Homestead: In Progress

Hi! Happy Friday! A lot of folks have asked for pictures of the house, so here are some I threw together this morning, with commentary on what we hope to do in that particular room. What you aren’t seeing: the office, 2nd bedroom, two bathrooms, laundry room, walk-in closet (it’s just a closet), and the garage 🙂 Those rooms are so in progress that I didn’t feel like they were worth sharing yet. We’ll start with the outside:

Front yard:

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Plans: build sidewalk/walkway and put a light out by the well so we can see at night.

Front porch before:

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After staining the wood:

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The stain we chose shows dirt, but we really like the way it looks with the chairs, ect. We hope to paint the front door the same red as we are the barn, and add a sentimental knocker to it…maybe with our last name on it? I also hope to find some plants to frame the door and add some greenery to the porch! Let’s go inside…

Living room:

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Still a lot to do in here. Hanging pictures, buying some furniture, getting pillows for the window seats, ect.  I have yet to hang any pictures anywhere in the house. We haven’t painted anything either, but we’ll get there! We have this table set up, before walking into the dining room, as a place to put our keys and phones when we first get home. The artwork on this table is switched out almost every week. The two red bins house the many pictures I have yet to hang up 🙂

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Moving to the dining room:

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I have plans to make the wall (the one with the one lonely picture is hanging on it) a gallery wall of landscapes that are kind of like that (wood frame, painted…). We are also reupholstering the dining room table chairs this weekend, taking them from stained blue plaid to a lighter color (cream, tan?) or maybe a fabric with a hint of a pattern. There is a dining room door that opens to the back yard as well. On to the kitchen…

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Sooo many things we are going to do in here! Replacing the plastic white cabinet knobs with oil-rubbed bronze ones (like in the picture below). Install tile floors, redo the counter tops in black granite and add white subway tile backsplash.

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We pretty much plan to redo this entire kitchen one day..but I am loving my kitchen until then! It’s the biggest I’ve ever had and has so much storage space! And having a kitchen window that looks out onto the cow field doesn’t hurt either 😉

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Hallway that leads to the side porch and laundry room:

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Plans: add a runner on the floor,  paint, hang pictures down the hallway, and replace blinds with a cute fabric shade.

Going to the master (other side of the house, we are skipping the office, other bedroom and guest bathroom)…

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Plans: buy an iron bed frame, new bedding, new tables and lamps. Add a floor length-mirror somewhere. Paint, hang pictures. Change out the ceiling fans for better quality ones, and create a reading nook on the other side of the room. Add a reading chair with floor lamp. Make it cozy and sentimental…

Master bathroom:

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Change lighting fixture, counter tops, add tile, add towel hooks, paint it a bold color? Depends on what the bedroom looks like. Buy blinds, hang curtains for privacy. These are makeshift lace curtains that are doing the trick for now

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What you aren’t seeing: The other bathroom attached to the master, the “reading area” as I’m calling it, and the walk-in closet. Let’s go to the barn/garage.

This is what the barn looks like outside:

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Before we cleaned:

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After we cleaned:

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This area needs a new roof. We are hoping to put one in this year, rebuild the shelving, and turn some of this space into a chicken coop. This will also be where I keep my gardening items. Still lots to do here…

The field! Grass is growing! It looks 1,000 times better since we moved in!

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We hope to build a garden out here next spring. We also want to add in a tire swing, a lounging swing and possibly a fire pit for bon fires. Let’s go look at the backyard…

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The backyard is bordered by two different cow fields, and is home to deer, owls, lizards, coyotes, and other animals I’m sure! I always tell Jason that the land we have is awesome, and the house is just a great bonus that comes with it 🙂 I love being outside. The picture above are the two doors that lead to the backyard from the dining room, the other from our bedroom. We are going to connect this one day to make a back deck that spans the back of the house. We’d like to have an outdoor eating/entertaining area and a hammock so I can read outside in the late summer evening 🙂 Can’t wait till that happens!

And here is my still-alive basil and cilantro plant on the side porch. Haven’t killed it yet!

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We have a ton of plans for this house and its so nice to know that its ours and we can take as much time as we need to. But seriously…three things I’m really itching to do:

1. Print and hang some wedding photos

2. Tear. up. this. carpet.

3. Build fires with the husband, and cozy up with he and the animals in the winter.

All in due time, all in due time. Thanks for joining me! Love you guys and I hope you have an amazing weekend!

xoxo,

Stacey B.

Oh- before I go…a song that has been super relevant to my life lately. It feels like God is calling me to do something (like he has for a while, I just don’t listen sometimes). It’s pretty scary, it’s big, it’s grand, it’s not impossible. This song has really spoken to me this week. Consider this MOMM (music on my mind) :

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