Everyone who has already left a nice comment on D*S, or here, or written me an email…I want to kiss you all hard. And I am a fantastic kisser, so consider yourselves well-made-out-with.
Also, I was so nervous to show you all the pics. As all of you longtime readers know, I was definitely going through my blue period while doing this place, and I think the space reflects my optimism and intense desire for a joyful outcome to our tough time for our family. Even more so than Chicago, this house feels really personal to me. Distracting myself during the tough time designing this place is what got me through it, and I guess I was nervous about how nekkid showing Mr Banks it to the world was going to make me.
But y’all like it, y’all really like it.
Even foxes who I love like Amber like it.
And my heart feels so full. So thank you.
And seriously, the D*S post was awesome and such an honor, but was truly a “peak”, there is so much more where that came from. I think it might take a week or two to go through all the before & afters…but I am going to try to combine them into bigger posts to get through them faster. Today, starting with the entryway, living, and dining rooms.
For those that might be new here, I spent a year renovating our last house in Chicago which we lovingly called Clifford: The Big Red House, and it was featured in Rue Magazine last spring. If you want to refresh yourself on what our living&dining situation was in Chicago, here is the post on that. The day we did the photography for the Rue feature, I had a routine ultrasound and found out that our baby was sick, and we quickly made the decision to sell our house in Chicago and move back to Texas to be closer to my home and the experts in our baby’s condition. We found this house, which I dubbed George Banks because of its charming Father of the Brideness, began renovating and moved in 6 months later. It has been complete madness, and I am so grateful to now be reveling in the afterglow of all of that.
Revel with me!
The dining room, living room, and entryway (plus 2 bedrooms upstairs) were all original to the house built in the 1930s. The rest of the house was remodeled and added on to and that is what we had to redo, but we really didn’t have to do much in the original rooms. The entry was kind of a depressing non event, nothing really wrong with it, we just repainted, restained, and replaced the light fixture.
Botanical pictures from Furbish, table from GardenHouse, Topiaries from Design Darling. The pewter oyster shell is a candy dish that my Grandmother bought with her first paycheck when she was 20 and working at a department store. She used to always have it filled with candy in their living room, and she would catch me trying to sneak a Krackle or some other awesomely old lady candy often. She gave it to me for my 20th Birthday, and it is one of my most treasured things.
I love this room because it is basically the exact same things from our house in Chicago (new ottoman, gun chairs moved from the dining room, painting from the kitchen, and the trunk from the playroom) we just painted the walls the most incredible pink, Colonial Rose by Fine Paints of Europe, added a new rug to fit the space, and a different light fixture and it feels like a totally different room! I was going to recover the couch and chairs and go in a totally different direction but MFAMB told me she would beat my ass, and I believed her. I am so glad I listened though, I love getting to watch the pieces evolve.
The dining room needed the most work of these three rooms because of the crazy built ins surrounding the space. No problem, ripped those out, stained, painted, replaced the lighting, and added some china cabinets and it is a totally different space!
I love the dining room, again, because of how much stuff we reused from Clifford, and yet how different it feels. It is the same dining table, and chairs- the chairs were painted and recovered. Same buffet, new china cabinets and chandelier. It is the brightest happiest room, and the lighting at night for dinner parties is so sparkly.
OK! So that is all for today. Sheesh. That felt like a lot. I might have to break the rest of the posts into smaller bits to get through them all. Anyway, I hope you like getting to see more detail and different angles of the rooms, feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I will answer them as best I can!
Tomorrow we will have the kitchen and bar before & afters…
all the pretty pictures courtesy of Paige Newton Photography