Our Home - Full House Tour

You may (or may not) have noticed that I've been a little absent. And by little I mean, like a year. Whoops... Listen, I've been up to my eyeballs in renovations, picking paint colors and taking impromptu trips to IKEA. Mix that with a little every day, average craziness (wake, work, snooze and repeat), and you've got yourself the perfect recipe for an accidental hiatus. Et voila! 

Which leads to my next point: our house! In July of last year, we bought our first house (and the crowd goes wild!). After searching for what felt like forever, but really didn't take very long at all, we found the perfect project. One we could really sink our teeth into while also not going bankrupt -- you understand. We knocked down a major wall, ripped out the awful "custom" cabinets and counter tops in the kitchen, tore off five (!!!!) different layers of vinyl flooring, and the list goes on and on. 

My style has always been on the eclectic side -- I love rustic details like distressed wood and metal, but also am a sucker for bright colors and crazy patterns. So that makes for quite the mix! We both wanted to keep the beautifully historic details of the house in-tact as much as possible, while also adding our own touch. So while the built-in ironing board just couldn't stay (I know, I know...), we kept the French doors and original windows. It was built in 1931 most likely as a Sears house, although we're still doing some research on that.

So without further ado, meet our home!

We added these wood slats to the fireplace to create some texture and height. Bonus: it didn't cost us anything! We had some old wiring that needed to be removed in the attic, and had to rip up a bunch of boards to get to them. Instead of throwing it all away, we just reused it inside the house! How's that for recycling? 

We added these wood slats to the fireplace to create some texture and height. Bonus: it didn't cost us anything! We had some old wiring that needed to be removed in the attic, and had to rip up a bunch of boards to get to them. Instead of throwing it all away, we just reused it inside the house! How's that for recycling? 

Can't take the Dutch girl out of me!

Can't take the Dutch girl out of me!

Speaking of recycling, check out our vintage record table. I was driving home one afternoon from work, when I came across that beauty sitting abandoned by the road. Justin kindly loaded it into the car and off we went. Extra awesome detail: it still works!!! P.S. How amazing is that beautiful blanket my Oma crocheted? She's a rockstar!

Speaking of recycling, check out our vintage record table. I was driving home one afternoon from work, when I came across that beauty sitting abandoned by the road. Justin kindly loaded it into the car and off we went. Extra awesome detail: it still works!!!

P.S. How amazing is that beautiful blanket my Oma crocheted? She's a rockstar!

One thing we both really wanted in was an open concept, which can be hard to come by in older homes. But after figuring out the wall wasn't load bearing, Justin took it upon himself to knock it right down. You can find some before-and-afters further down.

One thing we both really wanted in was an open concept, which can be hard to come by in older homes. But after figuring out the wall wasn't load bearing, Justin took it upon himself to knock it right down. You can find some before-and-afters further down.

We encased the broken-up wall in cedar planks -- a little pricey, but definitely worth look. And they smell great too!

We encased the broken-up wall in cedar planks -- a little pricey, but definitely worth look. And they smell great too!

Notice an ongoing theme? You'll see wooden accents allover our house -- it was just too pretty to resist!

Notice an ongoing theme? You'll see wooden accents allover our house -- it was just too pretty to resist!

Sometimes you gotta splurge on a coffeemaker. Especially if it's mint. Amiright?

Sometimes you gotta splurge on a coffeemaker. Especially if it's mint. Amiright?

Justin surprised me one day with not one, but two vintage sewing machines he snagged at a yard sale. He bought one that was in tip-top shape as a side table, and the other for the legs to put on this custom table he designed. How in the world did I get so lucky??!

Justin surprised me one day with not one, but two vintage sewing machines he snagged at a yard sale. He bought one that was in tip-top shape as a side table, and the other for the legs to put on this custom table he designed. How in the world did I get so lucky??!

Hi. My name is Lynne and I'm addicted to plants. #plantlady

Hi. My name is Lynne and I'm addicted to plants. #plantlady

In her usual spot begging for veggies...

