Who knew interior design was SO GOOD for the soul? I’ve been on a kick lately (okay, I’m obsessed) with updating the look of my living room and kitchen.
The fact is I love interior design. I drool over it on blogs and Pinterest and HGTV. I’ve had a subscription to Real Simple magazine since I was 7 I’m pretty sure. I think I get this from my Mom. She’s always loved organizing and updating and rearranging and finding “cute little shops” with one-of-a-kind items.
There was one problem. When we first got married we bought a whole crap-ton of black furniture. It was ‘trendy’. It was cool. Don’t get me wrong. I still don’t think there’s anything wrong with black furniture. But our house was full of it. Everything matched exactly. And no light was getting through the few windows we had.
I was on a roll of buying furniture that “adults would have in their house”. Because part of me was still trying to prove that I was adult enough to be married so young.
I think it hit me one day when I moved our quilt ladder and antique trunk out of the living room because it didn’t ‘go’ with our new ultra sleek black modern look. The problem was I LOVED the trunk and the ladder. In fact, I loved it more than our new stuff. Why was I decorating with pieces I didn’t love?
I really am more of a flea-market, collector. I like mismatch. I like the HUNT! And more than anything I like to be able to CHANGE things without feeling like I wasn’t allowed to.
So, I’d look at a beautiful interior online, and then look around at my black and RED (Everything is red!) living room and siigh. “Oh well. I can’t ever change it.”
Enter the wonderful and fabulous Janae Hardy. The queen of thrifting your way to a frigging beautiful home. (She also takes beautiful photos. She also loves Jesus. She also is a great mom…She also….okay enough.) I was at her house for a playdate. And I looked around and said to her “I would love to decorate like this, but our house is full of black furniture….”
And she said the most AMAZING words I had never thought of…ready?…”Why don’t you sell it on Craigslist and start over?”
What? You can DO THAT???????
As it turns out you can!! They’ve been selling like hot-cakes. And I’ve actually sold them for nearly what i paid for them, too. Crazy.
But, this time around I didn’t want to blindly pick and choose matching sets from furniture stores. I wanted to research and learn and know what i was looking for.
So I’ve been educating myself on this crazy world of interior design. And the biggest help so far has been this book by the editors of the sadly-departed Domino magazine. What I like is that I’m actually LEARNING. So for example, I showed Jared the page of all different kinds of tables and what they are called. (GUYS! Tables HAVE NAMES!!! I know! I was surprised, too!) We both picked a farmhouse/harvest table. It looked rustic which is SO jared, but it’s also super-minimalist which is TOTES me. Also I like that they are already kind of worn and imperfect. I hate the idea of our kid(s) living in a museum. Callie can spill her cereal on this thing and it’s not going to hurt it. So, I knew I was on the hunt for. Super helpful while flea-marketing!
One day, under a pile of junk…THERE IT WAS!!! The most miraculous table I’ve ever seen. Recently built by a guy from Pomme de Terre Lake who literally CHOPPED down a walnut tree and made this table. WHAT? Originally $599. No way. Reduced to $300. SOLD! I sold my current table and chairs on craigslist for twice that, so…winning!!!
Next hurdle. I’ve learned I’m scared of taking risks. Light fixtures are a risk to me because they involve ELECTRICITY!!! One youtube video later, I found out you can switch out a light fixture in about 20 minutes, so….okay! Let’s do it! On Pinterest I found out you can PAINT a light fixture??? What? So I was searching for either a chandelier or a mid-century diner-lamp. To be honest, whichever I found in budget first was going to be the winner because I was torn. Found this plain white diner lamp for $10. I decided I can screw up a 10 dollar light fixture and not feel too guilty. Sold!
Apparently the key to painting metal is this Killz spray primer. So I sprayed and it then painted it with the leftover turquoise from my bridal show booth. I love turquoise…so why was it no where in my house??? Because I thought it was a ‘risk’. But that was the old me. The new me was a RISK-TAKER!!! In fact, look for the new company name, Risk-takie-Day-Photography LLC.
I was on a roll, so I painted our red high-chair too. Why not?
So here it is so far. Doesn’t that little pop of turquoise add so much personality? Our old kitchen light was actually way too bright and we were always unscrewing lightbulbs so we weren’t blinded. This one is the perfect mood lighting. And only twice so far have I grabbed the lamp and pointed it at Jared and shouted “WHERE WERE YOU THE NIGHT OF AUGUST 14th????” So that’s pretty good so far.
And here’s the thing…if I change my mind later…I CAN CHANGE IT! How freeing!! I mean I painted both those things in like one episode of Once Upon a Time, so come on!
Next step, finding the perfect dining room chairs. Though I kind of LOVE the Eames-style chairs paired with the rustic table, but I’m not sure Jared would agree. If I did do a mid-century chair, i think they’d have to be the armless Eames to fit more people around it. Maybe a rug? New stuff on the wall?
Anyway. I’ll be blogging my progress as I pull things together. Mid-century meets Rustic. Katie meets Jared. It doesn’t quite match. But, it just works.
What do you think? Would you like to eat at my table? I’m convinced food actually tastes better on it.
Callie’s a fan!