My new home sweet home.

My new home sweet home.

My husband and I moved into a late-Victorian home in January. When we looked at it, the inside wasn't too exciting. Pretty view, great location, but the walls were white and hadn't been washed since at least the 1950's. I was convinced that with some paint and our personality, it'd be amazing. It has a bay window, views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges, and the bay. We have steam billowing into the sky from the industrial district, the faint whistle of trains and barking of sea lions down on the piers. On dreary grey days I put on Tom Waits and pretend I'm in a Jim Jarmusch movie. We went with a very vivid, deep red in the living room and pumpkin in the kitchen. I love that my husband was so supportive with this!
The bay window faces to the north in the living room. Before: After: ------- The front door and the entrance to our bedroom. Before: After: ------- The view from the living room into the kitchen (faces east.) Before: After: ------- Me, in the process of painting. ------- The view from the east-facing kitchen window.
I'll post pictures of the place all decorated. I'm so happy with how it turned out, and with all of our stuff on the walls and in the rooms it's such a great space to be in. These were pretty intense colors and we both grew up in white-walled houses, so it was very extreme. If you're thinking about doing something drastic, go for it! This is so rewarding and it feels so much more like home now. The only thing that would make me happier about the place would be 1) boilers (my God, I LOVE boilers) and 2) a claw-foot bathtub!
A bouquet for you

A bouquet for you

There had been a few new additions lately…

There had been a few new additions lately…

this morning…

this morning…

Plant IDs

Plant IDs

What’s on my raspberries?

What’s on my raspberries?

I can finally make a post!

I can finally make a post!