Tuesday, February 11, 2014

House One Year Anniversary

This past weekend we celebrated the one year house anniversary. 365 days later and we're still in love with the house and every day take us one step closer to making it the home of our dreams. Things have been a bit slow in the home improvement side because of the cold weather, but we're hoping once it arms up a bit we can start working on some new project.

The front of the house has stayed EXACTLY the same for the past year. We have loads of plans for the front of the house come spring, but unfortunately it still too cold outside to do anything fun. I'm dreaming of big colorful hydrangeas and  a new fun color for the front door.

First Floor
Of the dozens of houses that we saw, we fell in love with this house because it was a blank slate. From the minute you walked in everything a blank canvas I could work on. 

Shortly after moving we painted all of the rooms in the house, all four colors we used can be seen as soon as you walk in the door.

~Home Office~
Here's the former living room/now office as it looked on move-in day.

We painted the walls a light mint green called Behr Frosted Jade, added some Ikea Jannette curtains and hacked some Ikea Expedit 2X4's into a DIY semi built in bookcase with a desk.

~Dining Room~
The dining room was just another room painted beige when we moved in.

The dining room was painted a tealish turquoise blue called Behr Lap Pool Blue, we added our refinished dining room table and bought some metal dining chairs and 2 Henriksdal (with Gobo white cover).

There's a tiny half bath on the first floor.

We painted the half bathroom the bright tealish turquoise Behr Lap Pool Blue and brought in a little of gray and purple through the towels.

The two-story staircase is illuminated by a big side window.

The downstairs & upstairs hallway and the staircase were painted in a light grey from Behr, French Silver. We swapped the old brass light fixture for a purple globe light fixture and added a colorful gallery wall to bring some color into this bland space.

We recently changed the curtains to INGERLISE in Lilac from Ikea ($24.99)

The curtain is exactly the same shade of purple as our beloved YHL globe light fixture.

~Family Room~
The family room is a great entertaining space, open to the kitchen and breakfast nook.

We painted the family room a dark gray, Behr's Dark Pewter. We bought some light gray couches, added some colorful cushions and a cute throw. For now, the coffee table is the only place to store our many board games.

~Breakfast Nook~
The breakfast nook is a very useful space right off the kitchen on the day we moved in.

The kitchen/nook were painted in Behr's French Silver and since we loved our large purple light fixture in the stairwell so much, we decided to switch out the breakfast nook light for a smaller version of the purple globe. The house is officially brass free, since this light fixture was the last thing we needed to switch out.

The kitchen had all white appliances and beige walls.

The walls were painted in Behr's French Silver. The microwave and refrigerator were upgraded to stainless steel and satin nickel hardware was added to all the cabinets.

Second Floor

~Hall Bathroom~

We painted the hall bathroom in Behr's Dark Pewter and added some teal towels and a couple of colorful bathroom accessories.

~Guest Bedroom~
The room started out with just the dark blue carpet as a stand out.

The room was painted in Frosted Jade by Behr and HomeGoods carried a bedding set that tied in together the mint green of the walls with the dark blue of the carpet.

No babies yet, but the smallest room in the house was designated the nursery.

We painted it a neutral light gray, French Silver by Behr, thinking that is could be personalized with colored accents whenever a baby moves in.

~Master Bedroom~
The master bedroom gave is a lot of space to play with.
Sorry for the mess. We were so excited after closing that we decided to buy an inflatable mattress and stay the night.
We painted the walls a tealish turquoise blue, Lap Pool Blue by Behr, and paired it with some gray bedding. Recently we painted 2 Ikea Lack dressers to use as bedside table and scored a pig mirror at HomeGoods for $40.

~Master Bathroom~

 The master bathroom was painted in Behr's French Silver with some gray/teal accessories added.


  1. Fantastic makeover. The colors are beautiful and are so you!

    1. Thank you! The house has come a long way and still has some more to go.