It’s been a couple months since an update on the house, and lately there have been a few changes that are really making us feel at home. It’s no coincidence that all this productivity occurred the same month that my parents visited two weekends (and will be here again this weekend!) – they have so much energy and their momentum always pushes us to get a ton done!
Below is an update from my last post in March, with a few Before/During updates. I think we’re about done with the non-baby rooms… which means it will all change within another few months 🙂
Let’s pretend we’re walking through the house from the front door, shall we?
Home Sweet Home
Whether you walk into the house from the front door or the garage, you’ll enter the foyer that connects to the two guest rooms/bathroom and hallway to the main living area.
Here’s a Before from March:
We hung a curtain rod on the righthand wall to display quilts, and a floating shelf with coat hooks on the opposite wall above the bench. My favorite details on the shelf are the little cat hooks on each end (Rooster Tails is the best! I’m completely addicted… affordable handcrafted furniture with endless customization is hard to beat.)
I added a bunch of art/decorations that haven’t fit anywhere else on top of the shelf but it’s definitely still a work in progress. But aside from decorating, this space is finally functional! The coat hooks make up for the lack of hall closet, even if we won’t be wearing coats for another six months 😉
Further down the hallway, we hung another curtain rod for quilt display. The curtain rings make it super easy to switch out quilts which will be fun to do with each season (psst… I finished the Pixelated Heart quilt over the weekend – more pics coming later this week!).
Front room in January…
And now… about the same, except we moved the cube storage and old TV in here.
The TV is pretty huge… but it still works, so it’s sticking here for now. I love having the cube storage in the guest room so it can function as storage for office supplies and make this room do double duty.
The sewing room is becoming more of a blank slate to make room for the eventual nursery.
We moved out the cube storage and grey bookcase, finally unwrapped/unpacked all the artwork, and brought in the bar cart as temporary sewing storage (perhaps to be used in the future as a changing table). The plan is to move all my sewing stuff into the office and transition this room into a nursery, but for now it’s still a work in progress.
- move sewing supplies into office
- move in nursery furniture when we’re ready to transition out of the master bedroom (at least that’s the plan for now…)
- organize closets – (1) in the front room, find smaller bins for our holiday decorations so they can go up to the attic and (2) in the sewing room, move all sewing supplies into the office and set up the closet for baby
These spaces were already pretty functional, the only thing we’ve added is hooks for towels in the bathroom. It’s nice to have at least a couple spaces “done enough”!
And now… much better!
This space will become a lot more functional when it officially becomes my sewing room. The grey bookcase will corral my craft supplies (and the children’s books will move into the nursery) and the bookcases will probably stay in here too. The printer is in the corner for now but might move into the guest room closet to be closer to the office supplies that now reside in the cube storage.
- move in sewing supplies
- move printer into front room closet
At the end of the hallway is the main living area, with the kitchen, dining room, and living room in one big space.
Adding the green hutch and art on the walls has made this space feel much more complete. The bar cart was just a catchall for a random assortment of stuff but the hutch is much more functional – it holds cookbooks, library books, mail station, and also displays wedding presents that have been waiting a long time for a home!
The layout is pretty much the same, but a couple additions have really filled in the blank spaces, especially a new rug and TV console.
We searched high and low for a console that would fit all the TV components (and hide the wires) but the center speaker is so large that we couldn’t find anything at all. We worked with Rooster Tails to build a custom piece of furniture and it really brings the room together (told you I was hooked)… plus hides all the wires! The rug and art on the walls really help too.
Anything is better than nothing! The indoor/outdoor rug got moved outside, and we bought a couple chairs so we finally have a place to sit. The cat doors from the dining room/porch and door/outside required a carpenter but now that the cats are indoor/outdoor is has made a huge difference for everyone! We also bought a grill… can’t wait to start eating outside more 🙂
- plant herbs in a raised bed
- add some bushes for privacy
Back inside, the last room of the house is the master bedroom and bathroom/closet.
Not much is different, except a couple wall quilts and a cute hook/artwork in the bathroom. Little details seem to make the biggest difference, though, in feeling like we’re settled in. We’re planning on keeping the baby close by for the first few months, so we’ll be adding more furniture in the coming months.
- find more proportional bedside tables or remove completely if it feels too crowded (and relocate these – either to the guest room or as side tables in the living room)
- add rug(s)
- relocate the trunk (I’m thinking it will be a side table in the living room)
- add nursery furniture for the first couple months – changing table/dresser, crib, and rocking chair
- hang art on the walls
And that’s about it! I’ll try to do regular updates, especially as we make room for baby. It’s hard to anticipate exactly what we’ll need since the first child is such a big life change, so we’re intentionally leaving some blank spaces and empty storage that we can grow into. I’m sure we’ll never really be “done,” but the process sure is fun!