{home & garden} our first house

Well, technically not our “first” house…

But since it’s our 5 year wedding anniversary this week, I thought it might be fun to write this week’s Home Tour post on our last 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 was deciding on pillows). That’s a non functional fireplace behind the sofa that we ended up making a “box” to cover it after this photo was taken.

Looking in the opposite direction. Street and eating table (Ikea). I never changed the window covering. It was white and worked.

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.

Same Ikea cabinets I use today for dishes. Since we were newly married, we had a TON of dishes that need to go somewhere. We had to wait about 3 months for the doors to arrive for these…

Down the backdoor/kitchen hall to my desk (why is my desk always by the back door???)

From the kitchen to the bedroom hallway.

Master Bath (totally laughing that Hubs took these without me, which means this is what our little renters bathroom looked like BEFORE I left for the office…OBVIOUSLY WE DIDN’T HAVE KIDS YET!)

Our bedroom…we still use all the same stuff just in different places.

Hallway to second bedroom. That 2 bookcases are now painted white. One is in our bedroom, one in the playroom.

Second bathroom…can you tell it was for Hubs???

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??

5 thoughts on “{home & garden} our first house”

  1. Darling beach cottage! I don’t believe in getting rid of anything if it is quality and functional. Virtually every single piece in our home has been reused – much of it is mexican pine that we bought when we were first married more than 10 years ago. I was never a huge fan of it – but it was cheap and real wood. I have since refinished nearly all of it – painting it black, red, cream or staining it dark brown. Although I would have loved to have a large furniture budget to a fancy store, there is something meaningful and personal about the route we took instead!

  2. I love the design and everything about the house and the yard. They really look lovely and nice to stay at. Wish that I can make this kind of design too. Love the master’s bedroom.

  3. Yeah! the house is so beautiful, the interior are great, this is the simple house I’ve dreamed. Simple but elegant.

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