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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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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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