House Tour 2014 Main Floor

by Nicola on September 8, 2014

This year was supposed to be the year of all years, when I was finally gonna be able to rip out the discolored old carpet in our living room and install wood floors. But then the furnace started acting up and that’s where the money went. So, next year it’s gonna be.

 

Foyer

Before:

Foyer

Between:

Foyer Between

Now:

Foyer

Alright, the perspective is not the same, but this area is still mid makeover (since April) and I’ll show more details soon. So far I got to re-paint the walls, molding, install a board with coat hooks, and shuffle some storage solutions around. And these things are gonna get done before the end of this year:

  • Finish wall of board and batten on the left. Like this.
  • Install new pendant light fixture

Living Room

Before:

Living room

Between:

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Now:

Living room

This space really just needed some new paint and stuff. Now imagine that gorgeous rug sitting on blonde matte wood floors. Next year. Otherwise all that is left here is:

  • Install new white faux wood blinds
  • Paint the trim white

Desk Station

Before:

Desk Before

Now:

Desk Now

Before this space was just drab and blah. Now at least there is some color, but I am considering adding even more by painting the desk a fun bold one. It’s small enough to handle a statement and I’ve gotten a little over the dark brown. Also, imagine that orange hand rail in black.

Dining room

Before:

Dining room before

Now:

Dining room now

 

Looking at this, I feel like this space needs some work. I already knew that I would like to exchange the heavy brown chairs for something lighter and airier. But now I see that also the buffet is a little too narrow. And the mirror definitely too small. To do:

  • Somehow get new dining chairs for cheap. These are not cheap, but I love the look and they are super comfy. Or something like this, but not for that price.
  • Maybe sell my buffet and get a more modern looking wider one. This space also does need some natural wood or other natural materials.
  • Make a larger mirror with chunky frame from the old bathroom mirror sitting in that corner.
  • If we stayed here forever, I would also get a new light fixture. But this one is at least unoffensive.

 

Kitchen

Before:

Kitchen Before

Between:

Kitchen Before After

Now:

kitchen

After we do the wood floors, i will install paneling on the island, but otherwise this kitchen has been done and perfect for a while now.

 

Powder Room

Before:

Powder room

Now:

powder room

This room is so tiny and hard to photograph, so this is just a glimpse of it. But all done. Yahoo!

 

Deck

Before:

deck

Now:

deck

My favorite place in summer!

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Housetour 2014 Upstairs

by Nicola on August 23, 2014

It’s been over 3 years that we lived in our beloved home. Much has changed, much will still change, and we are happy to be in this cozy place that has become truly ours. It is still constantly transforming and adapting to our ever changing needs. At this point we are planning to stay in this house roughly until Milo is done with elementary school, so another 5-6 years. The neighborhood and the community is just too great to leave and the elementary school is right across the street. Eventually however, we would like to move into a single family house with a garage and our own yard. With that in mind we are trying to make mostly cosmetic changes that take the house from old country to fresh contemporary on a low budget, so that it will sell easily and hopefully for a profit.

Some of the updates we are making throughout the house are:

  • Paint all trim bright white instead of cream color
  • Change all brass light fixtures to white, black, or silver
  • Swap out all brassy wobbly door hardware to brushed nickel
  • Remove nasty old carpet from main level and basement and replace with wood floors and new darker carpet
  • Repaint rooms to a more gray based coordinated palette instead of tan and red.

Other than that it’s really just some major decorating. Look at this evolution of a home.

 

Stairs going up

Before:

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Now:

Upstairs staircase

Absolutely nothing has changed in the staircase. There is still dirty carpet, orange wood, and piles of stuff on the banister. Not even pictures went up. But, this place will be undergoing phase 1 of a major overhaul this fall:

  • Paint all oak handle bars and banisters black
  • Paint trim white
  • Paint walls the same light grey as downstairs (might have to hire that out as I have no idea how to reach that high)
  • Install new light fixture
  • Hang wall art

Phase 2 will happen when we make a decision on downstairs flooring and involves stripping the stairs of the old carpet and then either paint them, put new wood down, or new carpet.

