We checked another item off our house’s to-do list. The home inspection revealed that our electrical panel needed to be replaced sooner rather than later. It took an entire day to do, and the electricians still had to return the following week to address a couple of other smaller tasks we wanted done.
We had them add an outlet to the foyer. It is a large area and I was surprised that there was not an outlet here or in the hallway next to it. Last Christmas, I put our tree up in the foyer – it looked great there, but I had to run an extension cord in front of the stairs and around the corner into the living room. This year, it will be much easier and cleaner looking.
After we moved in, I ordered a new wall sconce for the stairwell to replace a Tiffany-style sconce. The new light fixture, like the previous one would not work. Bradley fiddled with the switches, and even changed out both switches, but it still wouldn’t work. The problem turned out to be bad wiring to the switch at the bottom of the stairs. So for now, the fixture can only be operated from the top of the stairs. Not ideal, but we didn’t want to have them mess with the drywall for now. At least it does work now.
In the dining room, I have rearranged our existing furniture to give it a fresh feel and see what I like. With the table lined up long-ways to the window, I felt it gave more room for a table on the only wall without a door or window. I would love to have a sideboard table like this, but it isn’t a high priority financially.
I saw this collection of botanical prints and was inspired to add some to our house. I ordered this book from Amazon, because I wanted to use drawings of flowers that are native to our area (many of which are now in my own yard thanks to my mom). I framed them in gold frames that I picked up at Goodwill and used a Martha Stewart metallic glaze in Coffee to tone down the gold.
There were quite a few more prints that I would like to have used, so I may add more down the road. For now I am displaying Atamasco Lily, Red Cardinal flower, Fly Poison, Dwarf crested iris, Red Buckeye, Dutchmen’s Britches, False Soloman’s Seal, Eastern Columbine, and the Red Chokeberry.
On the side table, I placed a lemon button fern on a milk glass cake stand.
I’ve added an oval coffee table that I found on Craigslist. I didn’t want anyone to knock their shins on the corners of a rectangular table since this room also serves as a pass-through from the foyer to the dining room.
When we bought recliners for the den, the loveseat was relocated to the living room. It really helped to fill out the room and add much-needed seating for our weekly small group gathering. The room is still awkward to furnish because of the door and window placements, so I’m sure this will be a room that changes a lot over time.
Our house receives tweaking on a constant basis. As I live in a space, I’m able to envision new and better ways of using the space for the way we live. Last fall, we decided that we would graduate to the status of old people and buy his-and-hers recliners for the den to replace the loveseat/ottoman combination. Bradley liked the thought of leather, and I liked the thought of the chairs not looking like jet-puffed marshmallows. We purchased the chairs on Black Friday and have really enjoyed them ever since.
The other big change in the room is the removal of the corner cubby coat rack. I removed the bench as soon as we moved in, but the coat rack stayed until I finally got a new cabinet to house our shoes. It is the Oxford 72″ Bookcase with Glass Doors in Chestnut. The size could not be more perfect. It just fits between the light switch and the corner, and is 13″ deep – deep enough for Bradley’s shoes, but it doesn’t impede the air vent or outlet on the right side. The functionality of this piece makes much more sense for us, and the corner bench set went to a nice family that can use it to corral all manner of kid paraphernalia.
From the house listing:
Once we brought a queen-size bed into the guest bedroom, the spare bedroom got upgraded from a twin-size bed to the full-size bed that came from the guest room. I liked the bedding I had chosen originally, so I was able to find it again in the larger size. Since the bedding had never been used, I was able to sell both it and the bed on Craigslist. The quilt is part of the Oasis line from Levtex, the navy polka dot sheets are by Hotel Collection from Steinmart, and the navy euro shams are by Izod from Kohls. I’m still on the look-out for a headboard for the bed.
Sadly, my aunt lost her battle with cancer in May. She had stayed in this room when she and my mom visited earlier. She gifted each niece and nephew with a choice of one antique from her house. I chose a round side table and thought it fitting to add it to this room.