This was the first Sunday I had to myself in months, and I spent it doing some much... well, if not needed then certainly much wanted shopping. I was on the hunt for various home odds and ends, from end tables (no luck) to lamps (a maybe) to houseplants (jackpot). Oh, and pink cocktail glasses just because.
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.
Time for another edition of Marry, Kill, or What to Effing do with it. Today we're taking a cold, hard look at the library. Well, as cold and hard as I can be with a room that I love. Unlike the living room, which I felt had gotten away from me, I know overall where this room needs to go. There's work to be done for sure, but my major obstacle so far has been finding the right finishing touches (that won't break the bank).
Let's ease on in, starting with the good.
I have a tendency to work on the house in fits and starts. Things will be going along swimmingly and suddenly I'll run out of energy or money or inspiration (or all three, woof) and have to hit pause. Our library is one of the more egregious examples of this practice. I know more or less what I want for this space, but the room has been languishing under my serious lack of inspiration.
Enter the Triple Stamp Press Grandville series. Be still my heart.
I happened upon this local company the other day and fell hard for these illustrations. So hard that I had to run out to Manchester right away to buy a couple. I wanted enough to fill a wall in the library, but my bank account and my sensibilities are happy with two at the moment: The Duelist and The Medical Student. The saturated colors, the vintage look, and the slight oddball quality are speaking to me in a major way. In fact, I'm feeling downright inspired to get back to work on this room.
So let's talk inspiration.
I'm loving the look of this faded teal room. The painted trim and the unexpected art both fit into what I want for our library. The piano would not fit, because our house is small.
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.
It's been a minute since I promised some updates on the tiki bar. Sorry about that. We made some major progress on it, and while it's not quite finished, it is so close. As a reminder, here's what it looked like when we moved in:
We'd gone back and forth on whether to tear the whole thing down. There's already a garden shed (which you can see just to the right), and that takes care of our storage needs. The white lattice detail up there is plastic and looks terrible up close. And the cement blog is blah, especially when compared to the nice brick paving the rest of this area. The one great thing about this space? It provides a covered area for our grill. Edward and I use that thing all the time, and I wanted to optimize the space for outdoor entertaining.
One of these days I'll give you a proper tour of our kitchen in its current state. It's... pretty rough. The appliances are in fine working order (for which I count myself lucky), but they're beyond dated and after decades of use are destined to never look clean again. We have a minimal amount of counter space, which is a shame because Edward and I enjoy cooking together and we end up getting in each other's way in this space.
Then, of course, there are the cabinets.
Welcome! I'm Arielle, and this is Scotch & Nonsense. Whether you've come for the home projects, the recipes, or the cocktails, I'm thrilled you're here and I hope you'll stay a bit.