House Tour

We purchased our home, built in 1959, in December, 2009. She’s been a labor of love ever since. The house has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and totals around 2,000 square feet on .75 acres. We also have a full unfinished basement that we hope to finish one day to include 2 additional bedrooms and one bathroom.

Here’s a peek into our progress. If you’re interested in seeing what we completed in 2012, go here. Interested in my optimistic plans for 2013? See here.

Outside, we started with a very brown, very banged up exterior.

In Spring, 2011 we had the exterior redone. The trim, gutters and shutters were painted, the siding was replaced, and the original front door was swapped out for a craftsman style wood door. In Spring, 2012 we finally got down to business re-landscaping the yard.


Also known as the dumping ground during the first year or so of home ownership.

Yikes. But we cleaned it up bit by bit over time. With the addition of a new door, new lighting, crown molding, and wainscoting, it’s a totally different space (the adjoining hallway too)! More on the changes here.



Family Room:

Not much to it to begin with. Sadly, we lived with it like this for way too long.

In the past year, we’ve pretty much redone the entire room (but they’re never really done, are they?).

Screened in Porch:

To the left of the fireplace is a sliding glass door to the screened in porch (I was standing in it to take the photo above). It’s in pretty sorry shape, and we’ve never used it as anything more than a dumping ground. But we do have plans for it. Next Spring we’d like to convert it into a sun room with a small sitting and eating area.


Admittedly, these are horrible before pictures, but they’re all I’ve got.

Over the last 2 years, we painted the cabinets, added a bead board back splash, replaced the faucet and all the appliances, redid the lighting, and added a cabinet and open shelving to the blank wall across from the sink. More on the final product right here.

Dining Room:

We took down the chair rail in the small room and removed the wall paper on the top half of the walls. Here’s what we started with:

And here we are now. More on the dining room here.





Guest Bedroom:

Since the room was only used for storage until recently, I don’t have an exciting before picture. But here it is today. You can read more about this space here. Still a bit more to do in here, but I love how it’s turning out!

Hall Bathroom:

Is it okay for a bathroom to be one of your favorite rooms in a house? Because our hall bathroom might just top my list. We’ve spent very little money fixing it up, but it sure took a lot  of work to turn it from this:

To this:

You can read more about this space here.

We’ve also taken on a few smaller spaces in the house like the coat closet and pantry.

The coat closet before:

And after:

And the pantry before:

And after:

61 Responses to “House Tour”

  1. Diana @ Boy + Girl January 31, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    Your cabinet colour makes my heart skip a beat. Do you know what colour you used? I’m looking at doing a furniture piece in my kitchen and this just might be the perfect colour. And don’t mind how many times it looks like I’ve spelt colour wrong. I’m not wrong I’m just Canadian. haha! Any help would be appreciated!

    • house185 January 31, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      Hi Diana!

      Thanks! Are you referring to the cabinet in the dining room? It’s Behr’s Witch Hazel purchased at Home Depot. Hopefully Behr paint is in Canada?


      • Diana @ Boy + Girl January 31, 2012 at 11:44 am #

        I was looking at the chest with the open shelves above it, with the black pulls. Is that the same colour? Thanks so much for getting back to me by the way!

      • house185 January 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

        Oh, that’s a different color. It’s Valspar’s Safari Beige 🙂


      • Diana @ Boy + Girl January 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

        Love it! Thank you!

    • Janet March 13, 2015 at 1:32 am #

      You have made a beautiful home! Great job and thanks for sharing.

  2. Sarah February 6, 2012 at 10:43 am #

    I love your taste in styling! Very beautiful and the flow of the house is so inviting! Great work!

  3. Julia @ Chris loves Julia February 6, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Gorggeeeouuusss. Drooling. I am definitely gonna keep tabs on you! Hahaha. I love this. I love your exterior makeovers–something I am so daunted by with my home.

  4. Gabbi March 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    I am madly in love with your two-tone cabinets! Your kitchen is gorgeous! 🙂

  5. brandy March 19, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I just hopped over from Holly Mathis’ blog, and your house is adorable! We have two things in common – one being the Simone drapes from PB (or at least they look like the Simone pattern) and second being the fireplace. I have never seen someone with my fireplace on line. Mine has the same brick “mantle” and also had a lovely brass door. I have struggled so much with styling mine. I’ll keep watching to see if you come up with a fun solution! I’m also curious what your wall color is in the living room – so pretty!!

    • house185 March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

      Hi Brandy! Thank you so much! Yes, those are the PB Simone drapes. Love the pattern. I’ve never seen tiered brick mantles online either. I struggle with styling it too. I’m hoping to be struck with inspiration one day! The wall color is Glidden’s Sand White. Very similar to Ben Moore’s Coastal Fog. Thanks for reading!

  6. Wendy March 19, 2012 at 5:24 pm #

    I was wondering if you could share where you found the mirror that is hanging above your fireplace? I’ve been looking forever for one that size and style with no luck. Thanks!

    • house185 March 19, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

      Hi Wendy! I purchased the mirror from Aaron Brothers Art and Framing. Looks like they have stores mainly in California and Texas – hopefully there’s one near you!

