07.08.2017

Kitchen/Living Room Before & After


Our house remodel has been completed for the last few months so now I've been working on getting this place put back together.  This is definitely all still a work in progress so I have a hard time really calling these the "after" photos, but I thought I would share where we are right now.

The main thing we have left to do is to put in a backsplash in the kitchen.  I honestly got a little burnt out with decisions and was also feeling like I really needed to see the space completed before making a choice on tile.  Otherwise, all the major stuff is complete!  Now I just need to find some more appropriately sized items for the tall shelves (HA) in the living area and to make sure the furniture arrangement is working for us.

KITCHEN:

The kitchen had a pretty good general layout to begin with and was a great size.  We did gut the whole thing and redid the floors.  I wanted to keep the original floors but they had split the kitchen and living area in half, with wood in the kitchen and carpet in the living room.  Unfortunately, there was no wood underneath the carpet and to make the existing wood match with new was actually going to cost more than just putting all new wood down.  They also had a short, fat island and had left space for a table, but with the dining room just a few steps away, we decided a long island (12 ft) would make the best use of the space and would work well for our family.  The beams are the same except we had the brackets sprayed black (thanks to our realtor @thehomescoop for that suggestion) and I think it helps the whole beam stand out a little more.  I mentioned on Instagram that the railing above the kitchen is a kids play loft that the original owners had put in.  There's a ladder in the hallway to access it. My kids love it!

I found a lot of things on Amazon and eBay, which definitely saved some money.  There were a few faucets I looked at on other sites that were going to cost as much as my fridge! I linked up what I could below.

BEFORE>>

1419194_4279ae26bab009a6243f4be119ae7bbc_566433 1419194_19dfd864a3821a0e8b0639862eb311ca_516866 1419194_f730c4a2697b223ab8738090b6df1f14_525138

AFTER>>

Foothill Kitchen18

Foothill Kitchen27Foothill Kitchen20Foothill Kitchen32 Foothill Kitchen24
Foothill Kitchen28 Foothill Kitchen29 Foothill Kitchen23Foothill Kitchen30

Foothill Before After-02

Kitchen Cabinets: Custom by Rimrock Furniture

Hardware: Hamilton-Bowes (out of stock but keep checking...the price is great)

Sink: Primart Stainless Steel 

Faucet: Ollypulse

Drinking Faucet: Huntington Brass

Bar Stools: Wishbone Stools

Island Countertop: Honed Black Granite

Perimeter Countertop: Denali Quartz (pure white)

Fridge/Freezer/Dishwasher/Microwave: Frigidaire

Range: 48" Thor

Rug: Vintage via eBay

Paint: Ultra Pure White

Floors: Red Oak with only a water based sealant (light with small hints of red/pink)

 

LIVING ROOM:

I'm so glad this little sitting is right off the kitchen.  We end up hanging out here pretty frequently, even though it's not our main hang out space.  It's great for while I'm cooking or just sitting and chatting.

This area didn't need too much...we ran the hardwood through this area so it flowed a little better.  We painted the built-ins and brick, retiled the hearth and put new doors and hardware on the lower cabinets.  I love all the original brass sconces throughout the house!

The main pieces of furniture were all thrifted from our local Craigslist type site and I reused a lot of items from our last house!  I did try and put links to some of the items at the end.

BEFORE>>

1419194_c021efb107f03a130e6965230934b3ce_442545 1419194_df3d1d8da23b19c45df2ca2fd6c81184_463824

 

AFTER>>

Foothill Kitchen1 Foothill Kitchen3 Foothill Kitchen5 Foothill Kitchen10 Foothill Kitchen9 Foothill Kitchen7 Foothill Kitchen8 Foothill Kitchen13 Foothill Kitchen15 Foothill Kitchen16

Foothill Before After-01

Love Seat/Leather Chair/Club Chairs: Vintage

Coffee Table: West Elm via Craigslist

Rug: RugsUSA

Black + White Pillow/Hex Nesting Tables: Elizabeth Hales Design

Blue Pillow: Loom Goods

 

**This post contains a handful of Amazon affiliate links of things I bought and like**

 

25.06.2017

Our 70s Dream House


I have a lot of requests for more house stuff so I thought I could start posting a little about it! I'm giving a little backstory on how we got to this house, so if real estate/house hunting is uninteresting, scroll down to all the before photos!

