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Exterior of Front – Before

Exterior of Front – After

Living Room – Before

Living Room – Under Construction

Kitchen – Before

Kitchen – Under Construction

First Floor Bathroom – Before


First Floor Bathroom – Phase 1


First Floor Bathroom – Phase 2 (under construction)


Dining Room – Before

Dining Room – Phase 1

Dining Room – Phase 2 (under construction)

Reading Room – Before

Reading Room – Under Construction

Office – Before

Office – After

Office Bathroom – Before

Office Bathroom – After

Laundry Room – Before

Laundry Room - Phase 1 (under construction)

Stairway – Before

Stairway – After

Landing – Before

Landing - Under Construction

Master Bedroom – Before

Master Bedroom – Under Construction

Will’s Room – Before

Will’s Room – Under Construction Phase 1

Will’s Room – Under Construction Phase 2

Weston’s Room – Before

Weston’s Room – After


Guest Room – Before

Guest Room – Under Construction

Guest Bathroom – Before

Guest Bathroom – Phase 1 (under construction)

Kid Bathroom – Before


Kid Bathroom – After


Basement Entertainment Room – Before

Basement Entertainment Room – Under Construction

Basement Bathroom Before -


Basement Bathroom After -

Rooms we haven’t remotely touched -


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  1. jessica permalink
    June 20, 2013

    Hi Katie,

    I LOVE your style decor!!! Are you using the round carved mirrors at you new house? I love them!! I can’t find them on any of your pics. Show us!
    <3 Jessica

    • June 22, 2013

      I did. They are on the wall shelf in my office :)
      xo – kb

  2. Tracy H permalink
    July 7, 2013

    Love the colors you used throughout the house. Would you mind emailing them to me? Thanks!


  3. Jenna permalink
    July 8, 2013

    Hi Katie!
    What paint colors did you use in your office, master, and guest rooms? Are your dining and kitchen the same color too; again what color?

    • July 8, 2013

      Hi Jenna,
      The office is Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue. The master and guest room is the color that was here when we moved in…so no idea. The dining room is BM’s Secret and the kitchen is BM’s Metropolitan.
      xo – kb

      • Kristin H. permalink
        December 29, 2013

        Do you have any clue what color your living room walls are? Such a pretty green :)

  4. July 15, 2013

    Um WOW! I just discovered your blog and LOVE it! I post about DIY, home interiors, and photography as well. Your home tour is fabulous – can’t wait to follow along! New “like” on FB and follower via BlogLovin.

    xo, Amy

    • July 15, 2013

      Aww thanks Amy! I can’t wait to check out your blog too!
      xo – kb

  5. July 22, 2013

    Hi Katie! Lovely post and it must have been a lot of hardwork to get so far! Just want to make sure that the elephant figurine on the stack of books in the landing has its trunk pointing towards the front door, it brings good luck!
    Becs x

  6. Jen Lindeman permalink
    August 6, 2013

    Did you make or buy the curtains for your reading room? I’ve been looking for something like that for my greyish-greenish-bluish dining room and haven’t been able to find what I’ve envisioned–but, those are really pretty!

    • August 6, 2013

      I made those. I found the fabric at a discount place and did a easy curtain.
      xo – kb

  7. betty permalink
    August 16, 2013

    question on your stairs. do your children go up and down there stairs often? do they slip on the hardwood? I currently have ratty carpet cover stairs and they look fine from my peaking. I don’t like many runners.. so I was wondering if I could get away without a carpet on there.. or if my future kids will bust their butt going down the stairs

    • August 16, 2013

      We are not sock wearers so no. The barefeet are fine on the steps.
      xo – kb

  8. Elaine permalink
    September 9, 2013

    Love your home! Was this a foreclosure? How much did you guys do yourself?

