MORRISON RESIDENCE THEN AND NOW: PART 6 OUTSIDE

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It is time to see what’s going on outside of our home. This series has been so fun and this will be the last post, unless I get more old photos of the home!

In case you’re new here, this series takes look at what our home looked like when the original owner (and architect) lived here and what it looks like now. It was built in 1963 by the architect for his family, who lived here for almost 50 years. You can find all of the past posts on this topic here.

Let’s start with the front of the home.

Then: The front of the house
Then: view from the bridge
Then: view of the deck which no longer exists

And this is what it looks like now. The major differences are the color and removal of the deck on front. The previous owners (there was one owner between us and the architect) re-sided the home in JamesHardie cement siding, as well as replaced a ton of windows, removed the front deck and replaced the roof. We are really grateful for this, because I am sure it cost a fortune. 🙂

Now: front of the house (and BLM!)

Please note the support for Black Lives Matter in the window. I hope that everyone can see the imbalance of justice in this country and do your part to help to tip the scales to an even level. Matter is the minimum.

Now: with the removal of a large tree, we get enough light for some sunny flowers such as canna lillies

We had to take down a lot of trees over the 8 years we’ve been here. It’s definitely not something that we like to do, but sometimes it’s the best option. There was a huge tree right to the left of the house where the canna lillies are now, above. Falling limbs broke two windshields on our car and the tree was slowly dying. Before it fell on the house, we removed it late last year. I was sad to see it go and the house felt so open and exposed, but now I’m used to it.

Now: Entrance

The entrance area is one of the most beautiful parts of this home. It is really funny when people come to visit for the first time, because they have no idea how to enter and usually start by walking up one of the side paths not realizing the entrance is here. It’s like a little hidden oasis once you walk into this area.

Now: Entrance and hanging chair
Now: The main entrance is up the stairs
Now: White planters. Unfortunately something ate the sweet potato vine.

Below is what it used to look like. I’m not sure when the stairs were rebuilt, but I have to say I liked the initial design. Do you see how the lower stairs used to go all the way across to the left? How cool.

Then: Entrance

The railings were also changed at one point and I assume that they were changed to meet current building codes.

We had to replace those horizontal huge beams that hold up the staircase, as well as the top level of the deck. It cost a small fortune, so I am hoping that it lasts until we die or move. Lol.

Then: Entrance courtyard
Then: Entrance

It’s so fun to look at these old photos and every time I look at them I see something new. I am just seeing that there used to be a built in bench where I now have the hanging chair.

Now: View from top deck

This is the view from the top deck and we hang out here often. It’s a really beautiful view.

Now view from top deck
Now: Winnie chillin on the top deck

Winnie hasn’t figured out that she can walk down these stairs. If we see a cat, fox or deer while out here we put her inside, because I think her instinct would take over if she saw one.

Below is a path to the right of the house. The before photo is MUCH prettier. Now this area is really overgrown and I need to give it a seriously hard prune. This yard is massive and there is so much to keep up with, so the areas that are used the least get the least attention.

Then: East pathway

Below is the current situation. You better believe that next year I am planting some coleus here to make it look more like the before photo. This pathway is a constant battle with weeds, ivy and shrubs.

Now: East pathway
Now: East pathway that needs some serious pruning

As you walk up the pathway it leads you to the gate and into this side of the yard. Each year I grow a bunch of plants in pots and up strings along the end of the deck.

Now: Dining patio
Now: Deck off the living room
Now: Vines and plants

This deck is another great spot to sit. The chairs look really cool, but in reality they are not comfortable at all.

Now: Plants

Let’s see what it used to look like. How cool is that picnic table that was built into the end?

Then: Deck with integrated picnic table
Then: Dining terrace
Then: East side yard

There used to be a water feature in this area, but it wasn’t here when we bought the house and I’m not sure when it was removed.

Then: garden terrace

We currently have a hot tub in this area. It was an impulse buy a few years ago and was a great purchase!

Now: Garden terrace (with hot tub)

We had this stone wall installed a few years ago.

