It’s been two years since we traded our black Modern Cottage in Idaho for this North Carolinian Red Brick Modern Colonial. Two years in, and I’m amazed at how much we’ve accomplished. Renovating a home top to bottom takes time, and we’re enjoying the process as much as we can. So, in honor of our two-year mark, I wanted to share a look at where we started and where we’re at in every space in our home. Some spaces are “done” (are they ever really?), some are in progress, and some are completely untouched. Along with each space, I’ve listed out everything we’ve done and what’s still to come. Let’s take a look, starting with the outside.
Few of our projects are without controversy, and the front yard brought some feelings out for a few. It can be a hard thing for people to see “mature” landscaping ripped out for small shrubs and new plants. But this yard was overgrown and overshadowing the home and needed to be freshened up. We love being able to see the home itself better while still having it picture framed in the greenery (which will grow quickly in these Carolina rains – it’ll just get better and better).
The backyard is heaven. Another controversial move: taking out so many shrubs and trees. But we can honestly say we have zero regrets (which is also the number of snakes we’ve seen on our property since clearing out all the dense greenery).
The constant throughout the home is the flooring, but the entry also dons a new, beefy newel post, a closed stringer all along the side of the staircase, new balusters, and lighting. A lot of little tweaks that make a great first impression.
The door in the before photo led to the primary bedroom, which we had closed up before we even moved in. This room is right off the entry, so turning it into a study made the most sense, especially once we moved our business to an office down the street. This room has seen more iterations than any other, I think, but I couldn’t be happier with where we’ve landed.
This little water closet honestly felt like something that should have belonged in our last home when we moved into it. The changes made here are so charming and fun, and any time we have guests over, they comment on this little room.
The powder bath was one of our very first projects in this house, and it’s one of the projects in this house that’s completely finished!
There’s that doorway. So odd to think that putting the bed on this wall wasn’t even an option before! But now it feels like the only thing that makes sense! Every night when we retire to this room, it feels like a reward, and I’m so happy with it.
We’ve done absolutely nothing with the bathroom, but in the coming months, we’ll be redoing this entire space completely. New layout and all. We’re working through the final design plans now and can’t wait to share them with you all – it’s really going to be special.
If you follow us on Instagram, then you know the “Now” photo on this one is a little out-of-date already. Last week we rearranged some furniture and swapped out the rug. We considered removing the fireplace and adding a large window here, but we really love using the fireplace, so we’re exploring the idea of some skylights instead. Time will tell.
When we did our kitchen, some of the entryways shifted around a bit, giving us a more dedicated “dining room,” which I’ve loved playing with over the past couple of years. We’re loving the feel of this room, but the light fixture is getting swapped out for sure. We love how it looks, but it doesn’t quite give off enough light for a dining area. Chris keeps pushing for a new table as well, so we’ll see what changes lay ahead.
My heart, every time I’m in this kitchen. We love it every day. It’s truly the central hub of our home, and we spend a lot of time with family and friends in this space. Once or twice a week, I hear Chris say, “This kitchen is such a joy to cook in.” His having his dream kitchen has been a dream come true for all of us.
As impossible as it once seemed, the kitchen is one of the spaces in our home that’s done, which feels so good to say.
What once was our laundry is now Cricket’s room and will most likely become a mudroom at some point. Right now, it’s serving our family well, but we know we can be more. It will be more.
Don’t forget those hallways. The grasscloth back here is so charming, and you get the tiniest peek of it from the kitchen. I love little moments like that throughout a home – a hint of something more. Once we tackle the mudroom, we plan to put tile on the floors back here (and remedy that seasonal splitting we get in our floor each winter).
With the exception of flooring, this space has been untouched. But we do have a vision for it and hope to have this a dedicated music room by the end of the year.
Polly’s room is so… Polly. It’s perfect for her, and she loves her room so much. She especially likes to point out the unicorns I drew on her wallpaper, and I smile knowing that this rug (from our line with Loloi Rugs) carries her name because I designed it for her.
The “Now” here is also a little dated since we’ve taken out her closet and are working on her room right now. In the coming weeks, this room with be completely different, and Faye is loving helping me pick out all the finishes.
This is the bathroom between Faye and Polly’s rooms, and it will be getting a full gut. Today? No. But someday.
Greta loves her room. Maybe a little too much, since she’s now at the age where she just likes to lock herself away in here, but I love knowing that she is reflected here so much. We still have some plans for this space, but with the closet, paint, curtains, and furniture, it’s in a good place for her right now.
