This is a bench from a vintage mule buggy! It was in the last house we lived in and the owner let us keep it when we moved! I love it. It is from Columbia, where they have a big mule festival every year.
Almost every pair of shoes we own had made it into the utility room. And jackets. And tons of random thrifted stuff that needed a home. See the lion puppet? I can't get rid of it, even though I don't know where to put it!
Here is the room cleaned out. I'm sure this happens to everyone who buys a house. When you first move in you make all kinds of changes and lists about things you need to do. But then after a few months you decide to take a break, then it's been two years since you last worked on the house. This room had all dark paneling when we moved in (don't worry vintage fans, it wasn't the coveted knotty pine, just almost black wood that made the room look too small). Travis painted a lot of it, it took so many coats! Now he says he is going to paint the window finally, and then the ceiling. It really makes a different! I need to make some cute curtains too. I like the wallpaper though. And the weird brown snowflake linoleum.
I kind of wish I had taken a before picture, but I'm also kind of glad I didn't. It was so full of junk! I felt like I should document the changes though. It is fun to look back and see how our house has changed in the background of other pictures. Sorry if this is boring! I don't have any beautiful Yvestown style afters, I wish!
Do you like the old oil lamp style light? Haha, I really want to pull it down and put something else up, I just need the perfect thing. The pugs don't sleep in that crate, sometimes Priscilla hangs out in there, or the cats do. I made a little cat bed on top so they can enjoy it during the day. I haven't caught anyone sleeping there yet. I spend a lot of time trying to make the perfect "cat trap." Nerd alert.
I like collecting these magnets from the places that we've been together. We were so excited to find the Prince Edward Island one! The guy at the gift shop (in Cave City) probably thought we were crazy! I decided to put them on the dryer to dress it up a little.
I finally used the hooks we put up from something useful. Now my daily purse, camera bag, and the harnesses and leashes are in easy reach. The Miller Highlife box belonged to Travis' uncle, it holds messy outside shoes and tools we (well, Travis) use often. That is a little Tanuki and some homemade bug spray for the dogs(geranium oil and water! works great!). That window on the right looks into our kitchen. I peak in at the dogs every morning before I go wake them up. That aluminum bat by the door is our home security system.
I wish I had a camera that took video so you could hear the sounds Phyllis was making while I took these. So much heavy sighing and groaning and carrying on. I think she was happy that she finally had room to move around in her room, but she would still rather I carry her any time she can't be on my lap.
And the part I'm most excited about, our new "quarentine" area! When we bring home thrift/flea market/estate sale stuff it gets dropped off here instead of the dining room. For a LONG time we haven't been able to use our dining room table to actually eat because it has been covered with all kinds of (awesome) junk. We'll see how long this lasts!