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.
The kitchen was the most dated space in the house when we bought it. Dreary beige tiles, aggressive ivory cabinets, and an awful brown granite counter. We didn’t have the budget to demo the whole space so we tackled it was best we could cosmetically. New counters, a new grown-up sized sink, painted cabinets and the space feels entirely new for a fraction of the cost!
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. The first project in the space was this painted inexpensive art easel that I turned into a colorful TV easel.
Next, I painted the tiles around the fireplace here which made a huge difference for the bargain price of $15, and I added removable wallpaper to the fireplace surround last year. I can’t believe what a big impact it made.
Because I couldn’t help myself, I painted a fun blue mural over the couch.
In the fall of 2022, the family room got another makeover and this is the most current look. I wanted to bring some more cohesive color and one day I’lll have the courage to add built-ins on either side of the fireplace!
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.
My middle daughters have to share a room in this house. In theory it’s fine and a good learning experience, but in reality both of them wish they had a bit more space to themselves. I suggested built in bunk beds as a possible project a while ago and they leapt at the offer. The addition of curtains and little storage nooks in each of their beds and they were thrilled. I also took the opportunity to add wallpaper and take care of their closets and they seem pleased as punch.
My oldest daughter is in middle school and spends a lot of time in her room reading and drawing and generally avoiding her siblings. We Overall, she loved the way her room looked, but I offered to add some floating shelves and a fun wallpaper detail over her bed just to update the space a little bit. She loves her little elementary school desk and the fluffy rug so those remain.
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 about 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.
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!!
This room in our basement was literally a concrete space with plywood shelves at one end when we looked at this house. I knew right away that it would make for an incredible before/ after and… I was right! I paid to have the space framed and drywalled and then I took over with paint on the walls and the floor, new lighting, built in shelves and furniture. I love having a quiet space for all my projects and escape down there whenever I can!
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!
Updated: I have a handful of spaces yet to tackle in this house. Our sunroom off the kitchen could use some love, our basement is getting a makeover as I type and the kids’ bathrooms are all somewhat lackluster. 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….