It's been quite a while since I posted a "Crash!" feature- almost a year actually! Let's not do that again. This time, I was a house crash-er at my parent's new (ish) house. About 3 years ago, I shared a mini home tour (which was looking back was mostly vignettes) with you just before my parents moved out of the home I grew up in.
For some silly reason, they wanted to live closer to their children and grandchildren. So they sorted through 30 years of living in one home, held a huge tag sale, packed up the rest, and moved about 2 hours away.
Flashing to the present, Mom is just about as addicted to blogs as I am. She decided to take the new house as an opportunity to reinvent her style, and reinvent she did! She used to gravitate toward antique and Americana and now, while the antiques are still present, the home has a fresh, airy feel.
I am definitely a product of both my parents. Example: the white bookcase above. The base of the bookcase showed up in the last tour, but looking a bit differently:
My dad built the hutch top/bookshelf and my mom refinished and painted the whole thing. I kind of love it. Like the true librarian she is, Mom uses stacked books throughout the house to tell a story with the titles. Notice: Homes, Not so Big House, Living in New England, and House of Dreams
Mom's most recent furniture refinishing project shows up in the dining room. The antique table that I grew up
abusing using, got a fresh coat of paint on the base with some light distressing. It looks like it was meant to be this way all along!
Mr. Fiddle Leaf Fig there is the sibling to my dying IKEA one. Clearly Mom's doing something right because he's more than doubled in height!
Mom's styling stamp is all throughout the house (with Dad's approval of course), but his styling is evident on his dresser: vintage toy car, cut book "P" that he and Mom made a la Anthro, and a vintage cast iron mailbox bank. Mom might have had her hand in the pile of books, though. I believe one of the books is titled Man of my Dreams. How delightfully cheesy are they?? (xoxo)
Even the outside has their touches all over it. A pop of color door with new, beefier trim around it, neutral shutter, a bountiful garden and a sweet house number sign off etsy (if my mind serves me right).
While they had 30 years to personalize their last home, I think my parents have done quite nicely in the relatively short amount of time they've been in this house- isn't it beautiful??
If you live in the central MA or Boston area and want to see your home Crash!ed on the blog, e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a few pics and a bit of the story of your home. I'd love to make this a regular feature!