I'm a little over a month into this blogging thing, and I have to say that my excitement grows every day. I really love working here, coming up with more projects, and hearing comments from all of you. I feel like I'm on a roll. On my phone is a list of ideas (both big and small) for future blog entries, which is constantly developing so that I can't even keep up with the list. I've got a great project this week that I am very much looking forward to. Already, blogging has been a fun adventure. I can't wait to hear from more of you as time goes on. Please leave me a comment if you stop by, because I'd love to hear from you!
So, after about a month of sporadic projects and topics, I think it is about time I give you a tour of my rental home. The projects I'll be doing this summer are going to get bigger and bigger. I have a lot more time on my hands and I know I'll get a lot more done around here. Because of that, I figure I should show you some "before" pictures to help you get an image of this house as it is now! I'll go into detail for these spaces in the future, but for now let's go through a summary of each room.
My bungalow is from the 1960s, and reminiscent of that era are little tiny entryways like mine. I love so many things about this tiny little corner of the house: the thick, solid wood door; the mail chute; the full-length mirror. I especially love the linoleum floor, because oddly enough it is the exact same floor my Nana and Pop-Pop had in their kitchen when I was a little kid!
You've seen this porch before , but I will include it anyway. I adore this space and consider it my favorite part of the house.
Here is my living room. Right now it is decorated, but I don't consider it finished at all. There are a few things I dislike about the room, namely the way it is set up. The couch is a donation from friends of mine to my roommate and myself; it is a pull-out sleeper but probably one of the most awkward couches ever. The back of it sits up super straight and it is difficult to lounge. But I am so grateful to have gotten it for free, and I want to hold on to it for as long as I am here. There might be some ways I can restyle it or figure out a way to make it work better for us.
Other parts of the living room include the unusable fireplace with pretty mantle, piano and music library, record collection and stereo, and entertainment center. I purchased the credenza for $40 from a secondhand store, but it still needs a little cleaning up. More on that later. It's probably my favorite piece in the house!
Hallway (Or as I call it, the Hall Pentagon)
Just a little collection of doors in the center of my house: linen closet, bathroom, bedrooms, upstairs, kitchen.
The bathroom is in pretty decent shape. If I owned the house I would definitely revamp it because I despise the black towel bars and old built-in soap dishes. Since I only rent, I am not planning on doing any major work in here, but I do plan on a little makeover so stay tuned for that!
Otherwise known as The Space Attic, my upstairs bedroom is being used by my roommate and myself as a music studio. It's huge up there! The upstairs is complete with an unfinished portion, cedar closet, three windows, and plenty of space. It's very messy and conglomerated up there right now, but I like the feel of it for now.
Out of the whole house, the kitchen has the most amount of eyesores and "what the heck were they thinking?"s. I love the vintage avocado fridge, but I hate that it is one yellow piece of a monochromatic yellow nightmare! Yellow floor, yellow fridge, yellow walls, yellow backsplash tile... Enough yellow already! They aren't even complementary yellows! Ew!
There are so many little charming details throughout this house. Telephone nook, original kitchen faucet, laundry chute, milk bottle window (what are those called?), and original fixtures to name a few.
One of my favorite parts of the house is this glass cabinet which currently displays my vintage Pyrex collection, along with our everyday dishware. Since I live with a roommate, we don't have all matching dishes or kitchen items.
I have many, many plans for the kitchen, probably starting with painting the walls white. I want a clean slate in there because so many of my kitchen accessories are multicolored. The painting should happen soon because I am getting so sick of that gross high-gloss yellow!
The side entry
The door we use the most to enter and exit the house is equipped with a cute window and [original, yellowed, need-to-be-replaced] curtains. I plan on painting these walls, too, but not necessarily white like the kitchen. I also want to find a new area rug that fits the whole floor, instead of these two silly mismatched ones.
That's it! Thanks for stopping by my house tour for Spring of 2013. I plan on doing these every so often so you can see the updates I make on the house. What did you think? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!