    • September 9, 2013

      Hi Elaine,
      It was a foreclosure and we have done everything so far ourselves (except the exterior paint job which required VERY high ladders…to which we are allergic!)
      xo – kb

      • Elaine permalink
        September 10, 2013

        Thanks so much for replying! We are currently looking for a house, and have seen great foreclosures, but worried the work would overwhelm us! Seeing all you have done on a large home gives me courage to jump in!!

  9. September 9, 2013

    I just happened across your blog for the second time. My husband and I are putting up our first palette wall in our entryway. I love the rustic look after the stain was added and the wood was free. Question for you- I have seen and read several blogs and I am in the process of getting my own blog under way and to the way I want it. How do you find the time and money for all of the projects? I am a stay at home mom after 10 years of teaching and my husband is full time. Cutting half our salary has put a dent in my DIY projects and having an almost one year old takes my time – although I am overwhelmed with joy at just having him in my life : ) Just some advice needed. Thanks! Love your blog!! We are near Atlanta also.

    • September 9, 2013

      Hi Anna,
      Well, honestly, most of my projects are really cheap. I tend to do a lot of crafting and painting (both of which are fairly inexpensive)…and I do make a little money with this blog (I recommend getting google ads on your site!). Some keys to great blogging isn’t necessarily always getting a ton of huge projects done but getting a voice and a brand. I hope this helps a little!
      xo – kb

  10. September 24, 2013

    Hi Katie! I am new to your blog and I am amazed at the transformation of this house! How long have you been in and renovating your current home?

    • September 24, 2013

      We’ve been here about two and a half years. Seems like longer though!
      xo – kb

  11. Jenna permalink
    September 29, 2013

    Hi Katie,

    I absolutely LOVE your blog, and congratulations on your third baby on-the-way! We are pregnant with our first, a BOY! I love the gingham crib bumper you have in the nursery. Where is it from? Thank You!!

    • September 30, 2013

      YAY! Congratulations! And the bumper is homemade :)
      xo – kb

  12. Lux permalink
    October 7, 2013

    Hi Katie,

    How do you maintain your white kitchen cupboards no neatly? What product/s do you use? I always had wooden color cabinets, soon will be moving to a fully white kitchen, scared like hell of how to manage it…I’m kinda messy cook :(

    • October 7, 2013

      I use that Clorox Green works spray and just wipe everything down that needs a dusting…it also gets dried on food and spills up so it comes highly recommended.
      xo – kb

  13. October 18, 2013

    Your home is absolutely beautiful! I’m so inspired!

  14. Libby lane permalink
    October 21, 2013

    Hi Katie, your house is lovely! I really like your dining room light. May I ask where you got it? Thanks! Libby

  15. Emily permalink
    October 29, 2013

    Beautiful home! We’re in the process of renovating a kitchen in an older home. What type of counter tops did you install? Where are they from and are you happy with them? They’re lovely. Thanks!

    • October 30, 2013

      Our current house had the countertops already installed when we moved in so I have no idea what exact type of granite they are.
      Sorry! I wish I could be more help!
      xo – kb

  16. Ginna permalink
    November 3, 2013

    Your kitchen is beautiful! I am wondering if you painted your existing cabinets or did you buy new door fronts and paint? If so, what kind of paint did you use? Thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

  17. ChristinaM permalink
    November 6, 2013

    Do you remember where you got your master bedroom couch? We are looking for something very similar and are having a hard time finding something that is simple and comfortable that we can both agree on :) If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them!

    • November 6, 2013

      It’s originally from Rooms To Go but we bought it secondhand :)
      xo – kb

  18. Lindsey permalink
    November 13, 2013

    Hi Katie, we are about to re-carpet our upstairs and are really looking into patterned carpet. Can you tell me the pros and cons of having it, would you get it again?

