May 2, 2017

#SpringIntoHome Tour: Me!

welcome to the last stop in the #springintohome tour series. it's my turn!! this happens to coincide with the one year anniversary of my feature on the smp living blog last may. it's been fun to see what's changed in a year and this time around the tour has a decidedly "spring" feel! i also have a few new spaces to share that i haven't had photographed before. mr. r has definitely been horrified by the amount of boxes and other things coming to the house but he's breathing a sigh of relief now that it's over. 😂

a little background if you're new here: we purchased our house as a new construction spec home almost 5 years ago. the builder did an excellent job and we feel really lucky about that. however, as with many new constructions homes, there was a level of character and definitely personalization missing. i've worked really hard over the last 4+ years to turn our house into a home. there have been mistakes for sure (the laundry room for example has been painted twice and wallpapered once and it's still not right) but we've also done a lot of great changes (like swapping out almost every single light fixture!). we undertook one major set of improvements/renovations in the fall of 2015 that really helped in the character department. you can see those blog posts here (complete with some "what was i thinking" before shots!):
living room, playroomkitchen, master bedroom, and powder room

so here we go! *photography by kate renyi of ker photography*

entry: the entry hasn't changed much since the smp living feature but it's still one of my favorites. the only change i'd make now is to continue the shiplap around the rest of the walls!

the dining room: i've never had our dining room professionally shot because it's always been in varying states of done-ness (more like undone-ness). i've shown parts on instagram but now it's ready for it's full reveal! the art was my starting point and was the catalyst for changing out the rug, table, and chairs. the last pieces were the drapery which is so simple but adds that extra detail and the sideboard that i searched high and low for. i'm so happy to be finished in here...except maybe grasscloth one day?!

i actually ended up painting the white frame of the sideboard the night before the shoot because it was an off white color that didn't work with the rest of the room. it was such an easy fix and made all the difference. i struggled majorly with how i wanted to style the top so at the last minute (seeing a theme here?!) i grabbed a bunch of ceramics from homegoods and combined them with what i had from west elm for an understated mix. i think it works!

office: finally we have a legit functioning office! the shelves are from ikea and the hardware is a hack from studio mcgee. i'll do another post with a deeper dive on this space as well as maybe a few others.

the artwork for above the console sadly didn't make it in time for the home tour but i'll be sure to snap a pic of it when it's here. i pulled the ocean print from our bedroom for these pics. this lamp though is seriously die for.

family room: this space continues to evolve and i love it! the doorway into the family room had no trim originally which made it feel unfinished (though i suspect to keep the nice wide open feeling) so we added casing it out to the project list when we did the improvements. we didn't want to take away from the width so we had to get creative about how to add the casing. see the next photo for the other side!

the big change here from the last set of photos is our leather sofa. i posted about it here and we're really happy with it. during our improvement project, we covered the back wall in shiplap and redesigned the mantle for a much fresher, more modern look. there even used to be sconces where the tv is!  redoing this space was one of the best decisions - it changed the entire feel of the room.

i refreshed the pillows (#pillowhoarder) and i have to say i love the way they turned out. especially these on the white sofa!

kitchen: since we've lived here i've changed the hardware, added the marble backsplash, and changed the lighting. but the biggest change of all was removing the beige granite slab on the island and replacing it with this extra thick carrara beauty. it made a huge difference. i also added a runner earlier this year and i've loved the bit of pattern and warmth it immediately brought to the space.

we added the built in seat during the renovation project and it was a no brainer. it's so inviting!

powder room: this is another space that's seen it's share of changes. when we moved in i initially papered it in a hot pink and white trellis pattern... and quickly regretted it. so during our reno i changed it to this much more serene pattern from serena & lily (unfortunately no longer available) and had a custom vanity made. the extra thick quartz counter and rounded mirror were the perfect finishing touches.

charlie's bedroom: i've shown parts before but never as a whole. we can see this room as we walk from our bedroom at the other end of the hall and it's always such a bright spot that makes me smile! i added the board and batten and wallpaper last year with a new ikea dresser.

charlie's favorite color is red - i'm not the biggest fan but i had give him a little bit at least.

finn's room: he has the coolest art in his room, and ceiling for that matter (it's gray stripes!), but if he had it his way it would be black and yellow for the boston bruins. so not happening. 😜

basement bedroom: this room has been decorated basically the same way in all three of our homes so it was in major need of a redo! i had posted a design board for our basement guest bedroom and worked my tush off to pull it together in time and on a small budget. i ended up not springing for the woven pendants from the original design although i hope to someday - just wasn't in the budget this time.

playroom: this space was a total blank slate and i slowly figured out my plan for it. i added wallpaper to one wall, roman shades in the same pattern as the wallpaper, painted the rest of the walls white and  designed a bank of charcoal gray built ins - the real game changer. the boys love hanging out down there and so do we.

thanks so much for reading! i've had a great time participating in this #springintohome tour and i'm so grateful to the other ladies who have joined me in this tour: doreen, bria, kelsey, and claire. i'll miss our friday reveals! it also had the bonus effect of making me finish up some long overdue projects. now on to that laundry room...maybe. 😉


Amy said...

Meredith! I love it! You've posted so many teaser photos on Instagram, I couldn't wait to see the full reveal. And of course, it's just beautiful! You did a great job adding charm to a new build - it's so warm and inviting. Quick question - where in the world (!) did you get the sconces in your dining room?! I'm looking for some statement making sconces in my kitchen and I love yours! Just lovely, all around!

The Sugar State said...

Looks so beautiful!! Are you going to link everything?

Kelly@Bungalow Blue said...

It looks amazing, Meredith! Love all the attention to detail and especially all the art work! Definitely my favorite of all the home tours! xx

Shira Caplan said...

Absolutely beautiful Meredith! I can feel all the love put into these spaces! Well done my friend! XO - Shira

meredith said...

Thanks so much Amy! Really appreciate the kind words. The sconces are from Wisteria and they're BIG in person. Definitely a statement maker.

meredith said...

Hi Sugar State! Sorry I don't know your real name :) Yes, I'm going to do a deeper dive on all the spaces and will link everything in subsequent posts. Thanks for reading!

meredith said...

Kelly thank you so much! It really was a labor of love and by the end I was running out of steam! Appreciate you reading and commenting xo

meredith said...

Shira, so sweet thank you! I can't wait to see what you have in store for your new digs. PS upstairs laundry is the best! xo

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