Living Room Update

It’s interesting how over time your needs and tastes change, especially when it comes to home interiors.  Over the last four years, since we moved in, our living room has been reorganized about 20 times, no joke!  We’ve moved furniture in…then out…then in again.   Then the dog barfs on the rug which means we’re back at it again, trying to find the all illusive perfect configuration.

Here is our progression from move in until today.

2012 before we moved in:

Living room Before

2013 update:

Living room after



2016 update:

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Furniture, carpet & accessories: Hand me downs, Potterybarn, World Market, Marshalls,

Simplifying a Dining Room Makeover

One challenge with living in an older home, especially one with a specific architectural style, is trying to merge your own style with that of the home.  Older homes have a ‘feel’ to them; It can be the molding, the antique fixtures or flooring. In our case, the home has great bones.  Its structure is solid, the lines clean, and honestly it just has some good feels going on!

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A Spanish Kitchen Goes Back To Its Roots

The kitchen remodel is done.  The house is 80 years old and the kitchen has only been remodeled three times, including the changes we have made.  That is pretty amazing!  All of the cabinetry is original and we can actually prove it :-).  When we removed a set of upper cabinets there was handwriting on one of the sides.  It noted, in cursive, the name of the home owner, the city and the general contractor.  Those pieces have been saved and somehow we will incorporate them in our decor of the house.  Seeing the handwriting of someone who, 80 years ago, likely made these cabinets is a bit humbling.  Their craftsmanship has lasted this long and will continue to serve my family for years to come.
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