You saw this home tour coming. I mean, how could I resist?
I love their house.
Not only because it's beautiful and lovely and exquisitely decorated, but also because it's the backdrop to so many of our family dinners and special occasions. It's become a part of my children's history.
There are bits and pieces of my past here, too. Things from our old house that I've forgotten about. Things of my grandmother's that are so cemented in my memory that it's shocking to see they actually exist.
I loved taking pictures of their house and I loved talking to them about it in a way I never have before. I hope you enjoy the tour. We sure did. I couldn't included every photograph or comment (a-hem) but I still laugh when I read it. And that makes me very happy.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of touring the delightful home of two of my favorite people for an article on Houzz.com. Have you seen Houzz yet? You probably have but if you haven't, it's a huge home design site with tons of decorating tips, remodeling ideas, and home tours from all over the world.
I was so excited to take pictures and write about the lovely bungalow of our friends, Joseph and LeeAnna, and introduce them to the readers of Houzz.
While we were there, they cooked us an incredible brunch of baked eggs with sauteed vegetables and millet bread, which was totally unnecessary but also totally thoughtful and yummy. (They are totally thoughtful and yummy that way.)
If you get a second, give the article a read and check out the site. Maybe I'll even see you around there sometime!
It's time to set up the winter porch but it seems I can't bring myself to do it. I love Christmas and Christmas decorations but it's still so pretty and fallish out here. Usually my mums have totally bit the dust by now but you know what I did this year? I didn't transplant them; I just stuck their plastic pots into ceramic pots, and maybe only watered them once or twice this fall — if the leaves got droopy. That's my new plan for mums: leave them alone. Like, completely.
But the calendar says tomorrow is December and I promised the kids I'd decorate last weekend so I guess I need to get with the program. I'm thinking all white flowers here this time. White pansies, maybe. And light green foliage, too. And then I'll take the fall pillows off the bench and do something different there — something not with pillows. I'm not sure.
Okay, I'm starting to get a little more motivated now...
Ah, the long Thanksgiving weekend was just what we needed. Yummy food, a few nights of much needed sleep, full bellies, and warmed hearts. Did you have a good one, too? I hope so. And the sun actually came out for a bit and I was finally able to get some shots of my finished living room.
Above is a view of the whole space, looking into it from the dining room. The walls are the same pale bluish-greenish-gray color they've always been but I changed the red chair, got rid of the olive green curtains, and removed a rainbow of other colors that used to be in here. I like things a little more calm and monochromatic, apparently.
Rug: Target Sofa and chair: Macy's Pillows: Made by me and IKEA
The long and narrow shape of this room has always made it difficult to decorate but we've finally figured out how we like it. We put the sofa perpendicular to wall, going across the center of the space, and use it as a room divider. The front of the sofa is the sitting area, and behind the sofa is the piano and the entry. It's amazing how much this layout keeps things contained and not sprawling aimlessly towards the front door.
Curtains: Made out of a bedspread from Urban Outfitters years ago Sculpture: Bronze, made by Michael Lamp: Target
To the left of the sofa (or to the right if you're sitting in it), is the fireplace. Michael made the silhouettes of the kids for me for Christmas a few years ago using wood from an old shelving unit and black spray paint. It makes a comfty little reading nook.
Round end table: IKEA
When we pulled the sofa into the middle of the room, the space behind the sofa looked a little empty. I didn't want it cluttered but I did want something tall to fill the space. This hutch was the first piece of furniture my parents bought when they were married and it fits in here perfectly. Actually, I think it kind of sets the tone for the whole room. My mom was happy to get it out of her garage and we were thrilled to have a new, super pretty piece of furniture.
On the other side of the hutch is a painted portrait of my grandmother. It was painted by an artist in 1964 during one of my grandparents' many trips to Las Vegas. Another much-loved family heirloom.
(You've seen this chair and this artwork before so I probably don't need to say anything else about it.)
And last but not least, I took my ceramic pieces off the mantle. They just weren't working for me anymore. It's a pretty narrow mantle, isn't it? We want to make a new one someday but until then, a few interesting white pieces up here will have to do.
Rabbit candle holder: Anthropologie, a gift for Arden from my sis
Well, that's it for now. My new finished living room.
I'm Julie. I like to make things, and grow things, and take pictures of things. I live in a little blue house outside of Portland, Oregon, with my crafty husband and our two chatty kids. I'm glad you stopped by and I do hope you enjoy your stay.