Home Tour – June 2012
Oh hai, want to see where I live? I’m wicked nosy when it comes to houses (I became a real estate agent for a while pretty much just so I could see the insides of more homes) and I figure some of you guys are too. I was going to make this a linky hop party but I’m not organized enough to get one set up – but if you have a home or room tour (old or new) PLEASE leave me a link in the comments!!
I lot has changed since my last home tour in April 2010, and although I’ve documented most of our renovations step by step I thought it would be fun to show you the whole house at once. (Although the original tour has a lot more good pictures of my collections and furniture.) I’ll try to include links to the updates so you can see some of the “before” type pictures, or check out my Home & Garden category for a whole roundup. For the record, I’d like to state that although I love my house I am not an interior designer, professional painter, a home photographer or even a very good DIY-er so don’t judge me too harshly, OK?
Tiny bit of history: the house was built in 1913 by Mr. Church, who ran a funeral home here in town. His funeral home business actually still exists, and is just a couple streets over. My house is turning 100 next year and I think I’m going to throw it a birthday party.
Our property goes from that hedge on the left to the driveway on the right, although technically the lines fall closer to half-way through the house on the left and 3 feet into our yard on the right. I suspect we’ll have to have a survey done if (when) we sell.
This is going to be a REALLY long, REALLY picture heavy post, so if you’re on the home page you can click though to see the rest…
We renovated the porch in June 2009 with the help of my mom and dad (in fact, go ahead and assume that ANY TIME I say we renovated something it was with their help). It needs to be repainted again but that’s probably not going to happen this year.
The rugs are from Overstock.com and the chair I bought at a church yard sale for $5 the summer we moved in. My in-laws bought us the ceiling fans at Home Depot as a housewarming gift.
The sidelights on the door have been closed over from the inside. Someone changed the location of an interior pillar at some point and it now blocks one of the windows. My dad thinks we should move it back but I’m undecided.
The floors need to be refinished in the next few years but they’re original and we’ll have to hire someone, which means $$$$$. The console and mirror were left behind in a rental property I managed and I claimed them.
The bench is an old theater seat my mom bought at a garage sale when I was in middle school and I always dreamed of putting in my own house someday. It fits just perfectly in that space. The window hanging in the window is stained glass I bought at the flea market. On top of the window is my collection of old glass insulators.
You can see the original kid-friendly makeover of this room here, but that was before we switched the dining room and family room. Since then we added the train table, kid sized table and rolling toy cart. You can see both pillars in this photo – on the far right and over between the family & living rooms. The one on the right used to be over across from the other one – you can see on the floor where they had to cheat the wood pattern.
All the trim on the first floor used to be beige – and I mean ALL of it, everything that is white was shiny beige – and the walls were flat white with wallpaper trim. I painted the whole front of the house while E was at sea.
This is technically our formal dining room. We had it set up that way until early this year, when I decided I was tired of living just the back of our house. Now that Caroline isn’t in danger of falling down the basement steps if someone leaves the door open (knock on wood!) we took all the gates down and use the entire space. I LOVE how it flows now and how easy it is to use the front porch as an extra room. E built the two bookcases and the blue toy box on the right.
The plan is to get a bigger couch that spans the whole window, but it’s not in the budget yet. The milk glass on the ledge is my best collection – I’ve picked up every single one at garage sales or flea markets or as gifts from friends who know it’s my favorite.
This is our huge tv as seen from the couch. The box on the left of the sub-woofer is a locked file system of ALL our DVD’s – sorted alphabetically, of course. You can see the chandelier in this photo, but just a couple days ago E actually switched it out with the ceiling fan from the dining room.
Hallway rundown: First door on the left is 3 steps down, then a door to the side yard, then more steps down to the dark, dirty basement. First door on the right is the panty. Second door on the right is the coat closet. Second door on the left is the tiny downstairs bathroom.
Giant flower watercolor on the left is from a yard sale ($10).
My lucky bamboo (c/o the lovely folks at Costa Farms) thrives even in this tiny bathroom. We haven’t renovated in here at all but we plan to eventually.
