If you already know me, there is a good possibility you could confirm I am obsessed with anything OLD. Old homes, old furniture, old pictures, old music. I have a passion for the days before my time. These things are my happy place therefor I like to surround myself with them. Tonight I thought I would write about how we went from decorating a 5,000 sq ft 1887 Queen Ann victorian to a 1,800 sq ft 1904 arts and crafts style home.
So most people have that little place in their home known as "the junk drawer" Chris and I on the other hand had an entire "junk room" and an entire 3rd floor at our old home that we used to store all of the extra furniture and little nic nacs we weren't using at the time. Down sizing is exactly what we wanted for this little chapter of our life, but let me tell ya, it's definitely been an adjustment when it comes to space!
When we sold our big beautiful victorian and downsized to our cozy little bungalow the question I was asked the most was, "....so what are you going to do with all your furniture it won't work in your next house!"
Well....truth be told not much has changed about how I decorate. Most of the pictures, mirrors, chairs, side tables etc. we brought from the old house. I just plan to switch things up a bit by painting a few of them to fit our new space. Our goal for our new home is to make it feel cozy and not so much like a museum. When people walk in I want them to feel like they can sit down and feel at home. More of a french country feel.
Below is our current bedroom situation, although I move things around almost daily.
Hutch went from kitchen to dining room
picture and chair from parlor to bedroom
Unfortunately there were a few big things I didn't want to part with , but due to down sizing I knew we wouldn't have anywhere to put them. For example my beloved settees. I wanted one for as long as I can remember. In the days before Instagram and Pinterest I would sit at my parents computer as a kid searching for old houses, antiques and settees, so you could imagine the excitement I felt the day Chris and I made a 2 hour drive to pick up this burgundy beauty. Though it was hard to leave her behind I knew she was in a safe place at our old home.
Parting with all of my antique light fixtures was not easy either. Over the 5 and a 1/2 years Chris and I spent there, we collected so many beautiful chandeliers and wall scones. BUT since I believe every room needs a chandelier that means we need 7 more for our new home! I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited to start looking all over again😉