I’ve been absolutely dying to show you what I’ve been up to these past few months! Call it nesting…getting settled…or maybe it’s just my kind of playtime. There’s just no getting around the fact that I love “interiorizing”, and my current slate has been putting my own spin on our new 1920 house. I’ve had such a blast this summer pulling out all the stops and just going crazy with painting, thrifting, and moving things around. So I thought I’d take a few blog posts here to give you a little tour.
Welcome to our home!
It’s hard to see, but the color of the stucco is pink! Very very light, and totally dreamy, but not-at-all-Mediterranean-or-Southwest (I’m insistent!) pink. Is it even possible for a pink house to take itself too seriously? I think not. It’s so me. I might play around with the color of the shutters at some point, but that’s a different post. Today I want to share about our living rooms, which span the entire front side of the house, and are what you see right when you walk in the front door. We spend a ton of time in here! It’s our #1 hangout space. Movies, games, music, reading, crafts, schoolwork, forts, and chatting with friends (I’m sitting at the coffee table as I write this, actually!).
So here’s this area BEFORE (those are the previous owners furnishings, because crazy pants McCited, yours truly, forgot to take photos of the empty rooms!).
And here it is moving week. I’d decided the old splotchy yellow wallpaper needed to go before I could set up the furniture, because I’m what my daughter Nora would call an “action girl” – aka I’m spontaneous and impatient. The time period between when I decide I want to do something, and when I actually start doing it, is, on average, about 1.2 minutes.
So we basically did this on day 1, and who would have guessed that my 5yo’s turned out to be wallpaper-removing ninjas. No soaking, no scraping…just pulled it right off, and they were totally committed to seeing it to the end! Note to self: kids love destroying stuff, so asking them to actually destroy something is like a dream come true.
Here it is post-wall paper, but pre-paint.
And here it is now.
For reals…EVERYTHING in here is a thrifty treasure. Bird urns? Goodwill. Mirror? Goodwill. Candlesticks & rug? Estate sale. That’s 80% of the fun for me- the hunting for treasures. If I could, I’d do it all day, every day. I’m addicted. Someone please tell me how I can make a career out of treasure hunting!
This gallery wall next to the fireplace is one of my favorite spots in the whole house. Many of the pieces are from my sketchbook, and the rest are- again- thrifted treasures I’ve accumulated over a the years.
Here’s the front entry that opens into this living room.
On the other side of the house, to the left, was originally this very red dining room. Wait- did I say ‘very red’? I meant VERY RED. (Again, these are the previous owner’s furnishings because I had the great foresight to not take any before photos.)
This wallpaper went away the first week as well, but this time it was a little more tedious, a lot more messy, and somehow we couldn’t see to escape the endless layers of red.
Nothing a couple coats of fresh paint couldn’t remedy though! Here’s that room today.
Paintings by my grandfather on the left, paired with a painting on the right that I rescued from someone’s trash! I think they look pretty swell together. Also, I got this Broyhill sofa set at Goodwill for $40…don’t ask me how someone came up with that price…I couldn’t get the cash in their hand fast enough.
The braided rug is another estate auction find…no one else wanted it so I think I might have bid $30 for it. I spend some evenings repairing the joints that have become loose. I don’t mind, because I really love it!
So there are the living rooms! Cozy and comfy, feeling like home, and they’re calling my name right now. Well, more accurately, it’s Russell, sitting in the living room, who’s calling my name, so I think I’ll wrap this up and go join him for a beer and another episode of that new Jack Ryan series on Amazon (who knew Jim from The Office could be so stealth!?).
Thanks for popping by to take a peek at what I’ve been up to! Until next time…