The joy of finishing rooms once moved in.

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I’ve been in the new house in Maryland for a week and a half. We’ve unpacked 95% of the boxes and rooms that only a few days looked deserted are now ready to live in. It’s been fun placing furniture and getting antiques from my grandparents to cohabitate with pieces from Rooms to Go and IKEA.
 
The dining room is finished. Finally put up the new light fixture, thereby allowing me to put the table in place. The furniture is a mishmash of styles – Mission style table and chairs, country buffet, vintage corner piece, Mahogany nesting tables plus two liquor cabinets – one Oriental themed and one Arts & Crafts – at least I think it’s A&C. Coupled with the Mid-Century Modern dinnerware, it’s a happy schizophrenic place that will see alot of entertaining.
Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Mish mash decor Dining Room.

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Arts & Crafts Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

Oriental themed Liquor Cabinet

 
The living room is half IKEA (love Billys and Bennos) in birch with basic comfy furniture and some antiques thrown in for good measure. There’s the bench that my grandmother made a needlework cover for – I have pics from the mid 1930’s of my mother and her sisters sitting on it. There are also some small vintage tables here and there.
IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

IKEA meets Rooms to Go.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

Vintage Bench and IKEA chair style dog bed.

The family room, which I used to call the Bat Cave, thanks to the dark brown paneling and wall to wall brick fireplace, is now a lovely light room with IKEA Ektorp pieces covered in black and some big sturdy slate topped tables. I still have to put down the laminate floor in there. We’re living with the vintage vinyl parquet ick right now. The fireplace is currently gas, which was so horribly done that we’re not making that wall a focal point until we get someone out here to take all the piping away. Right now, we just pretend it doesn’t exist, except as a wall with alot of brick.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

Former Bat Cave is now Family Room.

 It’s nice to know that since the end of April, we’ve taken an empty mess of a shell and have made it a home. It’s been alot of work but we’re nearing the finish line.

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