A Blast from the Past :: House Tour from 10 Years Ago

Disclaimer: this post will give you picture overload.
It will also give you a French Country overdose.
I'm sorry for both.

As I was looking through the picture folders on our computer,
I came across the pictures that I'd taken shortly after we moved in this house.

I thought that you might get a kick out of them!

It's strange how our tastes change in one way,
but remain constant in another.
Let me explain as we go down memory lane.

I still love the combo of a white house with black shutters.
And I love to garden, but no longer like morning glories
growing like a jungle over the front of our house.
The door is no longer red, either.

I saw a tutorial on trimming evergreens (arborvitae)
into spiral topiaries on Martha Stewart
and spent 5 hours on each of these trees doing just that.
I loved them and still do, although they've filled in and are no longer as spiral-y.

I fell in love with this red and white toile wallpaper I found on eBay,
so I wallpapered the whole foyer in it.
I still love it, too, but it is getting papered over soon as part of this house's staging
so we can move to an Historical home downtown.

Remember when tassles on lamps were "in"?
I kept the lamps, but lost the shades.
This antique dresser is still here in the foyer and it is over 200 years old,
a gift from my mother-in-love.
We probably will keep it.

This is actually the foyer 12 (not 10) years ago after adding wainscoting and yellow paint.

I still have the candelabra on the dresser and the antique needlepoint chair.

Another shot of the foyer right after wallpapering.
The framed florals wrapping the angled foyer are still here with us, too.

This is 12 years ago also.
The piano is played often by Miss S, my older daughter,
and it will be with us until she gets a home of her own.
The only item I still decorate with in this picture is the square birdcage.
The rest has been eBay-ed or sold.

Then, after a couple years, I found this checkered fabric 
and some antique swing-arm curtain rods on eBay,
and the Music Room and Dining Room were redesigned 
and stayed this way until last year.
Everything except the piano and white chairs is gone.

Below: What the space above looked like a few weeks after we moved in, in 2000.

Ten years ago till last year.

12 years ago. Notice the original brass chandelier and the teacup shades
I made by drilling holes through the cups and saucers
with a 1 1/2" ceramic drill bit. These were cool!
We still have this mirror and this 100-year-old Duncan Phyfe table.

After painting the dining room cobalt blue (to match my willoware) right after we moved in,
we went with Cornmeal yellow by Martha Stewart.
Still have this hutch/buffet, the silver pieces, and the crystal, but everything else is gone.
(The vintage Haviland china was my grandmother's,
and is packed and waiting for my girls to take with them someday.)

Although you probably can't see it, the ceiling was glazed, 
anaglypta wallper was added below the chair rail,
and molding frames got added to the window, mirror, and hutch walls.
These elements are still in the room.
(I loved the red transferware and the toile coverlet used as the tablecloth,
but these are gone, now, too.)

The lamps were the ones in the foyer a few years earlier.
And the side table is now upstairs in the landing.
I kept the clock and the cloches, too.

I decided that I am typically drawn to classics such as
white ironstone, crystal and glass, silver, and wicker.

I carried the red out into the kitchen.
I've kept the big things: picnic baskets, framed memo center, rolling island, and chairs,
but all the littles have evaporated somewhere.
By the way, I sewed the scalloped valances
from Waverly check and loved those for a long while, too.

I saw the grapevine covered with white lights and ivy in someone's kitchen
on Rate My Space (anyone remember that site?)
and must have decided it was beautiful, so I copied it.
It really was pretty in the evenings; the kitchen felt like an outdoor cafe.
But we gave the kitchen a makeover, and it's much different in here now.

Oh! This little half bath was really dark and really red.
I once had a visitor remark that there were more decor items in this half bath
than there were in his whole house.
As I look back at the pictures, I believe that he was correct!

Every single thing in here is now gone.
Even the faucet is new.

