A modern living space

I really like the house we bought in Dallas. It’s spacious, has three bedrooms, and plenty of storage. I did, however, think we were going to end up with a mid-century modern charmer. There are so many of them in Dallas. In fact, Scott and I both fell in love with this house when we went to see it.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.46.59 AMIt was love at first sight. I mean this house is amazing, right? I still yearn for it. Don’t get me wrong, tt needed work. The kitchen needed a complete overhaul, and the master bedroom/bathroom needed to be expanded, but the house sat on a corner lot, had a great yard, and bled charm. It just wasn’t in a desirable area. Coming from California, and living a seven-minute walk from the beach meant that we craved some sort of outdoor space nearby. We wanted to live closer to White Rock Lake and closer to the heart of the city. Put this house close to the lake, and we would have snatched it up.

So we bought a 1960s ranch that needs little to no work except some cosmetic changes that’s also minutes from the lake and close to everything.

I’ve been designing the spaces room by room. First up, our great room, a long, narrow, open space that we see the minute you walk in the front door. Here’s how it looked before we bought it.

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Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 11.55.21 AMWe want a modern living space, so here’s our plan:

Our family roomWe ordered this two-piece sectional sofa in a deep blue velvet and this faux taxidermy deer from Z Gallerie.

We’ve also already purchased this saddle brown cocktail ottoman, this sisal rug, and these gold chevron pillows.

We’ve still got lots to buy and several DIY projects to start working on. I’ll share the step-by-step plans as soon as we complete them.