 

 

Upstairs Hallway

Before:

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Now:

Upstairs hallway

Same to-do list as for the upstairs staircase, but we actually did get some decorating done here – display shelves for kids art and their measuring stick.

To do:

  • Paint trim white
  • Paint walls the same light grey as downstairs

 

 

Milo’s room

Before:

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Between:

Milo Room Between

Now:

Milo Room

Milo’s room went from nursery to toddler room and just got a big boy makeover when he turned 4. I repainted to a softer and lighter blue, got new curtains, rug, and most and important – a loft bed for more play space. I’ll show more details soon in a separate post, but this room officially arrived at its final stage.

 

 

Felix’s room

Before:

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Between:

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Now:

Felix room

Felix’s room evolved from preliminary guest bedroom to nursery, and now he inherited Milo’s twin bed. Once Felix’s interests become clearer and he can voice his favorite colors, we’ll add some pizzazz here too. And remove those useless wall shelves.

 

 

Kids Bathroom

Before:

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Now:

 

Kids bath

 

It’s still very green in here. The only thing that changed is the shower curtain. When the kids get a little older, we will probably do a light renovation:

  • Frame mirror
  • Get modern light fixture
  • Paint neutral color
  • Add trim to cabinet and new knobs
  • Maybe replace the vinyl floor with some actual tiles

 

Master Bedroom

Before:

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Now:

Master bedroom

And finally we got our own kids free oasis too. Last year we repainted, added a fan with light and got around to making our bedroom as cosy as it should be. I don’t think I have shared details on this makeover yet, so that should be happening in about 3 years.

 

Next up will be the first floor tour. I just experienced that the only way for me to have time to write a blog post is when I invite some friends for the kids and let them destroy the house around me.

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Milo Chats July 2014

by Nicola on August 13, 2014

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Holy crap, it’s been a while since anyone’s been seen on this lonely old blog. Aside from busy life, I have been trying to be more lazy on my evenings and have taken on reading books again and going to bed early. Not such a bad thing I have to say. But every now and then I should still try to throw in a few of these shorties. Here is an example of Milo’s logic.

“Mommy, Felix wants to take my money, but I don’t want him to have it because he will put it in his mouth and die. And that would be sad, then we wouldn’t have any baby anymore. Like my friend, he doesn’t have any baby brothers. Maybe they all died.”

After I explained to him that sometimes people stop making babies and babies all grow up to be big kids he suggested: “So maybe when Felix is 10 you can put him back in your belly and have a big baby.”

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You’ve Been Served

April 27, 2014

So, about 3 months ago I had written up that long post about how I made over our old dining room buffet and then it didn’t save and all was lost and I never wanted to write again. Not really. But then I decided to start on our staircase renovation, so instead of typing everything […]

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Milo Chats Spring 2014

April 27, 2014
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Hello again. As Milo is approaching the big 4, his language skills and reasoning improves drastically, so these gems are getting rarer and are replaced with amazingly logical and knowledgeable statements. We’ll get to those too. In the mean time, here are some of the recent out takes:   Imagine this with Milo singing in […]

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Milo Chats January 2014

February 7, 2014
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Apparently this winter’s theme was getting quantities figured out and little dude is developing some attitude. Enjoy these: Milo: “Mommy, we only have threety-three minutes.” Milo: “Tony stark has a lot of money. But I have a lot of money too. I even have a lotter than him. A million and ten.” Milo: “I have […]

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Milo’s New Advent Calendar

December 20, 2013
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A few years ago, I got this sparkly advent calendar for 3 dollars at a yard sale. It was really nice and doing it’s job, the only problem was that the compartments behind the doors were so tiny, that really nothing but a piece of chocolate or other unhealthy candy would fit in them. But […]

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