I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of our before and after photos. Let me preface this by saying the before spaces are all lovely and we just put our own spin on them. We love this house and creating spaces that fit our family brings us so much joy. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a different use of a room, I am a big proponent of designing each space to best fit your family. Come on in.
My husband and son were actually the first to walk through this house. They snapped photos for me and I fell in love. This room is directly off the front entry area and was used as an office. To be honest, I think the house was partially staged so I am not entirely sure how the rooms were used by the previous owner. These beautiful built ins had me at hello. The room itself isn’t large, but it sure has character. And it’s a beautiful space for an office with so much natural light.
TURNED MUSIC ROOM
The second I saw this room, I knew it would be ideal for a dark and moody color. We went with Iron Ore by Sherwin Williams. I also knew it would be perfect for our piano (which belonged to my parents). The room is warm and cozy and I love sitting down to play in here.
The thought crossed my mind to put a couple of chairs in here, but to be honest, the room is quite small. I would want them to be substantial and didn’t like the idea of them taking up so much space. We also have a sitting room directly across from this so it would have been redundant. But who knows . . . I’ve been known to change my mind quite often.
We also darkened the floors prior to moving in. They were quite orange so we sanded them and stained them in a dark walnut. I really like the richness of dark floors and the contrast with all of the trim work throughout the home.
The best part about this room is that it holds so many special memories. Most of the books belonged to my parents (love seeing my dad’s signature in his old math textbooks) and special pieces from our family members. My daughter and I had so much fun styling these shelves. She has a fantastic design so I always appreciate her help.
THE DINING ROOM
Across from the music room is the dining room. I couldn’t get over the pretty millwork. Just such great bones. The angle on one side makes this room a bit tricky and I think this setup accentuates that.
TURNED LIVING ROOM
In here we painted all of the walls and trim Alabaster by Sherwin Williams. A formal living room works really well in this house and we use it all the time. Someone sits in here every day. We have had some of our best conversations in here curled up on the sofa while listening to music.
Placing a chair on the same angle as the arch makes it flow a bit better, I think.
A formal living room certainly isn’t for everyone, but we have always enjoyed having one. Plus we were so fortunate that so many pieces from our California home worked in this one. It certainly saved us money and we were able to get settled very quickly.
- rug – grey/charcoal
- marble nesting tables (20% off)
- sofa – custom
- chairs – no longer sold
- velvet pillows
- ivory pillow
- floral pillows
- standing lamp
In fall news, I am obsessed with these stems and would love to put them in this room.
THE SITTING ROOM
This room is part of the great room setup. It is just off of our kitchen and dining area. The way it was staged made it feel more like a sitting room. We were so drawn to the giant windows, natural light and incredible views. It feels like you are in a tree house. I also fell in love with the beautiful ceiling.
TURNED FAMILY ROOM
In here we painted everything Alabaster (let’s the trim become architectural detail) and limewashed the fireplace (one of our favorite projects to date). The Frame TV works really well in here. The box sits inside of the wood mantel (which I still need to stain).
If you go back to the before photo you can see the deck and railing were quite dark. We painted the exterior of the home (White Dove) and recently replaced the deck (it had rotted) using composite decking.
- softest rug (ocean spice)
- similar sectional (ours was custom)
- chess board
- chairs (locally – Sara Sells)
- chandelier (20% off)
- coffee table – no longer sold
We tucked two chairs against this back wall and they work well for watching the TV or reading. And the ottomans are so easy to move around for a foot rest or extra seating. The room was a bit tricky to configure but we are happy with this setup.
Placing a sectional in the corner not only opened up the room but allows us to enjoy the pretty tree view from the large windows. It was pretty amazing that the sectional we had purchased in California fit perfectly in this spot. It was the first measurement I took and I couldn’t believe our good fortune. This is where we watch TV and play games. It’s also where I get most of my work done (I’ve never been one to sit at a desk). I would love to add picture frame molding to the wall with the frames but each time I go to draw it out I get confused. Stay tuned on that one.
And there you have it. A few of our before and afters. I will be sharing more soon. If you have any questions about the projects, feel free to ask below. Thanks for taking the tour.
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