If you missed my first post about our home remodeling journey, the big Before post – you should really check that post out before reading this one. I shared the story of how we found this house and the scope of work we did, and you really can’t appreciate the transformation without seeing that! I wasn’t planning on getting this After post together so quickly, but we had the house cleaned last week so it was primed for me to photograph, and then the next day we had a gorgeous sunny night after a week of gray days so…carpe diem! Everything isn’t styled perfectly and I didn’t move our things around, so you can see that a lot of our house is still a blank slate. In the first year or so we spent so much time getting the basics done (and getting burned out in the process!) that it is only in the last couple of months that some of the more personalized touches in some of the rooms are starting to come together. I think a home without personal touches and art on the wall and LIFE feels really sterile, and I can’t wait to continue putting our own stamp on each room. But something I’ve learned about myself is that I’d rather have blank walls and empty shelves while I’m waiting for just the right thing than to fill a space just to have it filled. And, maybe I’m a *little* particular? Maybe. Something I was pleasantly surprised by in this whole process was that Jamie and I have a much more similar aesthetic than I ever expected. It definitely made decision making easier once we figured that out. We also played to our strengths in a divide and conquer kind of way throughout a lot of this process! I picked out things, he did the skilled work. We talked about big vision things and didn’t try to decide every detail together. For me, one of the most important things was that the whole house from the outside in and throughout the home would feel very cohesive. I wanted everything to fit & flow together naturally. There are a few hang ups to that plan (as you’ll see), but eventually we’ll get to those!
That pretty much wraps up the ‘after!’ for now. Like I said, there are two bathrooms, a baby room, a tile backsplash and dozens of other small things that need to be done…and dreams of a completely remodeled shed-turned studio space! It is a good thing that Jamie and I work fairly well together on this kind of thing, and we actually ENJOY it because the projects just don’t stop. The important thing for us to to try slow down sometimes and just enjoy where we’re at rather than always focusing on what still needs to be done. These last photos are just some personal shots from our first year in the house, hiking up the hill behind the house, soaking up the view. There is rarely a day that goes by that we don’t kind of shake our heads and remember to be grateful for the chance to live in such a beautiful spot.