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Our Home

Our house has been on the decorating fast track since we bought it. We’re excited to share our recent updates with you.  Like most projects in our life our home is ongoing, so be sure to check back often for new pictures. Here are a few before and after pictures of our progress.

Front Yard

This picture was taken just before we moved in (November, 2009).

This is what the front of the house looked like before we added landscaping, installed red brick flower beds and a flagstone walkway.

This is what the house looks like after we installed the flagstone walkway and the stone flower and tree beds.  Next project, the board on board shutters for the three upstairs windows :)

Here’s a close up of the beds. We love how the red brick ties in with our two red chairs on the front porch. The red brick and the grass color complement each other and really pop.

The flagstone walkway is our favorite part. Not just for aesthetics, but because of functionality. Now, we can avoid stepping on the grass when exiting the car. We really enjoy opening the driver’s side door and stepping directly onto a beautiful flagstone pathway before opening the front door. Don’t you just love it? We sure do!



Front Porch

Talk about needing some curb appeal.  Wow! This is what the porch looked like before we put our stamp on it.

We planted two Cypress Trees in the yellow pots on either side of the door and hung up the iron planter that I purchased from Target. I’ve had this piece for nearly five years and love how the weathering adds character to it.  We planted impatiens and two drawf jasmine in the colored pots and placed them in the iron planter box.  I adore our little red chair we got as a house warming gift from Mom – it adds the perfect pop of color.  In the blue pots we planted aloe and a Christmas cactus.  I DIYed the Fall wreath on the door. Total cost of the porch redo was $40. Click here for a full porch reveal.

Front Entry

Our front entry was a dumping ground for coats, shoes, hats, mail, backpacks, purses and just about anything entering the front door. Now, there’s a place for everything! We hung up three hooks that I inherited from my Mom for hanging coats, hats and my favorite orange hand bag. I scored the small shelf on closeout at Big Lots for $5. The colored glass bowls are from my Grandmother. The big “C” came from Ross for under $6. I DIYed the “c” in the IKEA frame (cost $4) with leftover scrapbook paper. The basket came from Pier One Imports eons ago and is essential for my sanity! The first thing our daughter does is remove her socks and shoes and leave them in the middle of the floor…Now, socks go in the sock basket and I don’t see them until laundry day :)

Opposite the entry hooks is our little writing nook. Great for paying bills and working on quick design projects – the laptop fits perfectly. Desk ($99), chair with cover ($120) and lamp with shade ($25) all came from IKEA. The great little wicker table came from Home Goods ($40). The white file boxes came from Wal-Mart ($12 each). The phone/iPod/camera docking station came from Ross ($12).

The Hall tree is great for storage, as the seat of the bench lifts up. The hooks are great for hanging my husband’s hat collection. It’s also a quick and easy way to hang guest coats and purses. You might be wondering where we put all our shoes – there is an entry closet with bi-fold doors located across from our writing nook.

Downstairs Bath

Our first attempt was a bust.  Without natural light, Valspar’s Sealskin bold brown was too much us.

This is the downstairs bath after. Click to see the bathroom reveal.

Living Room

Everyone deserves an oops, right? This one tops the charts of never-do-that-again!  We painted an accent wall that runs from our stairway wall to the wall that separates our kitchen from the living room a dark, I mean, really dark brown (Valspar Seal Skin).  The other walls were painted a pale yellow. After living with the color for over six months, I quickly learned brown walls are the worst for reflecting natural light.

View from the living room facing the kitchen bar.

So begins phase 1 of operation “Add Some Timeless Character!”  We repainted all the walls Behr Premium Plus Ultra: Burnished Metal. We are lucky enough to have a good friend that knows a thing or two about general contracting. He helped us install Wainscoting around the perimeter of the living room and on the face of our kitchen bar. This is the tutorial we used to help build more authentic looking Wainscoting.  We also added crown molding in the kitchen, living room, entry way and downstairs bathroom.  I seized the opportunity with this remodel to purchase a new sofa and chair with matching ottoman from Kane’s furniture. Our living room went from dark and dreary to bright and sophisticated.

We painted the Wainscoting and crown Behr bright white.  We also framed the walkway with more crown molding to make it more substantial and add timeless architectural details.

A Girly Bedroom

Our little DIYer chose pink with accents of green, orange, turquoise, black and white for her room. Color was not an object with this room makeover.  The feature of the room is the antique mahogany four poster bed that has been in my family for decades –  still in great condition.  The butterfly picture was painting by a friend and set the butterfly theme into motion.  We used lovely little wooden butterflies and a heart bedside table to spread the theme around the room.  Above her bed, we mounted a shelf and framed her name that was hand painted by a local artist in downtown Disney.

The chair and the bookshelf create comfy little reading nook. I’ve spent many a night in that chair. We got it at Sams Club; it’s a Berkline for under $300 – worth every penny. I DIYed the basket for extra storage for books. I added orange ribbon to the handle and used coated wire to attach the artificial orange and pink mums to the basket. Originally, I created it as an Easter basket, but who wants to keep it in storage all year.  Above the book basket we mounted a shelf with hooks. This works great, when we want to feature a new dress Grandma bought. When Sophia wants to wear it, we change it and hang up another outfit.

On the opposite side of the room a white dresser, another hand-me down from Grammy. The dresser was originally yellow. Jason did a FAB job stripping several layers of paint of the top and repainting it a Behr crisp clean white. We added new flower and butterfly drawer knobs that we purchased at Target. The corner provides a little play area for her kitchen and doll furniture.  The bench under the window is the perfect little spot for friends to sit when they come to play and doubles as extra storage for kitchen toys.