This craft is easy and fun, using supplies you already have. I love decorating for Christmas. This is something the kids can do to!Read More
I am happy to share that we are the proud owners of a new home! A 1900 early Victorian house, in a small town that is still close to family and friends. I shared some of my design sketches with you when we were pending sale. Well, closing day came and went, so now I am in full design mode sketching away, brainstorming ideas, planning how to maximize the space and flow of each room. I want to share with you my tips on how to design your home, so you can maximize the potential of your space.
There are specific steps I take when designing a home.
Step 1. Identify Problems
The very first thing I do is walk through and identify problems of the home. There are some things that just need to change right away for your new home to be ready for you. Plumbing, Heating, and electrical repairs are the basics that need to be in working order. Besides the basics, you may be wanting to make some changes with room layout and decor. Take a walk through the home and make a list. Here are some specific questions to ask. Are there broken outlets? Do all the switches work? Does the plumbing leak? Where are the main traffic areas in the rooms? Will my furniture fit the space? Is there enough storage? Are there signs of pest problems? Here is what I noticed about our home:
- Back yard has no privacy
- Broken water softener
- Way too much wallpaper!
- Awkward fridge location
- Very dirty air ducts!
- Crumbling shingles on roof
- Damp basement, and necessary for storage
- Mice getting in kitchen cabinets.
- No mailbox
Step 2. Make a list of repairs
After you have identified the areas that need work. It is time to make an action plan of repairing those problems. List the most urgent first, and then the things you'd like to see happen in 6months to 1yr. Having a list keeps a clear vision of where to start and where you are heading. Here is what my Repair list looks like:
- Fence in the back yard
- Get new mailbox
- Have water rust remover unit installed
- Have Air ducts cleaned
- Remove wallpaper everywhere but start in the kitchen and entryway
- Tear out kitchen cabinets and replace with new. Seal wall behind.
- Relocate refrigerator by tearing out pantry.
- Put a dehumidifier in basement
- New roof on second story
Step 4. Identify your unique needs
You need to plan how you are going to use each room in the house. What are your unique needs? Not everyone needs a home office space. Maybe you need a craft room, or a music room. Maybe you homeschool. Maybe you are a collector and a display room would suit your needs. Write down what is is you do and like to do so you can plan on having a space for it. Here are our unique needs for our home:
- 3 bedrooms
- home office
- Art studio
- homeshcool area
- breakfast nook
- gardening area
- outdoor entertaining area
Step 3. Sketch your ideas
This is helpful when planning your decor and furniture placement. I like to do simple watercolor pencil sketches to bring to life my imagined spaces.
Make sure you:
- Research the period of your home and include decor that is unique to your homes character.
Our home was built in 1900. The decor of that period featured wood work, brass and bronze, Tiffany glass lamps, woven natural textiles, large windows attributing to a love of nature and natural light.
- Don't limit yourself to the furniture you already have. Plan on getting some new pieces that will fit your new space perfectly.
I will be looking for a large dining room table, that in our previous home we had no space for. Also, my living room furniture I will need to update, it just doesn't go with this house.
- Choose a color scheme that makes sense. Remember the color wheel and choose a complimentary, split complimentary, or analogous color scheme. There is also tetrad and triad color schemes.
I will be going with cool toned neutrals and blues and greens. This is an analogous color scheme: colors next to each other on the color wheel.
Here are some sketches I've made:
Some exciting news to share in our home buying journey.
We attended a live Estate Auction. Live auctions are fun. Usually outside on a nice day with food vendors. Once you register and get your number card you are able to bid on all items for sale at the auction. The Auctioneers record the sold items and the winning bidders number so there is a record of sale with your name and the price.
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This Post I am sharing one last time some photos of our house remodeling projects. My husband and I purchased our first home 9 years ago. Since then, we have gone room by room, project by project, transforming it into a beautiful well designed home. I always took pictures so we could remember and share with you. It is so amazing to look back and see how far we have come. The lessons we have learned, also, have truly enriched our lives.Read More
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I will be sharing this month the last Before and After photos of our house remodel. Our remodeling projects have finally come to an end. It feels great to have a home set up exactly the way we need it. It has been a long process, but very rewarding hard work. I hope you have been inspired to tackle your home projects with DIY enthusiasm, getting some blisters and making your house your very own handmade home.
I have three rooms to show and the first I will share is the Upstairs Room. This room is a large space 15x11 Ft. When we bought the house it was decorated by a teen hippy. Peace signs and flower power. Yikes!
We used it for a long time as an attic, just holding boxes of things we had no idea where to put. With our decision to home-school, I decided it needed to be finished and used as our school room. I went through all those boxes, moving things out and around to free up the entire room for this new purpose and a new look. We spent time spreading drywall compound over cracks and blemishes on all the walls.
I had to paint, paint, paint. The existing drywall was in good shape but did need some patching and compound in some areas.Three coats to get rid of that yellow and the hippy tattoos.
Once again because our budget was so small I even painted the floor. I really do not mind at all painted floors. I was painting over laminate tiles that were stained and broken in spots. Totally changes the look for only $9.00 (discounted miss tint paint).
Note: when painting floors use heavy duty paint made for porches or concrete. If you are lucky you can get it discounted. Always check out your paint stores shelf of miss tints.
Here is the 'Before' photos followed directly by the 'After photos':
We are really enjoying this space now. It is so nice to finally have it functioning as a useful room. Because the ceiling has a steep slant (common in old homes) we placed a sofa and toys (seated activities) against the short walls. Here are a few more pictures:
I will be sharing a few more rooms with you. Thanks for reading and don't forget to comment below.
My husband and I have spent many a Date night like this.
However, this year we actually got to go out! To a really nice restaurant. We ate amazingly delicious seafood and toasted our dreams. Nice for a change.
I thought about all of our less than amazing date nights and laughed. Without our kids, life would just be boring. Cheers!