First I want to say a huge thank you to..... YOU -- yes, YOU -- all you who read this little blog and leave such sweet comments of admiration and encouragement. So today, I thought maybe I'd catch everyone (new and old followers and readers) up on what exactly the "Hand Me Down House" is. We call it the "Hand Me Down House" because it was in fact handed down. Not quite the same as getting a hand me down sweater or something, but along those lines. :)
In fall 2008, Kevin & I bought my childhood home, the hand-me-down house from my parents, who moved farther out of the cities. And ever since then, we've been working like CRAZY to change it from our "hand me down" into our "dream home". We love watching it change and transform into what we want -- and I'm SO excited that you all have decided to come along for the ride.
If you want more "backstory" on our house, you can go here.
I thought it would be fun to give you a little peak at the WHOLE transformation (yes from way back in the nineties with it's lovely decor!):
Ahhhhh....Christmas Morning (one of the only photos of the whole room I could find). Gotta love the wallpaper and drapes -- really brings ya back, doesn't it? But there it is -- the dining room and living room in all it's grandeur! This picture is from Christmas of 1995 ... almost 15 years ago. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a picture of their house growing up with Berber carpet, wall paper, and some brassy light fixtures. But I feel like I'm extra blessed that I got to change my great room into what I wanted, yet still have the memories of things like Christmas morning in there, too. (And in case you were wondering, that's my "little" brother standing, and there I am sitting near the couch playing our new Battleship game).
So after seeing the picture above, I had to take a picture from the same spot (nearly 15 years later!)
Granted that is a 15 year difference -- but still fun to look at!
And didn't I tell you the other day how much lovED beige?!? Believe me you'll see this room transform again -- I'm beiged-out and need a change. :)