Monday was a really exciting day for us because we FINALLY got to start the process of getting the exterior of our home painted.
Have you ever seen an orange and pink house?
Yeah…. me either….. until we moved into this one.
It has taken us about a year to really start renovating and making our vision come to life for this home. When we first moved in we tackled some big changes that needed to happen like painting the entire interior, adding can lights, and replacing some of the carpet with hardwood.
Finishing the rest of the house kind of came to a complete stop when we found out we were pregnant (except for some minor changes we did here and there).
As I have mentioned before in some of my previous posts, we found out we were pregnant with our 3rd baby in March 2016 right after we moved in. That took a complete toll on me and we just kind of “got by” with the house “as is” for the rest of that year. (You can read a little more about my pregnancy here if you want).
Now that I am past that I feel like things are really starting to come together and we are making some big dramatic changes.
The exterior paint was not a huge turn off for me because I knew this house had great “bones” to work with. I knew it had the potential to be transformed into the vision I had even though I absolutely hated the paint color. Here are some more of the before pictures.
I just can’t believe someone would choose those 2 colors…. TOGETHER!? Annnnnnnd the entire interior was also painted orange, red, and purple.
They reallllly had a thing for orange.
I’m so glad we were finally able to get this done and now I am loving our new curb appeal.
A couple months ago we were able to add some brick to the backyard and we will eventually add turf to the opposite side.
I have had my heart set on a black door for a while now so I was thankful the hubs was in agreement with me and I had no convincing to do on my end.
I will need to get a few more items for the porch in time.
I have learned a lot in the last few years as I have discovered my “style” and making our house a home. Here are a few personal tips that I hope can encourage you as you do the same in your home.
1. Purchase pieces you love
I have spent so many countless hours trying to decorate with things I didn’t love or just bought on a whim to try and get a room done. I ALWAYS ended up redoing a room because I wasn’t actually satisfied with the decor I picked. I have learned to take my time, get my vision together, and purchase pieces that I really love for the space. Even if that means waiting a couple months.
2. Work with what you have and make it flow together
When we moved into our home 75% of the house was laid with tile…. not particularly a tile that would have been my first choice. If I could have had my dream I would have replaced all flooring with my dream floor. Butttttt 1. The tile was in great condition 2. It wasn’t completely terrible and I knew I could work with it 3. It would have been too costly to replace 4. Too time consuming to replace when it was in perfect condition. So instead of replacing the tile throughout the house I made all of my decor choices to work with THAT tile so I would have a uniformed base throughout the house. We replaced the carpet in the office and living room and as much as I wanted a “certain color” hardwood I opted to pick something that complimented the tile since they laid right next to each other. In my opinion choosing pieces that compliment one another is what makes your house beautiful and tie together vs. choosing 5 different pieces you love but have no chemistry. If I were to choose something I loved but didn’t go with the rest of the house it ultimately won’t look as great.
3. Take your time and make the most of what you have if you aren’t able to change it yet
I hated, let me repeated HATED our exterior house color. Thankfully when we bought our home I was able to see past the color and knew I could change it in time. Our house was orange and pink for a year before we had it painted. I made the most of the circumstance and hung a cute little wreath on the door and laid a front door mat.. I swept the porch as often as I could because it made me feel like the curb appeal was better LOL! Make the most of your situation if you do not have the funds to complete what you want just yet.
I’m just a natural purger. I am constantly cleaning out the junk drawer, getting rid of old clothes, toys, etc. My preference has always been to get rid of decor items I don’t love or that I don’t see potential using in the future. Even better… sell it and use that money for something you love. I have sold sooooooooo much of my furniture/decor that I just didn’t love or got sick of. I also have a stash of items I love stored away but don’t have a place for at the moment until my vision comes together. Keep those gems somewhere safe and if you end up not being able to use it…. sell it 😉
I loved being able to share this with you guys!
Happy decorating 🙂