In the first half of this post I shared what our downstairs looks like after living in our house for almost a year. We did most of the work downstairs, since it’s public domain and we wanted to start creating spaces where we could have people over. But, there were some things that needed to be done right away upstairs too. We had the hardwood floors redone, and put new carpet in the rooms where there was carpet. We also did lots of painting.
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Here’s the before. The mural was pretty, but dated, and not exactly what I’d pictured for Penn’s nursery.
Currently: I was inspired by a painting we got at Les Puces de St Ouen in Paris back in 2014. We had it in various placed around our other houses, but I thought would be perfect for a nursery. We painted the room Sherwin Williams Privilege Green, and got the gold crib from Wayfair. The dresser is vintage, and we used a West Elm armchair we’ve had for years in place of a rocker. The crib skirt is this one from Pottery Barn Kids, and Penn’s blanket is my favorite baby blanket ever from Restoration Hardware.
Before: Altogether this one also wasn’t bad once it was a blank slate. The color was a pale green-gray, and we had the carpet ripped up and floors refinished.
Currently: Wells’s big boy room is the project I’m currently working on. It’s not done yet, but I’ve made a lot of progress in the last few weeks. I’m still waiting on the rest of the bedding, wall art, a sconce, a new rug, and a few other things in here. The paint color is Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore (he insisted on having the ‘same color as daddy’s office.’) The blanket is Pendelton from Nordstrom, I can’t remember where I got the chair because I got it for Wells’s nursery four years ago, but they’re everywhere, the bed is vintage, and the rug is old West Elm.
The Master Bedroom
Before: Lots of yellow! It was a happy color, but there was also a lot of stenciling, and all of the paint was peeling off. We also re-finished the floors.
Currently: I painted the room Perfect Taupe, and spray painted the existing sconces and added clip-on chandelier shades. The headboard is our old one, it’s from Pottery Barn via Craigslist, the nightstands are vintage Drexel, the lamps are Abbyson Home, and I got the antique painting above the bed from Brimfield. I still need to replace all of the window treatments in here (eek!), get a rug, and create a little seating area somewhere because this room is huge and feels empty with just a bed. One day…
Before: The color looks pretty neutral, but it was actually a shade of pink, which Mark wasn’t loving, so we painted in here, added new drapery, and put in new carpet.
Currently: This one is still aa work in progress also, which is why I’m only sharing a little corner, but this is the same corner as the photo above so you can kind of see where I’m going with it. The paint color is Benjamin Moore Hale Navy (surprise!), drapes are from Home Goods, and the curtain rods are from Target. The chairs are West Elm, from our Chicago condo, and the pillow is old Rejuvenation.
The Front Porch
Before: This was my favorite part of our house when we first saw it, and I still loove this porch space. I feel like it makes the whole house. It’s also been so nice in the summer to sit out here and watch the kids in the yard.
Currently: We don’t have a back patio, so this is our main outdoor space. We needed a dining are, but I also wanted some chairs for just hanging out and drinking coffee/wine in, so we got a set of two rockers and two Adirondack chairs. The cushions on the rockers are from HomeGooods. The patio table is from Target, and the chairs are from Wayfair. Next year I want to change the light fixtures/fan, and add a rug and some planters up here.
So that’s it! This is our house in its current state, after almost a year of living in it. Many of these photos are small glimpses of our house for a reason: we still have a lot to do in most of them. I feel like I’ve spent the last year getting them all to a point where I could live in them, but now it’s time to go in and add the finishing touches and details that will really tie them together. Follow along on Instagram for more updates! I’m much better about updating there!