You’ve had a chance to read the blog and where we began our journey as soon-to-be parents, but here are the photos of the rooms bare bones and what they look like now. Between the years of 2008 and 2014, the rooms were pretty bare. NO artwork, no curtains, just the basics: the furniture essentials to live on, a sofa, maybe a coffee table (actually we used a plant stand for a while).
The house as it looks on a sunny day. Here are some of the rooms at project start.
This is my favorite room in the house and the one most frustrating. You can relate right? It gets the most traffic and the most junk mail. Here is how it basically looks today and on a good day. We painted the walls Sandstone Cove by Behr in Flat Matte. I usually go with a flat matte because it gives off a soft look. I usually also mix up furniture finishes so that’s why the cabinet finishes and bar stools are different tones. I wanted espresso flooring in hardwood but that choice was vetoed due to budget concerns. I’ve learned to live with the pine stain look and accent it with darker rugs. I still have to tile the back splash and will update you when that is finished. I may get to it in nine months!
The Dining Room
The Dining Room has alluded me for years. When we started we thought oh yeah we’ll have Turkey dinners in here and everyone will fit (this was before the twins!). It’s changed at least twice from dining room to home office and back again. Each Halloween it’s my spookfest room and I love to decorate it all in black. Here’s how it looks today, for the most part.
This view is from the kitchen side, not from the foyer. Some curtains and chair slip covers in budget friendly tones and I have the start of a good dining room. The area rug was also easy on the budget; it’s what my dear friend Claire calls “itchy and it hurts” (I love Claire, she’s five). Sisal would stand up to my daughters romps and it’s a fraction of the cost of wool blends. It was a no brainer for a room I rarely use; Easter and Thanksgiving.
The Coffee Room
This Room has been fun. I added my Grandfather’s mirror, circa 1950’s that I took from bronze to a white washed finish and added my favorite neutral accessories.
This is how it looks from the opposite side of the room. Sometimes I switch the couches. This is where on the weekends we read and take our coffee and spend time playing board games with the girls. No TV allowed.
This is the basics without paint, without the stain we added on the steps.
Here is what it looks like now.
We stained the steps in a light walnut finish, keeping with the pine floors, just adding walnut for depth. In New York I finished three collages in black frames; for the first four years of our girls and family photos in the middle. I wanted the look of this larger foyer to be clean and not too fussy.
This was the day of my baby shower so it tells you I was having girls! So sweet but here it is without all of that pink. Toned down a bit. We needed blinds and the bamboo kept the room simple and clean. I love my farmhouse table. Changed out chandeliers and put the crystal one in the dining room and found this eight sconce one at an affordable price. I added the burlap cord cover and voila, the dinning room is complete! Note: you can always switch out the rugs in this house to add an easy update just like I did here. Jute, sisal, and other natural fiber rugs are affordable and always in style. Look for clearance sales at your favorite stores because you never know, you might find last years best and there’s nothing wrong with that! It’s your style!
In the next blog or the continuation of this one, I’ll be going room by room to show you how I’ve added and changed the rooms over the years. Keeping the budget in mind is never easy but this allows me to stay home with my daughters which I would never trade! Happy Decorating and thank you for reading my blog!