I often get asked why I don’t share more of my house and it all boils down to one simple reason: it’s nerve wracking! One of the main reasons is because I look around and see everything I want to change about the inside of our and all the decorating updates that need to be done- a professional hazard of interior blogging I suppose. The other is because we are not in our forever house and plan on moving in the near future but we are both very picky and have opposite tastes when it comes to homes- I like old and he likes new, so it’s taking a lot longer than expected. Taking this into account, it hard for me to convince myself to invest in decorating because I worry that in a few years when we move it won’t work with our new house and then I’m stuck with it! However, I’m in the process of redoing my daughter’s room and wallpapering our sunroom so I supposed I’m a bit of a contradiction. They were impulse decisions.
After my blog post about our new Serena & Lily stools, I got lots of requests to see the other side of the room and for additional sources and I’m excited to finally share them with you today. Our pendant lanterns above our counters are so budget friendly and are from Wayfair. I went back and forth (aka agonized) between polished nickel and brushed nickel. Even though our hardware is brushed nickel, I ultimately went with the polished option because I thought it would shift the room from feeling less farmhouse to more fresh traditional. Our home was “flipped” by builders so we didn’t select any of the finishes and the three things that irked me the most where the black countertops, the pendant lights and the cabinetry hardware. Our hardware ended up being a hard size to find so it didn’t make sense to switch it out and since we aren’t going to be here much longer investing in white marble countertops is a no go, but I figured I could at least switch out the lighting! Here is the hardware I wanted to get before I realized our pulls in our kitchen were practically a custom size.
The corner cupboard is a family heirloom along with the collection of Canton. It’s a pretty large collection so I get to have some fun switching pieces out and moving things around when I get bored from time to time. The chandelier came with the house and I spray painted it white with this Rustoleum paint. If you follow me in my Instagram stories you are very familiar with this saga by now! In short- I am self admittedly NOT a DIY gal. Never have been, never will be.
Our dining room table was an investment piece but the chandelier shades were a steal on Amazon and the chairs were another kid-friendly and budget friendly purchase. Sadly, I’m not one of those moms who can keep light upholstery clean. I’ve tried, I’ve failed, I’ve learned…two rugs, four chairs and one sofa later. These have served us well and if you have little kids I cannot recommend them enough. In full disclosure now that our kids are older and it seems our baby days are over, I am thinking about switching them out for either these or these but that won’t happen until well after the holidays (if at all).
On the wall across from the kitchen and breakfast room I have a Canton platter, my favorite sunburst mirror, more topiaries, prints from an antique store, and these bamboo buffet lamps…who says you can’t mix metals?! The sideboard is an IKEA piece from about 8 years ago and while it’s not my ideal choice, it’s held up beautifully and actually helps tie in the darker countertops so I’ve held back from painting it.
Last but not least here is the source for our rug– I have a love affair with it! I have gotten every stain out of it imaginable and it looks much for expensive than it is. It is hands down the best rug I have ever owned.
Even though sharing our home on social media is hard for me because I see all the things that I do criticize and would if I were seeing it online, I love our sweet little home and try to make a conscious effort to be in the moment and appreciate it- stained furniture and all. I’ve learned the hard way that if I look around and dissect everything I would change I will never be content or present enough to enjoy the happy moments that causes all the stains. Thank you again for stopping by and for all of your sweet requests to see more of our home. I’m working on sharing more and hope it helps provide you with inspiration for decorating your own home! Have a great week!
P.S. For those who have asked, yes I am still loving them and cannot rave about them enough. They are currently on sale her for 20% off with code BEOURGUEST
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