New House Interior Before Tour

The day is FINALLY here, y’all!!! It’s only been something like a 3 month wait, but it’s felt like eternity.

I know there are some bloggers who wait to share the news of their moves until they’ve officially closed on their new houses, but sharing every up and down of this emotional roller coaster since Day 1 of listing our old house has made me realize just how blessed we are to have so many people who are there to support us through the rocky times.

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Robert and I have been SO thankful for every loving comment, message, and email you guys have sent us throughout this little journey.

Yesterday, right after returning home from the Lowe’s Spring Makeover in Texas, we were handed the keys to our next chapter, our brick Colonial.

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We haven’t figured out a pretty name for “her” just yet. Yeah, our house is a “her”. She’s a lady. Her front door already looks like she’s wearing Celtic jewelry, so why not?

There are hundreds of ideas swirling around in our heads right now, some we’ll be tackling right away and others we’ll be holding out for in a Phase 2 reno of sorts. But by golly, she has beautiful bones.

We’re very lucky to have a house that has thankfully been well kept over the years and has had updates along the way since being built in 1960. I can’t wait to see what even a coat of paint will do to transform these rooms.

So here’s the grand “before” tour…

The Foyer

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Can we talk about that crown molding, ceiling medallion, and those hardwood floors? I mean, I don’t even know what to do with myself right now since not an ounce of that kind of character existed in our last house.

It’ll be interesting to see how our style changes in this house. I’m sure we’ll stick to a farmhouse vibe, but this isn’t a house where we’ll be slapping shiplap on the walls. We’re hoping we can marry our old style while complimenting the style that this house already has to create something new for ourselves, more modern traditional, if that makes any sense at all. We want to embrace this house’s beauty, not cover it up.

Right off the bat, we’re thinking of a lighter neutral paint, finding a great little entry table, and changing out that chandelier for a semi-flush mount since it feels a little too low when we walk in the front door.

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I would love to knock out a portion of this stairway wall to open it up into the dining room one day, but that’s definitely a down-the-road Phase 2 kind of project.

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Can you just imagine how much natural light would be gained by opening up that wall there? Total magic, I tell ya.

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The Dining Room

For this space, I’m hoping to do something completely different from anything I’ve done before. I’d love to paint the walls a deep charcoal gray, white below the chair rail, paint the chandelier or replace it, and replace the curtains with some that are more casual.

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The Kitchen

Can I get a hallelujah for already white cabinets?! Oh my gracious alive. There are still some changes I’d want to make in here like remove the valance to replace with a textured shade (or leave entirely open), remove the arch/shamrock cut-outs on the built-in shelves, change the lighting, change the backsplash, and maybe one day I’ll want to paint the lowers a different color and change the flooring. The jury’s still out. I’m so thankful this space is already very renovated though. Sigh.

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The Breakfast Nook

I’m still feeling a little stumped on this space, but I found the cutest little antique farm table that will be great for in here. And I’m thinking I’ll trade out that light for a lantern pendant. I would love to switch out that back door and laundry room door for matching antique wood ones to add some character too.

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The Laundry Room

This space has TONS more storage than our last house! I might try to reconfigure things in here at some point to pretty it up and still keep it super functional.

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The Living Room

This room is what sold me on this house because it’s French doors for dayyyyyyyys! So much gorgeous sunlight streams in through these windows in the mornings.

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This will most likely be the first room we renovate here. We’re thinking very light walls, black or wood finished doors, switching out the ceiling fan for one more our style, white washing or German smearing the brick fireplace, and eventually adding a couple of wood beams to the ceiling.

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The Playroom

It’s going to be interesting having a fireplace in a playroom, but this was the best room to corral Olivia’s toys since it’s smack in the middle of our lower level and I can see/hear her from the kitchen, living room, and my office.

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We hope to remove those no longer functioning doors on either side of the fireplace to replace with tall windows, remove the floating cabinet from the wall, and install some built-in shelving for toy and book storage.

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The Powder Room

I love me some Clemson, but the orange is gonna go. It might be crazy, but I think a patterned wallpaper would look great in here.

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The Office

Robert and I have decided it’s high time I have an office, so this space will officially be the room where I write this little ol’ blog. Or parked on the couch while Netflix binging. Whatever. πŸ˜‰

We’ll be painting the walls, painting the chandelier (because I already love its shape), changing the curtains for more flowy ones, and figuring out some great storage.

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Olivia’s Bedroom

This girl is already set on the idea that she’s keeping her room purple, so I’m sure it’ll stay just like this for a while. We might switch out the light fixture for now, add curtains, and that’s about it. The child knows what she wants. I can’t argue with that.

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Guest Bedroom / Man Cave

Honestly, I have no idea what this room is going to be. It’s sort of a wild card right now. Robert wants a space to be his “man cave”, but we also need a guest bedroom, and, who knows, maybe it’ll be a nursery one day if we get to that point.

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The Upstairs Bathroom

This will be Olivia’s bathroom, so I’m sure we’ll decorate it to be a tad feminine but still appropriate for guests similarly to how we did in our last house. With all of the beige in here though, I definitely want some color and contrast to break it up.

