I’m writing on the final day of 2012, a year which surely will be remembered for events both joyful and notorious. But for me in my personal history, it will go down as the year when for the first time, I bought a house. Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will remember what a fraught process that was. But I’ve been living here seven months now, and I’ve had scarcely a moment of buyer’s remorse. Although the house was mostly in good condition, the to-do lists have been long and the process of making this house my home has taken most of my spare time, money and creative energy. I’ve been so absorbed with my house, as you may have noticed, I’ve neglected this blog almost entirely. My resolution for 2013 is to strike a better balance between my house and my other creative endeavors, and with many of my house projects completed, that seems possible.
As for this blog, while it has never been exclusively about food, I do hope to write about an even greater variety of topics in the coming year. In the meantime, take a look at these photos to see what I’ve been up to for the past seven months. It’s been a lot of fun, and my ideas for beautifying my home are far from exhausted! I promise to keep you posted.
Photos: It may be a small house, but it’s not lacking in style. Above: my friend and co-conspirator in home decoration, Frank Melanson, peers from the front porch. Shortly after moving in, I had the house’s exterior painted. And with the help of friends, we’ve painted most of the interior as well. Below: my living room. I’m particularly proud of the faux paint job I did on the fireplace. Tour the rest of my home: there are ten more photos after the jump…
The fireplace, original to the 1930-built house, was one of the reasons for my love affair with this house–and nearly my only attempt at holiday decorating (Santa came down the chimney and never left!).
Shelves in the living room display part of my collections.
Friends and family have already gathered in the dining for a number of memorable meals. This is the first time I’ve ever had a proper dining room, and I intend to use it!
View from the office into the kitchen, with the laundry room in the distance. I did little but paint, hang a pot rack and add some Ikea items.
This small room just off the kitchen I imagine was meant to be a breakfast nook, but for me, it works perfectly as an office.
Not the world’s loveliest bathroom, but paint and decorative artifacts transformed it into a colorful Indian oasis. Note my collection of Indian mirrors.
The master bedroom. One wall I’ve painted a deep, wine red. The other walls, alas, are still the boring beige the entire interior was painted when I bought it. I plan to paint the other three walls as soon as we get a string of warm, dry days.
The guest bedroom, also known as the Asian room. I wanted an unusual paint color. In that I’ve succeeded, but I’m not sure this color is a keeper.
Corner table vignette in the guest bedroom.
The chandelier in the dining room remains. When I asked you to weigh in as to whether it should go or stay, your responses were about fifty-fifty. I’ve toned it down with shades, but in the long run I think it will go. I picture something more in keeping with the style of the house, maybe a Moroccan lantern. What do you think now? Click here to see what my house looked like before I moved in.