As I mentioned in my last post, we have been busy working on building, installing & painting window trim in the living room. This room has come a looooooong way since we bought the house and the trim around the 6 very large windows was really just icing on the cake.

In case you don’t remember, this room used to be dark, dark dark, with a low paneled ceiling and WAY over the legal limit of very old knotty pine paneling. A crime, I tell ya. When we raised the ceiling, ripped out the paneling, and drywalled the whole joint, we framed in the windows and painted everything but waited to install any sort of trim, partly in order to take a work break over the holidays and partly to give me time to figure out just what we wanted to do. So, here’s where we’ve been for a while…

building, installing & painting window trim Naked, trimless windows. No bueno. As much as I was dying to put the finishing touches on the windows, I wanted to be sure to make the right decision when it came to style, size, width, etc. because with 6 very large windows, any issues here would surely stick out like a sore thumb.

building, installing & painting window trimStaying true to form, not much in this old house is level, evenly spaced, straight, or easy for that matter, so we knew it would be important to pay attention to detail and make precise measurements in order to get the best results.

building, installing & painting window trimWith all of these issues, and the fact that I was looking for a very simple style of trim, we decided to make our own. With a bit of extra work, we’d then be able to get exactly what we wanted, make any tweaks and edits to compensate for issues along the way, and save some money. Win, win, win.

When I told you I wanted simple in here, I meant it. After some thought, I decided to go with trim void of any embellishments, routing work, tricky angles, or anything like that in order to combat the sometimes wonky angles of the old house, avoid drawing attention to any imperfections and keep things feel really sleek and simple.

We sanded the edges of our boards to soften things a bit but still maintain a crisp, square edge…being sure to keep all edges and angles perfectly level and square.

Here’s how it looked after installing the unpainted trim… building, installing & painting window trimImmediately, it made our already large windows feel even bigger and really started to give the space a more polished look. building, installing & painting window trim

We were able to go with 3 1/2″ trim that was substantial enough to stand up to size of the windows themselves but still simple enough to not overwhelm the space.

building, installing & painting window trimWe used wood putty to fill in any exceptionally large knots and caulk to remedy any large cracks or gaps, to ensure as smooth a surface as possible, before applying a coat of my favorite oil based primer and a couple coats of paint.

Which leads me to…

building, installing & painting window trim

 The trim is super simple, like I wanted, and really just enhances these big old windows and frames the view outside…which really is the star in here after all.

building, installing & painting window trim

After all of the prep work, there’s no seam to be found.

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Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m dying to figure out some window treatment solutions, finish the rest of the molding around the room, and tackle the flooring but for now, things are already looking approximately one million times better than they used to.

building, installing & painting window trim

So light and bright. We find ourselves constantly amazed at how this room has gone from looking like this…

building, installing & painting window trim

To now looking like this…

building, installing & painting window trim

I’d be lying if I said that didn’t make me squeal like a little girl. Sorry not sorry.

building, installing & painting window trim

So there you have it! Sweet, sweet progress.

For a reminder of how far this room has come, take a look here, here, here and here.


window treatment options

As I briefly mentioned in my last post, we’ve been busy getting the trim up on the windows in the living room. We’re working on finishing those up and they should be all set and ready to go by this weekend. I can’t wait to show you what a difference it has made.

Putting the finishing touches on the windows themselves has me daydreaming about a more finished living room (I’m dying to tackle new flooring, baseboards, artwork, styling etc. but they tell me patience is a virtue…) so while I’m waiting for all of the pieces to fall into place, I’ve been playing around with some window treatment options. I’m leaning towards either just a simple inside mounted roman shade, to keep things more minimal feeling or a combination of shades and curtains for a softer, cozier look.

I’ve put together a few mock-ups of different ideas and combinations to get an idea of how it will feel. I’m liking the idea of bamboo shades to provide a little bit of texture in this otherwise white and bright room but classic white shades could be nice too. Also, we could go with lighter, airier curtains or a darker more dramatic option. Choices, choices, choices, people!

