Sunday, February 22, 2009

Our House One Year Later

My husband and I are coming up on one year being in our house. I thought this week I would share what it looks like one year later because we finally feel settled. There are still little projects that need done and a few more decorative accents here and there but for the most part it is done. Today I thought I would share the rooms where we spend most of our time - family room, kitchen, breakfast nook area.

I LOVE my kitchen. I spend a lot of time in here becuase I love to cook and try new recipes. Here is what our kitchen looked like when we moved in. (NOTE: These pictures were taken when we first looked at the house. My husband was out of town so he didn't actually see it so I had to take pictures for him so you will notice the realtor and I are in some of them. Thanks to my sister-in-law April for taking the pictures and being the second set of eyes for my husband.)


Things I loved (and still do) - the cabinets and the cabinet space, the openess, the double ovens (sooo nice to have), and the gas cooktop stove. Things I didn't love - the wall color, white appliances, and the laminet countertops.

Here is what our kitchen looks like now. It's amazing how a few small changes make a huge difference.

What we did: Painted the walls (we took the paint color that was in the family room and extended it into the kitchen), added stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and rug from Target to add some color.

The breakfast nook didn't need much work. Here is what it looked like before...

And after...

I prefer dark wood so we added a dark wood table that we got at a local furniture store, baker's rack from Pier One and a mirror that was in our old condo. I also added a Target rug that matches the runner in the kitchen and red nesting tables in the corner (you can't see) from Pottery Barn that was a gift from my aunt and uncle.

And finally the family room. What I love about this house is that evertrhing is so open. The family room is right off the kitchen and everything flows perfectly. This room probbaly had the least amount of work. Here is what it looked like before...


And after...

All we had to do in this room was add our furniture. The couches are from our old condo, pillows/blanket are from Target. The prints above the couch are from Crate and Barrel. The TV stand was a larger purchase from Pottery Barn. Right now above the TV and empty wall and it looks empty. I'm not sure what to do. Any suggestions??

4 comments:

Joy said...

Your home is beautiful! We have been in our house for 5 years and I'm still learning the best layout and organization!

Christina said...

Thanks Joy! I'm sure a lot of things will change in our layout once we have kids. Right now its easy since it is just me and my husband.

Krissy said...

Hey Christina-

As far as the wall looking empty over the TV stand, you could always buy a TV frame from Pottery Barn. It looks like a giant picture frame and you mount it up on the wall surrounding the TV (this would, of course, require you to mount the TV and a frame...but it could be worth it).

Here's a link so you can see what I'm talking about: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/p8176/index.cfm?pkey=xsrd0m1%7C20%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7C%7Ctv%20frame&cm%5Fsrc=SCH.

There was one on sale at the Tyson's PB last time I was there too, btw.

Gloria Huang said...

I loved looking at the before and after pictures! Especially because the after ones were very impressive. When I get my own place I know I'll have a field day planning out changes in the decorating and such, so this was a lot of fun to see.

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