Drab to Fab! Living Room Redesign

I love love love to share my own house when I can. Sometimes I feel so busy focusing on others houses that mine gets neglected! Ahh! I have to say have a robot vacuum has saved my life, in a world of endless dog fur! Finally we were able to finish the neutral grey paint in the living room and really spruce up the decor pieces with some real vintage fun.

Before:

Now don’t get me wrong, I love yellow and really contemplated keeping the yellow walls. The downfall? It’s hard to stay neutral with such a bright color on the walls. Also the previous owner didn’t spend the big bucks on the high quality paint and it started to wear pretty fast with the one-year-old and two big dogs in the house.

Now it’s pretty obvious that this room was void of all style previously. Worn couches and bland furniture and literally no decor at all. With such a warm room, I mean look at that bay window, the lack of style sucked all character right out of the house. The most I can say is that it was clean…

Once again can we say blahhhh. Also check out those folding doors in the back! Yeah I took those off basically day one. Our house is a classic New England Cape Cod style, with character intrinsic to the build. However, the lack of decor and the drab furniture made it look so bland.

After:

Ta-da!We added the neutral grey paint but kept the pops of yellow in the room to brighten things up, since the room already gets loads of natural light. I threw in some modern decor pieces in the oar and porthole-esque mirror. Of course I added a lot of vintage pieces to makes things look a little more unique and authentic. Here’s a close up of the tall table display and wall art focal point. The print is a Refined Relics original, you may recognize from the February Heirloom Box. Such a sweet throw back, a classic movie quote print in the gold foil font. The sheet music is one of my favorite vintage design inspirations, this particular piece is circa 1920. This vintage milk bottle makes an awesome vase, this one also comes from the 1920s.

Thanks for reading as always!

The Work Begins at the good Ol’ Chicken Farm

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It took my mother a total of 64 years of life before she could purchase her very first home, and it is everything she has ever wanted it to be. A rural farmhouse atop a hill that makes your ears pop as you ascend. Her neighbors are dairy farms, apple orchards and pumpkin patches which leaves her with endless excitement. Just 3 weeks after completing Chemotherapy and her second round of cancer treatment in the last 15 years, she is totally ready to take on the challenges of renovating a 1700s farmhouse.

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Yesterday we decided it was time to pull down the drop ceiling in what used to be the kitchen, and yes we wondered what could possibly possess a person to put a drop ceiling in an antique home. Well we found out. Midway through my pulling down of the tiles with a crowbar, which I only maimed myself with a little, I found lovely old water damage on the underlying sheetrock. Previous owners had a leak at some point, and while they repaired the cause of the leak they never repaired the underlying damage! They simply put in drop ceiling to conceal it! Talk about a bandaid for a bullet wound!

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This type of lazy repair work is pretty common in older homes, they have had many years of owners ill-equiped to take on the projects that come in general homeownership let alone the responsibilities of owning an antique home. Any renovation lover can tell of the pain it is to walk around antique homes and see the damage inflicted by previous owners, and how it can take a lot of work to backtrack what has been done.

 

We still have our work cut out for us, 3 more rooms with drop ceilings, moving of plumbing and electrical,  plus replacement of exterior clapboards and windows that have been rotted by water from missing gutters. Keep tuned in as we dig into this antique and get it ready for Grandma D to call it home.

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