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Farmhouse: A year in Review

By December 28, 2016 3 Comments

Woah, January, is that you already? According to the calendar, yup, yeah it is. What a year for us it has been.

As 2016 comes to an end I thought it would be fun to take a look back at a little (ha!) project we started this year, The Eco Chic Farmhouse Project. We’ll revisit the rooms that we have finished this year, and give you an update on the remaining rooms left to renovate. Ready? Let’s go.

The first room we renovated was the upstairs master bathroom, that we affectionately referred to as the green bathroom. The name is obvious when you see the before photo.

What might have seemed out of reach (and a little crazy) when we began, quickly came into vision as we completed this first room. Once it was done, I was ALL IN and couldn’t wait to get going on the other rooms.

The next room we tackled was the master bedroom. Until this point it felt like we were sleeping in someone else’s house.

Having our bedroom and bathroom done gave us a serene and finished space to retreat to when the renovation felt out of control. It was so exciting to have it completed.  Since these photos were taken we have actually updated some of the furniture and will be restyling the room this summer.

The Master’s Lounge (also known as the upstairs living room) was the third room completed, and I still get giddy each time I climb the stairs and enter this room.

The addition of the mantle on the fireplace and updating the wall and trim colors completely transformed this room beyond my expectations!  It has become a calming space for me to retreat to when I need a little Maria time to watch a few (dozen) Hallmark movies and recharge my battery. This completed the upstairs portion of the house, we then moved downstairs to renovate early spring 2016.

The completion of the guest room for the girls really solidified my LOVE of remodeling. I can’t begin to count the number of times I just opened the bedroom door and peered inside just to simply see it after its completion.  I’m still amazed each day what a room transformation does for ones soul.  It relaxes me and brings me such joy, I can’t really put it into words. I think the day we shot the after photos was the day I realized I want to do this for the rest of my life. Home is so important. YOUR house should make you smile just as big and be just as joyous.

Speaking of joyous, let’s take a look at my FAVORITE room in the house.  The girls guest bathroom.

This room challenged me on so many levels. Who knew that one little room would teach me so many lessons? The first being “go with your gut.” I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted the flooring to look like and I searched high and low for a tile to complete that vision.  Cement tile was just coming on the market and I had never heard of it before. It wasn’t until after I found this tile on Amazon that I even knew what I had. Since then, it has flooded Instagram and has appeared in shows such as Fixer Upper. When I stumbled upon it, it was only a vision in my mind (that many said was crazy, we won’t mention who that “somebody” was, but he does live in the house) but, I followed my gut and I’m so happy with how it turned out, he is too. You can see all the photos here. 

Now onto the room that Tate and I didn’t pay much attention to… until I fell in love with all it could offer- The Laundry Room.

What began as a simple renovation became a complete gut job. Check it out here. We anticipated spending very little on the laundry room, but changed our minds as I began to design around what was already there. I kept hearing “it is just a laundry room” but decided to not listen to that voice. I think that decision was wise, because doing laundry has become more fun and the good Lord knows we need to find fun in our daily chores or the liquor store is going build an addition with our name on it. My point being, don’t just leave it at “good enough” because you think it isn’t an important room. We decided that all the rooms are important and it would be okay if we slowed the entire process to do it the way we wanted it.

At this point, you might be wondering where Tate has been in all the decor decision making… onto his big debut with our guest room for the guys.

Things were beginning to look at little “girly” around the house so as we moved into the rooms on the other side of the house it felt appropriate to give homage to the man of the house. Now that we live in the country Tate’s friends and nephews come visit so they can go hunting in the woods. This means that they sometimes spend the night so they can get an early start. They felt a little weird sleeping in the girls guest room with all the fluff and pillows.  So this room was dedicated to the hunters who visit. Which leads to the room that accompanies this one, the bathroom for the boys.

As we wrapped up fall of 2016 we finally finished the last bathroom in the house. This room had been gutted and waiting for Tate’s design plan to evolve since spring. While yes, this was Tate’s room to design, there were other issues that occurred that delayed the project, you can read about them here. All in all, we’ve learned a lot throughout this entire process and one large lesson is that sometimes you can’t foresee issues that will arise and you just need to trust the process and relax.

As you can see, saying we were “busy” this year would be an understatement, but we can’t wait to keep going with this project and see our dream home come to life! As promised, here’s the upcoming plan for the big two-oh-seventeen.

Until next time, stay inspired and keep trying new things, you’ll never know where it may take you.



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