Now: East yard

Heading up this hill and into the back yard…

Now; Pathway to back yard

…you’ll find my vegetable garden. As you can see this area gets a lot of shade, so I will blame my failure of a vegetable garden on that and the fact that a groundhog ate most everything that did grow. If you follow my Instagram stories, you have seen a lot about my trials and tribulations of vegetable gardening.

Now: Vegetable Garden

Below is the one area that we did the most to. I saw ‘we’ but we hired this job to the professionals. This awesome patio and stone wall is in memory to Dave’s grandma, Lucille.

Now: Lucille Garden
Now: Back patio, Lucille Garden

Below is what the back of the house used to look like. I really wish that we still had the curved skylight!

Then: Back of the house

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the outside areas of our home. I’d love to hear what you think I should bring back from the original designs. It definitely used to have more garden beds which would be awesome to have, but I am already over my maximum capacity of gardens to tend.

*Brandi

Final Reveal: Powder Room ORC Week 8

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We made it! I didn’t know how much I would be able to accomplish in the past week, since I broke my toe last week, but it’s finished!

 I redecorated this bathroom on a budget and have been blogging about it as part of the One Room Challenge. You can find the previous posts here: Week OneWeek TwoWeek ThreeWeek FourWeek Five/Six, and Week 7. Special thanks to Linda from One Room Challenge for putting this together and the media sponsor Better Homes and Gardens.

Powder Room Renovation on a budget

I am absolutely obsessed with these rugs. They are so beautiful and work well together. I don’t like things to be too matchy matchy, and I think they work to define the separate entry area and bathroom.

As you may recall, I contemplated switching up the Varga prints, but I actually grew to love them even more with the addition of the new rugs and the colors in the bathroom. I plan to repaint this entry space next.

My goals for the bathroom were to highlight the architecture of the room, add color, and do it on a budget with minimal trips to the stores. The total came out to less than $1000 and I used a lot of what I already had.

Here’s the cost breakdown with links to the items: Faucet ($260), Mirror ($225), Rugs ($190), Paint ($100), Towel Ring ($63), Cabinet Pulls ($20), Misc ($75).

As I have mentioned in previous posts, the wall mural was inspired by @banyanbridges on Instagram. She paints colorful murals and this room was screaming for something on the walls. I wanted to incorporate a mural into the entire space, and bring it all together, but I also didn’t’ want it to become too busy. I think I succeeded! My husband Dave said that this is his favorite room that I’ve ever designed.

Wall mural in a bathroom.

I knew that I had to do something to make that missing tile spot look intentional, so I added a color block with a rounded top to mimic the lines of mirror. I also painted the gas pipe the same color as the ceiling. I contemplated covering it with something and then painting that, but with COVID it’s just too annoying to go anywhere that’s not necessary.

Wall mural incorporated into a canvas

The mural’s focal point is the canvas. The lines start here and then extend around the whole room. I knew where I wanted the lines to go, so I started them on the canvas and then extended the lines around the room. I’ll do a separate blog post about how to get crisp lines. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw lots of stories about this.

The cabinet pulls I got at an Estate Sale at Maximalist Studios from Eddie Ross. They fit this room absolutely perfectly and the holes even lined up so I didn’t have to drill new ones! A fun fact is that one year ago this week Eddie Ross was at our house styling a photo shoot for BHG. I hope it someday makes it to the pages of BHG! The suspense is killing me.

Estate Sale find handles

The pocket door I painted years ago. I still liked the color (Alchemy from Sherwin-Williams), so it was incorporated into the color palette.

Let’s take a short trip back memory lane to see what this space used to look like. I’m very into sustainable design. A lot of times you can keep and re imagine what you already have, instead of ripping it all out and starting over. I was lucky and able to save a lot of money on this space by keeping what I liked: flooring, sink, cabinet, and counter tops. In the future, I want to make that large closet a shower, but that will be much more than $1000 🙂 I’m saving my money for that project.

The biggest change to the space was removing the upper cabinet that housed a gas meter. As luck would have it, the gas company came out to move the meter outside about a month before we tackled this project. We still have a pipe running vertically through this space, but it looks a million times better.

