BEFORE + AFTER | WALT'S PARLOR

 

This room is my favorite in our home for two reasons. It always stays clean because Walt is really the only one who uses it and secondly, it's probably had the biggest transformation out of all of the rooms in our house. Two words: faux finish. Make that four words: faux finish/ track lighting. Yikes!

The major changes we made were removing the carpet and installing hardwood floors, just like in Luella's Bedroom, and painting the walls. Can someone tell me what that awful paint color was before? And the faux finish accent wall?! Like why? It was 90's jewel-tone mania up in there. We went back and forth on a couple different paint colors for the walls. I wanted my go-to BM Snowbound but Walt wanted this room to be a bit more moody. We compromised and met in the middle with SW Aloof Gray and both love the way it looks, especially with all of the furniture in the room. The plantation shutters that are pictured here came with the house - they're cheap and some are even broken. I'd love to completely remove them one day and sew some custom curtains for this space. I have the most gorgeous swatch of burnt reddish orange cotton velvet on my inspiration board that I think would be really beautiful next to the fabric of the arm chairs. #goals

This room has a lot of the furniture Walt had in his Brooklyn apartment when we first met. The bonded leather sofa, the record player, and the wood stacking boxes he built to hold his records will always remind me of that boy covered in tattoos that I fell madly in love with. I think the room is finished but Walt still wants to add some vintage firefighter photos to the walls.

I think his parlor is a nice blend of mid century modern and Americana. It screams Walt and I just love that. He works really hard and deserves to have a space all his own. 

 

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We found this incredible sideboard, that we use as our entry table, at an antique shop years ago. My grandpa was a cabinetmaker and he used to make very similar pieces with the barley twist detail so I have an affinity toward furniture like this.

We found this incredible sideboard, that we use as our entry table, at an antique shop years ago. My grandpa was a cabinetmaker and he used to make very similar pieces with the barley twist detail so I have an affinity toward furniture like this.

Doing something he's definitely not supposed to be doing.  

Doing something he's definitely not supposed to be doing.  

This cat needs to be brushed, badly. 

This cat needs to be brushed, badly. 

That superman curl makes me swoon.

That superman curl makes me swoon.

Leftover King Cake. I got the baby in the slice I had today! But what fun is that since I'm the one who made the cake? Just my luck.

Leftover King Cake. I got the baby in the slice I had today! But what fun is that since I'm the one who made the cake? Just my luck.

I love a full fruit basket. 

I love a full fruit basket. 

Cleaning doesn't seem as much of a chore when you display really pretty brooms and dusters. 

Cleaning doesn't seem as much of a chore when you display really pretty brooms and dusters. 

A closeup of the most gorgeous cream and blush roses. I sent my husband on a grocery store run to pick up some ingredients for dinner and he walked in the door with everything I wrote on the list and then these. Romance, guys. It's in the smallest details sometimes.

A closeup of the most gorgeous cream and blush roses. I sent my husband on a grocery store run to pick up some ingredients for dinner and he walked in the door with everything I wrote on the list and then these. Romance, guys. It's in the smallest details sometimes.

Walt had just come home from the shooting range. Spit bottle in hand and all. What can I say, he's a Texas boy through and through.

Walt had just come home from the shooting range. Spit bottle in hand and all. What can I say, he's a Texas boy through and through.

She was watching  Trolls  for the 1,000,078th time.

She was watching Trolls for the 1,000,078th time.

Even though he needs to be brushed, I think Fitzgerald is still so handsome. 

Even though he needs to be brushed, I think Fitzgerald is still so handsome. 

Walt's parlor will be next on my Before + After series. This is a preview of what's to come. 

BEFORE + AFTER | LUELLA'S BEDROOM

 

I thought it would be fun to start a series here showing Before + After photos of our home renovations. Interestingly enough, Luella's room was the first we worked on when we moved into the house but it kind of became a hodgepodge of stuff. I still think it is, but in the end it's a kids' room and I want it to feel lived in and comfortable for her.

When we got the house, every room was painted a different color. Like the worst 90's colors you could ever think of. My in-laws were kind enough to paint our guest room, laundry room, and Luella's bedroom prior to us moving in all of our furniture. So the story with our first paint color goes like this...we (mainly Walt) painted nearly every room in the house BM Marilyn's Dress. That's the color he and I decided on. Because the previous owners made such terrible paint color choices, Marilyn's Dress seemed like a nice, neutral color in comparison. Then we lived with it for a couple of years and started to realize how blue and muddy it looked. Slowly, but surely we've repainted every single room again with the exception of our guest bedroom and bathroom, as well as the kitchen (those are next on our list.) We've repainted it SW Snowbound, my very favorite white, and I've promised Walt we'll never repaint again! And for your information, I chipped in this time around and did a lot of the repainting myself. Of course I feel bad covering up Walt's (and even my in-laws') paint job but you have to understand I went to design school and studied this stuff. I can't just leave it alone. I'll sit there and obsess about it until it's done. It really is a curse.

Excuse a 3-month old Luella, me and my phone call in the frame. I was on the phone with AT&T setting up our internet and cable and apparently Walt couldn't wait a few more minutes to take this before photo.

The major changes we made were removing the carpet and installing hardwood floors, hiring a company to hang plantation shutters on the window, and replace that builder grade ceiling fan with a new one. I normally don't like ceiling fans but we're in Texas - it's the sensible thing to do, especially in a bedroom on a 2nd story level. 

I wanted to mix the old with new so we did just that. The antique Jenny Lind style bed was actually Walt's sister Rhett's childhood bed that her granddad refinished. And the painting of their ancestor's home in South Carolina hung above it in Rhett's bedroom. I'm not the most sentimental person but even that gives me all the feelings. We incorporated some colorful elements like the geometric throw pillows and the multi-color shag rug to make the space lively and modern. 

If I could describe the style of Luella's bedroom I would say it's a marriage of mid century modern and traditional, with whimsical details that make it charming for a 4 year old girl.