Happy Monday! You guys, can you believe that today marks three years in our home???? It feels like it was yesterday that we moved all our stuff in. If you’ve been following our renovations then you know I’ve been packing up to have the work done on the ceilings. Work is still in progress, but I thought it might be fun to share the updates we’ve made over the the years but more specifically in the last year.Last year, I shared this post, sharing updates over the first two years.There’s been LOTS of updates since last year’s post.
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Where should we start? Outside????
Our Front Yard
Last summer, we added plants to the front of our home. We added boxwoods and white azaleas. We’d like to add more plantings this summer.
Exterior Source List
- Shutter and Door Color – Buxton Blue, Benjamin Moore
- Ferns – The Home Depot
- Planters – Antique
- Boxwoods, azealas and seasonal plantings in our window boxes
I think the biggest project for us EVER was the She Shed. This space has been amazing. It turned an unused corner of our yard, overgrown with trees, into a coastal oasis. The kids and Luke have all tried to steal this away from me. We do all enjoy it but it will always be my she shed. Sometimes you have to get away from the sound of video games or arguing. Ha! Ha.
My goal with the shed was to make it look like a mini version of our home, complete with gambrel roof and matching blue shutters.
As you may remember, we partnered with The Home Depot on this she shed makeover. It was A LOT of work but we loved it and this area has gone from unused to most enjoyable. Poppy and I love it down there. The gravel patio is nice for sipping cocktails or coffee and inside is a beautiful coastal oasis. You all know I love the coastal style and in here I could let my imagination go wild with design ideas – shiplap walls, driftwood, sea glass, nautical charts and beautiful artwork from friends. I LOVE it out here.
Here’s a peek inside (before & after) if you’re new around here:
She Shed Source List
- Shed – Horizon model from Sheds USA, with dark grey siding, gambrel roof and cedar doors, shutters and window boxes.
- Wall Color – Polar Bear by Behr in Exterior Matte (Home Depot)
- Door / Shutter Color – custom color (Home Depot) – can supply code if you’d like
- Floor Stain – Behr Exterior Floor Stain in Cape Cod Gray, semi-transulent (Home Depot)
- Whale Weathervane – Home Depot
- Bead Board Paneling – Home Depot
- Shiplap – Home Depot
- Rug – Home Decorators Collection Nantucket Aegean from Home Depot
- Garden Patio Stools here and here – Safavieh from Home Depot
- Wicker Loveseat – Spring Haven Grey from Home Depot
- Console Table – Home Depot
- Plants (interior and exterior) – Home Depot
- Vintage Maps – Goodies II in Scituate Harbor – we created the art with them.
- Nautical Pulley – Goodies II
- Vintage Buoys – Goodies II
- Cafe Set – old set I owned, updated with Rustoleum Spray Paint in White Satin
- Coffee Table – we built from Home Depot supplies, stained with Varathane’s Sunbleached
- SEA SIDE canvas letters – 163 Design Company
- Sailboat Metal Print – Kjeld Mahoney Photography
- Crab and Whale Pillow – Lucy Akins, Craftberry Bush’s Society 6 Shop
- Striped Poof – Home Depot
- Candlesticks – Home Decorators Collection from Home Depot
- Remote Control Candles – Home Depot
- Seeded Hurricane – Home Decorators Collection Home Depot
- Shells – my own
- Giant Clam Shell – Wisteria
- Patio Stone mini marble chips – Home Depot
- Paving Bricks – Home Depot
Our Back Deck
This is another area that we absolutely love! It gets so much use by just us but also by guests. Giving this space a little “refresh” last year made it sooooo enjoyable. As an anniversary gift Luke created the outdoor table and benches for me. They are beautiful and still look great for this season. He made them out of cedar. If you’d like to make them yourself you can see the build plans here and here. One of the things that makes this area so special, I think, is the wisteria. It smells amazing and is so whimsical. It just started growing and we can’t wait for it to be in full bloom soon.
You can more about the deck refresh here.
Deck Source List:
- Indoor / Outdoor Rug – Oriental Weavers Riviera Navy and Ivory Geometric Rug, size 7’10” x 10’10” from Wayfair.
- Round Umbrella Base – Bronze base by Birch Lane
- Umbrella – Eastvale Patio Umbrella by Birch Lane
- Arm Chairs – Threshold 2 piece wicker dining chairs
- Table and Benches – Luke built. Tutorial coming soon. The benches and table are made with white cedar boards from Home Depot and legs are from Lowe’s.
- Fern – Home Depot
- Placemats – Ikea
- Jug – Target
- Glasses – Ikea
- Plates – Ikea
- Coasters – Target
- Linen Napkins – from Chapters in Toronto
- Napkin Rings – click here for tutorial
- Bowls – assorted from – Pier One, vintage from thriftstores
- Croquet Set – Vinage 1940s from Goodies II in Scituate Harbor
- Ikat Pillows and Galvanized Bucket – Christmas Tree Shoppe
We’ve made a few changes inside this year as well. Shall we head inside?
Our Living Room
I always felt like our living room was a bit hard to layout because it very long but not very deep. There are two different areas, one by the fireplace and one where we watch TV. It used to feel like a bowling alley but now now it doesn’t. I rearranged the furniture at a little dinner party with Matthew Mead and friends. You can read about that here. Now, as you know the furniture is currently outside in a pod as we work on the ceilings, but here’s how it was looking a few weeks ago.
