Challenge accepted!

My fellow military wives will understand…there is a trade-off to the Navy life. Our current rental in Annapolis is a pretty healthy combination of both adventure and challenge, I mean who won’t rent this 1920 American Foursquare one block from the water and short walk to downtown. It helps to keep this picture in mind as we move into our challenge laden living room…

The Living room…just throw some pillows on the floor and get comfortable.  Try not to bump into any furniture on your way to the couch. As you can see space is TIGHT.  After having so many of my things in storage, I could not bear to leave it all in the basement but it does present a problem…so glad neither my husband and I are minimalists. Let me distract you…look at the original, working pocket doors!

Another challenge…no window covering on the Windows..and a no drill clause in the lease. Good thing we love our neighbors.  The light truly is beautiful in the afternoon so the challenge remained…privacy vs beautiful light. Hanging vintage Windows on the Windows seems to do the trick. The small wreaths change with the seasons.

Our last challenge….the Television! I know, we could probably just throw it away and read quality literature in the evenings…but where would I watch my HGTV? Seriously, it is the only place we could mount the thing.
Let me distract you …look at the original woodwork…..and the chicken feeder with antique bottles…

And roses picked (with assistance) by our very own Princess…that just makes everything right! Although a family room would be nice.

The Art of Homemaking@Pilgrims and Strangers on Earth

No Place Like Home@Rose Chintz Cottage


Show andShare@Coastal Charm

Thrifty and Vintage Finds@Dagmar’s House

Tuesday at Our Home@Our Home Away From Home

Tweak it Tuesday@Cozy Little House

Inspire Me Monday@Sand and Sisal

Inspire Me Tuesday@A Stroll Thru Life

The Scoop@Stonegable Blog

Titus 2 Tuesdays@Cornerstone Confessions

Wonderful Wednesday@Oh My Heartsie Girl

Make it Pretty Monday@The Dedicated House 

Let’s talk Vintage@Bella Rosa Antiques

Be Inspired@Elizabeth and Co

Wow us Wednesday@Savvy Southern Style

Talk of the Town@ Knick of Time

Welcome Home Wednesday@Suburban Simplicity

Work it Wednesday@The Bissful Bee

Thursday Home and Garden@A Delightsome Life

Share Your Cup Thursday@Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olson

Share Your Style@Essence of Home

Favorite Things@Katherines Corner

Thoughts of Home@Poofing the Pillows

Making Broken Beautiful@The Curator’s Collection

Simple and Sweet Friday@Rooted in Thyme 

Home Sweet Home@The Charm of Home

Friday Favorites@Must Love Home

Love Peace and Link@Twenty Something

Share it One More Time@Shabby Fru Fru

Sundays at Home@Thoughts from Alice

Best of the Weekend@21 Cottonwood Lane

Silver Penny Sunday@Finding Silver Pennies 

Digging it and Dishing it

Busy Monday


Inspiration Monday

Monday of Many Blessings

Little House Links

5 Star Fru Fru

Vintage Bliss

Share it

Tada Thursday

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41 thoughts on “Challenge accepted!

  1. I too love a house with character. I think you did very well making the most of your space. Those pocket doors remind me of my grandmother’s house which I always thought was the most wonderful and exciting house in the world. I loved exploring in it when I was a little girl. Thank you for sharing.



  2. Amy, you have a beautiful home. Love all the details; those pocket doors and the window over the window are wonderful! It looks and sounds like you have made the best of a challenge. 🙂


  3. I LOVE houses with character and this one is beautiful! You’re doing a great job with it. Thanks so much for stopping by Inspiration Thursday tonight! Have a good weekend!


  4. Oh I think you have done a lovely job of working with your space. The room may be a little crowded, but it evokes love and comfort! I have a feeder like that. I’ve brought it indoors off and on, but now it’s outside planted with portulaca. Love it with the bottles and roses! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


  5. Oh my…. the challenges of a small house and trying to find a spot for everything that make a house a home. You have done a stunning job!!

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  6. You have so many beautiful things! I love all of your collections. Have you considered tension rods with sheer curtains for the windows? I love the vintage windows but privacy is important sometimes too 😀


    1. We tried tension rods but the window rim was too narrow to hold it properly. I think plantation shutters would be an awesome solution but not in this rental. It does make me long for a house of my home…hopefully next year!


  7. Your home is beautiful! I love your collections and the way you’ve displayed them. I didn’t read all the comments, so maybe someone has already said this. You can hang curtains without any drilling by using adjustable tension rods – they don’t leave any marks at all!


  8. Thanks for sharing on Peace Love Link-up! We hope to see you at our next party. It goes live tomorrow at 6 so grab a button and drop off anything else you might be working on! : )


  9. Minimalist-shminimalist…who needs big spaces of nothing! Your home is so very pretty Amy. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx


  10. I think your word cozy perfectly describes your space. With all the beautiful accent pieces around the room, it is truly a wonderful space! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Brag About It!

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