I constantly feel like I’m making no progress in finding things I love for the house, but then I decide to do another post on recent vintage finds and realize I’ve actually found quite a lot of things in the past few months!
Our kitchen came with a black AGA range. These ranges are made by a British company and are very on-trend right now due to the fact that they keep popping up in kitchens by British superstar kitchen designers like DeVol and Plain English.
There’s no arguing that an AGA is pretty.
We have maybe the most perfect Halloween house out there. Literally every single time we have someone new working on the property one of the first things they ask about is if we’ve seen ghosts here. Before living in an antique home, I had no idea how many people (especially, and hilariously, the largest, burliest men who we’ve hired to do various work here) truly believe in ghosts.
I never had much appreciation for hydrangeas, as I’m not that big a fan of their classic purple color (clearly I’m in the minority here in New England, where purple hydrangea proliferate). Since we’ve been at our house, though, I’ve grown a real appreciation for our hydrangea bushes, which shift from light green, to almost white, to a beautiful ombré magenta in fall.
Fall is by far my favorite season for our hydrangea. Look at these colors!
Remember Monday, when I whined about how my living room is where all the furniture I don’t know what to do with has ended up, and how it’s crazy I haven’t done anything with this room yet? Well, your (two days) of patience has paid off, because here are some of my ideas of how to address the many issues in this room and make the room look cozy and … good.
Right now, our living room (which we call our ‘keeping room,’ since originally that’s what it was – the combined kitchen and living area of the colonial house with its giant fireplace) is a mish-mosh of things we’ve bought, furniture that we purchased with the house, hand-me-downs and items from our old apartment. Altogether, it’s a bit of a mess! Now, I’m trying to decide on what to keep, what to get rid of, what to purchase and what colors to incorporate.
As promised in my post about some of my favorite recent vintage finds, here are (some of my many) vintage purchases that I regret. Writing this hilariously revealed to me SO MANY of my personality flaws. Overconfidence in abilities to do everything by myself? YES. Glossing over important details because I want pretty thing? CHECK. Buying something because it is cheap, even though I don’t need it / it will cost a lot of money to fix? YUH-HUH. Trolling auction sites while having a glass of wine? YUP (maybe not a personality flaw, but friends, don’t drink and internet – it never ends well, and for me, it ends with useless furniture). Now, you’re probably thinking, that photo up there doesn’t look TOO bad. Nice turned legs, cute little brass detail on the keyholes. Looks like a sweet addition to an antique house. WELL, YOU WOULD BE WRONG …