Today we are welcoming Alayna Powell to the blog as she shares her lovely home with us!
"I moved into my 115 year old house almost two years ago. I live in a small midwest town that doesn't have too many older homes, so my search for the perfect old-charm house was pretty narrow. I picked this home because I saw so much potential the moment I walked into the door. It had been on the market for a very long time, and I think most people thought that taking on a big project home like this would be too daunting. Luckily for me, I got to polish up this diamond in the rough. All it took was a little bit of elbow grease, imagination, and a whole lot of love.
"My yellow mid-century davenport couch is a hand-me-down that my best friend bought years ago when we lived together. It's so unbelievably comfortable, and people are often surprised by how comfy it is! Lots of naps and cuddles with my dog Elvis have been shared on this couch. In the living room and dining room, I painted the walls a soft grey that I fell in love with in Flea Market Style magazine, and I painted all the trim a bright white for a clean, modern change.
"My favorite space in my home is my bedroom. It's the tiniest bedroom in the house out of four bedrooms. I picked it for my room because the closet is underneath the stairs, and I loved the little Harry Potter reference. It just makes me happy! I wanted it to be as girly and French as possible, so I painted a candy-striped accent wall, and then filled it with all of my favorite colors and girly things like my pink vintage radio and pink chenille bedspread. My pillowcases were made by my best friend from fabric I found while antiquing with my dad in Michigan last summer. It's just my happy place!
"The best part about small-town living is that there are so many surrounding small towns, each brimming with antique stores and thrift shops with so many treasures that I sometimes have to put things back and hope they are still there next time! Note to self: my next vehicle has to be a flatbed truck!
"My favorite selling point on the house was the kitchen! It's a southern-facing kitchen, so it gets full sunshine all day long. I tore down the cabinets to expose the shelving on one side and painted it mint green. It took me nine hours, including washing and repainting the ceiling, but now it's so bright and cheery! I love my jadeite salt and pepper shakers that I bought in Atlanta during my family's annual Christmas antique scavenger hunt. I've wanted jadeite salt and pepper shakers forever. They are often very expensive and hard to find. When I saw them during our hunt for only $15, I knew I had to get them!"
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Credits// Author and Photography: Alayna Powell
Please explain the antique scavenger hunt rules? That sounds like fun!
Those mint cabinets are dreamy!
What a beautiful space!
I’m OBSESSED with that mint kitchen. What color paint did you use?
that kitchen is AMAZING!
Those mint cabinets are dreamy!
omg do I love that kitchen! it’s so me. thanks for sharing it! xx. gigi. www.gigikkitchen.com
I love all of the random pops of color. They work so well together. You can feel the love.
That kitchen is an absolute dream! Love the ‘A’ above the bed too.
Erin | http://www.beingerin.com
Thank you Courtney!!
Hi A. D.! It is called Repose Grey, and it’s from Sherwin Williams 🙂
Thank you Kelly!!
Thank you Kathie! Older homes are so special, I love the history and stories and secrets they have. So glad you appreciate old charm and character, too!
Aww, thank you Jade!!
I love that, Brenda! Your mother’s kitchen sounds so special. Making memories is what it’s all about. It makes me so happy to know my kitchen made you happy. Hugs!
It is so much fun! We make a list of random oddities to search for (probably 10-15 items, for example, Clown Figurine, Funky Furniture, Black and White photo, Creepiest Doll, etc.) and then we have one hour to find something for each category. We use our phones to take pictures of the items we find, then after our hour is up, we sit and compare the photos and vote on who has the best or coolest item in each category. The person with the most votes wins! It’s a blast!
They are great, I would love one in every color! Thanks Cindi!
Thank you Marie-Ange! Maybe ill take you up on that someday!
Luckily I have very light dust in my home, and my dishes are all used so much that they don’t gather any ever. I do keep a basket of old mismatched socks that I use to dust with in the rest of the house, haha!