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’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).
Our guest bathroom was the one room in the house we didn’t paint! Nothing too exciting, but we are happy with it, and Charlie enjoys taking his baths there :)
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 :)
I love the white walls! That’s what I really want to do–maybe next summer! Your house is so pretty!
Thanks so much, Sarah! It is totally crazy what a big difference bright white walls make!
You’ve done such a sweet job making this house a home, friend! :)
Such a sweet compliment coming from you! :) I can’t wait to see how y’all have settled into your new home!
LOVE this post, Lisa! I felt like I was walking through your front door and having you show me around in person about all the things you’ve changed and still hope to change! :) I love how bright and airy it is in your home – paint really is amazing! And that kitchen is gorgeous already but I can totally envision it looking even more dreamy with the white subway tile! I also found your contented spirit and approach to making your house your home really inspiring as you wait on a few projects! You’ve done such an amazing job in just one year and can’t wait until the next one!!
p.s. We may be the only ones but the ONE room we currently have finished (other than our garage) is our bedroom?! Lol!
Oh, thank you so much for this sweet comment, Robyn! I appreciate your kind words so much. I definitely used some wording I use when giving people an in-person tour, haha! :) I am so tempted to make those kitchen updates but honestly, since I definitely don’t hate our kitchen as is, many other things are higher on the priority list. So we’ll see if it gets done before we outgrow this house…if not, it’ll be a top priority in our next. And too funny that y’all finished your bedroom first–you’re literally the first person I’ve heard of who has done that!
You’ve done such a great job! And I love your honest approach to decorating that is so often missed on blogs- of saving up for pieces and acquiring them as you go! I’m having that struggle now as we just moved in and I’m just itching to have everything finished. Pacing myself though!
I love your back porch and backyard! What a dream!!!
Random question, where is your laundry basket from?! Finding a cute one is the bane of my existence right now!!!
Thanks so much for your sweet comment, friend! I’m glad you’ve seen some of my house in person! It really is such a process and so tempting to be discontent till everything is “done.” I think knowing this isn’t our forever home helps me keep things in perspective…I don’t need to have everything I want in this particular house!
Haha! It is from West Elm, and we had put it on our wedding registry! It was such a random “splurge,” but I love it and it makes me feel more grown up :)
So cute!!! Love your lovely home :)
Thanks so much! xo
Your home is beautiful! I enjoyed reading your honest post about making home improvements step by step and saving up for bigger pieces. And the #reallife picture ;-)
I especially loved your gallery wall in the living room and would love to read more about it.
Thanks, Kristina! Dave was teasing me for that picture and asking why I couldn’t have at least straightened his shelf up first :P Too late, haha!
I did write a post about our gallery wall that is coming up–can’t wait to share more about it!
Your house looks so inviting! I love all of the natural light that it offers, too!
Thanks so much! Natural light was a top priority for us when we were house hunting, especially after the dark corner apartment we moved from. I love being able to take photos in here now!
Love your house! Hope we can visit it in person some day soon! <3 You guys have done so much work over the year. Thumbs up to you and Dave!
Aww, that would be amazing! We should surprise the boys one day and plan a reunion trip :)
Everything looks wonderful!! I love the art you’ve incorporated and can’t wait to read more about the religious finds!
Thank you!! I have a post drafted so stay tuned!
I love this little home!! Y’all have done an amazing job making it so open and bright and welcoming!
Oh, thank you!! Come over soon! :)
Absolutely stunning, Lisa! I’m so happy that you and your family have been able to make this house your home.
Thank you so much, friend! We love living here so much :)
Your home is lovely! Love the light, clean colors and fresh flowers.
Thank you so much, Julie! Fresh flowers always make a home feel happier, I think! :)
Lisa, your house is beautiful! Can I ask where you found your living room rug? And is it soft?
Our living room is desperately needing a soft space for our little guy to play, and I love that yours is traditional without having a hundred different colors.
Thank you so much, Laura! Of course–it’s a Safavieh rug that’s available a few different places, but the cheapest place we found it (and where we bought it from) was Overstock. If you go to the product slider at the bottom of the post, I included it there, so if you click on the photo, it’ll take you right to the product listing!
We bought it soon after Charlie was born and I was spending so much more time on the floor, so I totally understand that need! We used to have the Target rug that’s now on our porch in our living room, and the Safavieh one is SO much thicker and softer! We purchased a rug pad for it as well, so that helps give it a little extra padding too.
Thank you!! Sorry – should have checked the slider first. :)
Love this! It’s so fun to see inside your gorgeous home! And it’s refreshing to see that there are still things you’re working on. Real life for the win!
Love everything about it Lisa! congratulations! Homegoods is my go-to too :)
May I ask where you got your couch from? I’m also looking to upgrade ours and I love what you have chosen. Thank you!
Of course! It’s from Pottery Barn, and you can find the direct link in the product slider at the bottom of the post (the slider shows the ivory version). We opted for the Grand Sofa and love how big and cozy it is!!