Last week, Chris and I taped off a few living room changes that are coming up in the next couple weeks. The door on the right will become a tall, arched passthrough out to the new dining space. On the left will be built in shelving of the same dimensions to balance the doorway and there will be a large, 7′ tapered double-sided fireplace in the middle. It’s going to change everything!!!!
With our major renovation in full effect, and me documenting every stud going up on Instagram–we often get asked, Wouldn’t it be easier to just build exactly what you want instead of renovate so much? I get it, it looks like a lot–especially right now with us ripping off an addition and essentially putting the same thing back in place. Adding ceilings and floors and making windows into doorways and moving fireplaces to completely different walls. And that’s just the major structural renovation we’re doing first. I can promise you, we’re gonna take the next several years tweaking this house to our liking. So why not build the exact house we want in the first place?
We aren’t against building at all (there’s a small chance we’ll build a cabin somewhere someday) but right now, in our life and for our lives, we are still loving the renovation journey–here are a few reasons that we have, and we’d love to know yours as well (or reasons you wouldn’t renovate).
Bottom line, we love sharing our renovation journey with all with you and we’re so happy we get to keep on doing that for years to come with this house. There are lots of moments that I feel drained by it, especially living in draped off portions of the house with loud noises and dust and power tools everywhere and then let’s throw 3 little kids and a dog in the mix! But for some reason–we just can’t quit it. It excites us every day. We’d love to hear your thoughts on building vs. renovating. Obviously there’s no right or wrong answer and I think it’s subjective and personal. Building is an adventure in its own right and something we’d love to try in some capacity someday. Tell us your stories either way!
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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Last week, Chris and I had the incredible opportunity to travel to London for work. We were invited by Williams Sonoma and William Morris and Co to preview their newest collaboration and the inspiration behind it. It was my first time in London and although it was a quick trip, they brought us all over […]
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