Do you know that you become blind to the faults in your home if you have lived there that long?
Do you have any idea of the clutter that you can accumulate in so many years?
If you have followed my blog long enough you would know that Kobus and I have been married for nearly 37 years...and you would also know that in all those years we have never had an empty nest. My home was in serious need of a face lift and some tender loving care. The interior of my home was dark with knotty pine ceilings and at least one face brick wall in each room. So I called in the help of my uber talented friend Reynette. She is a natural interior designer and just knows what works well together.
My kitchen is open plan to my dining room and family room. This was the BEFORE view from my kitchen:
You can see how dark the face brick walls and knotty pine ceilings made the house.
We went with much lighter colours on the walls. The face brick walls were also painted with a luxurious silk finish paint. The knotty pine ceilings were painted solid white. The oak furniture was good and we just painted the legs and bottom of the table and dresser and left the tops untouched. I also sold the oak chairs and replaced them with much more comfortable chairs. Don't you just love the chandeliers? The old carpet was replaced with the Nguni skin that was previously hidden under a coffee table. So much lighter and brighter.
All the ornaments were previously in obscure places and was rearranged to get center stage. The blue ornaments were sent off to the charity shop ;-)
The raku meerkats were purchased on one of our vacations in Plettenberg Bay. The one has now been captured as you can see :-)
The angel that was previously in my entrance hall was relocated as was the large pot with the white proteas that was previously at the entrance of my bedroom.
This wall is between the kitchen and the diningroom/entrance hall.
A lick of duck egg paint and the ornaments just pop.
My friend painted the pots to compliment the new colour scheme.
I love these bronze ornaments and now they are actually seen. Karen to you recognize the "breathe" word that you gave me in 2011? That was after the year from hell in 2010 and my word to live by for 2011 was to just to "breathe" deeply again. We sure have come a long way since then.