April 30, 2012

✥ Reader Feature: Rad Vintage-Meets-Modern Home ✥

You will not believe who agreed to write a post for you guys today... Cassie from Primitive and Proper!! Are you guys as excited as I am?!?

Cassie's dining room was my first introduction to her oh-so-fabulous blog. Since then I have been shocked and amazed, week after week, by her creative and stylish projects. I think Cassie has {at least} two major talents that knock my socks off.
{one} She is one of the greatest social bloggers out there. Like I bet you guys already know who she is- and- if she has been to your blog, then she has left you an awesome, heart-felt comment. I am in awe of this amazing ability to make a zillion strangers feel like friends.
{two} Nobody knows color like Cassie knows color- case in point, that dining room pic that I just shared. This girl knows how to mix and match shades, week after week she shares her freakin fabulous furniture makeovers- I mean for example check out these dresser redos!
OK- here's Cassie...

Hello there!  I am Cassie from Primitive and Proper, and I am so excited to be here today on Becca's fabulous blog!  She is so talented and creative, and I am beyond flattered that she asked me to share my living room and dining room with you today.

We moved into our "new to us" home last October.  For me, this home was love at first sight.  It's a Cape Cod style home, which I had always dreamed of.  And it sits up on a hill out in the country.  It was not love at first sight for my husband however, and it took him round two to agree with me. :)  I don't know if he saw the potential I saw in this 1979 house that was stuck in, well, 1979.

I have been trucking my way through- anything that can be bettered with paint, is getting the Cassie treatment!  The very first project I tackled in the house was the mantle in the living room.  Here is a picture from the week we moved in to show you what I was working with...

I painted brick and the wood mantle in Martha Stewart's Zinc.  Also, this was the only room that had any painted trim- I finished the job by painting the baseboards as well.

The first purchase we made were two cove gray Henry sofas from West Elm, and I had painted some tables to used as a coffee table before we moved in.  Since moving in we have added so many other elements to the room.  I have found a couple of pieces of furniture from craigslist, like the bookcases that I painted gray with an orange backing, and the desk I painted coral.  We have purchased a new rug (after the first one was peed on by my dog!), and I have made some pillows, bought a couple, and even won one in a giveaway!  And we have added a gallery wall of some fun family memories.

Ok, enough boring you with talk, let's check out some pictures!  Here is the room today....

 On the other side of the entry to the room sit the bookcases.  This picture is actually from the fall so pardon the smidgen of zebra rug you see because that was the peed on ruined rug that now lives in our playroom.

The two front rooms of our home are the living room and the dining room, with just the front door and a small hallway in between, so each room has a view into the other.  For that reason, I wanted to stick to a similar palette.

Here is where we started in the dining room....

In the dining room, I painted the trim, and painted the room white, with gray and white stripes under the chair rail.  I also found a sideboard on craigslist and painted that aqua.  I had a smaller server that was not working for us anymore, so I made it into a bar cart.  And recently I brought in some color with the addition of some coral painted chairs.  The white chairs and table came with us from our last house.

Here is where we are today in the dining room...

The best part about both of these rooms, however, is nothing that I have created.  Here you can see the view out from my desk...

Both of these rooms have large windows with amazing views!  In the Fall we get to enjoy the leaves turning, and in the winter see the snow fall, and now we are watching Spring evolve.  The living room also has the best view for amazing sunsets.

I have really been enjoying making our house into our home, but it certainly felt like home from day one to me.  We definitely have landed where we are supposed to be.

Becca, thank you so much for having me here today to share a little bit of my home with your readers!  I hope you will pop over to Primitive and Proper and say hi!

Ree-diculous, right!? I love that coral color she just added to both spaces! There are so many special touches to each room. Honestly, at least one time each week I pin a piece of furniture or a color of paint she's used!
The last couple of weeks Cassie has shared room reveals for both her daughter and her son. 
I lurve her son's Star Wars themed room and pinned that sucker in a second flat.
Are you kidding me with that galaxy wall? Great idea- and great execution. Check out the rest of the post to get all the juicy details.

And this magical space for her little girl's "woodland" room! It is definitely a creative space for a little mind to play and imagine! If you love whimsy- this is the post for you! It is jammed packed with unique and creative touches- let me tell you, you wanna this!

Thanks, Cassie, for coming over today! And thanks to you guys for stoppin by!

[PS] I feature YOU GUYS  {my readers} every Monday! Do you have a room makeover- or maybe have a home tour you'd like to share? 
Drop me a email or shoot me a link. Let's see if we can work it out!!  xoxo