The house was built in 1996, so parts of it were updated by the previous owners and parts of it have been updated by us. But I’m not going to lie, there are still a few walls covered in pink rose and burgundy striped wallpaper that haven’t even been touched since the mid 90′s. Those room tours are not on the blog yet! Maybe one day soon pink and green wallpaper borders will come back in style and I won’t have to redecorate. Until then, we have had nearly every single room in the house painted since we moved in.
I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves for the majority of this post. Most of these photos below are clickable and will open to the original blog entry so feel free to ramble around and visit each room for more info.
The stairs are just to the left when you walk in the front door. The living room is open to the stairway, which I love. It really opens up the space.
Here is my 2012 Holiday mantel. Joy to the world!
My husband made the coffee table from an old exterior door. It’s awesome having a handy husband!
The dining room is just to the right of the front door. It’s open to the foyer and connects to the kitchen through the butler’s pantry.
The Kitchen and Breakfast Nook got some paint and new crown molding, as well as an updated kitchen table after we moved in.
Before we moved in the previous owners updated the cabinetry and counter tops. They did a beautiful job.
I’ve added these metal ornaments for Christmas along with galvanized bunting that I DIYed.
Here is the kitchen looking through the butler’s pantry area into the dining room. The pantry, laundry and garage are through the door to the left. Since it’s where I enter the house everyday the butler’s pantry is my catch-all spot for junk. I’m trying to be more organized. Most days I lose the battle. I won’t show you the pantry or butler’s pantry. I will show you my happy aqua blue laundry room, though!
The sunroom is off of the living room. It’s a half-octagonal shaped room that lends a great view of the entire backyard. It’s one of my favorite rooms in the house.
The sunroom is also where our Christmas tree goes every year so it’s out of the way but still visible from the living room.
The master bedroom is on the main level. It got painted Sherwin Williams Retreat when we first moved in. I like the way it makes my light colored bedroom furniture really pop!
The Master bath also got painted when we first moved in, and I’m already itching to repaint this room MUCH lighter, brighter color.
Moving upstairs, my son’s bedroom is decked out with bears, moose, buffalo check and all things Great North Woods related.
Garrett’s play room is a FROG (finished room over garage). This is the perfect setup for a playroom, because when it looks like a hurricane hit it I can just shut the door and no one is the wiser. My good friend Allison from HalfofVAMH flew all the way down from Minnesota to help me paint this room. We went with a beach themed wall mural, and it’s perfect. It totally brightens up this windowless space.
The third upstairs bedroom just got transformed into my personal office space. It’s become such a wonderful place for me to be, create, hang out, craft, whatever I want to do. I love this room. It included all of my most meaningful things that was a lot of fun to design. I’m really happy with the way this home office turned out. Especially the painted wall stripes.
Last year we refinished the basement, so let’s move downstairs now! We had board and batten installed on the steps to the basement. I used a bunch of leftover paint samples to make the staircase unique with different colored risers. Love the way this project turned out.
There is a small kitchenette at the bottom of the stairs where we have a popcorn machine now!
The theater room / man cave was a fun addition that makes Polar Express parties SUPER fun for Garrett and his buddies. My husband scored some actual theater chairs from Craigslist that we are using in the room along with some more comfortable sofa and chair.
One of my favorite parts of the room is the crown molding. We painted both the wall and the ceiling and added rope lighting to give a nice ambient light in that room without having overhead lights glaring.
That wraps up the basement. Would you like to see the backyard? Out on the patio is my Pottery Barn knock-off ladder chandelier.
Just steps away from the patio table is the swimming pool, which is both a blessing and a curse. Every year something has gone wrong with the pool. There are days when I consider filling it in and creating a giant flower bed. It’s fun when it’s working, though!
If you would like to see my home all decorated for Christmas this year, I invite you over to take the full Holiday House Walk tour! Beth’s home is totally dreamy! You can follow updates and continue to be inspired often at Unskinny Boppy.
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