I cannot believe I’m actually writing this, but as of today, Corey and I have lived in our house for an entire year. A YEAR! In honor of this huge milestone, I thought now would be a great chance to do an updated house tour, one year later. Our last tour happened about one month after we moved into the house, and things were looking a bit…bare. Now, however, we’ve had some time to settle in and spruce the place up a bit, so things are looking much more “us”!
Let’s start outside – here are a few shots of the front of the house. We haven’t done a single thing out here beyond keeping the lawn mowed and painting the front door, but someday we’ll be adding some curb appeal with some new plants (hopefully an actual, polished flower bed) and a new color on the house. We kind of love our corner lot and the giant front yard that comes along with it, though, so we’re totally not complaining about the lack of progress out here!
I’m kind of obsessed with the giant bushes along the fence line, and I wish we had about a million more of them. There’s another one on the other side of the house, and I admire it every time I pull into the driveway. We plan to eventually get rid of the boxwood bushes and the dead tree-ish thing behind them, and hopefully we can replace them with some more low-key and colorful flowers. The flower bed in the front of our house is also looking a bit pathetic, so we’ll definitely be giving it a facelift sometime soon.
And now, let’s step inside. Here are a couple of shots of the living room one year ago:
And here it is today:
Seriously more colorful and fun, right? I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made in here so far, and I’m really excited for the plans we have for this room in the future!
Next up is the dining room. Here’s what it looked like right after we moved in:
And here’s what it looks like now:
There are some major changes in here too, thanks to the bright white curtains, the crazy-huge light fixture, and the crisp, white chairs. We’ve still got a bit of work to do in here as well, such as finally getting around to reupholstering the head chairs (I swear it’s happening – the fabric is in my house!) and someday getting some art or something up on the fireplace wall.
And now, the one room downstairs where we really haven’t made any significant progress. It definitely looks better than it did when we moved in, but the kitchen is still a bit cringe-worthy. Here’s what it looked like last year:
And here it is now:
Definitely a few improvements, right? Hopefully by the time the next house tour rolls around, we’ll have even more changes in this room! And for some fun detail shots, here’s what our cute Anthropologie dish towels look like in the room…
And we finally got around to hanging our vintage-key-shaped-bottle opener next to the pantry – it makes me smile every time I see it!
Off of our bathroom we have our powder room. I’ve hardly shown any photos at all of the room on the blog because it’s tiny, awkward, and incredibly ugly (it wasn’t in the house tour last year), but I wanted to include it because hopefully (fingers crossed!) by the time I’m doing this tour next year this room will look very, very different.
Not so cute, right? Well we have big plans for this tiny little room, and hopefully we’ll be able to start tackling them sooner rather than later.
Okay, that’s the downstairs. Let’s head upstairs.
As you can see, I’ve finally started to switch the gallery wall up a bit as I have slowly started to find new frames that are a bit more varied, so we don’t have the white-on-white-on-white look. It’s still a work in progress, but hopefully soon we’ll have a nice eclectic look that isn’t too put-together – that’s definitely the goal!
Our hallway is still pretty boring, other than our “home sweet home” art that I made a few months back. I’d like to eventually spruce this hallway up with some more art, some prettier lighting, and maybe even a runner to bring in some color, but for now it gets the job done.
The office is one of the only rooms in the house that we seriously have done absolutely nothing to. We moved in a bunch of furniture, hung one canvas print, and called it a day. We still don’t really know what the real “purpose” of this room will be (I guess someday it will probably be a nursery, but we aren’t quite ready to go there yet), so we haven’t really felt a need to do anything to it – there are many more rooms in the house that we use on a regular basis, and this one falls pretty low on the priority list.
Here is a photo of it from last year’s tour:
And here it is today:
Not much of a change other than a bit of furniture-shuffling. But we really only use this room to work out and keep Ranger from destroying our house when we’re gone, so it’s pretty efficient for what it is!
Upstairs we also have the guest room – this is definitely one of the rooms we’ve done the most work in, but it’s still a ways from being done. Here’s the incredibly dull and ugly before shot:
And here’s what it looks like now:
So much better! Across the hall is another room we haven’t touched – the guest bathroom. It doesn’t get used often because we don’t have a lot of overnight guests (most of our dinner guests just use the powder room downstairs), so we haven’t really felt compelled to do anything to it. One day, of course, it will end up with a big makeover just like all of the other rooms in our house, but this is probably the lowest room on the totem pole, so it’s gonna look like this for a while. I’m not even going to show you the “last year” photos, because, um, they look exactly the same.
And, last but not least, our bedroom. You’ve seen tons of photos of it lately, but just for the sake of keeping everything in one place, I’ll go ahead and include a few more here. Here’s the before:
And the “still-in-progress,” one year later shots:
And, of course, the master bathroom. It’s still horribly ugly thanks to the brown walls and outdated fixtures, but someday it’ll be fabulous when we finally get around to giving it some love. It’s another room that I won’t even bother sharing a “before” of, because aside from the new antler jewelry organization, nothing has changed in here!
In the master bathroom we also have everyone’s favorite feature of our house – the toilet spotlight.
So, so strange.
And, on that note, we’ve reached the end of our one-year house tour. I seriously have a hard time believing we’ve been here for an entire year, but I also feel pretty proud of all we’ve accomplished in such a relatively short amount of time. Of course, we’re always doing more, though, so even since I took these photos for the tour there are several things that have changed (and one relatively large project that we’re gearing up to work on this week!) so the whole house will be a constantly evolving project as we keep adding to it and making it even better!
How long have you lived in your home? When it comes to home renovations, do you like to tackle things all at once, or are you more the type to take it slow?