Although, there are things I still want to switch/finish I figured since we have been here three months now, its time I share some living room pictures! I'm slackin folks!
When we first bought our home, the walls were all painted a yellowish gold color almost throughout the entire place. Now don't get me wrong, I love gold. While previously living in our old Victorian I feel like at one point or another I contemplated gold for nearly every room. Even though I am still madly in love with Victorian style, I knew those bold colors would not be coming with me to our new home.
Being in a much smaller space(3,200sq ft. smaller to be exact) I wanted to paint all of the walls a shade of white. Not only because I wanted to start fresh, but because I wanted the rooms to all flow together, and not feel so choppy. I feel this way it makes the space seem a bit bigger than it really is. After buying entirely too many paint samples, I ended up going with vintage linen by Behr. I used it throughout the living room, foyer, dining room, and hallways. It turned out a little more yellow than I was wanting, but I think the issue is we do not get much nature light in the front of the house due to the wrap around porch.
My most favorite look has always been mixing Victorian pieces with shabby chic whites. I love seeing the beauty of gold mirrors and crystal chandeliers paired with chipping white antique furniture. To me, its a more realistic approach to using antiques throughout a home. I love the way the white painted furniture gives it a more relaxed look, but still gives a timeless touch to a room.
Now, I know it may seem crazy to have white furniture with two dogs, and a wild two year old roaming the home, but we went with the Ikea slipcovered sofa and chair, and so far its working out lovely. We can easily remove the covers to wash them.(By easy I mean I have my husband do it:) ) Also, replacement ones are only $25.00! So, if one would get a stain, or simply want a new color or pattern they can easily be replaced.
Well, its time to get back to wrapping gifts. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, and a white Christmas!
So, a few weeks ago when I decided to start getting out the Christmas decorations, I realized, holy crap! We have no fireplace mantles! Well, I obviously knew when we bought our home there were no fireplaces, but I was not thinking about the decorating challenges this would bring.
Growing up, my mom always made the house feel so magical at Christmas time. She would put out all different kinds of Christmas knick knacks, hang garland, string colored lights throughout to match the lights on the tree then place Mr. & Mrs. Clause in the center of the fireplace mantle. When it was time for St. Nick to come, our stockings were the final touch. My sisters and I have had the same stockings since we were kids, and mom still keeps the tradition of filling our stockings even though we are all grown, I no longer live there, and I now have a child of my own. This could partially be why I am so crazy about starting traditions with Johnny.
When Chris and I bought our first home together we ended up having 5 fireplaces(4 with mantles) by the time we were done rehabbing it. Our fireplaces quickly became the focal point of each room! Not just for Christmas, but year round.
With that being said, when we moved in to our cozy little home, being mantleless was a challenge at first, but I am quickly realizing I simply need to pick a focal point just like a did before. Since we really only have two rooms complete at the moment, that does not leave me with much to work with, but I have learned to work with what I got! SO that leaves me with the living room and dining room to decorate! I chose to use a shabby French style mirror in the living room/foyer area. I placed it on top of an antique bench my sisters gave Chris and I as a house warming gift 6 years ago. The reason I did not hang the mirror is because I honestly did not think that is where it would stay. BUT I am now sort of enjoying the relaxed look in the entry. Who knows how long it will last. My guess is until I find the perfect little settee ;)
For the dining room...the chandelier will always be the focal point. There is really no competing with it! If I could have one like it in every room I would. And I may, eventually;) So, for the dining room I chose to decorate the farmhouse table below the chandelier, to bring it all together. I like to keep a room balanced. I believe that is key. There is a little bit of Christmas all through out the room, but the main display is below my focal point.
SO, back to my main point...if you are without a mantle and are lost on where to focus this Christmas, or where to hang stockings, don't be afraid to get creative. Pick a favorite piece and go with it, just remember to keep the room balanced!
When Chris and I made the decision to drastically down size in square footage this past year one of the reasons was, because we needed to slow down JUST a bit. This was by no means because we are afraid of a project, it was simply because we wanted to spend more time with Johnny.
People always asked us, "How could you sell your home after putting all that time and work into it?" or "It's livable and you have enough done for now so why don't you just take a break for a bit?" Well the truth is, it was not an easy decision. It came with lots of emotions, reasoning, back and forth and tears. The biggest thing is, Chris and I both don't know how to slow down. There for if we stayed we would of kept dwindling away here and there on weekend projects that turn in to month long projects. Chris literally never stopped and he never complained once. He would work 40+ hour weeks then come home and worked until midnight nearly 7 days a week. We figured with down sizing and moving into something "move in ready" our rehabbing addiction would slow down a bit. With that being said that is exactly what happened. We waited a whole two months before tearing into something(and in all seriousness this is along time for us haha).
Now let me tell you about our tradition. Since first owning a home together in 2012 Chris and I always had a major renovation going on Thanksgiving weekend. It would usually start by having some drinks, taking a hammer to a wall, finding fireplaces and pocket doors, and just like that a whole room would be gutted.
The first time we got hammer happy we discovered the pocket door outside of the living room. It led us to finding 3 pocket doors, along with 3 fireplace throughout the first floor in one weekend.
Our first major renovation we tackled together was the kitchen at our old home. When we bought it there was no sign of a functioning kitchen just a half sheet of plywood with a sink. SO this is naturally where we decided to start. The day after Thanksgiving, our cabinets arrived. And just like that my vision came to life!
This past weekend Chris and I decided to start our first project at our new home. We have beautiful 115 year old hard wood floors throughout half of the house. When you get to the back hallway and kitchen.....not so beautiful. There is laminate flooring many shades lighter than the rest of the house. SO we decided it was time to see what was going on underneath. After taking up the laminate flooring, we discovered two more layers of linoleum! Here is where we are..........stay tuned to find out what ideas we have in store, or what other projects this may lead us to next ;)