The Exterior: the white part you see is the final coat of stucco that still needs to be painted. We keep going back and forth about either painting the house white or a charcoal color, (similar to the cabin). Swatches of various shades of charcoal have found themselves all over the house, but it has helped us narrow it down. It’s amazing how a color can look completely different on opposite sides of the house. This is the bedroom we have set up camp in for the duration of the renovations. If I was to give some advice to someone living through a renovation it would be to have one space to escape to, one thats done and beautiful. This is something we failed to do (other then my studio, I thank God everyday for that!). Every night when I climb into that bed that is way to big for the room, sandwiched in between Rupe’s closet, that is a garment rack at the foot of the bed, and the spare mattress, I just have to close my eyes and remind myself it is temporary. On the bright side, the dogs don’t seem to mind, as we have given in to letting them sleep on the bed since there isn’t much room for them anywhere else (that is also my favorite part because I love me some puppy cuddles. :). But… check out our new bedroom in the making! The wood floors are in and just have to be stained and sealed, the room trimmed out and painted and we will be in here in no time. And then there is the living room that we haven’t been able to live in. The best part about this photo is that chandelier! We went with the Meurice by Jonathan Adler for the living room and couldn’t be happier. Now just to get the rest of the place looking less like a storage space and more like a home before Rupe and I sell everything, buy a camper van and head off into the sunset (we are seriously considering it). It made such a huge difference in the kitchen to take that wall down and add on a separate laundry room, we are pleased as punch. Now we just have to patch the wood floors where the wall came down, add in the kitchen cabinets, extend the countertops, install the dish washer, paint the toe-kicks, trim out the laundry room, and we will be in business. We are going on three months without laundry and I am just happy I don’t have co-workers at this point because I’m pretty sure I’d be the smelly one.
So that’s where we are folks, my dirty laundry aired out to everyone (literally!). To see all of the renovation progress go here. To see all the before photos check here.