I feel like our whole house (and garden!) is in an awkward teenage in-between phase. You can see the potential, and the structure is starting to show, but generally everything is a little out of scale and a little out of place. Here’s where we are right now:
We got a new chair and coffee table which I love, but obviously the room needs a lot more work to feel pulled together. I am not really sure what to do on this big blank wall. Eventually I’d like big built-in bookshelves with lower cabinets, but that’s a big project and we have a lot of other things that are higher on the list. I’m thinking maybe I’ll take the two side rugs upstairs and move a bookshelf to that big wall and find some large-scale art to hang. And throw pillows! I want lots of throw pillows, too.
Today I visited an out-of-the way architectural salvage yard and antique shop. I’ve been to plenty around the area since we moved, but this was by far the best. There were cats and hens roaming free among the copious amounts of stuff. I was really overwhelmed and probably missed huge amounts of good stuff, but it was really hard to know what to look for! I’ll need to spend some time looking online for inspiration on how to use more unlikely pieces.
They had piles of garden items, just waiting for springtime…
I found this amazing coffee/side table for $225 with great patina and wear, but Jeff was not as in love with it as me, and the price was steep enough that any second-guessing meant I shouldn’t buy it.
In the end, I bought this wooden lid, to be used as a side table once I figure out what the legs/ base is going to be.
I also bought a set of baskets, one of which is now holding a large plant in our living room. The other has dog toys in it.
My other recent purchase was this vase from Target of all places, which I’m in love with.
I’ve been trying to come up with inspiration for our living room lately, so I made a quick mood board. Most of the things I chose are out of our budget, but we could maybe save for one of them and build the room up slowly. We already have a pile of antique rugs and a couple interesting pieces, but we have a long way to go!
I’ve also been pinning living rooms with the neutral-antique-global look I love:
We’re still getting settled, and most of the house looks unfinished or awkward, but here are a few spots that give me joy every time I see them.
The paintings are by Jeff- the big one on the right is painted on a door. The record shelf was hand-made by my friend and the top of it is made from a recycled door as well.
This chair was bought in South America by my great-Aunt.
Jeff gave me these slippers for Christmas and my mother made the pom-poms to decorate them.
The cabinet was inherited from Jeff’s uncle. It’s an old medicine cabinet from Penn University.
The photo on the left is of our house, taken by our neighbor. The flowers are from our wedding day and the vases and singing bowl were both wedding gifts. The wooden Buddha is inherited from my grandmother.
This is our kitchen pantry, hand built by the previous owner and hand painted by his father. The rug in the corner is from my grandmother’s time in Iran.
I love the kitchen tile! I’m usually very picky about ceramics, so I’m lucky to love what came with the house.
This pig was also my grandmothers, given to her for her birthday by my grandfather when they were in the Philippines.
This Brazilian currency was painted by Jeff’s former art teacher
One of our favorite wedding gifts.
Happy Valentines Day! I made this sugar cookie with grenadine icing and coconut. It’s on a brass tray my grandmother bought in Iran.