We moved into our dream home in August 2014 and have been busy making it our home ever since! We went from a 1,800 sq ft to 3,800 sq ft home which means we’ve basically been starting from scratch. It’s been a process and a tedious one at that, but I’m loving the journey of decorating our forever home. I still have several spaces yet to share, but here is a glimpse into our home:
This summer we tackled a big exterior project and had our fence put in. Then, we stained it a dark brown to match our shingles on our home. (You can read all about our staining tips) This made a huge difference to the overall look of our property and also helped protect our little kids and dog.
Our porch is always changing with the seasons but this was our latest decor for spring and summer! I’m already in the process of putting together our fall porch, be on the look out soon!
Moving onto our front door that I just love. We just recently upgraded our door handle to use a Keyless Entry Option. I’m so excited! And I love that it matches our existing hardware.
And that takes us right into our front entry way! I finally decorated this space this year, it’s been empty since we moved in. It’s really nice to have a big impact display right when you walk in the door and a little place to put your shoes on.
Directly across from the entry way is our home office, aka “the man room”. This year my husband specifically requested that I start working on his office. I hadn’t touched it since we moved in, and it was still filled with moving boxes and an old desk. You can check out the before photos in the makeover post!
This is the only room in our home with dark trim and a darker look and feel and I love it. I really wanted to keep the masculine look and keep it more of a club room feel. I put in a Stikwood wall (amazing, highly recommend it) and then added a brown leather tufted couch. I still have a few things left in this room to really polish it off, and I’m hoping that comes together sooner rather than later!
Joined to the office is our downstairs bathroom. You can actually access this room from the office or the hallway. This year I finally put some decor on the wall and created a bathroom station using an industrial wine bar! I love how it turned out!
The downstairs bathroom has a walk-in shower that sadly has never been used. I’m not really sure whey we have a shower down here when there are no bedrooms, but I suppose we could turn the office into one if we ever needed to!
As you walk down our entry way, it will take you directly into our open kitchen and family room. Our downstairs is basically one big open space with the exception of the rooms I already showed that are up at the front.
I’ve always dreamed of having a white kitchen and dark floors and I still love it today. I know some people are scared of how dirty white cabinets can get, but honestly it hasn’t been a problem.
Right through those big sliding doors is our outdoor living space. A place I will never get tired of.
The focal point of our kitchen is our dining room table. I had my heart set of a live edge table but they are SO expensive. So we pseudo DIYed one with a little help and saved a ton of money. You can read about that here. It’s such a fun and unique piece that we will have forever.
This year I made a few changes to our family room to help soften the look and give it more of an industrial chic look that I really wanted. No matter how many times I design different spaces, I generally don’t get it right on the first try. It takes me a little while of playing and living in a space to really help it get the look that I want. Even though the changes were small (new coffee table, rug and different pillows) I think it completely changed the look of the space. You can view what it looked like before in our original family room reveal.
On the opposite side of the room is our second seating area. Our family room is really large, which is awesome, but and it’s alway hard for me to fully capture the layout. It has been a struggle for me to merge the two spaces and make them look cohesive yet on their own. We really wanted to maximize the seating for entertaining so additional seating was a must.
Both seating areas look right at the mantel and TV. Here is our fall mantel from last year! I’m just seconds away from putting the final touches on this years and I went with a completely different look!
Let’s move upstairs! I finally finished my sweet girl’s big girl room! She starts kindergarten this year and since she’s my only girl I really wanted to give her a dream bedroom. I typically don’t like things extremely girlie, but I LOVE her bedroom. Ok maybe I’m a little jealous.
She was very specific about what she wanted in her room. She asked for a ‘pink and mint’ bedroom, with lots of girlie things and a big headboard. Well, she got her wish. It was fun working on it together.
One of the things she requested was pink walls, I just couldn’t bring myself to paint her bedroom walls pink, so I told her I would paint her closet pink! So I held true to my word and gave her a closet makeover too! You can see how I organized it all here.
Now onto my son’s room! These pictures are a little dated now because we have since moved all the baby furniture into the new nursery, but here was his completed room. Still love that striped wall. I have yet to share the updates we’ve made to the space! So soooon!
Oh his sweet little rustic boy room, this will always be one of my favorites.
I haven’t shared much of the new nursery just yet. I have two small projects away from being completely done. Yay! I’ve sorta kept most of this one a secret because I’m so in love with it. :)
Sadly, I didn’t make any progrss on our master bedroom this year. It’s one of the rooms in our home that I started completely from scratch and I keep changing my mind on what I want. Not to mention I am forcing myself to complete both the boys’ rooms and the office fully before I hop onto a new project. I’m using that as my motivation :)
The playroom is one of those spaces that I slowly chip away at as projects come up. When I found out I was pregnant with baby #3 I knew I wanted to put a seating area up here for us all to hang out.
And just recently I added a little sitting area for the kids to do projects and play on.
Our laundry room is still nice and organized with our awesome pipe shelves. I’ve played around with the idea of putting shiplap in here but then I feel like I might regret it since the rest of the house doesn’t have it. Hmm decisions. So many ideas!
And as we start a new school year, I’ll leave you with this. Our garage ‘mudroom’.
Our First Home
We spent the first 6 years of our marriage in our first home. Our house started out as my husband’s bachelor pad and I slowly turned into a wonderful home to call our own and bring our first two children home to. It was a house that needed a lot of work but I had so much fun fixing it up over 6 years.What I learned along the way is that there will always be a to-do list, something that needs to be tweaked, built and rearranged and THAT is the beauty of making a house a home. It is a fun and beautiful journey that will never actually be finished.
So let’s take one final look at Our First Home.
See Table Makeover HERE
See Print Printable HERE and Shelving Tutorial HERE
(See Wall Gallery Printables HERE)
Miss E’s Room (See Plank Wall Tutorial HERE)
(Sidenote: I was SO SO close to completely finishing this room, but I couldn’t justify working on two big projects that weren’t going to work in the new house. Although it was tempting. But here is how it looked when we left)
Gender Neutral Nursery….Oh the place where both my babies slept. I will miss this room.
Our first home. It’s kind of nice to have it all captured this way. What a wonderful home to spend the first six years of our marriage and welcome two children.