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Hello World!

Let’s not talk about how long it’s been since we’ve shared any updates or new DIY projects…suffice it to say, it’s been too long! But, you’ll have to trust us that we have been making progress with house/yard projects and we have a few good excuses reasons for not stopping in to say hi and share. Not only have we been diligently working on the basement (which deserves a post of it’s own soon!), but we’ve converted our upstairs guest bedroom into a new bedroom for the tiniest of people…because THIS little guy is now part of our family! 🙂

Insert happy dance here!

But before we get ahead of ourselves with pictures of snuggly, chubby baby cheeks, here’s a sneak peek of the 2 projects we were determined to reach at least 90% completion before “Tiny” arrived. Until now, we had our master bedroom, G’s bedroom and the guest bedroom upstairs. The plan when baby #2 came along was to transform the guest room into their nursery/bedroom and create a guest bedroom in the basement. The phasing of the nursery was contingent on getting the basement pretty far along, so that we could move all of the furniture once the carpet was installed and only have to move furniture once. There are too many lessons learned to get into here, so I’ll save that for another post!

Here’s what the basement looked like when we bought the house – and it stayed like this (well, actually it got worse…chock full of stuff everywhere!) until we started renovations in September 2014. Please excuse the dark and terrible before image – documenting the true nastiness of this space wasn’t a priority while touring the house since we knew we’d use it for nothing more than storage for awhile. 😉

All of the glamorous framing work you see was done by the man-of-many-talents…the better half of our duo. 🙂 This is the same view as above, the stairs are just off to my right in the photo. You can see the column and far window to the right, to get your bearings. The room enclosed by the wall the light switches are on is going to be a full bath and laundry room.

Here’s where things stand today…keep in mind that while you see painted walls, carpet and a couch, the space is far from done. We have wood window sills, tons of built-ins and the stairs/railings still to do, to name a few upcoming projects. Oh, and more interesting walls to come…that’s all I’m at liberty to say. 🙂 So, stay tuned for those updates!

And here’s what the 3rd bedroom looked like before we got our hands on it. It’s amazing to me how small it looks when there’s nothing in there to give it scale!

Sorry for the inconsistent angle, but it’s the only shot I have of it as our guest room. Make note of that larger-than-life accent green color… 😉

Unlike the basement, this room is finally actually done now. 🙂 🙂 🙂 We’ll be back with a recap showing each wall of the room in a separate post – there are a lot of fun little details and pieces to tell you about!


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Room(s) by Room(s) – Upstairs!

So, we missed our self imposed deadline by two days (we wanted to get an update of the entire house out before our one year anniversary in our new digs), BUT two days isn’t bad, right?  The downstairs rooms had the most dramatic changes and in some way, were a lot easier to make progress on.  Something about, oh I don’t know, having a toddler in bed at 7:30 makes it a little more difficult to break out drills, hammers, and nails and start getting things done in the master bedroom or the guest room which are just feet way from the precious, little sleeping ears.  That’s not to say that we haven’t completely changed the look and feel of the bedrooms, but they are not what you would call, complete, by any means.  Slowly but steadily around here- no judging please! If you missed it, we’ve previously shared the dining room, living room and sunroom, herehere and here.

First up, let’s take a look at how G’s room has changed over the last year.


Large, yes… ugly? More YES!





Before we go any further, yes, we still need to paint all the trim in that room.  It has a coat of primer on it and has been patched in some places where the old heat vents were removed, but overall, you can still see some of the original deep pink coming through. It drives us crazy and is high on the list of things to tackle when the weathers a little nicer and we can air out the room while we paint it.  The room is coming together and G LOVES it.  It is LARGE and all of her small furniture (from her first nursery) seem a little dwarfed and we are trying to plan out some significant built-ins, but it’s come a long way.  The paint color, curtains, and light fixture all came with us from our old house, so being in the room is a sweet reminder of Port St. for us.  Here’s what we tackled:

– LOTS of plaster repair and paint

-New windows (Marvin)

-Carpet (Berber)

-Bookshelf (Ikea)

-Curtains/furniture/artwork/light fixture – all from her first room!

Let’s tackle the Master Bedroom next.  This room is almost three times the size of our former master, definitely one of those, ‘WOW’ moments when we walked in and thought this might be our house.  Ok, ok, it’s not huge, but coming from a 12 foot wide row home, this is spacious!  Here’s what we saw:


Biege and orangey – definitely not what we’d choose!





Someone upgraded to an ‘adult’ bed!  ha!  Our full size, Ikea platform bed served us well and was VERY comfortable, but with this new space, it was time for an upgrade.  Still lots to do in here, too, like, um… closet doors.  Yeah, we’re still not actually sure what we want to do for them so rather than put the bi-fold doors back up, we’ve just been living without them.  Does help make us keep the closets organized, I’ll say that!  The fact that this house has two closets in the master AND that they are decent sizes is actually pretty great.  We still have plans for a second floor addition to create a master bath and closet (through that window in the last photo) but for now, we’re making it work.

– Just like the nursery – lots of plaster repair, paint, and new windows

-Refinished/stained original wood floors

-All new furniture: (we had a 6 foot by 12 foot walk in closet in our old house – so we needed clothes storage!) dressers (Ikea), bed (Joss and Main), duvet (West Elm), pillows (Marshalls), nightstands (Marshalls), lamps (IKEA)

– New ceiling fan (Home Depot)

Fun factoid for you, the grey rug (which we kinda just threw in there temporarily) was actually the rug we used in the living room of our row house and yes, it basically covered the entire floor there!  “Movin’ on up, (movin’ on up), to the east side..err…North side!…”

The last bedroom, the guest room, got arguably the most dramatic update.  Overall, our home is a collection of cooler, contemporary neutral colors.  When we started thinking about the guest room, we thought, if not here, then where could we really experiment the most with color?  Let’s see what you think:







Thoughts on the green?  We’re really digging’ it.  The room, overall, is still a miss match of furniture but offers a great place for guests to stay (and we’ve had lots, which is great!).  Aside from the plaster repair, paint, carpet, and new ceiling fan, this room was put together with things we already had!

So that rounds out the tour of the bedrooms.  Since we’re upstairs, we’ll give you a quick peak at the full bath too.  Lots of room for improvement in there and we already have new tile picked out and plans for a huge overhaul, but the bathroom is completely functional right now and it’s just not the highest priority.  Some paint and new fixtures (some of which still need to be installed, so bear with us) and we got from here:


Literally a ‘bath-room’ with no sink and a toilet that might have technically worked, but looked like the crime scene of a very gruesome movie.

To here:


You can’t see it in the photos, but there’s a new toilet on the other side of the shower wall.  We (Anthony) also spent a solid 3 hours scrubbing the floor and grout with a toothbrush and bleach and then a Magic Eraser to clean it up.  New window, paint, sink/vanity/mirror (all IKEA) and lightfixture (Home Depot) and we were in business!

That’s where we’re at!  Not too shabby for 12 months of owning this place with 4.5 months of major renovation/construction and moving in mid-May, right?  We’ve definitely learned that trying to renovate and DIY projects is MUCH more difficult and takes longer with a toddler running around.  We also try to remind ourselves that we’re planning to be here a while and Rome wasn’t built in a day; some things will take some time to get just right… and by then, we’ll be ready to repaint something anyway, knowing us! 😉


January 27, 2014 · 11:31 am