My clothes pin picture frame is still full of Caroline’s first 12 months photos.
We (E, my dad, etc) put that ceramic tile floor in as our first home project. It used to be beige linoleum with a big hole in the middle where the dog chewed through it. You can see the space without the peninsula in this picture from the old home tour.
This china cabinet is one of the only actual antiques we’ve ever bought.
The bookcase on the left holds about half my craft supplies (the rest are in the guest bedroom). The thing on the wall over it is from Ikea and is for pens, scissors, etc. The bird prints are all from Etsy. The clock is (not an antique) from the flea market. The piano was the one I learned to play on as a child.
Can you believe the people who renovated our kitchen DIDN’T put in that peninsula? The kitchen guy who did the rest of the kitchen already had it in the plans. Too bad he didn’t give us an “obviously your kitchen needs more counter space” discount.
Now a quick detour out back for the rest of the property before I show you upstairs. The door to the outside is between the peninsula and the wall-of-kitchen on the far right of the picture above.
The plan is to dig up the
grass dirt here and make it the official plastic toy section of the yard by putting down mulch. I’m thinking maybe the recycled tire kind of mulch – has anyone ever used that?
There’s a complete rundown of the plants in my garden (pre-patio) here. Wow, I have spent WAY too much time documenting crap about this house.
The one car garage is small but big enough for the Jeep, the lawn mower and the snow blower.
Ok, back into the house!
The door straight ahead goes up to the third floor. In the last home tour it was still disgusting 1970’s storage space but now it’s our master bedroom. We’ll get there in a minute.
On the left is the gate at the top of the stairs. Then the bathroom door, then on the right is the guest bedroom. The brown door is the one to the 3rd floor, and the closest door on the right goes to Caroline’s room. Evan’s room is directly behind me.
Chalkboard wall I added back when Evan was tiny.
This room started as the guest room when we moved in, then Evan’s nursery, now Evan’s monster room.
If Evan’s room looks really clean and really empty it’s only because a) the drawers under his bed and his closet are full and b) aaaaaaaaaallllll the toys are in Caroline’s room.
This was our master bedroom up until right before Caroline was born, and I didn’t even finish decorating it until she was a few weeks old. Since then, we’ve given her Evan’s old crib and lots and lots of toys.
Most of the stuff is either Ikea or hand-me-down from my own childhood. I did make a few special things, including the ribbon mobile and the framed bib on the bookcase.
That’s the childhood dollhouse I planned to redecorate for more than a year now, but I’ve done absolutely nothing besides rip up some of the old felt carpet.
The second floor bathroom is our ONLY full bathroom. It’s big, thank goodness, but it’s pretty ugly and not very functional. It’s next on our renovation list but we spent our budget on our cruise in March, so we’ll have to wait a while.
The theme for the bathroom used to be classy and relaxing – candle chandelier, big stuffed chair, lots of nice body products – but two toddlers means that’s pretty much ruined. I moved some of the stuff out of the way for these pictures, but not much.
Everything from my guest bedroom – from the wall color to the light fixture – used to be in Evan’s room. We decided the front room made a better nursery (when our room was in Caroline’s current room) so I moved the guest room to this space while I was pregnant:
The headboard and footboard and dresser came from my neighbor’s garage sale. The rocking chair came from a church garage sale. The small chair and the cedar chest came from the flea market. The pillow on the bed that matches the wall panels and the chair is held together with hot glue. True story.
Before I show you the third floor, I need you to go back and look at this picture. That is what we started with.
To be honest, I never really finished this room after we renovated it. It’s definitely more lived in and better decorated than in the previous “after” pictures, but it’s still not very exciting.
Giant bed and bed frame from generic furniture store. The cedar chest was my graduation present (wedding present?) from my father-in-law, but the lumber yard where he bought the cedar burned down in the middle of making it so it was
several years a little late. White dresser from Ikea, yellow dresser is my childhood dresser that I painted.
And that concluded the tour of my entire house. Any questions? Want to buy it? I would totally sell it for exactly what we paid in 2007. Like I said, I love houses, so please share picture of yours if you have them!