I have been looking forward to this post pretty much since the day we moved into our beloved little house, just over a year ago! While we thankfully didn’t have to do any big renovations, we have made many updates since move-in day to make this place our own. After nailing down our design style while we were engaged and creating our registries, it has been such a fun process to bring many of our ideas and inspiration to life in a way that we weren’t able to in our newlywed apartment. Of course, there are still plenty of to-dos on our list (I’ll mention them throughout this post), but overall, we feel so blessed to call this place home–I literally thank God for our house every day. Without further ado, come on in!
Walking up our recently updated Charleston-inspired front steps still makes me so happy! I shared our entryway update here, and we’ve kept that area pretty much the same–though our bar cart now lives in the guest room where Charlie can’t find it :) We have every intention of returning it to its rightful place when Charlie is a little older.
Can you believe this room used to be mint green? The first thing we did was give it a few coats of white paint (we used Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace throughout the house), which made a world of difference. We upgraded our apartment couch and rug–both big purchases we saved for for awhile and have been so happy with. The mirror was a random Home Goods find that I think gives the room a little bit of “Parisian apartment” flair that I love. Our gallery wall is a very recent addition to this room, born of our desire to incorporate more religious art into our house without it clashing with our decor. I think I’m going write a separate post about that, so stay tuned :) We also recently traded our old coffee table for an oversized ottoman that’s a little more kid-safe. I wanted something tufted, but without nailheads, which was surprisingly hard to find–I scored ours at Home Goods.
Our dining nook is pretty much the same since I shared it here, plus a high chair that is not pictured. We are still loving our expandable table and silver metal dining chairs! I’d love to reuse the chairs in a playroom someday, and switch out our breakfast nook chairs for these dreamy gingham bistro chairs.
I was so grateful to find a house with a kitchen that required so little renovation! We painted the walls and replaced the faucet when we moved in, but other than that, everything is the same. We’ll probably have to replace the fridge in the next few years, and we’d love to add a subway tile backsplash and get new counters eventually…though there’s also a good chance we’ll hold out on that till our next house.
Here’s our guest room/Dave’s office. He works from home a lot, so having a dedicated space to do that has been huge for him. When decorating the room, we kept in mind that he’d be spending the most time in there, so it is a touch more masculine than some other areas of the house. This room is also a home to some special details, like the canvas from our engagement session, the gorgeous wood box containing prints of our wedding photos, and artwork we’ve collected around Europe (mostly on the bookshelf).
This laundry closet is the sore thumb of our sweet little house, I’m sorry to say. It originally had bi-fold doors, but washing machines and dryers nowadays are too big to fit inside the closet with the doors on the tracks! The previous owners had a curtain up, which we hated, so for now, we’re stuck looking at our washing machine and dryer every day. We’ve weighed a bajillion options, and have ultimately decided to just own it and make the closet cute with some wallpaper and open shelving. Hopefully, that will be part of next year’s home tour!
I’ve noticed a little bit of a trend among some of my friends that we all leave our bedrooms last on the list when making home improvements. Maybe because not many people see them? Needless to say, we are anxious to pick up a dresser (I’ve been scouring Craigslist for months) and a headboard (this one in navy is our favorite so far), but in the meantime, we have painted our walls white and added lots of special things to the walls. Along with some wedding photos, we have our wedding invitation framed, a canvas of a photo I took on our honeymoon in Lake Como, and a map of Vienna that Dave gave me as part of my wedding gift. P.S. I am ONLY including that last picture of our awful shelving situation because #reallife and because I hope that the next time I post bedroom photos, this spot will have undergone a big transformation! :P
Charlie’s nursery remains my favorite room in the house, which is good considering I spend quite a bit of time in there. Not much about it has changed since my nursery reveal post (I actually didn’t re-shoot the photos below because they’d barely be different) before he was born, but I am excited to see how this room changes as he grows.
And finally, as you may remember from my house hunting post, one of the biggest reasons we decided on this house was the amazing screened-in porch and backyard. I’m happy to report that we make wonderful use of this space–from dinners, to wine or coffee on the porch, to cookouts in the backyard, to s’mores on the firepit. Some of our favorite memories from the last year have been made in this space, and I’m so thankful for it!
Hope you enjoyed this little tour! Let me know if you have questions about sources for anything–I’ve linked a few below as well :)