Friday, October 9, 2015

Before and After

Today is my anniversary!!  Well, half-anniversary, to be exact. I moved into my new home exactly 6 months ago today! 

I dug out some photos from when I toured the house back in November of last year - excuse the quality, most of them were taken on my iPad. I thought it would be fun to see what has changed since I moved in. Keep in mind the photos from the tour had all the previous homeowners' furnishings so that is, of course, a big part of the change. 

Ok, I'm excited, here we go!!

The Kitchen before had a very dark green paint which made it feel dark, despite the skylight. 
Now the kitchen is light and bright and sunny. My sweetie changed out the previous light fixture to a custom made cottage style fixture, created by me. And all the knobs got changed to these bubbly green glass knobs  from Pottery Barn's clearance page that I fell in love with. I bought them the day my offer was accepted!
Dining Room then.....
And now. Fresh paint, new rug, and new windows make it warm and welcoming. I actually loved the homeowner's dining room table and chairs so I bought them with the house. We had an additional leaf made for the table to accommodate larger dinner parties. It seats 8 comfortably now. 
Living Room then....
And now. Biggest change here was replacing the wood burning insert - the previous one was an antique and not energy efficient at all.  Of course fresh paint and new windows make a big difference as well. And the addition of a soft rug underfoot not only brightens the space but also makes it feel more welcoming. Someday I'll get around to adding some more artwork to this room and changing out those sconces. And of course I'm still debating how to hide the TV.
What once was two bedrooms.....
Is now my master suite. Open the one remaining door and get the full tour in this post
What was once this....
Is now this, part of the master suite. Huge difference! That's your sneak peek at the master suite.....
One of my favorite transformations that didn't involve major construction is in the lower level. 
What was once a man cave....
Is now a cozy and comfortable family room. 
I wanted to create a comfortable place for my daughters to watch TV, entertain friends, and just relax. I love this space! The sofa also pulls out for additional guests.  The door by the staircase leads to my younger daughter's room, which is an en-suite with a full bath and private entrance.  Very important when living with a 24 year old daughter for us each to have our own space for a little quiet time when the need arises!
The previous owners' little corner bar.....
Now houses an extra fridge and wine storage. 
The laundry and workout area....
Is still a laundry and workout area! In addition to a coffee bar and mini kitchen. Sort of, if a table and chairs, coffee maker, microwave, and fridge serves as a mini kitchen. It's plumbed for a sink as well if I ever want to turn this space into a fully functioning kitchen. Who knows in the future if that might be something our family may was a great selling point for me. 
Behind the curtains is my older daughter's space when she comes home. The sofa pulls out to a queen size bed. This is also my workout space when she's not home. It didn't get much use this week....busy, busy. 
The laundry area is the largest and nicest I've ever had! It's mostly used by my daughter now since I have laundry facilities in my master suite. 
Looking back through the curtains you can see how the spaces relate to each other. If you make a right by the wine rack you're back in the family room. The curtains offer a hint of separation without blocking the amazing light that comes through the sliding doors in the mornings. They could always be changed out for more privacy if the need ever arises. The lower level is a great place for the girls to share - they each have their own space and can bring friends home at any time, knowing there's plenty of room. 
The original listing photo, taken obviously before the previous homeowners painted the house and deck. 
This space is now my heaven on earth. I'm so sad to say goodbye to this space for the cold months...
I hope you enjoyed my half-anniversary edition of the home tour as much as I enjoyed showing you around! The only space you haven't seen yet is the guest room and guest bath....soon!

Have a fabulous fall weekend, everyone!


  1. It's just gorgeous! What a beautiful home you've made for you and your daughters. I bet they love coming home with all that privacy afforded them.

    1. Thanks, Brenda! Now if I could only transport you here with your amazing decorating skills.....

  2. What a beautiful home you have. I adore all the changes you have made. I am totally in love with the bold chicken/ roosters pillows you have! Amazing.

    1. Thanks, Kim! I told you we were kindred spirits!! I got those a few years back at Sierra Trading Post.

  3. So interesting to see the before and after shots in this beautiful tour! :)

  4. So interesting to see the before and after shots in this beautiful tour! :)

  5. Oh friend! That back porch took my breath away! You are so lucky to have such a beautiful home.

    Awesome tour. :)

    Happy, happy day to you!

    1. Thanks, KariAnne! I am lucky - I feel so very blessed. And I love sharing it with wonderful people like you!

  6. I love your place and what you have done with it. I came here from Junk Chic Cottage.

    You are a lovely young woman with two lovely daughters.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

    1. Hi Lorraine - nice to meet you and thanks for coming by for a visit!! I'm loving you called me a young lady - thanks for that super compliment!! :)

  7. Today is my first time on your site and I loved getting the full tour of your fabulous mountain dream! Love it all!

    1. Thank you so much, Skaya - and welcome to my little mountain top home!! So glad you are here!


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