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Summer Home Tour 2014 | See all of the updates we’ve made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!I’m so excited to share our first-ever tour- our summer home tour 2014- with you today! You can scroll down to the bottom of the post to check out the other awesome bloggers I’ve joined for this series. I’m still kind of getting my bearings in this house and trying to figure out how to decorate. Consider this an introduction to our home, and hopefully, by fall I can decorate more!

We purchased our home in July of 2012 in the suburbs of Boston. It’s in a beautiful neighborhood of 1980s/90s colonials, but each house still manages to have its own very unique character. While the house lured us in with it’s incredible curb appeal and flat lot, it was undeniable that the interior needed some updates.

We absolutely love the yard and dream of someday putting a farmer’s porch on the front of the house so we can enjoy it. We have done quite a lot of yard work, and the lawn is absolutely my husband’s baby- it’s a running neighborhood joke.

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

Down the hallway beside the dining room is our kitchen. We completed a DIY Kitchen Renovation in February. The room was very dark, with little natural light, so we wanted to create a blank slate. Mission accomplished! I am now in the process of decorating and adding wood accents back in to warm up the room. We will also be planking the ceiling and changing out the wood floors for wider, darker boards.

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

My favorite part of the kitchen is hands-down the kitchen island that my husband and I built with a Craigslist marble top. I’ve always dreamed of having marble in the kitchen, and I actually love that it contrasts with the granite that was already there.

 

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

Our kitchen also includes our pantry, which was our first project after moving in. I designed the storage, and my husband built a slide in unit out of cabinet-grade plywood. I did the finish work, and then we installed the drawers (which he also built) and other storage items. This project actually changed my life, and helped me to become a much more organized person.

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

Across from the pantry is our breakfast nook, which is another blank slate. We have painted, added a new light fixture, and created the shelves. We’re planning to create a bench in the bay window, and add a console table under the shelves.

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

We also recently painted our family room. We are planning a fireplace remodel with built-ins, a planked ceiling, new flooring, window treatments, and of course- decor. The new color is already such an improvement! I love the architecture in this room- the original rustic beams and the Palladian windows. The furniture was previously in my husband’s “man cave” at our former home, and I was not thrilled when it became our primary furniture.

I think if we swap out his recliner for some prettier chairs, it could actually look really nice- but that will probably take some convincing! The steamer trunk was a yard sale find from my Dad that he passed along to me. It actually works really well as a coffee table. I am hoping to be able to add decor to the top of the trunk and also have a side table and lamp someday, but my three-year-old is a destructive force in this room. At the moment it looks like toy-pocalypse.

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

The final room featured in today’s tour is the Powder Room. This is the only room in the entire house that is 100% complete. It also happens to be the smallest, at 5×7′. It started out with a rust-colored room with gold swirls on the wall. We redid the entire room from top to bottom, adding tile, board and batten, wall tile, new paint, and a beadboard ceiling treatment. We saved the toilet and the granite countertop and built a vanity based on one from Pottery Barn.

Summer Home Tour 2014 |  See all of the updates we've made to our 1980s New England fixer upper in our first ever home tour!

It’s so nice to have a room complete, even if it’s a small one! It’s the perfect motivation to finish the other rooms on the first floor.

Thank you so much for joining me on this tour!

Paint Color List:

All white trim: Benjamin Moore Simply White

Foyer: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray

Dining Room: Unknown (We haven’t painted it yet)

Kitchen/Breakfast Nook: Benjamin Moore Gray Owl

Powder Room: Benjamin Moore Wickham Gray

Living Room: Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray


This week we are kicking off a week of 23 inspiring house tours by some amazingly talented bloggers!

Summer Home Tour 2014 

Monday

Finding Silver PenniesTown and Country LivingMigonis Home

Tuesday

Craftberry BushThe Hankful HouseLife on Virginia StreetSo Much Better with Age

Wednesday

House by HoffEveryday EnchantingMaison de PaxWicks Nest

Thursday

My Creative Days | Ella ClaireThe Happy HousieRooms FOR RentThe Lily Pad Cottage

Friday

Bliss at Home | Southern State of Mind | Designed Decor | The Woodgrain Cottage | 3 Little Greenwoods | Just A Girl and Her Blog | City Farmhouse 

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Nina is the owner & designer of Nina Hendrick Design Company and the Nina Hendrick blog. Along with her husband Mack, she is chronicling the journey of transforming their builder-grade 80s colonial into a modern day New England dream home. Nina and Mack live in the suburbs of Boston with their three children and golden retriever Lucy.

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BEAUTIFUL! I shared you today on my FB page! Along with a picture of your stunning kitchen! :) Life to the full! Melissa

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You have such a beautiful home! It was so fun being on the tour with you ;)
Hugs,
Jamie

Gorgeous Nina!! I absolutely adore your kitchen and bathroom renovations- they are magazine worthy rooms now!! Amazing!

Whoa! This is the first time I’ve visited your beautiful blog and I am in love with your style. Actually when I saw your yellow home and read the yard was your husband’s baby I knew I had to see more! My Honey is a bit grass obsessed too!

Thanks so much for inviting us inside your home! So much fun participating in the Summer Home Tour Blog Hop with you!
~ Ashley

The curb appeal of your home is screaming summer! Stunning!

Nina your home is beautiful! I love that you put a picture of you in front of your home- makes it that much more cheery!! :)

Mandy @ The Hankful House Blog

Such a beautiful home, Nina! I love how you’re making each space your own. (Especially because you have phenomenal style!!) So fun being on “tour” with you this week!

~Abby =)

You home is gorgeous and I’m loving your tour! I love the bright color outside and all the light cozy colors on the inside!!

Your house is fabulous! Do you mind sharing what color is the exterior of your house? We are looking to paint our house yellow, but it is such a hard color to get right!

Thanks,

Ruthie

Kristin @ bliss-athome.com

The lighting in your kitchen is awesome! Very jealous of that pantry too! xo Kristin

so beautiful and cheery! i love your light and bright kitchen!

So enjoyed your home tour. Your house is beautiful. x

Love love love you kitchen, so pretty! Great tour!

Your home is looking good! I love the Island too, what a beauty!

What a beautiful and cheery home you have! I love everything about it…your pantry is to die for!!

Nina, with my everlasting love for your interior projects, I must say, I should have know that your exterior was this special. What’s your secret? :-)
And, I’d of course love for you to share it on Hometalk!

Your home is so classic and pretty! That kitchen gets me every time! Love!

Love it, Nina!!!! So glad to have you be a part of the tour!

Your home is truly picturesque! Love the colors and details!

Gorgeous house! I am just dying over that pantry!

Nina, your home is simply gorgeous! I adore the curb appeal and the yellow is beautifully fresh and crisp! Your kitchen is sooo me and I think the lights over your island are really unique! Adore them! So wonderful sharing the tour with you and the other girls. Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs! xo

You home is fabulous. I so agree, the curb appeal is wonderful. I love, love, love your kitchen island. Fantastic. Great tour.

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