    • November 13, 2013

      I would totally get it again. In fact, I just talked my mom into something similar. The pattern is really subtle in a room…so it never feels like it is overpowering or taking over a space with another busy thing. I personally also think it looks better even when it’s dirty or there’s fuzz because the eye isn’t drawn to that little thing like it would be on solid rugs. The con of ours is just that it was limited in the length and width. In our master bedroom that means we have a seam down the main part of the walking area (nobody ever notices it or can even see it when I point it out) but in my mind, it would have been better for it to be one solid piece. Also, we have not shampooed ours since getting it installed…so I will have to wait to let y’all know how that turns out.
      xo – kb

  19. Kathy permalink
    November 21, 2013

    Your house is beautiful!

  20. Amber permalink
    December 8, 2013

    Do you have a list that outlines that paint colors you chose for each room? In particular your dining room and kitchen. Your home and décor style is gorgeous.

    • December 9, 2013

      I need one! Our dining room is Benjamin Moore’s Secret and the kitchen is Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan.
      xo – kb

  21. Andrea permalink
    December 20, 2013

    Beautiful home! Do you remember the name of the paint color you used for the living room and reading room?
    Cheers, Andrea

    • December 22, 2013

      Those colors were already here when I moved in so I have no clue the names. I do plan on colormatching down the road though.
      xo – kb

      • Kristin H. permalink
        December 29, 2013

        Oh darn, just asked you this.. Shoulda read 1st! Your living room is looking a little like BM’s celery salt but maybe a little greenier.. Can’t really tell- wish they had left you the paint cans or something!!

      • Wendy permalink
        August 6, 2014

        Any chance you had the master bedroom / reading room color matched?! I’m oogling over the color and your painted kitchen!!!

        • August 8, 2014

          Click on that sidebar thing that says OUR HOME’s PAINT COLORS. It tells all the old and new ones!
          xo – kb

  22. December 25, 2013

    Holly Colored Carpet, Batman! But seriously this house is gorgeous and you are just making it a billion times more beautiful. Great work, it will all pay off in the end! Lesley

  23. Alex permalink
    December 26, 2013

    So much fun looking through this. What a gorgeous house you have. Would love to see an updated video tour in the future!

  24. Meg permalink
    December 30, 2013

    Love Will’s room! What did you do on the wall that looks burlap-y? Is it wallpaper?

  25. Leah Kerbs permalink
    January 10, 2014

    Where did you get the teepee in Wills room? Love it! I’m looking for one for my little boy!

  26. mom_of_two permalink
    January 20, 2014

    hi katie – love your blog and so impressed with the DIY projects! we’re expecting #2 in a month – congrats to you and your growing family! curious as to where you found your leather chairs in the reading room / your christmas morning pictures?


    • January 20, 2014

      Those are from Ikea…they are really inexpensive!
      xo – kb

  27. Angel permalink
    February 7, 2014

    In your valentine/ milk post today I noticed the light fixture over your table. Is it new? If so, mind sharing where is came from? I have been struggling to find a new dinning room fixture.

    • February 7, 2014

      It’s about a year old…I just never posted about it. And it is from Ballard Designs.
      xo – kb

  28. Becky permalink
    February 21, 2014

    Hi Katie- this is my first time posting on anyone’s blog so forgive me if I don’t know the proper technique. I am a 60 yr. Old grandmother who stays at home to take care of my two grandsons while their parents work. I love decorating but since I am no longer working ii have NO money to buy things or much time to do the actual decorating. I love your decorating style and would love to find some of the items you have used-namely some small, cushy living room chairs that would be good for reading in. My very small living room leaves few options for comfortable chairs but it is a dream to be able to just sit with my grandkids in that room and feel cozy. I have checked craigslist and local thrift stores but no luck. I would also love a good old fashioned oriental style rug for that room too but no luck with that yet either. Any thoughts? Thanks for your help-love your decor! Bec

    • February 21, 2014

      I have found with thrift stores that it is best to go frequently because inventory shifts so much! And yard sale season is coming up and that is the absolute best time to get the cheapest deals!
      xo – kb

  29. Amanda permalink
    March 1, 2014

    Hi Katie!
    I love how you used the prints over the guest bedroom headboard! Could you share where they came from? Thanks so much!

