On Monday, we shared the front half of our home’s evolution for our four year home anniversary (holla!), most of which was not terribly embarrassing – but I’m gonna go ahead and call that foreshadowing. So, come on in again, and this time, we’ll detour the living room and head straight down the back hallway.
The hall was the last place we tackled with paint, figuring that the original khaki paint was sufficient enough (and by then, our arms were sore and aching, ow). And awesome, generous girl that I am, I actually bought Scott hallway paint for Christmas. You’d think that’s a joke, but nope. We chose Porpoise by Behr, and we finished it off with a few framed prints (that have since moved to our entryway).
But last year, after throwing the idea around for a few weeks, we got a wild hair and papered an accent wall. I remember stumbling across the pattern in Anthropologie’s sale section, then racing home to show Scott that it was just $25 a roll. And this is just one of the many (many!) reasons I love my man: He took one look at my computer screen and said order it!
The first stop off of the hall is our bathroom. It’s now on it’s third color (four if you count the original khaki), but oh my. I just have no words for our first two choices. We were a little all over the place in the beginning, and I fully believe that a bathroom is a place for a few more risks – after all, you’re not staring at it all day long (I hope). But that deep brownish-green? We were going for spa. And that bright ocean blue? Well, I don’t even know what that was about.
But we did begin our wall of photo strips during the blue phase, and you can see we also replaced that original contractor grade mirror with something more substantial.
And now, here we are three shower curtains later and a few fresh coats of Opal by Martha Stewart. (As for the too-red cabinetry, well, we like to daydream of something cleaner and brighter. For now, it’ll stay put as my purse strings are wound a bit too tight.)
All that black wasn’t safe for long, and while the photo frames got the white wash, we had a bit more fun with the mirror and got all Yolk-y on it.
Further down, our bedroom shoots off to the left. It’s pretty amazing how small it looks in this photo, but the truth is that it really is just that small.
And you know what we did? We went, uh, orange. It’s my favorite color, and I stand by that. But I almost have no words for this first round. The photography on the wall was a project I shot in college, and our obvious love for clean, white bed linens holds true. Aside from that, we sincerely apologize for that burning feeling in your eyes.
We later toned it down with a minty green strip (Behr’s Relaxing Green), moved the bed away from the window wall, and added a photo ledge to anchor it’s new placement. It was better, but it took me a while to work up the courage and tell Scott that, sorry, I was over the orange. (After all, I insisted on the pumpkin farm from the beginning.)
So rather than tell him, I acted as my usual self (we’ll call it strong-willed) and began painting it while he was away for a weekend. (You can read about that so-called drama right here.) While we love our color, we both agree this was ultimately a smart move (why, thank you), and although the room is small, we like to think of it as our little cocoon. It’s damn cozy.
Across the hall from our bedroom is our office, and yes, it’s even smaller than where we sleep, coming in around 8′x10.’
At first, this room was our afterthought. We put a desk in there and a small futon that could pull out for a quick, overnight guest. Because, isn’t that what you’re supposed to do with an extra room? Maybe so, but in our case, it wasn’t working. And it was boring.
So we did what we do best – added color! We painted Behr’s Distance on opposite walls, upgraded our desk for something sleek, and added storage with our sideboard. Over time, we layered in a filing cabinet, pieced together a Flor rug, and added fun accents with Grandma’s side chair and vintage mirrors. Oh, and of course our guests are still welcome.
Most recently, we got our act together and got our jumbled tangle of mirrors just so, and even swapped out the lime desk chair for Scott’s almost-dumpster find.
But wait! There’s more. You might know by now that our patio is very precious square footage, but it didn’t always look so inviting:
This summer, we took full advantage by giving her the sprucing she deserved after an obnoxious, lengthy winter. The Old Man was vicious this year, and with the gorgeous weather we’re having this week, we’re still hanging on to our outdoor room until the first chill.
As you know, our home is barely 700 square feet, but we still (really) enjoy playing with color and pattern, even though we’ve done some toning down over the years. While we didn’t have any major reconstruction to deal with, we like to think we flipped that contractor’s box upside down, and we’ve created a home we enjoy and love – that is, with our usual tweaking and refining (!).
And if you hung in there for the whole tour, kudos. Is there anything you were surprised to see? Uh, the bathroom perhaps? (I cringe.) But how about you? Any past mistakes you’re willing to share, or maybe there’s an update on the horizon? Let’s hear.