June 6, 2011

We’re in!

by Shelly

The last few weeks have been a blur.  As soon as I came back from Blogfest in New York City, I jumped right into finishing up the house so we could move in that following weekend.  You’ve never seen tile, faucets, lighting, closet organizers, etc….go up in such lighting speed.

We’ve come a LOOOONG way folks!  We are living in the house now and although there is still so so so much left to do, I can’t believe the amount we accomplished in just two short months.

Here are some before and afters:

The family room before. Yuck!

The window that was on the far wall was taken out and filled in.  It not only had absolutely NO view (it looked right at the garage door), but it took up some valuable real estate.  We are eventually going to have a built in entertainment center made for that wall which will house our television, stereo, books galore, and add needed storage.

More family room befores.  That wall to the left was taken out and we added a large breakfast bar that overlooks the room.

Another shot of the family room during the demo phase. That fireplace was the worst!

Wood flooring is in!  The fan, recessed lighting and in ceiling speakers are in too. Lava rock fireplace is gone, leaving so much more space!  The ugly aluminum slider has been replaced with pretty french doors that look out into the backyard. And the walls have all been painted…thanks to my lovely husband (who did them all while I was away at Blogfest!).

Ahh the kitchen before. What a beauty eh?

The kitchen counter tops went in JUST before we moved in.  So glad we went with Calcutta Gold marble instead of black honed granite!  The kitchen just looks YUMMY with all that marble.  The Walker Zanger tile still won’t be in for a few more weeks, so we’ll be without that for a little while longer, as well as the commercial stainless steel . Oh, and the cooktop cabinet was made too short, so that had to be fixed.  We just added a large drawer underneath it that is fab for holding all my baking pans.

The window that was on the far wall was taken out and filled in.  It not only had absolutely NO view (it looked right at the garage door), but it took up some valuable real estate.  We are eventually going to have a built in entertainment center made for that wall which will house our television, stereo, books galore, and add needed storage.

The pendant lighting still needs to go up.  And the corbels for underneath the breakfast bar still haven’t been delivered.

The guest/kiddo bath before.

I’m STILL freaking out over this bathroom.  I went tile crazy in here!  Ann Sacks all the way baby. Penny rounds with a very slight edging in blue and subway tile on walls, into the shower in a grey blue. I then used a chair rail tile around the room that goes into the tub/shower area also, but then is topped with square white tiles on the diagonal.  I was going for fun, classic, and coastal!

Polished nickel fixtures, carrera marble countertop, custom bath vanity in Ben Moore Edgecomb Gray and classic light from Hudson Valley.

The outside wasn’t a priority for now, but I couldn’t handle the two ugly trees in the lawn or the whole plant situation in the flowerbeds.

Sad, sad, sad.

Our new windows made a big difference, but we now need to paint the outside of the house. That will have to wait though. We want to transform the facade of the place by removing the birdhouse holes, storybook style trim and swooping roof lines.  In the yard we added new borders for the flowerbeds, removed the ugly pine tree and a dead, termite infested tree in front of this window.  We replaced the tree in this area with a pretty flowering tree and added hydrangeas, gardenias, and ferns…and LOTS of mulch!

Camelias, tree ferns, salvia and irish moss were added to this area of the yard.  And new outdoor lighting was installed!  Little touches made a big difference!  This should all fill in nicely over the summer and I may add more plants as I see how they all grow in.

We are still getting the bedrooms together and finishing up the master bath.  I will be sure to share those rooms with you once they are more presentable.  We are going to be in project mode for quite some time!  But to be honest…it’s fun.  At least for me it is.  Even though I’m a TOTAL perfectionist and a clean freak, being able to completely transform a home to my style is a dream come true! Everything in the house is there because WE picked it out and ok’d the work.

Love that.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Suzanne Barnes June 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm

It is really coming together and your choices are fantastic.

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Carrie June 6, 2011 at 8:52 pm

It look absolutely fabulous Shelly! I’m totally in love with the kitchen and the bathroom ~ canNOT wait to see the rest. Good Work Lady!!!

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kat June 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Girl, I love it all! I’m especially diggin’ that bathroom–love all the tile! How satisfying it must be looking around at your work. Beautiful choices!

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megan h. June 7, 2011 at 6:23 am

Looks AMAZING Shelly!!!!! I’m extremely impressed!

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Wendy Valenzuela June 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love the progress you are making! Great choices! We were going to do black counter tops in our kitchen wit white cabinets like yours. We are having second thoughts. Your marble looks so fresh and beautiful! Love the bathroom too. What color would you like to paint your house?

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Diane June 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Great job!

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Rhyan Townsend June 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Shelly, that is amazing how the house has transformed already! It looks completely different inside and I’m obsessed with that bathroom tile color, so pretty. You are a miracle worker!

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Brenda June 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Thanks for sharing with us the progress in your new home. I just love seeing the changes.

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Julia @ Hooked on Houses July 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I know I’m really late to this post, but I’ve been reading through your blog this morning and these before & afters stopped me in my tracks. Wow! That kitchen makeover is going to be amazing, and I’m totally in love with your new bathroom. The tile you chose is gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration–can’t wait to see what else you do in your new house! :)

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