Built in 1992
In 1992 my Mr. AGPMan and I purchased our La Chaumière de Briarwood. Back then our children were ten and seven and I was (for the most part) a stay-at-home Momma. With only one income supporting us many of the things my hubby and longed to do with our home were put on hold.
One of the very first things we opted to do was to build a window seat under the bay windows in our breakfast room. Back then the table and chairs were bumped up close to the windows giving the entire room an unbalanced look and feel. The window seat provided extra seating (especially at Christmas) and also gave the entire room some sweet ambiance and charm.
~TIME TO GO~
Over the years the cushions and pillows changed drastically with my decor. I removed the latest ones (soft cream twill with ruched sides and tiny ruffles in place of cording) a few days ago as we prepared to removed the window seat I've truly grown to love over the years....
Honestly...a big part of my heart is sad to see her go. I remembered when my hubby built it (I have a picture somewhere I'm trying to find!) and how thrilled I was with how she turned out...
But...things and needs change.
~FRENCH DOORS COMING SOON~
As we've planned the remodel of our truly humble kitchen (we are talking a tiny galley kitchen here!) we've opted to remove the window seat that has served us well over the years and in her place install gorgeous French Doors with stationary side windows.
~ORIGINAL WALL PAINT~
The original backdoor in the photo below (which is just off our den) is being walled up and the new back entry will be where the windows are now.
~BACKDOOR IS GOING~
This is going to give us lots more space for meandering around the breakfast room table as we prepare the actual remodel for our kitchen. Look at the photo above...we only had two small tile-wide spaces in which to walk. Pretty window seat...but the room was cramped and we grew tired of it! Hardwood floors (where you currently see tile) will eventually be installed (caching!) throughout the entire den, breakfast area and kitchen.
~CLOSE-UP of SPACE~
One of the biggest challenges for my hubby (and the kind of stuff that makes him nuts!) are things like the vent you see above. It has to be moved and that means the cutting out of concrete, etc. Can't have a vent in front of a door!
I'm going to miss the pretty plantation shutters, but I'm truly excited about the new doors and windows. The original windows are in desperate need of being replaced anyway and so the new French Doors fit nicely into our budget!
I'll be showing you more once the fresh changes are made. In the meantime I'll try and hunt down the original pictures of the window seat being installed almost 20 years ago... They are absolutely precious as my guy looks so very young. They also remind me of how happy I was about buying the home I still deeply love.
Hope your day is awesome!
Love to you...