11.17.2009

Adding Charatcer

We rented a wide angle lens for a couple of weddings we shot recently so I thought I would take advantage and get some new pics of our home. I thought I would share over the next couple of weeks. We live in new construction because my husband loves it. He loves me and knows how much I would love a home with unique character so in return he let me change a lot. We are still in process, but for now I am happy.



My husband built me this piece, it helps keep our entry free of clutter.



The main living room. Awkward space, but we worked it the best we could. Oh, and the empty frames on the wall is a project in the works, no need to worry.



This was the sun room, but now acts as our dining room. It works better for the way we live and yes I know there is a lot of furniture in a small space, but my home is small. Did you notice the new/old dining chairs? A Craigslist find. They are all in good condition, but need to be reupholstered. Wait did I say they were all in good condition. Not anymore, little Ellie broke the top of the back off of one of the chairs while with a babysitter. I am hoping to be able to fix it, because one day I hope to have these surrounding a parsons table, but not until my children stop coloring off the paper.


This is the former dining room now family room hence the pendant light. The sofa faces the kitchen. I love having this space, it's where I blog and hubby edits. It makes fixing dinner feel like a family affair. Oh, and doesn't everyone have a large tent in their home and lamps without shades? I have the perfect pair of shades living in my head, but have had a hard time finding them in real life. One day I suppose.

So this is it for the main living areas. If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them.

55 comments:

DesBisoux said...

may i just say...i LOVe your house!
the mesh basket in the entrance, the curved sofa, the mixutre of colors and material. old and new. that interior has lots of character.
just lovely!
xxx

Design Esquire said...

I LOVE your house. It is just beautiful, and I love how you mixed in new with the old. Wow. Thanks for sharing!

ms. less is always more said...

What a gorgeous home! I can tell that you have put a lot of time and energy into making it perfect for you and your family! I love that you have some items that are "in process" as it always seems like I have those types of half-done projects in my own home!

Staley Mc said...

I love your house, it is so beautiful!!!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Paula- your house looks great. Can't wait to come see it one day. Maybe we can tackle the backsplash after Christmas!

Kotori said...

Paula - your house is so lovely... so many personal touches. You can just tell that you've put your mark on each and every thing.

Smitten Design said...

might I say, you've done a wonderful job at adding character to your new construction home. There's great personality in those rooms.

My name is Erin. said...

I really like your home. You're doing a great job of adding your touch. And YES... every home should have a tent. I am a bit of a design junkie myself. Sometimes I think about starting another blog simply to bounce ideas off of my "friends" out here on the blogosphere.

P.S. I really like both of your couches.

Char said...

i found perfect shades in homewood, unfortunately they were attached to an $800 lamp. so still i search.

you have a lovely home - i have always loved a combination of old, new and handcrafted. that piece you built reminds me of a piece i have in my home that my father build.

Design Actually said...

What a lovely home...love the curved sofa!

Haven and Home said...

Love your house! LOVE that piece your husband built, can he come over here?

vanessa said...

Paula I love your house. Love the entry, the sofa, the painted trim it looks great! Oh and the typewriter table I have one too!

bluehydrangea said...

Everything looks great and your home has lot of personality!!

Donna said...

Oh Paula, great minds think alike..I have the very same rug in my entry way!!! Love that curved sofa and leather chair!

Lovely Scribbles said...

You're home is so stylish, Paula! I love a home with lots of character, and you've definitely brought that into your home!!

Katie said...

Thanks for sharing!! I love that entryway piece!

Jennifer said...

it looks great! love the arches! and I love your gray trim. I've started painting mine but HOLY COW that is the worst job ever.

Liv said...

Your home is so beautiful, unique and cozy. I love the unit in the entry way. I want one!

Lotusphx said...

I love the eclectic touches you have added to your home!! Makes it seem comfortable and infuses your personality into the house too! Love the painted white entry table, green buffet, and unique lamps(even without the shades :)! Thanks for sharing!!

Jacinda Davis said...

I love what your husband built for the entryway! I'm thinking I need something similar for my own entry some day. There's not much worse than coming home and being greeted with clutter. :/

Your coral lamp looks great too!

Cassie said...

I love the mirror in your hallway and the fab storage system your clever husband built for you.
I am intrigued though by your empty frames???
xx

Taylor Sterling said...

I love your place! So lovely!

Hanako66 said...

you have a warm and beautiful home!

Melissa said...

Hey, Paula! You have a great eye-- love the details. I'd love sourcing on the following: the end table that looks like a lab stool,the yellow pillow in living room, hall rug and LR coffee table!

Emily said...

