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Earlier than and After Dwelling Tour

It’s enjoyable to replicate on all we’ve completed. Life actually isn’t all the time a picture of an ideal earlier than and after, however they certain do really feel good… even when they simply present progress.

As our house has advanced this earlier than and after submit has, too! I wish to replace it annually with new tasks and residential decor concepts.

Our house was lately featured within the St. Louis Publish Dispatch. We’ve got so many extra tasks to return that I can’t wait to share with you!

julie blanner and family in front of white farmhouse
Our household of 5 at a native lavender farm, Longrow Lavender. Photograph by Sarah at Candy Smiles Pictures.

I hope you get pleasure from this little up to date tour of our humble house. Use the drop down Desk of Contents menu to navigate this submit to completely different areas of our house.

Earlier than and After

At the moment, you’ll discover some new, never-before-seen images and angles of our house, and an up to date household photograph so you may see how the women have grown!

Are you able to consider the distinction within the photograph above, in comparison with the unique one beneath? It’s such a thrill to look at them develop and alter.

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It’s been nearly eight years since we moved to our Tudor type house in St. Louis… whilst I sort these phrases I can’t consider how shortly time has flown by! Whereas the outside type of this home wasn’t our dream, it has grow to be house and I like it increasingly more on a regular basis.

Through the years we’ve achieved a number of tasks, large and small to adapt our house to suit our way of life and aesthetic. There are nonetheless a number of tasks to do, however I wish to take the chance annually to do a fast earlier than and after.

It helps to remind myself that it was price it!

Exterior Curb Enchantment

The place to begin? The outside! I want I had images of the entrance of our freshly painted house (sure, we’re portray it for the second time, because it had been eight years and we had some wooden rot).


Nevertheless, we’ve been ready for the climate to heat as much as full the undertaking, and now after all we’re ready on contractors! That’s the way it goes with renovation tasks.

We’re lastly taking the leap, truly – after watching this White Brick Home makeover we’ve determined to paint our brick! Quickly, I’ll present you the remainder of the house painted in Benjamin Moore Swiss Espresso.

However for now, right here’s a sneak peak of our storage with our new copper gutters and my favourite copper lanterns. What do you assume, ought to we polish the aged end on the lanterns to match the brand new gutters?

cream tudor garage with copper gutters and bike

For the primary spherical of exterior paint, we selected our favourite Tudor Paint Colours, added a a lot wanted new roof and landscaping reworked the outside of our house.

everyday white exterior

The spring blooms simply may be my favourite, although the autumn colours are troublesome to beat by way of the diamond paned home windows.

They gracefully body our copper mailbox on an iron submit (discover the mailbox in my store). The submit was painted to match our exterior paint colours in Sherwin Williams On a regular basis White.

copper mailbox accented by pink blooming tree

The entrance porch has surprising attraction with a pebble porch. Quickly we’ll substitute the entrance door and the brick might be painted to showcase the brand new copper gutters.

fall front porch decorating ideas


The entry was so darkish with gentle blocked in each route. We eliminated the closet to make the lounge seem bigger and to permit the sunshine to shine by way of.

We changed the slate with hardwood flooring and eliminated the carpet on the steps changing it. In some unspecified time in the future, we’ll probably add a stair runner however it hasn’t occurred but.

A dark entryway in the before photo for a home's before and after makeover
pink blooming branches in a blue and white vase in an entryway, staircase behind

The entry together with a lot of the primary degree, was painted in Sherwin Williams Zurich White. The popcorn ceilings had been eliminated and we additionally changed the sunshine fixture with a brass flush mount.

As you may see, our entryway is now a large open area, with views into a number of rooms of our house. It feels vivid and lightweight, giving glimpses of a wide range of areas.

I hope it’s additionally heat and welcoming to company… that’s all the time the objective!

Half Bathtub

The half tub initially felt cramped and the bathroom place felt extra like a throne.


We relocated the bathroom, added botanical artwork (changed by a wreath for holidays), painted, added hardwood flooring and made the area really feel extra open with a Parisian sink.

You will get all the main points about our half tub right here.

Every area is designed to effortlessly transition from one season to a different with a easy change, like changing DIY Wall Decor with a Christmas Wreath!

A bathroom with a pedestal sink and wooden mirror


The workplace is the primary area you see off our entryway. This may increasingly shock you, however an orange room with a chalkboard mounted taxidermy isn’t actually my factor.

We found parquet wooden floors beneath (discover out in case you have wooden floors) however they had been broken when carpet was put in so we opted to proceed our hardwoods into the workplace as effectively.

