our home tour

We are so grateful that after four years of renting and five different houses, we are now homeowners again!  Not being able to take a paint brush to the walls those four years, left us open to buying a house that needed a little TLC and would allow us to really make it our home.  

We had a single-story ranch in mind as we started our search and we saw this house the morning it came on the market.  An entry can set the tone for the whole house and this one said it all!  Irridescent wallpaper, a gold/crystal chandelier, dated built-in with wavy trim, popcorn ceiling...it's pretty much what we would find throughout the rest of the house.  And we were thrilled!

It was just the kind of facelift project we were looking for....good bones, no big-ticket items to address/replace, just in need of a good fresh coat of paint :)  And it had a great yard for our three young bambinos.


So please, come on in! 

Remember that iridescent wallpaper in the entry I mentioned?  Here's a little close up for you.
Oh yeah!



Before:


So Far:
 

We peeled/scrapped off all the wallpaper and retextured the walls but still need to:

-paint
-replace built-in table
-replace floors
-consider painting the door
-frame out mirror


The entry leads straight into the living room.  This used to be a sunken room but the owners filled it and put down hard wood.  It's my favorite room in the house. I love all of the natural light from the huge window, the warmth of the hard wood floors and the open inviting space.  It's a place for music, reading, dance performances, and intimate moments curled up on the couch with a blanket.

As much light as this room gets, it was feeling a bit dark and dated.  So, one by one we've been swapping out key elements to give the room an even more open, light and balanced feeling.

Before:
Uneven nesting tables flanking the couch, dark rug, dwarfed mirror, big heavy couch, deep red drapes...all meshing together to form one big dark jumble.

So Far:
A new lighter rug with graphic pattern, family art piece above the couch, appropriate sized end tables, brighter pillows, stripe treatment to the lamps and some DIY curtains have helped update this space.  The end tables will get some love in the near future, we'll add some more photos/art and have our eyes peeled for the right coffee table or coffee table DIY project. 

This living room has my childhood piano, a box of the kids' instruments and James' guitars.  The piano area got some love too with a new bench cover and updates to the wall/piano top.

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After:
 


We made this corner a spot for reading and my morning quiet time of coffee/study/prayer.

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After:




Just off the living room is the formal dining room.  More wall paper lived in here, along with the only original carpet left in the house.  So far we've (and by we, I mean the Mr) has scrapped the wallpaper, added a chair rail, given the walls a coat of yummy chocolate brown paint and swapped out our old dining room table for this set we snagged for a deal on craigslist.
Before:

  
So Far:

 We recently added a kids art gallery to the large wall

 But we still have plenty left to do:

-new light fixture
-reupholster chairs
-paint built-in
-window treatments
-replace carpet with hard wood
-all the fun accessories and details that pull a room together!


Off the dining room is the kitchen and breakfast nook. This spot in our home is a little comical right now.  We are the middle of phase 2 of our kitchen reno which involves painting the cupboards, finishing the nook area, and installing recessed lights.  The lights and nook are complete but the cupboards have no doors, just an ugly coat of primer on them.  It's sort of a confused room at the moment but we are excited about the plans we have for the space!

 Before:


New recessed lights and wallpaper removed:

Nook Before:

Breakfast Nook After:


Hopefully we'll be able to add an "after" of the rest of the kitchen very soon!


The last living space is just beyond the kitchen and dining room.  When we moved in, it had dark paneling throughout and a bar with an orange formica top.  This man-cave is what really sold the house to James.  But with three kids, the man-cave quickly filled with toys and morphed into a fam-cave.  A lovely family room with a soft blue/white/brown color palette....not at all manly really.

James is a football coach and I wanted to give him a guys' room just for him.  So, when he flew out-of state for a few days to complete his masters, I got to work turning that fam-cave back into a man-cave as a little graduation surprise.  We didn't get everything knocked off the list but it's about halfway there.  I also failed to get a true before picture - bad, bad blogger.  I do have these pics I snapped as I was starting to take apart the old family room..


So far, here's where we're at...
 We gave the walls a coat of a darker grey paint, created a huge chalkboard using plywood and chalkboard paint (the white board is for the kids), brought in some old school football accessories with a nod to Notre Dame, and swapped out a lot of the feminine pieces for ones a little less "soft".