You have such a lovely home! It's stylish - but in a casual, comfortable way. I love it!

paula said...

the lab stool were a great find at Home Goods, the pillow in the living room is actually green and is from Z. Gallerie 2 years ago, hall rug is last years Target find for $15, and the coffee table is an antique. We live on a budget so I am all about the search.

megan said...

character indeed! your house is wonderful. and that foyer piece is fabulous! i love the wooden stools as end tables.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

So pretty! I loved every bit of it! How amazing is your hubby that he built that piece!!! I'm with Marianne I need him to be stopping by my home soon!!!

Love the lab stool and can't believe it's from Home Goods! How long ago did you get it? I love it!!!

Thanks for sharing!!

Living It At Home said...

your home is lovely. we live in an older home, 1946 colonial, and it comes with some headaches due to its age. new home is starting to appeal to me. i do understand how you feel about having character already built in. i feel the same way. you have done a great job! thanks for sharing~ jamilyn

Sarah said...

I love the mudroom type piece your husband built, it's gorgegous. Oh and your entryway, heaven.
I think your family room looks great with the pendant light.
What a lovely home.

For Your Inspiration said...

Thanks for sharing this glimpse of your home! I love that it's stylish, comfortable and you can see kids live here. BTW, if you figure out how to get the kids to stay on paper, do tell!

the NEO-traditionalist said...

Love love love the white console in the first image. What a stylish home---you should be so proud!
XXX Kate

Full House said...

so very cool! I love the color of your doors and trim...

color?

Also I love the tent in the former dining room:-) I bet that is your kids favorite spot.

Yes and pls. share more

paula said...

doors and trim were all painted mega greige by sherwin williams. It took forever, but i love the results.

rachel@urbannest said...

you have a beautiful home! I love the photos on the mirror - what a great spot for family shots.

LindsB said...

Love your house!! You have a very talented husband, that piece by the front door is amazing!!!

la la Lovely said...

Your house is so pretty...and yes we all have a tent.. in fact I have that very same one! It is in the basement now but it was in the family room for quite some time. Love how you flipped the rooms.. great idea!
x Trina

Kristin said...

I just adore your entry. So beautiful. And that curved couch. Yum!

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

Your home is positively perfect! I love the console table in the entry, the curves sofa in the living room, and all the accessories! You definitely have an eye!

How fun to get a peek inside your home :)

xo,
Crystal

Lavender and Lilies said...

I love your house!!! I love the couch and your entryway most of all.

Blair said...

Paula! Your home is beyond amazing--wouldn't expect anything less from such a stylish gal!

Carrie said...

LOVE your home, wish I could sit down in your living room & have a coffee with you, in person!!!! It is lovely Paula, so inviting & so full of character! LOVE IT!

Deliciously Organized said...

Your house is incredible! I love every detail and that piece is stunning! I need him to come over to my place!!! I also LOVE having an opening to the kitchen so I can cook and be a part of what's going on. Thanks for sharing!!!

Lauren said...

i love it!!! i love that you have the tent in the family room too!! it's so lived-in & loved, you can just tell. love your style!!!
xoxo,
lauren

karey m. said...

oh, see...THIS has character! it doesn't look blah new construction AT ALL! atallatall! so much style makes such a difference in making those new bones look a wee bit older.

you understand what i'm saying, yes? i think you've done a beautiful job. it looks like a happy place. {gawd! couldn't i have just said that?!} xoxo.

Hopeless Chest said...

looking good!

I LOVE the entry way, with the console table and the mirror. That table is AMAZING

Pink to Green said...

Thanks for the tour, your kids are lucky to have such a stylish momma; your home exudes personality and warmth!

Sidney said...

Love your house!! I think my favorite is the pendant light in the den...simply fabulous!

Don't you just love the wide angle lense. My photography teacher has one and it does some amazing things...

PS~Erin said...

Looks so great!! I would love a locker piece like your hubby built so practical and pretty. I have to ask where you got your curved sofa: I absolutely love it!!

adornedlife said...

love the tent...and i love the curved sofa. can you share from where? i have been on the hunt for one and gasped when i saw yours. gorgeous!

paula said...

the sofa is by Rowe. We bought ours at a local shop, but I think they can be ordered by any Rowe dealer.

Jennie Bee said...

oooh! you re-did it! Looks good! I like it!

jessica said...

i love you home! and i love your blog! what a beautiful family! Where did you find the lovely entryway table? I am dieing to find something like that!

God bless you!
xo Jessica

paula said...

thanks Jessica. The table is actually my great grandmothers that I painted high gloss white when I was 14. Back in the day it was a vanity with a great mirror that broke years ago. I love it.

christi said...

i LOVE the piece your husband built you .... amazing!!