Ready for another Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour!?! Alison from Deuce Cities Henhouse is sharing how she updated her beautiful 100 year old home in the heart of Minneapolis, MN while preserving it’s character! I’m pretty sure Alison is going to become your new best friend — her style is UH-MAZING!!
…I share my beautiful 100 year old home with my her husband and two boys. I’m a Midwest girl through and through. I’m a big believer in DIY and have been updating the house in layers while learning a lot over the last four years.
My 1910 four-square style home often dictates the path my design style takes, I have to incorporate my own aesthetic while preserving the character of this old home. We have lots of dark-stained quarter sawn oak woodwork throughout the main floor of our house, I have to resist the urge to paint it white on an annual basis.
The woodwork has a beautiful patina and age to it, and I do my best to incorporate its age into the design of the home – I do feel like I am the care taker of the home and I need to honor the parts of it that are original. Because of that, I often times refer to my style as “Vintage Modern” although I feel like’s its evolving and maturing a little bit these days, either that or I’m just gettin’ old.
My husband and I are a little obsessed with music. It’s been really important to both of us in our lives. We have a room off the back of the dining room that we have dedicated as the “music room”. It’s a home for our piano, my husband’s guitars and our growing record collection.
I recently took on the project of modernizing my century-old kitchen while maintaining its charm and history. The project took me 12 weeks and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I blogged bi-weekly about my progress, and you can find all the details over here. The biggest struggles I faced in the kitchen were it’s awkward layout and lack of function. I was at my wits’ end with a cheap copper-ish backsplash that was originally installed.
Removing it became the inspiration for the kitchen makeover. It was the first thing to go and I replaced all of it with white subway tile and dark grout. Once I started tiling I couldn’t stop moving on to the mudroom located in the back of the kitchen. The corner pictured above was especially weird – there is a chimney and cove space, and I was beyond confused as to what to do with it.
I was able to add cabinetry and open shelving to the space and it is now functional and pretty! I am beyond pleased with the results and I can now proudly say that “I love my kitchen”!
Our boys just started bunking together. We are in the process of merging all their stuff into one space, updating the space and making it functional for both of them. They love having bunk beds. Who wouldn’t?
We live in Minneapolis where it’s cold here 8 months out of the year. When the warm weather comes we soak it up, every second of it! During the spring, summer and fall we basically live on the front porch. It is our favorite place in the whole world. We recently added a table and chairs for cards and games. Plus we eat all our meals on the front porch or in the backyard whenever we can.
Amazing, don’t you think! Are you like me, totally wanting a century-old house now!?! Keep up on the latest at Deuce Cities Henhouse.