End Of House Tour- The Living Room

December 16, 2008 at 3:53 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, I have given a quick tour through our new home at its current state. The only room left to show you is the living room. We are in this room most, and love the feel of it. The black console table was made just for me by Tony (aw). The pictures do look a little dark even though I did turn on the overhead lights, which we never use. Let me know what you think!

This is the close up of the table that Tony made.  The lamp is an antique from my Grandparents.  The red painting is another original by Ryan Foster.  Some other random fun odds and ends up there too.   
Console table with the shelves above it.  The black chair was a project I redid.

Console table with the shelves above it. The black chair was a project I redid.

 

The TV area.  The TV didn't fit into the cubbie that was preexisting, so we just decorated the cubbie and put the TV below.

The TV area. The TV didn't fit into the cubbie that was preexisting, so we just decorated the cubbie and put the TV below.

 

The close up of the TV cubbie.  I love the little antique picture.  In the small jar is also small little glass candies.  I need to find a better place for them.

The close up of the TV cubbie. I love the little antique picture. In the small jar is also small little glass candies. I need to find a better place for them.

 

These old movie theater seats were a salvaged find.  They sit next to the TV on the right.  The vintage ad above matches them so well.

These old movie theater seats were a salvaged find. They sit next to the TV on the right. The vintage ad above matches them so well.

 

The other side of the TV.  We love our movie display.  Again, I love anything with cubbies, so this was perfect for me!

The other side of the TV. We love our movie display. Again, I love anything with cubbies, so this was perfect for me!

 

The couch is directly facing the TV.  We still want to replace those flowery curtains, but the couch is comfy and cute- we got lucky for a hand-me-down!

The couch is directly facing the TV. We still want to replace those flowery curtains, but the couch is comfy and cute- we got lucky for a hand-me-down!

 

Next to the couch is my pride and joy!  My Eames era lounge chair!

Next to the couch is my pride and joy! My Eames era lounge chair!

My Baby!

My Baby!

 

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Guest Room. My Shabby Chic

December 12, 2008 at 7:45 pm (Our New House) (, , , , )

I have always loved shabby chic.  I will admit it.  But, it has never fit very well into the decor I have.  Needless to say, Tony does not like shabby chic.  We agree on almost all decor decisions, but not that.  However, we did have another spare bedroom and decided to use it as a sort of guest room.  I was able to put a dresser in there and have a space where I can store my extras (curlers and make-up) and get ready for work.  So, Tony let me have my shabby chic way with this room.  It, as is the rest of the house, is a work in progress.  But, its starting to work. 

 

Just as you come into the guest room, you see this chair. It's too bad you can't see it in the picture, but there is a shabby blue frame hanging on the wall behind it. The little plant stand matches another being used as a bedside table. They are antiques, one from my great grandmother, the other found (how crazy!) at an antiques store.

Just as you come into the guest room, you see this chair. It's too bad you can't see it in the picture, but there is a shabby blue frame hanging on the wall behind it. The little plant stand matches another being used as a bedside table. They are antiques, one from my great grandmother, the other found (how crazy!) at an antiques store.

The bed is directly in the door. Chenile bedspread, antique shadow box filled with my antique collectibles, vintage bench.

The bed is directly in the door. Chenile bedspread, antique shadow box filled with my antique collectibles, vintage bench.

In the back corner is the only extra closet space of the house. We keep the vaccuum and things in here. The vanity is for me to get ready. I had bought it with the intention of painting it shabby white. But, now I am afraid of taking away from the piece. Any suggestions??

In the back corner is the only extra closet space of the house. We keep the vaccuum and things in here. The vanity is for me to get ready. I had bought it with the intention of painting it shabby white. But, now I am afraid of taking away from the piece. Any suggestions??

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Our Office/Den

December 12, 2008 at 7:35 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

One of the extra bedrooms in the house has been turned into a den.  We added a projector and a futon from my appartment.  Its cozy, but still a work in progress. We do like going in there to watch movies, but it needs some work.  We plan on mounting shelving along the walls right under the ceiling.  We have a sort of music/art theme going, so we would like to set some of our memorabilia on the shelves as a border around the room. 

The closet in the den has become a mini office.  We are both still in school and it comes in handy to have a place to sit at the computer.  Tony built a wall mounted desk and we painted it black. 

From the doorway looking into the den. You can see the futon and the projection shelf. I have a plan for some art to hang along the empty wall.

From the doorway looking into the den. You can see the futon and the projection shelf. I have a plan for some art to hang along the empty wall.

This is the wall that the futon faces. The bookshelf holds all of our school books. Above that is empty because it is for the projection screen. We have a large frame for the area, but it has yet to be hung. The file cabinet is an old Shaw-Walker that I painted bright red.

This is the wall that the futon faces. The bookshelf holds all of our school books. Above that is empty because it is for the projection screen. We have a large frame for the area, but it has yet to be hung. The file cabinet is an old Shaw-Walker that I painted bright red.

A close up of the bookshelves and our fish Van Halen.

A close up of the bookshelves and our fish Van Halen.

