Here is what I have to say. In November my husband was offered a job in Boise, ID. My home state, and although it was great to be going back, a part of me felt like I wasn't quiet ready to leave California. We found a rental on craigslist in a desired neighborhood in Boise, The North End. It's like the hub for all outdoor enthusiast, granola eating people and ALL historic charm. I love it for the charm. With older homes, the layouts are all outdated, as is the kitchens and bathrooms, and for some reason, Boise people LOVE the red walls, all colored walls really. (Me, not so much). After weeks of hunting online I came across this charming bungalow, blocks from Hyde Park and most importantly a coffee shop. But it had some major tweeking to do. For starters, it had a wine red dining room. I asked the landlords before we moved if I could paint and they said yes....total deal breaker if they didn't.
So much Blab, lets see design. As I arrived to our home for the first time, I realized after one walk through ( I was flying blind before) that I was going to be doing a lot more fixing up to the house beside the dining room. EVERY room is going to need some serious TLC.
I used Benjamin Moore "seashell". Lauren Liess of Pure Style Home gets me completely. She intergrades modern and country flawlessly. I like to be a little more California Country myself, but she really helps me visual the whole picture. She uses "seashell" in a lot of her homes:
Space is really limited in our house, so we have our dresser in the dining room. Justin at first was like, we're going to keep our underwear in the dining room, but now it's so normal that we don't care. I added a mirror, I've had since we first got married, above our dresser to create more of a sideboard look rather than a lonely dresser that couldn't make the bedroom... I love finding wittle trucks everywhere:]
The cowhide rug was from Stetson's nursery. I also bought that from a dealer at the Long Beach Flea. Cost Plus world market and Ikea have a great price for cowhides if you're looking. I love the tan and white cows myself.
So this is the progress as of now. I didn't take as many before photo's as I would've liked. I was suffocating living just one day with the walls that I worked as a mad women to get rid of them.