Recently I was looking through the archives of our site, and ran across a post called 7 months in. It was from our previous home and showed the updates that we had made in 7 months. I remember feeling like they were DRASTIC…and, I guess the thing is they were. But nothing compared to the afters 6 years later. It really got me thinking about this house though. And how I never want this to be a before and after blog. I want this to be about the process and the time it takes to watch a house evolve, and to find your style and your groove and how many versions there are in between. So, in the spirit of progress and celebrating every step of the way–here’s our house, 10 months in (!!!) with lots of progress, but with so much more to come.
I want to focus on the progress, so I don’t want to go into too much of what still needs to be done, because a looottttt. But, I mentioned on Instagram last week that the doors are all getting replaced, but it’s worth mentioning again here since that’s usually the question we get the most of. I’d also love to disguise the coat closet door (or maybe even move it?) and rework the office entrance. One day, a new chandelier and stair sconces will make the biggest difference of all.
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams | Trim Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams | Floor: Ingrid by Stuga Studio | Railing
The office was dark and odd when we moved in. The previous owners used it as a TV room/den which explains the lack of lighting and the speakers in the tray ceiling. It’s much improved now but we’d still LOVE to add more natural light one day.
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams | Floors: Ingrid by Stuga Studio | SMEG Fridge | Area Rug | Frame TV | Table | Chairs | Light Fixture | Credenza | Keurig | Black Bowl | Faux Fig Stems | 46″ Fig Stems | Wood Stand | Candle
Desks | Desk Chairs | Pendant Lighting | Creativity Takes Courage Flag | Black and Walnut Lounge Chair + Ottoman | Floor Lamp | Baskets | Crendenza | Bookcase | Black Vase | Gray Pots | Fiddle Leaf | Large Bowl | Wood Bowl | White Pot
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams | Trim Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams | Floors: Ingrid by Stuga Studio | Windows: Pella | Navy Sofa | Neutral Sofa | Leather Sling Chairs | Rug | Floor Lamp | Vase | Faux Stems
I’m so grateful that we did a quick, cheap kitchen aesthetic makeover last year. It has served us over and over just by having a nice place to look at while cooking when everything else was in shambles. One day we’ll renovate the whole thing (the layout is POOR!), but we’re not sure if that will be this year anymore. We’re just taking it day by day here and are, again, happy that we did a little refresh to tide us over to whenever that big renovation might happen.
Cabinet Color: Thunderous by Sherwin Williams | Runner | Vase | Eucalyptus | Stools | Pendants | Cream Smeg Toaster | Round Pizza Board | Wood Fruit Bowl (similar) | Black Bowl | Art (vintage) | Over the Counter Wood Cutting Board | Soap Set
Hardware Knobs | Hardware Pulls | Dinner Bell (old, similar) | Round Wood Footed Tray (old, similar) | Pepper Grinder | Marble | Spoon Rest | Marble Utensil Holder | Copper Tea Kettle | Pyramid Cheese Grater | Mortar & Pestle | Mini Copper Cocottes | Large Strainer Stock Pot | White Enamel Dutch Oven | Copper Kitchenaid Stand Mixer | Magnetic Knife Strips | Vertical tongue and groove paneling
KIDS’ WORK ROOM
We are so grateful for this room right now while we figure out homeschooling. We always envisioned it as their homework room, with the family computer in a prominent spot and a place to keep school papers and the printer. But now-a-days this room gets almost as much of a workout as the kitchen.
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams | Trim Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams | Doors: Pella | Floors (Dark: Neuro, Light: Magnifica Calacatta Oro) | Table | Chairs | Pendant Lights | Sconces | Faux Stems | Vase | Wooden Bowl (similar)
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams | Trim Color: Lamproom Gray by Farrow & Ball | Floors: Ingrid by Stuga Studio | Doors: Pella | DIY Over-Grouted Stone Fireplace | Canopy Bed | Rug | Nightstands (no longer available, similar) | Lamps | Olive Tree | Duvet | Sconces
This is the project we’re currently working on!! See more here.
I wasn’t going to show the master bathroom, because we haven’t touched it, but I often get asked if we have one–so here it is! We hope to tackle this this year!
Beds | Duvet | Duvet Insert | Sheets | Quilt | Pillows (Target-old) | Nightstand (From Wayfair–no longer available) | Lamp (Vintage) | Wallpaper | Floating Fames | Carpet: Godfrey Hirst Wool Blend Carpet–Glen Abbey II in the color Thatch
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Jasper in Low Lustre (Emerald Line) | Beadboard Color: Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter in Satin | Tile | Towel Hooks | Toilet Paper Holder | Towel Ring | Vanity Light | Blush Towel | Striped Hand Towel | Bath Mat | Soap dispenser | Toothbrush holder
I love so many things about Faye’s room–the potential is there, but the shape is SO weird, I’m struggling with the layout. The ceiling vaults halfway into her room and I definitely want to move a chandelier into the vaulted space, but I can’t figure out the best place for her bed.
Couch (in Vintage Plush Sisal) | Table (vintage)
Basement Guest Room
Almost since we have moved in, we have had someone staying with us. Siblings, Nephew, Friend. So I threw together a quick guest room (very rough) and then we all went on lock down and it’s making me second guess everything. Would I rather have a home gym? Right now? Yes.
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