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Our Little Cottage in the City: The Final Home Tour

The day has come, my friends, to show you our final home tour on our little cottage in the city.  It is definitely bittersweet to share this post and video with you, since so much love and hard work has been poured into this home.  We were definitely never intending to sell it only a year and a half after we purchased it (if we had known, we never would have bought it in the first place), but opportunities much too grand to let pass by came up that we just had to jump on for the future of our growing family.

I explain in the video a lot of what we did as well as why we finished the basement right before selling, so watch that if you would like more detail.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the video with before photos, an emotional update, and a full home tour of the house at the time of selling.

Upstairs Floor Plan Before and After

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Entryway/Living Room

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Dining Room

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Back Bedroom Upstairs

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Front “Master” Bedroom Upstairs

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Stairway Down to Basement Family Room

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Basement Floor Plan Before and After

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Basement Family Room

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Basement Full Bathroom

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Utilities/Storage Room

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Back Basement Bedroom

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Front Basement Bedroom

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I hope you enjoyed the final home tour!  We are very sad to leave this home, especially now that it is almost exactly how I envisioned it would be for us over time as our family grew, but it is just a house and now someone else can enjoy it.  We would greatly appreciate prayers for a quick sale close to asking price so we can move on to a new home hopefully before little Celia arrives.

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The Perfect Paint Palette

The first thing I did when we got our offer accepted for our house was go out and pick up as many paint samples as possible.  I have followed many decorating/DIY blogs for years and have already known either the type of colors I want in our house or the exact color names.  I had been dreaming of painting walls for a LONG time!

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Little did I know when our offer was accepted, that we would be doing a major renovation that would push back painting for many, many months.  That didn’t stop me from dreaming, however, as I painted multiple swatches in every room in the house.  Our bathroom, second bedroom, and master bedroom still have those swatches since we haven’t completely decided what we want to do in those rooms.

When dreaming about decorating our house, we definitely wanted to keep the rooms bright and airy and let the accessories do most of the talking.  I love more subdued paint colors in grays and aquas.  I want our home to feel like a happy cottage, and to me aqua/mint green are the colors I think of when I think of a cottage.  Gray is my favorite neutral, and I love how it looks with white and different shades of aqua, so we knew there would be a lot of gray in our house.

This is our current paint palette of colors we have used and colors we plan on using (or similar colors to those shown):

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The process of choosing our paint colors was very easy.  I began by going through my Pinterest boards and blogs with homes I love and I kept note of the paint colors I liked.  In a Word document, I simply dragged photos of rooms with paint colors I liked and kept track of the paint names and makers.

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Then, I showed San the photos and we picked out ones we wanted to buy samples of.  We bought eight different samples of our favorite paint colors and then painted swatches and wrote the names underneath in pencil.  We painted swatches on multiple walls so that we could see how they read in different lighting at different times of the day.  We knew we wanted a bolder, darker aqua in the kitchen because of all the light it gets and the amount of white from the cabinets that would need to be balanced.  I also knew I wanted a soft, light gray in the living room and bedroom hallway with a darker gray in the dining room.

Here are the rooms that are currently painted and what color we chose:

Living Room – Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore

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The living room is painted Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore.  We got it color matched in Sherwin Williams paint.  I am in love with this color!  The coved ceilings and white furniture looks so beautiful with this paint color!  We are hoping to add more color in with curtains, more pillows, and art, so this paint color is a wonderful, soft, light neutral to balance all the colors that we plan to bring in.  I love how this light paint color mixed with the white ceiling and coved ceiling allow the light to just flood in and fill up the room.  Gorgeous!

Here is Stonington Gray in other rooms around the web (so you can get an idea of how it looks in different spaces):

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Dining Room – Stonington/Coventry Gray by Benjamin Moore

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Technically, the dining room is color matched in Sherwin Williams paint to match Coventy Gray by Benjamin Moore.  When I originally picked up paint samples and painted them on the walls, I bought them from Menards.  This was a bad idea because the way they color match and the way Sherwin Williams color matched Coventry Gray were different.  I imagined the dining room being a much darker gray with the same undertones as the Stonington Gray in the living room.  I wanted it to be darker because we are going to add board and batten to the bottom two-thirds of the dining room walls and I want a darker gray that can balance all the white.  Right now, it is impossible to tell a difference between the living room and dining room paint colors, so we will probably be painting this Timber Wolf by Benjamin Moore or a similar dark gray once we have the board and batten done.

