SIPH started as a place where I could share my home and ideas with other like-minded individuals. My husband joined the military, and I was pretty alone, so I turned to Instagram, where I found a community I love.
When we purchased our house, it was a "flipped house," so imagine everything stripped away for the original 1875 house and replaced with anything and everything contractor grade. I wasn't having it, so I worked on every room with some paint, trim/molding, and a new floor to give this home a little charm back. The entire house was a challenge; walls and floors aren't plumb, level, or square in an old house, so there was always extra work to properly fit things.
I was looking for something vintage, classic, and modern, and these fit the style perfectly.
In our next house, most definitely- I think it is timeless and well made.
When ordering door hardware, it's essential to know which side of the door the lock is on and the swing of the door (how the door will open). It all affects your hardware's style, fit, and functionality.
My style is inspired by Nancy Meyers Movies, English Country, and the French countryside. Lived in, laid back, textural, a bit rustic with a modern touch.
I start with deciding on a color and shopping for a few items that fit my vision so I can see everything together. I have found the most cost-effective way to go about it is and save for the most expensive parts of that project while carrying out the easier, less costly parts: painting, adding trim, molding, etc.
Our realtor actually chose our home for us. Since we're a military family moving across the country to a new base, we didn't have the opportunity to do a house search ourselves. We trusted our realtor to find us a home that met our requirements in our price range. We finally got to see it the day we closed, and I knew it had potential.
Make sure you get the proper permit and a trustworthy contractor.
Start small -change door or cabinet hardware, paint a wall. Small changes can inspire you to work up to making larger ones.
I'm working remotely with my dad on my childhood house. Up next is a new old house; we're looking for the next old house that needs some TLC.
Thank you to Zenia for sharing her lovely home with us!