Friday, January 9, 2015

39 Updated House Tour is Live!

Well, it only took this gal a few months of cleaning, picture taking and hours of product sourcing, but it is DONE!  I am so excited to finally have an updated Home Tour that reflects all of the hard work we have put into our abode!


The photos are a pretty accurate reflection of our home before Christmas.  Up until we put a giant hole in the wall and applied for a permit to renovate our kitchen.  You can check out the plans for the space here.

Then life gave us a clue that we needed to slow down and take the rest of the year off.  So that is what we did.

However, we had already been emptying our cabinets and kitchen to prepare for the renovation.  Half of our furniture was in the kitchen/living room, the other half was in our guest bedroom along with a makeshift pantry.  Pile on Christmas and we honestly lost control of our home.

But just last week we finally decided it is now or never.  So we spent a day tearing out that wall!!


Um, guys!  We tore out the wall! 

When we start a project, we are typical "go getters", so it was a real eye opener on the first day when we couldn't finish demo due to electrical and plumbing that we didn't feel comfortable moving.  I realized then and there that as much as we want to just get things done, we will be doing a lot of waiting on others in-between things we can do.  Waiting on plumbing before we can remove the sink cabinet.  Waiting on electrical before we can pull the final few studs (per a call with our home builder, the wall is not load bearing, everything is supported within the trusses).  Waiting on electrical before we can install the ceiling planks and patch portions of our walls.  Waiting on the custom island and then the counters.  There will be a lot of hurry up and wait happening around here.  But it is finally happening and I am thrilled!

Since last week, we were also able to have our plumber remove the kitchen sink so all of the cabinets are now officially out!  And our little Peyton chipped away every last piece of backsplash tile.  We have also removed all of the flooring, and have spent the previous 4 nights pulling 755,475,324,159 staples, only to be about halfway done.  Anyone want to come help?  It is really invigorating stuff. #sarcasm

So things are definitely happening over here at a very turtle pace.  And it is very exciting, but I am feeling really ready to start installing.  Fingers crossed we will have more progress to share within the next few days.

Anyway.  During the lull and while we figure out how to get organized through this giant mess we are making, I decided that I should probably get my home tour updated.  It was so incredibly outdated and I apologize that I slacked on that over the past year.  I spent a lot of time re-photographing many of the spaces, as well as going through all of the new photos and sourcing most of the objects and paint colors.


The best part is that it reminded me of the potential that our home has to be awesome because right now it is in complete chaos.  Working on the images was definitely motivation to stay giddy about the renovation light!

Thank you to those of you who gave me a few topic ideas for in-between kitchen updates.  And as much as I thought I wouldn't be doing many side projects or organizing during the big reno, I am already getting the itch to get my hands dirty while we wait in limbo... It is a sickness!  I will also be sharing some kitchen progress live on Instagram here.

Again, you can check out the freshly updated (already outdated) home tour here.  Happy Friday everyone!



39 comments:

  1. Haha! Love that…"freshly updated (already outdated) ". I know that your kitchen will be amazing!

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  2. Renovations during the holidays are the worst! We definitely stopped before Tday this year and glad we did. :) It's too cold and too dark to work in the winter anyways :). But congrats on getting back to it!

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  3. We just started our kitchen and first floor update and our house is total chaos and unorganized right now - so I totally get how you're feeling!! I keep trying to think to the end of the project and how awesome our home will be when it's done!

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    1. We are doing the same. As hard as it is some days, we really couldn't be happier or more excited. Best of luck as you take on your space!

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  4. Your home is absolutely stunning! I feel totally inspired.
    Thanks for sharing!
    -Kristen
    www.pugsandpearls.com

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  5. Wow love your house. I love the light colors and then bright pops of color in the accessories or flowers or whatever. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. I bet you are getting antsy. LOL It is going to look so amazing when complete. Your home is beautiful and this reno will be too.

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  7. Waiting when you have more ideas than you can hold in makes renos so very challenging! Good luck! It will payoff!

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  8. Please leave the old pics available somewhere . Loved them a lot and love to compare ;-) I am really curious though :-)

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    1. They still live on within original posts. :)

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  9. Thank you so much for the info. Always loved the color you select at your house, and furniture! Now I know where can I buy it . Thank you again!!!!. Mil GRACIAS.. GRACIAS!!!. Att. Barbara from Puerto Rico

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  10. As usual, everything looks absolutely stunning! After looking at your pictures, I'm thinking of purchasing the tufted bench which you used for your dining table. Are you happy with your choice in terms of quality and sturdiness?

    Where will you be placing your fridge after the renovations? Super excited to be keeping up to date with the latest!

    Another idea, maybe changing up the light switch fixtures might go better with the look of your beautiful home? Just a thought!

    Love your posts, keep them coming! :)

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    1. Yes, we are still really happy with the bench and how easy it has been to keep clean. And it has held up to daily use by our boys!

      You can see the new kitchen layout here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2014/12/iheart-kitchen-renovation-plans.html

      And it is a 100% gut job, so the lighting will be swapped out as well. :)

      xo!

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  11. Can't Wait to see the finish product!

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  12. So excited to watch your kitchen progress! I really enjoy your blog and your sunny, positive approach to things. :)

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  13. Wow it already looks so different without that wall! Can't wait to see how it shapes up, in the meantime I'm off to check out the updated home tour! How exciting!

