We are happy to welcome Eden Passante to the blog today to share her beautiful home with us!
"We bought a 1950s fixer-upper, ranch style home last year. We fell in love with an area outside of Los Angeles and looked for three years until we finally found this house. The two giant oak trees on the property and the 'real' fireplace sold me on this home. You can’t build fireplaces in California anymore, so finding a house with a wood-burning one is a huge bonus! Since our house is pretty new to us, we still have a list of projects that need to be finished, like bathroom remodeling, molding, backyard renovation... the list goes on! But we’re slowly making this house our home. We did a few months of work before moving in. We refinished original floors and added new oak flooring. We also remodeled the entire kitchen on a budget (IKEA cabinets, and I LOVE them!), removed beams, added a skylight, installed new lighting, and smoothed out every inch of the walls because they had the most disgusting thick texture on them! That made a big difference in the space!
"I’ve always wanted an American flag to hang in our home. Last year for Christmas, before we bought our house, my husband surprised me with an enormous hand-stitched, 48-star, vintage flag he had custom framed. The flag was in such pristine condition he had our friend, who’s an ager/dyer for movies, rough it up a bit! It’s the first thing you see when you walk into the kitchen/dining room area and is definitely the center of attention. It’s completely custom, and I love knowing that we’re the only ones who have this unique piece in our home!
"Right now my favorite area is our kitchen and dining room. It’s open, white, clean, and reflects my modern-farmhouse style. The long teak dining table is my favorite piece of furniture. I’ve always dreamed of having a dining area big enough for a massive table where our friends and family could gather. I filled this space with meaningful things, like vintage photos of our grandfathers that I restored from pocket-sized pictures and travel finds. And of course we have my husband’s guitar sitting out for impromptu concerts!
"I’m still working on our room. We added the shutters above our bed, and I love the way they look when they’re open. The turquoise chair was my very first re-upholstery project that I literally just made up as I went along. It looks a little messy, but I can appreciate it because I put endless hours into that chair! I found it on the street and threw it my car :)
"We moved in last June, and the house looks drastically different inside and outside from the remodeling we’ve done so far. It basically went from a dark, outdated fixer-upper a year ago to our beloved home. The space will continue to evolve, as we’re planning on finishing the backyard this year, because in Southern California your backyard can be a second living room! We’ll also tackle some smaller details like molding, doors, etc. I want to do everything right now, but I know that the longer I wait for things, the more I’ll appreciate them!
"My focus is to keep this home inviting, kid-friendly, and enjoyable for everyday living. Overall, I want the home to feel comfortable, never too fancy, and full of memories. We use every inch of our home, and I love that. It takes a beating from our toddler, and I often find crayon marks on my white walls or little dents in the floors, and I have to say it brings a smile to my face! It’s lived in, it’s broken in, and that’s what makes it ours."
Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us, Eden! You can find more of Eden over on her site, Sugar and Charm. xo.
Credits // Author and Photography: Eden Passante