A room painted orange with a deer on the wall

The workplace is now a relaxed, purposeful area stuffed with conventional decor.

neutral office space with slipcovered chair, velvet curtains and floating desk

Household Room

The ladies name it the library, as a result of it’s the place nearly all of their books reside and so they snuggle up on the couch to learn.

We changed the blinds with bamboo shades, the grates within the doorways had been eliminated, painted and changed carpet with hardwood. You’ll be able to see the end result beneath!

blend old and new to create a neutral room with interest

I integrated my Grandmother’s Linen Cupboard that had been handed down a number of generations.

Living room organization - linen closet

My Nice Grandmother’s piano is a household room fixture as effectively. The fiddle leaf fig brings the room to life.

beautiful family room ideas | fiddle fig piano and sailboat painting

The Pet Pleasant Rug now units the muse for this area. It’s extremely gentle and wipes or hoses clear, whereas providing the looks of a pure sisal or jute rug.

Screened in Porch

The Screened in Porch as soon as felt match for a Lady Scout camp. We painted the inside, added curtains by making Customized Copper Curtain Rods for the Bay Home windows and redefined it as an outside eating room.

Easy home project ideas - Fall Makeover
outdoor living at it's best - a covered screened in porch, perfect for dining and entertaining
We used this area as an outside eating space for a number of years.

Now, it’s a screened in porch we might be so happy with! We screened it in ourselves with a display screen porch equipment. Take a look at all the brand new particulars we’ve added. We love utilizing this area as an out of doors front room now.

A white screened porch completed with a screened porch kit.


The deck was so drained and worn. We stained it, added out of doors lighting and furnished the area. You’ll be able to be taught Learn how to Stain a Deck right here.

Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room
Outdoor decorating ideas

It lately obtained one more makeover that I can’t wait to share with you!

Eating Room

Our Eating Room had an ungainly 60’s window – I wasn’t certain learn how to make it work. Finally I repurposed current linen panels utilizing a customized brass curtain rod to outline the window.

Contemporary paint, a lovely brass gentle fixture, wooden floors and my Grandma’s eating room furnishings accomplished the area.

Our dining room in progress - balancing dark wood furniture & minimizing dated features
A brunette woman in a white dining room with  traditional furniture and a brass light fixture
traditional dining room

This area has all the time felt under-utlized and uncared for. I’m excited to make it really feel as particular as our heirloom furnishings this yr!

Breakfast Nook

The Breakfast Nook has actually advanced since we bought the house seven years in the past. We redefined it, added gentle, painted, changed the flooring and added shadow bow molding for character.

Breakfast room, earlier than

Learn all about how we turned it right into a breakfast nook right here, and our image body moulding right here!

wood nook table and chairs

And my favourite, you may see it embellished with Christmas Preparations!

christmas garland framing breakfast room

Right here’s how the area appears right this moment… vivid and refreshed and prepared for company. I’m on the lookout for new chairs for this room, any nice concepts?

I’d additionally wish to replace the paintings on this area, however I’m enjoying round with completely different concepts to see how they are going to work.

Right here, I’ve moved this gorgeous piece into the area (discover it in my store) and I really like the gentle contact of colour it brings over the dramatic black and white cow print.

breakfast nook with brass lantern and rustic wood table


The kitchen has actually advanced. Initially we up to date the kitchen to work with the oak cupboards. The primary picture beneath is the earlier than…

An oak kitchen with dated countertops

Similar View After

You’ll be able to see how increasing the window and portray the partitions and cabinetry the identical colour brightened the area. The bigger island provides operate and doesn’t really feel “misplaced”. Including a panel prepared dishwasher helps it seamlessly mix in.


A kitchen makeover without paint - making the best of an 80's or 90's kitchen
Stunning mudroom design from luxury home blogger Julie Blanner

And within the after, you’ll see our new kitchen with cream kitchen cupboards stuffed to the brim with kitchen group concepts.

We chosen a Lacanche Vary because the centerpiece of the kitchen and paired it with Inset Cupboards, Beadboard Backsplash, and Unlacquered Brass {Hardware}.

cream kitchen with lacanche range and lilacs

You’ll be able to learn to make this easy Lilac Bouquet right here. I really like having summer season bouquets right here proper now, as you may see beneath… get all my ideas for The place to Purchase Flowers right here!

A uncommon view peeking from our kitchen into the impartial front room, that includes our Brass Lantern pendants.

