Don’t you love a before and after that starts with the before and after? Or should I make my readers
work scroll for it? Anyways, we are really beginning to settle into our new place, which feels nice. We’ve had some friends over, we’re beginning to find the right places for things, and we’ve gotten back into a bit of a routine, which is great.
I find that having people over is the best way to get motivated to get a house together, so that’s what we do. Give ourselves ridiculously unattainable deadlines to get it together, and miraculously, a room or two indeed come together. Sure, some rooms (spare room and guest room in particular) are still very disorderly, but beyond that, we’ve done pretty well.
You’ll remember before the dining room was dark and yellow (aka armpit stain yellow). And the previous tenants large (and in charge) lego collection. Did this person not have dishes? Or a bar? Alas..here is the before.
These pics are the day we moved in. So…lego collection and vintage table gone. Yellow walls and abnormally slanty floor, ready to be transformed. Well, not the floor, because we’re renters. (But man, if you want to buy this house, make sure you check the foundation. We’ve had a hard time placing furniture because only 3 of 4 legs will sit on the uneven floor).
So great blank canvas, yes? Great light. Decent hardwoods (OKAY, for renters anyways). This is also the day we moved in, and we quickly thought, well crap, we have way too many things. And now here she is (the dining room is most definitely a girl now) in her newer, brighter, shinier glory. Yes, I think the computer may be opened to Love Ya Bean It. Shameless plug. It’s a computer in a computer…in a computer. whoah…..
So you can probably tell I took the after pic and these pics a few days apart. Our house is constantly evolving and when I got this throw (West Elm), I thought it added some nice color to the dining room. Bar cart is Ikea. Dining table is an heirloom (my mother’s grandmothers table).
Here is our sweet little bar. Most of these decanters and whatnot are vintage. Vintage ice bucket. Vintage decanters. Carafe was a wedding gift (Crate and Barrel). Copper mugs were a Christmas gift to David last year. St. Germain glass is from a thrift store.And one more time, to save you a scroll, here’s the b&a. What do y’all think? Lighter? Brighter? My what a different paint, plants and art can make.