Here are some rooms with a dark gray like we want to use:

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Timber Wolf by Benjamin Moore – Source

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Cinder by Benjamin Moore – Source

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Mombasa Mist by Ralph Lauren – Source

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Kitchen – Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore

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Ahhh, the kitchen!  This is my favorite paint color in the house!  The kitchen is painted Stratton Blue by Benjamin Moore.  We used actual Benjamin Moore paint for this room, so the color is exact.  This color reminds me of Nantucket or of Cape Cod.  It’s the perfect cottage blue and it looks amazing with white and black (and red).  I love that it is a bolder color than the living and dining rooms because it draws people in, which is exactly what I think a kitchen should do!  The white we are using in our house for the cabinets, dining room buffet, and eventually the trim and doors, is Cloud Cover by Benjamin Moore.  I won’t lie, this is the only paint color we didn’t see on the walls before choosing.  That was bold considering we have it all over the house, but it looks perfect!  When seen next to stark white, it is actually more of a cream/gray, but it looks bright white in our lighting and with our other colors.

Here are some other rooms from around the internet that are painted Stratton Blue:

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Those are the only rooms we have painted so far.  I would like to share the paint colors we are thinking of using in the rest of the house.  I’d love some advice or recommendations if you have any before we dive in to painting these rooms!

Bathroom – Light Aqua Blue

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I would really like a light, pale blue in the bathroom.  The floor tile has a lot of brown, and the square wall tiles have little tan flecks in them, so we want to stay away from gray in here because I am not a fan of brown and gray unless it is dark brown wood with gray.  I’m really in love with the photos I have seen of Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams such as these:

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However, I also love Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore:

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Master Bedroom – Some Shade of Blue or Blue/Gray

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Our master bedroom definitely has me torn as to what color I want to paint it.  We are planning on painting all the trim white as well as adding white closet units on the right wall (where the dog bed is and along that side wall in the photo above), and we will be keeping our rug and bedding.  The headboard will probably be recovered either a fun pop of color (a sherbet orange?  coral?  yellow?) or a dark charcoal, so that it won’t clash with the walls which we want to paint some shade of aqua blue.  Part of me wants to go a very light, happy shade of aqua blue, almost like the two blue pillows on the bed, but part of me wants to go a little darker to make it more of a cozy sanctuary feel (does anyone get what I mean???).  I love the idea of a lighter blue to lighten this room up, but I am hesitant because our bathroom and second bedroom will most likely be lighter blues.  Thoughts?

Here are some other blues that I like that could be possible contenders:

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Woodlawn Blue – Source

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Nimbus Gray by Benjamin Moore – Source

Second Bedroom – Stay Tuned

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Much like we have done nothing but fill this room with stuff we don’t know where else to put, we also don’t have a paint color picked out for this room yet.  We have decided not to work on this room until we have news that we are going to be having a baby.  We hope that will happen in the near future, so we don’t plan on decorating this room only to change it right away.  The gender of the baby probably won’t matter when it comes to paint colors, and I already have a lot of ideas in mind for when that time comes, but for now we are going to keep it a secret.

So, there you have it!  Those are our current paint colors and our plans for painting in the future.  I have kept this post centered on the interior only because I have not put too much thought into the outside.  If we paint the stone, we will probably go for a darker blue/aqua color, but if we don’t paint the stone, I have no idea!  That’s a project for another time, but we will keep you posted once we know!

I’d love if you could share your favorite paint colors in the comment section!  I would also love to read any suggestions you have as we paint the rest of the rooms!

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Becoming Inspired: Kitchen Phase One Inspiration

Last time, I talked about the pros and cons of our original kitchen (before we touched it).  Today, I am sharing our inspiration and our plan for the kitchen (at least when it comes to aesthetics).  As we talked about in our post about our dual decorating style, we like kind of a modern, bright, cottage feel.  We like classic touches with some fun, quirky, colorful pieces thrown in there just to make it more comfortable and fun.

Our kitchen is a galley, so we looked at lots of galley kitchens to see what directions we wanted to go in.  Here are some inspiration photos of galley kitchens that we really liked followed by what we really liked about them.

