We moved into this house about three and a half years ago. We have made a lot of progress but still have a lot of plans for the space. Consider my “in progress” tour a tour through the seasons, you’ll see snow, summer scenes, Christmas trees and pumpkins depending on when the space was finished. 🙂 I can’t wait to show you more as the house moves forward.
BEFORE: THE EXTERIOR
The painting has started! White and navy exterior, here we come! It’s definitely brightened up the house and given it more of the beachy yet classic look I was striving for.
Body of house: Ultra Pure White (Behr) | Shutters and Doors: Club Navy (Behr Marquee)
We found this kids playhouse on Freecycle… it’s been worth every minute AJ spent assembling it!
BEFORE: MUDROOM / ADDITION
Let me introduce you to our home through the mudroom door you see down the stairs. When you come in you see a big open area, a built in desk, a huge coat closet, the door to the garage and a mini closet. There is no lack of storage in this home (let’s hope we don’t come close to accumulating the amount of stuff needed to fill it. :))
From the mudroom stairs you can walk down into the addition that was added around 1980. It is an incredibly long and somewhat skinny space that has incredible sunlight thanks to skylights and the entire back wall that is filled with sliders.
The kitchen was definitely not our style but it was so practical. We lived with it just like this for three years and felt like there was ample storage for almost everything. One of the biggest reasons we wanted to renovate was to make the space feel less like a bottle neck and more open and airy, both in layout and in the color scheme.
IN PROGRESS: KITCHEN
Range: ILVE || Dishwashers: Bosch || Sink: Overstock || Faucet: Amazon || Cabinets: Building Supplies Outlet, Peabody, MA || Counters: North Shore Marble & Granite, Inc. || Finish Work: Boyd Builders || Footed Bowl: Pottery Barn
From the kitchen you walk into the entryway hallway that has the broom closet, the basement door and the half bath.
(this is what it looks like now minus the runner… I’m just brainstorming a more navy-ish runner)
BEFORE: HALF BATHROOM
The wallpaper in the half bath is so unique, I’m not even sure how to describe it other than it’s an Asian Toile.
AFTER: THE HALF BATH
We replaced everything in here except for the overhead light and the mirror. We are still looking for the perfect items for those spaces. In the long run I’d love to see some wallpaper in here.
BEFORE: THE OFFICE
Also off the kitchen is the area they used as the dining room and what we will use as an office so we can comfortably have real estate clients over and shut the door.
AFTER: THE OFFICE
Chairs | Sources: Desk and Dresser: Second hand (similar dresser and lamp) | Rug | Painting of House… and a how to guide to create your own
BEFORE: THE DINING ROOM
From there let’s walk into the area the former owners used as the living room and that we are going to use as a dining room. For the past few years I’ve been dreaming of a dining room table that can seat 12. The other reason I wanted to use this room as a dining room is because of the fireplace. Can’t you just picture a fire roaring while you have Thanksgiving dinner?
AFTER: THE DINING ROOM
BEFORE: THE LIVING ROOM
From there you move into the family room. The there are four skylights so the light during the day is incredible. The walls and trim were a light pink. I hope you can see it in these photos but there are panels on the long wall, each of those offers additional storage. This has been fantastic for the kids toys!
The other side of the room has two amazing window seats with fabric that matches the wallpaper and pillows. The built-ins are currently sitting mostly empty but I’m so excited to start fooling around with different ideas I have for them. The two love seats you see below were also a gift from the former owners.
IN PROGRESS: THE LIVING ROOM
Couches: Raymour & Flanigan || Coffee Table: Raymour & Flanigan || Sofa Table: World Market || Lamps on sofa table: Home Goods || Rug: Joss & Main || Piano: Secondhand || Pink and Gray Pillow: Marshalls and Home Goods || Glass Lamp on Piano: Target
Let’s move upstairs. One of my favorite parts of this house is that as a general rule the owner used the most neutral paint colors (the only exception is the pink family room). Everything else is some form of sage or tan. While we figure out what colors go best with our furniture these colors are amazing and don’t clash with anything we have.
BEFORE: VERA & GRAY’S BEDROOM
IN PROGRESS: VERA AND GRAY’S ROOM
Let’s walk down the hall to Drew’s room where I’m standing to take the photo below.
BEFORE: DREW’S ROOM
He chose this room primarily because there was a soccer ball in it when we looked at the house. 🙂 This bedroom is in the back of the house.
IN PROGRESS: DREW’S ROOM
BEFORE: DREW’S ROOM
IN PROGRESS: ELLE’S ROOM
BEFORE: AJ’S OFFICE / FUTURE FOSTER CHILD ROOM
This is quite possible the most embarrassing photo on this page. It’s all of AJ’s papers and our random assortment of furniture put in this room for our rentals/ real estate office since the downstairs office is my office and our home schooling (thank you 2020!) command central. If we were to get a foster child they would be in here and AJ’s office would go back to the basement where kids won’t touch anything. 🙂
BEFORE: UPSTAIRS BATH
The bathroom is almost directly across from our bedroom door:
IN PROGRESS: UPSTAIRS BATH
BEFORE: MASTER BEDROOM
We plan to replace the closet doors with six-panel doors, paint the walls white and replace the rug with hardwood eventually to match the rest of the house.
BEFORE: Master Bath
Master Bath: In Progress
Okay, actually nothing has happened in the master bath yet except that I mapped out exactly what I want it to look like and did a full budget breakdown so that AJ and I would be on the same page about the costs and general look of the space. You can read the full post HERE about all our plans!