Now & Then

While tidying up my hard drive I found a folder containing the photos from our home’s real estate listing back in 2008 when we purchased it. It’s so weird to see someone else’s stuff in our home! I got a kick out of comparing the previous owners’ old photos to more recent ones that I took. The house looks so different now! I thought you guys might enjoy seeing a few of these shots side by side too.

house now and then

& Then
house now and then

Now & Then
house now and then

house now and then

& Then
house now and then


  1. kristin

    That’s awesome! I love your style! I don’t know tho, those florals from the previous owners are pretty cool too! ;) I’m so jealous of your windows and the vaulted ceiling…love!

    I’d love to see more about your work space. I’m trying to put together my work space but it’s not working out so good. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Chris

      I have to say, I want to see more photos of the workspace too.. I’ve stared at the Etsy Featured Seller pictures previously (longer than is probably healthy) but I want to see MOAR!!! I want to see you working, and drinking tea, and brushing skin flakes off your keyboard..

      or not..

      But I definitely want to see more office space photos…

    2. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Oh my gosh Chris, haha!! Skin flakes?! How gross do you think I am? ;) I’ll see if I can snap some more shots for you! It will have to be this winter when all the leaves are off the trees. Otherwise I don’t get enough light coming in the windows to take photos!

  2. Liz

    Wow! I’ve gotta say, I prefer your decor (and photos) to the previous owner’s. I especially enjoy those chevron pillows and the floral/bird print couch–too cute! And I’ve always dreamed of owning an A-frame house (unfortunately, there aren’t too many around where I live… sigh)… so jealous of your windows! :)

  3. Chris

    Love your home. The transformation is amazing. You certainly bring your style to the place, and it nestles in perfectly with the house. I love finding the history of a house. I was raised in an old stone cottage in outback South Australia. The house was 150 years old, and we found this 130 year old diary in the ceiling! It was incredible. Turns out life was quite boring out there back then. Sorta still is now… but it had details of the original house, why they built there and what they used to do (not much). I found the whole thing very fascinating! It’s good to keep a history of the house.

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      That’s so cool! The closest thing I’ve found to discovering the history of our house is peeling off lots of layers of old wall paper.

  4. Cheyenne

    My goodness, your house is completely stunning. I love your interior design style – very homey and warm, but full of clean, modern lines. It’s so open and lovely! Wish I had those windows in my house!

  5. April

    Gyaaaa I can’t wait till my husband and I have a “home” (we live in an apt), so we can really decorate and make it ours. Yours just looks amazing, I’m drooling at your style!!

  6. Julie K.

    I cannot get over those giant windows in your first/second pictures. I can’t tell you how important it is to me to have a room with big windows that the sun can shine through in my future home. So jealous! I love your fireplace as well. Beautiful home.

  7. joni s

    its funny how much more contemporary your stuff makes this place look without any major remodeling. i grew up in a log house that definitely could look dowdy with the wrong furniture, but would look so modern and scandinavian with the right stuff.

  8. Lisa

    You have a gorgeous home! The windows alone would have sold me as well! I love your simple, casual and contemporary style. YIKES! about the floral couches. Good job passing on those :D

  9. Coley

    you made it look so dreamy! I love those open windows for the entire wall.Crazy how good decorating and arranging can make a place look and feel completely different. Good job!

  10. kate

    I’m curious about your fireplace. Looks like there used to be a brass cover with glass doors (sliding?) on the fireplace in the “before” shot. Did you guys remove it when you bought the house? I’m asking because we have something very similar, if not the same, and we never removed ours. I hate it and want it gone. The husband is hesitant. Any tips?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yes, there used to be a brass cover with glass doors over the fireplace. I just pried it out of the fireplace and trashed it. I think it looks much better without the doors. We don’t burn wood in our fireplace (just candles), so the doors weren’t necessary for us, although I think there are screens you can get to use instead of the glass doors if you want to burn wood. Tips for convincing your husband hmm… it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission! Hehehe! ;)

  11. Beatriz

    Your house is much more beautiful now! It used to have a heavy atmosphere and now it’s so light and colorful! Great job!

  12. Milynn

    What a difference!! I love how you decorated your home and that window wall is amazing! I dream of owning a home with huge windows like that to let the natural light flood in. absolutely beautiful!

  13. Marilia

    Yours look lovely (and much better than previous) ;)
    You’ve turned it into a lighter place, with more white points, and incredible furniture/ accessories, I guess. Very impressive!

  14. Holly

    Just wanted you to know I went through your entire blog in 2 days! Granted, I didn’t read every single post, but I read a lot of them lol…I had a bit of down time from work, and you and all your creations are just adorable! So it was easy to just scroll through all of your beautiful things. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thanks so much Holly! I’m thrilled that you enjoyed scrolling through my posts! :)

  15. ashley

    awesome place! If you’re looking to do more I have one idea… The door by the fireplace might look a bit better painted, maybe a pale reddish color to match the print over the mantle? You could leave the doorframe brown to match the bannister, I think this might take away the paneled look.

  16. Hattie

    Such a gorgeous home! Those windows are incredible, I’m so envious!
    Could I ask what the fabric your chair is covered in is (the yellow birds and flowers!)? I absolutely love it!

  17. Lesa

    Your wall of windows with simple and elegant sheers caught my eye. I am looking for inspiration, I have 2 wall of windows and am struggling with window treatment. Did you mount individual curtain brackets or use one long one from end to end?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I used two long curtain rods to span the width of the window.The center support beam in the window sticks out a bit, so I wasn’t able to use just one super long rod.

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