Sneak Peek into our Home and an Update on the Reno

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A sneak peek into our home! That's Faux eucalyptus on our dining hutch.

Hello, friends.   Today I’m giving you a little sneak peek into our home.  This year, I’m determined to show you more of our craftsman.  After all, how can I expect you to follow along on our renovation with us if I don’t show you where we started?

In case you are just joining me – we moved into this 1920s craftsman almost two years ago now.  It’s in decent shape.  “Good bones” as they say.  But there are definitely some quirks in the layout that we are trying to address with the renovation.  This home has so much charm though.  It was one of the reasons we fell in love with it.  It sits up on a perky hill with a pretty nice view of the lake.

We love the neighborhood too.  Every home is so different.  There are tudors, craftsmans, colonials and really modern homes too.  It’s fun to take a walk and get some inspiration.  I remember my mom and I doing this when I was young and now I’m doing it with my daughter too.   For only 5 – she has a good eye already! 🙂

So, welcome!  I hope you enjoy this mini tour of our home.

Starting with the living room.  We installed a gas fireplace when we moved in.  It’s so nice to be able to turn it on and just enjoy!  I grew up with a wood burning stove and while it smelled good, it was a bit dirty and a lot of work to keep the fire going.  I’ll stick with my gas fireplace for now!  Our ceiling is a cove ceiling.  See the arched corners? It’s a nice feature, but it does draw the eye down and not towards the high ceilings.  We want to paint everything white eventually to keep it open and bright.

A sneak peek into our home! Gas fireplace with white brick surround.

We don’t have a foyer.  I have this little console table here now with a dish to drop keys and mail.  This wall will eventually get knocked down if you can believe it!

Sneak Peek Home Tour : Entry console table

Sneak Peek Home Tour : Entry Table with ZZ plant

We have a ZZ plant on this table.  It’s sooooo easy to care for.  I water it about every week or so and it sits here and behaves well.  Can’t ask for much more from a plant!

Sneak Peek Home Tour : Close up of our ZZ Plant

One of the things I love about this house is all the character.  Like this little window here.

A sneak peek into our home! 1920s Craftsman home with a little window nook.

A view down our hallway.  I gave this hallway a mini makeover not too long ago.  Unfortunately, the runner rug I loved so much got ruined and had to be thrown out.  You can read all about that in this post.

A sneak peek into our home! A view down our hallway.

This dining hutch we had in our old home.  I have visions of adorning this thing with brass hardware and painting it a funky color.  For now, it’s kept as is.

A sneak peek into our home! Dining room hutch with round wood mirror.

I don’t show much of this angle because I don’t care for it too much!  I don’t like those open cabinets.  To me it looks too cluttered.  Also – the dining light is not perfectly centered over the table.  My kids were constanty running into the table so I just pushed it aside a little.  That’s our kitchen in the back there!  This dining room will become our kitchen after the renovation.  The kitchen in the back will become a breakfast nook with accordion doors to our back patio.  That wall with the cabinets will disappear.    Or at least that’s the plan for now.

A sneak peek into our home! Our dining room with jute rug.

My daughter got a big girl desk for Christmas.  She’s really into art right now.  I still have my late grandfather’s hand me down chair.  I can’t bring myself to paint it, even though I know it needs it.  It has such a rustic quality to it and I don’t want to lose that.  You can see more of her room tour here.

A sneak peek into our home! A sweet desk area for a 5 year old who loves art.

This is first time I’m showing you a few peeks of my sons room.  We don’t have much in the way of decor here (especially on the walls), because this room will change completely with the renovation.  But – I do like to use the kids cute books as decor.  The globe was my husbands from when he was little.  I love vintage decor!

A sneak peek into our home! Kids books and a globe can make great kids room decor.

Here’s another little book nook that I love!

A sneak peek into our home! A book nook with basket lined shelves.

This bed will be his soon – maybe another year?  In the meantime, it’s a great place to snuggle up together and take a nap.  🙂

A sneak peek into our home! A seagrass basket makes a stylish laundry bin.

That’s it!  I know, it was a super quick sneak peek into our home.  Sometimes, it’s hard to pull out my tripod and get perfect quality pictures while I’m looking after my son.  But I’m working on it!  And honestly, we are just in decorating limbo.  I feel a bit stuck with this renovation coming up.  I would rather work with what I have now and spend money on new stuff after it’s completed.

Update on the Reno :  The architect has taken her measurements already and drawn up the as-builts (plans of our existing house right now).  We have a meeting next week to start planning the good stuff.  Yipee!

Have a great day guys!

xo Karen



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