Now it is filled with furniture and has a warm, clean, modern look about it.
Our kitchen is constantly undergoing tweaks while we save up for a full-on overhaul. But even on an extremely small budget (we don’t like spending tons of money on things we plan on doing over, but still like to enjoy a space in the meantime) we’ve been able to add our personality to the dreary cornered kitchen:
And that, my friends, is what a little paint can do:
Also this year, we were given the great opportunity to renovate our guest room/office in front of a camera for a little online mini-series for True Value. It was a huge project. But we both know that the horrifying before shot got True Value’s attention and landed us the gig:
It took us three months to get it not only live-able, but to a point where we loved it:
And then for a little bit, it looked like this:
And then we swapped some art, and it looked like this:
And ultimately, it is still not completed, but for the last 6 weeks, we have been working on a full overhaul to renovate it exactly how we would have it. Currently, the same angle looks like this:
More has changed in our home and in our lives. Perhaps even more miraculously as watching our house transform, is seeing how Greta has changed in the past year.
She has grown up and changed so much! Chris and I? Not so much. We are still immature and looking pretty much the same, although I think I have more dark circles under my eyes. Chris would swear he has more gray hair. And we would both agree that our backs are definitely stiffer.
Another thing that has drastically changed over the course of the year is our little blog. You guys–the growing number of you–our loyal readers, have kept us motivated and we can’t say thank you enough for tuning in each day to see what we’re up to.
Just use the code above, READERLOVE20, during checkout as our special milestone gift to you. We’ve come a long way in one year and I have a feeling year two is going to be even more spectacular. So glad you’re along for the ride!!!
We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
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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Befores, afters, mood boards, plans, failures, wins. We’ve done a lot of projects, and they’re all here.
We have a long-standing relationship with DIY, and love rolling our sleeves up and making it happen.
Even when you don’t want to rip down a wall, you can make that space in your home better. Right now.
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