Ohhhh my heart. You guys, this house is where everything started for Dane and I. More than just our business venture, this little house on Dresden Avenue gave us so many amazing memories I will forever cherish. It taught me to respect all things with age and to truly appreciate the character and details old pieces can have.
We've recently passed this beaut onto it's new owners and are beginning the adventure again in our new home with our new family addition, our daughter. Lots of new memories to be made! We hope you enjoy this tour and stick around to see how the next house unfolds.
First, the Entry. Now, please know that these were the photos taken for our real estate listing. Those hooks were usually hidden by our coats and the dog leashes. Not the prettiest thing to see on a daily basis, but it's real life. Anyway, the transom window let in amazing light in the mornings, right into our dining room. You can't tell, but the door framing on the right side used to have pocket doors. They were closed in with layers and layers (and more layers) of paint, and I never got around to finding out if they were still in there or not. Shame.
Every room in the house, both main level and upper level, had 9 foot ceilings. It made each tiny room feel SO much bigger! I tried to use certain design elements to draw your eye up to really emphasize the height of each room. In the dining room, that element was the curtains. If I had it my way, I would've made that bookshelf go floor to ceiling too, but it was built-in and was original to the home, so I left it alone. ...well, I painted over it's last paint job. So I left it alone-ish.
The wall covering is 100% an optical illusion. Truth be told, I REALLY wanted grasscloth wallpaper for this room. It's the first room you see in the house, and I wanted to make a statement. But Dane works in Financial Management and basically said 'HELL NO!' to that idea pretty quickly. It was pretty expensive and he hates wallpaper (with no good reason). I'll be honest, it wouldn't have been my best decision anyway. While I love the look, it wasn't right for our neighborhood. A little too ...for lack of a better word...'ritzy' for the urban neighborhood we were in. So I faked it. I watched lots of youtube videos on faux wall painting and did a ton of research and studying of what grasscloth looked and felt like.
I found a few different tools to create the look, customized my paint colors (it's two-toned), and invited over my mom and sister for help while Dane was away on his annual ski trip. I learned that it was always better to do large project while he was away and then ask for forgiveness later.
This kitchen was pretty tiny, but perfect for just Dane and I. The white subway tile was classic in style and made for easy cleanup while I cooked. I learned my love of cooking in this kitchen, so lots of messes were made here. I am probably the messiest cook ever.
The double ovens were original to the home too. They were painted by the previous home owners and went really well with the other stainless appliances in the kitchen. They made holiday cookie making a breeze!
We spent a lot of time in this living room. The couch was a perfect spot to brainstorm our project ideas and dream about our future adventures. Here, I again emphasized the tall ceilings with the curtains, but also with the Billy Bookshelves we got from IKEA.
We used them to display the items we've collected from our international travels. They reminded us of good times we were fortunate enough to have, and acted as a constant reminder to always stay curious.
The fireplace was my favorite thing to decorate at Christmas. The fur stockings my mom made for us looked so beautiful against the white trim. I would've loved to resurfaces the fireplace surround with a pretty white marble herringbone, but never got around to it.
Okay, before you judge me on the empty photos below, ....actually, go ahead and judge me. I can't deny it with Dane looking over my shoulder right now. It's just something i'm guilty of. I'm obsessed with frames and do a really poor job of following through with filling them. I just didn't know what to put in them, but knew I needed them in that spot, on that wall. so there they sat. Empty. ...for like three more days, and then I printed some floral prints to hang for walk-throughs. Lol.
The photos in my stairway sat empty for about a year too. Except that first photo of a house. That's a photo the previous home owners left us of the original home. It was mostly covered in ivy, which seemed to only add to its charm. In the photo you can see a woman looking out of the upstairs bedroom window. I found it creepy at first, but after awhile she became the heart of our home and I named her Millie. ..is that equally as creepy?!
This bathroom is my FAVORITE makeover of ALL TIME! Hands down. No competition. I absolutely fell in love with the thought of having a feature wall to make it more interesting, and actually did it all by hand. The way the geometric print compliments the curvy vintage mirror, and the way they both compliment the height of the room just makes my heart skip a beat. The wall was hours and hours of sketching out with a ruler and a pencil, and then going back over each line with a paint pen that perfectly matched the color of the tile on the floor.
The mirror was a $20 Craigslist find. I had sketched out my dream half bath idea before finding it, and had sketched almost an exact replica. My only regret was not buying it's twin. At the time (and even now), I only needed one. But I would've loved to see them both in a Master Bath hung over dual sinks!
