This week, we’re celebrating 3 years in our home. It’s borderline confusing for me–How have we lived here for three years?! But on the other hand, it feels very comfortable and when I look back at the changes we have made–we’ve definitely been here for three years. I am planning to share lots of pictures in a progress report next week. But until then, some people have been speculating that it seems like we’re close to being done and what we’re going to do when we are done.
First, I’ll say we’re probably about 65% done renovating this home and I’m guessing it will take another 2-3 years before we’ll be done-done. We still have two full bathrooms that haven’t been touched, the office downstairs, the master closet, we’re swapping the girls’ room with the guest room, and a big storage room downstairs we want to maximize as well as turn the storage under the stairs into a cute play house for the kids. On the exterior, we have big plans of adding a front porch (where our weird concrete pad is), painting the brick, transforming our 2 large side yards and landscaping in front of our fence. All this, plus other rooms that we’ve made headway on will continue to evolve, too.
But what will we do when we are done? I don’t like to make too many concrete plans that far in advance, but we’ve mentioned before that we have dreams of one day opening a bed and breakfast. We’d love to rescue an old house, renovate it, and live out my dream of making spaces pretty, inviting and comfortable and Chris’s dream of making good good food for others. We’re open to location, but that’s our long-term goal. Do you have a 10 year dream goal?
Other fun things this week!
Light boxes (like those letter boards you see everywhere–we got ours from Letterfolk) are starting to pop up in lots of inspiring rooms. But when I saw one in Waiting on Martha’s One Room Challenge Reveal (pictured above), I started scouting them out. Sadly, the brand she linked that was used in her office was out of my price range at over $500, but I found a cute smaller one here for $59 and scooped it up! (They’ll likely go fast.)
Did you see the before and afters of Gwen’s kitchen? I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s the kitchen of the year!
We got an Amazon Tap on PrimeDay last week and while we all love the ease of listening to music wherever we are, no one loves it more than Greta. She taps and requests songs all day long.
Last weekend we went to Ikea to get the materials to make our standing desk. While we were there, we changed the plans! Instead of (2) 24″ wide cabinets together, we decided on one set of 36″ wide drawers. We ordered the unfinished drawer fronts from Semihandmade and I’ll be painting them with these drawers as my inspiration. (Very similar to our reading room, no?)
“15 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER EVER HAVE IN YOUR HOME AFTER 30” and every article that ends with, “–You’re doing it wrong” makes me roll my eyes so. hard. Because, according to who?! Sabrina’s article about this is spot on. Yes, Sabrina. Yes.
Lastly, today marks open access to the Nordstrom Anniversary sale and things are going quickly. I am not a big fashionista because, as I have said previously, I prefer to spend money on other things…like rugs and pillows. But every once in awhile, when the prices are this good (seriously good), it’s nice to stock up on a few quality staples. And in case you’re curious–here are the staples that best suit me.
Hope you all have a great weekend! Our outdoor fireplace is taking shape!
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We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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