Michigan winter can really be difficult to endure. It’s cloudy, bitter cold, and hard to leave the house… though if you are most people, you have to leave the house multiple times per day. (Especially Hannah and I’s several hundred trips to Lowe’s and Home Depot this Fall/Winter.) After two weeks straight of negative wind chills and single digit temperatures, I told Hannah it was time for a weekend getaway to sunny skies and beach time. Cue….NAPLES, FLORIDA.
Hey y’all! If you saw our last renovation blog post, you’ve seen that we are finally passed the demolition phase! We have countertops, a toilet, and hardwood floors are getting installed today! I’ve compiled a mood board expressing the design plan I have for the condo. I’m going for Scandinavian cozy. Think modern + minimal + mid century + warmth. I’ve planned for white walls, light floors, marble accents, matte black hardware, and gold touches. See below for our most recent purchases (plus a few items on my wish list!).
If you follow along on Instagram, you've seen some daily updates of the renovation. But, it's about time that I add some to the blog! We are finally done with the demolition phase and are getting to the fun part - paint, carpet, tile.....saying goodbye to the pink and orange circus. See below for some before and "durings" of our project! Just another few weeks and it should be entirely finished! I’ve yet to go through the condo with my camera, so here are some crappy iPhone shots in terrible lighting. #aintnobodygottimeforthat (not while renovating anyway!)
America’s smallest state is certainly one of it’s more majestic. While we had raised expectations of what to expect in RI, mostly thanks to Kiel James Patrick, we found even more pleasure while actually staying there. We stayed in an incredible loft style hotel called NYLO, which is a small boutique hotel chain that has “loft apartment” style accommodations. An incredible lobby, restaurants, and room awaited us for our 2 nights in RI and CT.
Acadia National Park is near the city of Bar Harbor, Maine. Because we wanted to see the entire NE and had somewhat limited time to do so, we had to do Acadia in one day. It’s one of my biggest regrets on this trip! If I could re-do it, I would’ve booked 3 or 4 days to explore this unbelievable treasure on the NorthEastern coast.
As we were packing things away, we realized that a few rooms in our previous home never made the blog. I’ve yet to share this lower level, the entry way, and both of the bathrooms. So, today we are taking a break from the renovation updates to share our (previous) lower level living room. I wanted this room to feel bright and light becuse it was located in a dark basement. The white walls and natural tones offset the lack of natural light. This room was never fully decorated to my standards, but it will still be missed! (Especially by Ty, as this is where the Xbox used to reside).
We’re moving! A few weeks ago, Ty and I were sitting at a Starbucks in our absolute favorite neighborhood of Grand Rapids, day dreaming about one day living nearby, able to enjoy the local resturants, evening energy, and everyday walkability. I pulled up realtor.com while sipping my coconut milk cold brew, and stumbled across the world’s ugliest condo, which was the only home in the area that was remotely within our price range. It was our dream location - sharing the street with some of our favorite shops and restaurants, with lake accessibility across the street. Oh, and one block from Starbucks...what more could you need? Because of its location, we decided to walk through the unit.
We hated it. The old building had character and was in great condition, but the unit itself was dark, dated, and covered in wallpaper. Did I mention weird smells? A total gut job. We walked away entirely uninterested. About a month later, we were sick of long commutes, and living so far from the places we frequent... so, after a change of heart, we called the sellers with a offer. We closed on the unit on Friday, and started demo immediately. We are in way over our heads, but are going to try and enjoy every minute of the chaos. Follow along as we renovate every inch of this 70’s condo over the next 8 weeks!