I wanted to title these posts "Before," but as I've yet to pick up a tool inside the house or make any strides toward an "After," that seemed a bit premature. We'll go ahead and title these posts House Tour, then, with the expectation that I'll one day link back to them and dazzle you with a house makeover montage.
These images are all courtesy of the sellers' agent.
Come on in!
Red pine floors original to the 1906 house... yes please!
See those great windows behind the table? This is the clearest picture you'll get of them for now. You can actually walk out onto the landings... I've never seen windows like quite like them. As an end unit the house is flooded with light all day long.
Now we're going to turn right and peek into the living room.
Our inclination is to substantially open up this room. We're itching to tear down that weird half-wall, and will probably alter the large closet/built-in unit, too. The room's just begging to be bigger, you know?
The way the room is structured now, it's a tight squeeze in there. Not mention all the "I can't believe I bought T that enormous TV for his birthday" angst that comes up for me. We think knocking down at least one of the walls is going to do wonders for the space.
I love that we have a fireplace, and I appreciate the historic mantel, but I do not love this particular mantel at all. I've already started poking around in architectural salvage stores for something different, without a mirror on top.
The fireplace and wall angle separates the living room from the dining room.
One of the things I'm most excited about is finding a dining room table. I gravitate toward rustic tables paired with more streamlined chairs. See the recessed lighting above? It's all over the downstairs, and it's all done incorrectly. One big project will be to get the wiring under control and have a lighting plan. The sooner we do that, the better... because I'm ready to start shopping for the perfect rustic chandelier to hang over the dining table.
I'd love to hear any ideas you have or stories from your own living room and dining room renovations!