Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy in the Home

Just when I get to thinking about how I wish every room in our house was "done", I try to relish all of the progress and hard work my husband and I put into our house when we bought it and how far it has come. I decided to take a trip down memory lane and thought you would enjoy...

Take for instance the dining room and stairway "before"...

The view that you see with the mirrors on the wall...that's our living room complete with floor to ceiling mirrored accent wall. All of the walls and ceilings were all wallpapered. And wall-to-wall carpet that also got completely removed. You will see in the next few photos...

This photo above makes me cringe and I can still remember the sounds of scraping, steaming, scraping, more scraping, scouring...oh my gosh wallpaper removal nightmares. (Now do you understand why I was so hesitant about wallpaper?)

This is the same room just from a different angle. All the wallpaper was removed, room is painted (BM Camouflage), and carpet is removed. That space to the left of the doorway is now a half wall/eating area open to the kitchen and it is wonderful - makes the entire space function so much better. You can see a peek of the "before" look of our kitchen in this photo below as well. That open space to the right of the doorway is the space I've been contemplating what to do with and what we want to happen there. Still no exact decisions on that front yet.

We've also removed the carpeting from the stairs and gotten a new banister. This photo below is the before (I'll have some updated photos and post those for you soon).

And this is the view of the dining room as you come down the stairs.

There is now a Windsor bench that sits against the wall between the two windows, and then we have a round dining table that we eat at all the time now. As you can see there isn't a ton of space in this area, so it will really be an eating area and most likely an office/paying bills/book shelves for that opposite wall under the stairs.

Long story short, there are so many ideas and plans I'd love to do throughout our house, but I really needed to take a moment to appreciate the progress we have made and not get caught up in my wants and needs for the house - they will all happen at some point. What is truly important are the people I share my home with.

So happy Monday everyone! Our weekend plans for New York got postponed due to our little one being sick with a virus, but she is back to 100% now thankfully. Our change in plans allowed for us to get some things done around the house which was really great. Did your weekend entail any house projects?

**Just a reminder about Mood Board Monday next week - looking forward to seeing everyone's boards.


  1. WOW, just the changes you have made so far transform the room! It is good to take a breather and look back on how far you have come. No harm in dreaming though as it helps shape those plans, which sound like they are becoming clearer. Looking forward to following along on this space.

  2. You're making steady progress Holly. You do know that as soon as the rooms are all "done" you'll probably feel the itch to move!

  3. You have made a ton of progress! Such a good idea to sit back and reflect on what you've done.

  4. I love the wood floor - the natural element and always so much character. You have made significant changes. It is exciting to be able to work on everything in time once you decide what you really want..and then you will want to change things around again! Sorry about your nyc plans..unfortunately it is that time of year (viruses) and the weather has not helped much. Weekend was busy & today my feet are tired from wearing high heels & being on my feet(a surprise 50th for a friend, a cocktail party and yesterday some time helping out in a soup kitchen with my 13 yr-old)..all good, though!

  5. OK...yes you are have come a long way :)

  6. Wow it really has come a long way. Ugh wallpaper removal is no fun!

  7. Little by little! We've been in our house for fifteen years and we are still just plugging away at it. I don't think I'll ever feel like it's finished- it's what we do! Right?

  8. Incredible progress. It's amazing how much a room can change with some love. I can't wait to see more.

  9. What a great perspective, Holly, to appreciate what we've already done. You have a lot to appreciate - WOW! Can't wait to see the banister! Sorry about NYC, I know you were looking forward to it, glad your baby girl is healthy again.

  10. Great post! I have had many a conversation with myself of this very subject (and still do). Everyone needs this reminder every once in awhile, esp us in blog world surrounded by incredible rooms every single day. I love the wood floors. You guys have made tons of progress!

  11. Wow, Holly! What a huge difference. You are so right to celebrate the progress you have made. It looks great so far!
    I'm glad to hear your little girl is doing better now.