We lived in a wonderful little 60′s rambler for the first 7 years of our marriage, but with an amazing father-in-law who is a home builder and the opportunity to design and build our own home with his guidance, we jumped at the chance! We had a really challenging lot to work with, but in the end we survived through the entire process and we love it!
I think we have a “million” construction photos, and I promise I won’t bore you with them, but just to share a few. Here I am after we had cleared the lot and done some dirt work. Yup…this is for real people.
This wall was pretty much engineering madness. My husband, who was acting as the general contractor, had a great time working with the engineers to make this thing 100% safe and secure. We’re still working on making it pretty.
And last one!
This was me during the building phase. Checking up on progress with the 3 year old, 1 year old, and preggo with the 3rd and last! By the time we moved into our Dreamy Dwelling our little one was 4 months old. Once we finished the whole building process, I learned about Craigslist and the rest is history. We’ve slowly decorated, redecorated, and rearranged rooms to meet the needs of our ever changing family and most of the items in our home were bought through Craigslist or thrifted everywhere. If not….there was a good deal someplace!
We live in the Seattle area close to the water. We built a very Northwest Craftsman style of home, but I also have fallen in love with Nantucket/Coastal style. Although I LOVE color, I tend toward the side of simplicity and keep the main area of our home to white, tan, and grey colors, etc. It is such a large open concept floor plan, and this works well for our family.
Like most people we are still “in progress”.
Now heading into the Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room area.
This used to be our downstairs laundry room right off of our garage. It’s wonderful because it has a large utility sink, a toilet, and shower. I decided to stick with our laundry closet upstairs and turn this wall into our “mudroom” for shoe storage, backpacks, etc. This was one of my fave Craigslist hacks last year! You seriously won’t believe the before picture.
Ok! Now heading upstairs! Unfortunately there was just NO way I could get our kid’s rooms and the playroom together for this photoshoot, but here is a progress photo I took of our daughter’s shared bedroom after I made their headboards.
Here is our Home Office, which I finally just finished! I have a tutorial in the works for that bookcase too. You can see more pictures of the room here and my desk makeover here. One of my favorite parts of the room is the BIG green block on the wall! It makes me happy.
Our Master Bedroom is definitely a retreat for us, but to be fair, I’m in the middle of “fixing it up” and making it super dreamy. By the time this posts, I’ve already sold our bed and added the couch we bought for $75 on Craigslist. It’s in the works!
And our Master Bathroom. It was such a pleasure working with the team who installed our tile. They were amazing!
That’s it for today, but I’d love to have you join me on This, That & Life as I share furniture makeovers, design tips, diy and thrifting ideas, and even a bit of family and fitness.
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Thank you to Kirsten Reed of ReedJPhotography for all of the professional photos.