Friday, July 24, 2015

the dining room

As with every other room in our home, our dining room is always evolving.  This is how it looks right now but it probably won't be this way for long!

 What I like about this space is that it's completely open to the rest of the kitchen.  It makes it easier for me to prep for dinner while entertaining the kids can be around the table.  We also enjoy having friends over and the open concept works best.  When we bought the home, there was a wall dividing the dining room from the kitchen.  We tore the wall out and it was one of the best changes we've ever made to this boxy ranch house!

What I don't care for so much are the dining room chairs!  Disregard those!  They're fine and they serve their purpose but someday we hope to buy the chairs we'd prefer to have around the table.  But for now, these 'secondhand chairs' are just fine!

I love to be in a home that represents the owner's own unique style.  Which means it can't always be easily replicated!  That's one thing that I absolutely love about doing interior design: to creatively morph old with new, vintage with modern, antiques with Ikea all while keeping rooms coherent throughout the entire home.

Here are some personal touches in our dining room:

 This is us :)

Our tablescape is simple: a vase with water and thrift store glasses are ready to go so it's one less thing to worry about when it comes to setting the table each night!

 We added the plank ceiling and beams for some extra character (and with a few sheets of plywood, a gallon of paint, a table saw, chop box, and a Saturday, you can do this too!)
Table: World Market
Light Fixtures: Lowes
Upholstered chair and kiddie chair (to the left), shelf brackets: Ikea
The rest: Flea Markets and the like!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

the 'skittles cottage'

I'm so excited to share with you this adorable cottage we stayed at over the fourth!  It's eclectic in it's colors and design and the space produces a pure happiness!  It has bounced in ownership between two close families and the decor represents the past in such a beautiful way!  Just LOOK!

This yellow!  Isn't it adorable?  Passersby call it the 'Skittles Cottage'. 

This is pretty much the entire color scheme of the house summed up in one space!  And do you notice the fabric covering the ceiling?!  It's swatches of clothing from the entire family that was sewn together.  It's a humorous but also very touching!  That mother can probably vividly remember her littles growing up in those clothes!

 And this kitchen!!  Isn't it a hoot?!  I adore exposed studded walls and then painted a soft yellow?!  Swoon...!  And that lamp!  It makes me smile!!

The furniture is old but well preserved and just darling!  People must have been much tinier back then because even the smallest Ikea sofa is larger than these!

 You can just see on the wall below that there is an aqua built-in ladder leading to a small loft with a peaked ceiling and a window!
 Bright pink porch, why not?!  Happy, happy, happy!
 And the turquoise in this bathroom, so adorable!  The trim is turquoise, the towel bars are turquoise, even the toilet paper holder. is. turquoise!

And the colors all intertwined together with whimsical antiquity.....  A perfect happy place!