This past weekend we headed up to Galena where we have a get away spot. Because it rained we stayed in... and cleaned.
Because we cleaned...
I took pictures.
Lots of pictures.
Then I found some OLD pictures of how the house looked when we bought it in 2002.
So pull up a chair and get comfortable. We're going to get whacked out on Waverly.
The market was soft after 9-11 and it was a good time to buy.
We bought the house fully furnished and that was a definite plus.
The original owners left EVERYTHING. The dishes, the towels, the bedding, pots and pans, all the accessories, EVERYTHING.
I had always thought that if we were lucky enough to be able to buy a second home that it would be filled with cast offs and repurposed furniture. Although I wasn't in love with everything, I knew this was a deal of a lifetime.
We have slowly replaced a number of items with pieces that more closely express our style, but it was great to be able to have such a huge head start on pulling this place together.
That said, there were some things back then that needed to change...
The previous owner must have had a hook up with Waverly and a passion for chintz and bows.
Let me make it very clear that I think Waverly has some gorgeous fabrics and prints but it can easily become the G-r-r-animals of the decoratively challenged adult.
So although Waverly patterns are wonderful, humor me and mix them up with some other resources. Put your own twist on it. Take a risk.
Trust your instincts or you will end up with something like this.
In the previous owner's defense the house was built in 1996 and this was a popular look back in the day.
So, Ms. Previous Owner, if you are out there reading this blog ( like that would ever happen) and I have offended you I sincerely apologize.
I could show you stuff I did in the 90's that is pretty laughable too.
The problem is that the Galena Territory has an outdoorsy golf and ski vibe to it.
The flowers, moire, and ribbons just seemed so out of place.
That and the fact that it looked like an advertisement for the
Everything matched or was just too perfectly coordinated.
Even the bathroom towels were white with blue bows... Waverly of course.
Yes, those freaking blue bows were even in the bathroom.
If you stared at the walls long enough the pattern would begin to move.
The case goods, though, were fabulous -
Drexel Heritage. How lucky was I?
So very early on the wall paper came down, out went the floral recliner that was, of course, covered in a Waverly print, and out went the victorian looking bedding.
It was 2002 and I was totally on board with the whole Pottery Barn updated Country look. I chose this bedding and it was my jumping off point for the rest of the room.
We did a remodel to the house in 2007 so I took the chandelier that had been over the dining room table and hung it in the bedroom.
We added a sofa and coffee table where the floral recliner and glass top tricycle table had been. I brought up a wicker rocker from home because it also had the red in it and it had outlived its purpose in the other house.
It really wasn't right here either but I had spent enough for it and still liked it enough to try and make it work.
Have you done that too?
I will be moving it out the next time we come up with a truck. This chair, the fake tree and the upholstered mirror that never did get hung, color them GONE.
We brought in accessories that reflected who we are and what we love.
We added the granite to the bar area
I'd like to see these cupboards painted a charcoal gray.
Add that to my ever growing to do list.
As for the empty wine rack, the wine is downstairs in the real bar. Just in case you were thinking there had been an intervention or something here. :P
After nine years of the red, I was ready to switch it out for
We removed the tree and I painted the old lampshades as a quick update.
I'm thinking some art work on either side of the bed.
Maybe some bigger lamps but space is an issue.
A long black roll pillow on the bed.
Something in the window. Ideas?
So from this
We aren't finished yet but I'm getting closer.
I relish the thought of adding more black to this space for drama.
Maybe this clock above the chest of drawers.
Some black and cream accent pieces up on this ledge.
I'm not sure if I will slip cover the sofa or maybe just find a great throw and pillows.
The fun is in the hunt.
Perhaps next time I can show you what we did with the bathroom here.
I thought we would never finish.
I think it took about six months.
Thanks for stopping by.
I'm always so flattered that you took the time.
PS. The wall color is is Sherwin Williams - Blonde
Linking up our bedroom update at these fun parties. Won't you join me?