You can read more about this bathroom makeover here.
This is the view you get when you first walk up the steep curvy staircase. These shelves were SO deep! Perfect for storing extra blankets and towels!
This was our Master Bedroom. Very simple. We found that with a house so small, minimalism was the best route to keep things from looking too cluttered. Oh, and the nightstands were another Craigslist find. We bought them only to stage the room, and have since moved onto much more attractive bedroom furniture we got from IKEA. Dane will have to share with you our process of dressing them up and link it back here for you. It turned out pretty amazing!
You'll now find that cute little mint dresser in Lenna's room. It matched perfectly to her wallpaper, so I just couldn't help myself. Besides, it gave me a reason to get new furniture for myself. :)
This is what I referred to as the 'Awkward Hallway'. I'm really not sure why it's so big or what it was ever used for.
The guest room often served its purpose. We had quite a few friends stay over in this cute little space. I had big dreams of turning it into a nursery, but am pretty thrilled about how the nursery in our new home turned out! You'll have to check out a sneak peak in our 'Greatest Adventure' post here.
The curtains in this bathroom were one of the first things I bought when our offer for this house was accepted. I had originally bought them for our Master Bedroom, but didn't realize the ceilings were 9 feet tall upstairs too. They just didn't look it. This was the only place these curtains could live. I just loved the texture and pattern too much to return them!
And there you have it! Our little house on Dresden Avenue. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed our virtual tour and that you'll stick around and continue along on our journey with us.
Don't forget to head on over to read more about our Half Bath Makeover!
It's no secret, Dane and I love to travel. Since we met, we've been fortunate enough to be able to travel to some pretty cool places: The Bahamas, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Greece, Hungary, Thailand, and a few others. But last October, we learned of our next adventure. In fact, our greatest adventure to date: a baby!
We had been trying for a short time to grow our family, and were both a little shocked when our news came much faster than we thought. Although we were both excited for this new adventure, I can't say that our finding out played out like they do in the pregnancy test commercials. We didn't cry together or hug it out. We stood in the bathroom trying to convince the other to look at the test first. When we finally looked together, we both shared an awkward/nervous smile and walked into separate rooms to let it process.
For me personally, I've always wanted to be a mom. So when the test read 'Pregnant', I was shocked! The milestone was finally here! It just didn't feel real. And to be honest, I still find myself in that reality vs. fiction battle and need a little pinch time and time again. I love being a mom.
For Dane, well....he needed a little persuasion. He didn't grow up dreaming of fatherhood. So after he decided he was as ready as he'd ever be, and that test confirmed he was about to be a dad, he was overcome with excitement and fear. His mind went blank and he wasn't quite sure what to think. If you ask him now what it's like being a dad, he'd tell you he enjoys it. He loves his little 'Lenny Bear'.
Lenna Christine was born June 20th at 1:23pm. 6lbs, 5oz and 19 inches long.
With Halloween just five days away, my mind is already turning for the perfect dish to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Each year, we have the family over to my parent's house. All of the Aunts and Uncles, and cousins. Its great to get together and catch up since we don't see each other much outside of holidays.
I usually try to bring something outside of the traditional dishes. For those of you who don't know me personally, not a lot about myself is traditional. And it isn't that I'm against tradition, I just like to keep things interesting! I'm not quite sure what I'll bring to contribute yet, but I think along with my side dish, I'd like to bring a Fall cookie as well. And this one might just fit the bill!
I found this Pumpkin Breakfast Cookie recipe over on Pinterest and knew I had to give it a shot! Ya'll….I don't even like pumpkin. But that fall inspired ingredient list and those fall smells just sucked me in!
Regina over at Leelalicious has perfected these cookies over the years, so all of you pumpkin lovers are going to want this recipe at an easy reach. Just don't skip out on any ingredients! I was out of coconut oil and tried to make a batch without it. Bad decision. Such a bad decision that I had to throw the entire batch away. Even Dane, who claims to eat anything, spit them back out!
I love how extremely easy these cookies are to make! The recipe instructions didn't specify mixing all dry ingredients together and then adding it to the bowl of mixed wet ingredients, so I added each ingredient into my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Only one bowl to clean in the end! One bowl cookie recipe for the win! Woot woot!
After soaking in the smell for a good 15-20 minutes, I couldn't wait long enough for them to fully cool. I just had to give them a taste! For a girl not liking pumpkin, I have to say they really weren't that bad! They had a good taste, but I think I would've enjoyed them more if I actually liked pumpkin.
Definitely give these cookies a try and let us know your favorite Fall recipes!
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