Home Improvement

Ancient and New

“Late have I loved you, Beauty, so ancient, so new.” – Gungor

Surfing through other blogs has inspired me to incorporate more of my home life here on Tree of Grace. I was hoping to set up another page on this blog to do that separately, but I’m slightly challenged in that aspect of blogging. So, I thought, I’m all about incorporating things organically. Why not do that here?

This new adventure will be made much easier by the fact that I love my home. Seven months ago, my husband Ben and I moved into the house his grandparents built and lived in for more than half a century. The walls are made of stories, and the windows (oh, all the windows!) welcome opportunities for more stories to be written (likely in the form of poetry this time).

Since blogging about this is new to me, I may change tactics as I go. For now, however, I think I’ll just start with a room or object and fill you in on its story. Mostly, I take old, inexpensive things and give them new character in a new place. Feel free to comment, and I’d love suggestions on more improvements for whatever I show you. Besides, the chit-chat that follows a blog is sometimes more interesting than the blog itself.

If you come over to my house and enter through the red front door, you’ll step into our living room. If it’s good enough for you and our guests to start with, it’s good enough for me.


(View from the front door)


(View from the dining room)

The first reason I love this room is that everything within it was FREE. It is the room of blessings and gifts. Even the piano is from an ad posted on a bulletin board at Ben’s parents’ church. Someone just wanted to get it out of their living room, and we only had to move it to ours.

My next project in here is to spray paint the curtain rods gold and hang sheers. (I hate that I left the huge window facing the front of the house out of the shot. I’ll get it when I post the update on this room.) Ben hung the mirror behind the piano while I was gone to school for two weeks this summer, so I’d like to frame it. The third project for this room is artwork on each side of the window above the couch. I’ve seen several DIY ideas I’d like to try there. One idea is spray painting tree limbs and framing them. (I am attempting to keep my to-do list for each room down to three items at a time, so that I won’t get overwhelmed by my own endeavors.)

Do you have any more ideas for this room? I’d love to hear them. While you’re here, you may want to subscribe to Tree of Grace, because I’ll post an update when improvements are made. I can tell this new adventure with this old house will be great.


7 thoughts on “Ancient and New

  1. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Finding the time and actual effort to create a really good article… but what can I say…
    I hesitate a lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.


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