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What’s Here, and What’s Staying Put

In animated gif form! I figure it’s the easiest way to give a bird’s-eye view of things.

What's Here, What's Staying

When I talk to people, I’m in the habit of saying “we just moved in to a new house…” but we’re at about six months here now, so I think I’m wearing that line out. I shared the first and second parlor recently, but they are definitely nowhere near done. Not that I’m complaining, mind you! This house has been the most fun project to work on, and I’m enjoying taking my time with it. Here’s what’s working, and a little of what I think is to come.

The Entryway

Making it Lovely's Victorian Entryway an Wooden Staircase

Awesome! Done! Bang. We had a million people over last weekend for August’s party, and that hardworking entryway was holding its own just fine.

The Dining Room

Dining Room

I love my table. It was part of a vintage set (reportedly Henredon, though I’ve never found an identifying mark). I have six matching wooden chairs in the basement (you can see them in the old house), but the kids were forever spilling on the fabric seats and my metal chairs are a better fit for us right now. Color on the walls and some great art will go far here. I’d like a rug under the table, but is that the best idea with said messy kids? Maybe not. We did have gray FLOR tiles in the last house because we could theoretically pull a tile up to clean it, but we always ended up spot treating in place. That shade of gray is not making me happy in this house though, so it might be time to let them go.

The First Parlor

Built-in Bookshelves Sketch

Poor little neglected room. You’ll be great soon, I promise! When we first moved in, I thought we’d watch TV in this space, but after living here for a few months, we like the television better upstairs. Our media cabinet moved up to a room on the second floor that would have been our library, and now the first parlor is going to get the built-in shelving treatment. It’s going to be amazing, as I’m sure you can no doubt see from the sea of brown in my sketch above.

I’m not sure what color the walls are going to be yet. Olive green, or emerald? Coral pink? A gorgeous blue, or a pale bluish gray? Ask me today and I’ll give you a different answer tomorrow. I’ll likely wait until after I’ve painted the second parlor and the bookshelves have been installed. Beyond that, the room needs more furniture. A rug. A whole lot. But it can wait.

The Second Parlor

Blue Sofa in the Second Parlor #makingitlovely

When I wrote about it, I mentioned that there is a lot of placeholder furniture in the room. I don’t mean that I’ll be getting rid of it all, but it might get shuffled around and repurposed. I love the sofa. Love my fancy blogger tree (a.k.a. fiddle leaf fig — thanks for coining the phrase, Lindsay). Everything else? Not set in stone yet. The floral chair might stay put, or it might move into the library when that’s done. The rugs? That angled fireplace is definitely throwing me there. One thing to come that I’m sure about: the room is going dark. I’m narrowing down my paint color choices now.

I saw this room today, which has a lot of the elements I’m going for. Dark walls, botanical print, boxy chairs, wood, and brass. My taste has definitely changed since I started on the first house in 2007, and the apartment before that (which was before I started this blog), but I’m excited to see where it leads.

The Dining Room, Shortly After Moving in

We’re still getting settled in and unpacked. Eleanor’s room is looking good, and I’m going to assemble August’s new bed today. Everything else is coming together slowly as we come out from under mountains of boxes.

Settling In

The dining room is one of the more put-together rooms, if only because all we needed to do was to clear out some of those aforementioned boxes and plop the dining room table and chairs into place.

Dining Room, Shortly After Moving In

We were never able to use both table leaves before, but the dining room in this house is a few feet larger than our last. I’m not sure if we’ll keep the table set up like this, but it’s nice to know that we can. We would need a couple more side chairs — I tucked the two end chairs in among the rest, but that’s a little weird.

I haven’t done anything with the giant breakfront yet, so don’t judge the styling in the room. It’s non-existent! Lone bird vase on table, big head vases because they need to go somewhere, window unit air conditioner, and boxes in the corners. So pretty.

Dining Room, Shortly After Moving In

We also have access to nine vintage Thonet chairs that belonged to Brandon’s grandmother. They were being stored up at the lake house, and we brought four back with us. (Some are sturdier than others.) If we don’t use them in the dining room, we can find places for them elsewhere.

Thonet Chairs

Brandon and I have different approaches to unpacking. I get weird about wanting to put everything away perfectly the first time, and he wants to just get it all out of boxes and worry about the organization later. It’s a good combination though, and we’re making decent progress on getting this place in order.

The Victorian House: Entryway, Double Parlor, and Dining Room

Let’s just get this out of the way: I have no plans to paint the woodwork in the house. I know that I have become notorious for painting wood because I did it to the trim in my last house, but that wood was awful. This wood is not.

Onward! Pictures of the house! Here is the front entryway.



Stairs, Entryway and Coat Rack

I KNOW. We’re still pinching ourselves.

To the left of the entry is the first parlor. Hello, charming curved windows!

First Parlor

The pocket doors between the first and second parlor mostly work. I imagine they’ll be open most of the time though.

Pocket Doors Between the Two Parlors

Continuing on, to the second parlor. We have a fireplace! I’ve never lived in a house with a fireplace before.

Fireplace in the Second Parlor

The Second Parlor

Another pocket door that almost closes all the way. (Not bad for a house from 1891.)

Fireplace and Pocket Door

The dining room is on the other side. The beams are not original, but they were well-matched to the existing honey oak trim. The freestanding breakfront wasn’t going to be included with the house, but the sellers felt it should stay and surprised us by leaving it.

Dining Room with Beamed Ceilings

Here’s the dining room, looking back toward the entry. The door on the left is a coat closet, beneath the stairs. You can refer to the partial floor plan I shared yesterday and everything should make sense.

Dining Room

The white walls are such a beautiful blank slate. I have a million ideas for the house, but our furniture won’t be coming until Friday and I want to see how everything starts to come together before making paint/wallpaper decisions.

Tomorrow, I’ll share the rest of the first floor. Wallpaper ahoy!

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