 

 This is the closet office.  Tony made this desk for me.  I used wire to hang pictures.  I'm not sure, but even after editing, it still feels a little cluttered to me.  Any suggestions?

This is the closet office. Tony made this desk for me. I used wire to hang pictures. I'm not sure, but even after editing, it still feels a little cluttered to me. Any suggestions?

 

The chair that we are using right now as the desk chair was found in the garbage. I hate to admit that, but it was perfect and I couldn't pass it up! All it needed was a good scrubbing (thank you Magic Eraser!). I thought it was so vintage cute, so I made Tony go swipe it. Gorgeous.

The chair that we are using right now as the desk chair was found in the garbage. I hate to admit that, but it was perfect and I couldn't pass it up! All it needed was a good scrubbing (thank you Magic Eraser!). I thought it was so vintage cute, so I made Tony go swipe it. Gorgeous.

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Next Comes The Bathroom and Master Bedroom

December 12, 2008 at 7:09 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Here’s the bedroom.  It’s pretty small, but turned out well.  We would like to change these cutains in time (just like the rest of the house), but they can wait until last.  I think it turned out pretty cozy.  What do you think?
This is the bed.  Matching side tables and lamps.

This is the bed. Matching side tables and lamps.

A close up view of the side table. This one happens to be Tony's.

A close up view of the side table. This one happens to be Tony's.

This is the dresser facing the bed. An old full length miror stands against the wall and an Asian keepsake box sits on the floor next to it.The dresser is vintage from when my mom was a little girl. She used the room set and then I did when I was little. The black strips are removable, and flip over to change colors. We painted one side of each black.

This is the dresser facing the bed. An old full length miror stands against the wall and an Asian keepsake box sits on the floor next to it.The dresser is vintage from when my mom was a little girl. She used the room set and then I did when I was little. The black strips are removable, and flip over to change colors. We painted one side of each black.

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The hand is a vintage glove mold, the box is an old Kodak box, which we keep our momentos in. The mirror is an antique medicine cabinet, which we painted black and added a chendelier crystal for a pull.

The hand is a vintage glove mold, the box is an old Kodak box, which we keep our momentos in. The mirror is an antique medicine cabinet, which we painted black and added a chendelier crystal for a pull. Close up of sink and storage.

The view from the door into the tiny bathroom. Its small but we managed to fit all of our things in there.  It feels really bright and spa-ish because of the light blue walls and white curtains.  We added a blue rug and blue curtain hooks.

The view from the door into the tiny bathroom. It feels really bright and spa-ish because of the light blue walls and white curtains. We added a blue rug and blue curtain hooks.

 

The little shelf we hung across from the toilet with pretty perfume bottles on it. The only little "extra" that fits into the space!

The little shelf we hung across from the toilet with pretty perfume bottles on it. The only little "extra" that fits into the space!

 

Close up of sink and storage.  Pretty much the entire bathroom.

Close up of sink and storage. Pretty much the entire bathroom.

Here’s the little bity bathroom.  Not a lot to tell, but we did manage to fit all of our things into the small space, and it even turned out pretty!

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Here’s A Question…

December 10, 2008 at 7:11 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Here is the desk and the huge wall. The one picture is hung, but the other two are waiting to be framed.

Here is the desk and the huge wall. The one picture is hung, but the other two are waiting to be framed.

We are stumped.  We thought we had a brilliant idea for a cute and unique landing strip.  But, it doesn’t seem to be working.  When I was lilttle my grandpa had found my brother and I these little antique school desks.  Tony and I thought we could use my old desk as the landing strip.  The lid opens and it could hold all of our chnage, keys, mail, etc.  We put the desk on the empty wall near our back door.  But, suddenly the desk looked dwarfed.  I was hoping to find and old mail sorter or library card catalog to put there as well, but that is still a hunt.  We hung the vintage ad above the desk, which does add a pop of color.  I also have two other authentic vintage fruit labels to frame and hang there as well.  But, what about the desk?  Should we scrap the idea?  Or is it just missing something?  Hmm…

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Our Little Collection

December 10, 2008 at 7:03 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , )

A close up view of our little collection.

A close up view of our little collection.

When I was little my grandma gave me a little antique die.  She gave my brother the other to the pair.  To this day I still have it (how I never lost such a tiny thing is amazing).  Tony and I decided that we could start a dice collection.  We are so random sometimes.  We bought an antique printer’s tray and hung it on the wall.  Now, wherever we travel to, we stop to look for dice to add to the collection.  We even got one at the casino when we recently went for my birthday.  Some of them did come from ebay to get the collection rolling.  Here is what we have so far!  (This is hung in the kitchen next to the window)
Side view of the printer's type tray and collection of dice.

Side view of the printer's type tray and collection of dice.

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Moving On To The Dining Room

December 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have also got the dining room pretty much set up (for now).  We do have many projects on the list, but Illinois winters don’t allow for too much outdoor work (sanding and painting).  Here is the mini tour of the dining room.  And, as always, suggestions and comments are always welcome and appreciated!

