Friday, February 6, 2015

Our Houston Eat-in Benches and Cafe Curtains

Well, 6 months goes by way too fast! Worst blogger ever... Oh well. I never meant this to be a business or to rank high in followers. Just a place to share. We're well settled into our new home and already love the wonderful people here. I am resolved to share a few rooms that I've been able to decorate so far.  There are still a few projects I'd like to do, but I need to pace myself for time and money!

I asked right away for my birthday to have built-in benches made for our eat-in kitchen.  It was a smaller space than our last house and I knew it'd be a perfect candidate for benches!  I love how they turned out! We followed the basic plans found at The Hunted Interior.

 We just made a few changes in length and beefed up the supports a little more. Otherwise, it's a great plan. I chose this style because I didn't need the kind with storage and I wanted to keep the look lighter.  It's also nicer for the kids to swing their legs under. I upholstered some cute cushions for them. I wish I could have done the cute polka dot vinyl like the Hunted Interior did, but I couldn't swing the price tag.  I just used some inexpensive Premier Prints fabric and the scotch guarded it to death!  If anything gets on it, it has so far come right out!

I love the shape of the supports. And look at my cute barley-twist table and chairs. I found it on craigslist back in Chicago for a killer deal. I painted and reupholstered the chairs and restained the table.  It's oval shape fits this corner just perfectly.

Because the wall with the double windows just faces our sweet neighbor's brick side of their house, I knew I wanted to do cafe curtains.  It gives us some privacy, yet still lets light in up top.  I found the perfect grain-sack style fabric and double pleated the panels and hung with rings. They're a fun touch to the kitchen. Open or closed, I love them.

You wouldn't believe how many teenagers we've been able to squeeze around this table now! We love it. 

I also did a quick project of re-doing the stools at the bar.  They were just a basic stained saddle seats, but a real orangey finish.  I sanded down the tops, stained them darker and then painted on some grain-sack-inspired stripes and numbers. I chalk painted the legs and voila, cute stools.

I'll be adding more photos of some of the other rooms as they are so far in the coming weeks. We're really enjoying our new home and exploring the beautiful Houston area.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Farewell to Our Chicagoland Home

We've accepted a job in Houston, TX and have the house on the market. I thought it a great time to photograph the home so we can always remember it. So be prepared for a LOT of photos.



On your right as you enter, is our den/office. I've blogged about it's progress before, but we still love how it turned out and how it functions for our family.

Dining Room
Straight forward from the foyer is where we put our dining room. The home originally had this as the sitting room, but we didn't like how it backed to the family room. We wanted the sitting room to be more isolated so the kids could practice their instruments without the TV bothering them. So we swapped the two rooms.

Family Room
Next we enter our two-story family room. We loved how light-filled it is and have enjoyed the openess (though now that the kids are older, we're ready for things not to be quite so open in the next house.)


This is looking up from the split of the stairs that comes off the kitchen side.

Sitting Room/Formal Living Room
Here's what was originally the dining room and that we now use as a quiet place to read, practice instruments and keep in nicer condition for company.

Now we've come full circuit back to the foyer. On your left is a 1/2 bath and the door to the basement,

and then on your right is a coat closet, the door to the garage and the laundry room.

At the top of the stairs, we have a small landing where our elliptical sits, a hall bath and four bedrooms.

Younger Boys' Room

Teen Boys' Room

Hall Bathroom

Master Bedroom

Master Bath

I've done quite a few posts on this before, so if you want to see more visit my archives. As a refresher, the slide entrance is just to your left as you descend the stairs.

At the base of the stairs, you go left for the two bedrooms, straight for the bathroom, and right is the main rec room.


Main Room
From this shot you can see the slide exit just to the left of the stairs.

And that's it. A tour of a house we turned into a home. We have ten years of memories here and look forward to making many new ones in the next house.

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