It’s been about a year since my first tour of the new house, and a lot has changed since then! After living in apartments for the first six years of our marriage, the first year that we lived in this house was all about figuring out how to fill in the blank spaces. In year two, some rooms are still in flux, but I feel so much more settled in… and I’m hoping that this year we can turn our attention to the outside!
These tours will ALWAYS be “In Progress” and probably never Pinterest-worthy, but I love seeing how other regular people live in their regular homes, so I hope you do too! Plus, I’m embracing my “amateur” status here because if I waited for the whole house to be “finished” or styled, I’d never get there. Ok, enough with the air quotes… let’s get to it!
Below are some Before/During/Current updates from my last posts in March and June of 2016. Let’s pretend we’re walking through the house from the front door, shall we?
…Home Sweet Home…
I don’t have a pic from March, but in June 2016, I was 5 months pregnant, the grass was green, and the flowers were blooming.
The weather is warming up and the grass is still green! Sam spent way more time on the lawn than I ever thought possible last year, so hopefully it will pay off this season.
I’d like to do the following to the front yard:
- re-mulch the front beds and maybe add a stone border or something to keep the grass from encroaching.
- find something decorative to put in the corner of the front porch by the door. Maybe something I could DIY, like a big wooden “Welcome” sign that could lean against the wall.
And of course… the biggest difference between now and last year is that there’s a 5-month-old baby!
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.
This space is pretty much finished, so nothing really changed. I am so, so glad we added the coat rack shelf; it was a great solution for our lack of coat closet, and we used it all winter long. Plus, it fills up that huge wall and the bench doesn’t look so lonely. I had a small blue quilt (this one!) hanging on the feature wall during the winter months, but I need to replace it now that the season has changed.
I’ll probably hang up the Vintage Star quilt again, and this is what it will look like!
Front room in January 2016…
And March 2016…
And June 2016…
And now, in April 2017:
Pretty much the same, except we added blackout curtains because it gets really hot from the sun, and I switched the bedside table and lamp for the ones that were formerly in the living room. It’s been great to have a finished space for guests, and we use this bed every night as a place to put on Amelia’s pajamas after bath time in the adjacent bathroom (the only one with a tub)… hence the wipes and lotion.
Still need to address a couple things in here:
- The old TV is still not hooked up, so we need to go ahead and buy a Roku to make it usable.
- I’m not entirely happy with the side table/lamp combo, but it’s fine for now.
- Continue to purge/organize the closet since it can become a catchall for stuff we don’t feel like bringing up to the attic (like a few more framed artwork that we need to hang in the nursery eventually.)
The sewing room is still a blank slate to make room for the eventual nursery, but Amelia probably won’t move in here until after her first (or second?) birthday.
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. There’s a space for Amelia to hang out while I sew, and the closet holds all her books and clothes to grow into, plus a bunch of my craft supplies.
- move sewing supplies into office
- move in nursery furniture when we’re ready to transition the baby out of the master bedroom (at least that’s the plan for now…)
In March 2016:
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”!
Nothing new to report here!
This room is finally functional! We moved the bookcase into the guest room, finally cleaned up the desk, and I moved my laptop out of the living room. Now that the computer is set up in here, I actually spend time in here… so Amelia does too! I love having quilts or other soft blankets in every room for her to roll around while I (try to) get stuff done. We also added a new filing cabinet which made me finally organize all our paperwork, and it holds the printer and all the office supplies.
- move in sewing stuff (when the second guest room eventually becomes Amelia’s nursery).
- add a monitor so Sam (and/or I) can work from home more easily, and accessorize desk.
- hang art (and maybe a peg board above the desk?) to fill the blank walls now that most of the furniture is in place.
- decide what to do with the black shelf in the corner, and maybe replace it with a chair to create a reading nook.
- replace overhead light bulb… this is something I’d like to do throughout the house because the builder’s bulbs are so YELLOW that they make every room seem dingy, but I also hate to replace perfectly good light bulbs… so nothing has happened on that front yet.
At the end of the hallway is the main living area, with the kitchen, dining room, and living room in one big space.
I still love the green hutch, which holds cookbooks, a mail station, baby bibs, and displays wedding presents that have been waiting a long time for a home!
The kitchen pretty much looks the same, but I’ve done quite a bit of tweaking to the contents of the cabinets to make sure everything is functional and organized as possible. Probably my favorite tweak is utilizing the corner cabinet as a tea/coffee station. I still have a ton of empty space in my cabinets, which feels so luxurious after years of cramped apartment kitchens!
I’ve never taken a photo of the pantry before, but I recently did some spring cleaning to get rid of expired items and make room for baby food stuff, so here it is!
Nothing new here, except a bunch of baby stuff like the swing and music mat. There’s also a basket of books under the coffee table. We’d like to replace the couches with a matching set (possibly a sectional, or maybe a reclining couch) but that’s probably not in the budget this year.
Not much has changed in a year, but anything is better than nothing! The cat doors from the dining room/porch and screened door/outside are still a lifesaver since we were able to get rid of the litter boxes inside, but the cats (*cough*CORA*cough*) couldn’t handle the 24/7 access without bringing in dead (or live!) rodents inside all the time, so now we keep the cat door from the dining room to the patio closed and let them in and out throughout the day. Still worth it not to have litter boxes in the house!
- plant herbs in a raised bed
- add some bushes for privacy
- eventually, I’d love to extend the concrete to create a stone patio along the backside of the house
Back inside, the last room of the house is the master bedroom and bathroom/closet.
Not much is different, except the baby furniture has taken over all four walls. We’re planning on keeping Amelia close by for the next few months, but when she moves into her own room, we’ll rearrange everything again.
- find more proportional bedside tables (and relocate these – either to the guest room or as side tables in the living room)
- add rug(s)
- hang art on the walls
And that’s about it! When we built this house in 2015, we had no idea that a baby was coming around the corner, but we’ve had a lot of fun settling in since then. Adding a baby to the mix has been a huge change and as she grows, I’m sure our use of the space will change too, so I’ll try to keep doing regular updates. I’m sure we’ll never really be “done,” but the process of making this house into a home sure is fun!