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Guest Bedroom

We’re already thinking this room would be the perfect candidate for a murphy bed with built-in shelving on that far wall for guests if we decide to put Robert’s man cave office in here instead to serve as double duty.

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The Master Bedroom

This room is going to take some configuring since it’s a bit smaller than our last master bedroom, but we’re certainly switching that light fixture for a ceiling fan ’cause that’s how we roll. I’d love to do some sort of charming detail on the ceiling too, but we’re still mulling over that idea.

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The Master Bathroom

This space is really my least favorite room in the house, but I’m hoping down the road we can move things around a bit to make it more functional. For now, I’d love to switch out that shower door, paint the cabinets, and freshen up the floors.

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New House Interior Before Tour | blesserhouse.com

On the exterior, we plan on making a lot of big changes too (like possibly painting the brick), but we have other not-so-fun biggies like replacing a water heater and HVAC first. Boooo-rrrring. (If you missed the full exterior tour, you can catch it here.)

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For the next few weeks, we’ll be painting like crazy and doing as many renovations as possible before we officially move-in. We’re so thankful for parents who are willing to put up with us while we invade their house. πŸ˜‰

We’ll be sharing all of the changes every step of the way along with sneak peeks on Instagram. If it turns out even half as beautiful as I see it in my head, it’ll be amazing.

Onward to new adventures!

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  1. Wow, lovely home. I can’t wait to see what you all do, even just new paint. I love all the french doors too, what a room! Congratulations I am so happy for you all! πŸ™‚

  2. Yay!!! I love it! So much potential and I know you’ll work your magic!! I love all those French doors too. Can’t wait to see how each space unfolds! XO

  3. Oh my goodness, this is so beautiful! I can only imagine how gorgeous it will be once you’re through with it! Makes me look forward to one day upgrading into a bigger, slightly fancier home (but for now my little one will do!) πŸ™‚

  4. What a fabulous new home! I know you can’t wait to get those hands dirty. The rooms are spacious and there’s definitely lots of character beginning right at the front door with that knocker! I’m jealous of your office and I bet Robert is too. Maybe it could be a his and hers, lol! I too would take out the arch shamrock, but maybe you can cut it in half and repurpose it into something that could hang on the wall, or make a small box out of it. Just another way to incorporate part of the house with your Irish roots!! Enjoy all of your new projects and can’t wait to see your progress.

    1. Thanks, Barbara! We are SO ready. Robert will get an office too, so no worries. πŸ˜‰ He had an office in our last house and barely used it, and since I’m the one who works from home and always have some kind of project going on, it makes the most sense for me to have a studio of some kind.

    1. I’m sure we’ll upset some people, but we’ve had our hearts set on painted brick for years now. We’ll be living with it as the natural brick for a little while though, so who knows. Maybe it’ll grow on us.

  5. Oh my golly I love it and totally see why you love that house. It cracks me up that there’s shamrock cut outs in the kitchen. My 18 year old daughter Addison was born on Saint Patrick’s Day so she would want to keep them. Can hardly wait to see the changes! Congrats

  6. Oh, my word – your new home is stunning.

    Seriously love your ideas, but it is just as beautiful now, seriously, it’s gorgeous.

    I have a modern traditional style with a teeny itsy bit of farmhouse/rustic in touches – it’s my favorite.

    I am anxiously awaiting all the magic you will conjour up in this magnificent house.

    Best of luck to you.

    1. Thanks, Michele! We definitely want to embrace this home’s beauty. I have no plans of busting down all of the walls and putting up shiplap and trying to make it something that it’s not. Your style sounds a lot like the route we’re thinking. Touches of farmhouse blended with modern and traditional. It’s a great balance.

  7. Looks amazing! I can see why you fell in love! And no house is perfect..but it has great bones and lovely light. Who needs a master walk in closet anyway? πŸ˜‰ Good luck to you all and thanks for sharing your journey with us! Can’t wait to see the changes!

    1. Haha! I figure those master his/her closets will just make us reeeeaaally think about if some of our clothing is worth keeping. But the good thing is it does have a pretty good shelving layout to utilize more space, so that does help. We didn’t utilize nearly the space we could have in our giant walk-in in our last house and just ended up with more junk than we needed.

  8. Love the tour! Such a beautiful home, Lauren! We are house hunting ourselves right now, and I just can’t wait to find a place to fix up and make ours πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations! I know the fun you will have decorating the house and doing your magic on your beautiful home. Once again congratulations! ?

  10. What a lovely home. I look forward to seeing all that you do to it. Thank you for sharing with us:)

  11. Such a great house! Congratulations! Can’t wait to see how your style evolves as this house speaks to you.

  12. Β‘Felicidades! Congratulations on your new house! It is beautiful. Loved all the details and I know you’ll leave it breath-taking. Have fun and enjoy! Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

  13. Good bones!! Isn’t that what they always say about a house with great architecture and tons of potential? I commented on your exterior new house post a few weeks ago. The interior is wonderful, too. Love the ceiling medallion. The floors are beautiful. Love the plentiful windows for lots of light. Congrats!

  14. Love it already and I can’t wait to see what you do to transform it with your style! Thanks for sharing with us πŸ™‚

  15. I love, love, love this house! I can’t wait to see you work your decorating magic! Love your blog!!!

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