Aug 4, 2014

A Remodel Update and New Neutral Decor

I'm super happy to tell you that our master suite remodel was finished last week! 


You can't believe how good it feels to have our house back to ourselves after eleven long weeks of sharing it with a constant parade of subcontractors. It feels SO Good! Our new master bedroom and bathroom are so different now, moving back into them was almost like moving into a different house. I'll share the whole remodel story and all the details soon, but for now here's a quick before and after look.

Do you remember this before picture of the hunter green faux marble Formica counter in the master bathroom?

Here's the new shaker style cabinet and gray quartz counter. What a difference, right? (Wait till I share the new shower with you next week. It'll blow your mind!)

 Here's a refresher picture of our old ruby red and hunter green bedroom. Yikes! 

 And here's our new soothing neutral colored bedroom. Honestly, I'm in heaven every time I walk into this room, I love it so much! I have lots more to do in this room, and I'll be sharing it all with you as each project is finished. (Later this week I'll be sharing my DIY bedside lamp makeover.) 
Are you as bowled over by the difference in these two rooms as we are? It is so much fun to live in them, and we feel so lucky. It was worth every minute of living through the stress and saga of a remodel to have these perfect rooms, and I pinch myself each time I see them again. (Which I do about every five minutes because I just can't get enough of them!)

During the remodel I was busy redecorating our entry way and living room to be more in line with the new neutral color scheme and style of the kitchen we had redone last fall and with the rest of the house. Out with the bright jewel-toned traditional decor we used to have, and in with the new neutral-colored farmhouse theme. I had to do it all in my head and online because I didn't actually have access to the living room and entry area during the entire remodel. My studio was filling up with things I'd purchased and made, and I was pretty nervous to see if it would all work out. There were moments I really questioned just what the heck I was doing. 

Over the past couple of days I was able to put things in order, though, and I'm excited to share with you what I've done so far. I still have a lot to do, but I'm relieved to say I like the direction in which it's going. I've never tackled such a completely new and different decorating theme before, and I'm finding it to be quite a fun and interesting challenge.

Here's the entry way, which is actually just one side of our long living room that we've separated with this white homemade cupboard we placed behind the sofa. Lots of needed storage is here next to the dining room for linens, crystal, silver, and china. I considered a cushioned bench in the corner with baskets below and coat hooks above to define this area as the entry, but having the antique dresser there is just a more practical use of our limited space for us.

This is the part of the living room behind that white cupboard in the last picture. 

Our comfy new neutral sofa! 

(I need to make new pillows. Summer pillows, fall pillows, Christmas pillows...  I can't wait!)

The dining room and kitchen. 

I feel like all the rooms are finally starting to flow well and speak to each other properly, and this is what I hope they're saying: "I'm a one hundred and four year-old house, and I'm proud to show it!"

Thank you so much for stopping in today to see what's going on around here. I hope you'll stop back again later because I'll be sharing the details of our remodel and lots more pictures of all these rooms. I also have tons of fun DIY projects planned for all of our new spaces.

Have a great day, and see you again soon!


  1. Everything looks lovely, Laurel! Love the peek at your bathroom. Love the countertop you chose. What a difference the new paint color made in the bedroom. I'm sure it feels all brand new to you.

  2. I love it, Laurel. I absolutely love it! The farmhouse look is such a wonderful style.

  3. Oh Laurel! It's looking so fabulous!! I really love that old dresser and the sunflower print above it (and the toolbox on it!) Pop over and check out my new kitchen. Yours was such an inspiration to me!!


  4. It looks wonderful, Laurel! I really like the new neutrals ~ it really makes your rooms look bigger!

  5. It's all really beautiful, Laurel! You're doing such a wonderful job of incorporating farmhouse style. We have gone through a couple remodels so I know how good it feels to be finished and have your house back to yourself.

  6. Ooo, it's so pretty! What a difference the new colors, etc. make. Love the grey quartz countertop with white cabinet in the bathroom! Can't wait to see more! Oh and your rug in the entry-where did you get that? Love the script on it!

  7. Hi Laurel,
    I was so excited to see the pictures, I didn't even want to read what you posted! So happy for you and your family! I love it all!
    Can't wait to see it all decorated for Fall and Christmas!

  8. Wow, nice difference in your bathroom. Everything looks so bright, sunny, and inviting!

  9. Laurel, everything looks gorgeous. I so remember the days of those colors, what were they thinking, LOL??? Can't wait to see more.


  10. Your house and remodel is gorgeous! I especially love all the details in your bathroom...the counters, the faucet, the hooks on the back of the bathroom door, even the door itself! I know how unnerving it is to have contractors in your home...11 weeks is a long time! I'm sure it was all worth it though.

  11. Stunning! I love the neutral colored decor, and you've mastered the art of making it soothing and restful and oh so fantastic!

  12. I LOVE your style...your rooms flow beautifully!!

  13. How wonderful Laurel! You have clearly put a lot of thought into creating a calm, soothing home that flows beautifully! I love the neutral color palette - the perfect base for the farmhouse look. That bathroom is gorgeous - the perfect blend of vintage and modern. But my very favorite view is your dining/kitchen area. It just knocks my socks off! I'm telling you again, that shot belongs in a magazine!

  14. And I always love knowing what paint colors people choose. I'd love to hear!

  15. I have been hanging on by a thread waiting for the big looks Ah-mazing.....can't wait to see the entire bathroom! So excited for you!

  16. Wow, Laurel!
    I love your home! Your design is simple, clean, and classic. I love every single room!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us!
    Have a wonderful week,

  17. This looks great! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams, starts on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party.

  18. You have a beautiful home Laurel! Loving that bathroom. big difference.

    I anxiously await more updates!


  19. I truly love every single detail.. You've done to your home just what I'd love to do to mine,make it beautiful and homey feeling.

    have to admit I am a tiny bit jealous:) enjoy every single moment~!

    would you please share the paint color you used in the bedroom?


  20. Laurel, it all looks amazing! I really like the way you divided the space in the front room. A chest of drawers is so useful and pretty too in the entry. Everything really flows with your kitchen.

    Your bedroom and bathroom are amazing! Can't wait to see more. :)

  21. Another great room! Can't wait to see the rest,

  22. Laurel your home looks amazing! Well worth the 11 weeks of aggravation.

  23. Wonderful changes! I love neutral decor!

  24. Everything looks so beautiful Laurel - fabulous job with all of the changes !!!

  25. Laurel-it was so fun looking at these pictures of your beautiful, cozy home. I can tell you've thought through every detail, and it's all coming together so well! I co-host a link party on Fridays called Pin Your Friday Favorite, and we would love to have you join sometime (
    Have a great week!


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