We LOVED our last house...it still holds a special place in our hearts. There wasn't a day I didn't walk up the stairs in that house and think how incredibly lucky we were to live there. It was a great house but after 4 years we knew it wasn't our forever home.  (Side note: our dear friends bought it so we still get to see it.  And we bought it from a friend so I love that the friend tradition continues!)

We had a few things we were looking for in a long term home. We definitely wanted a garage! Our last two houses were both over 100 years old so neither had a garage. After 8 years without one, we thought it was time to stop scraping ice off of our cars every morning! We also really wanted a master bedroom/bathroom. In our last house, the kids' bathroom and 2 of the bedrooms were actually larger than the "master". We were hoping to upgrade to a king bed. And the main thing we really wanted was to get off of a busy street. Our last 2 homes were actually right across the street from each other, so they were on the same busy road. While our backyard made up for the busy street, we wanted to feel comfortable sending the kids out to ride bikes and visit friends.

Other considerations were a good sized backyard, since we were coming from a house with a larger yard, 4-5 bedrooms, room to entertain and something that spoke to us and had character like our last homes.

We started looking in February of 2016. There was a cool house with an indoor pool that we considered briefly and that jumpstarted the search more seriously. If you've been through the process you know it can be long and difficult...and this definitely was for us. I spent every day obsessively looking at the MLS listings and texting with our realtor, Aaron Oldham (@thehomescoop). I have to plug Aaron, not just because he is our good friend, because he really goes above and beyond for every client! He made the whole process so great and was instrumental in getting us our house. He also has an incredible eye for design/remodeling and has great ideas.

Living room from the first house we put an offer on

Living room from the first house we put an offer on

In August, I decided to look at a for sale by owner house that had been on the market for awhile. It had a good sized backyard and had some character. After taking Adam through it, we saw it's potential and made an offer. Unfortunately after stringing us along, we found out they had an offer put in weeks before ours, from someone who was trying to move by their mother. Can I plug having an agent? That whole experience was terribly annoying, all because they were not agents and definitely did NOT know what they were doing.

Vaulted living room from the second house

Vaulted living room from the second house we put an offer on

I spent the next 2 months thinking we would NEVER find anything else and that we had missed THE ONE. Ha, looking back I can't even imagine being in that house. In October, another one finally popped up that we were interested in. It had these amazing decks with an incredible view and a great living/entertaining space. We made an offer against several other offers and it was accepted! It was going to take some finagling to get it to work though. A side porch was going to need to be converted into a mudroom and office and then a storage room was going to be storage/guest room/exercise room. And then we got a bid for the yard...it was sloped down the mountainside. To level it out and make it useable, it was going to be at least 100k. Yikes!! And then the biggest blow came...it appraised for 100k LESS than our offer and their list price. We were also able to find out that this same thing had happened a few months prior and the deal had fallen through. The sellers were unwilling to budge and wanted us to still pay what we had originally offered.

In the midst of this ordeal, a house popped up on the market.  I looked at it on the MLS for a week, over and over again.  It was more than we were initially planning on spending and larger than we were looking to buy, but I kept going back to the photos.  It looked incredible!  So we went to look at it "for fun". Adam says this was just like when I wanted to go look at puppies "for fun" and we came home with a puppy.  Ha!  Of course, we both fell in love with the house.  Again, there were multiple offers and Aaron (@thehomescoop) was instrumental in getting us the house without overspending.  Our offer was accepted and the appraisal came back above our offer price!  Hallelujah!  It had everything we were looking for and more.  The yard is large and feels incredibly private, it's on a quiet street, has plenty of bedrooms and entertaining space and has so much character!

The original owners had built the house and lived there for 30+ years and then both passed away.  The house feels so special to us.  We are only the second family to have lived in it!  It has amazing bones and was well taken care of...it just needed a little updating!  It is definitely our 70s dream house and we keep pinching ourselves that it's ours.  I can't wait to share all the before/afters, hopefully in the next few weeks!

Entryway

1419194_4b01c7876653291ab72f592dba2c686c_435657

Formal Living Room/My Office

1419194_4279ae26bab009a6243f4be119ae7bbc_566433

Kitchen

1419194_19dfd864a3821a0e8b0639862eb311ca_516866

Kitchen looking into the family room.

