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Spring/Summer 2014 House Tour

It has been just about a week past the one year mark of moving into our house.  What a year it has been!  It has been about six months since we finished renovating with the amazing help of my parents over weekends and holidays.  We posted a tour back around Christmas when it was all decorated for the holidays, but now that we have tackled a few more projects and it is FINALLY not winter here in Minnesota anymore, we thought it was time for an update home tour!

 

And, here are the updated photos!

Entry Way

Here is the “entry way.”  We don’t have a formal entry way that is a separate room, but we do have a little landing just upon opening the front door with a closet, stairs to the basement, and then it steps out into a little walkway with a storage unit before opening up into the living room.  We haven’t really done anything new to this part of the house since we last showed it except add a rug to the landing.  We plan on painting the light fixtures so that they are no longer brass but instead, oil rubbed bronze.  We also would like to take the shade off the window over the stairs and frost the glass for privacy while still letting light in (because it is too high for us to reach the shade to open it).  We also still have to paint the trim and doors.  Some trim is primed white already because we had to add new trim or replace it when doing the renovation, but all of it still needs to be painted Cloud Cover by Benjamin Moore to match the rest of the white paint in the house.  The walls in the entry, living room, dining room, and bedroom hallway are all Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore.

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Here is a view of the wall opposite the front door.  We still need to do something on the space to the left of the half wall (we are thinking a giant, retro, coastal, wooden clock or something with a lot of impact.  On the space to the right of the half wall, we used to have a bookcase (that is now in the second bedroom), but I want to add a couple shelves to decorate for the seasons/holidays as well as a little piece of furniture painted a cool color (maybe coral?).

Here is the view from the front door.  You can see how the entry way is part of the living room and it all flows into the dining room.  We have an Ikea Expedit 2×4 storage unit/console table behind the couch to drop our keys.  We plan on adding an accent chair to the right of the table for sitting to put shoes on and to make it more welcoming.

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Living Room

 The living room is one of our favorite rooms in the whole house!  It has a ten-foot-wide picture window that overlooks a lake (no neighbors across the street), so you can find the dogs or us just laying around looking out the window more often than not.  We have an Ikea Hemnes entertainment center that we LOVE!  It just brightens up the room and is so cute.  The shelves are not decorated or styled the way I want them to be, but they are fine for now.  We recently added the yellow striped curtains and the gray curtains.  They are both from Ikea, but the striped ones were just plain white.  I painted the yellow stripes on them.  The couch is an Ikea Ektorp couch that has a white slip cover.  I plan on doing a review of that couch soon, seeing as we have two dogs, are messy people ourselves, and many look at us like we are crazy when they find out we have a white couch.  The gray side table is from World Market (LOVE LOVE LOVE it!).   The ottoman is not staying.  It will be replaced eventually by a nice rustic, wooden coffee table.   I made the lamp shade a few years ago by gluing some fabric to an existing shade.

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We love this little side table from World Market so much!  I found the vintage fruit crate a few years back and use it to hold our blankets.

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Here is a great view of how everything is open to each other.

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Dining Room

Ahhh…the dining room!  Our newest big project!  We absolutely love the coastal cottage decorating style, and when I think of that style, I think of board and batten.  I knew this room needed something big and kind of flashy because it can be seen from the front door and the living room, and it just felt so bare without room for more furniture on the right side of the table.  I envisioned board and batten in here the second we opened up the wall between the living room and dining room.  After one weekend, some hard work by my parents and me and San, we had this beauty!  The chandelier now looks even more outdated.  It will go one day.  It makes me a little sad to get rid of it because it is one of the few remnants of the old house and its history, but it just doesn’t go with our decor (it is brown and orange and very autumn looking).  The table is from JcPenney originally, but we scored it on Craigslist for $80!  The chairs are Ikea, but they are far from permanent.  We would like to add some white x-back chairs to the sides of the tables and maybe some upholstered chairs on the ends.

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I scored that mirror above the buffet from a thrift shop for something like $5.  The mirror itself is warped, so I will eventually be replacing the glass, and I plan on painting the frame a different color.

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The floors make it very obvious right now that the stairs to the basement used to be where the buffet is.  When we hire someone to refinish them, it will be much less obvious!

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I’m in love with the way the board and batten curves around the corner here.  So pretty!  So classic!

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Here’s a view of the dining room from the kitchen.  You can see the back door and the little “cleaning” closet where we keep a lot of our cleaning products.  Like I said, all trim and doors will be painted, and all the old handles will be updated.

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Kitchen

 The kitchen has had an incredible overhaul since we bought the house, but we haven’t changed much since the last home tour.  We did add this little coffee station between the window and the back door.  There is a large walkway here, so we figured we could get away with adding a piece of furniture.  The shelving unit and bins are from Target.  We will be adding art and probably a shelf with a place to set or hang mugs above the coffee pot. The garbage and recycling will eventually be going in the cabinet next to the dishwasher, but for now they are still hanging out by the coffee station.

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We still need to replace the lights in here.

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And, we will be adding a built-in microwave most likely above the stove one day, as well as replacing the white appliances with stainless steel to match the dishwasher.

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I’m rethinking the chalkboard here.  I’m just no good at decorating chalkboards.  I thought about hiring a professional to decorate it permanently, but that is very expensive.  Instead, I’m thinking of hanging a little shelf with hooks for some vintage aprons and decorating the shelf.  Thoughts?

We did add this coral rug from Target. I love it!  This room was made for the color coral!

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Bedroom Hallway

The only thing we have done to the bedroom hallway (that is accessed from the living room) is rip out the carpet (as well as in the bedrooms, too).

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We plan on adding a full-length mirror to this wall to make it brighter and to allow guests (and us) to see how we look after leaving the bathroom.

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Bathroom

Nothing has changed at all in the bathroom since the last home tour.  We still need to paint the walls a pale aqua blue.

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Second Bedroom

 Ahhhhh….a room!  In the past, I haven’t shown this room because it was basically just a futon with a bunch of random stuff that didn’t go anywhere else.  I couldn’t take it anymore, so last week, I cleared everything out and brought up any office stuff we had in the basement or other parts of the house.  We don’t plan on decking this room out anytime soon because we are holding on to hope that we will need to convert it into a nursery soon, but for now, we like that it has a purpose, even if it isn’t the office of our dreams.

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I am in love with this navy lateral file cabinet!  I bought it in its once dingier form as a laminated Goodwill find for $10.  Some primer, paint, brass corners from the hardware store, and some Rub-N-Buff on the handles and it looks like a campaign chest.  I will probably do a more in-depth look at this file cabinet because the inside has been organized beautifully as well.

 

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Master Bedroom

From this view, it is hard to see the major change that has rocked our world: a new closet system!   The rug is from Rugs USA

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Here she is!  We bought two Pax closet systems from Ikea in chunks when things were on sale or in the “as is” section and save probably about $200!  This opens up both the bedroom closets that were being used by us for our clothes, so now we can use them for other things becasuse 95% of our clothes fits in these closet systems.  My dad added the crown molding and helped us add filler strips to the wall and between the closets so that the doors could open fully.

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And, here is the swatch graveyard we have stared at for close to a year.  We have the paint already for all the unpainted rooms, but we just haven’t found the time to dedicate to painting them.  This room will be a gray-beige (greige?) because the rug in here is taupe and doesn’t look good with a true gray wall (we tried it in the living room) but we want something nice, calm, and neutral so we can add more color throughout the room.

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We hope you enjoyed the home tour!  Let me know if I missed any important information!  Also, I’d love to know what your favorite part is or what you might have done differently (or would still do with the unfinished parts)!

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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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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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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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