Real Talk on Renovation Status: Moving Things in to a Home We Didn’t Live in

Ok friends… time to get real. It’s been super fun sharing with you all the progress on our renovation thus far. I mean, who doesn’t love a good before and after? And when I show you the culmination of several days or even weeks’ worth of work in one tidy little blog post, it sure makes things feel like they were moving fast. But they weren’t. Remember when I said we would only be staying with my parents for a few weeks until the house was livable? As of my last post, it had been almost 2 months since we closed on the house. [READ MORE]

How to Add Privacy and Texture to Any Window or Door for Less Than $20

Our house is out in the woods… literally. We back up to a state forest. We love the quiet and the privacy. In fact, the location is probably number one on the list of reasons why we decided to take on this fixer upper to begin with. So at first, the front doors didn’t bother me. The front French doors and the back French doors are the exact same door package. There is literally zero privacy to our front doors whatsoever. [READ MORE]

Let There Be Light! Keeping light fixtures cohesive when you’re replacing them all.

When you are renovating a house from top to bottom (and I guess the same would be the case if you are building new construction as well), it’s easy to get lost in the details. You have to pick out every. single. stinkin. thing. Switch plate covers and cabinet hardware, and door bells… things that you use every day but kind of forget they exist until you have to decide which one to buy for your house. With all these details to figure out you can find yourself looking at finishes individually instead of cohesively. At least for me, that is the way things started when I was picking out our light fixtures. [READ MORE]

Discovering Your Personal Design Style: How to Find Your Starting Point

I want to take a break from renovation progress posts to share with you little element of our home that is very special to me. This piece was really the jumping off point that helped me define my design style, and taught me a little life lesson along the way. So I feel it deserves a post of it’s own. [READ MORE]

Finally Floors! Why we chose luxury vinyl plank flooring.

There was a moment… before we ripped a single thing out of this house, and before the first paintbrush touched a wall. I stood in the middle of this grungy dated space, and I saw something beautiful. I could look around and see clear as day what this house was going to be. Not everyone could see my vision. Friends would swing by to see our new place, and they’d look around like we had lost our minds. To be fair, it wasn’t the kind of place where you took your shoes off, or touched anything that didn’t make you want to wash your hands. [READ MORE]

Making something out of nothing: How simple trim work makes a big impact

Who would have thought that a couple of 1 x4’s would give me all the weak-in-the-knees, full-on-goosebumps, misty-eyed kind of feels. I have to say this this is the hands-down biggest bang-for-the buck project in this whole reno. Yes, I know, I just admitted that woodwork get’s me weepy… I’m a nerd for this stuff. But honestly, once the trim went up around the first doorway, this house suddenly turned the corner for me. I could finally see the hints of “forever dream home” starting to peek out from the mess. [READ MORE]