There are, however, things the former owners did to this home that make me shake my head. They had the home built and lived here for less than a year before it went into pre-foreclosure.
We were able to buy the home for a decent price. It is rather large, with 18 foot ceilings in the living room and I love the layout and it has two separate staircases, which I love!
That being said, what were they thinking when it came to decorating?
The first thing I did when we moved in was to slap white paint on the ugly brown brick of this mantel. It is very large at 7' wide and 6' tall. It cannot be ignored! To add insult to injury it had a builder's oak (orange) dentil molding mantel that clashed with the brick as well as the English style of the home. I went to home Depot and bought a lenth of egg and dart moulding and nailed it up and painted it too. See my beloved andirons? They won't fit in the firebox. *sniffle*
Here is an example of my dream mantel...
It could be made of wood and painted to look like limestone!
The true orange-ness of the builder's oak does not show in this photo of the loft railing. I am at a loss as to how to remedy it. Perhaps paint? Long, narrow tapestries? Remove the rail and add a wall and arches?
Again, the color doesn't show up very well. Orange builder's oak trim...abolutely everywhere!
Quasi-wood flooring, more orange than it looks here. I have a million oriental rugs so this won't be too bad until we can lay dark plank flooring.
Off center front door. It is fiberglass and was the color of the oak inside the house. I want to replace it with a narrow double door. Get rid of the silly sidelight and the goofy transom on top. I would love to replace the transom with a Victorian arched spider web transom!
The loft area view from inside the front door. Orange and asymmetrical. The lights are all being replaced soon, by the way.
Inside the asymmetrical entry. Please note the cheap nickel door knob. What were they thinking?
Orange closet doors to the coat closet. I removed the nickel pulls and replaced them with lion doorknockers. I think I want to paint all the doors gray. (Pardon my Uggs!)
Orange door. One of many. Nickel hardware again. I have many bronze doorknobs to replace these with. You will LOVE them! Cherubs, gryphons, angels...
Shiny black 12" tile in all the bathrooms. ?????
I call it the Tile of Death because it is so darn slippery. It has GOT to go!
This is the opening between the formal living room and the family room. It lies under the loft with the orange railing. This view is from the family room. Please note the window type openings on either side of the center entrance. It looks like the McDonald's drive-thru. You pay at the first window and drive up to get your food!
I was told they paid extra for this!
Drywall guy is coming in the Spring. Bye-bye goofy opening! Hello wall full of paintings!
What about you? What do you hate about your house?
Maybe we can help each other overcome these obstacles together?
Any advice or experience?