Short of the Kitchen, this has to be the most used room of our whole house, aka THE LIVING ROOM!!
This room presented so many issues! A wall of windows, a large opening to the dining room and a doorway to the foyer! I know.... wah....
But when you move into a house with a very large sectional that takes up the whole room, furniture placement is very limited.
We lived with the sectional for a couple of years then we decided to purchase on-line a more formal sofa and two arm chairs. Needless to say, they lasted another 2 years in our home before they found another one to live in. They were wonderful, but large and limited our placement and colour choices even more than the large sectional!
This spring we decided that it was time to buy proper furniture that will suit our needs and our style. It's amazing how your personal style can evolve over time.
Buying new sofas turned into in art work for the wall and my husband building a coffee table for his more masculine living room!
The large sign was just tacked up in the entrance to the antique barn. We went to go look at a vintage Coca Cola sign and we stopped dead in our tracks and we both agreed this was the one. It is from Campbell's Dairy in Peterborough. My family's history is in the dairy business and my husband is from Peterborough... meant to be!
The next artifact is an old whistle post from the rail way. I had no idea what it was, but my railroading husband sure did and we walked around 2 barns holding that sign.
Lastly is an old distressed wooden game board to finish off the trio of "artifacts as art".
Here is the living room all ready for her close up for MLS.
I cannot wait to start decorating our new home!! That's right, WE BOUGHT A NEW HOME!!
**told you this house will be sold before I finished these posts!!**
To continue on with the before and after tour of our house, I am trying to stay within the main floor then work my way through out the remaining rooms. Hopefully I will publish all of these blog entries before we move into the new house! Hopefully!!
As you know, when we first looked at this house the first impressions did not suit well with me. Like come on, I was moving away from a century old stunner in a small town where your money bought you a lot of house!
Instead, when you walked into this home you saw yellow, beige and well boring!! There was no "wow factor"! You walk into this house and besides the wall you look to your left and see a toilet!
I think we lived with this room like this for almost 8 months! Then valentines day came and I asked for the bathroom to be done. Not just done but wallpapered. My husband hated me!
I bought really nice Ralph Lauren wallpaper to be used at our old home but found out Gary was being relocated so I held onto it. (I'm part pack rat FYI)
The wallpapering process made my eyes all squirrelly. He said never again! **he did wallpaper again, hence the dining room**
When it was all done I felt like it was still missing something.
Eventually we put in a new wood floor to cover the grey sheet vinyl that was in there.
Needless to say, the trim never went up.
This is pretty much how it stayed for another year till two months ago! Right before my daughters confirmation he painted the lower half red for me. Now the room feels finished and now we feel it's time to move! Never fails!
So when you walk into my home, yes to the immediate left is a washroom. Yes you are greeted by a toilet, but it's in a pretty room and come on.... Most time as soon as you walk in. You want to know where the rest room is!! Long car rides with little kids.... Rushing to unlock doors... Accidents do happen!!
First things first, I was not too impressed with this house when we did the walk through of it. I will be honest it was boring, dull, and lacking any imagination. I understand that people de-clutter and de-personalize a home to sell, but for a family of 5, it was barren. It felt like someone occupied the house but it was not a home. Many stagers want it that way so the new home buyer can see themselves there. I couldn't picture any one here!! I was convinced that this was not the house for us. Until my husband talked me into the pros of the home.
Hi, i'm jodi!
I am a wife to a railroader, mother to two daughters, caretaker of two Golden Retrievers and a Himalayan cat. I live in a small town with a big heart. I enjoy antiquing, furniture re-habbing, D.I.Y's and painting.