We’ve had a lot going on with the house the past two months! So much that some of the photos I’m about to share with you are now not up-to-date. Still, it’s a big jump from when we first bought the house back in October.
The first weekend of February was our joint-birthday party aka the get-together I planned for during the January Cure. It was a great motivator to have something to work towards (besides peace of mind). We managed to get the house super clean Saturday morning, hours before anyone would be coming over, so it allowed me to get some photos of the house. I realized I haven’t updated much on progress since we moved, so here’s a look at how the house is looking these days.
Front and Entry
We installed new hardware on the front door and finally got all the locks changed. Our front door has a Schlage Connect deadbolt, so now we get notifications via HomeKit whenever the door is locked/unlocked. It also allows us to give out codes instead of keys.
Joshua did some touch-up painting on the door as well since it got a little scratched up during the move and installation of the new deadbolt. Oh and in case you’re wondering, the door color is Benjamin Moore’s St. Lucia Teal, the same color as our front door at our previous house.
Formal Living Room
This room is still empty with the exception of Mr. Big’s teepee, the space heater, and the yellow love seat from the She Shed. I’m still not entirely sure how I want to tackle this room yet, but I’ve got some ideas.
Adding some more art and new chairs are really all that’s in store for the future of the dining room.
The Landing Strip
We created a command center on the wall facing the powder room, and installed new handles/locks on the door leading to the garage. We’re eventually going to update the rest of the hardware on the doors with brushed nickel to match.
The Powder Room
This room is so close to being done! In fact by the time this post goes live we’ll have already installed a new light fixture above the mirror. All that will be left is replacing the faucet, toilet, and ceiling light. Then we’ll need to add some art to the walls and handles to the vanity, and then this room will be ready to go!
The Laundry Room
Not much has happened with this room beyond painting and getting our stuff in there. The one thing I did do was figure out a system for sorting my clothes. I donated my mismatched plastic laundry baskets and replaced them with these ones from Target. When they’re not being used they stack nicely inside each other.
The Family Room
We’ve got some big plans for this room including new BILLY bookshelves and completely redoing the wall where the fireplace/tv is. The bookshelves are being installed as we speak, and we’ll probably get going on the feature wall in the next month or two.
Aside from new appliances, the kitchen has been mostly untouched. After we get some of the smaller budget projects dealt with we’ll be upgrading the kitchen with some new cabinets and countertops. The footprint will remain but we’re going to make it the dream kitchen I’ve always wanted.
My project of January was to get the pantry organized. While there is still plenty more I want to do with it, overall it did get organized. It’s much easier to find and access things than it was the first month we moved in. Next up is getting more jars and coming up with a labeling system.
The master bedroom is basically waiting on new bedroom furniture, most of which has been ordered. Once all that has a home we’ll put up some artwork and go from there. We also have plans to replace the barn door since it’s a little heavy for our tastes.
I am soooo not a fan of how dark this room feels. IMHO, a bathroom should feel airy, clean, and light, not dark and medieval. I can’t wait to change out those fixtures and really brighten the place up. New light fixtures are already in progress.
We have mirrors! That’s all we’ve done to this space aside from paint. New faucets have been purchased and just need to be installed. Then we need to decide on a new light fixture.
My niece came over for her first visit to the new house, and this room worked out perfectly for her to stay in. We’re keeping all things kid-related in here (like my boxes of Barbies). I have plans to paint the furniture, and hopefully 🤞🏼 a baby will cross the threshold in the near future.
Aside from the initial setup, Joshua hasn’t done too much decorating in here, mainly because he’s been working on the rest of the house as well as his server tower and building a new computer.
My sofa sleeper arrived over the weekend, so now it’s just a matter of getting my art and shelves up on the walls. Once the nightstands for our bedroom show up, the nightstand I’m currently using will go in here.
Nothing much going on here except it continuing to be gorgeous. We’ve enjoyed the hot-tub several times already and can’t wait to swim in the pool come summer. One project we do have coming up in the new week or two is we’re going to be putting in a combination of artificial turf and decomposed granite around the back of the bbq bar so it’s more friendly for the dogs.