I'm so excited to be over here at From My Porch To Yours today. Thank you Pamela for inviting me!! It's such an honor and I'm so glad to be here and share our home with you and all your friends. I'm Lisa from Concord Cottage and here to share with you "How I found my Style." Our home is located in Monrovia, Ca, was built in 1922 and is a Cottage Style. 3 Years ago we walked through it on an open house but it was way out of our price range. Our house hunting continued for several months, and we were thrilled when the price dropped and they accepted our offer.
We got the keys 2 1/2 years ago and it needed a lot of work, let's just say. There wasn't A/C and in Southern California you cannot live without it so that was the first thing we had done. We worked for 3 weeks stripping wall paper, sanding and painting before we moved in. So our home is still a continued labor of love and we continue to work on it as we go. My Decorating style is Cottage, Shabby Chic & what I call Vintage Glam. It's really a mix of styles and you'll see that as you tour our home. How did I find my style?? I am recently married and came from a home that was my daughter and I so there was lots of pink and roses, more shabby chic and was very very girly. I wanted to create a home that my hubs would feel comfortable in and didn't scream pink everywhere (ok it does in the kitchen and one bathroom but his man cave balances that so we're ok....lol), yet still looks like me. So to be honest, I am still finding my style by making our home "Ours." We like to go yard sailing and thrift shopping together but to be honest he is so ok with pretty much anything I do. When I do ask if it's ok to change something his answer is usually "fabulous." Especially when the projects don't involve him...lol. Here's a picture of our blended family at our wedding.
To give you a little more back history here, I grew up with my dad and brother and my dad owned a drapery business. We didn't have a ton of money but my dad was very handy and could build anything, make anything or create anything. He bought me my first Singer sewing machine at a yard sale and it was the best gift ever at age 10. I took sewing classes all through high school, walked to the fabric store with baby sitting money and would make an outfit to wear to school. I had to be resourceful because I wanted to fit in and look cute..lol. I worked in that fabric school and really honed my sewing skills. This has been a huge bonus for me in decorating my home because I can sew pillows, drapes, tablecloths, slipcovers and things for our home and do it on a budget. I am so thankful for my dad and what I learned from him. My goal is to be able build things like he did and I'm sure that will come with time. Here's our Living Room. The front door is in the center of the room so there are two sides of the room which is a little challenging at times. It leads into our dining room that leads into our kitchen and t.v. room aka Man Cave.
We received a small Gallery Style frame set as a wedding gift and I found thrift store mirrors and inspirational words, did some painting and made this large Gallery Wall with our wedding pictures that included our two kids.
Just recently I changed our mantel after finding these old windows at a yard sale. I change it up a lot based on the holiday or season so here are few shots just to give you an idea. I love to decorate for holidays. Our furniture in our Living Room were the few pieces we bought new and went with neutrals because I love to change pillows and throws too.
Here is the before picture when we walked through it before we bought it. (Previous owners goodies) I apologize it was taken on my phone but you have to see it to appreciate. It was all dark wood paneling and lots of wall paper. There was carpeting and we pulled it up and refinished the original wood floors on the first floor.
We did so much sanding, caulking and painting that there were mornings I couldn't hold my tooth brush because my hands were so sore and stiff.
We chose a paint that was a taupe and after painting it looks a lil' lavender which I now want to change and plan to do that this summer. I found these grey blue wing bag chairs on Craig's List last year for $150 and LOVE them. I love to hunt for art work and accessories at Thrift Stores which can be a lot of fun.
On this side of the room we have an office wall unit that we found at Living Spaces. Because I run an online business (as well as my blog) from home I needed a space that I could keep all my shipping office supplies tucked away and with having knee surgery couldn't run up and down our stairs, so this works for us for now. My knee feels better so this will probably move up into the office soon and this will most likely be a cozy reading area soon. Here's our Dining Room.
