I grew up in a city with century homes. I walked home from school admiring the differences in each home. I loved the sloped roof lines, homes with shake siding and front flower beds that were developed over time. I have always been fascinated with houses turned homes. While other girls read teeny BOP magazine, I dove into Better Homes and Gardens. It’s been a love affair for a long time. I enjoy the history of an older home. All the families that once lived in the tight spaces between those walls. There’s something really romantic and dreamy about it all.
Over the last few weeks our family has moved from our beautiful brand new house into a smaller, much older home in a small tight knit community. It’s been a process letting go of the open airy floorplan, large kitchen and modern electrical. We’re not ones to lay around and idle so we’ve already dove into our first few projects. The front family room is my first project. Our last house had a formal entry for greeting guests. While I miss the space, it really was wasted and not a necessity. The new, old house opens right into the family room and we needed to “pretty” it up. I painted the walls in Martha Stewarts “Mariner” blue and my husband installed a new craftsman style front door.
The room is still in transition. But here is a glimpse of what it looks like now. Messy pillows, a few frames on the wall, a sleeping toddler and cartoon induced coma from the big ones. A full preview of before and after, with a source list coming soon!
And a preview of our next project…