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2015 Plans!

I know it’s been deadly quiet for the last month or so, but December was a busy month for us with our little one’s birthday, Christmas, and a family vacation.

See? We do sometimes take breaks from the renovations!

But now we’re back in the action and ready to get started on some new projects. Since last New Year I shared our 2014 goals with you I thought  a recap was in order before getting into 2015.

Out of all the goals we set for last year only 2 didn’t get done (the portico and front staircase)! I think that’s pretty impressive! That’s impart because we added some projects to the roster throughout the year like Lizzie’s big girl room and the nautical half bath.

My favorite project of the year was definitely our foyer makeover with it’s crisp white wainscoting and industrial accent table! I love coming home to this space every evening!

how to make a rustic table

Cody’s favorite project was the Screened-in porch makeover and the reclaimed wood buffet we built for it. We spent a ton of time out there this summer and fall!

porch makeover before and after

2015 Plans

Now for the new plans.


We’ve actually been working on a super big super secret (unless you follow us on facebook or instagram) backyard project since last summer. I’m hoping to spill the beans soon on this project as it’s already occupied a lot of time and we will probably be working on it throughout the following summer. Yep. It’s that big! And it’s going to be super awesome!

backyard before

Half Baths and Laundry Room

If you’ve been wondering what’s taking so long with our half bath and laundry room makeover the answer is that it’s getting worked on when the weather’s too nasty to work on the backyard. It’s coming along but slowly.

Half bathroom makeover After we finish up the nautical half bath, we have another half bath in the foyer that we are going to tackle. I don’t even have a picture of this bathroom to share with you yet…….


After the kitchen stairs makeover we’re pretty much experts at converting carpet to wood, so we’d like to finally finish up the foyer makeover by giving the stairs new life.


Guest Room

Did you even know that we have a guest room? Well currently it’s acting as a dog/craft room, but if my dad decides to visit again this year we’d like to get it functional and pretty for him.

guest room before

Master Bedroom or Dining room?

I’ve pretty much designed a new master bedroom and dining room, but I’m not sure which one will get done first or if we’ll even have time for either one of them this year.

Grey and teal masterbedroom

Dining room in Palladian Blue

I have so many plans in my head right now that it’s hard to decide which project to start first. The backyard project is so gigantic that most other projects are going to be dependent on how long it takes us to complete it.

Wish us luck and Happy New Year!

Industrial lighting: Budget Friendly edition

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram then you’ve seen some sneak peeks of the tile installation on our screened-in porch! Well guess what? It’s done and it’s beautiful!

porch tile

We have a couple of finishing touches to complete on phase 1 of the porch makeover and then I’ll finally be able to share some before and after pictures with you.

But wasn’t this post about industrial light? I’m actually in quite a conundrum and need your help. Last week I shared our plans for a nautical inspired half bath with you, and I mentioned that the laundry room would be getting a makeover at the same time. The problem is that the half bath design is very different from the color palette for the rest of the house and I need the laundry room to act as a sort of design bridge between the spaces.

laundry room before As you can see in the above picture the laundry room connects the kitchen to the half bath (dark door at the end) as well has doors going to the back yard (left side) and garage (right side). The plan is to keep the room basically white with open reclaimed wood shelves above the washer and dryer. Here’s our inspiration!

My problem is the lighting. Since the space is utilitarian in purpose I want an industrial style light ( and one that won’t break the budget); however finding one to connect the spaces has been challenging.

You probably remember that the kitchen lighting is galvanized with a white and mint glass globe. See more about our school house pendants here!

Primary schoolhouse pendant in jadite

The lighting in the bathroom will be copper or brass. The brackets holding the reclaimed shelves will be black metal and the door knobs are oil rubbed bronze. So you see my problem? I really have too many options. Below are the 7 lights I’ve narrowed my search to. Please vote on your favorite one and tell me why you’d choose down to. Also, please make sure to check out the bathroom mood board before voting to get a better idea of this design dilemma!


industrial lighting

  1. Not only is this one bronze but it has a sort of nautical feel as well. Fresnel Glass Industrial Flush-Mount from Shade of Light. $139
  2. I love the utilitarian feel of galvanized metal. The Laramie Pendant from Barn Light Electric. Starting at $149.
  3. I’ve been dying to put an orb light in my house somewhere! Metal Strap Globe Pendant from Shades of Light. $129
  4. This semi mount is the perfect match to our kitchen pendants. The Intermediate Schoolhouse Semi-flush Mount from Barn Light Electric. Starting at $152.
  5. I love the funky design of this bronze light. Young House Love Geometric Diamond Ceiling Light from Shades of Light. $79
  6. It doesn’t get much more industrial than this galvanized option with the wire cage. The Original Warehouse Flush-mount from Barn Light Electric starting at $137.
  7. This is the same light we installed in our foyer, so it would give the house a nice cohesive feel. 4-light Oxide Brass Semi-Flush Mount with Tallaroom Panel Glass Shade by Hampton Bay for Home Depot. $79

    So, those are the options! Which one would you choose??

2014 Goals- 6 month check in

Can you believe we’re are already half way through 2014?! Craziness right? Back at the beginning of the year I shared a vision of our goals for our home this year along with timeline we hoped to accomplish it in. I figured it was only fair that to check in with yal and show you where we are in our plans as well as how they’ve changed. Here’s a quick recap of where we are and where we are going:

Foyer makeover

Board and batten in foyer

The foyer got a complete makeover with new paint and board and batten wainscoting. My sexy contractor hubby was nice enough to build me this amazing industrial style console table (see directions here). A new mirror and decorations like my “Hey there beautiful” art liven up the space. While this project sorely tempted our marriage patience it came out fabulous in the end and stayed on schedule.

foyer table and artwork

Porch Makeover

This project started off behind schedule because March just refused to warm up enough to let us go outside. In fact we’re are still wrapping it up. So far we have painted the porch ceiling, painted the railings, replaced the screens and installed a new fan and screen door. We are now just finishing up the exterior trim work. Originally we had planned on tiling the floors but that project has been bumped to 2015. Here’s a sneak peek:


Curb Appeal

The plan for 2014 was to finish getting the front beds planted which is 100% completed and right on schedule! Whoohoo!


Thanks to a nice tax return in February we were able to jump the list and install all new windows on the front of the house (this was originally slated for the fall). exterior


I originally didn’t have the kitchen listed in our 2014 goals but there were still some small loose ends that need to be tied up in there including installing the new school house pendants over the island and hanging the Ikea Fintrop system over the new stove (also a tax return purchase).

kitchen rail system with utensils

In a burst of energy the inside of the pantry also got a complete makeover for only $11!

before and after pantry makeover

Master Bathroom

The master bath also did not make an appearance on our original goals, but I had the time and energy to tackle some small projects in there including painting the cabinets, framing the mirror, making a curtain for the knee hole, and painting a striped accent wall.

bathroom vanity curtain

Family Room

Most of the family room was completed back in 2013, but I put some finishing touches on it at the beginning of the year including how we made the subway art and my embellished Ikea curtains. See the whole reveal here.

family room makeover

So, what’s next?

June: Finish up the porch makeover, some gardening projects, and give the front door a makeover

July: 3 new DIY art project for the family room and kitchen, Makeover the kitchen stairs

August: Add a banquette to the Kitchen bay window

September: Makeover the laundry room and half bath

October- November: Tackle the foyer stairs makeover

This list may be a little insane ambitious. I’ll keep you updated on the progress as we go. Oh, and the portico we hoped to add to the front of the house has be bumped to spring 2015.