Our THREE year before and after home tour!

October 16, 2020

Hello my friends! This month marks our three year anniversary in this house! I have had an absolute blast adding my touch to almost every room in our home -- it brings me so much joy. As I do every year, I wanted to share how many of the rooms looked right after moving in, and how they look now. 

Before and after posts are my FAVORITE! So here we go! I'll link to a few of the projects from each space under the photos, but let me know if I miss anything. 

Let's start with our master, since it's one of the rooms I worked on recently. It is a long room with a tall tray ceiling and a TON of windows. Here's how it looked soon after moving in: 
DIY upholstered king headboard

I did a LOT to this space last year -- I wanted it to have a dark and cozy feeling. 

After a lot of work it's become our cocoon away from the world:
wood beams tray ceiling gray walls

Our mud and laundry combo is one of my favorites in our house -- it serves so many purposes and is BIG! Love it. Here's the before: 
laundry mud room combo

And now, with a few details that have added some much needed character!:
shiplap walls mud room

Our kitchen has seen a BUNCH of smaller DIY project that make a big difference! Here's how it looked three years ago: 
white kitchen with butcher block counters

And here are just a few of my favorite updates I've made!: 

black stools at large kitchen island

white kitchen with gray island

adding storage to side of fridge

how to spray paint kitchen hardware

Extending kitchen island with chunky legs (without changing the countertop)

The foyer hasn't received nearly as many updates, but the few I've done made a big difference! When we moved in, I placed the same furniture in the same spot as our last house: 
dresser instead of table in foyer

It was lovely, I loved that blue dresser! 

But I soon realized my style had changed and I wanted a different look:
Everett wood table in foyer

My office has seen a ton of changes! This is what I started with: 
desk in middle of office

We extended our hardwoods into this space first (our floors were discontinued right after we moved in 😞 but we were lucky to find some of the last boxes). 

I added a HUGE bulletin board that I just love: 
how to make huge bulletin board

And built this wall of bookcases that makes a big statement and provides so much storage! I love them so much: 
how to build wall of bookcases

Our basement looked pretty great to start: 
Large lazyboy sectional

But I've been warming it up since then! It's SO cozy down there!: 
Westchester gray on walls

wall of easy game and toy storage

Disney art wall (not pictured)

I talk a lot about our great room updates because 1.) we spend most of our time in here and 2.) it's probably my favorite room in the house. 

I don't have a good before picture of this room, so here's a pre-move in photo:
great room with tall fireplace

Here's a view after adding some much needed drama!: 
tall fireplace with built ins

open staircase into family room

decorating stairway landing

I continued that moody color into our dining area, or morning room as it's called in our home plan. Here's how it looked shortly after moving in: 
morning/dining room decor

And now with the dark walls and tons of character!: 
Adding boxes on walls with trim

adding window seat with bookcases

And finally, one of the spaces we use the most! Last year we had a large patio poured in the backyard:
Large patio with round fire pit

We love LOVE our backyard! It's so big and has so much potential. 

I've done a lot since that patio was installed: 
DIY cafe lights with planters on patio

This is truly our dream house...it fits our family so well and we are so in love with it. It has been SO MUCH fun to work on each space. Of course there are other rooms I've added to as well, but these were the biggies. 

As always, thank you for following along! :) 

If you have questions about any of them, feel free to ask in the comments.

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  1. I love everything about your home. It's so warm and inviting!

  2. Have enjoyed every change since since you moved in. Talent and love show in the details. Happy home.

  3. I've loved seeing each change you've made. Your home is stunning and your have such great style.

  4. Your home is probably my favorite in all of blogland. Love following along with all of your changes big and small.

  5. You have done so much magic. It looks so good!!!

  6. Your home looks like a magazine! Great job on all of your projects & design! 😍

  7. Your house may be my favorite of all. I've certainly copied enough ideas from it!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful. I especially love the back yard. I'd be out there all the time. :)

  9. I still like blue dresser and will replicate (steal) the whole idea. Your home looks amazing.

  10. It looks fabulous! I love everything that you have done to the house. The mudroom and the great room are my favorites.

  11. You have done a marvelous design of this house. You have put a piece of your heart into every room. Great job!

  12. WOW 3 years already?! How is that even possible?! It seems like just last year you sold your other home. It truly looks fantastic. I love the cozy moody colors with the neutral contrast. I have been doing out fixer upper for 5 years and have followed you the whole time :-)

  13. Where is your couch in the basement from? Love it!

    1. It's from Lazboy! I share all the details here: https://www.thriftydecorchick.com/2018/01/our-coziest-room-in-house.html


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