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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Finding Silver Pennies | Town and Country Living | Migonis Home
Craftberry Bush | The Hankful House | Life on Virginia Street | So Much Better with Age
House by Hoff | Everyday Enchanting | Maison de Pax | Wicks Nest
My Creative Days | Ella Claire | The Happy Housie | Rooms FOR Rent | The Lily Pad Cottage
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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