Our 4 Year House Anniversary Tour

To appreciate where you are, look back at how far you’ve come. I totally 100% believe that in this house, as a person, in marriage, as a parent, in life…

It’s why every year in April since we moved into this house in 2017 that I share a before and progress home tour. (Because let’s be honest, is there ever really truly an “after”? Our homes are constantly changing just like we are, and they’re never really finished. The journey never ends, and that’s worth celebrating.)

4 years ago, Robert and I (and Olivia who was 4 years-old at the time) bought this house feeling so excited but completely overwhelmed. After living in a new builder grade cookie cutter house, being relatively new to DIY projects, and having only ever encountered just the quick, cosmetic fixes, the idea of moving into a 60 year-old house was daunting to say the least.

Since then, we’ve replaced HVAC, a caved-in sewage line, a rusty water heater, I mean… totally fun stuff, right? Have you been there?

We’ve learned a lot of hard lessons, made a lot of messes, had another sweet little baby girl along the way, and we are so thankful for all of it and for all of YOU being here throughout each chapter. We’re nowhere close to being finished either.

Here’s how far we’ve come and what it looks like now…

Exterior

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Limewashed brick color: Romabio Bianco White | Trim color: Behr Ultra Pure White | Shutter/door color: Behr Cracked Pepper

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Foyer

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore Classic Gray | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Office

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Wall & trim color: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace | Cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Dining Room

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White

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Kitchen

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Wall color: Benjamin Swiss Coffee | Trim & upper cabinet color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Lower cabinet color: Sherwin Williams Billiard Green

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Breakfast Nook

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Laundry Room

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Wall color: Sherwin Williams Slate Tile | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Living Room

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Powder Room

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Beadboard color: Benjamin Moore Hollingsworth Green | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Playroom

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron | Mantel/bookcase color: Sherwin Williams Tree Swallow

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Kids’ Bathroom

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Olivia’s Bedroom

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Wall color: Behr My Sweetheart | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron

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Regan’s Nursery

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Wall/trim color: Magnolia Home True White | Door color: Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray

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Guest Bedroom

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore White Dove | Trim/door color: Benjamin Moore Winter Gates

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Master Bathroom

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Wall color: Benjamin Moore White Dove | Trim color: Benjamin Moore Simply White | Cabinet color: Custom matched – closest is Benjamin Moore Newburg Green

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Master Closets

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Master Bedroom

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Wall color: KILZ Rebel | Trim/door color: Benjamin Moore Simply White

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Garage Exterior

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Limewashed Brick Color: Romabio Bianco White | Trim Color: Behr Ultra Pure White |Shutter/Door Color: Behr Cracked Pepper

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Back Porch

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Limewashed Brick Color: Romabio Bianco White | Trim Color: Behr Ultra Pure White |Shutter/Door Color: Behr Cracked Pepper

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Back Porch Exterior

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Limewashed Brick Color: Romabio Bianco White | Trim Color: Behr Ultra Pure White |Shutter/Door Color: Behr Cracked Pepper

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Backyard

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Limewashed Brick Color: Romabio Bianco White | Trim Color: Behr Ultra Pure White |Shutter/Door Color: Behr Cracked Pepper

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Pool

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Pool shed color: Sherwin Williams VinylSafe Pepper Shake | Trim/door color: Behr Ultra Pure White | Shutter color: Behr Cracked Pepper

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We still have so many more adventures ahead, and we cannot wait to see what this house looks like at the 5 year mark.

This summer, we hope to add an outdoor kitchen, pool cabana, stamp the concrete, replace the fence, overhaul the inside of the shed for a workshop, renovate the garage, and refresh Regan’s nursery with a “big girl bed” (cue the tears) along with continuing to do makeovers for friends and family. And maybe one of these days, we’ll be able to finally renovate our kitchen and master bathroom.

But home wasn’t built in a day. Sometimes the best part of the journey is in the messy process… or at least in the anticipation to finally see the vision come together. Our homes deserve to be loved throughout every before, in progress, and after shot.

When we were barely able to pay for groceries in our first apartment as newlyweds and later living in my parents’ spare bedroom with a baby for a few years, I never would have imagined we would end up here.

It’s taken so much hard work and there have been times I thought, “What on earth have we gotten ourselves into?” But God has proven to us time and time again that He has a plan for us. And this blog was without a doubt His plan all along.

We are so thankful for you being here and for your encouraging comments and messages along the way. I hope we help all of you in some way in return. Because you make it possible.

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13 Comments

  1. It is PERFECTION! I love how well the house flows, with carrying the greens and charcoals throughout the house and onto the patio with pillows. I don’t know why you would change your bath or kitchen. They are truly beautiful. Thank you for inspiring us and blessing others with your hard work and creativity. Hugs from Tennessee.

  2. Wow. That’s amazing! Our hot water heater died while we were on vacation last fall and I’ve been working on getting everything restored since then. I can definitely appreciate how much work has gone into all you’ve done! And you did it all with 2 babies! I’m impressed! lol

  3. I am tired at all your hard work to make you house a truly lovely comfortable home. Each room speaks Love😍! You inspire me to keep on with my home projects.

  4. Your home shows how gifted and creative you both are. And pretty fearless in the projects you take on! I’ve really enjoyed following you and your “adventures “! Congratulations on always making beautiful and amazing rooms that inspire so many people!

  5. Y’all have done some amazing work! We just built on to our house, still a few small things to finish up. And you are right, we are never truly done. And so grateful for what we have been able to do so far!

  6. You have don’t such a great job with this house. I love it. Have to have my BlesserHouse fix every.single.day!!

  7. Everything you two have accomplished is beautiful, inviting, practical, and inspiring. You both have enough energy for four people! You did not stop with your own home, as you have continued to bless others with your savvy design inspiration by giving make-overs to those you truly love! Thank you for sharing with others what has worked for you and your family. Also, the “Pro’s and Con’s” of RUGGABLES were most helpful and appreciated.

  8. You have done an amazing job on updating this home! There is only 1 room that I’m not fond of but the rest of the home is fabulous! I’ve followed you I think since the beginning and this home has come a long way! I truly love the outside brick, it just updates the whole house to this era! Happy Home a-versary!!!

  9. It’s absolutely stunning! Matt and I are restoring our farmhouse top to bottom and I’m exhausted (yet inspired!) looking at everything you’ve done in just four years. I love every room you’ve redone!

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