Our Home

We moved into our first home - affectionately called "House o' Dreams" - in June 2012. We are slowly but surely making this house our home. Here are some before & after pictures, as well as the floor plans for both levels so that you can get an idea of how each room feeds into the other. All of the fixtures, curtains, paint colors, etc in the before pictures are from the previous owners.

Our home is a 1959 Partial Brick home. It's ranch style, with a basement. It's on a little over 1/3 acre of land, and backs up to a private entrance to the Raleigh Greenway. 

FLOOR PLAN OF THE MAIN FLOOR


**Updated June 2013**

THE FRONT YARD


What we've done:
-Painted the front door red (Fabulous Red by Valspar)
-Painted the shutters black (Black Rustoleum spray paint in semigloss)
-Painted the brick white (Sunday Times by Allen & Roth)
-Added a rocking chair and a red lantern 

What we'd like to do:
-Seed new grass
-Landscaping - everywhere! Add rose garden, clean up bed in front of big window, transplant flowers/plants that are in the wrong places, clean out/replant the beds in front of the basement windows.
-Trim trees by house and bush/tree at the end of our driveway
-Find a creative way to hide the trashcans on the side
-Possibly add some window boxes?
-Replace pinestraw with mulch

THE SUNROOM











What we've done:
-Added a pew with baskets underneath for shoe storage - then sold the pew :)
-Replaced old foggy windows with new airtight ones
-Painted walls & ceiling - Benjamin Moore Athena
-Added board and batten - Benjamin Moore Simply White
-Gallery wall
-Added rug (Craigslist, Crate & Barrel)
-Painted kids table (from Rob's grandparents)
-Painted antique trunk (from Rob's grandparents)
-Built entry bench
-Change out off-white outlets/switches to white

What we'd like to do:
-Add curtains
-Add stairs that come off the glass door, leading to a patio we want to build there

FROM THE LIVING ROOM INTO THE SUNROOM


THE LIVING ROOM











What we've done:
-Added curtains
-Added rug (thrift store)
-Bought Ikea couches (Ektorp in dark gray)
-Added antique chair (Rob's grandparents)
-Built blanket ladder

What we'd like to do:
-Add sofa/console table behind sofa for extra storage, mail organization, and prettiness
-Possibly re-cover lamp shades in a fun material


THE DINING ROOM










What we've done:
-Furnished the room with things we already had :) - then sold that furniture!
-Built dining room table
-Mix & Match chairs from Target, Craigslist, and Rob's grandparents :)
-Built mantle

What we'd like to do:
-Build coffee bar/buffet table in the bay window
-Add curtains (?)
-Add rug (?)
-Replace black outlet with white outlet


FROM THE DINING ROOM INTO THE KITCHEN


THE KITCHEN








What we've done:
-Added curtains
-Added hooks for mugs
-Added shelf above the sink
-Hung spice racks and other decorations

What we'd like to do:
-Rug by the sink
-Kitchen island with casters for under the window (move desk to guest bedroom)
-Move washer and dryer to basement and replace with desk/more storage
-New countertops/sink (if we stay here longer than 5 years)
-Replace black outlets with white outlets

THE HALLWAY TO THE BEDROOMS & BATHROOMS


What we'd like to do:
-Add some kind of interest - frames or board & batten
-Paint all doors white
-Replace hallway light
-Runner?

THE MASTER BEDROOM







What we've done:
-Painted the walls (Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore)
-Changed out ceiling fan
-Moved bed three times :)

What we'd like to do:
-Paint shutters and closet doors
-Paint bedroom door white
-Possibly add a rug
-New curtains (navy?)
-Personalize with pictures/art
-Possibly add sconces instead of bedside lamps
-Solve the closet/storage problem :)

THE MASTER BATHROOM








What we've done:
-Moved cabinet from guest bathroom to master bathroom
-Removed shower doors
-New toilet

What we'd like to do:
-Replace tile and refinish bathtub - only if here longer than 5 years
-Repaint mirror frame
-Paint bathroom door white

THE OFFICE/NURSERY












What we've done:
-Painted the walls & trim
-Painted the doors white
-Replaced black outlets with white outlets
-Removed ceiling fan and added DIY capiz chandelier
-Turned it into a nursery!
-Added curtains

