Just about a year ago, Edward and I decided to check out a little old house in Church Hill more or less on a whim. As much as we'd both loved living in the Fan, we were ready to try something new, and Church Hill was (and is) growing like crazy and looked too fun to pass up. The prospect of buying was more than a little intimidating, but one visit to a sad rental house with an utterly sleazy landlord made the choice easier.
So today I'm sharing a bit of the progress we've made in the months since. We'll start in the living room, which is the first room you see when you come into the house. Like most of the rooms, it's decorated with plenty of of thrifted items and plenty of metals. Unlike the other rooms, we kept the color palette pretty neutral. I suppose not every room in the house can be dark and dramatic.
Am I the only one still in a bit of holiday denial? I know that it's almost mid-December, but it doesn't really feel like it. For one thing, the weather hasn't been the least bit frightful. Mostly, though, I've just been busy. Work, friends, and family obligations have kept my schedule pretty full. This is emphatically not a complaint (what are the holidays about if not gratitude for those very things). It just means that I haven't had much much time to go gift shopping, send cards, or find that perfect artisanal wreath.
A while back we played a game of Marry, Kill, or What to Effing Do in the living room. The room had some good elements, but it was feeling a bit insubstantial and lacked cohesion. Many of you chimed in (thank you! I love that) to suggest adding some darker decor to balance the black fire place and dark chairs, and I think that's exactly what was needed.
I've done a little work on the living room since my last update, and we're so close to a stopping point. One of the last things to update is the fireplace. Our mantel currently has a mix of wedding photos, prints, postcards from travels, various odds and ends that I liked, and one painting I don't like. It's time to clear out the whole area and start from scratch. I'm thinking less clutter and more statement items.
I like the layered, off-center look here. And that red painting.
This one is a bit more crowded, but the pulled-together color palette keeps it from feeling cluttered. I definitely need a bust up there.
And here's something striking and clean. I do love a black and white ink drawing in a gilt frame.
And, finally, a few items I've been eyeing to bring the look home.
Yesterday I shared photos of our living room, and as always, looking at photos of a space helped me pinpoint what needs work. As it stands, the room is a bit insubstantial for my taste. Getting a rug in there will certainly help with that, but I'd also like to narrow down the color scheme and tighten the whole place up a bit. I briefly considered repainting the walls powder blue (OK fine, I'm still considering it), but that's not going to solve my cohesion problem. So, let's talk goals. I'd like to get out of my comfort zone and add more pink, warm up the space with natural elements like stone, wood, and leather, and finish it off with some good art. In other words, grown up pink and green.
Who's ready to shop?
It's time for another edition of Marry, Kill, or What Do We Effing Do With It? Today we're looking at the living room, which I think is almost but not quite there. I wanted a light and airy vibe in this room, and now that we have it I'm just not so sure. Let's delve in.
We desperately needed a painting over the mantle in our living room, and I thought it would be fun to do one myself. And it was pretty fun. But it's also not very good.
I wanted to share it with you because this shit happens all the time. Not every decor choice is a good one, but the process is (should be?) fun and there's usually something to learn from your mistakes. I learned that I should buy more than one canvas when I go to the supply store.
I honestly didn't notice the floors at the time. I assumed (mistakenly) that they were hardwood like the rest of the house. What could be more insane than putting laminate over hardwood? You're about to find out.
In case you look at the photo above and think it doesn't look terrible, just check out how this stuff really looked:
Ooooooh the humanity.
I mean. What? Checkered linoleum in the dining room and entry? Is this the prequel to The Shining? Someone help me understand.
At this point we accepted that we were out of our league and called in our contractor. And got to painting.
Shiny, flimsy laminate. The good news is that the laminate was super easy to pull up. The bad news?
Put me on a ladder with a paintbrush and I'm a happy woman.
I sadly did not get to spend the weekend outside working on my (farmer's) tan and garden, thanks to the rain. Instead, I decided to finish a project I had started a few weeks ago, then forgot about and left in the shed for a while (sorry Edward).
These x benches are so good for a bit of color and occasional seating. Perfect for our little house. They also looked like a fairly straightforward project, which is just my speed. So why not give it a try?
To start, I ordered myself a pair of these benches from Target (and hey look! On sale now!):
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