Well, technically not our “first” house…
This house had a front and back house. I rented the back house for almost 8 years I think. When Hubs and I were married, he moved in with me (we joked as we lived in an area where the streets are alphabetized, single he lived on a “B” street, then he moved with roommates to a “C” street, and finally ended up on a “D” street when we got married…wait, does that mean it was “D Day” for him!?!?)
Anywhooo, we lived in the 600 sq ft back house together until we realized we needed just a “tad” more space. Thankfully our landlords used the front house as a vacation home, so we were able to “move up” and rent it for the next year and 1/2.
As I was looking for some photos for another post, I came across these OLD front house photos that Hubs took for our renters insurance (hence why the images are so small and not from the best camera…)
Our living/family room (though we had no “family” yet), looking into the kitchen. At the time we were changing the guest room/home office into Addie’s nursery (I was 7 months prego). That armoire on the left became the new home for the printer and all the office equipment and supplies (it used to hold linens and office supplies in the guest room). Our computer moved to the “Kitchen Desk”.
I’m laughing as I see these photos. So many of this furniture we obviously still have and use…and it looks like these photos were taken around Christmas time (note the gifts stacked by the door.) I remember this house and room being very long and narrow, and challenging to come up with a good space plan. Plus being a rental, you can’t do too much to your walls.
Our little kitchen. That is linoleum on the floor (landlords already had it installed, pretty cute, since it looked like tile, and great for a rental!). They let us paint the cabinets white. Costco stainless table helped a ton with the lack of counter space. I actually miss having a work table in the center of the room.
The photos of the second bedroom weren’t much fun. They just showed a room half torn apart as we changed it from guest room/office, to Addie’s nursery. But what I loved while looking at all these photos was realizing how different each of the 3 places we lived have been, and yet we have used almost the exact same furniture and accessories in all of them. For me it’s about being creative and figuring out how to address your current living needs. A piece of furniture is up for grabs for any room in our house, can be painted any color, and can have anything drilled into it, or added to it.
What about you? Do you like reusing and re-purposing your furniture? Or would you rather just scrap and start again??