Prior to living in the home I own now I lived in a lovely townhouse tucked away in an adorable townhome community. The year was 2002 and it was my first purchased home. I just loved it! I still remember fondly meeting 2 future neighbors, Connie and Stephanie, when I was looking at the home with my realtor. Little did I know they would become lifetime friends, in spite of the fact that they have both since moved out-of-state. We had wonderful girls’ nights with lots of laughter and, of course, some wine.
When I moved in I got right to making it my own and in the 6 years that I lived there, I made lots of changes. I still remember painting the large living/dining room area with my friend, Patrice just before I moved in; she was a trooper! I chose a sunny yellow Ralph Lauren paint (I thought I was trendy!) to brighten up the space since there wasn’t a lot of natural light. Painting walls is one of the easiest and economical changes you can make to a space to make it your own.
I just loved making that townhome “my happy place” and I would change things up as I could afford to, always looking for quality items at a good price. I learned a valuable lesson in that townhome which I will share with you here: Don’t try to update and decorate everything all at once. Fortunately (or unfortunately maybe?) for me I couldn’t afford to do everything I wanted to at once, so I had to take my time in making updates. Ultimately this was a good thing because it allowed me the time to really hone in on “my style” and the things that I liked. Some of the more economical changes I made were updating a bathroom faucet in the powder room (thanks to my “handy-men” girlfriends Dorene and Krystyna), changing hardware in the upstairs bathrooms, and of course, painting rooms. I would also change up my decorative pillows, bedding, and throw blankets fairly often, especially with the seasonal changes.
My largest project, though, was the kitchen remodel that I did a couple years into living there. The kitchen was very dated and small. I had already updated the appliances, but needed more storage space and wanted an updated look. I didn’t change the layout (there weren’t many options to do so), but I updated the cabinets, countertop, flooring, and gave it a fresh coat of paint. I worked with a kitchen designer to develop plans and engage the contractors, but the choices I made were certainly what I envisioned and liked. Check out the before and after pictures below:
As you can hopefully see, I was able to achieve an updated look, and also gain more storage by installing cabinets that went to the ceiling, rather than have the wasted space above the old cabinets.
Hope you enjoyed my walk down memory lane, and also a few tips about pacing yourself in making updates to your new home. Especially if you’re a new homeowner, take the time to think about the projects you’d like to do and the updates you’d like to make and then tackle them once you’ve decided on a style. It’s always great to browse through home décor magazines, blogs, and store websites for ideas before committing to a big change. Enjoy making small changes with your décor (bedding, pillows, accessories, art) while planning the bigger projects.
If I can help in any way, please call or email! (770) 366-2408 or Jeanne@graciouslysimple.com
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