It feels so good to walk into these back hallways and see Greta’s bathroom with the laundry across from it. Because I know what they used to be, and I know how much better they are now. This bathroom took a bit of work to get right, also not without its own controversies, but it turned out just how I envisioned, and it’s perfect for Greta.
Greta’s bathroom is totally done!
We divided this room by putting a wall down the middle, turning this side into a laundry and the other side into storage for now. We’ve been involved in a few laundry projects in our day, and this is by far the most usable, functional, and beautiful laundry room we’ve done. It’s trite to say, but it really does make doing laundry enjoyable.
The laundry room is totally done!
This storage area is on the other side of the room we partitioned. It doesn’t have lights, and it’s full of junk right now, but someday it will be perfectly organized and functional. Right?
Probably our girls’ favorite room. Here we do homework and studies, as well as play games, watch shows, and have family movie nights. Chris built the hidden door for the storage space, and we added the desk, lockers, and cabinets. On a rainy day, I love to sit in this room, curled up, watching the rain in the trees outside the window. It’s just cozy in here.
Basket | Fabric Tent | Humphrey Rug | Wooden Desk | Faux Fur Chair | Lamp | White Planter | Faux Tree
We originally planned to use this as the office for our team, but our city had other plans. But that’s ok, because moving our team into an office allowed us to close off the stairs here and turn this into an amazing bonus room. It’s nice when we have company over, being able to send the kids up here to play.
This space was at the bottom of the stairs that came down from the bonus room. Now that the stairs are closed off, it’s the perfect little workout area and looks great with our peel-and-stick floor tiles. Though we have plans for this space as well, though that will likely be a 2024 project.
Painting the waterlogged, warped flooring in here was one of my best ideas, and I don’t care who hears it. This entire guest house will eventually get a makeover, but for now, we love knowing we have it for when family or friends come to visit. Everyone comments on how they feel like they’re staying at a boutique hotel. It’s fun having a space dedicated for our guests.
We actually have big plans for the guest house, which include taking out the gym to add more square footage to what we envision to be a whole guest apartment! Right now, it’s an open floorplan concept, but we envision a bedroom with a door, a living area, and a kitchen, and we’ll be transforming the bathroom into the official pool bathroom! We can hardly wait to make better use of this space.
So how many spaces have you been here for? Anything you see that you missed? Anything you saw that isn’t mentioned? It’s hard to believe we’ve been working on this home for as long as we lived in our last home, but it feels so good knowing we aren’t going anywhere, and we get to continue uncovering the full potential of every room, bit by bit.
So many projects including the new window you installed at the end of the hall! Love seeing these before and afters and following along during the process!
Love love love everything!! But have you considered a dog bath in Cricket’s room?! It’s nice when pups get muddy to bring them through the new door you mentioned to the outside and pop them right in the pup tub.
Love watching the transformation and creative adjustments of your beautiful home. Just curious if you’ve given thought to adding a dog washing station to your mudroom since you have plumbing? You may not have the room, but they really come in handy!
I love everything you have done! You have such great vision.
I’m happy you are thinking of keeping the fireplace in your living room. I think the fireplace flanked by the windows is a real statement, plus fireplaces are so cozy in the colder months.
Everything you do looks amazing!! I just bought SW white flour, then saw it in your home 😍. The trim looks a different color. Is it? Or is the finish different on the walls and trim? Thank you!
OMG, does anyone know where that table is from at the stair landing / music room? it’s JUST what I’ve been looking for! Or, if it’s an antique, what style it is??
Dark and gloomy rooms for children and relaxation. Outside done beautifully
I’ve followed along for most of the Instagram posts and stories about this house. My favorite redo is Greta’s bathroom. I want one just like it! I’m most excited to see your future master bath and closet redo, as your last one in the Idaho house was soooo good! I love all your outdoor spaces, and am happy you get to enjoy it so much, but they are far beyond anything I could hope for, so I love most the spaces that I can relate to and
seem somewhat attainable to me.
In the primary bedroom sources list, I don’t see your night stands linked. I’m looking for some just like that! Could you share or is there a reason they haven’t already been shared? Thanks!
Do you have any plans to replace all of the interior doors so they are in line with the level of formality and glamour of the rest of the house?
What ever happened with the moving company?
Loved reading this and seeing all your stunning afters! You all are such an incredible inspiration. Thank you for sharing!
I’m excited every day to see what you’ve done. I hope there are plans even past this house, you are such an inspiration home wise!!
Absolutely gorgeous – I can’t believe you got that all done in 2 years!
