Well guys, it’s taken us about 9 years to get our dated Michigan home to a point where we are either ready to sell it, or stay here forever. To be honest with you, we have been searching for land to build a smaller home on with an open floor plan. That might sound crazy, but the main reason is because this house still needs a lot of work, and we are getting old & tired. We came very close a few times to buying land, but then I realized (my husband forgot to tell me this 😯 ) that we would have to live in an apartment after we sell this house while the other house was being built. I definitely do not want to move twice, no way Jose. So, then I started looking for actual homes in our price range, but there was absolutely nothing that came close to what we have here. We have done so much work to this house and have put so much love into it, there’s just no way we will ever find this again. So, guess what? We are staying. We are also making a few changes over the next year that may surprise you. The biggest change will be the pool which has always been our dream! So stay tuned, and I hope you enjoy what we’ve done so far in “Redhead’s Home Tour 2017” (click titles above photos for full tutorials/projects/sources)…
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Thrifty Nightstand Turned Flower Planter
Thrift Store Silver Platter Wall
Updated White Fireplace & Stained Shelves
DIY Wood Sidelight Shutters & DIY Stair Runner/Gallery Wall
(the before photos are quite shocking)
(Christmas 2017 with updated pendant light fixtures, new cooktop, & built-in refrigerator.)
Here’s a quick reminder of the before photo:
Thrift Store Rainbow Ombre Glass Display
Cottage & Bungalow’s Magazine Fall Home Tour Feature
Master Bedroom w/ DIY Wood Planked Ceiling
Master Bathroom w/ DIY Wood Planked Wall
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That is so funny about staying in your home since we have recently came to the same conclusion. I was wanting a smaller home, but after 12 years this home is exactly how I want it. And you are right what’s out there does not come close. Here’s to staying put!!! ?
I have an idea, Toni! Hey maybe we should swap houses ? No moving required! Actually that would make a great show: “House Swap” lol
Just love your house! It’s evident that a lot of time, care & love went into decorating it. It’s elegant yet homey. I have enjoyed watching all your transformations. I can totally understand why you would want to stay. Congrats!
Hi Melva, I thought you were going to say, “I can totally understand why you would want to move” ???. Thank you for not saying that!! Have a great weekend and stop by again soon ?
Thanks so much for sharing. You house is drop dead gorgeous, and all the little extras you and your hubby have put in make it so special and yours! I think you are right, you will never find the land and the pond and the charm you have now. I’m so glad you’re staying. I’m sure you will find more projects to do. FYI, i noticed a couple of your doors are painted black/brown. When we moved two years ago, I started painting all my doors, my hubby hated it, got so many compliments from other people and how they were going to do the same. It just makes my woodwork “pop” next to my walls. Thanks for sharing:-)
Good morning, Ann! Does he like it now? Did you go with brown or black? I kind of wish I went with black, but we did the moldings too, so that would be alot of black. I have the entire upstairs to do, but I don’t think I ever will ?
Your home is just gorgeous! I’m so happy you’re staying. I could never leave there!
Hi Kathy! I am relieved, too. I was all talk. Although I need to show the bad parts of the home. It’s high maintenance with a well and fussy yard. Trying to fix that now. Have s great Saturday!!
It has been so much FUN following your journey to Home Tour 2017 !! WoW !!– all the work and tutorials that you have shared are very helpful. Many GREAT ideas !! (we are going to do a plank wall in September… so excited!) The bathroom makeover pic invites you to step into the tub and ‘luzuriate’ !! –ahhhhhhh–
The chairs by the water edge is so inviting.
The pic of you and the Mr. sez it all?
THaNk YoU for sharing your journey… I can see many trips to the thrift store to seek ombré treasures a.n.d. silver platters.?
Hello, Linda! You know sometimes I wish I could do those thrift store projects all over again ? I’m a thrift store crazy woman. I am so excited for you to do a wall. It really is a fairly easy project. The measuring is the hard part. Let me see pictures when you are finished!!
I need to get that “relax” part going!! ? Thanks for stopping by, Judie! -Julie
You and the hub have done copious beautiful work on your home! Maybe remaining at what is a loved space is your solution! Sweat and tears, if you know what I mean.
So continue your journey with your home…you made it the way you love it with your partner! Continued blessings Girlfriend!
You are so right, Sheryl! It is a relief! Have a great weekend, girl!!
Love everything you have done with your home. My favorite is your black woodwork–dramatic and classy at the same time. Your kitchen is wonderful. We, too, were close to selling and moving to a smaller home and came very close because the house I have lusted over became available, but then my husband said can’t leave this place. So hard! Your home is to love and enjoy!
Let’s just stay put. Afterall, moving would be a nighmare. Thank you for your sweet words, Maureen!
This house is beautiful, and every room is wonderful! I think you made the right decision.
I love everything you did. You are so smart. Wish you lived closer to me, we could really have a fun time.
