In November of 2008, my husband, 2 sons and I moved from a big! Brand new! FINISHED! house, to a house with amazing potential in a great neighborhood.  That's putting it nicely. 

Our other house lacked character and warmth, and I never had a desire to make it "home."  And seriously, it was just paint, and wallpaper, and floors, and the kitchen, and...every room in the house...we could knock this baby out in a few months.  Ummmmmmmmmm nooooooooooo.  This project has been hell, although maybe it's like childbirth where you forget about it once you have the result?  

See below for some of the work we had cut out for us, and the "After" shots as they are completed...
This is our family room with the previous owner's stuff in it.  They bought the house new in 1982, and painted all the doors, windows, and frames either navy blue or dark red.  Those are fake wood floors and the ceiling is covered in dark wood planks. 


This is the kitchen before, which adjoins the family room.  The cabinets were the originals, but they had been refaced in a distressed cream.  White appliances, navy laminate counters, and red trim were consistent with the home's patriotic color scheme. Below are some pictures of the kitchen after:


This is the powder room...not the best picture, but it gives you an idea of the dark wood and wallpaper.  Removing this wallpaper was the bane of my existence, seriously.  


This is the office, which is the first room you see as you enter the house.  It had grasscloth wallpaper, white wall-to-wall carpeting, and the omnipresent blue window trim.  Below is just a shot of the bookshelves...I'll take a picture of the whole room one of these days!

1/3/2012 05:03:42 pm

You did a wonderful job on your kitchen and powder room. I do this for a living, removing wallpaper (tedious) and painting. Over your head (ceilings) is the hardest! Your design ideas are beautiful!
Your blog is nicely done! No worry! I found you in comments, just before me, on the Growing Your Blog Seminar. I think you are off to a great start! And your photos are great!
Welcome to blogworld, it is wonderful and uplifting!
I wish you and your family a Happy New year!

1/3/2012 06:14:14 pm

Linda, thank you SO MUCH. It was extremely kind of you to leave me my first comment...and a very positive one too! Happy New Year! :)

1/3/2012 07:23:04 pm

Simply beautiful, love your name!
Best of luck!

1/4/2012 09:42:11 am

Thank you, Barbara! :)

1/3/2012 11:23:34 pm

Wow! I too chose to hop on over and take a look. Your home is beautiful! And yes...welcome to the to blogdom :)

1/4/2012 09:43:43 am

Thanks, Magen! I love your blog!

1/4/2012 08:49:03 am

Congrats on the new blog! Your home is BEAUTIFUL and I look forward to your future posts! :-D

1/4/2012 09:45:29 am

Layla, I AM DYING!!! Your blog was the first one I ever read, and it's still my favorite. Thank you so much for your kind comments. :)

1/4/2012 08:49:12 am

Congrats on the new blog! Your home is BEAUTIFUL and I look forward to your future posts! :-D

1/4/2012 08:59:58 am

Wow! You definitely gave your home some new LOVE! Beautiful!!

1/4/2012 09:46:13 am

Thanks Vicki!!! :)

1/4/2012 09:00:02 am

I love the study with all the pictures in it..I'm a picture hanging person. I have six children and four grandchildren and i'm all about photo's..Some of the best memories you can have are in the photo's you collect. Well done on your house so far just LOVE all the changes your doing..Keep up the great work...

1/4/2012 09:47:34 am

Thanks Cathy! I'm ALL about the photos you can tell...

1/4/2012 09:04:06 am

Great house! So much fun to have a home that inspires you and makes you want to spend time there! Look forward to your future posts.


1/4/2012 09:48:55 am

Thanks Ruthie!!!

1/4/2012 09:04:09 am

Hello, just wanted to say you are doing a terrific job of making this home your very own. It might have been a homage to the red, white and blue - but you've got GREAT bones to work with. I'm sure you already know that slow and steady wins the race. I remodeled a 1930s cottage once and it took ten years to get to the finish line. So, I totally understand the frustration and also the comparison to child birth! LOL. I look forward to reading your blog.

1/4/2012 09:51:16 am

Nooooooooo, Beth...not 10 years...I'll be in the loony bin by then! ;-)

1/4/2012 09:04:26 am

Your remodeling is gorgeous! I love the kitchen and bathroom and am excited to see what you do next. We bought a home built in the early 90's a couple of years ago and have also been working on redoing all the trends previous owners seemed to love.;)

1/4/2012 09:53:57 am

Heather, I just checked out your blog and I love it! Seriously...4 boys under 8?! I can barely handle 2, I don't know HOW you do it!

