Hey, friends, I can’t believe it’s been a year this month since we bought the
money pit new house. I’d say the last 16 months have kicked my booty. I’m taking it slow this summer to make up for the frenzy that was last year’s summer-o-neglect for my kids. I’m making casual mental design notes here and there around the house, but I won’t dive into any big projects until school starts back up. Plus, the decorating budget was swallowed by the exterior project (grading, hardscaping, and landscaping) this spring; so there’s that.
But enough spaces are tidied up so I can share my plans in the meantime. One of my favorite of the bare-bones rooms so far is the dining room.
view from the entry | paint: Sherwin Williams Night Owl | arabescato marble fireplace surround
The space was built as a living room with the dining room in the front of the house (where we have our living room), but it made more sense to me to have it as a dining room with the traffic flow. And who doesn’t love a fireplace in the dining room? I also like that we can see the kitchen table from the dining room table–very handy when we have guests over and we adults in the dining room can keep an eye on the kids in the kitchen.
view from the kitchen table | more about the chalkboard closet here
I’m really happy that our existing round table fit perfectly in here–and the Panton chairs flare out a sweet little ruffle around it. A big mirror is in the plans for above the fireplace.
Our house is like a rainbow vomited inside it. So I like that this room is more subdued–hopefully with restraint on my part it will stay that way! The curved sofa (my $15 yardsale purchase, reupholstered) will keep the fabric for awhile–low on priority list. I bought some inexpensive pillows from Home Goods to experiment with tone-on-tone layering here and make the blue sofa feel more deliberate.
I have plans to do a 8 x 12′ painting behind the sofa, aiming for big impact on that wall. The painting up currently is one from my senior project in college, an old sentimental piece. I’m not sure where it will eventually land.
The lighting is from Antique Factory–newish that had a brushed nickel finish, which I painted white. We love it–especially at night!
The blank wall across from the table will be the spot for a cabinet/console/sideboard for storage, custom-built because it needs to be a specific size for the space and it will be a fun opportunity to design something (choices!).
These lamps below, Currey & Co, that I scored from Sherry Hart at the recent Designers Stock Exchange tag sale will sit on the future cabinet.
So I guess I do have one big project I’m working on this summer–but it is one I can do con mis hijos. We are spiffing up the treehouse that came with the new house. It is sturdy–just needs some TLC. And don’t you know that once I got it in my head to do this, it is all I’m thinking about and working on, losing sleep, you know. The kids are active in the process, doing the work and and hatching ideas–which is a great exercise in relinquishing control for me. While they have parameters I’ve set (control freak), they are putting their stamp on it for sure, for true ownership. Because, sigh, it is their treehouse, not mine!
The before, last fall:At Christmas, Chris (resident TPH handy do-all) removed the rickety slide and added a swing to the structure, with a new zip line nearby. So, already we’re off to a good start! And I found these two lovelies this week to get the design story going:
That tumbling block quilt!?! My daughter is going to make pillows from it. I popped into the bathroom at this antique mall after buying the chair, where I saw the quilt hanging on a ladder. Uh, gross, but I’ll take it!
Stay tuned…and hang with me on Instagram for peeks!