Wednesday, July 20, 2016


Recently, I met with a close friend who is closing on a new home and needed some assistance in picking out paint colors, design ideas, etc.  During our discussions we covered every room in their new house and realized after awhile that they would need to start making some tough decisions.  Decisions on what are the most important items on the list, and which items get ticked off that list first.  It then made me start thinking about when Mike and I first bought this house, and all of the things that we wanted to do and how overwhelmed I was with costs, budgets, costs,

I thought it would be fun to do a post sharing some before and after pics of a few areas of our home that we have touched.  I am hoping to do a full home tour post after we get this bathroom of ours wrapped up;).  Which - by the way is getting close.  Mike finished painting tonight, electrical is supposed to be finished tomorrow, and Thursday is reserved for hanging the vanity, hooking plumbing, hanging pendants and mirror...ahhh - I can not wait for Thursday.

We bought our current home at the end of 2013, so we have lived here for almost 3 years and I can't believe it.  This is the longest we have ever stayed in a home.  While it feels good to have been able to feel really settled and "at home", I would be lying if I said I didn't feel an itch to pack up and move again - start fresh and with a new clean slate.   Confessions of a chronic mover;).

Here is the front of our home when we bought it -

Here is a picture I took while we were having our landscaping revised.  It is not the best picture, and doesn't show the final landscape changes, but you can still see some of the changes we have made -

Here is our front living room (before) -

Here is the after -

Kitchen -

After (kitchen) -

Back living room (before) -

After -

Another before of the back living room (check out that sweet stove, that was not functional;)) -

After we removed that beast -

Front entry (before) -

After -

Michael's room (before) -

After -

Our bedroom (master)/before -

After -

Gwen's room (before) -

After -

Main floor half bath (before) -

After -

There you have it folks - these are a ton of the changes we have made so far.  While some I have not finished photographing, these are a TON of the things we have done to this little house of ours;).  Looking back through this post makes me feel really good about all that we have done in only 3 years.  But, thinking back at each of these projects makes me remember how many tears, late nights, "working on the house weekends", money, money and more money we have spent on this home.  My husband consistently tells me that it is always something with me, that I am always onto the next thing as soon as one gets done.  This is obviously a very true statement and something I am guilty of doing, but is that a bad thing?  Is it a bad thing to constantly be wanting to improve, make better, make changes?  Jury is still out on this one.

I hope this post helps some of you who might be going through a move, purchasing a new home, or maybe wanting to re-do parts of your current home realize that things will improve, things will get better with time.  Both waiting on time to save money and waiting on time to finish and plan projects.  There are a few projects I wish I would have waited longer on and planned them out better.  True to my husbands comment above, I tend to move pretty quickly through my own home...right or wrong.

I would love to help plan out your home.  Whether it be brainstorming paint colors, assisting with room layouts, window treatments, lighting options, etc.  - please email: for more info.



  1. Replies
    1. Thank you Beth! Hope you guys are doing well:).

  2. Stumbled upon your blog and love it!! Keep sharing!! Thanks!

    1. Hi Bri! Yeah, so happy - thanks for the feedback!



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