Since returning from the Bahamas at the end of October, I’ve been home bound here in Tennessee—other than a quick five-day trip to Washington—and it’s been great getting to actually live in the space SVV and I have spent the last three-and-a-half years renovating.
You may recall that we were in the midst of doing our siding when last I updated you on our home progress. We got that done just under the wire for our refinance inspection—which we’re still waiting to hear back on that mess of a situation because VA loans are the worst—the week before Christmas with the help of a trio of handymen from Advantage Siding; though it was a bit more than we had hoped to pay, they were indeed awesome to work with and got the job done. As soon as it starts to warm up in the spring, we’ll be working with Sherwin-Williams to paint the exterior High Reflective White.
But what about the interior, you might ask. I’ve been posting pretty regular room tours on my Snapchat lately—follow along at LunaticAtLarge if you don’t already—and it seems like you guys want more.
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So even though I’m a perfectionist and it pains me a little to show you our very unfinished house, here’s a sneak peek at where all of our rooms currently stand.
The Master Bathroom. If you’ll recall, we teamed up with Mission Stone + Tile to completely make over this space, and I absolutely LOVE the way it’s turned out so far. Note: This is still a work in progress. We just ordered a piece of remnant Rococo quartz to serve as the vanity top and still need to find a hanging shower fixture and curtain and some other accents to complete the space because the walls are slanted and it’s a very odd layout. Any ideas, for a mirror in particular? I’d love to hear them.
The Master Bedroom. Other than getting the floor replaced in 2012 (fear not, the poplar will continue to darken over time), tiling the fireplace and recently adding a chandelier from my sister’s wedding decor—we’re nothing if not resourceful—we haven’t done much with this room … yet. It’s comfortable enough now, but we only really sleep here. What we really need is some better closet space (not pictured), so we might build one at some point in the future.
The Living Room. You’ll be hearing a lot about this space in the coming months as we’re working with my good friend Kendall Simmons and using her new e-design service to totally makeover this room, and I’ll be chronicling that process in depth. As you can imagine, we spend a lot of time in this room and other than the Z Gallerie couches, which are SO comfortable, I’m ready for everything else to go and to get a nice color scheme going and some fun art on both of the walls. I also can’t wait to scrape these horrible popcorn ceilings and switch out the ugly light fixtures, which were there when we moved in.
The Dining Room. Eventually, we’d love to knock down the wall between the living and dining room and make it all one big space that flows together. We’re also going to have a custom farm house table built with a bench on one side and chairs on the other, but for now, this is what it looks like.
A year ago, we also moved my Pottery Barn desk set down into the dining room as I was never using it in our office upstairs. Being on the ground floor is so much better for me, and though we haven’t completed this space, you can still get a feel for it.
The Lemon Room. Our upstairs guest bedroom has more or less been done for two years, though whatever window treatments we use downstairs, we’ll likely incorporate into this room, as well. I’d also like to get a big piece of artwork to hang in the blank space over the mantle.
The Green Room. We outfitted the downstairs bedroom, which we dubbed “The Green Room” thanks to the fireplace tile, with a pair of antique twin beds I found on Craigslist a few years ago with the intention for my nieces and nephew—or our friends’ kids—to be able to sleep in a space separate from their parents (in other words, those of us in the rooms upstairs can sleep soundly!). I also thought that when we have big groups of friends come stay, it would be handy to have one room with a queen bed and the other with twin beds so non-married/dating friends can share this room if need be.
This room has a lot of work that needs to be done, but it’s low on the priority list. We’re going to seal up the door which you can’t see but that leads to the Florida Room (it’s useless) and build corner shelves along both blank walls to house our 40+ globe collection and all the magazines I have to keep for work/research purposes. I’d also love to get rid of this trunk and put it in our attic, but for now it serves as my magazine and document storage.
The Kitchen. Oh man, the kitchen. This is probably the room we spend the most amount of time in after the living room, and it’s going to be a beast to tackle. We’re hoping to start it this summer—new cabinets, seal up the door to the bathroom and create an alternate entryway, sand and paint the floor, build an island, tear out that ceiling fan, cover the beadboard, replace those ugly countertops—but a lot depends on budget and, of course, time.
Sometimes it feels like we’ve made so little progress in three-and-a-half years, but then I look at the original photos from when we moved in fall of 2012 and I realize how far we’ve come. I’m trying not to beat myself up too much over this and just enjoy the projects we’re doing one step at a time.