If you’ve been following along, you know since we bought our house a little over 6 months ago we have been full steam ahead. Moonlighting as home improvement buffs and tackling projects every weekend. I’m thrilled to reveal of a lot of this hard work was featured this week in an awesome article on Design Sponge.
A quick top line about our home – our house was built in the late 1920s. The home, as I like to call it, had been “well-loved”. A long time rental property, paint was peeling off nearly every wall and wires were seriously everywhere. Years and years of renters had left phone, internet and cable lines everywhere. To date, we’ve painted every room, removed 15 radiators, repaired walls and tiled a screened in porch to name a few.
Designing the living room, I wanted to create a space that felt bright since this room sits on the northern side. It is also the first room you see when you walk into our house, so I wanted it to be polished for guests, but relaxed for our daily lives at the same time. Bright and durable can be somewhat of an oxymoron, but the warm white walls and moroccan rug help to brighten up the space with less risk of wear showing. The design plan I landed on mixed classics with juxtaposing styles pulling pieces from with french flair, contemporary lines and feminine details.
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The dining room is the next room you walk into through the living room and one that does get a ton of natural light being on the south western side of the home. This is hands down my favorite room in the house. I challenged myself to finish this room first and complete it in just a month’s time. (You can check out that process here: Week 1 + 2, Week 3, Week 4 – Reveal!)
I wanted to continue the relaxed but polished look into the dining room, so I mixed brass accents with warm gray walls and a relaxed white-washed wooden table (that doesn’t show spills!) with french bistro chairs. The chandelier might be my favorite piece in the room bringing in some “old world” elegance to an otherwise casual space.
The bar I picked up a few years ago when I lived in New York, and it still shocks me that this piece came from IKEA! I loved this line and literally didn’t touch or hack this piece at all down to the hardware. I kept the bar simple and added fresh flowers for a pop of warm color.
This white buffet was an old and clunky cabinet that I made-over with some chalk paint and new hardware. You can catch up on that project here.
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The screened-in porch may be the biggest change to a space in our home yet. The porch started as a concrete slab with wood bars at the base of the windows. CT tiled the floor with a beige travertine for to transform this into a more polished look. All of the furniture except for the rug was hand-me-down. The aqua ceiling was even there from the previous homeowner, a Charleston touch I love.