Keep in mind that there will eventually be different flooring and new/additional furniture & accessories…so the details will change…but this gives you a pretty good example of how the different options would look. Leave a comment letting me know which mock-up you’re liking the most.

#1, #2, #3 or #4? What are you thoughts?

window treatment options

Bamboo Shades & Light Curtains

window treatment options

White Shades & Dark Curtains

window treatment options

Bamboo Shades, No Curtains & some artwork

window treatment options

White Shades, No Curtains & Some Artwork

Help a girl out and leave a comment below telling me which option you’re feelin’ the most!

Happy Thursday!


When we were house hunting, I knew that whatever house we ended up with needed to have a little bit of charm. We definitely weren’t looking for anything newly constructed or builder grade, not that there’s anything wrong with that…but it’s definitely not our thing. We wanted something older, that had good bones but that would also allow us to put our own stamp on it and make the changes that would make it more suitable for our life while also celebrating the house’s original charm. The house that we ended up with really did hit the mark on all of those things.

We got lucky with some really charming things in the house, like the untouched original hardwood floors and cute little telephone niche in the wall leading upstairs…

The light fixtures, however, were not one of those things.

Between ugly ceiling fans and dingy old light fixtures, it’s been clear from the start that they’d all need replacing. Up until this point, we only managed to replace the light fixture in our bedroom (really just in fear of losing a hand every time we tried to get dressed…) and now, I’m happy to say we’ve also installed a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs.

Here’s what we were working with before…

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs


It doesn’t look too bad here but aside from being very old and very rusty, this single low wattage bulb provide far from adequate light for the upstairs landing.

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While I’m all about embracing original elements in a home, the scary old wiring in this baby was something I wasn’t willing to work with.

With slightly lower than average ceiling heights upstairs, I knew we needed to go with a flushmount fixture to keep as much ceiling height as possible and something that had a bit of character but simple enough to not overwhelm the landing upstairs.

So, I ended up choosing this one.

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs

It’s nothing too over the top. We’re certainly not re-inventing the wheel over here, but this new flushmount fixture feels a whole lot better.

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs

The chrome finish feels fresh up here and the larger profile fixture fills the space a lot better than the old one. It has a classic aesthetic while still feeling modern and updated, which is exactly what this little spot needed.

a new flushmount ceiling light upstairs




On top of it all, it’s a whole lot brighter. I don’t have to break out the flashlight app while the lights on anymore. #winning (can we bring that one back yet??)

We’ve been hard at work building, installing, and painting trim in the living room over the last few days, so I hope to be back with an update on that one later this week.

Have a good one!




I’m never really a big fan of Mondays, as you may have gathered by now, but a Monday after the holidays might be especially rough. In order to ease the pain a bit, I figured I would pick up where we left off and finish giving you a look at our house in its current state & our plans for 2015. As promised, I’m back today with a tour of the 2nd floor (which I don’t believe I’ve ever shown you before) and a look at what has been going on upstairs and what is still to come.

Shall we?

a tour of the 2nd floor

When we bought the house, the carpeting continued all the way upstairs. We ripped it all out right away and exposed the perfectly preserved hardwoods underneath. That along with painting all of the trim and giving the walls a fresh coat of paint helped immensely in brightening this little area up.

a tour of the 2nd floor

As you get to the top of the stairs and turn left, you’ll see my step-son’s room and what we are currently using as my office (more on those later.)

But overall, things are looking a whole lot better then they did here…

a tour of the 2nd floor

To the right, you see the linen closet, full bathroom, and the master bedroom.

a tour of the 2nd floor

I’m in the process of hanging some artwork around the landing area, which explains the strangely low hung canvas and extra stuff leaning against the wall but I’m still sorting out those details.

We painted all of the doors, replaced the old doorknobs with nice new black ones for some contrast against the newly white doors and cleaned up all of the old brass hardware to maintain some of the original charm.

