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A ‘Before’ Tour

Ohmigod. It’s like this baby KNOWS when I’m trying to take a moment for my dang self. She was fast asleep, I opened up the “Add New Post” page and she woke up crying. For no reason. Which she never does. THIS is why I never get to blog anymore, you guys.

But she’s so incredibly cute and sweet, so it’s okay.

I’ve been dying to share what I’ve been up to in our new home, but you can just read that opening section over and over again and draw your own conclusions. I’m feeling overwhelmed with the whole baby/work/decorating balance, but every now and then I’m able to pat myself on the back for what I’ve accomplished in the last month. (When I’m not feeling like a huge failure for not doing more. What? You already know I’m a freak. Normal, well-adjusted people do not need to write blogs.) Anyway, I have found a moment, so here we go!

Living Room

ivory black living room _ paned windows _ french doors _ boxwood wreath


ivory black living room _ simple fireplace _ paned windows

ikea besta billy

Keith installed the Ikea bookshelves (like a pro, might I add – ’cause he was one), and I styled ‘em up. That’s actually a pretty complicated task when you use your bookshelves for BOOKS and not just pretty things. Where is everyone else putting their books? Baffling. Anyway, we still have to add the trim to make them proper “built-ins” but for now they’re doing the job and I straight-up love ‘em.

I’m in the process of painting the television cabinet a deep, inky black (no more red) and I have to paint the top to our new coffee table, and then we have to hang the sprockety death star thingy in front of the fireplace. And I want to recover the bentwood chair seats and hang a few things on the walls, but all-in-all I’m super happy with the direction of this room.


1920s subway tile bathroom

I totally love this room. Even though it needs some replacement tiles and paint clean-up, it’s so airy and it makes me feel like a million bucks. The sink faucet appears to be shot, so I bought this one as a replacement. I also love that.

Poppy’s Bedroom

floral babys room

I have done nothing in here but try to keep it tidy. I have plans, but she doesn’t even sleep in here yet, so whatever. I’m anxious to get some stuff done, but I have to pick and choose. She crabbed at me the entire time I installed her ONE roman shade, so I’m not too eager to listen to her nag while I make the other one.

She really is so sweet, for real. She just wants me to stare into her eyes and not worry about window treatments, because she is SMART.

Master Bedroom

greek key carpet remnant rug

Everything is changing, so I’m just showing you our new rug. This lunatic, ridiculous, MAJESTIC rug. I love this thing so hard. It’s a carpet remnant that I got for less than $200 with the binding and delivery (it’s 11×11 ft). It’s totally a weirdo hotel ballroom border carpet, and even though I now have to completely redo everything else in the room, I have not one single regret. It makes me want to float around in a silky robe and spray perfume into the air. By the way, this amazing tufted headboard is on my to-do list.

Dining Room

butlers pantry _ dining room built-ins painted white

I’ve got one coat of paint on the walls, but I couldn’t get a good shot of it this morning, so I’m just showing this wall today. And I have some serious plans for these built-ins. The hardware has been purchased, I just need an hour to drill all new holes. And then a few more hours to fill the existing ones and paint over them. It will be glorious. I’d also love to have mirror cut for the backsplash at some point, but that’s a future project.

As is the rest of this post. Looks like a two-parter, my friends. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the joint!


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