Last fall, Hannah and I were burnt out coming off of moving, renovating, and starting our own business. We needed a short trip away, and wanted it to be affordable. After scouring the internet, searching for new spots we hadn’t been, I found a spot where we could hike, eat, and be away in nature… and better yet, get there from Grand Rapids in under 5 hours.
ENTER: Baraboo, Wisconsin and Devil's Lake State Park.
Hey y'all! We posted a brief snapshot of our "Renovation spreadsheet" on instagram stories a few weeks ago, and we got more responses than ever! Many of you asked for a copy. Some of you simply wanted to follow along, while others of you wanted a copy to help you stay organized during your ongoing or upcoming renovation! So, here is a glimpse into our “system;" what we used to stay organized! Of course, all renovations are very different, so this list of tasks will not exclusively pertain to your project, but hopefully you will be able to use the format below to help you create your own task list. (Side note - LOVE hearing how many of our readers are renovating themselves!)
We love our old mid century charmer (and by "old," we mean 1964, which really isn't that old in house years). We appreciate the original elements, and are trying to stay true to its personality. However, there are pros and cons to old homes. Things can be out of date; there are occasional "surprises;" and unpredictable expenses.
When I posted some sneak peaks of our lighting selections yesterday on Instagram, y'all were asking for links. So, here we are! This is everything we have ordered for the new house (so far, still have a hefty shopping list to tackle)! I have expensive taste (don't we all?). With specific things in mind, I scoured the Internet to find matte black and brass finishes at reasonable prices. Click on each image for link. Enjoy!
The condo has officially sold! We're one giant step closer to our new home. The move is becoming more "real" each day! We can barely contain our excitement, but are also navigating all of the emotions that come with "moving." It's sad to say goodbye; but overall, we find so much peace, gratitude, and love through the sale of our condo. We are so excited for the condo's new homeowners, and love that it is going to become a special place for someone new who will love and appreciate it as much as we did.
Now, onto the new place! The kitchen needs some MAJOR love. I'm unsure why anyone ever thought that a U shaped kitchen was practical. Two peninsulas make for a crowded room. Here's the plan for the South side of the kitchen :
HELLO HELLO! The "before" home tour has arrived. This house obviously needs A LOT of work, but we wouldn't have it any other way. We are in love with the mid century elements like the slate entry, the brick fireplace with a spot for plants, the master bathroom orb lights, and the tri level layout. We will be keeping as much character as we can salvage. The rest of the house will get a COMPLETE overhaul. Today, I have shared my overall "plans" for each room. I will share the design details for each space in a later post to keep things brief.
We have 3 DAYS to decide the exterior color! HELP! AHHH. Today, I am sharing my visions, and some inspiration, for this exterior. Opinions are certainly welcome, as I am quite undecided (and Ty and I are in full disagreement!)