Sunday, March 27, 2011

(old) Living & Dining Room Tour

The living room of course started out as an empty room since this was our first house.  It took us a few months to get sofas and tables, and then the decorating began.  First, it was mustard my head i guess i was thinking Tuscan cafe or something, but it just turned out mustard yellow.  Darling insisted it had to go.  Immediately.  Bless him.  He chose this stone green color himself and painted right over the yellow (same weekend, i think)  It was good for a long time, but by the time we were leaving, I was very tired of it's darkness. You can't see in the photos, but we did add a simple one piece crown.
I had a lot of red accessories in there for a quite a while, but red and I ended our friendship abruptly when I woke up one day and no longer liked it.  At all.  But I didn't feel like replacing the curtains, and since they were more rust color anyway, i added in a few rust accents.  Then came the day when we ripped out the pristine white carpeting and added the hardwood.  We debated dark wood, but already had light oak railings and the idea of sanding and restaining them sounded horrible, so we went with the honey oak.  Beautiful 5" planks that we loved.  (And insisted on in the new house -different wood)   It was so nice to have a floor that felt solid since the builder had skipped over the process of screwing down the subfloor under the carpet.
 That carpet is another thing I have been trying to salvage in the new house.  This one in the dining room was purchased for the living room and i quickly realized it was much to small, so i moved it over and invested in the larger one as well.  They really are beautiful rugs, but again...they just seemed so much better at the old house.  Not the right style here....too bad rugs are soooo expensive!!
The bones of the dining room (once we constructed them) are great.  Love the floors, love the moldings, love the paint.  Darling added the (fake) 2 piece crown- well, I mean it really is 2 pieces, but not in the traditional way.  It is crown with ogee spaced a few inches below. He also added the chair and wainscoting-whatever-you-want-to-call-them boxes.  The paint is some green-gold color that i have long forgotten the name of, but I loved it!  I wanted to add it to the living room as well, but wasn't sure if the camel colored sofas worked with it. I was also happy with the curtains at the time.  brought them here to the new house as well, but they are too short (95") for this house.  The light fixture...well, the original brassy brass plastic guy had to go asap, so I was in a rush to get a fixture and chose something that was just better than the original, not necessarily what i liked best.  And i hadn't decided on a "style" for the room, so anyway.  The table was on loan, basically my dining room was a storage locker for it, and it stayed.  For years.  Until we moved and I got rid of it. 
hmmm, how do you put pictures side by side???

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