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If you’ve always loved open houses, HGTV Dream Home reveals or when Chris Loves Julia does room video tours then you’re in for a treat today! Before we make any cosmetic or structural changes to the home I wanted to document the space for before photos. Because really, who doesn’t like to swipe to see some beautiful before and afters?!
I’ve already shared the 10 things we’re looking forward to most in the new house as a tease but now you can enjoy this photo overload post with all the rooms! Take a scroll with me through our new home, before we make any changes to it (as we already have)! If anyone has any tips or ideas on things I mention below, please leave me a comment!
It’s a two story colonial style home with 2 bay windows in the front. It has cute curb appear but we do plan to change the front doors for one that includes a sidelites so you can see who’s at the door. Love the little porch covering but may be looking to change up that deck to nowhere over top.
The first floor currently has a mix of lighter hardwood floors, carpets and linoleum so we are working to convert it to engineered hardwood and eventually tile in the kitchen. I can’t wait to style this entry way space!
Front Formal Living Room
You may see a formal living room but I see a creative office! (or a croffice as Derek has jokingly called it). Yes we are ripping out these carpets, slapping on a nice white coat of paint so it’s nice and bright for photography and this will be the creative place I work on party styling assignments, and craft with the girls!
We didn’t have a dining room in our last home and while I don’t think this will be a super used space, I can see us using it for holidays and, of course, all my party styling shoots! The lighting is great with the bay window and we love the large long wall in the back. I’ll be keeping an eye out on a nice chandelier that has an adjustable cord so it doesn’t get in the way of my photo shoots!
This is the original kitchen to this 1994 home and while certainly move in livable, it’s not the most efficient use of space and we’re not a fan.
We plan to do a full kitchen renovation this spring including full height cabinets, a better use of the area around the refrigerator, new appliances (as I’m not even sure what to do with this old school oven) and a larger island.
One step down from the kitchen is our sunken in living room with a FIREPLACE! Yes that’s one thing we’re excited to use. Derek wants to build a fire in it and I just want to decorate the mantle. Look for some updates to this space, including possible built in cabinets flanking both sides of the fireplace, new hardwood floors, an update to the brass look of the front and a large sectional for plenty of seating!
Not much to say here but we do plan to update the color, decorate and add tile to the floor, eventually.
We are bringing our own newer washer here to this home and will be donating the old one. This space needs a minor makeover including tiling the floors, adding a shelf to fold clothes on and cabinets (possibly from the kitchen when we renovate) overhead for storage. This back door option may serve as a drop area when the girls do outdoor activities so I hope to include a hamper for anyone dropping off clothes from outside play.
Yes while we’re truly taking over the front formal living room as the office, we’ll still have some overflow of office materials to put here.
If you remember my mini bedroom makeover from our last home, it was NOT big at all. In truth, I feel like much of this space will be so wasted as we really only spend time in here to sleep! What I’m most excited for is the WALK IN CLOSET which will look hilarious as we have pretty much NO clothes.
Seriously what is up with this bathtub? Guess this was just the style in the early 90s but to us it’s a complete waste of space in how it’s currently configured. Don’t get me wrong, I love a bubble bath and we will be keeping one, but less shelf looking! If anyone has any before/after makeovers with similar tub setups, I’d love to see it!
The stand up shower is also very dark and tight so we plan to open that more with a glass door and wall situation. Look for a bathroom makeover somewhere in the future!
All the bedrooms upstairs are a decent size. Their rooms will be side by side and both include a large window or two. Brielle has been asking for a “rainbow” room and Hailey wants a “mermaid” room so stay tuned to see how I interpret their requests but still keep some style!
2nd Full Bathroom
YASSSS! This will eventually be updated but for now we love the bathtub, small linen closet inside and the double sinks for the girls!
YES! We haven’t had a guest room since before Brielle was born so it’s exciting to have this space for my parents or whoever comes to stay over. As of right now we have no extra bedroom sets to fill it so they might be sticking a blow up mattress in it for a bit as that’s low on the “Things to buy” list!
It’s super hard to get a shot of this space as it’s really really long. This can eventually be a hangout for the girls when they’re older, whether it be a tv room or just hangout playroom. Plus there’s a big storage area to the right through those doors.
YES! A two car garage! Our last home only had one and while it was fairly clean and open after Derek’s beautiful makeover, it usually included a 6 ft table of my party styling assignments, strollers and other miscellaneous items that wouldn’t allow for my car in the winter months. This time around we plan to have room for at least my car to be parked inside. We also plan to do another makeover with an epoxy floor, take advantage of the height for high storage and include a DIY mudroom space.
Yes we have a LARGE backyard space that we’re super excited about but it have NOTHING in it! No patio. No deck. No shed for storage. Little trees. Not much separation from the neighbors yards (though to be fair, no one really does in our neighborhood, unless they have a pool they have to fence in). Looking forward to transforming this fun space with a paver patio, garden and maybe something for the grilling area. Fire pit? Who knows!
Well thank you for taking the scroll through our home in the “before mode” and for anyone who sends me pins, emails or private messages with makeover ideas for the points listed here. Here’s to a big, yet exciting, workload ahead!