Sunday, August 18, 2019

Open House Sunday

Old Made New
 built 1929
This little house is on my street but in the neighborhood to the west of me.
It actually sold last summer but I was too busy at the time to blog about it so doing now.
This house had a huge makeover before going on the market. 
I think it turned out very pretty but personally I would not have made it quite so modern.
This is the before. This neighborhood is not designated historic so you can do whatever you like to your house. In my neighborhood you would not be allowed to make the cosmetic changes that were made two this home. 
I don't mind that they painted it white. I like that. But I would have kept the original windows.
I think I would have kept the wall too that surrounds the front porch.
I do like how open the house is now without the wall but there are ways you could have made that wall special and more cozy without removing it.
Back to how the house is now.
I like a lot of the choices made on this home. I just think they could have made them and kept the original details intact.
 Colors used throughout the home are very cheerful.
I like the front door painted blue.
I do like how the inside was staged to sell. 
It's very modern appealing to the young buyers who want to live in the city.
I like the color they painted the fireplace. It would have originally been brick.
Pretty arched doorways throughout.  
I would have fallen in love with this house back when I was shopping but wouldn't have bought because I wanted original details. 
Can you imagine how beautiful that original window was in this room with it's arched top?
That was such a mistake removing it. 
I'm sure it was a financial decision.
Not a fan of the ceiling fan.  
They opened the dining room up to the kitchen. All these houses are being opened up in this way.
Both houses on either side of me have had complete remakes of the kitchen dining areas. 
Both have been opened up. Mine is still closed. 
I understand why they do it. It's beautiful and feels so airy.
Maybe some day I will - maybe 
 Just a very nice black and white kitchen.
I'd prefer a range hood. I am not a fan of a microwave over the stove.
I know it's convenient. I just don't like the look of it.
I'd have fun accessorizing this kitchen.
 I'm jealous that there is a laundry area off the kitchen. 
My laundry is stacked washer dryer in the hall closet.
I am growing weary of that arrangement.

 Basic bedroom.
 Another bedroom/office
Again...this home was staged. No one living in it.
Bathroom is cute. Small but cute.
The bathroom cabinet is more modern than I would have gone but I'm sure it appeals to many.! I am digging that shower head. I absolutely need. 
Where can I get one? I'm going to go searching. 
I like the hex tile used in this bath.
Back yard is very basic. It's interesting what they did with the garage. 
Looks like they tore it down partially or built it back up partially.
I don't mind it. I wouldn't want to put a car there though. I'd want to decorate it
as an outdoor room. Lots of room here to create something fabulous. 

See the full listing here 
although it sold last year. 

So I got another design project last week.
There are these cute little brownstones near downtown.
It's called The Hill at Bricktown
One of my past customers asked for my help finishing up her brownstone.
She has done an excellent job of furnishing it and just needs help accessorizing and adding a few pieces here and there.
I helped her with her dining room last fall.
This will be a fun project for me just adding the little things that makes a house a home.
Here are photos of the neighborhood.
I told her you can almost pretend you are living in Brooklyn, NY.
 They are awfully cute and close to downtown as you can see.
There is a clubhouse and a swimming pool. 
 Hope you are having a nice Sunday. I'm staying in working at the computer. I'd like to be out but it's 100+ outside. 
This is that time of year when I start thinking summer cannot end fast enough for me.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Sea Shells for Summer

Just a few photos from around the living room.
I decorate with shells in the summer months.
I thought I'd share because won't be long till it all changes to fall stuff.

I bought that little ocean life painting off Ebay.
It was painted in the 30's or 40's.
It's very nicely done and I love the original frame.

We are in the dog days of summer now.
So hot.
I've been trying to clean up things in the backyard.
It's been neglected while I was working at a store.
There just was no time and I was exhausted or working on my days off.
Doesn't take long for vines to take over.
I've been cutting and pulling.

The weenies are enjoying me being home...they want to go in
and out all day long..drives me crazy but a good crazy.

linking up at Debra's party at Common Ground

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Open House Sunday!!!

Today...a Special Treat...
 built 1938
I have always loved this little house in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Oklahoma City.
I've been in it before but this's had a complete redo.
It's got modern touches and lots of whimsy.
I've always loved the outside. The stonework with classical detailing.
Anyone that has a dog statue is my kind of person. I have one too. 
The modern chairs on the front porch hint at what's to come inside.
 It's just sweet as it can be. I'd plant some trees out in the yard if I bought it.
Other than's lovely.
 Lot's of blue in the living room. This is not my favorite room in the house.
It's beautiful but more serious than the way the rest of the house is decorated.
 This living room is basically the same layout as my own...oh except and this is odd...the arched door way isn't centered. 
Never seen that before in these houses.
 Here you can see that the sofas are not as huge as they appear in the photos above.
I like this plan. Two matching sofas facing each other. I often recommend to my clients to do this.
 Here is where the house really starts to get good. A perfect white kitchen!
 I love everything about this. Every single thing. Well...I guess if it were mine...I'd do a farm sink. But other than's just about perfect.
It's a nice size kitchen for a little house. I wish my kitchen was this large. 
 Wide open to the breakfast nook.
 Which is just precious! I adore that wallpaper!
 It's glamorous in here! And fun
 This is the formal dining room.
 I like the breakfast nook better. I do like the linen slipcovers on the chairs.
Looking at this house makes me think I really need to have less furniture in my house.
And yet...just last night I asked about a piece I saw on Facebook Marketplace.
I do have one spot in my house that needs just the right piece.
 How about this bathroom? I love love love it!
Adore that double sink. 
Kinda love that the toilet sits back in a little nook. 
 This bedroom is very modern but certainly blends with the style of the rest of the house.
I usually don't care for big canopy beds in small houses but this one is so open it works.
 This room is also a nice blend of feminine and masculine. Which I'd say is true of the whole house.

 Now here is a famine bedroom. I love the large patterned wallpaper on that one wall.
 Again...this house makes me think I need to get rid of many things in my house. I have too much stuff.
 Pretty little sitting room. The shelves are styled so nicely. I have built in shelving in office/den and I'm afraid they are a mess...they are full of books and all kinds of stuff I use.
I'd love to style them in a pretty way...but I actually use my shelves.
 Really like this floor plan using four chairs around a large cocktail table. This is another layout I suggest to my clients who have a room they aren't sure what to do with but want extra seating without it being boring.
The house is even cute by the back door. I assume this is off the kitchen. A little bar area. Convenient for outdoor parties.
 And the back patio. I actually love that there is a cement patio rather than deck. 
So much upkeep with a deck. I wish I had a patio instead myself.
Notice the large turquoise pot water feature to the left. I'd love to sit out here and listen to that bubble.
Yes, I could live in this house.
See full listing here