Last night I woke about 4 am dwelling over the long list of things I need to get done today here at our everyday house; mounds of laundry, the floors, the bathrooms, empty the dishwasher etc. Knowing I’d much rather be decorating or repurposing something, I decided instead to write a blog post. 😉 So today before I get to the chores, I think I’ll share a few pictures from the house in Navasota of the farmhouse décor for motivation. You know, some days a girl just needs to see something pretty for a little pick-me-up.
Before Pics – The good, the bad, and the ugly!
As you can see, my in-laws loved recliners. Each corner of the room had one and they sat blocking the doors. For the life of me I don’t get the appeal of recliners. I know tons of people who love them (mostly men) but years ago I decided it was my mission to rid the world of giant recliners – you’ll thank me later.
But other than the chairs blocking the doorways and the entertainment unit way to big for the room, the paint color isn’t my thing either. Dark gold walls don’t say farmhouse. What does say beautiful farmhouse are the doors themselves. And the trim. And the huge baseboards. And the original windows. Those things make my heart skip a beat.
This is the only living area. I heard that many decades ago the cousins would come visit and they’d all line up on the floor to sleep in here; each fighting to be near a window to feel the breeze. Listening to that story, I didn’t think of the fun they had being together. All I could think was gracious me, I’m so grateful the in-laws installed central heat and air! I am positive I wouldn’t be so fond of this house if I were vying for a space in front of a window.
But after several weekends and a few long weeks, we finally got it all cleared out, sold, and donated. Every time we left to come home I felt as if we looked like the Beverly Hillbillies taking a load over to Fred Sanford. The truck was crammed full of trash bags, junk we couldn’t take to the dump or items we were taking to Fort Worth for the estate sale.
After Pics – The pretty, the restful, and the lovely.
But under all that moldy furniture from the early 90’s (gotta love burgundy, forest green and navy), there were several pieces I wanted to keep. I knew I could shine them up and they’d fit right in with my love of vintage, Farmhouse style. We purchased new seating from Ikea. I love the Ektorp collection. The Mister still thinks I’m crazy for wanting white sofa’s but I know the slip covers will hold up for many washings.
There are several things I want to tell you regarding the different pieces in the living room but I’ll save that for another post. Thanks for hanging around and I hope you are motivated as much as I am by this Farmhouse décor. Now for the laundry – bleh.