Room for Color 2011

The Apartment Therapy is running their annual Room for Color competition. I can’t believe it’s been already a year! I entered my old living room a year ago, and even though I was far behind in terms of points, I was happy that I found the courage to open myself for public scrutiny :) I would like to try again… this time with my new bedroom. Unfortunately it’s not ready and I am not sure I will be able to finish it before the contest ends. We will see :) And now trip down the memory lane to my old living room… If I remember correctly I didn’t have the carpet when I was applying, though.


Welcome to my childhood home

After many years of travels, studies and work abroad I am back to my old apt. I grew up here, and lived here till the age of 18… After that I visited but never lived here longer than a few weeks at a time. I am not sure how long I will stay here, but long enough to invest my time, sweat and limited financial resources in making it nice.

In addition to selfish wish to live in a nice place, I also want to do the revolution for my Mom, who is overworked, tired and far from wealthy. Most of the work that has been done to this place was a cover up, touching up and camouflaging more than renovating. I want to make a beautiful nest for her, she diserve it much more than I do.

So… let’s begin! We need to get to know the place and see what we are dealing with. As I moved in about three weeks ago and have managed to do some changes, I will show you first what it looked like when I first came back.

In this post I will show only a photo per room or space, more photos in detailed, dedicated posts.

  Hallway, looking right from the entry. My Mom is really proud of the faux stone wall paper. It’s been done pretty recently, and I will get to it toward the end, there are much higher priority rooms on the list.


Bathroom – tiny, really tiny. Many things (gas heater, cupboards) are from the very beginning, so they are 30+ years old… the vinyl wall paper is pretty new . the faux wooded covers are done by my dad and are living proof of his lack of talent in home repairs ;-)







Living room. It used to be a bigger, open room but my Mom divided it ages ago, it was a good idea at the time, now not really needed. Because of it we dont’ have a real dinning space. I think the room is really nice, and if you knew anything about the typical design style among Poles of my Mom’s generation, you would appreciate its warmth and decor. The problem is eclectic overkill. There are some awesome art pieces (by local folk artists), but also some totally ugly knick knacks. My Mom has also a good green tumb, and decorating with plants is pretty common in Poland. It would be difficult to find an apt without plants!

I love the wall clock… its sound was with me since childhood. It has this deep, old-world ring to it… It must have a central place!

These are the bookshelves used as room dividers. I am planning to throw them away, or remake and use in a different place. I will decide when I get here. As you can see there is a lot of books (that’s only a small part after my Mom already gave away a few hundreds!)

 Kitchen. Tiny! almost everything is old and crappy. the tiles were placed by my father and are not only ugly but also not even. Did I say crappy and ugly? And again attack of the faux wood slate! YUCK. But it will have to wait a bit…

 Kitchen from the other side. There used to be a tiny breakfast nook, but anyway with time it became a storage place for discarded furniture and everything else… It will all go away and we will have a nice dinning nook once again!






Now off to my Mom’s bedroom. It used to my parents’ room, but it was always left behind as the room that no one can see, so it hasn’t seen any renovation in ages! At some places you can see wallpaper that is older than I am… which is scary. My Mom created by herself a kind of walk-in-closet, dividing room with old closets. It used to work well, but with time my Mom, who used to work 11h/day (!!!) simply had no strenght to organize and clean there… so she stopped using it, preparing all she needed in the home office. I am planning to make for her a real haven, a place to rest and restore. She deserves it!










Behind this curtain on the left is the attempt at DIY closet organizing. I will try and make something really helpful that will also look great.








…and back to the hallway, we will go to the left from the entry. ON the left is my old bedroom, which will be now office, and on the right used to be my brother’s bedroom then home office and will be my bedroom.

I will describe in details the origins of this ugliness in a separate post…

the other room – slightly bigger, but stilll. A lot of old, discarded furniture, a hodgpodge of randomness and ugliness. This will be my bedroom soon!