BEFORE - Front Exterior

 the house on move-in day

the house on move-in day

IN PROGRESS - Front Exterior
Not currently very welcoming, the front of the house has gotten minimal love. We did take down a couple of trees that blocked the view of the house almost entirely and now we're struggling to grow grass. I also painted the door hardware to remove that tacky brass. Then I threw down some rugs and a couple of faux Leland cypress trees and called it a day. 

 current view

current view

 things could be better

things could be better

suburban home exterior with brick and stone

THE PLAN
Paint the front door and sidelights
Figure out how to grow grass
Remove the small "flower bed" that's really just three ugly bushes
Replace sconces by front door
Replace non-functioning doorbell
Repair walkway and front porch
Paint garage door
Replace garage light
Replace mailbox with one that doesn't lean and isn't rotting
Replace windows

BEFORE - Foyer

 the foyer on move-in day

the foyer on move-in day

IN PROGRESS - Foyer

foyer updated with modern look

This part of the house has received the most updating over the past year. We installed this Ikea shoe cabinet and some artwork from my favorite artist. Then I painted the honey stair trim a crisp white and used gel stain on the railing to give it a fresh look. We also installed French doors leading into my office. I love that they provide a sound barrier while I'm working but still allow light to flow. Plus, they look amazing and you can see the navy blue and wallpaper treatment I've given the office built-ins. 

updated trim detail with gel stain

THE PLAN
Move shore cabinet into living room
Paint walls
Add a bench with storage?
Replace carpet with hardwood on stairs
Paint ballisters white
Paint doors navy blue