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evolution of my home | part 8 | the guest room


First of all, thank you so much to all of my readers who have answered my questions from yesterday!  I have been trying to respond to all of them, but I haven't been able to keep up!  I am reading all of them, though, and I'm taking notes, writing down some ideas and I'm definitely seeing some patterns that confirm some things I've been thinking about.  Thanks for being constructive,  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 7 | the three bathrooms


And now it's time for part seven of the history-of-my-home tour when we look at all three bathrooms in my house. Let's start with the upstairs bathroom... This is the bathroom that's next to the boys' room and guest room and it's in the original 1940's part of our home.  It is teeny-tiny by todays standards.  I think there's no more than about 6" between the toilet and the tub and you can  (read more …)

evolution of my house | part 6 | the master bedroom

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...and now we're at the master bedroom in this "evolution series" and, oh my, it's a doozie.  This room made me want to hit my head against a wall for years.  It stumped me.  I kept making stupid, decorating decisions that I knew were stupid as I was making them.  I wasted so much time and money on things I wasn't in love with...all for the sake of getting it done.  Sigh.  Tell me I'm not  (read more …)

evolution of my home | part 5 | the family room


And now it's time to take an in-depth look at the history of my family room.  This is an awesome space for entertaining and hanging out, but it's a bit of a tough one when it comes to arranging furniture.  It's long and narrow, with a bit of a strange traffic flow, so when I start getting the urge to shuffle furniture around, this room is usually where I start. Here's how it looks  (read more …)

the evolution of my house | part 4 | the kitchen


And now, it's time to walk through the evolution of my kitchen.  This is part four in a series where I'm showing how each room in my house has evolved over the nine years since we moved in. I have always loved a good before and after, but the truth is that there are usually a lot of steps between those two pictures.  In the case of my house, each room has been years in the making...pieces bought  (read more …)

the evolution of my house | part 3 | the home office


Thanks so much for all of the great feedback on this series.  I've enjoyed going through my house in a bit more detail and seeing how far this home, that was not love-at-first-site, has really come along.  If you missed parts one and two, here they are... Part 1 - the evolution of the living room Part 2 - the evolution of the dining room And here we go with part three, the home office. This  (read more …)

evolution of my house | part 2 | the dining room


This is part two in a series that's a more in-depth follow-up of my 2015 summer home tour.  Showing the entire house in one post made me realize what a change this home has undergone and I thought it would be encouraging to others if I share the slow process from "before" to "after".  If you missed part one, the evolution of my living room, you can check it out HERE. Now, onto the dining  (read more …)

corner cabinets in shutter gray


While I was finishing up the slipcovers I shared yesterday, Kriste worked on giving a few pieces in my dining room a fresh coat of paint. (She was standing in front of the sink, mixing paint, and the light was so pretty, so I had to snap a picture.) I wanted to give the corner cabinets and buffet in the dining room a little makeover. The first time I ever used a tinted wax was on these corner  (read more …)