Before I get to my post today, I wanted to share our podcast episode. This is a fun one, and I learned a lot!!
Easy to grow plants for your porch
Okay, now let’s get to it! I thought it would be fun to take a look back from how four rooms looked when we moved into this house 4 years ago (yes it’s been that long) and how they look today.
Let’s start in the breakfast room. As far as furniture goes, the only change is the chairs. Everything else is the same.
I think the space looks lighter and brighter. How did we do that?
- Limited color palette – The plates in the plate racks were all colors, and I’ve gone with mainly lavender and white.
- White tablecloth – The white made the table look more fresh and clean.
- White and Blue rug – It’s difficult to keep clean, but it does add freshness to the space.
- More dishes in the armoire – Well I’m not sure it’s an improvement; I just have more dishes.
Here I have my old table that I wanted to sell. I finally got the courage up to sell it, and out it went. I was able to find a new table I loved and paid for it with the money I made on the old table.
As you can see the space looks much warmer with the addition of the curtains, the shades, and the rug. I’ve also added the bench in front of the table. I think the bench makes the room look less crowded because it doesn’t block the view of the front of the table. I also added the slips to the chairs. The pillows also make it look more inviting. There is a lot more fabric in the room now.
The kitchen feels so bare to me in the first photo. If you look in the cabinets, the dishes are much more colorful than they are in the after photo. I changed them out for a magazine photo. You can read about that HERE.
I felt the tole tray was too dark, so I took it down. I added a bread board above the stove. You can see all of the white dishes below. Probably the biggest change was adding the counter stools to the island. I really love the way they look . We actually eat in here quite a lot, and the stools are quite comfy. Note I went with the same tile behind the stove rather than decorative tile. I love the simple, clean look.
In here, I had two French leather chairs that you can barely see. I moved those out. I also added a pediment to the top of the bookcase. It’s totally removable.
The other two big changes are the rug change out, and the new chairs and ottoman. The rug was in the dining room for awhile. I also removed a lot from the bookcase, but somehow things manage to creep back in.
I wanted you to see how adding rugs or changing out rugs really changed the feel of a room. You can also see how going more neutral changed the feel of the kitchen and breakfast room.
It’s fun moving things around. Do you make lots of changes or keep things mainly the same?