Welcome to our new home! It’s been a project for sure. Our old home was fully furnished and this one wasn’t, so part of what has taken so long has been us trying to buy all our furniture. I was going to wait until we had more details sorted before putting up pictures, but I realize it might take a long long while before that really happens. So I’ll show you what we’ve got so far, and we can maybe just imagine the parts that are missing. Here’s our living room. We’ll pretend we have a rug and some curtains. I’m thinking some lacy sheers and maybe some green curtains (olive? hunter/forest?).
The other part that has taken a while is working on the kitchen and dining room. I’m pretty sure this house was built without a kitchen, and then they just tacked a kitchen in an L-shape around the back of the house by adding a roof between the house and the perimeter wall. At first we saw what a cave the kitchen was and thought, “Well, all it needs is more windows.” But then we realized the reason there are no windows is because we would then be peeping directly into the neighbor’s property. “Hi! We’re just your friendly American neighbors invading your land and privacy! Don’t mind us! We have no history of this AT ALL.”
Also it had almost no storage. So Toby built some shelves along the front entry way to create a pantry and a mudroom to hang our helmets and hats, jackets and boots.
We changed the paint, put a little mirror in the entry and hung some plants.
We also want to put in a shelf along the top edge over the counter to hang some more plants and a few other decorative items to help make the place a little more cozy. And maybe some rugs to hide that floor? But here’s what we’ve got so far.
And a little herb garden:
Wrapping the kitchen around the back of the house also had the effect of making the dining room a dark, dark pit.
After first we thought about ways to try to brighten the room up as much as possible. But then we realized that a bright dining room is just never going to happen. So we decided to work with the space rather than fight it.
Instead of bright, we painted the walls dark blue (a color I’ve always wanted in my house since I saw it on the friend’s kitchen walls in the movie Sliding Doors). We found an antique cabinet to house my wedding dishes, and hung a mirror on one of walls. I’m thinking of adding a nice rug under the table, maybe throw a sheepskin on one of the chairs, and turn the walls into a gallery for pictures, and hang a chandelier to create a kind of funky, cozy art gallery kind of feel? We’re working on it.
And, if I haven’t bored you all to tears just yet, I’ll share bits of our yard I’m working on adding plants to. One day we’ll do something to add a patio.