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  14. Your house looks amazing. Go you for doing as much as you can yourself and for even gathering the energy that us needed to do it. My parents are currently in the process of renovating their house. It is one of the mist stressfull things one can do. And as an architect I feel your pain on waiting on the trade. You do have to give yourself some slack and realise that it's not all going to happen from one day to another. I can't wait to buy my own hone one day and I'm pretty sure it will need some work done. Great post xx Dandy I www.dandelionblue.co.uk

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  15. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  16. Things are starting to look pretty amazing. Love seeing the pictures. Hope the rest of the remodel goes well and smoothly.

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  17. Woohoo! Looking amazing! Loving your style. Can't wait to see the finished product :-)

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  18. You tore out a wall. Exciting and scary. I cannot wait to hear how it progresses.

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  19. Your home is so beautiful!! Really loving how the color pops against the white and gray. We are looking at a kitchen reno later this year, but I know it's something you have to be really mentally prepared for. It will all be worth it in the end!

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  20. Can you tell me what your style is? Is there some name or two or three specific styles you've combined to achieve the look of your home? Perhaps a phrase that you use to represent the look you are going for?

    My taste is so eclectic that I've been unable to figure out what style I'm after, in our little ranch home. When I scrolled through the photos on your home tour, I thought "Yes!!! This is exactly the look I've been trying to find. Finally!!"

    I'm sure you receive scads of questions and comments, but please, please let me know what you call this look, and more specifically, what it would be referred to in the retail world. I live a long ways out in the country, and the majority of my shopping is done online. It's not ideal, but that's my reality. It's tough to choose furniture, light fixtures, etc. when I can't narrow it down by style at all. I don't know if I like something or not until I see it. If there's not a name for your look, then several phrases or key word would be immensely helpful. Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Tabitha!

      In the past I would also try to define my style, and like you, found it difficult to pin point. I think once I realized what styles and colors don't make sense in our home, that also helped during the selection process. For example, I don't prefer a lot of beiges and browns, heavy furniture or distressed painted items. So now if I stumble across a piece that I DO love, even it if is distressed, I may pass on it because I know that it really won't make sense. Or, I might decide I love the distressed piece enough that I pair it with a modern style lamp to make it flow with other pieces. The same idea applies to colors.

      Instead of trying to define my personal style, I just make sure that I am asking myself a few questions before purchasing a piece of home decor:

      a. Do I absolutely love the piece or am I loving it because it is trendy? WHY do I love it?
      b. Does it fit a color scheme that I have set throughout my home?
      c. Will it blend with my other pieces or will it stand out as an afterthought?
      d. Is it versatile enough to move around my home should anything change down the line?

      I think if you are intentional and thoughtful about filling your home with things you just love, then it will begin to be a reflection of your personal style and just begin to make sense. And I am OK with mixing and matching different styles as long as it ends up feeling like me and something I will love. I am not sure why there would be a need to name or define the style?

      And as far as online shopping goes, I have a pin board that allows me to pin my favorite retailers. So once I find an item or online shop that feels like my style, whatever that may be, I pin it and visit those shops when I am looking for something in particular. I also live away from most major shopping areas, so this has helped me as well.

      If you are really determined to define your style, my good friend has an online blog and classes that help with that. It may be exactly what you are looking for:

      http://www.tealandlime.com/
      http://www.schoolofdecorating.com/

      Best of luck Tabitha as you continue to work on your home. xoxo!

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  21. Whew, kitchen renos are the most stressful and the most rewarding of all household projects. I'm excited to see what you have planned. I love your style.

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  22. The day after Christmas we started tearing out our laminate flooring to put down real hardwood flooring. Also tore out paneling and put up drywall...our living room is nonexistent, my whole house is covered in dust and throw in there a newborn not even 48 hours old yet...we might be crazy but loving it! The finished look will be amazing!!

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  23. Great post and I loved the home tour!

    :D Bren

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  24. Wow, I wish i have such a cool house like yours!! It´s stunning!!! you should check this page out http://www.nomad-360.com/ where you can create a tour more real, a virtual tour. Love From Mexico xx

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  25. We've been remodeling our home for 10 years! What first started as adding a "wife's touch" to my husband's bachelor pad has now turned into "we have 3 kids and have outgrown our house". We are FINALLY in the home stretch and now that it will be what I've envisioned all these years it will really be hard to put it on the market!

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  26. Your house (home) is just beautiful! Sooo looking forward to seeing your new kitchen!

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  27. I can't wait to see what you do with your kitchen! Our homes are similarly laid out in that the kitchen and living are separated by a wall, but ours is our stairs and is definitely load-bearing :( I have always wanted a more open space for entertaining.
    -Morgan
    California To Carolina
    The Gym Bunny

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  28. I'm not sure if you mentioned it and I didn't see but I just opened my Martha Stewart Living to see your name in the organized home article and squealed with delight!!! My two favorite ladies together! It makes my heart happy!!

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  29. Can't wait to see the results! I did the same gray, white, and aqua scheme in my son's nursery. I love it. It's so happy :)

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  30. I would love to hear about the steps you took before you started the project such as research, possible permits, or specifications you had to meet.

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  31. I loved this post and I feel I'm gonna keep coming back to your home tour page. Your home is so full of joy and great ideas!

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  32. Could you tell me if your trim and doors are still Swiss Coffee? Trying to pick a color to paint trim and love your choice. I just wanted to make sure it was the same color in the new pics because my walls are the same gray. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hello! The trim and doors are still Behr's Swiss Coffee in the new photos. It is a great soft white.

      Jen

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