It’s been over a month now since we were handed the keys to our 1916 bungalow and it’s finally starting to come together like home and really feel like home. Now that (most) of the boxes have been cleared away and we’ve figured out how to hang some things in the rock hard walls, I thought I’d give you a little bit of a tour of the new home of all things Audrey Eclectic!
This is our new living room– with a new couch! We acquired it by a twist of fate– it was my parent’s couch and they were giving it to my brother to use in the carriage house out back. But the problem was– it was too tall to get up the narrow old stairs into the apartment! So I suggested that he take our couch, which was much lower, and we take mom’s. It was a bit of a sofa shuffle, but we all ended up with beige couches at the end of the day!
Above the mantle in the living room is the wedding portrait of my great-great grandparents Jim and Lula Mae Van Winkle. I love that I am now living in the same old down town area that they lived in during the early days when this was just a small prairie town. I recently had a friend who’s a genealogist look into this side of the family, and she came up with some fascinating stuff!
Of course one of the main things I fell in love with about this house was all the woodwork and these beautiful original bookcases. This place has some fabulous built-ins, including a kitchen hutch and an ‘ice box’ original to the house. I store my ice cream maker in there now! 😉
In honor of actually having a dining room now, we had a big country dining table built to fill the space– and ever since I was a kid and my grandparent’s had a dining room table with a bench to sit on, I’ve wanted one. Guess what I’ve got now?
The guys who built our table and custom finished it for us run a business out of Springdale, AR. called James + James. They make amazing pieces for really reasonable prices— and they deliver all around the country!
The wow room in this house is no doubt the kitchen– which was remodeled a few years ago and is totally modern, complete with granite counter tops. I never imagined I would own granite counter tops— I wanted an old house, and I was prepared to have to live with something just a smidge off from ‘nightmare outdated mess’ until it could be upgraded, so this was an awesome bonus.
It wasn’t completely overhauled to lose the original charm, however— there is an original alcove with the ice box (I’ll show that area at a different time, it’s sorta stacked with odds and ends now) and the built in hutch, which is now home to all my pretty mugs and cups.
There’s Henry and Franklin enjoying the cool tile floor on a day that’s supposed to be in the triple digits. We are so so thankful for central heat and air in this place! A must-have in Oklahoma! Just outside those windows is a view of the carriage house, which is full brick and reminds me of an old Jane Austen cottage. My brother lives in there now, however I haven’t made him start dressing in breeches and a cravat to help complete the picture. Yet. 😉
And did you notice this little ornery one up in the middle of it all? He loves to snuggle in the pillows…but who could blame him, really? Officially, his name is “Snowy” but we mostly tend to call him “Kitty.” Although I think he should be named “Trouble.” At least he’s not swinging from the light cord in these pictures, like he loves to do 😉
The other side of the master bedroom, looking out into the living room. I love the look of all these little old prints and samplers grouped together on the walls. Since the rooms are so big and the ceilings are so high, what may have looked extremely busy in the little house looks balanced here. Which is a good thing!
And so….that is the tour, for now! Other rooms are starting to come together, and I’m sure you’ll see more as I blog on. Hope you enjoyed your peek into the bungalow! Glad you got to stop by for a visit!~
Now how about some iced tea?