I wanted something large to cover the electrical panel. A thrift store find canvas that I already had was the perfect size for this space. I just painted over it and incorporated the design into the whole room.

Original tile and sink in bathroom remodel.

I also already had that hanging planter and plant. The plant I stole from my craft room, so now I have to replace it!

I couldn’t just buy any old towel ring, so I found this one on Etsy. I really love fun design elements like this, and it’s handmade in the US, so that’s awesome too.

Hand Towel Ring

Bathroom Powder Room design.

I would really love to hear your thoughts on this room. What to you love about it? I LOVE it all!

Be sure to check out the One Room Challenge Blog, which links to everyone’s blog posts. You will be SO inspired by what you see. I love interior design and it’s so fun to see all of the creativity.

Cheers to the end of my third One Room Challenge!

*Brandi

Powder Room ORC: Week 7

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 It’s already week Seven of the One Room Challenge. You can find the previous posts here: Week OneWeek TwoWeek ThreeWeek Four and Week Five/Six. I only have one week left and I just broke my toe, oh no!

The mirror arrived early, so that is up! I think it looks great and works for the space. However, I do wish that it was a better quality. The gold should wrap around the front a bit more so that you can’t see the edge of the mirror. The great thing about making my own purchases is that I can give unbiased reviews! Don’t buy this West Elm mirror! Ha. It looks good from far away, but up close it’s not so great.

West Elm Mirror Installed
One Room Challenge Bathroom In progress

I am seriously loving how this bathroom is coming together. I painted the cabinets blue and still have to paint the mural, pipe, and radiator covers. I also have to install the hand towel ring and install the window film so that you can pee in here without someone seeing you from outside. 🙂

Bathroom In-progress

I have been wanting a new rug for the entryway, so I ordered this one from the same seller as the orange rug, Turkish Rug Loom. I really love these rugs. I will say that it’s tricky to order rugs online, because you never know exactly what the color will be or how soft they will be. The entry way rug is pretty rough, so it wouldn’t work for a bedroom or living room, but it works fine for an entryway.

Vintage rugs instantly add character to a space.

What do you think so far? I’d love your feedback!

There is only one week left in the One Room Challenge and I am really glad that I don’t have toooo many things to do, because it’s going to be a challenge with a broken toe.

Stay tuned for the big reveal next week and be sure to check out all of the other participants in the One Room Challenge. You can also easily browse on Instagram with hashtag #oneroomchallenge or #bhgorc.

*Brandi

Powder Room ORC: Week 5 and 6

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I have made a bit of progress over the past two weeks in our Powder Room. I am documenting this as part of the One Room Challenge. You can find the previous posts here: Week One, Week Two, Week Three, Week Four.

The canvas was painted over to match the wall color and the wall mural will be incorporated on it. I am still not 100% sure what that will look like, so you (and I) will have to wait and see. If you recall, there is an electrical panel on that wall. This canvas was the perfect size to cover it, and center on the wall. I’m so happy I’m a hoarder and kept this giant thing for years. haha.

Use a large canvas to cover electrical panels.

The window is still clear and I still love the view. A friend suggested that I use that one way mirror film, which I thought was a GREAT idea. But when I looked into it, it doesn’t stay opaque once it’s dark outside and light inside. If anyone knows of something that would be opaque from one side even at night, but still be able to see out, let me know. I’ll probably end up using the frosted film to make it opaque.

Horizontal window in the bathroom

My husband Dave installed this new faucet. Isn’t it beautiful? Our friend Brendan helped with it. Thanks B! After 4 trips to the home improvement store, it now works.

I plan to spray paint the silver closet handles to match the rest of the gold hardware.

The vintage rug I found on Etsy from Turkish Rug Loom. It’s really hard to pick a rug online, because you never REALLY know what the color will be. But I think it works, what do you think? I love the warm orange color and the large scale floral pattern. You don’t often see that in vintage rugs. You can also see the paint chips of what I still need to paint (the cabinet and radiator cover).

