Moving On To The Dining Room

December 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

We have also got the dining room pretty much set up (for now).  We do have many projects on the list, but Illinois winters don’t allow for too much outdoor work (sanding and painting).  Here is the mini tour of the dining room.  And, as always, suggestions and comments are always welcome and appreciated!

This is a little corner of the dining room. The door leads down to an old basement. This was a hand-me-down metal desk. We fell in love with it. We don't really use it as a desk, but more as a table and storage (the house has NO extra linen-type closets!). The little jar is a bag of HUGs! The paiting is one by my brother, which he gave me for my birthday this year. I love this little area.

This is a little corner of the dining room. The door leads down to an old basement. This was a hand-me-down metal desk. We fell in love with it. We don't really use it as a desk, but more as a table and storage (the house has NO extra linen-type closets!). The little jar is a bag of HUGs! The paiting is one by my brother, which he gave me for my birthday this year. I love this little area.

A close up of the painting by Ryan.

A close up of the painting by Ryan.

This is the corner of the dining room between the kitchen and the living room.  The antique table and antique lamp are from my grandmother.  The silver balls are modern and I think provide nice contast here.  The little primitive box was one that Tony made when he was in high school.  I think its adorable.  I added antique bottles.

This is the corner of the dining room between the kitchen and the living room. The antique table and antique lamp are from my grandmother. The silver balls are modern and I think provide nice contast here. The little primitive box was one that Tony made when he was in high school. I think its adorable. I added antique bottles.

 

 

A close up of Tony's little box and the apothecary bottles.

A close up of Tony's little box and the apothecary bottles.

This is the other side of the window. The plate rack obviously still needs to be hung.

This is the other side of the window. The plate rack obviously still needs to be hung.

This is our little red dining room table. The mismatched chairs are all painted black. if you can see the curtains here or in any other pictures, they, too, need to be replace. They are covered in fruit. Its on the project list!

This is our little red dining room table. The mismatched chairs are all painted black. if you can see the curtains here or in any other pictures, they, too, need to be replace. They are covered in fruit. Its on the project list!

This is the little wall space next to the window. I love this set up. I always love antique frames.

This is the little wall space next to the window. I love this set up. I always love antique frames.

This is the wall behind the dining table.  It is pretty bare for right now, but we are working on redoing a giant antique desk for this spot.  We got the desk at an auction for $5!  The candles and shelves will stay.

This is the wall behind the dining table. It is pretty bare for right now, but we are working on redoing a giant antique desk for this spot. We got the desk at an auction for $5! The candles and shelves will stay.

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The Kitchen Comes Together

December 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

It only took us a few days to get all the boxes put away and to get the rooms semi organized.  We are cleaned and now trying to decorate.  The kitchen is a great place to start because its a room we need to use everyday.  We have a side door that enters into the kitchen from an alley.  The landlord hopes to add a small deck out of this door.  The one end of the kitchen goes to a hall towards the bathroom, master bedroom, and the room we plan to use as an office/den.  There are also two doorways to the dining room.  Our favorite part of the kitchen is the little open window between the kitchen and the dining room.  So many possibilities.  Although I hope to do more detailed posts on specific projects in the house, I thought I should start with a sort of general tour.  So, here is the kitchen as of now!
The little window to the dining room. Enless possibilities. The clock happens to have faces on both sides!
The little window to the dining room. Enless possibilities. The clock happens to have faces on both sides!

 

Close up of the window and beautiful bottles we have collected.

Close up of the window and beautiful bottles we have collected.

 

View heading out kitchen door. The artsy rolling pin was an auction find. The curatins have to go, but that will be an upcoming project.

View heading out kitchen door. The artsy rolling pin was an auction find. The curatins have to go, but that will be an upcoming project.

 

Some of the DIY the landlord tried above the microwave. He had it hidden by a mass of leaves wound in lattice. It was so dusty and ugly. So far I spruced it up with a vintage lunc box of recipies. I love the little vintage tea pot Tony found for me.

Some of the DIY the landlord tried above the microwave. He had it hidden by a mass of leaves wound in lattice. It was so dusty and ugly. So far I spruced it up with a vintage lunc box of recipies. I love the little vintage tea pot Tony found for me.

 

The other corner of the kitchen. Same old ugly curtain. I was also thinking about painting the cabinets. We are renters, so this might be a project for after we have been here a while. But, they are old, shabby cupboards, so maybe, just maybe...

The other corner of the kitchen. Same old ugly curtain. I was also thinking about painting the cabinets. We are renters, so this might be a project for after we have been here a while. But, they are old, shabby cupboards, so maybe, just maybe...

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Where To Begin

December 9, 2008 at 11:24 pm (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

So, as I said, my boyfriend and I have just recently moved into a new house. The place is cute and cozy, but it will take some work for us to arrange, decorate, remodel, and combine all of our belongings. We have been there for a couple of weeks now. But, to backtrack, here are a few photos of the house as we were moving in, and the empty rooms just asa we are starting to arrange.

Tony is making dinner in the new house with our pup Romeo.

Tony is making dinner in the new house with our pup Romeo.

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