Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Start of a House Tour.

I’m a very bad blogger.  I’m awful at posting regularly and I feel terrible about it.  I even managed to let my very first blogiversary pass by without positing!!  Boooooo me.  So since I’m almost a month late on that major milestone, I decided I’d try and make it up to all of you by finally starting a proper house tour of our casa.  I’ve shown some rooms here and there, and you’ve probably seen all the spaces while I was posting about projects and what not {because let's be serious...our house isn't that big}, but I just won’t be satisfied until I can add a “House Tour” tab to my blog. ;)

Plus, I really like taking a step back and seeing how far our little ranch has come in a year.  Sometimes you can get caught up in how much more you want to do, and easily forget how far you’ve already come.

Here’s a quick refresher on how things went down for us.  We closed on our home in August 2011, the day before Hurricane Irene hit.  We took out a rehab loan to purchase our house so we could buy and renovate the main floor.  We started working on painting and cleaning up the exterior in August and the interior demo began the last couple days of September 2011.  That is also when I started this lil' blog.  Our renovations took a couple months {although it felt like years}, and we were finally able to move into our home on Christmas Eve 2011.

I figure I’ll start our home's tour in the “great” room of our house.  This space used to have a defined entry/hallway, living/dining room combo and kitchen.  We quickly changed that closed-off space to make it more "us".  So without further delay, here are entirely too many pictures of one area in our home.

View from the front door...


View into the living room...


View from the corner of the living room...


View into the living room towards the front of the house...


View from the fireplace towards the front door...


View from the living room toward the basement stairs... 


View towards the front door...


View twoards the bedrooms and bathrooms...


View into the dining room...


View from the old kitchen entrance...


View from dining room corner toward the front door...


View from fireplace towards kitchen entrance...


View into kitchen from hallway entrance...


View from kitchen, towards the dining room...


View from dining room entrance to hall entrance...


View from hallway towards the kitchen/dining/living rooms...



So what do you say...do my bagillion pictures of the same-space-from-every-angle-possible make up for my sporadic posting schedule?!?!  I'm praying the answer to that is yes, and in return I will give you a totally non-creepy Internet hug and hopefully post more house tour pictures before Thanksgiving rolls around. ;)  Kidding!!  {Sort of.}

78 comments:

  1. I'm not a hugger but I'm still going to say yes, this post makes up for lack of consistency. :P

    I love your house. Seriously. You have a nice, clean, put together style. I'd totally move in. Look out.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! ;)

      Aw, thank you so much!! Come on in...bring Ike. Him and Perny can hang out haha.

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  2. Oh I LOVE your decorating style!! So beautiful. The before and progress shots are great - and your kitchen has some great inspiration for me!

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  3. How is it possible that I haven't seen before photos before?? I can't believe what you all have done! Amazing reno! You all have done way more in a year that we've done in 3, haha!

    I'm a pretty inconsistent blogger, but I just try to remind myself that I write my blog for me. The last thing I want is for it to turn into a source of guilt or stress, so I post when I can and am happy with that.

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    1. Probably because I'm a terrible blogger and never put up before and afters on a separate page haha. I'm determined to get around to it sometime soon. ;)

      Exactly!! That's totally how I feel about it.

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  4. Amazing transformation, although I did like those old carpets... jk :) Wouldn't even think it was the same house.

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    1. Haha...those carpets were SO grimey. Honestly...I didn't even want to get near them. Totally skeeved us out!

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  5. You guys have made so much progress, it's awesome! All of your choices are just perfect!

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  6. Your house is so gorgeous now Gabbi! It is absolutely breathtaking! I seriously LOVE everything that you guys have done!

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  7. I love house tours!

    Yours has come so far it's amazing! I remember what I first started reading it was in the middle of construction. I love what you've done with the place!

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    1. Me too...they are my favorite!

      Yea, sometimes I can't even believe it...especially when I look back to where we started haha. Thank you! :)

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  8. Holy cow what a transformation! You guys have done an amazing job.

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  9. Wow! That is one great transformation! You guys have great vision and really did an amazing job!