1419194_f730c4a2697b223ab8738090b6df1f14_525138

Kitchen. Above the kitchen is a play loft

 

1419194_70bf118239e56be4719af4cccd759e30_364760

Master Bedroom and the coolest fireplace

1419194_1f396bf7de6fd414cebefc209543a914_342643

"Japanese Spa" Master bath

1419194_ad23e77b90fd291ff180e9c38f002a78_474100

Adam's Office

1419194_d053b19091f7650d43d4f544e581d6f0_462468

Laundry Room

1419194_d2cde566007374c8d43bc3f6efb51b20_538494

Family Room

 

30.04.2013

Mini House Tour


As my saga always goes, I really wanted to get a house tour done before we left for the summer. But that never usually happens because things tend to get crazy the month before we leave. I did manage to sneak in a few photos the day before we left. I didn't get to Collier's room because he happened to be napping during the few minutes I had to run around and grab these. I plan on doing a full tour next fall, when I'm not quite as rushed and can really work on styling and taking nicer photos. But I thought I'd at least put a little sneak peek of the house as it is now!   Living Room-3 Blog

Living Room-4 Blog

Living Room-7 Blog Dining Room-2 Blog

Dining Room-3 Blog

Kitchen-1 Blog

Kitchen-5 Blog

Master Bedroom-3 Blog

Master Bedroom-10 Blog

Master Bedroom-11 Blog

Office-9 Blog

Playroom-1 Blog

Playroom-2 Blog

Rilos Room-2 Blog

Rilos Room-12 Blog

14.01.2013

Entryway


One of the things I was so excited about in our new house was the entryway. Our last house walked right into our living room so having this space feels extra exciting. I fell in love with the Blu Dot Strut Console Table in this awesome watermelon. However, the price jumped up an extra $100 right before I finally convinced myself to splurge. And well, then I really couldn't justify the splurge.

 
09_sr1-contbl-wm_3q_sd_1 
I really liked the metal legs so I searched for something similar. I found this one at JCPenney for under $100 so I snatched it up.
 

Screen Shot 2013-01-14 at 2.13.52 PM
 
Adam and I sprayed the legs hot pink because I liked the way it tied in with my persian rug (which I bought from eSale rugs). The huge mirror was from an antique store in Arizona, the lamp was $2 from a local campus sale, red box and candle from Target, plant from Ikea and gold basket from a St. Louis thrift store.
 

{collected} Entryway1

{collected} Entryway2

{collected} Entryway3

{collected} Entryway4
 
This area is still unfinished...I want 2 chairs to on either side of the console to help balance out how large the mirror is. The Blu Dot console was probably the better size, but I still don't think it would have been worth the cost. I might also add some smaller pieces of art on the wall as well.

02.01.2013

Christmas Mantel


You. Guys. I entered Emily Henderson's Christmas mantel styling contest on a whim last week. And guess what? She selected mine as one of the winners! I feel a little bit starstruck. She happens to be my favorite designer and the one I find my style closest to so I squealed when I saw the winners last night! You can check out the other winners here!
 
I didn't buy many new Christmas decorations this year just because we were in the middle of moving right before Christmas. I found a few things from Land of Nod...they had some great Christmas decor this year (all on sale now)!  I also grabbed some Dollar Store Christmas houses that I spray painted gold and white. Everything else I found from my Christmas collection from years past!

 

 

I toyed with this for a little arrangement for a little bit, but ultimately I thought it was a little too cluttered.

 

Here are the little houses I painted.  I tried out 2 different methods with the white houses.  One where I covered the whole thing and the other where I left some color showing through.

 

We installed 2 pendant lights in the living room (I actually discovered them through Emily's Pinterest board) and we love them!  You can see a sneak peek of them below.

17.04.2012

Bedroom Before/After


Before we left, we finished up about 90% of our bedroom! We are still waiting on our rug and I need to restyle the dressers a bit, but I couldn't leave for the summer without sharing it.
Here is the before (you can see more before pictures here):

 

 

Here's the scoop on what we did.  We sold our big ol' sleigh bed and opted to make an upholstered headboard.  We already had the wood from a previous project and I found the fabric for about $5 a yard at Home Fabrics.  I bought the foam/batting and the nailhead trim at Joanns.  I think the whole project cost about $60 and was super easy!