1/4/2012 09:10:53 am

Looks fabulous! I picked up some ideas! I'm renovating a hundred year old house. WALLPAPER everywhere! Love the bathroom color. Love the range hood! Can you tell me the brand? Layla sent me! Happy blogging.

1/4/2012 09:58:24 am

Thanks Ronnie! Isn't the wallpaper the WORST? And the adhesive...ugh. I finally figured out that I had to really soak the walls. Of course, I figured that out when I was doing the last room. ;-)

In the powder room, the brand is Behr but I think we had it mixed based on a Ralph Lauren color. It looks more gray in there because of the white trim, but in another room it looks a lot more gray-blue.

1/4/2012 09:19:00 am

Love the house! So clean and bright. Can you tell me the bathroom color? It looks very similar to the color I want in my master bedroom but I want to compare which one I like more!

1/4/2012 10:01:31 am

Thanks Heidi! See my previous comment...I'm not exactly sure but if I can find the actual paint can I'll let you know. :-)

1/4/2012 09:33:26 am

Congrats on the new blog! And what a beautiful job you have done on your home! Layla sent me and I will be back again to follow your progress! :)

1/4/2012 10:02:19 am

Thanks Elaine!!! (and thanks again to LAYLA)

1/4/2012 09:50:08 am

I love the before and after pictures! It is easy to see that you did a lot of work and it really paid off! Gorgeous!

1/4/2012 10:02:58 am

Della, thank you so much!!!

1/4/2012 10:17:58 am

Your kitchen is remarkable! What a cheerful space. I love those bookcases and the way you styled them with photos....I have too many books I wouldn't know where to put them if I did the photos and unfortunately I don't have alot of wall space.


1/4/2012 10:42:07 am

Thanks Natalie! The bookshelves have cabinets underneath, so the books are hiding in there...also, in piles on the floor which are outside the photo! ;-)

1/4/2012 10:28:10 am

Love what you have done, very beautiful! Any chance you would share the source for your kitchen lighting?

1/4/2012 10:43:20 am

Thanks Michelle! All of the lighting in the kitchen and the powder room is from Restoration Hardware.

1/4/2012 10:41:29 am

We are in the process of renovating and updating a 1973 house in a wonderful neighborhood. Room by room and then a big delay with a flooded basement. I LOVE your bathroom!!!

1/4/2012 10:44:46 am

Oh Jilly, you poor thing...I SO feel your pain! It sucks to pay for a stupid flood when you could use that money to buy something cool!

Patti A.
1/4/2012 11:46:09 am

I'm here by way of Lettered Cottage. Love your house! I will have to add you to my favorites.

1/4/2012 01:40:17 pm

Thanks Patti! I really appreciate it.

1/4/2012 12:09:17 pm

Just saw Layla's Facebook post about you blog & had to stop now adding you to my regular blog rounds! Love what you've done so far & am excited to see your future projects!

1/4/2012 01:43:04 pm

Thanks Angela! I need to post more pictures now!

1/4/2012 12:29:32 pm

Absolutley stunning! We are in the process of renovating a 1964 basement rancher. I recently started blogging about it, but we still we have a long way to go!

Love the bathroom!

1/4/2012 01:45:28 pm

Thanks Donna! I need to find your blog so we can commiserate...we have a long way to go too!

1/4/2012 01:15:53 pm

Hey, welcome to the (bloggy) neighborhood!
Feel free to stop by on Fridays, we hold our FREE-FOR-ALL where you can link up a tutorial, recipe, teachable moment - whatever.

All the best,
~ Dana

1/4/2012 01:47:38 pm

Sounds great, Dana! I definitely will! :-)

1/4/2012 01:50:27 pm

So exciting... I can't wait to see all of your ideas! I just started a new blog with a similar idea too. Best wishes to you.

1/4/2012 02:00:27 pm

Thanks Mary! Good luck to you too!!!

Linda Matson
1/4/2012 01:52:19 pm

Layla sent me, LOL. What a wonderful transformation! Congratulations. I have been redoing my house for the last 13 years (lucky 13??) I need to get a blog going, for sure. I have a lot of pictures and projects to put up. I'm going to look into that 'building a blog' site. Seems like it really did the job for you!

