Decor / DIY

Interiors & Exteriors: A Quick House Update

A lot has been done to our house since my latest room reveal! I’ve been hard at work painting…painting…and more painting.  I spent weeks picking out the right neutral color for our first floor, while individual spaces in our home continue to get hit with color. I guess that’s the beauty of making a space your own. I can test out different trends I love in each space, and just have fun with it! On with the updates…

Our master bedroom refresh is well underway. Walls have been painted (Bohemian Black by Sherwin Williams), we upgraded to a Tuft & Needle king-sized mattress, and we set up our nightstands and similar lamps that were generously gifted from Lamps Plus. Cody hung up the curtains a few weeks ago, and now it’s on to my favorite part,styling. I need to figure out artwork, restyle my dresser, and put the room back together – this is always the longest part of the process for me.

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My office is more or less put together. I have all the furniture I need, it just needs a few finishing touches. I work for a commercial interior design company and we are starting on our very own office renovation and we have to be out starting this Friday. This means my home office is about to become my BFF and I want to turn it into a space that feels productive instead of mass chaos. I have an entire closet worth of craft supplies that I need to purge and find better storage for my photography lights, and misc. artwork that hasn’t found a home since we’ve moved. I’m working with two desks in the office, one you can see below – I snagged this sit-to-stand desk at my office’s tent sale, and then I have a white parson’s desk along the window on the opposite wall.

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The biggest change that will come to this space are the walls. Everything, including the trim, baseboards, and possibly the closet doors will be getting a fresh coat of white. I’ve ordered a few samples of wallpaper for the back wall where the couch currently sits.  I’ve since donated the tufted bench to my mom’s house and had my grandpa’s slated wood bench redone for the space, as shared on instagram a few months ago. My office refresh will be partly inspired by’s office!

The exterior has seen the most progress these past few months. We invested in some low-maintenance landscaping and a sprinkler system. We’ve had the sprinkler system for almost a month, and can attest to the value of our sprinkler system has been during this summer heat!

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We have plans to add a cement patio next to our deck along with replacing our current deck boards and replacing them with composite boards. Once that’s complete, we will get to install a fence (I’m counting down the days until I can let Lola roam free in the backyard)! I have to be reminded that money, in fact, does not grow on trees, and that these updates will not happen over night, but a girl can dream…or at least dream on Pinterest!

Last but not least, I spent the majority of this spring tackling our kitchen. I was so fed up with the tan walls that I literally went through 50 shades of gray to find one that would compliment our trim and kitchen cabinets. After going through 10 paint samples, a half coat of March Wind, a full coat of Light French Gray, I finally repainted the entire space Revere Pewter. Eventually I’ll get a post up about this entire process…but for now, a quick before and after of the space.

Below:  Tavern Taupe by Sherwin Williams (original paint by the builders):

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After…Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore:

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The dining room and kitchen have a much brighter feel during the day and continue to do so once the sun sets, which the previous paint didn’t allow for! It’s funny how changing the wall color can change the ENTIRE feel of a room.  The latest addition to the space is our IKEA DIY Fauxdenza, Cody was the entire man power behind this project, I just had to source out getting the materials (Thanks, Mom!), and making sure IKEA sent the correct replacement parts (dumb plastic pieces).

Cody and his brother are going to build us a farm-house inspired table. I’ve been itching for a standard-height rustic dining room table since we moved, and because our previous layout in our old house allowed for this table to extend into a square to fix 6 people, I now need a longer table that better accommodates the narrow dining room we have to work with in this house. With a new table will come a need for new dining room chairs, and possibly a DIY bench.

That’s all for now…hopefully by the end of this summer I’ll have a brand new office to debut and a complete master bedroom reveal for you!

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