This is one of our favorite rooms in our house. This is where we have fun dinners with family on Sundays and get togethers with friends. We love the French doors and the big wide moldings. The dining room set is one of our most treasured finds. I found this on Craig's List and we picked it up the night before we were moving. That's a funny story but we were so thrilled to get this. It retailed for over $7000 and we got it for $1000. You can find some wonderful things on Craig's List if you take time and look as so many times people are moving and just want to get rid of things. This set has the large table with leaves, covers, 8 chairs, the huge hutch and the buffet (you'll see in the next picture).
We LOVE it so much. It took 8 guys to get that hutch out of the home and onto the truck and my hubs wanted to KILL me but it was worth it. I do want to make slipcovers for the chairs as hunter green isn't my thing but for now it's fine. The China in the hutch was from a friend of a friend. She was over our house and said OMG I have the perfect china set for you and she was also moving and sold it to us for $200 (12 pieces) and the rug was a freebie from a woman that was selling some pillows on Craig's List and asked if we wanted it. YES of course. It's fabric so we took it, laundered it and it's perfect with our 2 Dogs and 3 Cats. I hate to spend a lot of rugs because they get so much wear here.
The Chandelier was my Grandmother Sadie's and it means so much to me. It was in their home about 40 years and I always loved it.
|Through the dining room you enter our Kitchen.|
It is very small and narrow and has this darling kitchen nook, which we love and looks out to our big oak tree.
The chandelier was in my brother and sister in law's house when they bought it and they hated it. When he asked me if I wanted it I jumped up and down!! YES I DO!! I just love it.
Are you seeing how narrow our kitchen is?? I'm not kidding, it's like an apartment size and when we are cooking or prepping my husband and I are cheek to cheek.
Are you ready for the before pics??? There was blue and white stripe wall paper with little pink flowers on the walls and the cabinets were white with wood cabinet doors.
I love pink roses and hung pretty plates on the wall and made chandelier chain cover too.
In the nook are two fun shelves built into the cabinets so it's a great place to display little teapots and tea sets. During Holidays I change this around a lot.
Here I hung some vintage aprons on pretty rose hooks I found. The Kitchen leads right into our tv room or my hubs Man Cave - Pittsburgh Steelers themed t.v. room.
I hope you're not in shock by the lovely bright gold color. So if you know my husband you would know that he is a DIE HARD Pittsburgh Steelers Fan. He is from there and is such a big fan. I mean he has that logo tattooed on his arm. So when we first moved we painted this room taupe and just had a lot of his accessories. He is such a trooper and helps me with my ideas and constant fixing or changing things so I thought, let's just go for it.
NFL makes there own paint colors too. So this is the true NFL Steelers Gold. I painted the ceiling fan blades black (it was old and outdated) and then hand painted the logos on them.
I found T-shirts at Thrift Stores and used them for art work. I covered canvas or framed them for the wall gallery. I also cut some up and make throw pillows too. He loves his Steelers Room and it's good to keep your guy happy, right?
Next to the t.v. room and dining room is our Animal Print Bathroom. We had to renovate the upstairs bathroom so for this one all we could do was paint.
We painted the cabinets a chocolate brown to update them. I gave this piano bench a make over and used an animal print skirt to cover the seat.
I found the drapes for $2 and added some more of that animal print from the skirt to the border on the hemline and on the towels.
My friend and I had a yard sale and we traded some items so I got these two pretty pictures and she got two of my lamps.
I LOVE roses and if I could have them every week I would. Off the Steelers Room is the laundry room.
On the left are cabinets that hang and below is an area that houses dog stuff, leashes, extra laundry soap, extra bags and various other goodies so I made this ticking striped ruffled drape to hide all that. On the cabinets I added some vintage looking keys and crystal knobs. I found the vintage wash board at a yard sale for $1 and made the banner flags with burlap and chalkboard paper that says Wash, Fold & Repeat.
I found this wire bustier at a yard sale for $1 and hung it over the light for interest. On the shelves I added ruffled fabric and I took plastic totes from Walmart and covered them in animal print fabric. Ok let's head upstairs. Here is my daughter's Purple and Black teen room.