    And don't feel guilty about posting. Post when it works for you!

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  10. Your house continues to thrill me! And you're putting "progress" on those photos - they are fabulous and look like complete "afters" to me!!!!! Love this. You are not a bad blogger. Write when you feel like writing!

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  11. I am not saying this just because we are bloggy buddies.... Your renovations are the most stunning I think I've seen. You have a real eye for design and the whole house is beautiful!

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    1. Aw, Amy..thank you so much! That really means a lot! :)

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  12. Your house is gorgeous! I love everything you have done! No wonder you get featured in magazines!

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    1. Thank you so much, Diana! Haha...I still think that was pure luck. :)

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  13. Wow. This is amazing. The kitchen is fabulous. And wow. Jut wow. Everything.

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  14. It's come so far!! Looks amazing!

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  15. I'm not good at regularly posting either, so don't worry about it a BIT! Too bad we don't blog for a living...right?? Seriously though, your house is beautiful. I love reading home reno blogs because I love this stuff and I love seeing people's styles and appreciating the differences between us, but your style is literally what I hope our house looks like after its finished. I literally love every bit of it :).

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    1. Thanks for understanding, Lyndsay! I wish I could do it for a living!! Aw, thank you!! That means so much! :)

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  16. Love the makeovers. Your color choices are so pretty and calming, it must be nice to come home to that! I'm still trying to make over our house from the previous homeowner's color choices (ugly!!!) and it's taking a lot of time and money!

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    1. Thank you, Megan! It definitely feels good to come home to something that is "us". I'll never forget the difference when we finally got the grey up on the walls and the yellow walls AND carpet was gone. It was like a breath of fresh air in the house!

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  17. You guys have done so much, and it looks SOOOOO amazing!!! I bet if the old owners could see the house now they'd be kicking themselves for not updating it!

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    1. Thank you so much, Whitney! I'd be curious to see what the owner's would say. We bought it from a bunch of kids who were selling it for their father. When they heard we wanted it for a rehab house, they literally asked us what there was to redo. I almost died.

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  18. Just stumbled upon your blog-- absolutely LOVE what you guys have done to your home! Love the color pallet and the open space. Gorgeous. I'll be back to see how it continues to come along!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Allie! I'm so glad you stopped by...come on back! :)

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  19. Your house looks great!! Love your kitchen, you've done so much the past year! :)

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    1. Thank you!! :) I still can't believe we got it all done sometimes.

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  20. Wow how did I never realize before that you saved your kitchen cabinets!?!?!? I guess when everything looks so shiny and new, you assume that it is! Crazy transformation. How come you didn't keep that sweet kitchen booth too? ;)

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    1. Sometimes I can't believe they turned out as good as they did. It's amazing what a little paint can do sometimes haha. Right?!?! We totally should have just kept that instead of buying a dining room table HA!

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  21. Love the transformation! The white just opens everything up and those turquoise accents just makes it feel calm and relaxing. Question about the hallway; Is that a stencil job or wall paper?

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    1. Thanks so much, Jamie!! The hallway is actually a stencil I did. You can see my post about it here:

      http://retroranchrenovation.blogspot.com/2012/07/fos-fear-of-stenciling.html

      Hope that helps, and thanks for stopping by! :)

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  22. Your house looks amazing, what a transformation!

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  23. Holy smokes! This is amazing, Gabbi! Can I move in with you? I love everything about this space-- from the furniture to the color scheme.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Chelsea! Of course...come on over! ;)

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  24. Wow!!! That pretty much sums it up! :) The transformation is incredible!!! I think my favorite piece (one of them) is the sliding barn door... OMG I want it!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jenny!! I'm not going to lie...the barn door is one of our favorites too! :)

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  25. I love your color choices. And that kitchen! So great. Good work!!

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  26. Wow! Just wow. I'm not familiar with the whole process of your remodel, but it's clear the choices you made were absolutely awesome. It's so open! and bright! And stylish! Love it.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ceci! I'm so happy you stopped by! :)

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  27. This is amazing! WOW. Hardly even looks like the same house - and did you say you did this in a YEAR! Dang girl! I love love love love it!