This is a little corner of the dining room. The door leads down to an old basement. This was a hand-me-down metal desk. We fell in love with it. We don't really use it as a desk, but more as a table and storage (the house has NO extra linen-type closets!). The little jar is a bag of HUGs! The paiting is one by my brother, which he gave me for my birthday this year. I love this little area.

This is a little corner of the dining room. The door leads down to an old basement. This was a hand-me-down metal desk. We fell in love with it. We don't really use it as a desk, but more as a table and storage (the house has NO extra linen-type closets!). The little jar is a bag of HUGs! The paiting is one by my brother, which he gave me for my birthday this year. I love this little area.

A close up of the painting by Ryan.

A close up of the painting by Ryan.

This is the corner of the dining room between the kitchen and the living room.  The antique table and antique lamp are from my grandmother.  The silver balls are modern and I think provide nice contast here.  The little primitive box was one that Tony made when he was in high school.  I think its adorable.  I added antique bottles.

This is the corner of the dining room between the kitchen and the living room. The antique table and antique lamp are from my grandmother. The silver balls are modern and I think provide nice contast here. The little primitive box was one that Tony made when he was in high school. I think its adorable. I added antique bottles.

 

 

A close up of Tony's little box and the apothecary bottles.

A close up of Tony's little box and the apothecary bottles.

This is the other side of the window. The plate rack obviously still needs to be hung.

This is the other side of the window. The plate rack obviously still needs to be hung.

This is our little red dining room table. The mismatched chairs are all painted black. if you can see the curtains here or in any other pictures, they, too, need to be replace. They are covered in fruit. Its on the project list!

This is our little red dining room table. The mismatched chairs are all painted black. if you can see the curtains here or in any other pictures, they, too, need to be replace. They are covered in fruit. Its on the project list!

This is the little wall space next to the window. I love this set up. I always love antique frames.

This is the little wall space next to the window. I love this set up. I always love antique frames.

This is the wall behind the dining table.  It is pretty bare for right now, but we are working on redoing a giant antique desk for this spot.  We got the desk at an auction for $5!  The candles and shelves will stay.

This is the wall behind the dining table. It is pretty bare for right now, but we are working on redoing a giant antique desk for this spot. We got the desk at an auction for $5! The candles and shelves will stay.

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The Kitchen Comes Together

December 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

It only took us a few days to get all the boxes put away and to get the rooms semi organized.  We are cleaned and now trying to decorate.  The kitchen is a great place to start because its a room we need to use everyday.  We have a side door that enters into the kitchen from an alley.  The landlord hopes to add a small deck out of this door.  The one end of the kitchen goes to a hall towards the bathroom, master bedroom, and the room we plan to use as an office/den.  There are also two doorways to the dining room.  Our favorite part of the kitchen is the little open window between the kitchen and the dining room.  So many possibilities.  Although I hope to do more detailed posts on specific projects in the house, I thought I should start with a sort of general tour.  So, here is the kitchen as of now!
The little window to the dining room. Enless possibilities. The clock happens to have faces on both sides!
The little window to the dining room. Enless possibilities. The clock happens to have faces on both sides!

 

Close up of the window and beautiful bottles we have collected.

Close up of the window and beautiful bottles we have collected.

 

View heading out kitchen door. The artsy rolling pin was an auction find. The curatins have to go, but that will be an upcoming project.

View heading out kitchen door. The artsy rolling pin was an auction find. The curatins have to go, but that will be an upcoming project.

 

Some of the DIY the landlord tried above the microwave. He had it hidden by a mass of leaves wound in lattice. It was so dusty and ugly. So far I spruced it up with a vintage lunc box of recipies. I love the little vintage tea pot Tony found for me.

Some of the DIY the landlord tried above the microwave. He had it hidden by a mass of leaves wound in lattice. It was so dusty and ugly. So far I spruced it up with a vintage lunc box of recipies. I love the little vintage tea pot Tony found for me.

 

The other corner of the kitchen. Same old ugly curtain. I was also thinking about painting the cabinets. We are renters, so this might be a project for after we have been here a while. But, they are old, shabby cupboards, so maybe, just maybe...

The other corner of the kitchen. Same old ugly curtain. I was also thinking about painting the cabinets. We are renters, so this might be a project for after we have been here a while. But, they are old, shabby cupboards, so maybe, just maybe...

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Some More Pictures

December 9, 2008 at 11:29 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , )

A few more before shots.

This is the before of our living room and boxes. And the UGLY curtains!

This is the before of our living room and boxes. And the UGLY curtains!

A view from the living room into the dining room. Stuff was everywhere!

A view from the living room into the dining room. Stuff was everywhere!

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Where To Begin

December 9, 2008 at 11:24 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

So, as I said, my boyfriend and I have just recently moved into a new house. The place is cute and cozy, but it will take some work for us to arrange, decorate, remodel, and combine all of our belongings. We have been there for a couple of weeks now. But, to backtrack, here are a few photos of the house as we were moving in, and the empty rooms just asa we are starting to arrange.

Tony is making dinner in the new house with our pup Romeo.

Tony is making dinner in the new house with our pup Romeo.

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