Below is the before and you can see how scary it was. It has lots of cracks in the walls and ceiling because they are plaster from 1922. My hubs patched all that and then we painted it.
|Her room has loads of windows and a big bench seat too. I want to make a cushion for that too. The wall sconces were already here and I added the shades and covered them with black fabric and beads.|
Her room has loads of windows and a big bench seat too. I want to make a cushion for that too. The wall sconces were already here and I added the shades and covered them with black fabric and beads.
We found this black n white Zebra Futon at Living Spaces and it is great when she has sleep overs or we have extra company.
I found this vanity at a yard sale for $10 and it was cream with flowers and I painted it black and covered the seat. Here's our Pink Powder Room upstairs.
We gutted this except the tub and scraped 6 layers of wall paper off the walls. We added the new floor, vanity, toilet and put a shower head in too.
I saved the scraps of each layer of wall paper too...lol. Here is the Master Bedroom - I picked a pale blue so my hubs would feel comfortable and not too girly for him. We have his bedroom set and then I accessorized by hunting down great finds like the lamps from Marshalls on sale for $15 each. The headboard was a thrift store find for $30 and had the $245 tag on the back. I want to cover it sometime in a lighter taupe shade.
I found the mirrored vanity on sale for $100 and just LOVED it. I took a frame I had and found the chair which was black and spray painted them a hammered gold. I made the chair slip cover to make it girly and feminine too.
I love that vintage look, and have a tiara, pink candle and mirror with perfumes out on display.
Whenever I have roses I like to pull a few and have them in our room too. This pretty vanity is in my eye's view when I'm in bed and I just love it. It's the one girly thing in the room...lol. Our backyard is pretty big and we have a patio that leads down the pool.
I just found ways to add lots of color back here with new cushions and lanterns. I bought pots at the .99 Cents store and painted about 10 of them in bright colors of red, yellow, orange and lime green and then are set around the patio and down the steps. In the center of our backyard is a 100 year old Oak Tree that we just Love and enjoy. It gives us sooo much shade and even on the hottest of hot days you can sit out here and it's comfortable.
We LOVE having a pool and are in it on the weekends. Even if we are running around, or doing projects if we come out here and float for an hour or two it feels like we just had a little vacation. My husband turns 50 in August so there are lots of fun things in the works right now to jazz up our back yard too. I think a few tips for creating a beautiful home are surround yourself with things you love and be authentic and stay true to your own style. I love Pink Roses and Chandeliers but that may not be yours or everyone else's taste or what they're showing in all the magazines and that's ok. It's me. Sometimes I put pressure on myself or feel bugged that my home is not all done, all painted and beautifully decorated with the finest........ and then I remember, " oh yeah it's like life, a journey" and it might be messy, and sloppy and ugly at times and neat and tidy at other times ......but that's kinda how life is too right?. When I walk around my home I love looking at something and remembering "Oh I bought this on that trip, or I made this and sweated that day for 3 hours or 3 days, or I received that from that special friend." All of that can't happen in a day or a weekend, right? If you are handy and can make things or even replicate pieces you love for less that's a wonderful thing. If you can get out on the weekends and hit some yard sales or thrift stores it is amazing what you can find for dollars. Craig's list is also a great resource for finding things for less and you can negotiate through email too. We have had so many wonderful experiences and most people are nice and even give you extra goodies too, like our rug above. My husband and I make it work for us and try to balance home projects and relaxing. Some times we'll take a drive, plan a new restaurant or dive he wants to try, hit a couple thrift stores, maybe a yard sale or two and just make a day of it. It gets us out of our home, we get see another city and enjoy each other's company and the day. I think one of the biggest things I've learned or noticed is the projects I was most hesitant to try, or make because I was afraid it would turn out bad, or mess it up, are usually the projects I Love and feel the best about. Don't get me wrong there have been some craft fails along the way, and we laugh about it, or recipe fails (ask my family) but we'll never know unless we try right? So I hope you enjoyed our home tour today. If you want to see more please come on over to Concord Cottage and say hello.
Thank you again Pamela and From My Porch To Yours friends for having me here today!
Have a great week, Lisa
|Thank you so much Lisa for stopping by today! I learned many things I did not know about your yet. It is always fun to learn more about our bloggy pals. I have to admit my favorite thing of yours is that gorgeous kitchen chandy!|