Vintage Rug in the Bathroom

The towel ring was another Etsy find from seller Nancy Funk Ceramics. I love how unique it is. Given what’s going on in our country right now I wish it was black, because Black Lives Matter!

I made a list of all that I have to finish before week 8: Paint cabinets, paint entry trim and door, hang towel ring, paint mural, paint pipe, paint radiator, spray paint handles, hang mirror (once it arrives) and apply window film.

Let me know what you think so far. Right it looks very minimalist, but once I get more color in here it’ll all come to life.

Be sure to check out all of the other blog and Instagram (#oneroomchallenge) posts of everyone working on their One Room Challenge. There is so much inspiration out there!

Powder Room ORC: Week Four

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We are half way through the One Room Challenge!

This week I tackled painting the walls, the ceiling and the window trim. I decided to go wild and paint the ceiling a color. I have always loved a painted ceiling, and this time I made it happen. Most of our house has wooden ceilings, and I wouldn’t dare paint them, because they’re beautiful. When I see someone painting a wooden ceiling, I cringe. Since it was already painted, I figured I was safe. I decided to go with the Brandywine color from Sherwin Williams, which is sort of like a Terra Cotta, but more orangey. I like that it mimics the color of the flooring. 

Mid Century Modern Power Room One Room Challenge


Next up is to paint the cabinet, pipe and radiator cover, add the new hardware, install the new faucet and mirror and paint the mural. I unfortunately waited too long to order the mirror and the estimated arrival date is June 25-29. The ORC ends on the 25th so fingers crossed that it arrives before then!

Mid Century Modern Power Room One Room Challenge

The pipe above I plan to paint the same color as the ceiling. However, it’s a gas pipe, so I am finding conflicting info online as to whether or not I should paint it. Another option is to cover it with another cylindrical shaped something. I am still figuring it out!

Mid Century Modern Power Room One Room Challenge
Mid Century Modern Power Room One Room Challenge

The cabinets will be painted the blue color and the radiator cover the green shade. So far I like how it’s coming along.

What do you think?

Make sure to check out all of the other rooms posted this week for the One Room Challenge!

Powder Room ORC: Week Three

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It’s week three of the One Room Challenge! To be honest, I have done nothing with the powder room in the last week. However, I did order the new faucet, so that’s progress!

Here is the latest design idea mood board.

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As I have mentioned, the walls will be painted white and I will add a hand painted mural. I started following @banyanbridges on Instagram and have been totally inspired by her wall murals. Here are some examples of what she has accomplished with paint! Her instagram also has a lot of painting tips, so give her a follow.

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@Banyanbridges inspiration picture of colorful wall murals

I LOVE how she incorporated everything into the color blocks below Door, trim, wall, and even the door hardware!

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Inspiration of wall paint beauty by @banyanbridges

I am not 100% sure what the mural will look like, but I have been thinking about it a lot. Once I paint everything white and have a blank canvas to study, it’ll really come together in my mind. There are a couple of problem spots that I need to incorporate into the design. The back splash tile doesn’t go all the way to the left where the cabinet was. I plan to use color blocking to incorporate this area and make it look intentional. And there is an access panel in the ceiling that is pretty banged up. I was thinking of making it a darker color to camouflage it.

The faucet that I bought is this one from Delta. Isn’t she pretty?

I decided to go with gold everything (faucet, mirror, towel bar). I contemplated using black, but the handles are gold-ish and the canvas frame is gold so I decided to do everything in gold.

The mirror choice has been narrowed down to the West Elm pivot mirror. Do you remember that in the first post I mentioned that I couldn’t see myself in the last mirror 🙂 I found one that pivots, so I can angle it down slightly and be able to see myself! Hooray!

Mirror choices. Round or rounded rectangle?

I am deciding between the two above, circle or rounded rectangle. The room has so many 90 degree angles and straight lines, so I plan to add some curves with the mirror and mural. Which would you choose? I have to decide soon so I can order it! I’m leaning towards the circle.

