Today we are actually saying goodbye to the little rent house we've lived in the past three years. We're very excited about the changes around the corner, but it's a little bittersweet to leave this house. When we moved in here we were in our mid-twenties, had only been married 2 1/2 years, and had been trying to get pregnant for a little over a year. We're leaving in our late-twenties, (gulp), coming up on our 6 year anniversary, and with our precious almost 6 month old son. In this house we've hosted lots of family dinners, (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here). a bridal shower, and a few Sunday School parties, (here, here, and here). We were in this house for the coldest winter in DFW history and the hottest summer! It's the house we brought our newborn baby boy home to. This little house has seen a lot of changes in our lives!
It's also seen an evolution of changes in decorating in three short years! I was going through pictures to email the landlord's realtor the other day, (to use in the listing for the house), and thought it might be fun to travel back through pictures of the house in the past three years and see how much it changed in the short time we lived here! I'm pretty sure almost all of these pictures are already on this blog somewhere, (I've tried to link back to them, and wowza that's a lot of links!), but now they'll all be in one place. Plus, some of them are on older posts where the pictures are a lot smaller, so now we'll have bigger versions on here.
So, away we go! :)
First up the dining area:
September 2009 - This was right after we moved in
Easter 2010 - We'd added shades to the chandelier, drop cloth drapes, a side table with lamps, a few plates, on the wall, refinished the chairs black and added two slipcovered chairs from IKEA
June 2010 - A few more plates on the wall, different slipcovers on the chairs, and no table cloth
Sure wish I'd known how to work a camera back then! haha
Our table set up for my cousin Sarah's bridal shower in October 2010
Christmas 2010 - Apparently the last time I took pictures of the dining area! It really never changed much after this though. I LOVED our Christmas decorations that year!
Christmas 2010 Another picture of the Christmas decorations from a different angle, everything was so sparkly!
The Living Room:
When we moved in we had furniture that was bought when we lived in an apartment. It fit great in the apartment, in this house it almost looked like doll furniture. I wish I had a picture of the couch, it looked so tiny.
The bookcases Easter 2010
View from the front door
Fireplace wall May 2010, I feel like it still looks kind of plain, especially compared to the next picture...
By the fall we'd traded in our little Target tv stand for a dresser, and put up fall decorations. Funny thing about that floor lamp, I'd completely forgotten about it until I found it upstairs the day before yesterday. haha
We had also gotten some zebra print throw pillows from IO Metro. I love those pillows!
Sometime that summer/fall we also painted the backs of the bookcases black and added this cute chair from Williams Sonoma home.
And added pictures/art on the wall in the entry. I maintain this is too small to be considered a foyer. It's also why I'm excited to have a real foyer in our new house!
Once again I really loved our decorations that year. I didn't do many last year because I was so big pregnant, but I'm excited to decorate for Henry's first Christmas this year!!!
In the Spring of 2011 we do a big switcheroo with the tv and the bookshelves. The furniture basically stayed in this layout until a few weeks ago. Most of that's attributed to the fact that I got pregnant and then all my energy went into doing Henry's nursery, and then I knew we were going to be moving so I was sort of "done" with this house.
We sanded down our $5 Craigslist coffee table and upholstered the top. I never got around to painting the legs because I wasn't sure about the fabric on the top. I'm still not! ;)
View from the hall Spring 2011
When we first moved into this house our front bedroom was the guest bedroom, and the 3rd bedroom was basically a junk room full of unpacked boxes and craft stuff. By the spring of 2010 I had cleaned it out, and switched the two rooms, making the front room a little office/craft room for me.
In the fall I took a big framed I found on clearance 90% off at Hobby Lobby, (it has a chunk out of one corner), and made it into a corkboard. I still have times when I think about either covering the cork in fabric or spray painting the frame a fun color, but I can never decide, so it's just stayed the same.
When we found out I was pregnant we cleaned out the whole room to get ready for baby stuff! :)
It's so funny because when I was pregnant I was near obsessed with getting this room finished and Henry never slept in it. Not once. Crazy pregnancy hormones?
I still love this room so much though. I wish I had gotten some better pictures of it. But these were taken right before Henry was born, and after he was born it never quite looked the same again. ;)
We have a few more pictures to add to his collage wall.
I'm pretty sure his room in the new house will be an almost exact replica of this one though, (with a few things moved around to account for the change in the room space).
Those were the rooms that saw the most change while we were here. Because this was a rent house and we couldn't paint, (or were too lazy to, did I mention the ceilings are 11' in most rooms?!), the rest of the house didn't see as many changes. But here are pictures anyway!
With it's abundance of oak cabinets. Can I say for the record that I am not a fan of oak cabinets. I have been itching to paint these suckers white for three whole years! This kitchen is a little deceptive I think. It seems kind of large in these pictures, but there really isn't much counterspace, and no counter longer than 3'. I'm not complaining that it's small, because I know there are MUCH smaller kitchens out there, it just didn't work well for our lifestyle, i.e. having my family over. ;) It's also as dark as a cave, don't ever get a house with no windows in the kitchen!!
The kitchen from the breakfast bar that we never used. Seriously. Everyone that came over would just sit on the stairs that came down into the kitchen instead of sitting at the bar.
The Hall Bath:
Christmas 2011 - Pretty much the same, but with a few snowmen and a "jolly" painting thrown in to make it all festive like. ;)
As a guest room Spring 2011 - I could have sworn I had pictures of this room arranged differently and with different bedding on the bed, but I can't seem to find them right now. Perhaps it's because I have a good 40,000 pictures on my computer...
Summer 2012 - I realized I never took any pictures of our room since fall 2012, and we've gotten a new dresser and armoire since then, so I snapped a few pictures before I started packing up the room. It looks a little odd because we had to move some stuff around to accommodate a baby in the room. That's why the bed is off center and the picture isn't in the middle anymore. ;)
See, there's the new dresser! And Henry's giraffe, and a full-size recliner where I used to sleep with Henry when he wouldn't sleep at night. ;)
And there's Henry's crib and changing table. At least his furniture matched ours' so it didn't look too crazy! Before he was in our room, the dresser was on that wall with some black and white photos from our wedding above it. And the wall with the dresser had a little desk I used as a vanity. Of course there are no pictures of all of that!
View from our bathroom door
That's pretty much it! Crazily enough, I don't have a single picture of the upstairs, (it's a big game room type space that we never really used much except for laying out quilts to be pinned before sewing, and there was also a 1/2 bath up there as well), or any pictures of the master bathroom because it was an odd layout that made it near impossible to photograph!
And now it's an empty shell of a house! It's been a good little home for us the past three years, but it's time to move on. I think we'd be a little more sad to leave it if we weren't so ready to be done moving! haha
Goodbye little rent house.