06/06/2018 Update: We have officially moved! The below information pertains to our first home together, and I love sharing these projects with you still! If you are looking for more recent updates on renovations and other projects, please check out this page to view a tour of our new home!
We moved into our first home in August of 2012, after just seven months of dating. What?! I guess we were pretty serious! Since then, we have had ups and downs in terms of remodeling and decorating our home, and dealt with a flooded basement. Twice. I feel lucky that my husband and I have such a beautiful first home, and we are enjoying turning this space into our own! We have plenty of plans still in the pipeline, one of which being to put up some custom neon lights from a site similar to Neon Mama that we can use when we’re entertaining, but you can see all of the progress we’ve made so far in the pictures below.
Below you will find links to all of my posts regarding remodeled rooms or tours of our home. This page will be updated as new posts and remodels happen, so please check back in the future!
Our living room design is reaching completion, but for now, check out my guide to styling a bookcase, like the one in our living room!
Outside of the kitchen, the dining room is the room we probably use the most when we have company over, hosting dinner with friends or holiday parties. Check out my post here on how to style a dining room buffet cabinet, along with some before and after photos of our buffet!
I also featured our easy DIY project for turning those boring IKEA shelves into something unique, so be sure to check out that post here!
Our kitchen is the heart of our home. We spend time there almost every night eating snacks, drinking wine, cooking dinner, and cleaning up at the end of the night! Before moving in, I just knew it would be the most popular room in the house, which is why I spent most of my time looking for suitable appliances, and the relevant home warranty plans, from somewhere like First American Home Warranty, so we would be protected should they unexpectedly break down on us and they need repairing. I had never thought about doing this until a friend of mine said, and I’m glad she did. This is a great room for us to spend time in as a family, and I didn’t want to put a stop to this because I have no way to cook dinner. Luckily for us, that doesn’t matter now. Another thing I did was change the flooring of the kitchen. What was white marble before, now shines with fresh, new hardwood. It wasn’t much of a struggle to find contractors who could help with the remodeling. My friend knew some chicago hardwood flooring contractors, namely Improvix Hardwood Flooring, who could refer us to a similarly reputed company in our location.
I also wanted it to be a special place for us to gather with friends, family, or just us two and the puppies, while still sticking to a reasonable budget seeing as we won’t be staying in this house forever. Our compromise was to put up a gorgeous, luxurious backsplash, and I love how it balances out the more “builder grade” aspects of the kitchen. Check out our DIY backsplash here!
One of our simplest remodels was our first floor powder room. The day I came to the hubby and said “I want to paint our bathroom black,” I was pretty sure he was going to ask for the ring back. But like the amazing man that he is, he helped me bring my vision to reality, and even paid an electrician to replace our builder-grade light fixture with a sleek, vintage-style sconce. Thanks, baby! We have friends out in Texas who needed electricians for another reason; their power went out and the lights wouldn’t come back on! What a nightmare for them! Luckily, they knew about SALT Light & Electric and were able to call out their professional electricians to get everything working again for them. What lifesavers! If you’ve ever had a power outage, you’ll know what a headache it can be and what a relief it is to see the electrician come through the door.
Click here to see our powder room remodel, complete with before and after photos!
Guest Room Suite
One of our biggest home improvement projects thus far has been installing a walk-in pantry at the bottom of our basement stairs. My husband really took lead on this project: I basically drew out what I had envisioned and he made it happen! Check out our DIY pantry remodel series with the links below:
- Our Home: Planning a Walk-In Pantry
- Our Home: An Update on Our DIY Walk-In Pantry
- Our Home: The Finished DIY Basement Pantry
Be sure to check out our new home tour by clicking here!