Simply to the left is the bar space.

Even the cupboard interiors obtained makeovers. You’ll be able to learn to manage a Kitchen Pantry right here!

kitchen organization pantry

and our Fridge Group has made packing college lunches a breeze!

kitchen organization

Powder Room

The small Powder Room felt so tight with a deep storage sink and counters that prolonged over the sink and the bathroom.

powder room before

I utilized a number of tips to make the area look and seem bigger. Because it’s within the mudroom and primarily utilized by children I additionally carried out a couple of options to make it simple to keep up.

A small bathroom with brick floors and a pedestal sink

You’ll be able to learn (within the hyperlink above) to be taught extra and see a video tour. That is the present view of this area, it’s all the time pretty calm and tremendous purposeful for our household because it results in the storage and yard of our house.

A small bathroom with brick floors and a pedestal sink


The mudroom additionally felt darkish and tight. We opened it up, added character and made it simpler to scrub – and maintain our house clear. You’ll be able to see the earlier than images beneath.

A dated mudroom in a 70s home

Onerous to consider this is similar view of our mudroom! Go to the submit to get all the main points!

Wood vases on a vintage table in a white mudroom.
Wood vases on a vintage table in a white mudroom.
beautiful spring decorating ideas for your home


The storage reeked of smoke and once we moved in. After weeks of airing it out, we nonetheless struggled to eliminate the scent. You’ll be able to be taught Learn how to Get Smoke Odor Out of a Home right here if you happen to’ve struggled with the identical.

Organize your gym gear with an outdoor closet | garage storage and organization

We additionally moved in quick and livid with development quickly to observe. This left us with a disastrous storage till we carried out storage techniques like an outside working group undertaking, above.

This peg rail helped pull the whole lot collectively and was an superior Storage Group undertaking!

A garage with cleaning organization painted in a neutral paint color

However this yr, we took on a couple of extra storage tasks that basically modified our house for the higher! We redid the ground with a brand new storage ground coating, and added this charming potting bench space.

A potting bench painted in a green gray color, flowers and tools on top

Facet Entry and Rear Exterior

Even the facet entrance obtained just a little makeover. I didn’t take a earlier than shot, however this “earlier than” again view of the house provides just a little perspective.


Along with portray the outside, we retained the sunshine fixture (for now) and door and up to date the {hardware}. It’s wonderful what a distinction easy tweaks could make.

christmas door decorations garland, wreath and a mini tree

The storage exterior is the very first thing you see as you come across the bend down our road. It stood out – however not in a optimistic manner.

That is one other space that’s presently present process a metamorphosis!


Portray it in a monotone colour with a muted roof actually elevated it. For true tudor type, we integrated copper lanterns and copper gutters.

cream tudor garage with copper gutters and bike

Dwelling Room

The lounge is small, which introduced numerous challenges. The fireside felt dated and the moist bar was an pointless use of area. Even Ani was uncertain.


We opened up the wall the place the bar as soon as stood, used paint, hardwood flooring and molding to create a timeless area. You’ll be able to see extra of this Impartial Dwelling Room right here.

We’ve up to date this area fairly a bit lately, including new Pillow Covers, a brand new lamp, enjoyable accent furnishings from Studio McGee at Goal, and redoing our Bookshelf Decor.

A white living room with a wood coffee table

Oh, and don’t neglect the Samsung Body TV. It’d simply be the most effective factor that ever occurred to our front room!

A white living room with bookshelf decor.a brick fireplace surrounded by built ins,
A white living room with a wood coffee table


The basement bar, basement toilet and basement stairs tasks had been all a very long time coming! Lots of our decisions had been each purposeful and cheap.

diy staircase makeover with a stair runner rug

After our basement flooded final yr, we did one other replace with just a little paint and simple to scrub LVP flooring it felt like a brand new area! We painted the partitions in Benjamin Moore Swiss Espresso and it’s feeling like a contemporary and enjoyable clear slate.

A bathroom in basement with gold sconces and a mushroom paint color on the vanity

We overhauled the complete basement with a drywall ceiling, can lights, new home windows and flooring (we ripped out cupboards and bars) and a brand new tub.

A small basement wet bar painted gray, beverage fridge to the left

I can’t wait to indicate you the following replace with fairly new furnishings down right here – it’s coming collectively slowly however certainly.

An empty basement with white walls and a medium toned vinyl plank flooring.

