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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Turning House into Home

Almost three years ago, A and I bought our first house. While househunting, we saw so many different styles, layouts and design schemes. At the onset, we didn't really know what we were looking for and our tastes evolved as we visited different houses. We learned what we couldn't stand and couldn't live without. All of that information-gathering brought us closer and closer to finding our perfect first house.

As soon as we set foot in our "soon to be home", we knew it was the one. A and I walked into the master bedroom and gazed out the picture window at the gorgeous, green rolling hills. We were in love and had to have it! Now keep in mind, we fell in love with the view which blinded us to some other features of the house. Like the wall to wall, sea foam green carpet and pale pink walls throughout. But paint and flooring, is easy. We could handle that. Right?

Keep in mind that A and I are not handy people. To illustrate how "not handy" we are, I'll tell you a little story. Prior to finding our little gem of a house, our realtor, K took us to see a house that he was sure we would like. When we arrived at the house, we were impressed. It had great curb appeal, remodeled interior and a nice, big yard. Then we walked into the master bedroom and saw a hole had been punched in the wall. A and I both looked at each other and said "no thanks." K couldn't believe that we were going to walk away from a good house because it had a hole in the wall. But from our perspective, neither of us knew how that hole was going to get patched and we really didn't want a holey bedroom wall. It was a "no" for us.

So you can see that landing on a house that wasn't completely move-in ready was a big deal. I'd like to tell you that we got all DIY and tackled the improvements ourselves. But that's not how this story goes. After months of researching flooring, painting sections of the wall to see the colors in every possible light, and getting tons of vendor estimates, we were ready to commit. Alcazar colored Ralph Lauren carpet in the bedrooms and dark hardwood flooring throughout the rest of the house. Pottery Barn paint colors. Tans. Beiges. Blues. Greens.

It's amazing what a new coat of paint and flooring will do for a house. A and I were thrilled with the way that our little house remodel turned the place into our home! My next door neighbor who had seen the house before our changes said she couldn't believe how different it looked. What do ya think?

Walkway between Living Room and Kitchen


View from kitchen into the living room




15 comments:

ADSchill said...

Just beautiful and totally my taste. Can you guys come over and do mine?!

TeamBabyCEO said...

Wow! All of the rooms look amazing! I don't know which I like better-the living room or the office, but they all look great.

Valerie Griffin said...

Wow! Looks great!

Lavonne said...

Awesome pictures. Almost 4 years later my husband and I are just to this point of redoing the house and I can't wait to be able to post pictures like this. Great job!!!

*Our Wish*

Amy said...

It looks so great! I love how much more modern it is looking!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! :)

Heather @ A Little Hope in My Pocket said...

Looks great!!! Love the colors - totally my taste too. I love the dark hardwood as well... it would never work in my house due to our shedding dog, but its gorgeous!!

newbie said...

Hi Jessah - thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. I love what you've done with your house!

Kayla said...

Your house is beautiful! I am so jealous :P

We have been looking at houses, preparing to buy at the beginning of 2013 but the thought of remodeling makes me stressed!!

You did a GREAT job.

Still hoping said...

Love it!! So beautiful!

Trishski said...

Jess, you and A have done an amazing job with that house. My favorite is the office. Love how soft it is!

Jodie said...

you're a great designer :) your house looks so cozy!

Bridget said...

your house is beautiful- you have great taste!!

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Wow it looks great! Love the before and after pictures! These are my favorite kind of posts!

Sunflower said...

Beautiful! Love the decor and wall colors.

And I adore the dark wook floors in the living room - très chic :-)

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