Leslyn's Lovely Life: Our house

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Our house

A little over a year ago, we moved into our dream house. It's beautiful, and we absolutely love it. However, it still needs a bit of personalization. Or a lot. Whatevz. So this is my official to-do list of our house. And we're going over this by room. Get excited, people! Oh, and I'm going to post pictures of the (interior)transformation that has happened since the last house post. The only two rooms that weren't photographed are the laundry room and the guest bathroom. They're not very interesting. :)

Front yard
Okay so for the most part, there's not a lot that can be done about this. But we want to do a couple of things to make it more appealing:

- make our flower bed look fabulous by adding more to it... We especially need more color
- bite the bullet and get some gutters (OMG expensive)

**Our yard is not very pretty right now due to ice. So you're not going to see any pictures of the exterior of our house... Sorry. :/

Back Yard
We did a huge project in January. We filled up all of the holes that Luna dug (Chippy helped a little bit... with the hole digging, that is), and ended up building a back patio! It was the biggest pain to put together, but now, we love it and can't wait to spend a ton of time outside when it gets warmer. We still need to:

- pressure wash our fence
- stain our fence
- add flower beds on both sides of our patio

Here are some pictures that I took on my phone of the whole process.

The first two pictures kind of show just a few of the holes that our darling puppies dug.

Here's just a fraction of the process that we went through to finish this project. It was not fun. 

And here's the finished product!! 

Emmett's Room
Obviously this is a super long list. So we won't go there quite yet. Especially since it's currently a guest room and all. But our goal is to finish it by the time I get out of school.
This is the one  "before" picture I got before we changed the bedding.

Here's what his room looks like right now. But it will change in a few months. :)

Guest Room
I think it's done for now. We might feel the urge to paint someday, but right now, it's one of the most complete rooms in our house.

Here's the before...

And here's the after!

Here's how it looks today. :)

This one is another big project, but we're hoping to get a lot of it done before Baby J arrives.

- Paint
- Find the perfect chair for my desk
- Reupholster piano bench
- Tune piano
- Refinish piano (it's looking a bit rough)
- Curtains
- Purchase a good closet organization system (we really like this one)
- Find some pretty wall art (it's going to depend on the paint color we choose)

And here's the fun transformation that has been happening in my craft closet... Here's the before. AKA a hot mess.

And this is how it looks now! Now we just need the organization system that we liked from IKEA, and we'll be set! 

We found these at IKEA, and I love them! :)

In a perfect world, my husband would let me paint the cabinets white. But he's not crazy about the idea. So for now, our kitchen is complete... Except we still need to find some stuff to put at the top of our cabinets.

Dining Room
We had to get rid of the super old farm table that belonged to DJ's great-grandparents. We were kinda sad about it. But there was a 50-year-old oil spill on it that smelled awful, and we did everything we could to get rid of the stench, but this preggo couldn't handle it. So DJ's parents ended up giving us their old dining room table, which is BEAUTIFUL. All we really need to do is give the table a fresh coat of paint, and stain the top.

Here's the before:

Here's the after with our AMAZING chairs we got from Kroger (for only $35 apiece! Hey-o!)

Living Room
We've gotten a lot of wonderful stuff done in the room. One of the biggest accomplishments is that after living there for 10 months, we finally hung curtains in our giant window!! Hallelujah! The only thing that we might consider doing (in a few years) is changing the light fixtures. Oh, and we still have the dream of having bookshelves on either side of the window (add crown molding for a built-in effect), and maybe adding a window seat.

Here are the before pics...

And here's the update with a new rug, new stuff on that island, and the curtains!

Master Bedroom
Is complete for now. We might feel like painting it in a few years? But we'll cross that bridge some other time. We're content.

This is how it looked before we had fun extra stuff in there:

And here it is today:

Master Bathroom
This room has been neglected big time. I spend a lot of time in there (hello, massive Jacuzzi tub that makes this mama happy), so it's time that we fix it up a bit! We'd like to

- Paint the bathroom a happy, light sea glass beachy color (you know what I'm talking about.... right?)
- Find some good stuff to hang on the walls- I have no idea what direction I want to go with this
- Maybe find something pretty to put between our sinks

Master Closet

Here's a fun little space that we love. Perhaps we can find a small bench that we can place under our window? 

Okay so that's it for now. I can't wait to show you guys our next update! It will be fun!

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Marianna Dunn said...

Your house is gorgeous! I have such a love/hate relationship with home projects!

Angie said...

You have a beautiful home!

Rachel Easley said...

Cute cute! Where do you buy your decorations? We just moved into a new house a few months ago and I'm having the hardest time finding stuff...especially things to hang on the walls!

tripping tiffies said...

Okay there are so many things I adore in this post!

#1 - The headboard in Baby E's room. I love it. Where from?

#2 - Those red chairs. I love them. Where from?

#3 - The white dresser with the baskets. I love it. Where from?

(Are you seeing a pattern here?)

#4 - Doggie in the window. ♥

#5 - Hydrangea box on mantle. I love it. Where from?


Emily @ Beauty and the Greek said...

You're right! We totally do have similar taste! Love!

I'm also loving that picture with your dog peaking through the window. :)

Also, you didn't mention you were pregnant! I LOVE reading people's weekly bump-dates.


Benny Daniel said...

That is really fulfilling! Moving into your dream house is a great achievement, so it really deserves to be accomplished in such a beautiful way. Your new home really fits your style and the way you designed it reflects how thoughtful you are as a person. I’m sure you're so happy and proud with the look of your home. I’m so happy for you, Leslyn! Thanks for sharing that! All the best to your family!

Benny Daniel @ Finlay Brewer

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