my home

all about the renovation of our 100-year-old home.

My husband and I, along with our four small children, live in a 1919 foursquare in Fort Worth, Texas. We have been renovating it for six years, and yes, we have lived in it the whole time! Chapter by chapter, while dealing with white dust and blocking off parts of the house in plastic sheeting, our adventures are chronicled here.

[caption id="attachment_7105" align="aligncenter" width="640"]meet me in philadelphia meet me in philadelphia[/caption] I am very drawn to old wood pieces.  The keyholes, the chunky knobs, the dovetailing, I love it all.  I am especially enamored by antique English pine, and though these pieces are hard to find at a good price, you can score in antique stores and on CraigsList every once in awhile.  I'm actually very tempted by this little beauty at the moment on my local CraigsList (although the price would have to come way way down).  I have no place for it in mind, but I'm sure I could find one.  (wink) In my opinion, I think you need the warmth of a wood piece in every room no matter its decor.  That natural element, the feel of rusticity or sleekness (depending on the wood) completes a room. [caption id="attachment_7106" align="aligncenter" width="425"]velvet & linen velvet & linen[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7098" align="aligncenter" width="586"]lonny lonny[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_7104" align="aligncenter" width="464"]source unknown source unknown[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7103" align="aligncenter" width="300"]country living country living[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7102" align="aligncenter" width="428"]source unknown source unknown[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7101" align="aligncenter" width="450"]perfectly imperfect perfectly imperfect[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7100" align="aligncenter" width="450"]emily clark emily clark[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7097" align="aligncenter" width="550"]tinekhome tinekhome[/caption] [caption id="attachment_7099" align="aligncenter" width="593"]source unknown source unknown[/caption] I've actually been looking for a large storage piece for our new room for months.  I found a few I liked on 1stdibs (of course), but I have come to discover there is not much room for negotiation on these pieces.  Womp womp.  Of course, Restoration Hardware reproduces this look very well, but the ones I liked were still pretty pricey.  I even called the outlet weekly, and they had nothing.  So finally, on a trip to Dallas a few weeks ago, I decided it was game time.  After making a return to West Elm, I pulled over and made a list of all of the places I thought might have something like what I wanted.  Raw wood (or English pine), antique server/sideboard/buffet piece, closed storage, at least six and a half feet long, at least 20" deep.  I ended up having a list of about 18 stores.  So I sat there and I called.  Until bingo, I found one.

A long time ago, I bought this chair.  It was an eyesore with the stuffing coming out.  I had a before picture on my phone...

Now that the Addition is so so close to being done, I am in full decorating mode as I try to get it together.  In my mind, I knew I wanted the antique factory table I showed you yesterday, and I knew I wanted a roll arm sofa.  I was trying to channel my inner Sofia Coppola, of course. [caption id="attachment_6978" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Lonny-Magazine-English-Roll-Arm-Sofa-1 lonny[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6977" align="aligncenter" width="408"]lonny lonny[/caption] That arm line is simply delicious to me, and I knew it was exactly what I wanted.  However, as we all know, a good sofa is expensive, and although I will always say to spend your money on well-made upholstery, I was hoping to get what I wanted at a good price, if at all possible.