I wanted to take a break from wedding things and talk about home decor.
When my husband and I bought our house a while back, we had to furnish and decorate our new four bedroom home. For the past year and a half now, the whole house has been a work in progress…and I’m told that home decor is always a work in progress.
Now that we’re in 2013, the house has really progressed and there have been some huge changes…let me share a few:
This is one of my two family rooms. The whole house was a hideous color with no light fixtures when we bought the house:
Ick, right? It looked dark, there was no overhead lighting, and the brick color was doing no one any favors. After some paint, crown moulding and furniture, it now looks like this:
I DIY stained the fireplace in a black cherry color that go well with my espresso media console and matching coffee table.
The cabinet fixture that was to the left was torn out during renovations.
Btw, that best looking “sofa” is a double papasan, and worth every penny!
We painted the walls a very pale, pale mint green, and paired them with white mouldings. Separately, it’s hard to tell the difference between the white and the pale green, but when they’re contrasting with each other you really get that bright, fresh effect that’s wonderfully soothing. You can see that better here:
One of my favorite features in my house is that wall with the fireplace. When guests come over, that’s the first thing that they comment on. Here is a pic when it was a work in progress:
For those who are wondering how I painted the wall, I ordered the birch tree stencil from cuttingedgestencils.com and DIYed the whole thing (: the stencils were easy to use and the wall dried quickly. My advice: paint from top to bottom when using these stencils. For me, it was much easier to match the stencils in a straight line starting from the top then trying to end in an even line at the top after starting from the bottom.
One thing I really want to recommend to you if you are redoing your house: install crown moulding. It changes the look of your whole house and makes the place seem open and upscale. This is when we were installing them before to painting the walls…and they were already improving the place:
That’s before and after (well, minus the new paint). You can REALLY see that horrible adobe colored paint. I have no idea who painted this house before us, but they used gloss paint everywhere, even the ceiling! Note for the future: glossy paint only in the kitchen and bathrooms.
Next up is my second living room:
This space was a space with tons of potential. However, the high ceiling, defined area, spaciousness and natural lighting were all lost because of the drab grey-taupe walls. After some rehab, this is the new space:
I took these photos off of my staircase.
I really wanted this area to be quirky and fun. I was really inspired by the multicolored urbanoutfitter curtains and the lime green carpet. Some fun things I did here:
The large carpet is actually two smaller rugs (courtesy of Target) put side by side. Much cheaper than purchasing a 10 by whatever feet rug.
Another thing is that birdcage lamp. I bought this lamp to use as a non-traditional side table at TJ Maxx Home Goods (love that place!) for about $100. With the help of two plug-in cord kits (a la ikea and urbanoutfitters), I was able to transform it into a lamp.
The daybed is possibly my favorite piece in the house. I bought it from Cost Plus World Market after much debate with my husband. It just gives the whole room something special.
Last but not least for today, I created my formal dining room with the chairs that I upcycled previously (refer to this post). Before reno, this was the space:
That last photo gives you a sneak peak of what my kitchen now looks like. I stained the cabinets and changed out the hardware instead of ripping out all the cabinets. The kitchen used to look like this:
So far, I’m in love with how things are turning out. Usually, I’ll pick a special piece or two (like the curtain print and lime green carpet) and design things around it, thinking about how the space will function.
I’ll continue to share more and more in the future but I hope you all enjoyed this post (:
Until next time, thanks for reading!