Hey Guys! We just passed the four year milestone of living in our house! That’t the longest we’ve lived anywhere in our entire adult lives. In honor of such a momentous occasion I thought it would be cool to do a four year recap. The blog is pretty linear, and I usually only share improvements with you guys, so I thought it would be fun to take a sec and see where it all started.
The photos aren’t an absolute fair comparison, because a lot of them are from before we moved in when the house was full of other peoples furniture. Plus, I wasn’t taking photos to be pretty, they were just documents of what it looked like, however I still think you can get a good feel for what we had to look past when were getting ready to buy this house. No matter how much I tried to color correct the “before” photos they are still awful. I’m sharing them in black and white and in color as a color rollover. Hopefully, you will also get a sense for the improvements we’ve made, even if some are as small as adding a good coat of paint.
So here goes…
The hardest thing for me to get over when we bought the house was the woodwork. I did not want a house with natural woodwork, and this house had woodwork up the wazoo! Not only was there tons of woodwork, it had aged beautifully and I knew it would highly uncool if I were to paint it. So, I compromised, and I worked with.
The dining room is the room we’ve done the least in. We painted it grey, (which took forever to find the right shade that complimented the woodwork), and we added a pendant light fixture. To finish it off I added some leftover wallpaper to the back of the buffet, and hung some artwork. It’s always been the most awkward room to decorate – it’s hard to hang artwork, furniture placement is funny, oh, and there is all that woodwork!
Look at little Finn!
The entry way is a place where I’ve had a lot of difficulty when it comes to making it pretty. We bought a vintage desk a year after moving in, and it tucks nicely into the space right near the staircase. This is where I work, but I’m beginning to use it less and less. Long story short, the desk isn’t a permanent solution, and someday this space will need to be given much more thought and attention.
And because I know you all love a cool animated gif – here is a little suggestion of progress in the living room. The dark wall color and furniture placement really does amazing things to the space.
Stay tuned for more of the recap!
I love it! And that desk tucked away is just perfect in that nook, but I would be excited to see something else if you go that route :)
I do like the desk too, and it’s not on my immediate to-do list, so we will see… Glad to hear you think it looks cool :)
Love the transformation- and way to work with all the woodwork. The animation of the living room is super cool!
I completely love the mcm vibe in your home and it blends well with the natural wood accents throughout. You’ve done a great job and you have an absolutely lovely home <3
Thanks so much Diane!
Love seeing the progression! Our dining room has also been our last room to tackle. Our table is way too small for the space (bought it when we lived in an apt. in LA) and the new ones I love are SO EXPENSIVE. But man, once I do get it done, I see many more dinner parties in my future :)
I know! Dining tables are insanely spendy. I found ours on craigslist for $350 and then reupholstered the seats. Last year I was able to find a few more chairs to go with the set too. I would have to save forever if we were to purchase something new. Dinner parties are the best though, hope you find something awesome soon!
The woodwork in your home is amazing. Very jealous over here. Seriously, so beautiful! My next home will have wood work like that – though I totally get that you either love it or don’t love it but live with it. The wall colors in your home are perhaps my favorite.
Hey Morgan! I appreciate our woodwork – and like it much more now, sometimes I still dream of white trim though. The grass is always greener though, right?
Love your house! I think the gray in the dining room is perfection. Great job.
LOVE your home! I definitely have to give you credit for not painting the woodwork. I’m not sure what I would have done in your situation and I’m sure it has made decorating a bit more difficult and thoughtful, but the color of the wood and detail that it has is just beautiful!
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You should be so proud- the whole house has come so far and looks wonderful :) My dining room set up is similar and since it is a rental I am just going to have to follow your lead and focus on finding a paint color to minimize the heavy brown woodwork on every surface.
You know what I love most about this space…..that you DONT have white walls! Most people would’ve paired all the natural wood with white walls and Im so happy to see you choose such a beautiful scrumptious moody color to accompany it. My heart and eyes thank you for it. It looks amazing. I just love your house so much.
Thanks again, Shavonda! I really love the dark blue against the trim, if I ever change it it will most likely just be for different shades of dark blue – although I do have my white impulse moments. I think it looks really great with the dark oak. Thank you!
Liz, I too love quilts. I’m so glad this falmiy treasured them. I once asked for one from the stash (tops of closets FULL at gramma’s house while we were growing up)- only to find that they were all thrown away when gramma died. Mom’s generation saw them as a reminder of the need for them (growing up during the depression and the need to use every scrap). I was deeply saddened. It’s very good to see quilts in the proper place- as a treasure and memory.