Our House

Thanks to the copious amounts of contractor’s beige left by the seller, our house was pretty much a blank slate, as you can see in the MLS before pictures. Our house is still a work in progress, but I figured that it’d be good to get photos of the house up on the blog so that you can picture what I’m talking about.

Front Room

This is the room you walk into when you enter the front door; the library, as it came to be known.


We gave the library, along with the other two main living spaces, a coat of light yellow paint and added a cushy rug to go with the comfy couch and chair. Perfect for reading by a fire.  We also turned the former tv console into a window seat with some indoor-outdoor chair cushions.


Dining Room

The pass-through dining room had great potential, but the light fixture wasn’t our style and we needed some place to store our china and cookbooks.

rearranged dining room

We continued the library color into the dining room, above the chair rail and changed out the light fixture. And since technically the china hutch is in the entryway, here is a photo of that.


The kitchen had some dated appliances and even more dated hardware, so we painted the walls a light green color, changed out the hardware, upgraded the appliances and added a light over the sink.


Living Room

The living room was a little dark and dated, but again, pretty much a blank slate.

We brightened up the living room with the same paint color as in the first two rooms, and some pops of color.

We also added an entryway of sorts by the backdoor for when we come in from walking the dogs or bike riding.

We have a second table in a corner of the living room which is great for when we have more people over than can fit at our round table because the living room is right off of the dining room .  We made this area of the living room feel more like its own space by painting birch trees on the wall.

Hall Bathoom

The hallway bathroom is very 50s with the original tile. We frosted the window shortly after moving in and added a shelf above the toilet, but it still needed something else, so we painted it a light blue-green color.

Bathroom Painted

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom had great original hardwood floors, but needed color, so we painted it a sagey green color, added curtains, a cherry colored wood dresser and our DIY Pottery Barn knock off bed.

art room

We loved the corner window in this room, but it needed some personality so we painted it blue and added a couple of desks and a stack of flat files.

Art Room

Guest Room

This is a pretty terrible photo of the drab guest room. There is a window centered on the wall opposite the door to the living room, and the closet & the bathroom doors are on the wall opposite the door to the laundry room.

We continued the yellow from the library, dining room & living room, DIYed a bed frame, added a wing chair and a wall mounted bedside table.

Guest Bath

The guest bath’s garden tub was one of the many reasons we fell in love with the house, but we weren’t sold on the biscuit colored everything so we painted the walls the same color as the hall bathroom, frosted the glass and changed out the shower curtain for one similar to to the one in the other bathroom as well.

Painted Guest Bath

We also changed out the medicine cabinet in favor of a mirror and a new light fixture.

Guest Bath

Note: We have since demoed this bathroom and are working on renovating it.


32 Responses to “Our House”

  1. Oh my goodness…that Target dress is so cool! Did you make that out of plastic bags?

  2. Yes, I made the Target dress out of the large sized plastic bags (the ones they usually put wrapping paper and other really big/long things in) in high school as part of my senior art show. Thanks for checking out my blog!

  3. Thanks Hi-d :) We try to have our house reflect our personalities as much as possible. Sort of Pottery Barn meets artist’s loft. I’ll be posting some close up and other angle pictures of the house in the next few days to show off a little more of our style.

  4. Great job decorating! I can imagine myself curled up in every corner of your home!

  5. Thanks Kim! And thanks for checking out my blog! :)

  6. I LOVE that crossword puzzle tile in the bathroom! And the blue-and-gray hutch is just lovely.

  7. Hi,

    Would you consider telling us what that lovely light gray color is on the outer parts of your china hutch? I just love it.

    Thanks, Annie

    • Hi Annie,

      Thanks so much for checking out our blog! The gray color of the hutch is Valspar’s Restless Seas from their Seaside Retreat line. I’ll add the name of those colors to our source list so that it’s easier to find.


  8. Love your house! I love how you’ve worked with what was there. It is so easy to start from scratch – takes more skill to make what is already there look great.

  9. I know I’m late to the party, but I wonder why you chose to make the guest room a guest room instead of a master suite since it is larger and has an en-suite bathroom.

    • Thanks for checking out our blog, Jeanne G!

      We chose the house’s original master because of its hardwood. With my allergies carpet in the bedroom and I do not get along. Also, that bathroom needs a lot of work to be usable everyday, but it’s fine for infrequent use by guests. One day after we install the wood we bought at Habitat for Humanity ReStore and work on the bathroom it will be our master.

  10. I feel your pain with the carpet, Cait. I also just noticed that the laundry room is off your guest room. That will make a great master suite one day.

    • Yeah, having the laundry right there will be nice. The master suite was one of the things that drew us to the house, along with the wood floors.

  11. I love the tv console turned window seat. Where did you get it? BTW, nice job overall. Thanks, Luci

    • Thanks Luci! The tv console turned window seat belonged to my grandmother’s friend, but I’m sure you could find a similar piece on Craigslist or in an antique shop. Good luck!

  12. hi, I love your house… it looks so cozy.

    and the yellow curtains are to die for.. can you share the source?

  13. I love your house!!! Cannot wait to explore your blog more!

  14. Where in the world did you find those white shelves that are shown in the picture of your library?! I am in love with them! I just got my very first adult loft apartment and I am in the decorating processI have been looking for shelves just like that! Thanks for your help! Your house is adorable :)

    • Thanks Hannah!

      Those shelves are from Ikea. That style was part of the Expedit line, but unfortunately I think it has since been discontinued. You may still be able to find one in an Ikea near you, or on eBay or Craigslist. West Elm, Crate&Barrel or CB2 may also have something similar. Ana White has plans for a similar shelf here, if you want to try your hand at building one. Good luck, and have fun decorating your first adult apartment!

  15. We have the exact same 50s yellow and black bathroom. I want to update it but at the same time…a yellow tub and sink are kinda fun! Also I’m in love with your dog :)

    • Thanks Lindsay! I’m in love with her, too ;)

      I’m falling in love with our yellow and black bathroom! (I always liked it, but I like it even more recently!) I don’t know if ours ever had a yellow tub or sink, but I can imagine they would be kind of fun!

  16. hi there,

    i’m new to your blog. i love love love that you work with what your house gave you (aka not changing *too* many things all at once) and i love that you aren’t afraid to use colour. your home is beautiful and personal. i love it.


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