Let me show you around...
Here's what the living room looked like before I got to work. These are photos from the real estate listing so they're very beige (blah!).
And this is what it looks like now.
|The walls are painted a pale purplish-pink. All the trim and baseboards in the house are glossy black.
|My beloved vintage chair & settee.
|I painted the fireplace in a deep cherry.
|The framed art on the fireplace is my SCA Award of Arms which is covered with hand-drawn bats.
|The hutch is filled with vintage china & crystal. The couch is new & quite comfy.
The living room opens up to the dining room. Before photos...
|Those were really crappy sconces -- talk about cheap & no character! They were an insult to the period style of this house.
|New dining table & chairs, which are upholstered in black & white script.
|The walls are painted in a very dark purple that took many coats to achieve.
|I wanted the wall colors to go from light in the living room to darker in the dining room as you enter the heart of the home.
|Inexpensive yet fabulous crystal sconces from Amazon & a mirrored console table make this the swanky gothic '20s bar it deserves to be.
The bathroom, at least, had '20s charm as-is.
Just needed some accessorizing.
|Since the floor tile was grey, I used grey & black, which also keep it from being too dark in such a small room.
|Had to add some storage.
There are two identical bedrooms on the first floor. They were staged in such a dull fashion.
One is now my home office (not pictured because it's still a mess), and the other is my bedroom. It's kinda my favorite thing.
|My black cat loves this fluffy black rug.
|The headboard is black velvet.
|The house came with these custom black-out blinds, so I mixed valances with full curtains since they're just for looks.
|My mom helped me paint every room. We were originally going to stencil these bats, but it wouldn't work. So I drew each bat on matt black vinyl Con-Tact paper & cut them all out, then stuck them on the walls.
|This dresser used to belong to my father. I've swapped out the knobs a few times.
|I've had this dumpy little desk since high school. It will not die! So I covered the top in glittery black vinyl & the sides in pink stripe vinyl, bought a mirror & clip-on lights, added a little chair, & now I have a great dressing table
|One side of the table has a shelf, where I keep the books I intend to read in bed. Someday...
|I bought a wall-mounted jewelry armoire.
|Now I can see my jewelry; things aren't jumbled up in boxes or piled in drawers.
My new home also has a sewing/craft room upstairs that I haven't unpacked, plus a sweet little turret room that I have super gothy plans for. But decorating the living room, dining room, & bedroom were essential so I could start living here and feel settled in.
I'm still not happy about the route that lead me here, but the place I landed is sweet, and I'm making it truly mine.