A new year is always a fun excuse to look back on the past year and all that’s happened. Normally, I think of the year as pretty uneventful, but when I actually look through the archives, I’m reminded of all that we’ve done! These are (one of the many!) times I’m grateful for this little digital memory log.
Today I’m sharing the progress of our home, and what we plan to tackle next.
Just over a year ago I moved back to my home state of Iowa from San Francisco and we’ve been updating the house ever since. Our house is a cozy 1960’s split level ranch that needed some love. Right off the bat we gave every room a coat of white paint (except the bathroom) that helped brighten everything up and modernize it.
The biggest project we tackled first was renovating the bathroom. It was a complete gut job and to save money, Jordon and I did it ourselves. I’m thankful Jordon was able to dedicate several long days to it with me helping on weekends and weeknights after work. Having never renovated anything before, there was a huge learning curve so Jordon spent hours researching and watching videos to learn how to do everything from plumbing to tiling.
In the bathroom we chose white subway tile for the shower, new porcelain floor tile that looks like marble, a new vanity, sink, tub, sconces, and replaced the wall tile with wainscoting.
I LOVE how it turned out!
In the kitchen we painted the cabinets, updated the hardware, and added beautiful bamboo curtains. Painting the cabinets alone did wonders for the space making it feel like it flowed with the rest of our home.
In 2016 I’d love to renovate our kitchen, adding hardwood flooring, new countertops and black splash, and replacing the 1950s stove and oven. We have some personal financial goals for 2016 and refuse to pay anything but cash for renovations so I’m not sure if we’ll get it all done.
The living room got a new blue rug from Rugs USA that really brought the space to life. I swapped out a couple coffee tables (all Craigslist finds) and now I’m thinking of replacing our current one with a round wood table if I can find an affordable option. Aside from small styling tweaks and a new light fixture, I’m pretty happy with the living room.
If we do decide on hardwood for the kitchen in 2016 we would also continue it into the living room.
Our bedroom has changed a little since you saw it last and I plan on sharing those updates soon. I’d love to get new bedding, though it’s not a top priority and definitely a new ceiling fan since we can’t go without one.
We turned our spare bedroom into an office to house all my craft supplies and other things. I spotted the blue tufted chair at Goodwill that was in surprisingly good shape, gave it a good cleaning and now it’s the perfect addition to our office! This is one of my favorite spaces, but the photos don’t do it justice. All I need is a chandelier and it’s good to go :)
Downstairs is our main entry. It’s a little odd because it’s not a traditional entryway but rather a room off the shop in the garage with no real flow. It’s a medium sized room, so I added a bench and some hooks to create an entryway, but I’ve since made a few more changes. I’m still trying to come up with a better way to utilize the space so it’s not 100% done.
Right off the entryway is our basement family room. I didn’t share this space yet because I haven’t done anything with it, so I’m looking forward to a fun basement project that I plan on giving more of a cottage/rustic feel.
When spring arrives we plan to do some landscaping outside that I’m really looking forward to.
I’m actually surprised with how much we’ve already checked off our list this year, but there are still plenty of projects ahead. I feel like I’ve really identified our style for this house that works and it’s definitely made the process easier towards the last half of the year when I knew the whole vision.
Thank you so much for following along this year and for all the encouragement. I truly appreciate every one of you!