Let me know what you think! And be sure to click around the ORC link up website to see what everyone is up to. I have found some great new accounts to follow this way. And special thanks to the media partner for this event, Better Homes and Gardens. I hope that someday they publish the photos that they took of our house last June!!

My previous posts can be found here: week one, week two.

*Brandi

Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 5 Bedroom and Bathroom

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This time we will take a look at the bedroom and bathroom in the back of the house. If this is the first post you are reading in the Morrison Series, here is a quick recap. I compare the house as it was when the original owner and his family lived here. He was also the architect, Robert Morrison, and it was built in 1963. You can find part one (living room) here, part two (master bedroom) here, and part three (kitchen) here and part four (dining room) here.

In order to give you some perspective on where we are in this tour, I wanted to show you a drawing of the house. I have been showing you the upper level (and I am currently redoing the bathroom on the lower level, which you can read about here).

The houses was actually built in two stages. The first stage was the living room, kitchen, bathroom upstairs and downstairs and the master bedroom (which was was actually two bedrooms.) Phase two of the plan was some of the portions in yellow below (combining the two bedrooms into one, adding the dining/multipurpose room and two bedrooms and a shared bath.)

Morrison Series, house plans
Morrison Series Then: Back bedroom

The two rooms in the back are mirror images of each other. They each have a sink and in between them is a bathroom with a shared tub and toilet.

There used to be a glass curved window across the whole back (above each sink and the tub) which looked incredible! When we bought the house it had been replaced with high clerestory windows instead.

Morrison Series Then: Office

These spaces can be used as bedrooms or offices or anything really. When we had our master bedroom in the front, we used one side as a guest bedroom and the other side as my craft room. Then we moved our bedroom to one side and use the other side as a dressing room. Unfortunately it’s a hot mess, so you will only get to see the bedroom side today.

Morrison Series Then

The bedroom is off of the dining room. You can read all about what we did to this room in this blog post. I have changed some things around since then.

Morrison Series Now: Bedroom

Initially I had plants on the shelves, but they weren’t getting enough sun so I moved them to an area with more light. I decided to display my purses on them.

Morrison Series Now: Bedroom

The art is an antique mall find (oh how I miss shopping for vintage). The chair was from the Clover Market, the bed is Article, the bedside tables and square pillows are HomeGoods finds, the round pillow and lady art are an Estate Sale finds, and the lamp is IKEA. The quilt at the end of the bed is for sale in my shop. Don’t worry, we don’t actually use it; it was just used to style this room!

Morrison Series Now: Bedroom

The sink area we kept the same, and only painted the cabinets and got new knobs. I made that huge flower arrangement from plants in the yard. I used bleeding hearts, solomon’s seal, purple iris, hellebore leaves, and two plants that I’m not sure of the name.

Morrison Series Now: Shared Bathroom

We had this bathroom remodeled a few years ago. We wanted to save costs, so the right side of the room we left as is (except a new toilet). And the left side and floor are new.

Morrison Series Now: Bedroom

I wanted to mimic the look of a full slab wall, at a fraction of the cost, so we used large 24″ square marble tiles.

Morrison Series Now: Bedroom

We painted the build in cabinets and added new knobs. Those wooden closet doors are original. Aren’t they beautiful? The windows in this room are really unusual. You can see it on the drawing above, they jut into the room 90 degrees. Since they are at an angle you really can’t see into the house, but you can see out, which is cool. We can lay in bed and watch the wildlife outside this window. The foxes especially like to torment our dog Winnie.

Morrison Series Now: Bedroom
Morrison Series Now: Bedroom

The hanging lamp is an estate sale find, as is the art above the bed. I plan to reframe it one day into a smaller frame in a different color. I just remembered I have a whole blog post about it here.

Morrison Series Now: Bedroom

I love those windows at the top to let in light from the dining room. This room is dark, so it’s hard to photograph and I hope I did it justice. One day perhaps a professional will photograph this room.

The design of this area really is so versatile. We like having our bedroom tucked back here, because it’s nice and quiet. Plus Dave can get ready in the other room without waking me up. When school is in session he wakes up at like 5am. Yikes.