 I'm posting these during the Christmas break (hence the tree and tinsel) but will update when we have the "Done!" stamp on this room.   Just a few more things for the walls, creating a counter top whiskey bar on the sideboard, finishing off the bar sink, and replacing the dated wavy trim on the mantle and we'll be there!


If you turn around and head back toward the living room there's a long hallway that leads to the bedrooms.  It was also plastered with wallpaper, of the pastel rainbow variety...
Oh yeah, it's all coming down and I have visions of white board and batten dancing in my head.

The first room is our master bedroom (I'm actually standing in the doorway to take the hallway picture).  I'm sad to admit that we haven't touched this room.  But I'm thrilled to say that it's our post-football season project!  I'm dreaming of a cozy retreat by Christmas!

I take that back...we did replace our old dresser with this handsome buffet.  He came with the dining set we scored on craiglist and since we didn't need the extra storage in the dining room, he's now holds my underwear, pj's, and workout clothes.  

The narrow drawers on top keep my jewelry and accessories organized.


And here's the mood board keeping us dreaming until we can make it reality:


Moving down the hall is our office/guest room.  We removed the large queen bed that took up a huge amount of real estate and are in the process of making it function primarily as a his/hers office and craft space.  We're making sure it will still have the ability to host our out of town guests too.
 

Before:


In Between:
We painted (Valspar's Notre Dame), cleared out the queen bed, added two desks, and made these patterned striped curtains.

Which we then swapped out for these...a Nate Berkus duvet we made into curtains.

 So Far:
 I also painted my formerly off-white desk, white-white.  My fellow detail freaks will understand.


Next up is our boys shared room.  They are just 15 months apart and in that toddler/preschool stage where things change so quickly.  We've tried to set up a room that can grow with them and change along with their needs.

We moved our 3 yr old into a big-boy bed a few months ago, but not before giving James' childhood bed a fresh coat of deep blue paint.  We have another one in storage waiting for the baby to move on up.

Before:


So Far:


We also did some serious purging, rearranging and organizing in their closet.

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After:
 
The walls are still pretty bare in here, so we have our eye out for some old school football/rugby inspired decor.  Book and gear storage is still needed and down the road we'll look to add a desk. 


The only room in the house we can call completely done belongs to our daughter.  It's a pink place fit for a princess and we've had a lot of fun putting this space together.  It also a room that can grow with her thanks to some timeless and versatile furniture.  

Here's what we started with (brace yourself)... 


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I think kids rooms can give us permission to do a little more than we might in other areas of our home...play with color, let out that inner child, and have a little fun.  And we absolutely went all out girly in this room and love the result! 

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We'll be updating this page with our laundry and bath spaces by the end of fall and have so many more plans and ideas for each space in our home.  As with any household, our needs are constantly changing and our systems have to adjust accordingly.  It's all an opportunity to do something new and continue to make this house our home sweet home!

 









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24 comments:

  1. Hmmm...when I was over the other day did I completely fail to see the man-cave redo progress? Oh those distracting kids of mine!

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  2. A few things...love love your blog and the fact I've been pinning your your
    projects on pintrest. The ocean picture above your couch is the same one I grew up with above our couch. And your daughter's pre-reno room took me back to our college days.

    Thanks for posting all the fun projects and tutorials.

    Did you paint the hutch in your dinning room pre-reno? If so, please post pictures.

    Meaghan

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    1. "neat as a pin" was not exactly our dorm room - ha! So funny that you grew up with the same ocean picture. It's actually from James' family.

      We finally decided to bite the bullet and paint the hutch white but add some sort of interesting feature to the back. We're hoping to get it painted before Thanksgiving!

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  3. I LOVE your bookshelf/table in your prayer nook. Can I ask where you found it?! LOVE it!

    We're about to renovate our new home as well, it looks like a celebration of the 1970's. The wood paneling is truly impressive.

    Just found your blog today and I'm looking forward to finding some great inspiration!

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    1. Thanks Andrea! It's one of my favorite pieces and I grabbed it from Pier 1 Imports using a B-day gift card :) This was the smaller size but they also had a longer one. Hope that helps and so glad you stopped by!

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  4. I found you through A Thoughtful Place and have loved snooping around at your lovely home. I'm your newest Follower :)

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  5. I love what you're doing to breathe life into your old house--but my favorite part is HAND'S DOWN the artwork above the couch!!! I'm drooling. It's so lovely.