  7. Patti March 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    I have been looking for a great shade of gray and your kitchen looks like it! Would you mind sharing the color? Thank you. Your house is beautiful!!!

    • house185 March 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

      Hi Patti! Do you mean the lower cabinets? It’s Valspar’s Safari Beige. If you mean the walls, they’re Glidden Sand White. Thanks for reading!

  8. Shannon March 20, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    Just found your blog from Holly Mathis’ blog – love what you’ve done so far! I’ve been searching everywhere for the two Gunnera prints you have in your living room. I was wondering where in the world (and when) did you find them?? Keep the posts coming – looking forward to seeing more! 🙂


  9. Kerry March 20, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Hi 😉 lovely home ! Found you from Holly 😉 could you please let me know where you found your sectional? Looks like Ikea;) thank you, Kerry

    • house185 March 20, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Hi Kerry! Yep – Ikea Ektorp sectional. We purchased it 4.5 years ago and no complaints! The cover is Svanby Beige.

  10. Ashley Williams March 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Holly Mathis’ site brought me to you! I saw your house and instantly knew you were in Atlanta!! Your house looks exactly like a sorority sister of mine’s (We went to Auburn! :))house! I grew up in Atlanta and lived there 20 years (East Cobb)!! My friend lives off of Briarcliff Rd….I would swear you were living in her house! Funny, huh! I’m in Kalamazoo, MI and I am getting homesick looking at your bermuda grass and pines and monogrammed towels and hearing about Ballard Backroom!!! You have a beautiful home!! I am going to mark your blog as a favorite and check back in…The striped closet looks like something Emily would do on!!! 😉 Happy Spring!!!

    • house185 March 20, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

      Ashley – thank you so much for reading! I love that you could look at my house and tell it’s in Atlanta! There’s something so wonderful and southern about it here, isn’t there? And I love Emily’s blog! Thanks so much for leaving such a nice comment!!

  11. Carrie March 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I LOVE your home! Just beautiful! Would you mind sharing where you found your sofa table/lap top desk?

    Thank you for sharing your home with us!

  12. Kira March 21, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Hi! I found you through Holly’s blog, you’ve done such a fantastic job with your home! Would you mind telling me where you got the prints that are hanging in your dining room? I like them and would love to take a closer look. Thanks!

    • house185 March 21, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      Kira, thank you so much! They’re actually free from The site is notoriously difficult to navigate though. I’d be happy to email them to you this evening. They’re high res images, and you can just send them to printer if you like them! Just let me know, and thanks for dropping by!

  13. aneyefordetail April 6, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Hi: Just discovered your blog! I love what you have done with the house…and yes, it takes a long time (not to mention $$$). Can’t believe the Ikea table: looks perfect!
    We moved a year and half ago and have had fun, and frustration, redoing the house: if you go to my blog and click on “8 McDowell” over in the tag cloud you will see some of the posts.
    I’ll bookmark this and be back!

  14. elizabeth April 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    Hi!! love your beautiful home! I too stumbled across your blog from Holly’s. A few quick questions: where did you purchase the rattan/woven chair behind your sofa (is it IKEA?) And also the round mirror above your fireplace? I’ve been looking for something similar. And lastly, we are ready to paint our cabinets – do you have a separate post about your process? I have been researching like crazy. I just want to be sure I am fully prepared before we begin painting! Any help you could provide would be much appreciated!!

    • house185 April 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth! Thanks so much! Your new house is so sweet. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

      The chair in the family room is from Ikea. It’s the Byholma chair if it helps! The round mirror is from Aaron Brothers Art and Framing. Hopefully there’s one near you.

      I painted the cabs pre-blogging but here’s a run down: I sanded everything down and wiped them clean of any dust. I primed with oil based primer then put on 2-3 coats of eggshell finish paint. If I were to do it again I would use Ben Moore’s Advance Paint. It’s a newer product but seems to be the standard for cabinets. They’ve held up pretty well over the last 2+ years but I have had to do some touch ups here and there (mostly around knobs). Also, I found these ( to be invaluable. Good luck!

  15. sharakate June 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    hi there! came across your site via pinterest… i am looking to do some similar open shelving in my kitchen and was wondering if you could share how you did yours? where did you get the brackets? how did you install? 🙂

    • house185 June 23, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

      Hi sharakate! So glad you found me! The brackets are from Home Depot, and they’re about $10 a piece. I see them there all the time, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding them. To make the shelves, we roughly followed this tutorial: Basically we made a skeleton to secure to the studs, then made a plywood cover for it. The brackets are also screwed into studs and provide much more support than I expected them too. If you have any questions, please let me know! Good luck with your project!

  16. A Merry Journey September 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    Just wanted to give a quick shout out. Just found your blog and love the style of your home. Everything is so serene and seems to flow well. Can’t wait to see how everything progresses!

    • house185 September 18, 2012 at 10:48 am #

      Thanks so much, Christine! I really appreciate your comment. Looking forward to following your blog too! Love the contemporary style of the house!

  17. Sarah November 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    I love your kitchen. What are the paint colors on the cabinets/walls?

