Ok, so just for documentation purposes, I'm realizing we need to get these "Before" pics up of our new house in cal-if-or-n-i-a pronto. Why, you might wonder? BECAUSE SHIT HAPPENS FAST AROUND HERE, PPL...THAT'S WHY.
I'm sorry that all of these pics look like they were taken by a 76-year-old woman who just had cataracts surgery...the quality is le shit.
Anyhoo, before I start dropping Instas all of your faces of all my new furniture, you need to see what this joint looked like BEFORE.
For me, this is like that moment that an artist is sitting there in front of their blank canvas, paint squeezed on palette, paintbrush aloft, and then BOOM. Shit starts to go down. This whole new having a car sitch and being able to drive, anywhere, anytime, is seriously danger zone central. How do you people stop yourself from just spending a billion dollars a day??
After making besties with my compadres at Santiago's network of inter-connected thrift stores on Lankershim yesterday (thanks for the secret LA shopping tips, Emily Henderson), I somehow convinced them to sell me 3 kickass pieces of furniture for $800. After slipping the sweet nephew delivery dude an extra $20, he's sworn that he will always give me the "best best best" prices every time I come back. It's been 24 hours, and I'm ready to come back.
Ok, so here are some before shots. I did not take any of these, and they all have that annoying fisheye lens effect, but that's what happens when you let the Air BnB photog take over your show.
Here are the specs of the house:
- 1800 square feet
- 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, LR, den, dining room, crazy ass deck with crazy ass view, garage
- Spanish/tuscan style
So here's the thing: this house is dripping with charm. I'm talking eat a bowl of Lucky charms, while wearing a charm bracelet and watching a marathon of the never got it's due, Shannen Doherty classic TV show "Charmed," and you'll just meeeeeybe start to scratch the surface of the charm that's goin over here. BUUT, it's also not totally my style. There's a very mustard yellow, sandy, dark wood, Tuscan thing going on here that I really don't dig. Also, we've got a fireplace sitch that makes my skin crawl: multi-color bricks. I want to paint that shit all white so bad, my eyes twitch everytime I walk by.
There's tile floor (that should be spanish tile, but isn't) mixed with wood, so thank gawd I don't have any gross carpet to contend with. The curtains are all a way big no go for me, and the light fixtures are mostly bad, sometimes offensive, and in a couple of instances ok.
But we're renting this place. So mama needs to start making some tough decisions about what we fix, paint, update, etc. We're here for at least a year (maybe more) but also maybe not. So this one is slightly tricky.
Anyway, here are your before pics...have at em.
I'll start to post our progress as we go (as well as more of the house including the kitchen, bedrooms, etc).