I didn’t want to post pictures of the new house until everything was just perfect, but then I looked around and realized that that may not be for YEARS. So, I grabbed my camera and happily snapped away.





In the living room we stripped the wallpaper and sanded and painted the walls.  We also pulled up the old carpet and re-carpeted.  We took down the window treatments, but we still need to decide on new curtains.  (Ignore the laundry on the couch and the baby on the floor…)







We did the same in here as we did in the living room – new paint and new carpet.  Chris also fixed the chandelier and we are in the process of mounting that on a medallion which will match the crown molding we’re eventually going to put in this room.  The only other immediate thing we’re doing in here is painting that back door white and putting up a white chair rail around the entire dining room to help set it apart a bit from the living room.






The kitchen was already renovated and updated (except the appliances), so we didn’t do much in here.  We have picked the paint, but haven’t painted yet.  It’s going to be a pale green that picks up the green tones in the sand color in the living room and dining room.  You can see the sample we painted in the right corner of the first picture below.  I think it’s really pretty.  We just got that kitchen table and chairs from my parent’s house this past weekend and we can’t quite decide what to do with it.  I think we’re going to move it to another wall in that breakfast room area, but I do like it against the wall like how we have it.  Such a space saver.







This has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the house.  I love it because it’s so open and neat.  It’s not cluttered and it feels really calming.  We painted and put carpet here, too.  We also hung some art work, but may have to move it because it is an original and right now it’s situated right under the skylight so we’re a little worried about the sunlight fading the paint.  For now though, I like where it is placed and I love that the card catalog is front and center.  For those who don’t know, that card catalog is an original from the first library at Yale University.  They were selling them when Chris was a student at Yale because they were renovating the library.  We bought it for $50 and it’s one of my favorite things in our house.  I’m glad it now has a prominent place in our house.





We still have a lot to do in the kid’s rooms.  We put in new carpet, but that’s about it.  We are painting this room very similar to her room at the old house.  Chris is going to do pink and cream stripes again, but this time it will be above a cream chair rail and below that rail it will be solid pink.  We also need to hang pictures and bookshelves in here, too.







Bean’s room is HUGE.  Almost as big as the master.  It holds all of his toys perfectly and he loves it.  We put in new carpet, but haven’t painted yet.  We are at a stalemate about what color to use in this room.  We’re experimenting with different shades of blue and yellow, but no decisions have been made yet.  I’m not in a rush though.  Bean seems pretty happy with it just the way it is!




The master bedroom has been painted and carpeted, too, but that’s it.  There’s hardly any furniture in there and we are still missing closet doors because we’re replacing them.  We have the paint for our master bath, but haven’t painted in there yet.  I’m really excited about that color though.  It’s a clean, crisp, sea green color.  Really pretty.  We also haven’t even started on the downstairs playroom.  We have set up our desk and computer down there for a quick makeshift office, but that’s about it.  It hasn’t been painted, cleaned, or carpeted yet so it feels kind of yucky still.  But at this point, that room is so far down the list of things to do.  We’ll get to it when we get to it.

In this house, I am amazed at how comfortable and homey everything feels.  I feel like we’ve lived here for years.  Part of that is all the new paint and carpet, but I think a big part of it is knowing that this is our house for a long, long time.  That comfort is comforting and comfortable.  Home has never sounded so good!

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52 Thoughts to “Before/After”

  1. The dining room especially looks lovely…you can really see progress here! 🙂 Congratulations to all of you. So glad you’ve found your home…that’s an amazing feeling.

  2. That painting in your dining room is great and I am eternally green with jealousy over that amazing card catalog! So cool!
    Yay for progress. You guys are fast!

  3. So pretty and homey! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Looks great guys! Thanks for the update

  5. It looks terrific! I’m impressed how quickly you guys work!

  6. Everything looks great (although I am secretly very jealous because we moved in April and you have made so much more progress than we have). Great work and thank you for the update!

  7. Katie N.

    I am so impressed! It looks like you’ve been there for months! Bookshelves neatly arranged, pictures on the wall, new paint in multiple rooms; my husband and I moved in to our new house on June and still have bare walls because I am a commitment-phobe and can’t decide where I want to hang things! Kudos to you and Chris (and your dad!) for all of your hard work in making it feel so homey so soon 🙂

  8. It looks great! And you’re right, it’s so homey and inviting. Congratulations on your home!!!

  9. kk

    i absolutely LOVE the light olive colour you and chris picked. it makes the house looks so homey. Everything else also looks so clean and fresh

    Keep up the good work.

  10. Dawn

    You guys have done a wonderful job! I know it’s a lot of work, and challenging at times, but moving into a new house that is YOURS, and MAKING it yours, is so awesome!

  11. Your house is looking wonderful and amazing – if I didn’t know better I would have though you moved in at the beginning of the summer! It looks like the home of a happy and loving family.

  12. What a great transformation. Painting definitely makes a huge difference. And the before photo of Bean’s room cracked me up. Cabin Fever in Vermont

  13. Kimberly

    Your new home is beautiful! And you have a wonderful way of making it look so warm and inviting. My favorite is the living room. Congratulations and I wish you and your family many years of happiness there!!

  14. it looks awesome! so pretty and just like home 🙂

    lots of hard work, sweat and love 🙂

  15. I love it! You have done so much in such a short time frame – amazing! I love the colors too 🙂

  16. Ella

    Oh, ment to add, your dining room looks great! I can seeing you having some amazing dinner parties in there!

