Thursday, February 4, 2010

How things change... quickly.

It's been almost 5 years since we moved into our "new" house
and I can remember it like it was yesterday.
Heck, I stressed out so much while bulding it I lost 15 pounds ... wish that still was a reality

As much as we love our "new" home..
... our kids still long for our
"old" home and talk about all the time.

I thought I would share with you some pictures of what
our first house looked like and why I think about it so often.

This was the view looking down on the living room from up stairs.

The dining room.  Mom and I made all the slip covers and window treatments.
I was trying desperately to hid the danish modern furniture I inherited from my Aunt.
Who knew it was coming back in style???

This was my favorite decorating ever.
The door on the left was my pantry door.
It was salvaged from my parents house and I painted black.
I had to leave it with the house and boy do I miss it.
What a great solution for getting rid of an old bi-fold door.

The family room had a great faux finish on the wall.
Textured khaki paint was the base...when I tired of the khaki color we added
a brown and ocre wash over the top of it the look of suede.
My friend Barb was a master at mixing paint and texturizing.
Can you tell I love little lamps?  They are everywhere.

The kitchen also had a faux finish on the walls and again I made every single
window treatment and curtain in this place.
The kitchen island was a converted breakfast bar from
Target.  If you moved the curtains we added shelves underneath
to hid all the baby bottles and sippy cups.  Everything was organized
in cute little baskets and fit just perfectly.

This was Mac and Hannah's room.
When Shea was born Hannah was kicked out of the nursery,
while Mac at the tender age of 4 was put in the top bunk.
They absolutely loved every moment of this transition.
There was a cool peg rail that went around the walls so all their stuff hung neatly off the floor :)

The master bedroom was neat but we didn't spend much time decorating.
Just paint and pottery barn.

The bathroom was open to the bedroom, so as you can imagine mornings were not so
restful with The Accountant getting ready for work.

Ahhhh....the nursery.
I loved this room.
Spent hours upon hours in this room.
The curtains were this perfect yellow and cream striped, embroidered fabric.
Ohhh ....and the patchwork fabric on the table was my all time favorite.

Looking through my old house, I notice now how much I made by hand.
Our new house is a little different.  This time around we had a little more money
to get things built for us and less of our own handiwork.

Our first home will always stay in our hearts.
We lived there for just about 10 years.

Sadly, today we found out that the couple we sold it too is facing forclosure.
I will never forget at them at the closing, the wife had given me a big hug and
said thank you for making such a beautiful home for us.
I wish them all the best and hope that they can some how make it work...
it was a house built out of love and determination.

Gives me much more determination to start making some changes around this "new" house.
Maybe that is what the kids are trying to tell me????
"Get to work Mom"


Ashley @ The Happy Little Home said...

What a sweet post. I'm sure I'll have so many of the same feelings when we decide to sell our house one day. It's strange how big of a connection you can feel to an object.

Artfulife said...

So fun to see how lovingly you decorated you last home. I am sure someday soon all of you will feel the same about your current home.

Sheila Rumney said...

What a lovely home... I remember our first home with fond rememberance. But as I make this home into ours and all the new memories it seems more like home.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Hi Janet, our old house is only about 1/4 mile from our new one. We drive by from time to time, great memories!
It's sad to hear that the new family can't keep their home, so many families going through the same situation. I hope things get better soon!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Your new home is so amazing it doesn't even compare!!!!

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luciwallis said...

Love the new house and the old one is just as cute. Your kitchen is very cute~

traci said...

well as you know. i am a huge fan of your new house. before i even knew who lived there, my daughter and i would drive through your neighborhood and admire all the gorgeous homes. yours my dear was our favorite!!!!

Anonymous said...

You took pictures from Picasa3 and it's a good idea.