This week marks one year since moving into our first home and what better way to celebrate the occasion than by looking back at all the progress that has been made towards personalizing this house and transforming each room into a space that feels like home and reflects who our family is.
We'll take it room by room, I'll give you the details on the changes we've made, and I'll let you in on some of my future design plans too! I didn't do a great job of taking "before" pictures when we moved in so I'll be using a combination of listing photos and my photos for my "before's". And if you love before and after pics as much as I do, check out more home tours from some of my friends at the bottom of this post!
Let's start with the entryway. There's not exactly a designated entryway in our home, but the previous owners created one and we did too. I wanted to create an extremely functional entryway while taking up the littlest amount of space possible. I used a long wooden bench Nathan got me for our first Christmas married and a super long wall hook organizer from Magnolia Home. To draw the eye up and add a little color to the space, Nathan hung a few red botanical prints I'd collected over the years.
I do really like our entryway and it works well for our family. We have a place to hang diaper bags and purses, our shoes can be easily tucked under the bench, and the bench itself is the perfect spot to get ready to go or stop by on our way in. However, this isn't the permanent plan.
Our big dream for this space is to open up the wall to connect the living room with the dining room behind it. I recently tracked down a gorgeous pair of vintage doors that are exactly what I was looking for and we can't wait to get them installed! Although it will most likely be awhile still before that project happens.
The Living Room
Our living room started out as a beautiful muted blue. Even though I thought it was a really pretty color, our decor fell flat in the space so I knew from be beginning it was going to have to change. This was actually the first paint change I made it the house and I was so nervous about picking the wrong color. So instead of stressing over choosing the perfect neutral, I let fate decide for me. I happened upon a nice, neutral "oops" paint at Home Depot and decided it was the one! My mom actually painted this room for me when she stayed with us when Isla was born which was so appreciated. It made us fall in love with the space and feel welcomed into our home from the moment we walk through the door.
When we moved in, I knew I wanted a really prominent space to display my big window so we have it front and center in the living room. I also hung botanical prints in a row of windows my uncle gave me above the couch.
The furniture in this room is still very much changing. This space houses so many of my favorite pieces, but right now I'll admit it's too much. There's not enough open or blank space in here, but I'm working on moving things around and finding permanent homes for everything.
I don't feel like we changed a whole lot in the kitchen, but we were given a really great base to work with. I added a little decor and coordinated appliances, hung some art, and we painted the table and chairs that came with the house (another project my mom helped with). And I recovered the cushions with a more neutral fabric. We also added a vinyl runner which I feel added a lot more personality to the room.
I love our kitchen and I'm playing around with plans for an eventual big change, but haven't been able to commit to anything yet design-wise.