Galley Kitchen:

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What we love:

We also looked through our Pinterest boards to see what paint colors, hardware, light fixtures, and other kitchen-related items we were naturally drawn to.  Here are our favorite photos and what we liked about them.

Kitchens We Were Drawn to:

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House of Turquoise

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What we love:

We took what we loved from these kitchens and applied it to our kitchen.  Here is an inspiration board I created to give you just a taste of the final kitchen (I used the exact products we used as much as I could).  This doesn’t include the fun accents, art, and shelving items, but it gives you a taste of the more permanent finishes we chose.

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Details:

  1. Benjamin Moore Aura Satin paint in Cloud Cover (for the cabinets)
  2. Benjamin Moore Regal Eggshell paint in Stratton Blue (for the walls)
  3. Oil rubbed bronze hinges (since our cabinets are old school and the hinges show)
  4. Oil rubbed bronze cabinet handles
  5. Oil rubbed bronze classic drawer pulls
  6. Black granite sink
  7. Vintage-inspired faucet
  8. Black Alicante formica countertops (this was a low-budget kitchen upgrade – one day we will have solid stone countertops)
  9. Nautical light fixture
  10. Ikea white shelf with bracket

 

Looking at the inspiration board, it looks like there will be a lot of black in the kitchen, but really, because the cabinets will all be white, the black is there to balance it out.  The Stratton Blue wall color paint was taken from the inspiration photos (it is used in the third and fourth photos in this post) and it is so pretty!  It’s the perfect color and just reminds me of Cape Cod, which totally fits our vintage coastal style that we love.

We can’t wait to show you the final kitchen (when it is complete), but stay tuned for many progress photos of how we are getting from the inspiration to the final product.

Dominating the Dual Decorating Style

I’ve always been a decorating nut.  When I was in elementary school, I dreamed of buying an A-frame house that I would decorate with boat-shaped bookcases and giant wooden bear statues.  Thankfully, over the years, my style changed, but my obsession with the art of decorating has only grown stronger.

I learned early on in our relationship back in high school that San likes joint decisions when it comes to anything pertaining to our relationship.  Truthfully, we knew we would get married even back in high school (which seems kind of crazy now), so we often talked about what our kids’ names would be, what dog we would get, and what our house would look like.  Before Pinterest, I hoarded images of beautifully-decorated rooms in a Photobucket account.  When I would see San, I would show him the newest photos I had saved and he would often utter a polite “yuck” or “ew” to every one.

I grew up in a home where my mom made the decorating decisions, my dad tried to talk her out of them because it meant work for him or change, but eventually he would come around and love whatever she did.  My dad is not a guy who cares about aesthetics, so my mom got to choose the decorating style she wanted and he never complained once it was done.  I was quickly learning that San would not be like this and that I would have to cater to his likes as well.

The longer we dated, the more our decorating styles started to mesh together.  Then, once we were married, we decided we both had to agree on every decorating decision we made.  We quickly learned what we both liked and what we didn’t and eventually we found a “style” that would work as our dual decorating style even though our individual styles are pretty different.

A few years ago, I gravitated toward pretty feminine rooms like this:

 

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It’s pretty funny looking back at these because I wouldn’t consider them my style at all now, but I showed San rooms like this all the time while we were dating.  Poor guy!

San used to, in return, show me photos of rooms he liked, such as these:

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I think as we make decisions together, our style has grown closer and closer together, which is remarkable considering how far apart they were to begin with.  As you will see as we get further along in the renovating and decorating process, we gravitate toward rooms that look like these:

Our Dual Decorating Style

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Our Dual Decorating Style

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Our Dual Decorating Style

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Our Dual Decorating Style

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Our Dual Decorating Style

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Our Dual Decorating Style

 

Honey We’re Home

After looking at lots of photos, pinning away on Pinterest, and shopping together a lot over the past few years, we have learned that there are certain things that we really love when it comes to decorating that define our style.

Our style includes:

We like to say our style is like a bright, modern, cottage because we love lots of vintage elements, but we also like the room to feel updated and timeless.  We hope that made sense!  Our aim is for our home to be youthful, casual, inviting, and a little quirky (like us).  We have learned to decorate using things we both absolutely love and when it all comes together, it works because we are drawn toward alike things.  We can’t wait to get to decorating and will be sure to show you lots of inspiration that guides us along the way!