House Tour

This is my 100th Post!  I thought it would be fun to get started on a House Tour.  Whenever I find a new blog, the first thing I look for is their house tour. It gives me a quick idea of whether or not the blogger’s style is one that will capture my imagination.  I also love seeing before and after photos, so I’m including those here as well.  I’m going to try to keep a running list of to do’s here, too.  This page will change, often, so consider this the first draft of many.


The Exterior

exteriorSo, as promised, the real before pictures.  I took this picture over the weekend while I was working on the front yard.  I haven’t taken an after picture of the work I did, which was mostly just a little mulch and some tidying up, because it’s been rainy and cold since I finished that day.   So, there is a small bit of improvement to the outside, aesthetically, but for the most part, this is how the exterior of the house looks now.  There are many things that I want to do out here:

1.  New siding

2.  New windows

3.  New garage door

4.  New stairs, porch?

5.  New deck (out back)

6.  Numbers for garage and house

7. Outdoor lighting

8.  New roof

Pretty major list.  We’re saving now for the “big three”; siding, windows and roof and hope to do that next spring.

The “Roku Room”



This room, which is just to the right of the entry area, has been through a big transformation.  It was originally the dining room (hence the awkward light!).  It works much better as sort of a sitting room.  We do have a tv in here and it has a Roku attached to it, and that is why we came up with the name “the roku room”.  It was either that or “the room that used to be the dining room”.  This room also has a little built in hutch that I’ve transformed to make it look less dining room and more sitting room.



I don’t have too many things on the to do list for this room at the moment:

1.  Rug

2.  Switch out the light

3.  Restyle the side tables

4.  New shades for the lamps

And here’s the before, when it was a dining room and before we lived here.  I have to admit, while it’s obviously another person’s taste, I can appreciate this dining room.  I love the big mirror on that wall and the furniture was very pretty.  It definitely had a specific look that I think the woman that lived in this house loved.









I’m in love with my kitchen.  I don’t know if that is weird, but it is true.  It was a labor of love (not literally labor, as my carpenter brother did the heavy lifting).  I picked out every fixture, sat for hours with the designer at Home Depot, compared countertops and layouts and floor tile.  I loved, passionately loved finding the things I wanted in this room.  It feels so personal to me.  I actually get a little emotional thinking about it.  That is probably weird, but I’m ok with that.

Just a few things to do in here:

1.  Add missing molding (Can you find the missing molding?)

2.  Window coverings

3.  Light above sink

And you gotta love this before:



Dining Room


I think the dining room is the best expression of my personal style.  It’s a little quirky, but grounded with a traditionalism (word? not a word?).  The wallpaper is my favorite thing in the house.  It’s one of those things I’m proud of not because I think it’s beautiful, but because I loved it when I saw it on-line and I bought it even though I was petrified that other people would think I was insane for hanging it.  I was wrong, everyone that sees it compliments it.  And while I know it’s obviously not for everyone, it is 100% for me and that is why I’m proud of it.  It took a little bit of courage to put it up and I want to infuse more of those courageous decisions into the rest of the house.

And the before (I swear this is the same house):

FamilyRoom Before

Family Room

LR Progressmirrorafter

cozier chaiserlrplayarea

So, I wish I had one or two nice photos to show you of this room.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to kick people out of this room long enough to take said pictures.  I’m going to have to wake up early one of these mornings and do a photo shoot in peace!  This room has a long way to go, but there are glimpses of what I’m working towards.  I love bright, primary colors, and I want to have those in here. It’s a very cozy room with plenty of seating, a place to play games or do crafts and of course the television is in here.  Lots do in here, however:

1.  Curtains or other window treatment

2.  Fireplace makeover

3.  Area rugs

4. Pillows

5.  More or better storage

6.  Window seat (some day!)

And a before for your viewing pleasure:



Alright, that’s almost all of the first floor.  I’ll add the upstairs next week!  There is one before picture that I don’t have an after for that I want to share with you, though. It’s the before of our 1/2 bath.



Yup, that happened.

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  • Lora@Craftivity Designs | May 28, 2014 | Reply

    Your dining room is great! That wallpaper is so fun and the room has such a clear expression of your style — I love that in a house 🙂 The kitchen is gorgeous as well!

    • anonymous | May 28, 2014 | Reply

      Oh, thanks Lora!! I need to use the wallpaper as a jumping off point for the rest of the house!

    • anonymous | May 28, 2014 | Reply

      PS, I’m in LOVE with your blog, I just peeked at your house tours, Gorgeous! Added you to my feedly and look forward to following along!

  • JESS44903 | May 28, 2014 | Reply

    I love your decorative style!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

    • anonymous | May 28, 2014 | Reply

      Thanks Jess! Thanks for stopping by!!

  • familyhouseandacat | May 28, 2014 | Reply

    Hey there! I found your blog from the Pinterest Link Up Party and I’m so happy I did! I will be following. Your house is aaaaamazing. You have done so much work, it’s incredible! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • anonymous | May 28, 2014 | Reply

      Thank you so much! It’s so fun to look back at the before pictures because I forget that we really have come a long way. When I show my husband the befores he can’t believe he ever agreed to buy the house! Now it’s really becoming ours (7 years later!). I’ll be popping over to check out your blog and follow along!

  • What a transformation, I love the bright colors and fabric choices you made. The two ceiling lights in your kitchen are perfection!

    • anonymous | May 28, 2014 | Reply

      Thank you so much! The ceiling lights are from Overstock. I find all kinds of gems there.Thanks for stopping by. I’ll head over to your blog and poke around!

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