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Hosting Easter and having this house tour have really pushed us to get some projects done around the house that we might have just been a little bit more lazy about otherwise… and because we still have two weeks till Easter you’ll see some things that aren’t quite done (ahem, our entire living room) or certain areas that are in the thick of some changes that would have made some pretty icky photos. One of the things I love about hosting quarterly home tours is that you get a feel for everything that has changed around the house in the last three months and I get to look back and think “oh yeah, some big changes really did happen…” Even if it doesn’t always seem it on a regular basis.
Let me welcome you into our house through our front door. In reality there are still piles of snow and no pathway going up to the front door but it looks a lot more charming then the ice-ridden foot wide path in the back of the house right now. I made the wreath on Friday after a trip to a new Hobby Lobby with my mom then finished off the springy look with this fabulous vintage bike mat from Kirkland’s.
As you come in the front door you walk right into our mini foyer with the kitchen on your right. Not much has changed in here but I finally remade this dresser I found on the side of the road. My little spring time display includes a monogram M from Kirkland’s, a moss basket from my neighbor and a soup tureen I picked up from a store that has now gone out of business.
Our kitchen island is one of my favorite parts of the house… I especially adore making dinner there now that the days are longer because the sun will come streaming in over it while I’m cooking…
The only really spring-like vibe in the kitchen are the branches and the speckled eggs I have around.
These little wooden eggs are from Swank, one of my absolute favorite gift shops.
From the island let’s move into our back entryway which recently got a functional pick-me-up with our driftwood coat rack and some springtime free watercolors (they are free for anyone who wants them!).
The living room is where the majority of changes have happened these past few months. We have completely new drywall and wainscoting! The photos aren’t much to look at because I know there is still so much more to do in here… notice the polka dot plaster marks and seams that haven’t been mudded but for us this room represents so much change since last spring when we had old windows that let in amazing amounts of cold air and really faded and dirty wallpaper.
I’m in love with how much cleaner and brighter the rooms feels. By summer’s home tour I’d love to have an 8×10 rug in here with a more simple pattern, new tile on the fireplace, some arm chairs and art work. And have the walls painted. Fingers crossed at least one of those things will happen. The fireplace has some great boxwood topiaries… I love looking at the new drywall and molding around the fireplace; the new drywall really helps make the room feel cohesive (it was original bead board before and we just drywalled over it in case we ever decided we wanted to bring it back). I’ll share the full fireplace look more later.
One of the projects that I have feverishly been working on was painting our desk that sits at one end of our living room. It was only $25 at my favorite thrift store. It took more more than a year to decide what to paint it and of course I decided on white. I’m not 100% sold on it but will make a better decision after figuring how the direction we are heading in for the living room.
Nothing has changed in our bedroom except for the fact I’ve added a fern, tulips and moved our Pottery Barn clock up onto the mantle. Soon you’ll see new artwork in the frames, we still have the framed birch artwork in them now but if feels a little wintery and we’re over winter after this crazy season Boston has had!
I started thinking about what we could do to be more grateful for our space and how we could use it smarter. I was laying in bed in the early morning (that’s when I do my best thinking) and realized that behind Elle’s crib we had built in drawers. They aren’t glamorous but by using those, instead of her dresser, that would free up a few extra feet in her tiny room. So her dresser got moved into Drew’s room in an effort to brighten up Drew’s room. Since last home tour I’ve added the white dresser, a white pillow cover that I grabbed for $5 at Hobby Lobby, this adorable whale from Kirkland’s.
Drew’s bedspread is still the same one you saw at Christmas, I just reversed it so it was happier looking for the warmer months (I love that I essentially got two bedspreads for the price of one) and the orange jute pillow is from Kirkland’s. If you can believe it, the walls look even worse in person. The other side of the room has a stack of drywall ready to be hung once we finish the living room.
So that’s our home tour as of March 2015. I’m excited to share with you Elle’s room in the next week or so and our hallway makeover (hopefully!) within the next month!
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