We carried home a nice assortment of family heirlooms after a visit to Daniel’s grandparents’ house last summer, including the 1913 wedding certificate of Daniel’s great grandparents.
Dated January 15, 1913, it’s the oldest personal historical item we own. I love everything about it: lovers on a calm sea at sunset, the little cherub, floralia galore, and pretty type. I don’t think Daniel met Porter or Emma Wise, so it’s lovely and a bit eerie to have this connection to them. It’s also nice – in our own, still new marriage – to feel connected to a couple who married over 100 years ago.
We keep it on display in the bedroom in a simple frame with gallery quality UV glass to deter additional fading over time.
Family heirlooms have great nostalgic and historical value, even in an age when the new and innovative compete for our attention.
Finally, a post about the library. It took me forever to arrange and re-arrange and add furniture and put up artwork in just the right way. I didn’t feel satisfied with the overall look until two weeks ago, when I moved the cube shelf we used to have in the living room onto the bookshelf wall. It is incredibly difficult to decorate rooms that have a glaring wood element built in (in this case, the window frame); no wonder my peers who own homes are all painting everything white. I settled on multiple wood tones to make it look intentional rather than makeshift.
Walmart pillow, painted reindeer, Target paper lamp, banjo (!), TJ Maxx ottoman, hand-stretched frame with antique labor union pins
Modpodged San Francisco “Street Sheet” newspaper headline, paper cutting by Daniel’s sister, art print from Tallahassee shop
This room has a red and gold color scheme by default; items that didn’t fit in other rooms made their way here. I had intended to add an area rug to bring in another color, but that proved difficult on my current budget (which is essentially 0.00). We hardly go into the library, but I’m glad it’s presentable. Maybe I’ll use it more now?
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When you look at this room, try to picture the dining area directly behind it and the kitchen to the right. The “living room” is actually part of the Great Room, which includes the dining room, the mouse cage/desk/storage area, and even the refrigerator.
The living room has been complete in most ways since a week after we moved in. We purchased the faux leather arm chair in town and added small details over time.
I fell in love with this delightful, green velvet couch a couple of years ago, right after Daniel and I settled into our first apartment together. I think it has informed my vintage design aesthetic ever since. I like the simplicity paired with unusual fabric (and the fact that it’s a bit weird).
Vintage handmade ceramic plate; Handmade bird pillow; WalMart floral pillow; Thrifted Bison stuffed animal; Original artwork by Leslie Peebles; Reproduction national park poster
Acrylic-on-wood art pieces; Details
I made a tapestry curtain to turn the under-desk space into a functional storage area for rodent and business supplies.
Vintage vase; Stamp storage bin from T. J. Maxx
I was afraid that the Great Room would be a challenge to work within design-wise, but the overall look exceeds my expectations. I like that the entire space is cohesive, while each functional area still maintains a sense of separateness.
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