|Old sofa with slipcover in new living room|
2011 brought new changes to our 1847 Carpenter Gothic southern home. Often the layout of old houses entitles the modern owners to use the rooms in ways they were never intended. I believe the only room in our home that is used as it originated is the master bedroom.
Some of those changes took place before we aquired the house twelve years ago, but our greatest internal change was swapping the livingroom and diningroom in 2011. During that swap we added hardwood floors to a portion of the house that had carpet, and put new hardwood in the kitchen after ripping up the original to reinforce the old bouncey joists. The orignial floors were wormey chestnut, and i just loved them, but there was no subfloor. Besides the bounce, winter drafts could be felt up to your knees. Something had to be done, and the splintering boards were not usable for finished flooring after the joist project. It is just part of old-house delimmas.
In an older post, I presented an album of the new diningroom, which also viewed the hallways to the bedrooms and the kitchen, all of which got the new hardwood. By putting the diningroom in it's new location, it allowed for the arrangement of furniture so that we could pass through that room to our bedroom hall. When we had the livingroom there, you would have to walk through the LR furniture and often in front of someone watching television. No more. Even though my husband and I do most of our TV watching on our sunporch, the visiting grands and family liked to use the LR for video games and DVDs. I will try to show you how we found the remedy for this.
|New ceiling light replaced dining room light which I refurbished and moved into the new dining room.|
|Veiw of the wall oposite the sofa where I was finally able to display my Red Wing Pottery. I've stacked a few more inside each other since this photo.|
|I brought two wingback chairs out of the bedrooms with intentions of slipcovering both, but still have not done it.|
|1800's handwrought copper pots make a simple statement on the mantel.|
|A primitive walnut table got a new home in the LR too. This table was painted brown years ago, so I decided to strip it and found original old blue milk paint underneath. I did my best to preserve what was left of the blue.|
|A 12-tin pie safe that was formerly in the entry hall, now houses the stereo and cds and dvds. On top is a vignette of old hunting items including antlers, old shot gun shells and box, Hopes gun cleaner and a taxidermy hawk.|
|My hubby's elk mount also found a new home here above a collection of antique black powder rifles.|
|An oil painting I did of my husband hunting with his Brittiany birddogs hangs below a 15pt buck. I love the way the white crown molding looks against the natural beadboard ceiling.|
|Love old ironstone and transfer. This little ensemble makes a wall grouping.|
|Another favorite cupboard is this very old TN pine cornercupboard with wavey glass doors.|
|Tabletop includes an antique brass candlestick from my mother and hand needlepoint redbird coasters from my grandmother.|
|My mother's sleeping kitten figure rests under the table.|
|I've added more redwing sizes to this grouping, but still love having a place to display them now.|
|One of my last oil paintings. Need to get back into it, but making jewelry is some much easier to start and stop in our busy schedules.|
|The large platter is one of my favorites.|
|The top of the cornercupboard has a collection of blue transferware and ironstone.|
|The buggy seat has a vintage wool punch rug folded on the seat, which I have now put on the floor in front.|
|Love the one door top on the cornercupboard.|
|A few transfer pitchers line the shelf with the graniteware|
|I was glad the ceilings|
had never been seen paint in here. All of the interior doors have transomes. A hint of the hall chandolier is seen behind the transome.
|View from the kitchen door.|
|TV sits on an old wood shipping trunk.|
|Little kitchen entry hall between kitchen and livingroom.|
|Old beveled leaded glass kitchen door.|