House Tour

We purchased our current home in the Spring of 2015. The moment I walked into it I had a vision of blowing out the ceiling and some walls to make the space bright, open and airy. I had no idea how we would do it, or how much it would cost. But with this vision in mind we made an offer and began renovations the following year. We felt lost, as neither of us were particularly handy. However, we did have one amazing resource, and I used it extensively for reference. That was Dana Miller’s Housetweaking blog (which she, unfortunately, no longer updates). Now that we’re on the other side, we’re thrilled with the renovations/updates. Below are some before and after pictures, as well as links to any posts associated with them.

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The Exterior

We still have a lot of work to do on our exterior. We changed out the posts, front door and sidelites and that made a HUGE difference in the look from the outside and inside too. It was a complete game changer for us.

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The Entryway

For the entrance, we removed the walls and blew out the ceiling, replaced the door and tiles, modified the closet, and added a welcoming sconce.

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front entrance design

house tour

The Living Room

We tore down two structural walls (and the ceiling) to create a seamless open-concept space between the entrance, living and kitchen areas. We also replaced the floors with new maple hardwood and added tongue and groove planks to the vaulted ceiling.

To read more about the living room, click here.
To read more about the vaulted ceiling, click here.
To read more on styling the bookcase, click here.

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house tour

Living Room design

Bookcase design

The Kitchen

We closed off the existing exterior door to create more counter and storage room, and added a huge island with lots of storage. Two more skylights were added to the existing skylight to create more natural light. We continued the new maple hardwood here to create a seamless look between the living and kitchen areas.

To read more about the kitchen, click here.

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house tour

hellohome.blog | The Kitchen

Ikea kitchen | midcentury modern kitchen | white kitchen | vaulted ceiling | waterfall island | granite countertop | ocean foam granite | ikea kitchen cabinets

Ikea kitchen | midcentury modern kitchen | white kitchen | vaulted ceiling | waterfall island | granite countertop | ocean foam granite | ikea kitchen cabinets

The Dining Room

The dining room is essentially the same as when we moved in. Of course, the structure around it is completely different!

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house tour

The Master Bedroom

For our bedroom we changed out the linens, door hardware, DIYed the IKEA dresser, and added new furniture and decor.

To read more about the master bedroom refresh, click here.

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

master bedroom refresh

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

ORC master bedroom renovation reveal

The Master Bathroom

We updated our master bathroom by repainting the entire room a brighter white, changing the door hardware and adding some accessories. I love how little changes can make a big difference!

house tour

house tour

house tour

We’ve accomplished a lot but there’s still more to come. My son’s bedroom, the office, and our (woefully neglected) yard are all on deck. We hope you’ll follow along. 

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