1/4/2012 02:02:50 pm

Thanks Linda! I literally JUST started putting this together two days ago, and I am NOT tech I would highly recommend it. Good luck!

Julie M.
1/4/2012 03:19:47 pm

Wow... It looks SO gorgeous!! I can't believe how much work you guys have done. I can't wait to see more pictures!! :)

1/4/2012 03:26:22 pm

Love you, NK!!! Need to see new pictures of your place! xoxo

1/4/2012 03:26:16 pm

Love your house!! It's absolutely gorgeous!

1/4/2012 03:40:17 pm

Thank you so much, Desiree! Your blog is stunning!!!

1/4/2012 04:17:35 pm

Hi - Stopping in to check things out and I simply love it so far. Best of luck to you and I definitely will be coming back!

1/4/2012 04:51:10 pm

Thank you so much, Sandy!!! :-)

1/4/2012 06:02:50 pm

SO GORGEOUS! I can't even imagine the work it took to get to this point. It's looking incredible.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I wanted to let you know that West Elm has a gray lattice rug in their new collection. Here's the link:

1/4/2012 06:28:53 pm

Dina, I am one of Honey + Fitz's loyal followers; I LOVE your blog! Thank you so much for your comment, and the link! That rug is stunning and I need to order the runner for my hallway, STAT. Thanks again!!!

Kelly in Georgia
1/4/2012 06:17:48 pm

another reader from Layla's tweets...VERY beautiful home! I think I would just live in your powder room...looks so calming!
Can I ask what made you decide to go with weebly for your blogging new year's resolution is to finally start a blog...keep wanting to use - just not sure.

1/4/2012 06:31:26 pm

Hi Kelly! Honestly, I googled "free website" and Weebly was one of the first that popped up. So far, I really like it because it's really user-friendly...and did I mention, it's free? ;-)

Clara (ECCC Mama)
1/4/2012 08:16:31 pm

Great inspiration as I contemplate what to do with this colonial in Arlington. Gorgeous rooms!

1/5/2012 03:29:42 am

Thank you, my sweet friend! Did I mention that Arlington is within my area of free (read: very amateur) design consulting services?

1/5/2012 07:26:57 pm

LOVE your style! Your powder room color is EXACTLY what I was going for in my living room but totally struck out even after sampling 5 colors.

1/8/2012 12:23:37 pm

Thanks, Tricia! I just found the color: Ralph Lauren's "Pale Gray," #UL13. Have fun painting! :)

1/9/2012 09:35:13 am

Aimee, your blog is amazing and the photos are incredible. I can't believe the changes since I last saw the house... congrats!

1/9/2012 06:07:39 pm

Richard, it was A Proper Carpenter's outstanding work! Thanks for everything.

1/12/2012 07:27:43 am

Hi Aimee,
Love your home...the changes you've made so far are amazing! I love the glass paned doors and what a difference the white paint has made! Looking forward to seeing more!

1/12/2012 08:09:23 am

Thanks Janet! White paint is like magic in a house like this! :)

8/25/2013 07:52:53 pm

I just stumbled upon your site with pictures. We too are redoing a house on our own. I know you did this awhile back, but can you give us the size of the wood trim you used in your powder room and how far down from the ceiling you came. Just love this and different from everything else we have seen. Thanks a million, Jennifer

8/26/2013 04:20:53 am

Hi Jennifer! Thank you so much for the compliment. :-) The top trim is 3-piece crown molding, then the distance between the crown and the top board is another 14 inches. The width of the boards is 3.5 inches. Does that help?

8/26/2013 07:17:14 am

I think, my husband is asking for specifics. We already have a 3 piece crown around the ceiling. So the trim pieces framing around the wall are 3.5 by ?? He feels the bottom is thicker than the wall. And it's topped with what kind of trim? My apologies for the questions. By the way just love what you have done with your house. And thanks

Cathy dickson
7/25/2015 02:33:33 pm

I love! the color of your kitchen walls...I was going for that color in my head but just cannot find it..would you be willing to tell me??

7/25/2015 02:42:01 pm

Thank you so much, Cathy! It's Nigerian Peony by Ralph Lauren. :)


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