Into the living room we go.
These red chairs made me smile when I looked at them!
The lamps on either side of the fireplace were perfect for reading in the chairs.
And the curtains' trim is the same Waverly check as the valances in the kitchen.

The sofa, leather cigar chair, pair of red chairs and coffee table
were purchased together with our tax refund in 2003.
We sold the red chairs last year to make way for this zebra chair,
but the other pieces are still in the house.
I like vintage picnic baskets, and so those simply got moved to the kitchen.

Wow! This entertainment center was a beast,
but it had a lot of great space for organizing stuff.
It got sold on Craigslist and replaced with this armoire office.
Again, all the "littles" are no longer with us, but we kept
the yard-long bird print. It's in this room.

I really liked this side of the room!
I've kept the white ironstone,
but all the blue willoware got sold on eBay,
as did the cafe prints on either side of the cabinet.
The cabinet is now upstairs in our small office holding baskets and gadgets.

The lower landing on the stairs to the second floor.
Kept the mirror, lost the other things.

The upper landing between four bedrooms, a bathroom, and the laundry room.
There isn't actually a window here.
I hung a pair of shutters and this curtain and rod to give interest to this spot.
Everything in this picture is gone except the 1860s jeweler's chest/dresser.
Through the years, I've begun to gravitate towards antiques.

This is my girls' bathroom.
It was certainly pink.
And the toilet's seat is certainly up.
Must be waiting for someone to come clean it.

This was the bedroom of Miss A, my younger daughter.
The only three things left from this space are the dresser, chair, and lamp.
This was a happy space, and Miss A loved it.
It's now our office.

Aren't the clouds cute?
They had to be sanded smooth before we painted over them. Sigh.

This is the room of Miss S, the older daughter.
The only thing left from the redesign of this room is the vintage chenille bedspread.
Oh! And some of Miss S's classic literature.

The Master Bedroom.
I was trying to recreate a getaway to Jamaica where Mark and I honeymooned.
Does it look island-y?

The bed, mirror, and bedspread are the only things that were spared in this room.

The Master Bathroom.
It's blue, all right.
The vanity stool is all that remains.

And last, but not least, was another blue room, our office.
The desk, bookcase, and file cabinet/book case were purchased
with the $600 tax credit/refund that George Bush "gave" us.
Do you remember that?

Everything in here is gone, too.

Well, how do I wrap this post up, except to say how blessed I am
that we are able to have so many choices available to us?
And to say that I really loved bright paint colors?
And lots of tchotchkes.

Thank you for taking a walk with me down memory lane.
Any thoughts about our home from 10 years ago?


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  1. Wow, Leslie. That was a great tour. Thanks for sharing! WOWSERS. You have really changed things around and kept everything fresh by redecorating. Great job!

    It all looks great to me! Susan

    1. Hi Susan! It's unbelievable all the stuff I had!! Blessings to you!!

  2. What a great look down memory lane. Love your blog.

    1. Hi Kiki!
      Thank you!
      You are always welcome here!!!
      Blessings to you as you make your home!!

  3. Great pics!! I love the red dining room!!

  4. I love seeing the change in homes. We usually changed ours by moving, we're retired military. I have the sme Haviland china from my mom that represents so many sweet memories and it stands ready for my daughter or son who also loves it to take it away. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow! I remember many of these images! What a fun read today! Thanks for the walk down memory lane.


  6. Yes, lot of images. I love your Scrabble "FAMILY" on the table with photos. Very nice idea. Thanks!

  7. My favorite house in blogland. Cannot wait to see what you do next.

  8. I have loved reading this post and seeing your pics- especially since I just viewed your post on staging your home- what a difference! It is encouraging to see how your style has hanged and your house with it. My tastes have changed yet my home hasn't so I'm trying to enjoy what I'm livin in as I have two babies! Any advice on how to sell items to make room for new ones ie eBay/Craigslist? Maybe you've already done a post on this but I'm a new reader thanks to Pinterest. Thanks for sharing!!


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