I will fully admit – when I read blogs, I often find my self envious of the wide open space and the pristine white woodwork found in the majority of homes that bloggers live in. Its hard, y’all, to find inspiration for decorating a house that has actual real stained wood for woodwork when you look on Pinterest.
When we first moved into our 1920′s bungalow, I thought we had to buy furniture to go along with the craftsman style of the home. Fast forward a few years later, and I was finding myself not really loving all that freaking wood and all those lines. Yawn. I wanted a little change.
It started slowly, and we’re still not there. But I am finding that yes, I can decorate around all that (non-negotiable to paint) wood.
I started by putting together a little inspiration board. We chose to have the sunroom, living room and dining room all painted Divine White by Sherwin Williams. A HUGE change from the orange, honey, and green they once were! My husband was shocked and hated it. He said it looked sterile and institutional. I said, “bear with me. I have a vision.”
In came the rug from Rugs USA. It added a fun pop of color into the room.
Then I had Alyson come over and help me arrange some fun, colorful artwork on the living room wall.
(Salty Bison | Yellow Heart Art | Pagekuepperphotography | vintage map of the city where we were engaged | Katie Daisy )
I had seen a display of antlers similar to this on April’s blog. When I suggested it to my husband, he was GIDDY. He never thought in a million years that I’d allow his deer antlers on the wall in our home!
(frame: flea market | fabric: Drawstring Studio )
But what really sold my husband on the whole transformation was these curtains.
I was in a pickle. I had to work with the fabric on these chairs, which I had recently recovered.
I had no idea what to choose for curtain material, but I wanted something that would bring warmth and color into the room. I emailed Danielle of Drawstring Studio and showed her my wall color and my chair fabric and asked for serious help. She came back with 3 choices that were frankly, all fabulous. Once I gave her the thumbs up on this gold-grey fabric, she whipped them out in no time flat and they look awesome. Love. Love. Love.
And my husband said, “I doubted you, but this brought it all together. It looks great.” Well, he does have Danielle to thank for that.
And just so the rest of the transformation isn’t left out and so I can show that we still have some left to go….
This is the sunroom area where you enter the house. Its a useless space that I am trying to figure out what to do with.
I’d love to get rid of this desk and find a chair and a tall dresser (to house all mittens and hats and whatnot) and move the message board somewhere else. But the chair has to be just right because of all the doorways.In the meantime, I spraypainted this lamp and recovered the shade with some fabric I got from Drawstring Studio.
Here’s the awesome fake fireplace. Ha. We have every intention of installing a gas one. Someday. And fixing the hearth. But first, I need to lighten up the backs of those bookcases with some paint!
Is there some feature about your house that you’d change?
Have you ever had custom curtains made?
Drop me a comment – i’d love to know!