The Office Addition: Finding Hidden Space

One area of our house that could use some love is our master bedroom. The overall feel of our bedroom is comfortable, but unfinished. We made several basic cosmetic changes in this room before we moved in, including replacing the floors and painting, but it needs a more cohesive design. As it turns out, we have hidden attic space in our master. So before I focus on the bedroom itself, we’re working on a home office for my husband.

Here’s the master bedroom during our initial walk-through. (Unfortunately I didn’t take a lot of pictures before we started construction so the only way to show all the changes is to use these photos.) read more

Stone Fireplace Update

stone fireplace

I didn’t intend to take a five week break from blogging, but the holiday season really got away from me this year! In November, I shared a partial den reveal after I participated in the One Room Challenge. Due to scheduling issues with our contractor, the fireplace update wasn’t finished at the end of the challenge. Today I’m excited to share our brand new fireplace and mantel!

We moved into our new home in January, 2015 and have been staring at this beautiful concrete hole in the wall ever since. Pretty huh? read more

Master Bath Part One

You got a peek at some of our home’s former “style” when I shared our powder room makeover. I’m here to tell you that the unique decor choices continued throughout the house so we had our work cut out when we finally had the keys in hand. Our house is still very much in progress, but it’s come a long way.

The former owners were super into wallpaper. A couple rooms had solid colored walls, which upon further investigation turned out to actually be wallpaper. Well, the master bath was definitely not a solid color, but the wallpaper was in full effect. read more

Powder Room Makeover

In January we moved into our new home after several months of intense renovation. Our house was built in 1976 and has all the peculiarities charm that comes with a 70s era home in southern California. The previous owners had been here since 1978 and had done a few upgrades along the way, but nothing that fit my style.

We replaced the floors, took down walls, painted every square inch and now slowly but surely this house is starting to feel like ours. I admit that I’m slow when it comes to making decisions about what goes where. Every room is still in progress. read more

The Kitchen Renovation Breakdown

After posting the reveal of our kitchen renovation, I wanted to share some of my favorite elements and a few of the challenges. This was my first major renovation, and I learned a lot along the way. While we planned the design ourselves, we left the construction to the professionals. Fortunately, our renovation process went fairly smoothly and we have a beautiful new living space to show for all the time and energy we spent planning.

We transformed a small, outdated kitchen into a bright, spacious open plan living space.

My biggest tip before starting a large-scale renovation: do your research! A contractor’s opinion can easily come across as expert advice. It’s up to you to know the difference between knowledge and opinion. The man we hired to replace our counters was horrified that I wanted plain white subway tile for the backsplash without any color to break it up. While he has years of experience and did a great job on the counter tops, I knew what I wanted because I had spent hours poring over inspiration pictures. And for the record I love it. read more