In her usual spot begging for veggies...

After spending hours upon hours searching for the perfect curtains, I finally had enough! I felt so constricted by the patterns and colors I kept coming across, and feeling like I had to comprise too much. So I decided to head to JoAnn, in search for the perfect fabric for these roman shades. A pair of mini blinds, a little sewing and a lot of glue later, and ta-da! 

After spending hours upon hours searching for the perfect curtains, I finally had enough! I felt so constricted by the patterns and colors I kept coming across, and feeling like I had to comprise too much. So I decided to head to JoAnn, in search for the perfect fabric for these roman shades. A pair of mini blinds, a little sewing and a lot of glue later, and ta-da! 

I spotted these end tables at a friends house and had to have them! Lucky for me they're from IKEA and they didn't have to break the bank. Special shout-out to my amazing sissy who got them for us for Christmas. You're the best!

I spotted these end tables at a friends house and had to have them! Lucky for me they're from IKEA and they didn't have to break the bank. Special shout-out to my amazing sissy who got them for us for Christmas. You're the best!

This door has such a great history! My grandma loved anything to do with history, especially antique furniture and rare treasures. Over the years she became great at spotting cool pieces and salvaging them to give them a new purpose. She found this office door in an old building that she was taking down, and decided it would be perfect for her bathroom. She passed away a little over 2 years ago, and this door serves as the perfect reminder of her and my grandpa both! 

This door has such a great history! My grandma loved anything to do with history, especially antique furniture and rare treasures. Over the years she became great at spotting cool pieces and salvaging them to give them a new purpose. She found this office door in an old building that she was taking down, and decided it would be perfect for her bathroom. She passed away a little over 2 years ago, and this door serves as the perfect reminder of her and my grandpa both! 

Vintage Dutch antiques, courtesy of grandma. Didn't she have a great eye?

Vintage Dutch antiques, courtesy of grandma. Didn't she have a great eye?

Can you believe that's the same space??! So much more airy and open!

Can you believe that's the same space??! So much more airy and open!

The kitchen was so closed off and felt tiny, even though there's plenty of space! 

The kitchen was so closed off and felt tiny, even though there's plenty of space! 

Told you it was hideous!! Some of the vinyl came right up since it had originally been glued. The last layer was stapled down to within an inch of its life and gave us quite the runaround! 

Told you it was hideous!! Some of the vinyl came right up since it had originally been glued. The last layer was stapled down to within an inch of its life and gave us quite the runaround! 

We chose to keep the texture of the paneling in the kitchen and opted to paint it white. It gave the space so much more life than this drab brown color! Pro-tip: get a good quality paint and primer to paint paneling and do your research. I learned the hard way and had to paint 6 (!!) layers to keep the paneling from bleeding brown through the crisp white. Big bummer!

We chose to keep the texture of the paneling in the kitchen and opted to paint it white. It gave the space so much more life than this drab brown color! Pro-tip: get a good quality paint and primer to paint paneling and do your research. I learned the hard way and had to paint 6 (!!) layers to keep the paneling from bleeding brown through the crisp white. Big bummer!

Pheww.... It's been quite the undertaking! We've learned so many things and acquired a ton of new skills. As with any home, there will always be projects and we still have a bunch we'd like to finish. So stay tuned for more!

Would love to hear what you think of our home! 

xoxo Lynne

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How cute are these little dog prints in the concrete??!  Cape: Handmade (Simplicity Vintage Pattern 8017), Fabric: HGTV Home | Jeans: kate spade | Shoes: ShoeDazzle | Watch: Fossil | Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Vintage | Earrings: Vintage | Sunglasses: Forever21 

How cute are these little dog prints in the concrete??! 

Cape: Handmade (Simplicity Vintage Pattern 8017), Fabric: HGTV Home | Jeans: kate spade | Shoes: ShoeDazzle | Watch: Fossil | Bracelets: Alex & Ani, Vintage | Earrings: Vintage | Sunglasses: Forever21