Sunday, August 3, 2014

Remodel / Our House (When We Moved In)

In the previous post, it was all about how the house looked before we moved in. Now, you have to remember that in the early 2000s, Pottery Barn was all the rage. The brown neutral colors with large sofas and tables were in style. I saved catalogs from Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel. I clipped them and made mood boards. I wanted to live in those stores. I tried my best and made the house look like it the catalogs. I think I achieved it, to an extent. I LOVED it. But now, looking back, everything was too big. Too dark. Too traditional. Too much leather. It would have looked better in a larger home. As a result, I fell into that first-time home buyer pitfall and bought everything in sight. I now know that I need to edit. Buy one piece at at a time and see if it fits. Keep it simple and in proportion to the space.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Remodel / Our House (Before We Moved In)

Our house has gone a long way since we first bought it in 2004. It was hard to look past the decor and furniture but I fell in love with the layout immediately. Every space was accounted for and no space was wasted. It's a two story, 4 bedroom, 3 baths, 1589 sq ft with an attached garage. The walls were recently painted with new carpet in the bedrooms, tiles in the kitchen and baths, and laminate in the main living area. It's not my favorite choice of details, but as a first-time home buyer, it was move-in ready.

It's been ten years and we still live here. I'm happy to say we are in the middle of a major renovation.

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