We spend so much time in this room as a family. It’s our hang out room. We love family movie nights, game nights and just chilling in here. I’m really missing this room right now.
Here’s a view from the other direction:
Luke made that sofa table and I created the galvanized finish. I’m still pretty proud of that!
Living Room Source List:
- Wall Color – Mascarpone in Matte by Benjamin Moore
- Dark Woodwork – Original
- Linen Curtains – Ikea
- Driftwood Garland (on mantel) – Birch Lane
- Textured Pots – Tutorial here
- Succulents, branches, lavender – Trader Joe’s
- Daisie Desk (near fireplace) – Paint tutorial here and here
- White Chairs – Ikea
- White Fur Throw – World Market
- Painterly Ikat Pillows (on white chairs) – Minted
- Oriental Rugs – Antiques
- Galvanized Table – Painted Tutorial and Build Plans
- Mini Boxwood Wreaths – Amazon
- Tommy Bahama Baskets – HomeGoods
- Safavieh Faux Fur Rugs – Wayfair
- Standing lamps and table lamp – Target
- Black Gateleg Table – Painted in Lamp Black by General Finishes
- Chesterfield Sofa – Craigslist find, Pottery Barn and domino have ones that are similar.
- Coffee Table – Painted Furniture Tutorial
- Bamboo side table – antique
- French Chairs – World Market
- Side Table – Vintage from Italy
- Rocking Chair – mine from childhood
- Faux Plants – Ikea
Got a few updates over the past year, with some new sheets, new artwork and new woven blinds. The blinds have made a HUGE difference to our sleep. The black out option is amazing. I couldn’t believe yesterday that I slept in until 9am! I haven’t slept that long since I don’t know when.
It’s hard to see the updates from just the before and after.
Here’s a few more photos:
Bedroom Source List:
- Wall Color – Silver Cloud by Benjamin Moore
- Trim Color – White Dove by Benjamin Moore
- Woven Blinds – Smith & Noble
- Artwork –“Serenity” from Minted
- Headboard – Click here for tutorial
- Sheets – Perfect Linens
- Bedding – Shabby Chic by Target
- Throw Pillows – Michaels
- Side Table – Tutorial here
- Lamps – Antiques
- Isla Dresser – Tutorial here and hemp oil revive here
- Linen Curtains on Closet – Ikea
- Flowers – mix of real and faux, real from Trader Joe’s
- Faux Bamboo – Ikea
- Shell Mirror – Brimfield
- Clifton Dresser – Tutorial here
- Books, bottles, jars – antiques
- Straw Hats – Target
We only have one full bathroom in this house and we share it with our boys. Since moving in I’ve wanted to paint our gold vanity, well, this year I did just that! I also added a few affordable updates to the space. I shared the vanity painting here and some budget friendly tips here.
Bathroom Source List
- Wall Color – Benjamin Moore Manchester Tan
- Trim Color – Benjamin Moore White Dove
- Vanity – Champlain by Fusion Mineral Paint, can see painting tutorial here.
- Vanity Hardware – Anthropologie
- Built In Hardware – D. Lawless
- Shower Curtain (similar)- Overstock
- Soap Dispenser – HomeGoods
- Bath Mats – HomeGoods
- Hand Towels – Target
- Shower Head – Waterpik
- Faucets – Kohler
- Door knob – Antique
- Plants (real and faux): Trader Joes, Ikea and HomeGoods
- Container – Ikea
- Driftwood / Airplant – I made
The last stop on our little before and after tour is the kitchen. I wasn’t partial to the original yellow walls so the very first project of the 2016 was covering them with gray!
Finally, we replaced the faux metallic tiles with stick on subway tiles. Yes, you read that right! I wanted a quick and easy fix so I used Subway tiles by The Smart Tiles to create this look! You can read all about that here!
The new tiles are a small but impactful change. I’d always dreamed of putting subway tiles in our home.
- Wall Color – Gray Owl in Eggshell by Benjamin Moore
- Cabinet Color – Bone White in Semi Gloss by Benjamin Moore
- Trim Color – White Dove in Semi Gloss by Benjamin Moore
- Interior China Cabinet – Soap Stone by Fusion Mineral Paint
- Stick on Subway Tiles – Metro Blanco by The Smart Tiles
- Pendant Light – Ikea
- Beaded White Plates and Bowls – Wayfair
- Plain White Plates and Bowl – Ikea
- Bread Bin – Bits of Vintage
- Kitchen Cart – Ikea
- Tea Towel – Ikea
- Striped Bowls and Coffee Pots – Vintage
- Butterflies – Vintage
- Mason Jar – Vintage
- Pewter Pitcher – my grandmothers
- Throw Rug – Dash & Albert (our rug is smaller than the link)
- Kitchen Aid Mixer – Amazon
- Cook Books we love (from Amazon) – Plenty, Everyday Italian, Giada’s Feel Good Foods,Jamie’s Dinners, Happy Days with the Naked Chef, Soup Bible, The Silver Spoon Cookbook,The Joy of Cooking
- Stools – Ballard Design
I hope you enjoyed this little before & after tour. I’m actually super surprised how many projects we knocked off our “to do” list. I just said that to my hubby and he chuckled. Oh, well.
More to come this year! Thanks so much for reading!