In the Fall of 2020 we moved into a new home. Here she is!
The year is 2020. After being told that our landlord at the Rental Home was putting the house on the market, we scrambled and miraculously found a house that not only fit our family but also our budget. Shout out to the previous potential buyer who walked away because I’m sure that’s one of the only ways we were able to make this happen. We moved in the day after Thanksgiving and I’ll be updating this page accordingly! There’s still lots to get to, but check back in for more room reveals as I get to them. CLICK ON EACH IMAGE FOR FULL POST ABOUT EACH SPACE.
Paint was the biggest update to the exterior and it makes such a wonderful difference. I’ve replaced the exterior lights as well and the new more modern sconces are also a huge improvement. I have some brackets to be installed below the bump out so tune back in to see how those look.
This foyer is small but she will be mighty. I replaced the foyer light, hung a floating acrylic frame over that Ikea hack dresser and then added a stair runner. Still to come? WALLPAPER. It’s going to be good. Very very good. Update: WE HAVE WALLPAPER!!
There were a few rooms in our house that came to me right away. I knew I wanted an epic gallery wall filled with my favorite portraits, and I also knew I wanted a painted ceiling (Behr Jet Ski). We had most of this furniture already, including my favorite $40 refinished dresser.
The only pieces of furniture I needed for this space were a $20 coffee table and a second white Ikea shelf. I bugged my friend who’s a magazine stylist and asked him to share some tips for styling.
Oh yeah… I painted a singing fish and included him (her?) in the gallery wall as well.
This dining room didn’t need much, but turns out a gorgeous wall treatment is enough to push it over the edge. I hung the incomparable Diane Hill’s chinoiserie mural by Rebel Walls and I could not love it more. Lots of this furniture was linked in my One Room Challenge post at the old house from when I was a featured designer, but there’s also a smattering of flea market/ thrift store love with the black side chairs, the brass etagere and my vintage globe collection.
This space gets a TON of action because both our television and our fireplace are in here. It’s one of the smaller rooms in the house, but it’s cozy and colorful and I’ve been able to pull it together with a few simple projects. I painted the tiles around the fireplace here which made SUCH a difference for the bargain price of $15. Just the other day I added removable wallpaper to the fireplace surround and I can’t believe what a big impact it made!
Another fun project in this room was the simple arch mural I painted behind the couch. It adds some interest and some color and took a a few hours max.
Oh yeah… I turned a basic inexpensive easel into this colorful TV easel.
Originally I was going to wallpaper this room but then I partnered with FloorPops to cover the old tile floor with graphic adhesive floor tiles. To make the floors look nicer, I gave the walls an update that turned out to be cooler than I imaged. I painted them black and then hand drew a continuous line drawing in blue and green paint. A new mirror and new lighting finished the space beautifully.
Arthur’s room is the smallest bedroom for the kids so the easiest to bring some love to. He requested a recliner and then I came in with white paint for the walls and a budget friendly DIY for the curtains. He loves it.
Oliver’s wishlist was pretty small too: navy blue walls. I partnered with Clare paint and took care of that for him in addition to hanging some floating shelves for his lego collection. I’m still very VERY tempted to paint the trim in this space as I think it will look really great so check back in for updates on that.
He also requested a neon sign and I’m cheap so I made my own.
Ahhhhh, the laundry room. This space was boring and chalk full of metal shelves that were all half falling out of the wall. I build new sturdy floating shelves, wallpapered and added a DIY laundry rack. Oh yeah… TikTok has strong opinions this wallpaper but I could not love it more.
Most of the updates I’ve made to our bedroom have only been shared on Instagram since the space isn’t entirely finished yet. It’s a BIG room so the furniture layout was a bit of a challenge and then I painted it green (Clare paint Matcha Latte). To fill the one wall, I retrofitted a pair of old thrifted cabinets to look like a built-in entertainment center situation. I know the color is BOLD but I love how cozy the space feels with the darker walls. The color matches a Ralph Lauren tweed chaise I picked up on Facebook marketplace so it all; kind of feels like it was meant to be. Fabric/ linen is the final step!
The closet in our bedroom was the first room makeover in the new house. I wasn’t planning on starting here, but the space was filled (filled!) with those rickety metal shelves. So so many. Rather than unpack everything and then negotiate the shelves, we paid to have a local closet company come in immediately and add shelves/ drawers. I took care of demo and paint and then added this removable adhesive wallpaper to the ceiling to add some color and interest to the space. The rest is… clothing.Primary Bathroom
This space was a little dated and drab mostly due to beige travertine looking tiles. I didn’t have the budget to rip up all the tiles, but I was able to make a new vanity, paint and add some other details so the space is now SO much better!!
Last but not least (for now)… our garage. This spring, I pulled everything out and painted the floor with RustOleum’s Rock Solid Garage Floor Coating. Not only does this create a durable finish for the floor, but it also just brightened and update the space overall. I have a full tutorial on my blog as well as a YouTube video (linked in the blog post). I added some cool organizational features so click over to the post for links to the various products I used.
Back Patio/ Side Porch
Right as the weather was warming up, I was lucky enough to partner with Home Depot to take on our side deck and the back patio. I refinished the deck and brought in some sleek new furniture and then added a wonderful firepit area to the patio. All materials are linked in the blog post, but this space has been a favorite hangout for everyone this summer!
Our kids have outgrown the classic backyard playground but we have these amazing woods and I love encouraging the kids to go back there and play and make believe as often as possible. To make the woods a bit more inviting, I took advantage of the trees back there and built them a simple but effective (hopefully!) backyard woodland playground.
This space came together in one weekend and it all started with a DIY Firewood shed. Once I added that, the rest of the side patio looked a little dull so I used one can of porch and patio paint to give this spot a mega makeover. I love the unexpected punch of color and pattern out there!
What else? As of the publish date of this post (August 1, 2021), I have plans for our primary bedroom, my office, the girls’ bathroom and the little girls’ shared bedroom. I’m DYING to makeover the kitchen but that will take some saving and some planning since ideally it needs new cabinet fronts and new counters. But isn’t the fun of having a house the constant ebb and flow of each space and how you use it? One minute a space feels completely finished and the next, I get a bee in my bonnet to repaint or rearrange or reimagine. That’s the fun of design and decorating for me. Riding the waves of creativity and seeing how that affects and changes each space!
To be continued….