The new house has a ton of equity potential and some features that I couldn't afford if I was building again from scratch. For now, I'm planning to buy it, live in it, complete the renovations, then possibly sell it a few years down the line (we'll see)! I enjoy the challenge of taking a home in need of updating and turning it in to something beautiful and inviting, while at the same time building equity. I'll share more interior photos once everything is official in a couple weeks, but for now, here are some design boards I've created (using the Morpholio App on my iPhone) from which to draw inspiration as I begin to tackle renovations.
Living Room Inspiration
The new house actually has two living rooms, one as part of the main living space, and the other is a sunken living room with a fireplace that was added as an addition at some point. I am SUPER excited to have a fireplace that's similar to the one pictured above...well it will be similar once I paint the brick white and stain the wood mantle! I already own the striped curtains from Marshalls as well as gray IKEA sofas and a similar coffee table so I'm off to a good start! I will be installing new flooring throughout the main floor and am leaning toward Pergo 'Southern Grey Oak' laminate flooring. The chair pictured above is from Target and the rug is from Overstock. I'm going to be on the prowl for vintage furniture from my local thrift stores to use in this new house! I'm leaning toward 'Repose Gray' by Sherwin Williams for the wall color in this space.
The vibe of the new house is definitely leaning toward the whole 'farmhouse/rustic' style ala Fixer Upper. I'm really feeling neutrals at this point in my design life. Pops of color can be brought in through seasonal decor. I'm going with a simple white subway tile backsplash in the kitchen and want to keep the walls a very light gray. I'm hoping for a farmhouse sink and so far this IKEA sink seems to be the most affordable. I'm torn between going for granite countertops or sticking with the more cost-conscious laminate, particularly because I have laminate in my current home and it's so pretty, most people think it's granite! Either way, the counters will be very light and bright, as seen in the top right image from Liz Marie Blog. I'm going to build a huge kitchen island similar to the one pictured above that will double as a table because I've found that whenever I'm entertaining, people ALWAYS congregate around the island yet they never sit at the dining table! The black barn light is from Northern Tool and the faucet is from Amazon. I already own a vintage black kitchen scale purchased at my favorite local vintage shop!
Master Bedroom Inspiration
(Walmart bed, half the price of the Target bed but not sure if I'm in love with the 'sleigh bed' look)
Full Bathroom Inspiration
The next couple of months are going to be VERY busy as I work to renovate this home before moving out of my current home. There are three remaining bedrooms, a half bath, a dining area, and another living room for which to create designs, not to mention the exterior which will receive a totally new paint color as well as a farmer's porch on the front! I'm hoping to do my first Facebook Live video with a house tour when I officially get the keys in a couple of weeks, so pop on over and follow that page if you'd like to check it out! Thanks for following along on this new adventure!