Two Year Check Up

This month marks two years of living at this house.  Like last year, I’m taking you on a room by room tour to show you the changes.  Here’s the plain entry the day we closed:

New-House-Entry April 13 2012

Recently, we installed a tongue and groove accent wall, new front door and window, modern light, giant Longhorns and cute art.


We now have a bright, light filled happy space we’re not ashamed of.  Especially because this is the first impression.  We still have to replace the uneven, stained tile and railing, but this space is nearly complete.  The living room had great potential, but it felt too traditional for us.


Much of this room is still subject to change, but it’s functional and more ‘us.’  Painted light gray walls modernize it, while still feeling warm.

Living-Room-into-Dining-Two-Years-Later Coffee table plans are in the works, and I want to find a new rug and chairs.  Art, too.

New-House-Dining-into-Living-Room April 13 2012

But the modern twist on a rustic/Western style is coming together.  The newly finished sofa is perfect in here.


Hopefully a leather sofa will replace this one, but it serves the purpose until then.


Our dining room has seen some progress, but it’s not looking so hot these days.  Though it really didn’t look to great when we bought this place either.

Dining-Room-After-Move-In-April-30 A window replaced the door, and we’ve got one sheetrock-less wall while we deal with electrical changes.

Dining-Room-Two-Years-Later One of the least changed rooms is the kitchen.  Maybe this winter we’ll have some updates to tackle.


Aside from removing wallpaper and painting, no action going on in here.


In the adjacent family room, we’ve refaced the fireplace, added an insert, built shelves for a little nookpainted the walls a soft beige.


This room is one of my favorite places to relax and enjoy the back yard views and wildlife.


Our first remodel here, the main bathroom, was a full tear out.  Though it was one of the most recently updated spaces, the dark, showerless layout didn’t work for our two young boys or guests.

New-House-Main-Bathroom April 13 2012

Replacing the tub with a tub/shower, it now functions for kids and adults.


Across the hall, the small guest room was very dark.  North facing, small window, and a wall of 70’s oak shelving sucked the light and life out.


A new egress window lets in more light while the white shelves and happy yellow walls add cheer.


A beige box of boring wasn’t really a happy place for two little boys.


After asking for their suggestions, I scraped off the popcorn ceiling, painted the walls a pear green, and filled the room with color and kid friendly decor.


The master was completely opposite from the boys’ room starting point with obnoxiously bright blue walls.


So far, I’ve only painted over the shocking blue.  Soon, we’ll get new windows.



The biggest interior project from the past 365 days is the master bathroom remodel.  It was a dated yellow and red room of yuck.


Now, its our updated sanctuary complete with a walnut vanity, clawfoot tub, and pretty slate and marble tile.


A few big inside changes, but our landscaping saw the most attention last year.  I’ll get to that in another post.  We’ve been adding plants and greenery!

Sometimes, progress feels like it moves slower than a turtle, even though we’re most often working on something.  It’s nice to look back to see just how much we really have done; to be reminded of our excitement at closing.  And look back at the ugly and plain space we inherited.

10 thoughts on “Two Year Check Up

  1. You have done some amazing things to update your mountain home! I look forward to seeing what else you do. One thing that I just noticed while going through the pictures on this post, is that your curtains make the rooms look heavy. I don’t know if it’s the style, the fabric or the fact that they are hung low and drag on the floor. The guest room has a more airy/light vibe with its little valance.
    But it’s your house, so if you love them, disregard my comment.

    1. Hi Esther!

      Thanks so much for you compliments!

      As for the curtains, I agree with you. Once we replace and retrim the windows, I’d love to see new panels. Maybe natural linen for a lighter look? We don’t need them for light blocking, only privacy, so I think linen would be nice. Lighter in look and feel for a calmer space.


  2. Your house is coming along so nicely. I love your main bathroom, the built ins Ben made and the new paint colors on the walls and door. Great choices. The only thing I don’t like is the light in the foyer. It detracts from your focal wall and those great horns and doesn’t seems to go with the rest of your house.

    1. Hi Threeduckfarm!

      Aww, thank you so much for being so sweet and supportive! It seems the light is one of those love it or hate it elements. At this point, I kind of like that it’s a little ‘off’ for the space. It adds a little more interest than if it were a plan white shade or something. But, I’m not opposed to changing it out if we find something we like down the road. 🙂


  3. New reader here, I love your style and house progress! Definitely going to add you to my blog roll.

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