If you are new to the blog... then let me start by telling you that we recently relocated to North Alabama and purchased a seventy-five year old home located in the heart of the Historic District. We were exceptionally fortunate to find a home that was essentially in move-in condition, needing only adjustments made to suit the home to our personality ((as in rid the place of some oh-so-out-of-date wallpaper!)).
The Entry... BEFORE
Truthfully, it wasn't horrible wallpaper in the entry! Gold has certainly made a return in both fashion and decor, so I'm sure there are lots of people who would really be pleased with the shimmering gold entry ((which genuinely worked great with the artwork the previous owner had hung there)), but I have taken the home in a much more casual direction due to the ages of my children. I really feel like it is important that the entry set the tone for the home...and well, my home is lived in and loved by a 1 1/2 year old and 3 1/2 year old, so it's definitely not formal!
I should preface this by saying that I had B E G G E D for stripes in the last home, but due to the openess of the floor plan it would have really made for A LOT of stripes (aka A LOT of WORK). This was my chance - make an impact in a small space!
So ME! Don't you love that feeling when your house just screams that YOU own it! I refuse to "do" decor in my home just because it is "in style" or the latest craze... you can bet if it's in my house I LOVE IT ((whether it really "works" decor wise, or not)). I'm guessing you've noticed that tangerine color is gone in the dining room as well. There's more to discuss in the entry for now, hopefully you are happy with this sneak peek of the dining!
The ART. You should also know that finding a house in the Historic District was a priority of ours from the start. We love houses; houses with character, charm, and detail. We've built three homes prior and as much as we adored those homes, we were really seeking something different with this move. The first time we visited the area ((job relocation)) and set foot in the Historic District we fell head over heels in love. Character, charm, and detail - check, check, check! Soon after touring the area, falling in love, and making the decision that this in fact was where we hoped to find a home, I ran across these sweet birdhouses! Oh man, instant LOVE!! Each house was different and instantly reminded me of the quiet, tree lined streets I longed to be strollering my kiddos down. I bought them, crossing my fingers, that we would in fact find a suitable home for our family. It was months before we completed the move, unpacked, painted.. etc, etc. etc. Now, I'm proud to say they are up and I'm even more in love! STILL reminds me of the charming little homes that fill what I'm proud to call my neighborhood!
I painted a few extra details on the houses... including box numbers. Each house has a box number of a home we have made special memories in. Oh, and the armoire, it's pretty special too... it was a "find" by my Mother that I talked her into letting me have several years ago. It's simple and so pleasing to my eyes.
Lots of GOODNESS here... more to come, including that dining room! Thanks, friends!