I know I promised pictures from our new house, but the truth is, I haven’t gotten all of them taken yet. I know. We’ve only lived here over 3 months already…how long does it take, Amy?! BUT, I do have pictures of some of my favorite parts of the house! Here they are (these were all taken with my iphone):
Up first, my plate wall! A few months before we moved, I started collecting cute decorative plates, because I knew I wanted a ‘plate wall’ in our breakfast area. I gathered them from all over- Target, HomeGoods, Pier 1, garage sales, and some of them belonged to my grandmother and great grandmothers. There’s definitely LOTS of colors going on here, but I really, really love it.
This is the entry hall. It was covered with dark, dated wallpaper (what a chore that was!), but we’ve always loved the beautiful wood floors. You’ve probably noticed by now, the entire house is painted gray. The color is Lowe’s Filtered Shade and I LOVE it. It’s very hard to find the perfect gray, but this one has the perfect amount of blue and beige. It goes beautifully with any color- yellow, pink, red, blue…you name it. I’m telling you, this is the perfect gray.
(Sorry about the pumpkins and candy corn…can you guess when this picture was taken??) This secretary desk was originally in my mother’s entry way. It had a medium-dark stain and was a little dull. She wanted to get rid of it and I jumped at it! I’ve really wanted a bright yellow piece of furniture, and I thought this would be the perfect piece for my entry hall. A quick coat of spray primer and 2 coats of yellow spray paint and BAM! A super cute, bright, and cheerful conversation piece for my entry hall!
And last, but certainly not least…drumroll…..my fireplace. This whole thing- the mantel, chimney, fireplace, hearth- none of it was there. My daddy, Grandaddy, and father-in-law built it for me. Our new house didn’t have a fireplace, and to me, that’s just not acceptable. I have to have a fireplace. How can you properly enjoy Christmas movies without one?! Anyway, a long time ago, my Grandaddy built this mantel for my mom. She used it for many years, then my sister used it in her house. Now it’s in my house. So daddy and Grandaddy built me the faux chimney and firebox, then my father-in-law tiled the hearth and the backsplash. I ordered a Dimplex electric fireplace insert, and we were in business. It looks like there was always a fireplace there! A drastic improvement over a big, bare wall, don’t ya think? The stripey chair came from Target. I love the pop of color it adds to the room!
So, those few little bits should tide you over until I can get the whole house photographed (and maybe I’ll get it together enough to use my good camera instead of crappy iphone pictures!).