First Home Tour

Alright guys, we are super excited and a bit nervous to show you our first house tour. This is the state of our home before we moved in - so what you are seeing is what we saw when we toured during the buying process. It's pretty much from this state, minus the furniture, that we have begun work. We wanted to show you just where we started from so you can get a sense of the progress we are making with each and every room! Some definitely need more work than others to achieve our style, so it's going to be a work in progress for quite a while.

This is a close up of our front door. Eventually we would love to have it re-finished by a carpenter to update the stain and fix the cracks that have come from its exposure to the elements. We adore the detailed woodwork of the door and the antique door handle! We plan to add a historic plaque (we live in a home on the National Register for historic homes) and a copper mailbox. (The curtain has come down already.)

This is the front foyer, just as you walk in the front door. The walls are mint and an avocado , if you can't tell. One thing that made us fall in the house is the detailed staircase in this room. It makes it feel like such a grand and historic entrance. We plan on painting the walls a white, taking down that wallpaper (there's another layer underneath!), and putting in a more stately chandelier.

landing between the first and second floors

This is the living room and it also has a mix of mint and avocado wall colors. We adore the leaded glass windows and chandelier. The wall in the middle, juts out a bit and is where the fireplace used to be. We plan on eventually opening up the wall and putting in a gas fireplace. We also will be painting the walls a light grey color. 

a view of the largest leaded glass window from the dining room

The dining room is one of my favorite rooms because of its bay windows and built-in hutch. It too has the mix of green wall colors. We've already taken down the curtains and plan on painting the room in a darker grey soon! The chandelier from the front foyer (it's a twin to that in the living room) will be moved in here. Our biggest challenge will be finding an art piece to fill our big wall (on the right)!

Here's a panorama of our kitchen. This is going to be one of our biggest renovation projects to tackle this year. Essentially we are going to gut everything. The cabinets are from the 40s or so and unfortunately are unsalvageable. We have so much inspiration for this room and I can't wait to show you just what we have in mind!

This is the mudroom located behind the kitchen. We ultimately hope to redo the room to make it an efficient laundry room and mudroom. 

Here is the landing and hallway on the second floor. On this floor we have four bedrooms, a full bathroom, and a linen closet. We'll be taking down the wallpaper and eventually refinish our floors to their original darker color.

Here's our first guest bedroom. We'll eventually be repainting this room (color TBD).

Here's the second guest bedroom. Right now it is pretty much sitting empty as we don't have a third bed for it just yet! It's a funky room as it also has an external door that leads to a sitting porch (door pictured here). That's going to be a big project and really not to high on our priority list.

This is bedroom number 3, but it is going to serve as my craft room for the time being. It has two nice big windows that face the south and the east. It also has this odd sink in the closet, but it will be perfect for cleaning paints! (Those curtains have already been taken down too!)

The fourth bedroom is being used as an office and, unfortunately, I don't really have any decent pictures of the room in its entirety, but this is a corner with the closet. Eventually this room will house our books and tech items.

This is the master bedroom. Essentially, we are making the entire third floor a massive master suite with a large bathroom and walk-in closet. Here in this nook is where our bed sits. 

master bathroom and additional toilet room to the left
walk-in closet looking into the master bedroom

The next few photos feature the basement. Although it is functional as a living space with 8' ceilings, it is unfinished and will need quite a bit of work. It's one of our longer term goals to drywall it in and make it another living room. For now, it is a storage space, the cats apartment, our workout room, the laundry room, and a stand-by kitchen for when we eventually remodel.

the kitchen/laundry room

Finally, here's a view of the back of the house from the backyard. I can't wait to tackle this area in the spring to grow a beautiful garden. We're thinking about extending out the porch further for an outdoor dining and living area - perfect for those summer night grill-outs!

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