I just realized that I never actually did a full “before” post of my Living Room here at Pear Tree Cottage. It was included in the very first post for the house, (“Welcome to Pear Tree Cottage“) that I did back in (gasp) 2007, but I never looped back around to show you the nitty gritty. So, since I’ve decided to get this room done, done, finally done, I thought I might go ahead and give you the goods on what this room looked like when we bought the house.
It’s been through many, many iterations since then, and I’ll share a little summary of those next week, but for now, here’s a little look back to 2007, featuring my
The first thing you see when you walk into my house is the fireplace. It’s massive and partially blocks the walkway into the rest of the house. Our home inspector happened to be walking through when I snapped this picture, and you can see the stone planter there that I ripped out a few years ago.
I showed the fireplace in entirety post-planter-removal for the first time last fall. I have some great plans for it and I’m very excited.
But back to when we bought the house. Next to the fireplace was a peachy-colored wall that we found out later was sheet paneling that had been orange-peeled over, and then a salmon-y, coral-y accent wall.
The house also had old aluminum windows when we bought it. There was a big incentive program several years ago to upgrade where the power company covered a huge, huge portion of the cost. My parents picked up the tab for the remainder. But for the first few years here we lived with the old windows. These in front didn’t open and it was terrible for ventilation Pretty view, though.
Like I said, I didn’t have a wide-angle lens back then on my little point-and-shoot, but here’s the existing photos in a faux panorama.
So, that’s the room I bought back in 2007.
I’ve gone through periods where I’ve regretted buying this house and not a cuter, more charming house like my old one. I’ve daydreamed about moving a few blocks over where the houses are old and charming and the streets lined with trees and sidewalks. But then, I have kind of fallen in love with my neighborhood over the years. It’s quiet. We have big yards, great neighbors and single-story living (which, for the record, is awesome). No, it’s not as inherently charming, but it fits our family perfectly and it’s all mine.
Do you live in the perfect neighborhood for you?