We bought a house.
Almost a year ago.
And it's been a work in progress. (enter all the mixed emotion emojis here)
But along the way we've taken in some of the best advice from our loved ones and my go-to advice that resounds in my head day after day, "One room at a time. It takes time."
So with that, I've chosen the rooms that needed to be "completed" over the others. These rooms are the ones we live in, we do life in and ultimately the ones we sleep in. Over a span of time, I'd love to welcome you into our home & share our updates! It's been so fun seeing each room transform into what we've longed for, for so long. PS. Spoiler alert! I am a bargain shopper. Most items were bought on sale, clearance, thrift finds, re-purposed or were gifts.
Our Living Room/Dining Room was so important to me. Throughout our home shopping journey, I longed for a house with separate rooms, especially a separate dining room. There's something about being able to walk in different spaces and entertain in multiple ways. I know my husband is all about the open concept, which we will end up accomplishing in our Family Room after we remodel it, but having a separate dining room was a make it or break it for me.
Our Living Room was a toss up. We played rock, paper, scissors for this room, as Nicholas longed for a man-cave, but my designer heart couldn't fathom the thought of a Buckeyes helmet (this thing travels from room to room and I die) being in the first room that greets you at the door. I've offered him the upstairs guest room (which is now turned into a playroom/store/office for The Color Blue and Hope), I've offered him the attic off of Maddie Lu's closet (um, hello!! Think about how much space that would be!!), and well, I've offered him anything but all the other spaces in the house. I claimed those already. Needless to say, his helmet is currently in the bottom of our master closet and I'm not complaining. (Do not judge my role as a wife!)
Since all my rocks beat out his scissors, I now have my favorite space in our home. It is currently my office/place to escape. The bright white walls carry the light from our large front windows and create a space that will awaken the soul. I spend a lot of time in this room either designing, answering emails or writing to you, so I've met God quite a few times at this desk of mine.
I've always longed for a home where you could feel His presence as you walked in the doors. I have a few friends whose homes feel that welcoming, and it's always been a goal and prayer of mine to have the same. I want you to walk in and feel like you could cozy up with a blanket, coffee and just share your heart. Now don't be mistaken, there will be toys around and children playing but that's the joy in it all. We live here. We actually live here.
I'm so upset that I didn't spend more time capturing the before's of our home, but we were on such a time restraint that I quickly snapped a photo and went about my duties. Paint. I hate painting, but I needed to get it done. And thank goodness I did because paint alone has transformed the space dramatically. White is always my go-to. Black is my favorite color and grey makes my heart soar. So when you paint Pure White on the walls, throw in touches of grey and black, you'll find me hiding in this room with a cup of coffee from all the children and crazy pup games, soaking up some "me time."
Check out the before photos: