The great thing about having a lot of people over is the motivation it provides to tidy up. If it’s a few friends, I can usually let stuff slide — after all who doesn’t have piles of papers, books, a selection of Elsa costumes and the last three years’ worth of kid-crafts spread all around the kitchen? (Or is that really just me?)
But when it’s a whole bunch of people — children, parents, old friends, new friends — well, the hubs and I both felt we should at least try to tackle some of the clutter.
As we were going through the boxes still hiding in
plain sight nooks and crannies, we found some old pictures of the current house pre-renovation. One thing I’m really really bad about doing before we start doing demolition anywhere is taking pictures of the “before”. So finding these little snapshots of the way it used to look made the aching back and dust up my nose seem worthwhile right then and there. Kinda.
But those photos were real gems, dating back to when the house was in it’s mid-70s glory: heavy, heavy stucco on the walls (because why would you ever want wash them?), Liberace-inspired crystal and brass chandeliers, a kitchen that could only be described as culinary gothic, and BEAMS! Beams everywhere!
My personal favourite though was the photo of the ensuite bath. It had carpet. Avocado carpet. Avocado shag carpet. But not just on the floor, oh no! It was also on the walls and, possibly to give the effect that you were performing your ablutions in a fuzzy green cocoon, also on the ceiling. Trippy.
Now, I’m fully aware that all the things we’ve done recently to update the house will also date in time. Before we know it, grey will be passé, minimalist will be over; the hardwood will be covered, and the stainless replaced. But the marvellousness of these photo is not really so we can make fun of times past but to realize what a difference paint, flooring and finishing makes … even if you have to rip out all that shag carpet.
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