Since we've last talked, there have been so many life changes for our little family! The first is obviously Mr. Landon Joseph, our sweet and adorable baby boy! Landon was born on December 11th weighing 7lbs 8oz and 19" long! He has completely stolen our hearts & we just look forward to everyday because of him!
Also, when Landon was only about 2-2/12 months old, it came time for us to put our beloved Florida home on the market. We've been making plans for a long time for Ryan to say goodbye to active duty and hello to reserves... but first let's go back to September of 2013 when we first purchased this sweet little cottage that was only a few blocks from the beach. These were photos I snapped right before we really jumped into turning this place into ours!
Not to shabby right? But not exactly my style. It just needed some personality! So we started with the exterior. We had so many things we wanted to do but our budget wasn't exactly expansive so we tried to be as frugal as we could. The exterior soon looked like this....
Remember the before...
And finally the photos that really everyone always asked for. I was alittle scared to show everyone your home but it was ours, nonetheless. There were things we didn't get to do but my goodness did we put some love and sweat equity into this place. Fast forward a couple years, too many projects to name, a lot of memories and good times and this was how our home looked when we put it on the market. Enjoy the photos below from being on the market. We found great buyers who even purchased a lot of our furniture. We were thrilled that they choose our house and
we hope they enjoy it for years to come.
Below, you can see we painted the entire exterior. Replaced the roof, added house numbers, added shutters, added a bird house, extensive custom landscaping, a hurricane rated leaded glass door, brand new double hung dual pane low E windows, new exterior lighting, tore out the dated concrete planters in the front and our landscaping matured....
As you entered our home, we had a living room that we used as a formal living space & the sunroom is where we spent the majority of our family time. Never the less, first impressions are everything and walking into our home was a breathe of fresh air to me everyday. It was happy, calm and just light and bright... just the way I liked it!
Although the kitchen was small, we made the most use of our space with the 42" maple cabinets. We updated the cabinets by having them professionally sprayed bright white, added new hardware, added great decor, upgraded the lighting, regrouted the floor tiles, painted the ceilings and walls & also added USB outlets to this space.
Here's the before...
And the after of how we left it...
The sunroom is where we spent the majority of our time. We added crown molding to the entire space, added impact rated windows, a custom door header and tongue and groove planks to the largest walls & the cased opening walls. We capped off each set of planks with a ledge for leaning any decor you wish! We also painted this room about 342353 different colors. I settled on Balanced Beige by Sherwin Williams and that's how we left it.
We also added cast iron hooks near the door to the outdoor patio. This was essential for us for leashes, purses and jackets, etc. In a small home, any type of storage is essential and we found this worked out tremendously for everyday functionality.
Next was our master bedroom. We added crown molding, the custom board & batten wall treatment, the windows were replaced in this room, we added a ceiling fan, added a custom closet system you can't see and we painted the walls Oatlands Subtle Taupe by Valspar.
Although the master bath was small, it created a huge impact with a walk in tiled shower. We really just added our touch in here....
And the after...we painted it Asiago by Valspar, added a new light fixture, regrouted the tile, added shelving for storage and got a new shower curtain!
Below is our guest bedroom. It was a yellow color when we moved in. We also painted it Oatlands Subtle Taupe, added new windows, upgraded the lighting & crown molding and gave it some much needed umph with a custom made tongue and groove pine barn door on a barn track! This was a hit of course with all of the prospective buyers and their agents.
Our sweet boys room was also the same yellow color when we moved in. We upgraded the lighting, did a complete overhaul of the closet in here by adding a closet system and doing custom closet doors. We also replaced the windows in here and added crown molding.
The guest bath was the only project we never really got to. It had floor to ceiling slate tile. While some folks loved it, I felt it was heavy and definitely wanted a change! But I definitely worked with what I had when we lived there. We still opted to put up a cute shower curtain, got a new light fixture and added some board & batten for some much needed towel storage!
Hope y'all enjoyed our final home tour! We are now back in NC and planning our next move! I can't wait to show y'all what we've been up to and what is coming next!
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