As you may know, my husband and I rent our current home. While we love the location right in Old Town Alexandria, we are not fond of the interior. There are many things that need updating and a long list of repairs. Everyday I ponder the thought,
‘if I owned this house, I would ______’.
All in all, I am pretty sure we would most likely gut the entire space and start new.
Well, reality settles back in and I realize we don’t own this house and probably never will. Rather than continuing to fight the lack of personality, why don’t we bring in our own personality. The ugly, poorly finished, hardwood floors are not my style, but I cannot change them, nor can I change the fact that the backdoor to our patio is in an awkward location (I would swap it with the window, add french doors, and completely re space plan our kitchen too).
When we first moved in, I hung paint samples all over the living room. I wanted a fun color but something that complimented the space and wasn’t too bright or bold. I settled on Henderson Bluff from the Benjamin Moore class colors line and have been in love with it ever since (the color to the right is a bit more yellow-brown than its real rustic green color)! It is a historic, rustic color so it has been difficult to find things to compliment it. A few times I contemplated repainting but decided I really did like this color so why change it? So, last night, with Stuart curled up right next to me, I surrendered the fight and dug into a few magazines.
‘OK, I thought, this is not my style, but let’s work with what we have and add some fun new things.’
So, that is what we did! We dog-eared pages, ripped out images, and put together my own little mood board.
We already have a few larger items, like this amazing concrete and wooden dining table and matching rustic bench that my husband made. It sort of is hidden and definitely needs to be a focal point!
Our concrete coffee table (which was recently featured on DIY Del Ray) is also a great piece in our space.
For starters, I want to remove the IKEA chandelier that once hung in my college apartment and replace it with a simple, yet rustic chandelier. Our table lamps also need to go, which I would love to replace with these sleek yet rustic beauties.
From there I think we need to rotate our dining table. This would be a challenge because it weighs about 300 pounds. Any strong men in DC want to help? This also would give us a little extra space for the living room sectional (that we hope to purchase by Christmas). We would position the bench under the window opening to the kitchen and add two rustic dining chairs on the other side. The ones we have work fine, but are a bit too chunky for our space and will need to move on. I would love to add a rustic buffet stand to separate the dining and living space. We desperately need more storage (currently our table mats are housed under our TV console).
We have a ton of amazing accessories but a few more would help. I never like to over-accessorize a space, so this would be the last step. We already have this amazing wall hanging, which we snatched from the water in Maine a few summers ago
I found a these fun, rustic accessories that may compliment what we already have. I don’t want to purchase too much until we get the larger items in place, including the sectional.
I am very excited to be starting this project. Although my first choice for my home would not be a rustic feeling (that would be my ski cabin), I am very excited to get started on this project! I think the overall space will feel so much better and more comfortable to live in every day! What do you think?
Photo Credits: LIGHTING- 1: West Elm, 2: West Elm
FURNISHINGS- 1: West Elm 2: Room and Board
ACCESSORIES- 1: Room and Board 2: Restoration Hardware 3: Crate and Barrel 4: Room and Board 5: Crate and Barrel