We made it, Happy Friday! Demo day countdown is on, and since I don’t even want to think about how much *ish we have to get done before the sledgehammers come out, I’m going to procrastinate by posting more pictures of our current setup along with some good ol’ ‘before’ pictures. I know how much we all love those!
First things first, the obligatory ‘before’ pic (taken from the staging pics of our house back in 2013):
When you walk in the front door, the living room /family room/ playroom is on your right and the dining room on your left. I fell in love with the architectural details the minute that I walked in the house. The high ceilings, arched doorways, and of course those leaded glass windows.
As for what we changed, I know it’s somewhat controversial, but we decided to paint the trim, baseboards and faux beams white to brighten things up, and we went with a grey wall color to cool the space. We replaced light fixtures and had a rustic wood beam installed on the fireplace. On the wall with the fireplace, I really wanted to make the TV blend in, so I decided to go bold with a charcoal grey and am so happy we did.
Glass cabinet – Pottery Barn (via Craigslist!)
The room also doubles as our playroom. The twins spend a good part of their day here when they aren’t out running around at the nearby park (it’s really the only living space we have where they can let their hair down and just be toddlers). It’s funny how I swore I’d never let kids toys take over “my” space, but those mama sentiments kicked in hard and I couldn’t resist all the cute items for B&B. I’d be lying if I told you I don’t love everything this room has become. It also helps that the “kid stuff” is mostly neutral and fits in well with our decor (or so I tell myself!).
We basically made this back/front section of the room B&B’s zone. They love looking out the window from their table and I love how light and bright this space gets.
Ok, so this picture isn’t exactly perfectly centered, but I LOVE this window. And how cute is the little play castle?! Melissa and Doug makes the best wooden toys. Also, in case you’re wondering, no your eyes are not seeing double. At some point in the 80’s I think the previous owners put some sort of “double-paned” storm windows over the existing windows. They help insulate the original 1937 leaded glass, but gosh are they an eye sore. We plan to keep the original windows and hope to restore them to be more efficient (and will definitely take off those ugly plastic panes).
I got B&B this tea set for Christmas. It it is my absolute favorite to see them play with their dolls and feed them at their table! So fun.
And last but not least, our favorite teepee and Toki Mat! It’s eco-friendly, SO soft, SO cute, washable and has a waterproof cover. Perfect for our hardwood floors and it looks SO cute under our tepee.
So there you have it! We aren’t planning on changing a whole lot in this space structurally, but I AM planning all new furniture and am SO excited about it. I’ll post all about that some other time, but you can also get a sneak peek from my Pinterest.
Only a couple rooms left of our current house tour – stay tuned!