relatively small room. The ghost chair with this rug! Love that combo.

It is SO FUN to create mood boards and dream! (Hubby, if you are looking at this, please know that we are not going to do this overnight. It will take years to make the house completely how I want it. And that's OK.)

How fun is this room?? I looooooove it and I'm so excited to get in there. Hurry up July :)


Meet Rizzo: Mid-Century Desk Refinished!

Meet Rizzo, she's a little classy + a little trashy = mostly sassy.

Sometimes I'm so in the zone that I forget to take a good before pic. You can see it was very scratched and dinged up. Look at that delicious detail!


Whole House To Do List: Listy vonListenberg

So the honey do list. The house is in good shape. It really is. But to make it feel like it's mine? I gotta do my thang. If you missed the big news, We Bought a House! You can read about the process here and here as well.

For Listy vonListenberg:

Curb appeal and the outside of the house:

Paint the garage door white or maybe gel stain to look like wood
Clean up the walk-way with new plantings and lighting
Possibly remove the arbor and move it to the back
Green up the lawn (as possible as it is in Florida)
Decide trim and shutter colors
    (I've always loved a brick house with white trim, black shutters, and a red door.)
Trim back the trellises or remove altogether.
Power wash the drive way.
Repair the driveway.


We Bought a House!

Break out the maracas, people, we bought a house! You guys. This has been a trip through adult-hood I'm glad I won't have to take often. We have been house hunting during the busiest time of year at work. We had 2 kids on 2 different baseball teams, and life was CRAY-ZEE.

These pics are from the online listing with all the previous owner's belonging inside.

Any ideas on how to spruce this up???