We’ve been buried in home decor books, pinning to our home boards, moving furniture around daily and trying to give this sweet old lady of a house the best layout we can give her. It’s been a month and a half since we moved in and we are slowly figuring things out. When we moved in the night before Thanksgiving, we knew it would be full holiday mode for a while before we even got to the “normal” home style, so when we took down all the Christmas decorations a few days ago (that wreath was the last to go — it still smelled so good!), it was the first time since we moved in that we got to take a really good look at our Tudor. Our sofa has been moved to three different places since we moved in, and we’re thinking the third time was a charm. Our living room is a narrow rectangular shape, so we are trying to create an intimate seating area that allows for conversation without having to yell across the room. Bigger isn’t always better, and we found out quickly that we’d rather have a functional space than a space that just holds a lot of our things.
We have some big plans in the new year for our home. We’ll be sharing the befores and afters, as well as the in betweens on here, along with a few of those not-so pretty, not-so styled corners of this humble abode. We’ll be switching out many of the items we’ve come to love as the layout is just very different from any place we’ve lived in previously. Many of our things are piled up around the house until they find their permanent home, and our plans to create a studio space out of our garage is encouraging us to hold on to the things we are swapping out. We’re getting there though, and our late-night photoshop mock-ups of each room are definitely helping us visualize the final product that will be coming down the line.
As far as renovations, we have a few of those in our plans as well. Keep an eye out this week for a post on the biggest reno we want to tackle first. For now, we’re just trying to get the living room/entry area to be a functional and comfortable area for us. It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the house, so mentally it’s important to us to get it in order. We love this home and how the previous owners cared for it and loved it, but we want every inch of this place to be a reflection of us and that will require a little tweaking with some of the rooms and design. Friday we have the electrician coming to switch out the fans, change out the switch plates and electrical sockets to white for a cleaner look, and moving around the internet hook ups and bedroom light fixtures. We also want to get a painter in here to paint the window frames and then figure out window treatments. We’re stuck between curtains or roman shades. Thoughts?
Our mock-ups and ideas for each room will be shared here and we’d love to hear your feedback and input on the direction we move in as this is our first time owning a house and going through this process. We are overwhelmed, excited, terrified, and a little impatient, but we know if we do it right, we’ll have the home we have always wanted. Our goals are hefty, but we’re hoping to achieve most of them (emphasis on the word “most”) by April/May. We’ll see.
Okay, so living room design! We played very heavily into the mid-century and boho look in our old place, which we still love, but now we’re in a 1930’s home and want to incorporate a few different pieces, even if it just means a change in the textiles to make it feel more period appropriate. We’re envisioning a more neutral color palette, with gray and black accents, minimal accessories and a big focus on art work. We also have been eyeing a few fabric sofas, but are still on the fence about that.
Here are a few images we’re loving below: