Sometimes Luke and I catch ourselves looking around our home in awe of how far it has come. When we first put our offer in on the house, we saw the hidden potential hiding underneath the salmon colored walls, dated and yellowed hardwood floors, and tacky linoleum. We knew we had our work cut out for us to uncover the beauty we knew was possible, and now, almost exactly six years later, we’re finally almost done making our house feel like home.
Our goals for renovating our home have been threefold:
- To only start the projects we have the time and money to finish. We’re really proud of the fact that we’ve completed all of our house renovations, large and small, with no debt. This isn’t always easy to do, and I’m thankful for Luke and his budgeting abilities and the extra work he’s always willing to put in to make sure we make ends meet at the end of each month.
- To do things right the first time. We made only one exception to this rule (installing a “for now” flooring throughout the house when we first moved in because neither of us could stand the appearance of what was in place!). And we’ve already replaced said “for now “flooring with rich, dark hardwoods and ceramic tile that we love. While it is sometimes tempting to do a “quick fix” on certain spaces, Luke and I are both set on doing quality work and purchasing quality products that will stand the test of time (and the test of kids and the dog!) – ultimately saving us money by not having to redo things sooner.
- To make our house a reflection of us. It’s really easy to fall into the Pinterest trap of all-white-everything and sleek furniture, or overly trendy items that are great now but might not be “in style” two months from now. I am guilty of this from time to time, but at the end of the day, our focus is on making our home reflect who we are as a family. When you enter our home, we want you to feel welcomed and comfortable, and we want you to get a glimpse of the things that are important to us. Modern touches with comfortable furniture and warm tones – never stark or sterile. Because real life happens within our humble 1,200 square foot home – and we’re proud of that.
We might not have the fanciest furnishings or a sprawling space to call our own, but our little house has certainly come a long way! I’ll be sharing the finally finished areas soon (once they’re officially checked off the “to do” list) because everyone can appreciate a good before, during, and after. Up first: the mud room – which we’ve turned from this…
…into something we’re happy to come home to. Stay tuned!