    Brie @ Breezy Pink Daisies

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    1. Aw, thank you!! Yea, it's come quite a long way since when we bought the place haha. We bought it in August 2011, started the major renovations the last week in September 2011, finally could move in Christmas Eve 2011, and the rest is history! :)

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  28. Looks Great- Where did you get that Gray couch- I have been looking for one exactly like that!

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    1. Thank you so much, Veronica! We got it from Macy's...it's the Elliot Sectional in Vintage. Hope that helps! :)

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  29. Truly AMAZING transformation!!! I LOVE everything you've done so far!!! Really like your color scheme too! Where did you get your turquoise pendent lights in the kitchen. I LOVE them!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy! :) I got them from Shades of Light {Color Seeded Glass Pendant in aqua}. Here is the link...hope it helps!

      http://www.shadesoflight.com/colored-seeded-glass_pendants-B.html

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  30. Hi Gabbi, I stumbled on your blog and, sporadic or not, love it. I also have a retro ranch that we are taking from the 60's to today...aarrgghh!! Doing it on your own is tough, and long, and tough!! lol

    A few things...love your style (the barn door...aahhh HELLO!!), colors (that touch of blue in the kitchen has such an impact!!), ability to repurpose (painting cupboards). Your budget friendly ability to achieve beauty with your own sweat equity is inspiring to all of us doing it on our own!!

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    1. Hi Jacqui! Aw, thank you so very much! I'm so glad you found me! :)

      And yes, doing it all on your own is a long, tough battle, but it will be totally worth it in the end! Keep up the great work!! :)

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  31. Just found your blog while searching for pics of Vittoria Brick Mosaic (from Floor & Decor) for showers. Your home is gorgeous! I'm considering the bluish/green/white glass subway/brick style mosaic you referenced some time ago and wondering if you, in fact, used it and how you like it? ~ Mandy

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    1. Hi Mandy! I actually didn't end up using it (would have used it as an accent in the kitchen), but not for any reason except that we just went in another design direction. I ordered a sample, and it was beautiful! Good luck with your decision! :)

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  32. Where are those curtains from? Need to know ASAP!!!

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    1. Hi Brooke! I actually purchased the fabric and made them myself.

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    2. Where was the fabric from? I have some in my master that looks like it would mix with this perfectly!

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    3. You can google it to find different places that sell it. It's Thomas Paul's Dahlia fabric in Aegean. Here is a link for it: https://www.fabric.com/buy/um-651/thomas-paul-dahlia-aegean

      Hope that helps! :)

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  33. You did an AMAZING job! I love your color scheme and that barn door is impressive! Beautiful.

    Jen =)

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  34. Awesome renovations! looks like it should be in a magazine. I actually just bought that same stencil i think. (from royal design studio) im going to do it in my laundry room and if all goes well i may do a different one in the hall bath. congrats on all your renovations! i enjoy following your progress :) -katie

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    1. Aw, thank you so much!! Good luck on your stenciling!! :)

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  35. OMG!!! Your house is so pretty! Amazing job. I am sure you provided the name of the paint in your living room somewhere here but can you please give me the name. I just purchased the same sofa...and I LOVE how the color works perfectly with the sofa. Macys purchase? Vintage?

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    1. Thank you so much! :) The paint in our living/dining room area is Behr's Gentle Rain. And yup, you've got it...it's the Elliot sectional from Macy's in the Vintage color! :)

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  36. Do you have an outlet on the floor for the lamps behind the couch? I love your house!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, we have two outlets installed in the floor under the couch.

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  37. Gabbi! Im in love with all that you guys have done and that barn door makes me swoon! Happy Tuesday friend!

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  38. What kind of flooring did you do throughout your home? I love it!! What an amazing transformation!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenn! We refinished the original red oak floors that were already in the house with Minwax's Jacobean stain and a satin finish. We patched in the kitchen and areas where we took the walls down.

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