Monday, January 31, 2011

New Home: The Befores & The Durings

There has been some major progress at the house. This past weekend brought an end to all the big projects. And here was a great delivery:
Our new high efficiency washer and dryer.
And the best part? This little tag stating that the total annual operating price of our dryer will be $14!
Now on to the befores/durings.

This was our basement a few weeks ago. There used to be grungy carpet and a built in bar cabinet at the end of the room. There was also an old refrigerator and a huge out-dated TV.
Now we have new carpeting and a new insulated and drywalled nook.
This is the new carpeted staircase leading down to the basement.
We picked out a great patterned Martha Stewart carpet at Home Depot. The grayish-beige will be a great base for any color scheme we decide to go with in the room.
And this little nook will be the future site of a built in desk/workspace for office and sewing projects.
Moving all the way up to the top floor is our master bedroom before picture.
Now we have newly painted walls and a new bed frame and best of mattress!
These are the new sheets I found at HomeGoods that match the color green in our new West Elm duvet cover. (more on that later)
The new wall color is soft and subtle but really leaves a clean-looking room.
The color is a soft gray with a tint of green.
The dining room got a new ceiling light.
Very modern and very pretty!
This is a before picture of one of the living room walls with a great built in shelf.
Now the walls have a new coat of paint and the built in shelves have been painted white. We also removed the bottom shelf to give us some room for tall knick-knacks or a small lamp.
These were the original wall sconces. They were very dated and had an art deco feel to them. (Also noticed the original floors. They have now been re-sanded and stained a darker color).
In their place are these fabulous antique-finished sconces.
I think they have a great Pottery Barn feel to them.

They go great with our new Pottery Barn sleeper sofa.
On to the nursery. Here's the before:
And here's the during:
A new wall color of a silvery-blue and a new Ikea dresser. This will also be the changing table.
My mom bought us our crib: a Pottery Barn crib she found on Craigslist. It matches the rest of the furniture perfectly!
She also made the roman shades.
Another Ikea find- a shelving unit with some baskets for toys and books.
My mom found a great lamp on clearance at HomeGoods and of's first stuffed animal :)
And finally an Ikea ceiling light replaces an old ceiling fan.
As you can see, things are coming along. Just 2 more weeks and we will be officially moved in!! So stayed tuned for the AFTERS!!


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  2. Wow! You've been really busy! Everything looks great! Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment!

  3. Your house is just adorable!! I love everything you've done so far. It's so fun sprucing up an old house, isn't it?! LOVE love love the new carpet you picked- I'm trying to decide if we want to tile or carpet in our basement, and this is a reallllly gorgeous option. Beautiful progress! xo

  4. it is coming along so beautifully. I can't wait to see it all complete!

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  6. Congratulations on that pick! The bed size is perfect for this room. It's not too small, not too big, just right. And the mattress looks amazingly comfortable and big enough for two. With some proper lighting as finishing touch, your room will sure stand out! What kind of mattress are you using, by the way?

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