    • house185 November 16, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi Sarah! The wall’s are Glidden’s Sand White, the lower cabs are Valspar’s Safari Beige, and the upper cabs are Behr’s Eggshell Cream. Thanks for reading!

  18. elizabeth July 10, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Hi Kate! I have a question about your family room sofa – by chance is is the IKEA ektorp sectional? We’re thinking of purchasing and I’m very curious to chat with someone who owns it. thanks!!

    • house185 July 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth! It is the ektorp sectional! We actually picked it up in the as-is section 5 years ago. I believe it was the previously the floor model. No complaints about it here, we love it. Very comfortable, the cushions haven’t gotten saggy or lost any cush. It’s held up very well – even though we’ve moved it twice. We have the svanby beige cover which I love but hate having to dry clean.

      I’d buy it again in a heart beat. I hope this helps you! Good luck with your decision and purchase!!

  19. misty November 19, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

    LOVE LOVE. what color is your hallway. Is that a gray or is it the lighting. Im looking for a medium gray but not too dark or purple tint which I find in a lot of grays. But I love yours. WHAT IS IT? 🙂

    • house185 November 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      Hi Misty! Thank you! It’s Pavestone by Sherwin Williams. It’s def got gray in it, but it has green undertones. So probably not what you’re looking for? Maybe try Revere Pewter or Rockport Gray by Ben Moore. I’ve been considering both of these for our master bath. They don’t have the purple tint to them but do have taupe undertones. Depending on the amount of light in your space, they may read like true grays. I hope this helps a bit. Grays are hard!

  20. tiffany March 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm #


  21. Kiera March 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful!! Where is the cabinet in your dining room from? I have a very similar dining room layout!

    • house185 March 21, 2014 at 8:01 am #

      Thanks Kiera! It’s from ikea, though I believe it’s no longer sold. Perfect size for a small space though!

  22. indyalegal November 12, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    Love your house! We just purchased our first house and I plan to use your kitchen as inspiration. Thank you for sharing your paint colors. Can you tell me where you got the 2 slip covers in your dining room? Thank you!

    • house185 November 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

      Congratulations on your new home! I’m so flattered you like our kitchen enough to use as inspiration! The white chairs in the dining room are from ikea. I don’t think they still sell the ones with arms, but the arms less ones are a real deal!

  23. chris January 9, 2015 at 9:43 am #

    What color is on the walls in the entry hallway? 2nd pic. Love all your progress, looks great.

    • house185 January 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Chris! It’s pavestone by sherwin Williams.

  24. Elise January 13, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    Hi there- Can you tell me where you got your hallway runner and rug under your bed? I am looking for the exact same for a new house we just built. Thank you!

    • house185 January 17, 2015 at 8:29 am #

      Hi Elise! The rug under the bed is Pottery Barns chunky wool and jute rug. Pricey, but the cushiest rug I’ve ever walked on. The hallway rug was a carpet remnant that I purchased and custom cut and bound myself. I cant easily find the link to it (on my phone), but I posted about it in February 2013. It should be easy to find by searching the archives by date.

  25. Nan April 1, 2015 at 8:17 am #

    Wow. You are a genius, and an artist. I truly love your house! I can identify with the 1959 brick home redo. I just stumbled upon these pics today as we are currently moving into our own 1959 ‘beauty’. I wonder if you have any idea how much trouble you just saved me??? I’m so inspired to paint my front door trim and leave the wood door alone now. And to think I was almost going to ruin the door but then seeing how your’s looks so wonderful outined in white trim I was able to have a vision for mine. Thank you for all of these pictures. I feel instantly validated that just as your home was a true diamond in the rough, mine will be one too. Thank you so much for the blog!

  26. tracee May 28, 2015 at 12:31 am #

    I want to do my kitchen just like yours…what do you suggest I do if I have exposed hinges 😦 do I paint the hinges the same color as the cabinets? or do I paint them black to match handles? I am scared

  27. Tiffany Courington July 8, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    what color is your bottom cabinet

  28. Laurie July 21, 2015 at 8:27 am #

    Love what you did to your house. It looks wonderful. Your taste is eerily similar to mine.

  29. Karen August 10, 2015 at 8:17 pm #

    Can you please tell me the color of the top part of the hallway (above the board). Also, what did you use for the top of the board? Thanks!

    • house185 August 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

      Paint is sherwin Williams Pavestone. Not sure what you mean by top of the board?

  30. Katie - The Crafty Peacock January 1, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    I absolutely love your home! So beautiful, you have great taste!

    I linked back here on my blog!

  31. Crystal October 3, 2016 at 11:14 pm #

    Love the updates- where did you find the extra long rug in your hallway? I’ve looked for one that long with no success

  32. Amber March 11, 2017 at 6:02 am #

    I LOVE the artwork above your sofa. Please tell me I can but it somewhere! 😩💗🤞🏻

  33. VICKIE PARKER April 21, 2017 at 7:37 am #

    I Love your house changes. My kitchen is to woody.I weas thinking of brightening it up. I love your colors. What did you use on countertops?


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