Let me know what you think!

*Brandi

Powder Room ORC: Week Two

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It’s week two of the One Room Challenge! You can find my week one linked here. Last week I told you that I had six weeks to redo this room, but I found out it’s actually 8 weeks! Because I have extra time, I decided to add this space to the project. It’s our downstairs entrance that we use all of the time. I think that it just needs some fresh paint and new artwork. I really do love these Varga prints, but the frames are bent. You can’t tell in the photos, but they are both bent at the top. I’ll either re-frame them, or move them somewhere else. What are your thoughts on them?

The pocket door I painted alchemy several years ago, and I still love it. I’m excited to see it surrounded by more colors.

One Room Challenge: Powder Room
One Room Challenge in Progress

If I was going for a beach vibe, this painting would be perfect. Ha. It actually matches the before space perfectly. But I plan to paint over this (Sorry Dana, who ever you are that painted this!). I plan to paint colorful lines and shapes of some sort and will incorporate the painting of the walls on the canvas.

Canvas that I’ll paint over to cover the electrical panel

The window film will be replaced. I wish I could keep it clear, but this is a bathroom and what you see is the entrance, so that would be a really bad idea.

Window film will be replaced

Paint chips and handles.

Paint chips and handles

The counter tops, sink and flooring will stay. This goal of this redesign is to highlight the architecture of the room, and make it fun!

Counter tops and flooring will stay

Be sure to check out all of the featured designers, and guest participants of the One Room Challenge. There is so much inspiration to find out there. And all we have is time right now, so click around and read lots of blog posts about design! Thanks to ORC and BHG for sponsoring this fun event.

*Brandi

Powder Room One Room Challenge: Week One

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I am participating in the Spring 2020 One Room Challenge! It’s a fun event where you post about a space that you are redecorating (or fully renovating) over a 6 week period. I already wanted to redecorate our powder room so the timing is perfect. And I really don’t need to do that much so it’ll be nice to have a reason to spread out the timing of this project.

Here are the before pictures.

One Room Challenge Powder Room Before

I love the horizontal window in this room, but 1/3 of it was covered by this cabinet that was hiding a gas meter.

One Room Challenge Powder Room Before, Gas meter

The week before COVID19 shut down our country, the gas company came to replace the gas line, move the meter to the outside as per code, and replace the main gas line by the street. The first two happened, and they could run the new line through the existing line without tearing up the entire drive way, hooray! However, they couldn’t replace the gas main line by the street, because it kept filling with water. They dug a GIGANTIC hole that took up a large part of the end of our driveway and yard and then haphazardly put it back together. It’s a bit of a bummer that the front of our yard is all torn up, but you know, GLOBAL PANDEMIC. It seems some of our neighbors are more upset about it than we are. We are hoping that one day they will finish the job.

The current situation in this bathroom really isn’t bad at all, but there are two main areas that I wanted to address. 1) The left corner had that counter cabinet that hid the gas meter. I am so pumped that they moved the meter to the outside so that we could get rid of the cabinet. It felt clunky and the window actually spans the entire wall, so it’ll also let in more light. A pipe is still there, but I plan to just paint it. And 2) the mirrors were hung high and I am short, so I could never see myself in the mirror unless I was on my tippy toes. I don’t often mind being short, but I really hate it when I can’t see myself in a bathroom mirror. This actually happens in restaurant bathrooms a lot (I’m looking at you Memphis Taproom!)

One Room Challenge MCM Bathroom remodel

My color palette is below, along with my beer (lol). In case you didn’t know, you can call in and order to your local Sherwin-Williams and they will get it ready for you so you can just pick it up outside. The counter tops are staying and I picked up these handles at an Estate Sale without knowing where to put them and this room is perfect. One less thing to try and find and buy.

Color Palette One Room Challenge MCM Powder Room

After I had picked the colors, I was looking through photos from our trip to New Orleans and realized that the colors are very much a part of the city. When I was there I kept thinking, I should design a room around this, and apparently I did without even realizing it.

