I know I mentioned in the home tour post that a lot of people have asked or said they are interested to see how I incorporate my style into this very different house. I’m interested myself, haha! Houses aren’t cookie cutter and I think every house has it’s own uniqueness. My goal is to honor the history of this home while making it our own. There will probably be a pretty significant style evolution for me. I naturally gravitate toward Scandinavian-ish design that has a lot of neutral high contrast black + whites with nice textures and blonde wood tones.
While I still absolutely love that style,I don’t think it’s 100% a great fit for this home. Some of that will certainly make an appearance but there will be some new colors and style introduced as well. I think the style of this house will fall under Modern Victorian. I am spending a lot of time on Pinterest, finding inspiration for this big old house. You can see my Modern Victorian board there. I want to make it our own without trying to fit the contents of my last house into this house. For starters, this house is MUCH larger than our last house. Second, my furniture is superrrr small scale and it looks like doll house furniture in these large rooms. It’s pretty funny to see, especially my dining room table and chairs!!
What I don’t want to do though, is find inspiration photos then try to copy them by going out and buying all of the same pieces and mass finishing all the rooms at one time. I truly believe in style evolution and I don’t think it only happens once in a designers life. You have to let your spaces breathe a little and slowly become what they’re going to be. We are ever evolving and I’m looking forward to being stretched by the challenge of renovating and decorating this house and making it our HOME. I’m not afraid of the style evolution, I’m excited about it!
With all of that said, I want to share a few things I have purchased lately (1 that will probably surprise you!).
Purchases I’ve made during this Style Evolution
I bought two of these Derry Sofas for the living room. I love a big comfy sectional but the way this room is positioned sort of between two other rooms would have made the space difficult to navigate. So I landed on dueling sofas and I’m anxiously awaiting their arrival!! Also comes in about 6 other colors.
I also (very surprisingly!!) bought 2 of these wingback chairs. My husband doesn’t insist on much in the house but he requested 2 wingback chairs in the library. I searched around and we both liked these Rivet Chelsea velvet Evergreen wingbacks. They are somehow both modern and traditional! They’ve both been delivered and I’m seriously IN LOVE. Never thought I’d buy a piece of green furniture but here we are in the midst of a STYLE EVOLUTION. It also comes in Navy and Grey.
Odd thing to include but we bought a new gun safe for Joel’s (husband) and Landon’s (son) hunting guns. They enjoy hunting and will probably do a lot more of it here in Colorado so we needed a safe place to store those and this safe actually isn’t ugly like most safes. It mounts to the floor and to the wall, comes with 2 keys, a shelf and foam that holes 10 rifles in place.
As I mentioned in this post, Joel has a new career here in Colorado and with that comes some changes to our family schedule. He works more than he used to and doesn’t get home until later in the evenings three days a week. For a long time he has been the cook in the family but I’m back on kitchen duty those days. He surprised me with this wonderful toy and I know I’m behind the times on this one! But man, I didn’t know what I was missing. Me and this Echo/Alexa are besties now!! I listen to lots of music, podcasts and sooo much more with this genius tech. If you’ve been considering it but have been putting it off, DO IT NOWWWW…you won’t regret it!
Old Home Love. This book is so good (and looks good on a coffee table ha!) Ahhh…it’s wonderful. Gorgeous photos and a celebration of everything that makes old homes special. Andy + Candis Meredith have an extraordinary love for historic preservation and I just love their story!
I thrifted two of these Jenny Lind twin beds for only $60 before we ever moved our belongings from storage to the house! Ours are wood but we plan on spray painting them soon for Sophia’s (age 8) bedroom. I was on a thrifting high that day for sure!
And last but not least, I also thrifted 2 of these leather rolling chairs for the library/office! $35 each and all I can say is thrifting is AMAZING here in CO. Lots of shops and good stuff in them every time you go. There is a HUGE Habitat for Humanity Restore and I have already been twice. So so soooo good!