  30. Emily S permalink
    March 8, 2014

    Hi. I really like the tiled backsplash in your kitchen. Can you please tell me where it is from? Thx.

    • March 9, 2014

      The tile is from The Tile Shop. It’s the 1″ marble hex :)
      xo – kb

  31. March 9, 2014

    Hi Katie, You should write a post about babyproofing your home for little ones. And not only how you babyproof but keep it so stylish at the same time. Your decorating is an inspiration!

  32. April 2, 2014

    Hi Katie! I was wondering if you could do a video tour of the house? No rush, I know that life if probably pretty hectic w/ LJ (btw, he is super cute) but I would love to see! Good luck with three boys!!



  33. Jessica Holmes permalink
    April 15, 2014

    Hooray for an updated home tour! Love the dining room, Weston’s room, all of it!! Just perfect. Huge, but still somehow soo homely! x

  34. Wendy Biaggi permalink
    May 13, 2014

    Hi! Your house is beautiful! I’m having a really hard time choosing paint colors for my cabinets. I love the blue/green color on your “office bathroom” cabinets. Can you share the color? Thank you!

  35. May 14, 2014

    May I ask where you got or how you made the prints in the dining room – the ones with either names of towns or neighborhoods on them? Just love your taste!

  36. May 15, 2014

    Your house is beautiful. I stumbled upon your blog a while ago when I was trying to get inspired for our new house and saw what can really be done to a home. I had only been mildly decorating our house before this, but was eager to do something different. I loved the bright and airy feel to your home. The pops of color, but all soft enough to relax in. I loved that even though you have young kids you still decorated a visually appealing home. But in a family friendly way. This was a year or more ago and I have since become completely decorating and DIY crazy. I have my own blog too and am loving sharing projects. I was not following any blogs when I initially came across yours, just admired and moved on. I am so happy I randomly came across it again! In a round about way the way you designed your home opened my eyes to what my home could be. Thank you so much!

  37. Leah Swaine permalink
    May 24, 2014

    What is the paint color in your kitchen?

  38. Jess permalink
    June 18, 2014

    Hi Katie! I’m enjoying your blog! Where is your white couch from in the living room?

    • June 18, 2014

      It’s from the Pottery Barn outlet. We bought it ages ago and it has held up to a ton of abuse :)
      xo – kb

  39. Kim permalink
    July 2, 2014

    Hi Katie,

    I follow your blog now for quiet some time. I loved what you did so far with both houses. But I’m super excited to see how you transform the other rooms. Do you tackle one of these rooms in the near future? Also would love to see a backyard and home tour ;) keep on doing such a great job! You are a true inspiration!

  40. Lindsey permalink
    July 24, 2014

    Hey Katie,
    I’m a bit of an interior/exterior design enthusiast, but it doesn’t go past browsing wonderful blogs like yours! Haha, so I was wondering, where do you even begin? When I buy my first home – the one I intend on raising my family in – would you suggest buying one that needs a lot of work or looking for one that already has a lot of my style? I guess I just don’t know where to start. I hope you are understanding what I’m even asking haha.

    Thanks, and have a great day!!
    XOXO Lindsey

    • July 24, 2014

      I would always go for the best investment. Real estate can be a great way to earn money – buy low, sell high thing…but usually it helps to know how much work it would entail. Ask a trusted advisor with real estate knowledge to look at properties with you and know how much you can tackle or the pricing of hiring out contractors to do the work. My current house was a foreclosure and it is definitely not my style (the house is way too big for my liking and the moldings are just not me) but it was a GREAT investment. You can always infuse style…but you can’t change some things like location.
      Hope this helps!
      xo – kb

  41. Andrea permalink
    August 12, 2014

    I was wondering where you got the large world map hanging in your living room- it’s gorgeous and great for little ones for learning.

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