Hey strangers! I’m digging myself out of a pile of fabric samples and construction sawdust to pop in and say hello. The frenetic pace of a full project load has been keeping me busy, but I’ve been missing this space and wishing for one more hour in the day and a little more creative bandwidth.

It’s been almost nine months since I shared my first #homespeacehome post about the changes we made immediately after buying our house, so now that we’re further along in the process I thought I’d give ya’ll an update.

Fig Leaf Upholstered Walls

When I first stumbled upon the listing for our house, one of the things that attracted me to it was the traditional floor plan, specifically its little entry which opens up to the living room, kitchen, and hall to the bedrooms that I knew would be the perfect opportunity to make a bold statement.

Funny enough, when we scheduled a walk through, the listing agent attempted to sell us on how easily the walls could be removed to create an open floor plan. Guys, is it just me, or are walls becoming an endangered species? This is a topic for another post, but personally, I’d like to see less open floor plans and will always advocate for the intimacy of individual rooms.

Anyway, our home was built in the 1950s and I knew I wanted to embrace the cheerful palette of that era. I’ve had a long term love affair with Peter Dunham’s Fig Leaf fabric and always knew I wanted to use it in my own home. Our home was also an opportunity to experiment with an old school technique I’d been dying to try–upholstered walls.

Yes, that’s right, this isn’t wallpaper, the walls are actually upholstered in fabric! I love the texture the fabric lends to the space and it definitely sets a playful tone for the rest of the house.

Pink Living Room

Moving through the entry, you enter into the living room. I found this little gem of a side chair at a local antique store and fell hard for its columned back. I recently had it recovered in a favorite Carolina Irving fabric. I just love how the columned chair plays against the framed albumen photograph of the Arch of Constantine and Colosseum (not shown) above.

The chair is flanked by a pair of sliding doors which lead out to our deck, but the living room actually doesn’t get a ton of natural light. To compensate, I choose the faintest seashell pink for the walls. Everyone always asks if Garrett balked about having a pink living room, but surprisingly he loves it. I plan to layer in some rich browns through antique furniture to offset the femininity, but it really is the most flattering shade, the walls just glow.

Navy Velvet Sectional

Our favorite room in the house is the library–which isn’t quite a library yet, because our bookshelves aren’t built–but this is our main hang out space. The walls and trim (and eventually bookshelves) are painted a calming blue green and I covered the floor in a wall to wall diamond patterned sisal. The lamps are actually a pair of vases that I had made into lamps.

Fun fact, when we moved into the house we brought our bed, the two pink caned chairs in the living room, one armchair, and one occasional chair in terms of larger furniture pieces. That’s it! I took the move as an opportunity to get rid of place holder pieces and made a promise to myself to not bring anything past the front door I didn’t truly love.

That paired with my own indecision means we lived without a sofa for 8 months. Crazy, I know, but I’m glad I stuck to my guns and have been intentional with each purchase. Needless to say, the custom sapphire blue velvet sectional above–it’s a sofa with chaise–has been game changer and big upgrade to my Netflix binge sessions.

The bookshelves are up next on my punch list. If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know I’m a huge book nerd, and not having a home for my books has been driving me crazy! A pair of chairs, upholstered ottoman, and window treatments will eventually finish off this space.

Guest Bedroom

The guest room is another room that is this close to being finished and one of my favorite spaces mainly because of the art on the opposite wall which you can’t see in this photo. When we first moved in, we actually used the guest room instead of the master for a few months. Truthfully, I still haven’t wrapped my head around what to do in our master and still prefer the guest room. 😉

The nightstands and lamps are among the few pieces we brought with us from our old apartments. The tortoise glass lamps have been with us since our DC days–my luckiest Craigslist find possibly ever–and the nightstands are vintage pieces I had lacquered locally. I have a custom headboard being fabricated as we speak and after that it’s just a rug, window treatments, dresser and mirror!

I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek behind the scenes. It’s been fun to think about how far we’ve come in just under a year. I’m looking forward to tackling some of the larger renovations of our bathrooms & kitchen which will really make this home feel like our own!


  1. LOVE all the updates! This gives me hope that in a years’ time I can make progress in our home that we bought just before Thanksgiving. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten anything done yet 🙁

    And YES for walls!! I have a feeling as well that the “open floor plan” trend could be on its way out soon. House Beautiful even had a article recently about the drawbacks of it: http://www.housebeautiful.com/design-inspiration/a7529/open-floor-plans-bad/

  2. Beautiful, Lindsay. I do hope you end up exploring the idea of open floor plans v. individual rooms on the blog at some point. As someone who lives in a teensy 18th century cape with a central chimney that divides our downstairs into four sections, I’d be particularly interested in reading your thoughts.

    Looking forward to keeping up with your progress (and process!), as always.

  3. Beautiful! Love what you’ve done so far – can’t wait to see it progress! And I agree with loving walls!! I need cozy little living spaces but I will say, I like the idea of a mix. One bigger area for entertaining that opens up off the kitchen (and so I can be involved with the kids/husband while I cook) but I love having lots of nice separate spaces like a library, den, sunroom, formal living, etc.

  4. Your comment about your rail against open floor plans in your most recent post led me to this post. As an introvert, I despise open floor plans where you can never ever have a moment’s peace! We just purchased a beautiful – nothing wrong with it – home in Austin that has a traditional layout… and it had been sitting on the market for 133 days! The only reason I can think it sat on the market for so long was the floor plan. I’ve been so bewildered about it! I quite agree with you. 🙂

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