Sorry, musical theatre kid in the house, here — I lived and breathed RENT for a time. But this post isn’t about living the alternative lifestyle in NYC, it’s about celebrating a full revolution around the sun in our new abode! Can you believe it’s been a year already? I can’t. So, to commemorate, I thought we might take a tour through the house — ‘then’ versus ‘now’, if you will.
Some of these spaces (like Logan’s room) have never even been featured on the blog before. Other spaces (ok, most) are far from complete, but have still come so far! We still have a lot to do around here — one of the biggest items being that we need new window treatments in essentially every room (the living room/dining room has new curtains up, but they still haven’t been lined or hemmed). We are also planning on having the entire interior of the house painted in the spring (it will all go some shade of white) which is why you’ll see paint swatches either taped or painted directly onto just about every wall. Also, just about every piece of art in our home was hung on an existing nail — all of which are about 12″ higher than I feel they ought to be. This is another reason I am looking forward to painting in the spring — I’ll finally be forced to rehang everything at a more appropriate height!
So, without further ado, away we go!
And today (read about our planter makeover here):
Needs a punch of color (maybe a teal or black painted door/wall?) but overall it’s so much lighter and brighter. I have plans to make over that $20 vintage console table I just picked up, too (high gloss yellow?) and hang some larger art.
And the way we have it:
My fiddle leaf fig tree is still alive!! Barely — it dropped most of its leaves the week I bought it home, but it seems happy enough now — I just try not to breathe too close to it. <–I’m dead serious.
Sorry, I forgot to take a current picture of the blue wall — hence the old ottoman and missing dresser above.
Note: I recently moved the credenza/dresser that was in here into the guest room to accommodate a second new (to me) console table — it needs a DIY makeover STAT! Its lower stature also makes that bicycle art look like it’s taking flight (it needs to be rehung lower).
See? I kinda painted. Not really. You may also notice I settled my rug dilemma — thanks, Germaine!
New floors, new toilet, new bath mat, and newly painted vanity — I never blogged about any of this. Sorry! Still begging for a new towel bar and toilet paper holder. And a new mirror. And light fixture. Sigh.
And the den as it is today (see how I updated it without spending a dime!):
And how we have it furnished now:
Doesn’t the dresser look great in here? You can read more about it here. I think this is my favorite room of the house. It has fabulous light, and it came together with little to no effort — somehow effectively balancing vintage pieces with some modern, colorful accents.
The master bedroom before:
Bye, bye red carpet!
Our master bedroom today:
One of my least favorite rooms in the house. If I could put my finger on it, I would change it in a heartbeat, but whatever it is continues to evade me. (I think it might be the dark furniture, but I’m trying hard to convince myself otherwise because it’s new, it was expensive, and it’s actually very, very good quality stuff!)
Finally, just for kicks, our little guy on Acclimation Day (the day we brought in all the wood flooring the week before we closed on the house) last summer:
Wow. Looking at these before pictures I cannot believe that I fell in love with this house from the MRIS photos. I swear, I was ready to make an offer on it before we even stepped inside. That ought to show you just how crazy I can get. Woo-ee! Sure am glad we went with our guts though — we love this place so much!
I can’t wait to see where another year will take us!