Mathis new old house-Living Room

We have moved in!  Everyone on instagram keeps saying it has gone so fast but really for most of the house we just painted, the major changes were in the kitchen and even that was just tile, counters and removing some uppers. No walls have been moved or major work.  That being said things did go smoothly and quickly and I am thankful to be sleeping in our new home!

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This room got new wood ceilings and lighting…most old living rooms did not have overhead lights.  So glad to have lights in this room!

The blinds are the Tropical Isle Bamboo Blinds from Select Blinds and they are lined for privacy but not black out lined.  The lining is perfect, it is dark enough to help with Texas heat and privacy but not too dark. The color on the blinds is BAMBOO TORTOISE.

And I was worried about the wall color turning out but it came out fine… it is BM EDGECOMB GRAY on walls in entry, living and into dining. . . and SW Pure white on all woodwork and wood ceiling.

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And while this room is mostly empty and still needs drapes and a larger rug (I am also eagerly/patiently waiting for custom camelback sofas from LS Slipcovers and her amazing mama Gracie Wilkins to flank fireplace) the piece de resistance HAS ARRIVED. Let me just say y’all I have shopped at and worked with Leftovers Antiques for a long time but never thought I would have one of their treasures like this one below for OUR HOME.

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When this English Chippendale cabinet with original wavy glass was delivered last week I nearly cried. I know its just a material object, a thing, BUT it is special. Very special. It was handpicked my Michael and Ed and lovingly restored and painted by their top notch guy in England.  The wavy glass has survived wars and countless moves and a trip across the ocean to Texas.  Hopefully it will survive the Mathis boys. This piece was made for this space and I love Leftovers for bringing it home!

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You know I have enjoyed putting my little treasures in it, like my fave blue and white and old books, shells and little boxes.

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The piece is antique 1880s English Chippendale.  They had it refurbished with an amazing gray blue finish and the inside is a gorgeous dark ink color.  Their wonderful guy in England retrofitted it with these old silverware drawers.

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The other treasure in this room is the piano. Not so much the piano (thought it is lovely and glossy black) but the music that comes from it. It sounds so good in this house!  I must admit I laid awake many nights before we moved worried about where it would go…there was/is simply no wall for it..this house is almost all windows and doors.  A piano in front of a window is a no no because of the weather and tuning but we had no choice and its not an antique steinway so we have broken the rules again (wild ones i know) and we have it in front of the windows in the living room and I LOVE IT!  Once it has drapes to keep it company its going to look fantastic and i love seeing it coming down the stairs.  I love to hear my kids and husband play it and I am so glad we have a piano in our home.

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Stay tuned for more.  I have hit a bit of a packing/moving wall I must admit but I will try to post often.  In the meantime, please please do yourself a favor and follow Leftovers on Facebook and Instagram so you can see what is arriving for their new store displays and the fall Round Top Antiques show. They have two 45 feet jumbo containers full of French and English antiques! Special stuff you can’t buy at Restoration Hardware! They have everything from a SEVEN FOOT marble top Patisserie counter from an old hotel in South of France coming to smalls. Save your pennies and travel miles and come see it all in person!

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Round Top is around the corner so begin making plans to come if you have it in mind.  And thanks for looking at our transition into our new old home!

 

House update

Wow it’s been a whirlwind around here. It’s amazing how it can feel like its going so slow with home renovations and then suddenly you are amazed at how it’s coming together. I have the best people working on our new old house and I am so thankful for their diligence and talent.

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First off, the exterior is now completely painted white no longer gold! (Later the roof will be dark gray, someone on Instagram asked) and no we are not doing shutters.  I like the simplicity and clean look of it without shutters…seems true to the salt box design. The exterior color is SW Pure White.

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Choosing a door color has been an adventure.  I love red doors but I knew from the beginning I wanted a soft pretty gray door on this house.  Dove gray. I think I tested a total of 11-12 grays.  All were too blue or too brown.  I even tried some Farrow and Ball colors.  I finally settled on SW Dorian Gray which was my first one to try! Funny how that happened.  For now, we plan on painting the entire surround AND the door.  I think it needs the color and visual weight in the middle since we aren’t doing shutters.  But I may change my mind once it’s done (sorry honey) and have just the door be gray.

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I have been eyeing some amazing lanterns at Bevelo Lighting but ended up spotting some at Lowe’s of all places that I really like.  Thank you Allen + Roth, they are nice and long and large and less than  $100! That is nice on the budget when you have so many other things to cover.

