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Re-use, recycle: Our former living room lives on

30 Mar

It’s a rainy day here in Nashville, and after a long, colder than usual winter, I can’t help but think about California.  And oftentimes when I think about California, I think of the home we left behind there.

I had a love/hate relationship with that house.

Loved it because it really was beautiful, especially that view from the back yard!  We dreamed dreams of growing old in that house, having friends over for beers and bbqs, we talked about our kids having their friends over for swimming in the summer, and all the space we had there for lots of family visits.  So many wonderful thoughts and memories…

Hated it because it’s where our family lost the most.  Hated it because all of our dreams shriveled up and blew away while living in that house.  Hated it because my husband died while trying to get home to us in that house.  So much sorrow.  So much negativity and pain…

This rainy afternoon while looking at pictures on my computer, I came across photos of that house.  A friend of mine graciously  took photos of the house when I listed it for sale, so there are quite a few.  When I came across some pics of the living room, the thought occurred to me that although the living room in the new house is very different than the old house, all of the items from the old room live on – they’ve all been given a fresh role, or even completely reinvented and used in different places in the new house.  I kept staring at the picture of the old living room, pondering “where are they now”, trying to recall where all of those items that danced together nicely in our former home, are being used now.  And this is what I noted (you can click the pic to enlarge):

Photo: Jewell Green

 

Photo: Jewell Green

 

 

So there you have it.  I guess my furniture and accessories really are a reflection of me: all being given a second chance in a new place, learning to get along in their new surroundings.  We’re all experiencing a little… Evolution….

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, this is what the living room looks like in our new house in Nashville.  It’s totally still a *work in progress* (I need to re-do those wing chairs, do something about that cabinet under the dining area window, I’d love to add some more seating, etc., etc…).  Although my style has definitely changed, as you can see I don’t tend to stray too far from beige lol (I love my calming neutrals!) and I’m happy to mix expensive with bargain basement in my home as easily as I will rock a Target blouse and a pair of Jimmy Choo’s….

 

Yes, that’s an Oly Studio “Pipa” bowl chandelier over the dining table – it’s one of my prized possessions 🙂  It was a big investment… well, for me… for a dang light lol, but I haven’t regretted it for a minute (I bought it from Jamie Beckwith of Beckwith Interiors here in Nashville).  The fittings were originally shiny brass though, so I sprayed them an oil rubbed bronze color to make it more in keeping with my decor.  The sofa is the Liam” by Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams.  I’ve paired it with a coffee table that is reminiscent of the Oly “Meri” table – only mine came from Z-Gallerie.  It was on clearance for $300, the manager agreed to knock 50% off THAT price.  Yep, I *stole* it for $150, and it’s smaller in scale, which I needed to fit the space.

The mirror and buffet were in the dining room at the old house, but this house has a smaller dining space than the last, so they have a new home in the living room. I think they work great there!  I bought the buffet at “Out of The Closet” in L.A. for $100.  When I got it home I saw that it was Drexel Heritage.  I love it when that happens!  I painted it white, and when we moved here I added those cool drapery tassels from West Elm – Voila!  The lamps, étagère and horse came from Home Goods (man, I LOVE that place!).  The horse was originally all one color – very light gray concrete.  I painted it to look like a vintage piece.  I broke the door off that big lantern, so I filled it with crystal and mercury glass taper holders with fab metallic tapers and still use it anyway!  Though, someone should probably climb in that picture and straighten up the candle that’s fallen over :-/

Anyway…  Until next time, you can find me in the basement slappin paint on somethin’ lol…

xx and oo’s

 

 

 

P.S.: Here’s that view I mentioned earlier from the back yard of the old house.  Ooh, and you can check out a snippet of my good friend Jewell Green’s work on her website:

Photo: Jewell Green

 

Photo: Jewell Green

 

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