Here’s a similar view from before we got our hands on it…

a tour of the 2nd floor

So. Much. Better.

Plans for 2015: There’s not a whole lot more to do on the upstairs landing aside from hanging some artwork, finish painting the walls & ceiling, and replace the old light fixture.

Next up is the Master bedroom. We’re continuing on the theme of already having updated the basics (like painting walls, trim, and light fixture) but still needed a lot in the design department.

a tour of the 2nd floor

I’m still figuring out a few things, like our nightstands (we’re just using some filler ones for now), bedding, artwork, and all of that other pretty stuff.

a tour of the 2nd floor

You mike recognize that dresser from a project I did at our old house :)

a tour of the 2nd floor

It’s still a work in progress but it’s loads better than what is was before we bought the house…

a tour of the 2nd floor

Am I right or am I right? This room, in particular, is one that still has be saying “I can’t believe how different this room looks…”

Plans for 2015: A lot of the basics are done in here so far but I still need to do a lot of decorating. I’m on the hunt for some artwork and other decorative elements. I need to find new nightstands, (I’m thinking something reclaimed or vintage) with some additional storage. Lastly, I’m anxious to make a tufted headboard inspire by Jenny Komenda over at Little Green Notebook.

Next, we have the bathroom. This one needs a lot of work, so I’ll make this quick. We have plans for a full renovation at some point but until then, not much is going on in here.

a tour of the 2nd floor

I do find the vintage tile charming, and that’s not necessarily what has me itching for an upgrade, but the overall space (albeit tiny) could work a whole lot better with a few tweaks.

a tour of the 2nd floor

For now, it works just fine and it’s feeling a lot cleaner and brighter than it did when we first moved in…

a tour of the 2nd floor

Plans for 2015: While a bathroom renovation is definitely in our future, I don’t think that’s going to be happening this year. In the meantime, I’d like to refresh the space with some new accessories, replace the old medicine cabinet with a larger mirror that makes this tiny room feel a bit bigger and add some additional storage. Other than that, no big plans here for 2015.

Next up is my office. It’s a tiny little room at the top of the stairs but gets some great light and is a perfect spot for me to work on my design classwork and other projects.

a tour of the 2nd floor

We removed the doors, since it doesn’t really need to be a private area right now, and it helps to open up the upstairs landing a bit, making the overall space feel bigger and brighter.

a tour of the 2nd floor

It’s really just a mix up miscellaneous furniture right now but it’s a perfect space so put my drafting table, project supplies, and other storage for the time  being…although it has become a bit of a dumping zone for odds and ends right now. For now it’s nothing special, design-wise, but it functions well for what I need it for.

Plans for 2015: I don’t have any big plans for this space as of right now. I’d like to spruce things up a bit with some artwork, maybe figure something out for additional storage, and replace the ceiling fan with something a little bit prettier. 

Lastly, we have my step-son’s room. Right now we’re in the process of choosing a paint color (as you can see). He has requested blue so I’m still trying to finalize the color and figure out a game plan in here.

It's really just a mix up miscellaneous furniture right now but it's a perfect space so put my drafting table, project supplies, and other storage for the time  being...although it has become a bit of a dumping zone for odds and ends right now.

He is one seriously fun and creative kid so I just want to keep things feeling really playful and all “boy” in here.

Although all of the Christmas has been removed from the rest of the house, I’m having a hard some parting with this little cutie in the corner.

It's really just a mix up miscellaneous furniture right now but it's a perfect space so put my drafting table, project supplies, and other storage for the time  being...although it has become a bit of a dumping zone for odds and ends right now.

a tour of the 2nd floor

Plans for 2015: Up next on the agenda in here is to finalize a paint color and finish painting. That, along with a few other accessories and storage solutions, will have this room pretty close to done. 

Well, there you have it! Now you have a good idea of the whole layout of the house, where things stand, and what is left to be done. Now I guess I had better get going… looks like there’s a lot to be done in 2015!

Happy Monday, folks!