It so happens that today was our Housiversary. We moved into The House on Red Hill seven years ago today. Happy Housiversary to us!
Over the years, I've taken a lot of pictures and the living room seems to be the favorite child. I took 'em so now I'll post 'em.
This one was snapped while the house was still in the hands of the previous owners. I think it was our inspection day:
a) "decorative" beams, painted harsh Kelly Green.
b) paneling, painted glossy bright white (of course)
c) fluorescent light fixture, attached to the ceiling with string
d) electrical wires running to switch along wall's exterior
e) ceiling finished in two types of materials - ceiling tiles and drywall
f) stack of boxes on porch, not in anticipation of imminent move but because adult daughter kept her crafting supplies in boxes all over the house. I don't know what she had but she had a lot of it.
The plastic flowers along the top of the window seem anti-climactic at this point.
This is a picture of the opposite wall. You get a much better view of the light fixture and the Listerine green carpet -
We slept in that room for two years while K worked on the master bedroom (which had been a 2nd kitchen). Work took him on the road a lot in those days so the bedroom took a while. During that time, we heard everything on the street from the comfort of our bed. We heard midnight conversations of pedestrians as well as the neighbors who start their cars at 4 am, warming up the engine for 10 minutes or more before leaving for work. Is that really necessary in this climate?
One day, I could no longer stand the bright white paneling. While K was out of town, I went to town with a can of paint. I figured I needed to test possible paint colors anyway. I think this is Majolica Green from Sherwin Williams' Art and Crafts Preservation Palette.
What a huge difference and much easier on the eyes and the soul. But while I liked the color, I didn't think I wanted to live with it on my walls. Good thing I tested.
In November 2007 we demolished all the public rooms.
Out go the old windows -
They remained un-stained for quite some time. Like from October of '08 to around May of '09.
But it finally happened -