 

 

We changed the layout of the room so that the bed is centered in the room.  We added legs to the nightstand so that it's the same height as the dresser.  The legs were purchased from Lowe's and then stained to match. I debated for awhile on whether to add them or not, but I felt like it balanced out the room. We really only have the one wall, so our dresser had to double as a nightstand and a dresser.  I posted inspiration pictures here for using a dresser as a nightstand. To create even more balance, we purchased two matching lamps from Home Goods for $30 each.

 

 

We bought floor length curtains at Ikea.  Our previous curtains were too short but were hidden by the bed so it didn't matter.  When we pulled the bed away from the wall, the curtains looked so silly sitting a foot away from the floor.  We also added artwork.  We purchased two prints from Nancy Ramirez.  I used frames I bought last summer and then ordered custom mats and glass from Michaels.  I absolutely love them!  We also hung the A + B from our Summer Rental Redesign project in Chicago two summers ago.  I also hung two small needlepoints I found at the thrift store.

 

 

 

We painted the bench that was once in the living room and added it to the foot of the bed.  No one loves it more than Rilo...she likes to stand on it and look at herself in the full length mirror several times a day.

 

 

We kept the same paint color and main pieces like the dressers and bedding. Even though there weren't too many big changes, I think that the new layout and headboard plus the other smaller changes make a big impact. I can't wait to see it with an appropriate sized rug...I think it will totally complete the space!

 

 

Cost Breakdown:
 
Headboard $60
Lamps $60
Artwork (with framing/mats) $120
Needlepoint Art $2
Curtains $40
Nightstand Legs $20
8x10 Rug (not pictured...yet) $300
 
Total Cost: $602
 
We also sold our bed for $250, so we really only spent $352. Not too shabby I think!

03.04.2012

Painted Front Door


Well I finally did it...I painted the front door! The paint swatches are gone and in their place, is a very bright teal door. And after a few hours and 2 coats of paint...I just don't know that I love it. Boo!  I wanted it to be so much deeper and richer. The color in the paint bucket was so beautiful but on the door it just seems SO bright. But oh well...at least it's done. Maybe in the fall I'll contemplate painting it again!

 
Here is a before shot:

 

 

And an in between shot:

 

 

And the afters:

 

12.03.2012

On the Docket


It seems like the weather all over has been gorgeous! We loved getting outside every day this weekend. I always feel so much more happy and productive with the sun shining and there is a hint of warm weather. I made a big to-do list for this week and I'm excited to get to work.

 
In the spirit of keeping things real, here are two "oops" projects going on around here. Back in November when it was still surprisingly nice out, I started to paint some test samples on our door. I decided against all the samples I chose, but by the time I decided on another color, it was freezing. To let the door properly dry, we need to leave it open all day and I certainly did not want to do that during the winter. So our poor door has had these terrible paint samples for the last several months. Oops!

 

 

 

Here's my other "oops". I purchased this shower curtain off of Amazon. On Amazon it says it's machine washable. So late one night I threw it in the washing machine because it seriously needed a good wash. Well when I pulled it out, it shrunk almost a foot on all sides. I checked the tag and turns out it's dry clean only. Oops! So now I'm on the hunt for a new shower curtain!

 

08.03.2012

Bench Before and After


Now, I'm not claiming this is an exciting before and after, because well, it's not!  But I do like to keep myself accountable for doing projects, even if they're not going to blow anyone's mind!  We've had this gray bench sitting next to our front door for a few years.  It was on clearance at Target for maybe $20?!  It has mostly served as a place to hoard our mail and boxes, with no real purpose.  So when we started on our bedroom makeover, I thought it would be perfect at the end of our bed.  I liked the gray, but it didn't exactly coordinate with the room.  So I grabbed white paint we had downstairs and went to town...40 weeks pregnant.  Ha.

 


 
Eventually I think I may add some foam and cover the bench to make it a softer place to sit and get ready, but I'm happy with it for now.  It's great to place our pillows on the bench at nighttime and Rilo loves it because she can see herself in the mirror on the wall.

 

 

We are waiting for our posters to be matted and framed and then the room will be complete!

Share
Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Email this to someone
Like this