I can’t believe how much my style has changed not only on the last 15 years I’ve gone from a mish-mash of a completely traditional-eclectic, hand me down, MESS to what I would call a lighter eclectic- bohemian, through Mid-century Modern and now I am dipping my toes into more organic and natural decor. I still like a bunch of different styles, but I really like things to be earthy and organic. I think what I really like is contrast. Dark against light. Layered patterns and textures. It’s amazing how much our home has changed from the dark paint from traditional to cottages style to modern organic style and lots of places in-between. I’m starting out with our entry when birds were really a thing. They were on EVERYTHING.
I’ll admit. It took me a really long time, and the kids getting a little older to find my style. Decorating is definitely a journey of evolution nd not a sprint. For a long time I was just trying to keep my head above the water with the kids, let alone get serious about decorating. Then the kids grew and I learned ot decoate with what I like…the good, the really bad and the scary-ugly. Coming out of the early 2000’s everything being so dark and saturated. Mustard yellows, dark maroons, Tuscan everything. It’s funny that those dark colors are coming full circle again.
Our entire entryway also went though many changes.I loved this bench, It was a $7 yard sale find. We finally needed more storage for shoes in the front with 3 teen girls in the house.
The I added an accent with beadboard wallpaper and the bench wanted to be green.
It went much lighter and more organic, I loved this look, but I wanted a more natural tone and feel.
I swapped out the painted furniture for the small wood dresser I found on Marketplace. I still wanted something richer feeling.
I really love how it looks right now, with darker black walls, but you never know then that will change again. That’s the best part of paint!
Then there were tweaks made like a bigger mirror. If I could turned back the clock, I would’ve upholstered the couches in a more neutral fabric. I must’ve been in my gold phase. For some odd reason, I had a really hard time getting out of yellow. Though I do still love a deep gold (as you will see later.).
It’s fun to see the progression. There is a bit I’ve skipped over, but it’s been 15 years. You can look back by searching the individual rooms. Once I painted my walls white in the great paint “white out”, I loved how neutral everything looked!
And finally I made the dramatic change. I wanted to have our home feel cozy and dramatic and black paint was the answer. Plus, I stripped the fireplace down to it’s bare wood.
It’s fun to see it from another angle too. It doesn’t even look like the same place!
Moving to a lighter look and playing with furniture was a big part of the change.
Over time I tried a lot of furniture placement with the rectangular shape and all of the windows and doors as a challenge. I love how the deep gold drapes really add a sense of drama to the space.
Okay folks, here comes the ugly. Hold your hats. Our eat in area was not good.
And the dining area. When we moved in all the walls had been white. I painted the dining room walls deep red. In 2000 it was so chic and so early “Pottery Barn”. It was the talk of the neighborhood and I don’t know if that was good or not.
Then, we went kinda Tuscan. I was a furniture-painter, muralist and faux finisher. I was into dark and heavy. And also, obviously into McDonald’s, and dressing my kids in Happy Meal boxes.
Then I needed to drag myself out of that deep dark pit.
My first change was actually to get the table out of the middle of the room and really use the space. I have a very little house, every inch counts.
It was better already and a better space planning option for us, but I still wanted lighter.
Eventually we put in build in bookshelves and the wall received a more modern paint color.
And finally, the kitchen…the poor old dear. She’s been through so much this year. First, when the dining room was red: she was decorated in Tuscan.. with grapes and all.
5-10 years ago.
Then came in gold and faux finishing. I know, I know. Like I said, it’s been a journey.
And there were those darn, dark cabinets I kept contemplating about painting. And the top of my fridge looks so much prettier now.
We are so glad we painted them! I am finally feeling like there is a flow to our place. It’s becoming more us. Looking back through all of the pictures I had, it was crazy the way our tastes have evolved and what an utter mess our house was. Change can be good.
And I love the addition of the dark bottom cabinets. I know it’s going to keep changing, but I love seeing how far we’ve come! Especially as I lean into a more modern organic style. Thanks for sharing this fun journey with me!
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