After my August editor’s letter, and a few sneak peek photos on Instagram, I’ve gotten a bunch of requests to go a little more in-depth about my new house in Hingham, and how I’m decorating it/bringing it from 1950 to 2014. And, while I don’t typically get too personal here on L&C, I thought it would be fun to do a few posts about my humble ol’ abode. It’s also pretty much all I’m thinking about right now, so I probably won’t be able to come up with anything else to write about. 🙂
So, here goes a new L&C series, which I’m narcissistically going to call, “House of Kait!”
To kick it off, let’s do a quick “before” tour, so you can see juuuust what I mean when I say this house was (and still largely is) stuck in the 1950s.
First, the outside. It’s pretty cute! I’m obsessed with Capes, so this was kind of a love-at-first-sight thing for me. But, it definitely needs some color. And a new front door. And a brick walkway leading down to the sidewalk.
And an outdoor shower, for when I’m feeling adventurous.
Next up, the dining room. Before we bought it, the house was vacant for 10 years. The seller was the family of the first, and only, woman to ever own the home (who’s name was also Kate), and they redid the floors, and painted all the walls before they put it on the market, so we were lucky to move in with gleaming hardwood and white walls.
This little powder room is off the kitchen. It’s teeny, and I can’t wait to wallpaper the heck out of it. The seller left that mirror there, and I kind of love it. They also left that weird sticker on the toilet. Don’t love that.
There’s a wood-burning fireplace!
Now, for the doozy. The kitchen, and the sunroom, which is out the door to the right of the frame, were straight out of the Nixon administration. What you’re not seeing is the wood paneling on the other two walls. What you are seeing is the fruit chandelier, though. Ah, the fruit chandelier, just the stylish touch every modern kitchen needs.
Also, stained glass windows.
And last but not least, the sunroom. GAH!
I hope you’re not too impatient, because my glamorous, crazy-transfortmation “after” shots are still a work in progress. But, my husband and I have made a lot of headway. Next week I’ll share one project I did that made a TON of difference. It’s a good one, and it involves all this mother-effin’ wood.