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    1. Thank you so much! The best part is that we already owned it...a hand-me-down from my husbands family. We'll take it!!

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  6. Oh my goodness! So I have scoured the internet for kitchen ideas, and leave it to YHL to lead me here. My kitchen has the same exact layout as yours! My problem is that we do not have a dining room and we just increased our family to six! So I desperately need the kitchen table to fit at least six. I was hoping for eight in a pinch (i think eight may be impossible). I love what you did with your L-shaped banquette. So my question is, what are the dimensions of your kitchen?? I think mine is a little smaller, but I'm not sure. Also, do you like the little peninsula to the left of the stove? That is the only difference between our kitchens, and I had been thinking of adding a small peninsula exactly there.

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    1. Congrats on your growing family, Jane! We actually can fit 8 if we add another chair to the short end of the table and squish :) Our kitchen is 18'x 10' and the short wall of the nook area is 7 ft from the corner to the right edge of the doorway. The long wall of the nook area is 10.5 ft. And the peninsula? Love. It! There used to be a large upper cabinet hanging above it that we took down. It really opened up the space but the peninsula gives us valuable extra counter space, which definitely comes in handy when we are cooking for a crowd. And I love the extra storage from it's cabinets.

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  7. Love your beautiful home! Came to your blog via YHL. can you please tell me what color paint that is in your boys' room? Love that tan color! thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! The color is Faint Maple by Valspar :)

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  8. Did you grab your table in your prayer nook recently? Do you happen to remember the style name etc? I NEED one of those :)

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    1. It's my favorite side table in the house and I found it about a year ago from Pier One Imports. I looked on their site and didn't see it but it's similar to the small version of this:

      http://www.pier1.com/Bookseller-Low-Shelf-Black/2656575,default,pd.html?cgid=accent_tables

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  9. I saw your nook on YHL this morning. So cute, then I took the home tour. I love some of the changes that you have made in your home already.

    We bought our fixer upper almost 3 years ago and have been working on it ever since [it also had "good bones", but was screaming 1980's all over it] and I'm only just now getting the courage up to start writing about it.

    Also, I'd love to know where you acquired that gorgeous nail head trimmed, greek key fabric chair that goes with your desk. It is so elegant and lovely!

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    1. It took me awhile to work up the courage to start documenting our adventures too, but I'm so glad I finally did!

      The chair is from Home Goods. It was marked down 30% because of a scratch on the leg. I saw one really similar (same fabric and nail head trim, but slightly different silhouette) at Marshall's for even less.

      Hope you are enjoying the process of taking the 80's out and making it home!

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  10. I'm another reader who came over from YHL, and once I saw that you live in Albuquerque, I had to stay and look around! I was born there and lived there until I was 5, so I have very old, but vivid, memories. The block wall in your backyard really brought it all back! I used to put a blanket up on ours and pretend it was a saddle - I'd "ride" that stupid wall all the time. And from my bedroom window much like Mia's, I watched my neighbor Rodney fall out of our tree and break his arm while I was supposed to be taking a nap. Great blog, and I'll be back!

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    1. Hi Karin! It's always fun to "run into" someone from Albuquerque via the blog sphere! Mia hasn't witnessed any unfortunate accidents out her window yet, but she loves looking out the window when she's supposed to be napping too :)

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  11. I love what you guys are doing to breathe life into your home! The nook is especially beautiful and the quiet corner for coffee/study/prayer looks perfectly cozy and pretty :) I found your other blog through the Catholic Fashion Bloggers list and then stumbled on this one from there. I've got 2 little boys sharing a room and then a girl too. Love your boys' room, very cute and boyish but not overdone.

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    1. Thanks Amanda! So glad you stopped by and it's great to meet a fellow mom of 3!

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  12. Where did you get that adorable seat for your girls desk? I have a desk I am repainting for my daughter, but have no idea what kind of chair would go...that little stool/cushion is perfect! Love your blog by the way, just found it and added it to my blog list!

    Britt @ Creating Space for Five
    creatingspacefor5.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Brittany! I found it at Target in their home decor section last year. It has been the perfect solution for us and I've seen some great upholstered ottomans there recently - hope that helps!

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  13. Girl! You need to link up more of your house to my design in your home party! That breakfast nook deserves to be shown off :)

    XO Samantha
    http://designerinteal.blogspot.com/2013/05/design-in-your-home-may-features-and.html

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