Hey there friends! I'm so super excited to welcome Gretchen from Boxy Colonial here today! Every single time I head over to her blog I leave with a smile. Not only do I love her style (and I pretty much am planning to move into her sunroom) but I find Gretchen to be pretty darn hysterical. I first discovered her blog when she mentioned something about homeschooling (which we also do) and I'm so glad I did! Hi Everyone! I’m Gretchen from Boxy Colonial. I was really excited when Angela asked me to do a post here; Number Fifty-Three is one of the very first blogs I started following back when I first started blogging, and it’s still definitely one of my very favorites. So I jumped at the chance to introduce myself over here!
I blog mostly about house stuff; we have a big house and a small budget, so a lot of DIY projects and thrift store finds are involved in my decorating. I have four boys, three dogs, and two cats who make their way onto the blog from time to time as well.
We bought our house in spring of 2012. It was a foreclosure that had been sitting empty for almost two years, so it’s needed quite a bit of love, and we’re nowhere near finished with it yet (and I’m pretty sure we never will be!). I thought I’d share some of my favorite spaces that we HAVE made some progress on with you today, though.
I’m ready to call the foyer finished (for now, at least!)(well, except for that half yellow, half blue area. That’s not a decorative feature; it’s where we haven’t gotten around to painting the stairway yet. The whole house was that color when we moved in):
I was recently contacted by Bold Rugs to see if I would like to do a review. And, I totally did. With the exception of our bathroom every single room in our home, including our kitchen has hard wood floors, so beautiful area rugs are always more than welcome here.
And apparently so does Figgy. (And I am not even kidding. He came running over today and started posing.) This is his, my life is so much better now that I'm not an abandoned sick stray and I can spend my days primping for blog posts look.
It kind of seems like 2014 is becoming the year of the drop leaf table for me.
Weird, since I've never purchased or refurbished them before.
But, here we are, three months in and this is already the second I have painted (you can see my black vintage drop leaf here). Plus, I have another in storage waiting for a makeover. And, we purchased an antique drop leaf table a few weeks ago for our very own dining room.
So, when my husband and I first got married we bought pretty much all new furniture. And we loved it and definitely got our money's worth. But, slowly, over the last couple of years we have replaced nearly each piece with mostly vintage and antique furniture that I have hunted down and refurbished.
Hi, I'm Angela and I am the creator of the blog Number Fifty-Three. I am super passionate about things like decorating on a budget and repurposing found items. In addition to blogging, I, along with my boyfriend, also paint, refinish and bring vintage and antique pieces back to life for a wide base of clients in the New England and New York state areas. We absolutely love taking an old, discarded piece of furniture and making it new again and it’s such an amazing feeling to know that many of these end up as focal points in our client’s homes. Welcome!
Thank you so much for visiting Number Fifty-Three! Unless otherwise noted, I have taken all the pictures on this blog and have come up with all the decorating ideas and tutorials myself. One of the fantastic things about blogging is that you can reach so many people! I welcome you to share what you love from this blog, but please remember to link back and/or give me credit.