Upstairs Hallway

The hallway was so darkish! It boasts 8 doorways which makes it really feel actually small. We changed the carpet with hardwood flooring, added new lights, new doorways, brass door knobs and extra.

hallway before and after
hall decorating ideas

The Linen Closet was a fast and simple replace that maximized operate. You will get all the main points of how I pare down, what I retailer in there and the cheap labels utilized by visiting the submit.

How to organize a hall linen closet

Shared Lavatory

The corridor tub (which the women share) wanted a number of assist! It wasn’t even near code, soffits made it really feel small and had two showers!


We turned it right into a Spa Bathtub – the women use it each day and it doubles as a visitor tub!

Little girls in floral robes in a white spa bath

Women’ Bedrooms

The ladies have now switched rooms and every have been redecorated to swimsuit their age. I’m lengthy overdue in sharing them! That is Ani’s earlier room earlier than and after.

how to make a teepee

Right here’s a sneak peek of her new room:

cream bedroom with pink quilt chandelier lamp and star light
pink and cream bedroom with white dresser and crystal light

Adalyn’s Room has undergone a serious transformation this yr. She’s rising up earlier than our eyes and deserved a brand new Tween Bed room!

Beneath, you may see the area earlier than we purchased the home and a glimpse of her six years in the past once we first redid this area.

girl bedroom decorating ideas

After we modified it right into a candy pale pink little woman’s room, I minimize down a console desk to make a desk that doubles as a facet desk. Simply above it I added just a little customized phrase artwork.

Now she has a lovely gold cover mattress, glitzy gold touches and a splash of massive pink peonies on one wall. It’s a enjoyable, grown up area for her!

The now changed cloth pinboard was excellent for displaying paintings and valuable pictures.

girl next to dresser with gold pin board and flower on wall

Isla’s Room was small, however purposeful. She has since moved to a bigger room and her former room was transformed into the visitor bed room.

white nursery | girls bedroom design
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We’re lucky to have a Second Degree Laundry Room adjoining to our master suite. It’s extremely handy. As you may see, we initially gave this room a lightweight refresh with a sink skirt, new faucet, {hardware}, gentle fixture, paint and equipment.

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simple laundry room organization ideas with free printable labels
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Now we’ve achieved a full refresh, with new cupboards, peg rail, a customized constructed closet so as to add operate and really feel extra intentional and a brand new wall sink.

Wish to see all of the images of this gorgeous laundry room? Take a look at our Trendy Laundry Room replace! I’m in love with our herringbone flooring.

A laundry room with greige cabinets, a wall sink and herringbone floor.
A laundry room with greige cabinets, a wall sink and herringbone floor.

Major Bed room

The Major Bed room has two giant home windows however nonetheless one way or the other felt darkish.


It, too, obtained just a little refresh with a bigger undertaking to return!

A romantic bedroom color of warm white on the walls
A romantic bedroom color of warm white on the walls

I’d wish to replace our major bed room bedding this yr! Any concepts or ideas on what would look good on this area? We simply added new bedside tables and painted them for a gentle, fairly look.

Major Lavatory

Whereas we haven’t discovered the time or price range to tackle a full renovation of our major tub, we did improve it this yr! These easy beauty adjustments made a world of distinction.

A bathroom with light gray board and batten

See the complete replace about our board and batten right here, and be taught learn how to paint ceramic tile right here!

A small bathroom with painted tile and gray board and batten on the walls

Visitor Bed room

The visitor bed room is easy, but fitted with the whole lot a visitor wants for a calming keep. It’s embellished with cheap block print sheets, Craigslist furnishings like this Rattan Mattress and a sailboat portray.

We had customized peel and stick wallpaper made to create an accent wall, however it ended up effervescent and sadly needed to be eliminated. Happily, I really like the area simply as a lot with our easy cream partitions.

rattan headboard with traditional bedding and sailboat painting over the bed
door opened to traditional bedroom with bed, pillows and painting above

Thanks for taking time to replicate with me on a earlier than and after look of our house. Actually, it’s a earlier than and through, however it’s all the time good to take a second and recognize what you may have achieved if you really feel overwhelmed about your to do listing.

I typically remind myself that it’s extra vital to get pleasure from our house than to brighten it. Take into consideration all of the belongings you love about your private home quite than the belongings you don’t. It is not going to solely deliver you peace, however may even assist higher outline your subsequent undertaking.

Proper now my favourite room is our breakfast room. What’s your favourite room in your house and why?

As all the time, if you happen to see one thing you’re keen on, you may observe the hyperlink to the submit or store our house right here to be directed to the particular product.



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