Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Project House

We've been in the house for a little over 4 months now and it's finally starting to feel like home. I think this is a combination of actually living here and continuing to add all those little finishing touches to make it feel like our home. The last couple of weeks, in particular, it's been all house stuff, all the time. I'm tired, but things are coming together really well.

Kitchen:
This room was basically good to go when we moved in... except for the terrible door handles and drawer pulls and the icky kitchen curtains. Blech! I found a dark oil-rubbed bronze set that is a little bit modern and a little bit traditional. Amazing how just changing out the hardware can change the whole look and feel of the room.

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After

The curtains were more difficult. For some reason, the only kitchen curtains I could find were either covered in fruit or had more ruffles than an Easter dress. Ugh. I wanted to get something up, so I settled on a cream cafe curtain. Not great, but better than what was there before.
Before

After


Living Room:
We started off with a good couch, tv stand and bookshelves, but we've recently added a rug, a new coffee table and side table. Those three things alone make the room so much cozier!
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After

With the temperature dropping, we picked up fireplace accessories so we could finally use our fireplace. Target had a simple, clean line collection that was not only inexpensive (dude, those screens can be $$$), but fit the style of the room well.

A few decorative pumpkins jumped into our cart, too. Aren't they cute?

In the future, we'd like to add a console table next to the front door and set up a reading nook in the corner of the room next to the picture window.

Enclosed Patio aka The Bar Area:
It's finally getting some character! Some wrought iron wall decor and tall dark wood candlesticks and voila -- it's starting to look pretty.

Master Bedroom:
During the summer the light that would stream in in the morning was awful. Curtains suddenly became a necessity. Not only are they useful, but I think they add a bit more interest to the room, no? Oh, and we finally got around to hanging that picture frame, too.

Guest Room:
This was formerly the kid's room and it was a horrible lilac color. So not us. We opted for a warm creamy-beige for the walls, which was a nice background for the dark funiture and deep red linens. I'm actually excited now to have people spend the night!
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After


Bathroom:
We only have one full bathroom and when we moved in it was soooo ugly. Dark blue-ish purple walls with tons of white tile, painted white cabinets and a faux marble counter. Ugh. I seriously cringed whenever I walked in. Since we feel like one of these days, we're going to do a major renovation of the bathroom, we opted to just change the paint and accessories to give the room a different feel. While the layout would still not be my first pick, it looks SO MUCH BETTER! The pictures don't do the transformation justice. The wall color is Cloud (a very light blue) from the Restoration Hardware Baby and Child line and the cabinets went from boring white to a rich dark brown. We swapped out the cabinet pulls for a matte silver that gives the room a more modern feel. Towels and accessories were a mix of good 'ol Tarjay and Lowe's. I absolutely love this room now. Love it!
Before

After



The last room that is undergoing huge facelift is our basement aka my home office/craft room. I'm still adding some finishing touches so I'll wait to post pictures, but let's just say that it's becoming a little slice of heaven for me. ;)

16 comments:

WeezerMonkey said...

Good job!

jane said...

HOORAY for home improvement! Everything looks really good - love the kitchen curtains. =)

jbsjohn said...

Fantastic! well fitted in everything, The interior design and the infrastructure are well provided. It is not necessary whether the room is small or large. The cozy, the room makes sound. It is all well maintain. Love the fireplace.
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ssinca said...

very nice!

[I have the same little oil diffuser...from tarjay, of course;)]

Winnie said...

The kitchen handles made a huge difference! I love the island. Such an awesome space for prepping.

Not that I cook or anything.

I also love how you painted the cabinets brown in the bathroom. It looks soooo much better.

Horray for getting rid of that lilac color :)

JD 2 B said...

Everything looks great!

R said...

I think the changes look great. Dibs on the guest room! ;)

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

Love the bathroom towels and shower curtain!

alyssa said...

I love the kitchen curtains you selected! Nice work! It's amazing what a little paint and some finishing touches can add to a home to make it more homey :)

That Girl said...

I love before and afters of new houses!

Emily said...

Amber, it looks AMAZING! And I say that in the middle of my own various home decoration projects, so I know how much effort it takes to get everything as pulled together as you have it. That bathroom is gorgeous. Hope you're enjoying living in such a nice place that you've made!

Kay said...

it's been a while since i have been on goog-reader, but when i saw your post on your home decoration i had to read. i love anything that involves decorating/design/renovation. i love what you've done so far, the quick fixes really make a big difference

Leslie said...

Everything looks great. I especially love the bathroom improvements. :)

trisha said...

Ooh, love the new bathroom! Light blue and dark brown is so pretty and a modern twist on classic colors.

wan-nabe said...

we have those same pumpkins on our dining table!!

i love the improvements - can't wait to see it all in person!

Jen said...

Beautiful!