Monday, November 4, 2013

House Tour - Downstairs

Hey Ladies!
Happy Monday to all! 
I hope you all had a great Fall weekend, it's November....Craziness!

I have been meaning to do these pics and posts for weeks now, but having the house in a photographic stage these stays is kind of impossible...not to mention getting the pics from the camera to the computer! HA! 
But I thought I would give you a little before and after for each room since we have done a lot of basic cosmetic changes since getting the house. Along with a few "in the future hopes/updates" :).

Prepare for picture overload.....
So here is the pretty outside of our humble abode! :) 

Here is the entry 
Before:
excuse the pic, some these before were taken from the previous owner pics and others were from my iPhone. Last minute, before we started painting! :)
 The majority of the house was this taupe-y color...and I am just not a taupe girl. 
It is a fine neutral, but I am over browns....I am borderline obsessed with grays, as you will see in the new paint colors!

So far After:
The color is Sherwin Williams "Indian Hills"
My future hopes for this is my most wanted thing for this house....new hardwoods! :) 
I want a darker shade and all throughout the entire first flow of the house. It will make it flow better, be prettier, and not to mention be easier with two dogs! Carpet is tough! I mean, why would you but carpet in the dining room?!?!
I always said that was a must when buying a new house, but you make compromises and this house had enough others to deal for a while! :)

This is the formal living room to the left when you walk in.
Before:
This one is actually a better before...this is our "throw all, work supplies, work room" for the time being.
My hopes for this room:
And we are actually thinking of making this room the formal dining room. 
We will never have use for a formal living room.....so instead of making this room E's playroom we will make it the formal dining....so it's the first thing you see when you walk in....rather than a bunch of toys and dolls! :)
That being said, here are my hopes for the dining room..
hardwoods
board and batten - got the inspiration from Young House Love's hallway
pretty new chandelier
big farm table with lots of seating, thinking tufted chairs
a buffet for serving and a storage for my Grandmother's china

Now across the hall is the office/my craft-room:
Before:
After:
Again, nothing has really been done here yet other than a bit of organization along with a place for all of my crafty goodness and I LOVE IT!!!
My hopes for the office:
hardwoods - duh
Paint the walls a very soft gray and behind the cabinets a fun color...like a really pale mint or pink! :) this office has always been a love/inspiration! 
a fabric covered push board on that main back opening for calendars and pictures
a fun new chair, thinking a modern wing back with a fun fabric??
fabulously fun curtains 
two sitting chairs
organization overhaul with fab little containers and boxes for all my crafty goodies!

now, let's head on down the hall way.....
 just passed that table is the hall bath (across that is the hall closet)
Before:
After:
This room just needs a few more little things:
paint the mirror
new or painted light fixture
towel rack
small table in front of toilet 
art above toilet
and maybe some crown molding! :) 

Just passed the bath is one of my favorite rooms in the house....the kitchen! :)
Before:


Now y'all, the walls in this kitchen were a hot mess. 
As I mentioned before, I am more a lover of cool tones rather than warm tones...so not only were they this mix of yellow and gold and brown...they were textured to emphasize all the color changes. 
Bleh.
My amazing Daddy was a rock-star....as per usual!
He spent days re-plastering, priming and painting these walls!

And the outcome was amazing!!
So much lighter and brighter, right? And so much more us....okay me... :). 
The Hubs thought I was crazy when I had the request. 
The color again is Sherwin Williams "Indian Hills".



 I don't have a big list for the kitchen as I am loving it. The island, the storage, the pantry, all of it.
But here a few hopes:
Hardwoods - getting old yet?
Crown molding
Small table next to garage/laundry door for a "throw all" space
curtains
update the remaining black appliances
and waaaaay down the line just for blog sake - adding extra cabinetry to the top (think small little doors with glass and all lit up to add height) and new light fixtures - I know they are brand new and most people love them, they just aren't really our/my style.

On to the Living/Family Room:
Before:


After:


 After seeing this before and after, it is making me love this room a lot more! :) 
Again, more gray...so my lighter and prettier! 
The color is Sherwin Williams, "Online"

My wishes for this room are the next on my list:
Crown molding
hang the TV
built in/floating shelves on each side of the fireplace
gallery wall above the couch
curtains
and two sitting sitting/arm chairs in front of the window
waaaay down the line hopes...
new couch(es) - i am in love with white slipcover couches. They will be perfect for little ones....easy to wash and light and bright! - noticing a trend here? 
oh and how could I forget?? Hardwoods! :)
And when we do do hardwoods, I want to take this wall out....have it all awesome and open, thoughts?
 
and just behind that wall is the the door to the laundry which leads to the garage
I don't have a before, but those walls were a hot mess! We painted them with extra paint from family room (see how gray it looks here compared to how blue it looks in family room?, gray paint is tricky!)
Hopes for the laundry room:
new tile/flooring
wooden shelves or cabinets above washer and dryer for more organization - momma looooves to orgnaize!

On the other side of the kitchen is the original formal dining room:
Before:
After:
 It has french doors leading back into the formal living/ our future formal dining room
 This has been such an awesome space for E. She loves it!
It's so nice to have a place for all her stuff, have it in a "place" rather than all over the place, and have her be able to go in there when ever she wants....example, when Momma is cooking!
And it's in the back of the house....for all these reasons, we are leaning towards making this the permanent play room for E and Leighton rather than the front room.

Future Hopes:
A fun new light from Ikea...or maybe paint this chandelier a fun color....
new paint color on the walls....maybe a light gray with a wall paper accent wall? definitely need a chalkboard wall!
curtains
oh yeah, and hardwoods! :)

And to finish up the downstairs, I will leave you with one of my most favorite parts of the house. 
One of the main reasons we bought the house....this deck and backyard!

 I mean talk about an entertaining deck!!

 we probably would have bought the house for this yard alone....
 So that's the downstairs, coming up the upstairs tour! :) 

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8 comments:

Morgan Neal said...

Your house is incredible! You make me want to change up our house! LOVE IT!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Gorgeous! I am dying to paint our kitchen and am going to check out those colors at sherwin williams asap!

Amy said...

Wow, such a beautiful home! I love what you've done with it so far.

Katie said...

VERY nice home!! I love those cabinets in the kitchen & the bar stool chairs.

I am also more of gray paint lover than shades of tan.

Elise @ Cheers Y'all said...

absolutely beautiful! i love how you've snuck fun patterns into to many of the rooms. and the exterior is beautifully timeless!!!

xx
elise

Laurie @ Disney 'n Diapers said...

I'm extremely jealous! Your home is beautiful! Love the deck, it's gorgeous! My laundry room totally needs some sprucing up. We just moved into our remodeled home a little less then a year ago and there are still quite a few things left to do.

Jess Norden said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! Please share the details on the bathroom walls...I love them!!!

I also love that Elise has her own space...we are struggling with that in our new home, and the only logical place is the basement. I hate the thought of having to go downstairs to play. :( I am thinking that some things will have to stay in our living room. :)

Courtney @ Missthirdgrade.com said...

Love it!! I want that kitchen!