I had foot surgery last week, and I am bored to death. I have had enough time to gather together photos from the living room to post, so here we go.
Here is the final living room panorama. I am really happy with how it turned out. I am still playing with the idea of getting some different chairs, and Chet says the couch is scratchy without a cover so that is under consideration, but in the meantime, I am very pleased.
While removing wallpaper from this room I came across some indications of activity I was previously curious about. My house is in the middle of three that are all very similar and were obviously built by the same person. However, both of my neighbors have beautiful built-in bookcases flanking their fireplaces and I do not. I have always wanted them, but somehow bought the house lacking them. When I pulled down the wallpaper I found evidence that there once were bookcases and someone had torn them out! I shook my fist at the previous deceased homeowner in sadness and rage, and went about covering up the evidence.
Another surprise I found behind wallpaper was a bunch of measurements and drawings for what seemed to be the woodwork in the house. I know it is common for carpenters to do quick math on the walls, but this was quite a bit of planning! Next came painting. The color I chose for the room is Japanese Kimono by Behr. I came upon the color just browsing at Home Depot, but came home to find it is almost the same color as my curtains in the dining room, which I love so much!
A previous post talked about my painting of the fireplace. I also trimmed it out so that the gap between the wall and bricks would look more finished. These pieces of trim were prestained and purchased at Home Depot for only a few dollars.
Other trimming included cutting in this corner along the stairwell. As mentioned previously, I painted the upstairs hall, stairwell, and fireplace all this Classic Taupe by Behr. Using two different colors required cutting in the corner. I have never done this before but using a high quality angled brush really did the trick. I am thrilled with how it turned out.
Now with all the painting and construction complete, we can talk about some of my special things! Chet says all my things are special to me. I don’t have commercially made items unless they fill a special niche for me and my home. Everything has a reason and a story. And I don’t buy just any old thing, but wait for the special thing I want and need and will cherish for a long time. I am not opposed to new things, I just like special things (and cheap!). This mirror was on clearance at Target for under $10. I liked the fairy tale shape and thought it would be great for the base of the stairwell. I use it daily! Great find!
I found these throw pillows on clearance (Target) and at a used furniture store. I really liked the patterns and textures and spent less than $25 for the pair. I have also washed them, which is nice for messy me! The couch is a hand-me-down from my Great Aunt Betty. She bought it new in the 1950s. I have a picture of my dad as a small child sitting on it. Creepy or cool? Who knows?
This hope chest was my Grandmother Lillian’s. She died a few years ago and told me before her death that I could have it. It is full of family history, like flax cloth made on the farm in Germany where her father grew up. And linens embroidered from various other family members such as her mother and step mother. I love classic pieces like this and it is a perfect in-the-front-door table to rest my junk when I get home from work or shopping.
I have quite the mixture of new and old things in my home. This map is actually from World Market. I was looking for a vintage or retro map to hang at Chet’s and saw this cool piece of art. Although I am not normally into mass made art, I thought it was pretty funky and would fit my decor. Chet has suggested we color in the states when we travel.
Here is a pic of a few interesting pieces. The lamps I found at a used furniture store for $15. I had them rewired by the local lighting store and then had special shades made for them. I didn’t know you could have shades made at a pretty reasonable price! I got to pick the material and shape, and now they are unique to only my home. I will be doing this again! The swans (there are two) were given to me by my friend Diane. They were her mother’s and her children were not interested in inheriting them. I love funky things, so I couldn’t pass them up! All the tables in the room were also my Great Aunt Betty’s. She was a Navy nurse stationed in Japan for quite some time, and she brought back the end tables and coffee table.
I have tons more junk on my walls, mantle, and windowsills, but I just don’t have the time or the desire to talk about them all. Overall, I love how this room turned out and walk through it all the time admiring the color and decor. It is one of my greatest creations so far, I think!