What we'd like to do:
-Turn curtains into blackout curtains
-Add baby/family pictures
-Upgrade changing table/dresser with new hardware & possibly refinish the dresser

THE GUEST BEDROOM




What we've done:
-Painted the walls (Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore)
-Added curtains and recovered cornice

What we'd like to do:
-Paint the bedroom and closet door white
-Rug

THE CUTEST HALL CLOSET


THE GUEST BATHROOM





What we've done:
What we'd like to do:
-Change out light for something prettier
-Add some artwork behind the toilet
-Paint door white

THE BACKYARD/DECK





What we've done:
-Refinished 3 rocking chairs
-Bought a grill
-Painted the brick white

What we'd like to do:
-Add lattice with vines for privacy
-Buy an outdoor table and chairs
-Build a patio at the base of the deck, wrapping around the side of the house towards the driveway, and build a fire pit to go in the middle of it.
-Upgrade stone path in backyard
-Pull up more ivy in the backyard and seed new grass
-Add a vegetable garden
-Add a swing from one of the trees

FLOOR PLAN OF THE BASEMENT


THE BASEMENT: STAIRS



What we've done:
-Painted walls and trim (Silverplate by Sherwin Williams)
-Took down shelving at the top of the stairs

What we'd like to do:
-Add picture frames as you walk down the stairs
-Put banister back up - possibly add another one on the other side
-Change out black switches for white switches

THE BASEMENT: TV AREA





What we've done:
-Added floor molding
-Painted the walls and ceiling (Silverplate by Sherwin Williams)
-ORB'ed all door knobs/hinges
-Added a cable line

What we'd like to do:
-Buy a bigger tv to host people for big games, movie nights
-Upgrade to a bigger tv console or mount tv to wall
-Finish painting black HVAC vent
-Move coffee table from upstairs to downstairs (once we build an ottoman for upstairs)
-Add some floor cushions/poufs
-Add bamboo blinds to the windows
-Change out black outlets for white outlets

THE BASEMENT: GAME AREA



What we've done:
-Repainted barn light (La Fonda Mirage Valspar spray paint in flat finish)
-Added floor molding
-Painted the walls and ceiling (Silverplate by Sherwin Williams)
-ORB'ed all door knobs/hinges (except the outside door)

What we'd like to do:
-Add bar/counter along left wall and back wall, with cubbies underneath.
-Add large DIY framed chalkboard above counter
-Add table and chairs for middle of room (game table)

THE BASEMENT: BEDROOM







What we've done:
-Painted the walls and ceiling (Silverplate by Sherwin Williams)
-ORB'ed all door knobs/hinges (except the outside door)

What we'd like to do:
-Finish painting HVAC vent
-Add paper lantern light over bed in the corner to make it cozy
-Clean up both closets - add built-in shelving.
-Possibly open up wall (where desk is) so that it exposes built-in shelving under stairs.
-Add bamboo blinds to the small window
-Change out black outlets and switches for white outlets and switches
-Upgrade closet light

THE BASEMENT: HALL & LAUNDRY CLOSET



What we've done:
-Added floor molding
-Painted the walls and ceiling (Silverplate by Sherwin Williams)
-ORB'ed all door knobs/hinges

What we'd like to do:
-Eventually move washer/dryer downstairs as our family grows
-Organize the crawl space as a work room for Rob (the door with the poster on it leads to the crawl space which is rather large)

Thanks for stopping by! We are so grateful for our first little house o' dreams!

1 comment :

  1. Hello, my name is Ana, I live in Brazil, my english is not very good, but I wanted to mention that I loved your photos, I'm using as inspiration for decorating my house and the construction and decoration of our country house, is getting its beautiful home, congratulations, if you want to add me and my husband on facebook https://www.facebook.com/andersonana.zambom unfortunately 90% of the things written in Portuguese, but it will be a pleasure to have you as a friend, someone who is helping me much inspiration from my house, now I want to leave her with an air of "American house" ... lol
    Thanks again for sharing with us your dedication to make your home more and more beautiful.
    kisses Ana

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