  17. Amy

    Your house is lovely! I am so glad you shared a house tour with us 🙂 I must admit– I am jealous of your ability to pick paint colors — you did a great job! When we moved into our house it was very neutral (a lot of beige & taupe) and we loved it … but now I’m itching for a little color… I don’t know where to begin!

    So glad your house is feeling like a home 🙂 It looks so warm & comfortable & welcoming! Great job!

  18. Congrats, the house looks great! How you’ve had time to do all of this, spend time with your family, and get ready for the school year is beyond me! No wonder you’re starting to say no! That’s a lot of work in a pretty short amount of time. It looks great and I think that if I were you and Chris, I’d be pretty proud!

  19. Ann G-B

    Looks great! You did A LOT in a short amount of time!

  20. Wow all of that work with 2 kids? Bravo to you guys! We’ve been in our house two years and just now starting on the master bedroom. It looks great!

  21. It looks great! And I’m jealous that you have so much put together. We have been in our new house for 3 months and I’m just finishing one room!

  22. It looks great! Congratulations! It does look so homey and comfortable!

  23. Deepa

    It looks amazing! You guys clearly put a lot of work and love into the space, esp the living room and dining room – wow! It kind of makes me want to make the move to our “forever house” sooner than later…

  24. Sandy

    glad to see the dresser mirror made it in one piece =o)

  25. congrats! Your house is beautiful, that’s no easy feat to get that all up and running. 🙂

  26. Is that a “Pet Net” in the corner of Bean’s room? I had one of those when I was little. Such a good idea for all those stuffed animals. Oh, and I just LOVE the card catalog!

  27. You’ve gotten so much done in such a short time. It all looks great.

  28. It looks sooo ‘homey’ and not the gangster kind! I love it!

  29. Corinn

    Beautiful house!! I love it!

  30. Nikki

    Katie, it looks great! You have thoroughly made me feel bad about my house being in disarray, seeing as how I have no kids or dogs or a blog…

  31. Way to make a house a home, lady! Love Love Love!!!

  32. Oh the librarian dork in me is drooling over your card catalog – what a cool thing to have! Love the new space, and you’ve done wonders with colors, etc! I can’t wait to hear how the rest of it turns out. Isn’t nesting fun?! ;o)

  33. Annalee

    It looks beautiful! I’m so happy for your family, it seems like all the hard work is paying off!!

  34. Jen M

    Love all the changes! My favorite thing to use as curtains are painters drop cloths. They come in lots of lengths and all 4 sides are hemmed (bonus). They are casual but look like linen hanging. And they are CHEAP! I haven’t tried dying them but I’m sure you could!

  35. Grandma

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful@ i can hardly wait to see it. You all have done a beautiful job.

  36. Tressa

    WOW….You guys ROCK! Looks amazing. You guys have worked hard! Looks great. I want to come visit! 😉 I wish you many, many, many years of happiness in your new home!

  37. jenny-bird

    Congratulations on your new home! It looks lovely. You may want to check into museum quality glass for your frame. I got an inexpensive piece from Hobby Lobby, similar to your Home Goods, for my wedding photos. Enjoy your new house!

  38. Leslie

    Looks awesome! Kinda gives me the moving bug!!

  39. Congratulations, girl. You have truly turned a house into a home. It looks GREAT!! 🙂 GOOD JOB.

  40. jenny-bird

    P.S. I love your Venetian canal prints. ^^

  41. Rachel @ The Ongoing Planner

    It looks so great already! You have done so much! We just put stuff on our walls two weeks ago and we have been here three months now, so I am very impressed!

  42. It looks so good already! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Cindy

    You are making some great progress, don’t be in too much of a hurry, epecially if you are planning on living here for awhile. I love what you have done so far.
    We moved August 1st and have just now gotten a few pictures hung. Our house was a new construction and so I am going to just stay with the initial neutral color for a little while and see what color seems best for each room.

  44. Sarah

    everything looks amazing! the house looks like a very happy home:)

  45. Danielle

    Katie! So I know I don’t comment often, but I’ve been a very loyal reader of your blog for the last couple of years…anyway, so I’m searching around on craigslist, and I found this today! Completely reminded me of you and your old vanity (this is now in Gracie’s nursery)…and reminded me of when you needed to replace the old mirror. Anyway, I thought you would like to see it!

  46. hilary

    I am so jealous that you had a chance to paint BEFORE moving in! We had to move out the same day our buyer moved in and the home we bought wasn’t vacated until that morning so we had to paint around furniture. Our poor hardwood floors took a good splattering from all the trim work we were doing. We do have two rooms almost complete and I find myself looking at them at least ten times a day – it reminds me that we WILL get there, little by little! Good luck with the rest of your decorating!

  47. It all looks great! Congrats on being HOME!

  48. It looks so great! So glad y’all are settled in, hope your week at work went well!

  49. Your new home looks beautiful! You and Chris have wonderful taste and have done an amazing job decorating it. Especially considering you have two young children, two busy jobs, and a blog! Thanks for sharing, it really does look like a nice place to call home.

  50. It looks wonderful! I love it!! I don´t remember if I comment in a previous post but I wanted to send a huge CONGRATULATIONS on you move.. I´m absolutely happy for you guys!

  51. Do not look at the man behind the curtain! haha

    The house looks amazing!!!! That living room seems so warm, I just want to come plop my butt on one of those comfy couches.

  52. Looks great, Katie! It is amazing what a little paint and new carpet can do for a room. Glad you guys are getting all settled in!

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