Awww! Thanks Connie!! We will have to keep in touch through this blog. I talk to my readers sometimes more than my bffs because I work on here so often!! ?
as always, everything is fabulouso!!!! i am so glad you are staying in your beautiful home…looking forward to see what you do in the future…but, i don’t know how you can improve on perfection!
Penny, there is so much you haven’t seen!! ???. But thank you my friend!!
~ There’s No Place Like Home! ~
And you have made it cozy, comfy, upbeat, glam, Wow!
You made it thru 9 years of work & blood & sweat!…. (& u still like each other?!)
Such creativity & marvelous ideas, Thanx for sharing so much joy, & your family’s changes…. I have enjoyed watching from ‘afar’, your house of Love!
(did u ever try Lady Grey tea?!)
Becky!! You’re so funny and I have yet to try it. Can you believe that? What the heck I am so slow!! Thank you for these kind words!! ?
We sold our house. And didn’t have another ready. We had looked for months at houses and none seemed to work one way or another. Soooooo…..move out day and our stuff went to three storage units and each of our kids loaned us their garages. Then, we searched for our home. We moved into a hotel/apartment kind of place. We had one room with a tiny kitchenette. We stayed their for 7 weeks. SEVEN weeks. I told my husband that the walls were falling in our the room is getting smaller. Fortunately, he had to work each day. I tried to find the house. We finally found it and bought it immediately. And we moved in on a really hot day in August. Our stuff arrived and as I unpacked, it was like Christmas – finding our things that I love. It was a long, long stressful period of time. Our “new” house we found needed a ton of work and hidden projects were everywhere – things that needed fixed immediately. Maybe we should have stayed in our old house. I may have rethunk this whole thing if I knew how hard it was going to be!
Hi Lora, Wow! That does sound very stressful, and we have been there a couple times. I think you made the right decision because you would have always wondered. Thanks for sharing your story! Julie
Amazing revelation to realize that I’ve been with you every step of the way. I have this thing about once my friends are parked in a place, I really expect them to stay there forever and when they don’t I’m disappointed.l Weird, isn’t it? I’m delighted you are staying in this beautiful home and looking forward to more wonders as your life unfolds!
Not weird at all, Jan! I am very much looking forward to staying put. Thanks for stopping over, Jan!
Julie, I was SO AFRAID that you were moving! Thank God that you are staying in your fabulous home. It’s ex-
actly what you want because you guys have made it that way. So much hard work, sweat and (I’m guessing) a few headaches and tears have made this house a home. You could never replace all that! You would always look back and regret leaving it. So glad you came to your senses! (just kidding).
? What the heck was I thinking? i guess I worry about the future a lot. Rick is 51, I’m 48 (i think lol) and I worry about the work in the yard, etc. I would regret it though. You are spot on my friend. I hope you were going to stop me!!! ?
Everything is Absolutely Gorgeous.
A house is just a building until you make your own personal touches to it and then it becomes a home and I must say you turned a house into a very lovely home.
A beautiful cozy place where your house guests would never want to leave.
Glad you’re staying.
As we get older, it makes it harder and harder to move and Oh, it is so much work. My husband and I are in our late 60’s and have been married for 48 years and getting too darn old to ever think about moving. I’m very happy living in the country on my little acre of land.
Time to enjoy the simple things in life, cherish every moment of every day; sit back and relax, enjoy and be proud of the accomplishments and improvements you have done to make a house your very own home.
Very wise words! ?
The House is a Keeper for Sure, I do miss the Florida Houses a little, love, Dad in NY
I don’t miss the humidity or snakes in our yard.
What do you nean “old and tired”? You and your hubby are in the prime of yr life.?You have done so many lovely changes to your house. I always love reading yr blogs.I think to myself..what has Red done now.That girl has so much enery!!!!
You are so right, Lorri!!! I need to stop whining! Thanks for your message. I will take it to heart!!
I LOVE that owl sitting on the sideboard in the kitchen-dining room area…..adds a ‘special something’ to the Fall arrangement.
Thank you, Virginia! It’s almost time for me to go find him again!
Hi Julie, as always, your home is fabulous inside and out. You never disappoint.
Hello, Ivory!! My sweet friend. Have a great week!!
My husband and I just recently came to the same conclusion only we need to renovate everything! We built our house 27 years ago and haven’t change it much (gold fixtures in the bath and oak kitchen cabinets!). The one thing we are trying to decide about is our pool. We are thinking of caving it in. It is so much work, maintenance and no one uses it any more. We live in south Florida and everyone wants to go to the beach!
Gold faucets are back in and you can paint the cabinets? Good luck! And enjoy that beach ?
You are absolutely right! Another house can’t hold a candle to what you’ve made your home. It is stunning! When people ask me where I’d rather be, Right HERE!
Awww! Thank you, Linda! 🙂
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