You guys should have you fireplace checked out! There shouldn’t be the soot/black spot on the surround if it is working properly! Safety first! Maybe a good segment on how to take care of a wood burning fireplace!
This was amazing. And each room was a beautiful after. I have been following you forever, and love how your style has matured and evolved as you’ve learned and grown. It’s like the 10,000 hours of practice – the more you do, the more you study, the better you get.
You are the only home design influencer I follow because your house feels so warm and homey.
These transformations have been so fun watching from afar. I’m *so* appreciative of being able to see the process. Not just the pretty “finished” look— bc honestly, is anything in home-living ever truly finished? Ha! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for your bathroom and the guesthouse— so exciting! How’s the garage space in CLJModernColonial? Where or how do you store all the outdoor supplies and kid-gear. Love following along! Thanks!!
I think that the people who are upset by your removal of mature landscaping (and replacement with plastic plants) are upset because doing this also removed habitats for wildlife like snakes. Not seeing snakes is not actually a good thing. They are very important in keeping down rodent and tic populations. You don’t need to worry about your kids or dog around snakes, we do not have any snakes large enough in NC to be a threat. Neither kids nor dogs are in their food chains. Even copperheads are not a
problem as long as you don’t mess
with them, though if you are nervous, you can have them relocated by a professional.
Have you ever shared a floorplan? I have a hard time envisioning how everything connects together when you show each room on its own!
Loved seeing all of these projects happen! So excited for the primary bathroom renovation. Isn’t there a bathroom in the bonus room or did you guys have that removed?
Beautiful work. Loved following all the changes along with the ups and downs. Except for the study. I’m ready to see that space left alone. Lol
Where are the master bedroom nightstands from? Gorgeous renovations!
Congrats on such a beautiful home!
Wow! So much progress on that time!
Since you have plumbing already in your future mudroom, have you considered a dog bath? There are some seriously beautiful ones out there for inspo. I don’t even have a dog but I want one 😂 Seems like it would be great for muddy boots, etc!
Wow! Great post and am in complete awe of your talent and vision. So many questions now! Will you “move” the gym to another spot in your house? How will the pool bath work when you have guests? Not a question, so excited to see the plans for your bathroom closet situation. That had to have been a big adjustment from your last house. Love following you and watch you work magic & lift others in this same space. Inspiring!
It’s incredible how much you’ve accomplished in the two years you’ve been here! I’ve been here since long before the previous home, and enjoy the decision making process you share with us. My favorite so far has been the kitchen and front/back yards. Although, with a primary bathroom reno coming soon, I may reserve the right to change mind. No one does a bathroom like CLJ, and I am so excited for y’all to have a bathroom that suites your taste and your home. Lovingly following everything with all the squeals! Xo
I’ve been here through it all and is been so fun watching your home take shape! Y’all are my favorite design “show” 😄 The kitchen project was probably my favorite because I also love a good kitchen space! Out of curiosity, what do you plan to do with your home gym when you do the guest house project?
Didn’t you install a beautiful oval window at the end of a hallway at one point?
Your home is absolutely beautiful! My two cents – I think you should turn your living room door (that goes to the outside) into a floor to “ceiling” window (ceiling being the same height as fireplace structure) and then match the right side window the same way. That way no sky lights ANNND more light?? Maybe, idk. Terrible idea? Idk? Or do ACTUAL floor to ceiling windows and add a small rectangle window above the fire place to make it all appear the same height. I love floor to ceiling windows 😍😍
Wow- big plans for the future- looking forward to seeing how you connect the guest house spaces. Also, wondering if you had a bit of an issue with a fire in your fireplace\- Looks like your fireplace surround in the living room is scorched a bit!
When you have hundreds of thousands of dollars to throw towards a house its not that hard to get things done. I mean, just your back yard cost more than I paid for my house… over 100000 more.
Why are you following them if it bothers you to see them spending their own money they earned by themselves without hurting anybody else in the process? And then commenting on it like that. Just stop following, it will clearly do you good.
If you’ve never done it how would you know?! 😂
Looking for where in this post she said it was hard. Hmm.
Can’t wait to see your bathroom!!!
I love the list idea for each room (done vs. to-do)!
Love this! Where will you guys move the gym to?
The perfectly organized attic!
I love seeing all the transformations! Are there plans to put a gym in elsewhere? I’d love to see a floor plan of the house since so much as changed. Truly stunning work!
Stunning!! I think the bonus room transformation is my fav! Can’t wait to see the Primary Bathroom & Closets!
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