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After getting a handle on the exterior we moved inside. We (meaning Kevin my awesome contractor and his trusty assistant Alex) uncovered some great wood under the popcorn. Honestly I think there are lots of issues related to keeping shiplap in old homes. . . like “industrial really isn’t my style” and “but its gorgeous wood” and “but its so rough” etc… trust me there will be exposed ship lap somewhere (closets ha or maybe a boy wall one day) but this will be the last time you see this in this state in the living room . . sorry . . . Bottom line, hubs doesn’t like too rustic and we have lived with shiplap walls for years . . . before everyone on HGTV was doing it;; It’s cute and charming and I love it in the upstairs of our current home but I think it sifts dust possibly . . . it is rough and probably not great for asthma and allergies which the boys and I struggle with . . . so there you go. I could do a whole blog post on that decision believe me!

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But yes that ceiling is gorgeous ! What is wonderful beyond the decorative possibilities of old wood walls and ceilings i s just to see how old houses were constructed and the beautiful materials used in construction.

Moving into the kitchen.

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 The uppers came down on sink side.  But the soffit stays, yes it can happen and be okay.  More shiplap under old paneling but it was really pieced together and lot of holes, so those walls and around door will be covered with basic white subway tile and then shelves.  We are painting the remaining cabinets. Everything in kitchen is SW Pure White. I considered doing new shaker doors but didn’t want to wait for them.  They would have arrived in time I now realize but painting these has been fine too since we removed so many on sink side. Again another budget saver.

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I love how my contractor put the doors up on the garage wall to spray them. I am in AWE of the awesome finish he sprayed on these cabinets.  The kitchen has various issues, and we obviously aren’t gutting it but paint in here has been huge.  He also retrimmed out doors and windows, HUGE improvement.  I will be honest, I had a little designer hissy fit in my heart and head wanting better cabinets.  But the truth is they are fine, they have tracks and they have painted up nicely.  And it was silly to pull them out when we have other changes planned down the road….way down the road..for now and/ or the next 5- 10 years this is perfect!

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And there is the farm sink pictured above waiting patiently in the garage, OF COURSE it is going back in…along with wood counters.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about the IKEA wood counter drama.  Again this could be another blog post.  Basically, I had heard and read online that IKEA was discontinuing their solid wood counters.  Then the IKEA Houston person told me that wasn’t true they just “fly off of shelves” because they are popular.  Friends helped me make sure there were none in stock in Texas at our three IKEA locations.  Once I was sure I moved forward with Williamsburg Butcher block counters via Lumber Liquidators.  They are more pricey than IKEA but they look fab and they are way less than marble or even granite.

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I won’t lie, I will miss my marble;( But we are gaining square footage and other wonderful things in this house so I will survive; These will be a bit darker and richer in color once I oil and seal them.

Okay, and I also need to say this . . . several people have said “wow this is going so fast how do you get so much done?” Well I have had my eye on this house for five years.  I was in talks with the owners for over  a year and it was under contract for months.  It’s been a long time coming and I have had plenty of time to plan and think about what I would do with this house if ever given the chance.  Sounds cheesy but I feel like I have been decorating this house in my heart for my entire life. Nutty sounding but if you are house person you know what I mean.  We love our current house but this one feels so right and like home! That has made some decisions easy (knock on wood) and flow somewhat effortlessly.  Like I just KNEW the outside HAD to be white.

But that is just the ideas, on the practical side this is all possible and is happening quickly because we have blessed with a great contractor.  They are hard to find y’all.

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Thank you to Kevin Gilmore at Oaks Renovation for all he is doing to help us get in our home and settled before school starts.  Kevin and I worked on the Old Glory project and I was so thrilled he could help with our new old house.  He is patient and creative and honest/realistic about budget and what is feasible.  I totally recommend him if you are in the Houston/Brenham/Woodlands area.  His email is above. You won’t be disappointed.

{On a side note: It’s humbling and a bit embarrassing on some level to write all of this “ME ME ME, look at us we have a new house” stuff I know but it is a design blog and what I do. But I want you to know I struggle with it a bit. Yes we needed a larger home and we are excited about the space and other things but need is relative as are wants.  #Firstworldproblems we all say. And though this isn’t hugely grand or fancy I still don’t deserve this.  That is not how things work.  Yes we have worked hard and been blessed but others work hard too.  I guess I just want you to know I am not bragging, I am grateful and I give glory to God for everything we have and I know my true treasures are stored up in heaven.  But I also appreciate beauty and creativity. And my life ins’t perfect. Anyone who knows us knows that. I don’t intentionally NOT share hard times they are just often private.  Enduring those times don’t make us deserve good times like getting a new home but I am excited and enjoying it and giving Praise to God above. At the end of the day I know even charming old houses can’t make you happy. Only God.}

 

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