Color Inspiration from a church in New Orleans
Color inspiration from New Orleans

I am very thankful that we got to go on a trip in January to one of our favorite cities before this pandemic, New Orleans.

Design Plan:

Keep: Flooring, sink, counter tops

Do or buy:

Paint the walls white

Add a @banyanbridges inspired painted wall art

Replace faucet

Paint pipe

Add baseboard trim

Cover electrical panel

Find a new mirror (I was going to use one that I already had below, but Dave doesn’t’ like it)

One Room Challenge Design Decisions

You can find all the other participants and more information about the event at the following LINK.

Let me know what you think!

*Brandi

Morrison Residence Then and Now: Part 4 The Dining Room

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Welcome to the fourth installment of the Morrison Residence Then and Now series. You can find week one (living room) here, week two (master bedroom) here, and week three (kitchen) here. I am showing you our home through our eyes along with photos from the original architect, Robert Morrison.

This week we will take a look at the dining room. If you’d like to see what it looked like 2 years ago, I have an old blog post from when we remodeled it here.

This room really can be used for a variety of purposes, much like all of the spaces in this home. When we bought it, this room was being used as a family room/TV room. The photos from the architect Robert Morrison, show it being used as a dining room, below.

Then: Morrison house
Now: Morrison House Dining Room

We now use this room as a dining room and have a huge table to fill up the very long space. We love to have dinner parties and can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so that we can entertain again.

Several years ago I had this wallpaper installed and I still love it. It’s from York Wallcoverings (my hometown!) and you can find it here. A couple of years ago we replaced the flooring and built-in cabinets.

From the kitchen, you have to walk down this hallway to get to the dining room. The house was built in two stages, and this back part was built in the second stage. This hallway is currently very messy, so the before/after of it will have to be at a later date 🙂

Then: hallway office

This area below used to be a reading nook with a fabulous womb chair. This chair is on my wish list. They are really pricy, so if someone finds one at a good deal, let me know!

Then: Reading nook

The chairs that we have in this space were Dave’s grandmothers. I would like to recover them in a salmon colored velvet one day.

Now: Reading nook in the living room
Now: Artwork and a fiddle leaf fig

I quickly ‘redecorated’ this room today to snap some new photos. You can see that half way through I decided this wall below needed some art, so I placed this watercolor piece below. The wood carving art above and the watercolor below I found at an auction in North Jersey. Oh how I miss going to estate sales, auctions, flea markets and yard sales.

During the renovation in 2018 we replaced the track lighting for these vintage pendant lights. The ceiling globe light came with the house and I think it’s perfect so there is no need to replace it. Chairs from Article, table from Crate and Barrel, Built in cabinets IKEA with The Tile Shop marble tile as the top.

When we replaced the flooring we left this original tile in front of the sliding door. We have a hot tub out this door, and I liked the original tile, so we kept it. The rest of the flooring was carpet, which we replaced with this hardwood floor from Lumber Liquidators. By the way, I am just listing resources in case you are interested. This is not sponsored (aka we paid for all of this ourselves.)

Now: Dining Room
Then: Dining Room
Now: Dining Room
Now: Dining Room

I bought these tulips from a local farm called Blooming Glen Farm. The shop where I have a space, Makers vintage + handmade, is sadly closed at this time due to the Coronovirus. The owner Jess has been having Instagram sales on her @thecrafterypa instagram account. I picked up these amazing flowers, as well as some earrings for myself, and a Mother’s Day gift.

Now: Living Room with Brand*Eye Home Pillows and quilt

The pillows and quilt (peeking out from the bedroom) above are for sale in my shop! They are 20% off, PLUS 20% of the sale will be donated to a local charity, Laurel House, a domestic violence shelter.

You can find my online shop here: www.brandeyehome.bigcartel.com

I have been keeping busy by making lots and lots of fabric face masks that I’ve been giving away for free. Email me if you are in need of one. I may eventually list some in my shop, but for now they are free.

Let me know what you think of these posts, the world in general, the pandemic, the meaning of life… I’m all ears (and eyes).

*Brandi