Our New House | A Quick Tour.

We've been in our new house about 4 weeks and it felt like high time I share it with you. Now you should know before you begin scrolling- projects are not complete. There are light fixtures dangling from the ceiling and furniture is out of place. I'm still trying to decide where the piano should go and what to hang on the walls. Ryan and I have come to terms with the fact that there will always be projects to tackle so instead of waiting on the day for those to be complete (never?) I decided to share our home with you now. Everyone loves 'before and afters' right?

The photos above and below are the entryway. The space is decent enough but we have plans to remove that front closet (on the left) to open things up a bit more.


This is the family room. When Ryan's parents built the home in the 80's it was a formal living room adjoined by a formal dining room (pictured below). About 12 years ago they moved the dining room into the family room that was connected to the kitchen, put a baby grand piano in the old dining room (it was right under that pretty chandelier) and turned the formal living room into a family room. Did you follow all of that?

We've decided to keep with that plan and are using this room just as they did. It holds our TV and is where we all gather to watch a movie, read together and relax. Since moving in, Ryan's painted the walls "Agreeable Gray" by Sherwin Williams. I LOVE the color. The family room faces west so it doesn't get much light until late afternoon which makes the paint look much darker in these images than it actually is. I have dreams of refacing the mantel a bit and building bookcases on either side. We also want to add sconces because not only is the room dark during the day- it's reeeealllly dark at night.

The old formal dining room gets great light. I'm thinking it would be a good place for the piano. Right now it houses the computer, a few of Henry's toys and my fiddle leaf fig tree.



Straight down the hall from the entryway (past that closet we want to remove) is the kitchen, eating area and old family room. These rooms were just painted Sherwin William's "Incredible White". The light fixtures that are hanging from the ceiling will be replaced with can lighting.


After moving in we removed a bank of cabinets that hung over the kitchen peninsula. The ceiling hasn't been painted yet so you can see where Ryan has patched the holes in the photo below. The room is so open now! The kitchen cabinetry is 30 years old and we hope to remodel at some point in the future but for now that simple fix has made a world of difference.


In this final picture you can see the door that leads to the full basement and the little hallway leading to the powder bath. To the left of the powder bath is the laundry room. After the kitchen ceiling is painted the laundry room is next on the list so I think I'll wait until then to show that space.

How about tomorrow we tour the upstairs?

16 comments:

  1. love seeing these pictures-deja vu looking at the kitchen. we had that same cabinet on the back of the counters when I was little and my mom stashed all our coloring books and a big bucket of crayons. We spent many afternoons coloring at the bar while she made dinner and we talked. :)

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  2. I'm excited to follow your house projects as it looks like our house has quite a similar floor plan. Ours was built in 1990. Wondering if you have a navy blue garden tub in the master bath too;) After ripping out wallpaper in the kitchen and foyer I have begun to paint everything repose gray(my fave from Sherwin Williams).

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  3. Can't wait to see what you do with the place! The family room is gorgeous!

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  4. what a great house! i'm happy for you and your family.

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  5. So nice of you share. It's fun to take a peek. You have great style. I am sure it will transform beautifully.

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  6. Hi Danyelle,
    What a beautiful home thanks for sharing. I have a question?? With all your sweet children where is the clutter - the school papers, backpacks, toys, shoes. My home hasn't looked this pristine in years :) You are amazing!

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    1. I promise you my home is not pristine. My children's school has an email program that parents can use instead of receiving paper after paper. I signed up this year and it has made a big difference in the countertop clutter department. The toys stay in the basement. Shoes stay on a shelf just outside the laundry room door. Backpacks and coats are my biggest headache right now which is why the laundry room update is next on my to do list. I'll be sure to post before and after pictures of that project once it's complete. I really believe that if you create a place for everything it's much easier to keep things tidy. :)

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  7. Danyelle,
    What a great house! Can't wait to see the rest. Updating a house is sooo much work (I know!), but the process is so worth the dust and messes that come with it. Looking forward to seeing all your fun "before" and "afters"!

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  8. LOVE that you are opening your door's and sharing your home - before everything is renovating, updated, put in place. Love when people are transparent and real. :) DYING to know where you got the HUGE fiddle leaf fig...I was at Home Depot the other day and they had a handful ... but only about 2-3 feet tall.

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    1. I was able to special order my fiddle leaf fig from a local nursery (Beaver Bark). They were very easy to work with and actually ordered in a few for me to pick my favorite.

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  9. I love this and am envious of your fiddle leaf fig - I have one that is thriving but it is much smaller and still in its original ikea pot. :) Wondering if I should transplant it?! This space looks amazing - I'm sure you will turn it into something beautiful!!!

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    1. I think replanting is a good idea, Emily. My plants always thrive when they get out of those plastic nursery pots.

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  10. Oh the memories! Haven't seen this house since it had blue carpet and parquet wood in the entry! Good luck with all your projects:)

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  11. Beautiful house! The wall colour is awesome and I'm in love with your furniture! Can't wait to see more as you settle in! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Oh wow, it looks lovely. Thanks for sharing these pictures. I love your blog, you're such an inspiration to me x

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  13. Beautiful home!!! You're very blessed!!

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