House Tour: Beaufort Update!

 So, you know we’re dedicating our Wednesdays to house tours. We thought this Wednesday might be a good time to give you a little update on the Beaufort house! If you’re thinking What? This is PROGRESS! check out our before pictures here and here. Obviously, this is only primer on the walls and a couple of spindles have been painted white to test. But it’s amazing how big of a difference just a little white paint can make!
 Our original plan was to rip out this fireplace and start over. As it turns out, it was going to be a major structural deal, so we’re experimenting with other options. It’s amazing what an eyesore it was before and how much better just this little tester paint looks! 
 Dark half bath door primed! 
 The upstairs master bath is painted, and I am obsessed with this color. It’s one of the only times in my life I walked into a room and thought, “Yup. Nailed that paint choice.”

Here’s another view.
 The floors up here were painted brown, so we’re exploring some options. They might possibly be able to be sanded and refinished, but we’re trying a little white paint just in case it doesn’t work. We love it! It’s so fresh. 
 The bathroom has been painted too. And, no, this fabulous chair isn’t staying… We’ll auction it off to the highest bidder 🙂

Untold baths are going to happen here, just admiring the view out the window!
 Little Will’s bathroom tile is finished as well!
 We think the gray grout looks great!
 Laundry room! It’s small for a reason, people.
 The lighting is clearly not finished in Will’s room. Sorry for the horrible pictures.
 We might seal these window frames off and leave them looking rustic. We think it would pair well with the built-in ships beds. This is one of those times, like normal, where we walked in and thought: “We picked that color…”
The blue lines in the hall wall are the site of the future third floor demo, affectionately named the “stairway to heaven.” And, let us tell you, when you get out on that widow’s walk, you feel pretty close to it! We’re hoping to bust that ceiling out this week.
The floors in the kitchen/mudroom are down. We can’t wait to see this place with a pair of chaises!
We’ve come a long way, baby. 
As a reminder, here’s the old kitchen. Ahhh, memories!
The upstairs guest room with shiny, new paint! Is it weird that I miss the pink walls?
Mom and Dad’s bathroom floor is down and the tub and tile — sans grout — are in! 
Shew! We can’t wait to show you even more progress in a week or two when we go back to check on things. 
We’ve still got a ways to go, but it’s safe to say that this project will be finished one day… Thanks for visiting us today. We hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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New Windows and Furniture, Finally!

We wish we had some super-exciting Beaufort news to share — you know, like moving in furniture. But, of course, it has only been two months… We are pretty thrilled that some of the old, mismatched windows have been replaced with larger, matching ones, like this big one in Mom and Dad’s bathroom.
 So, no, these might not have been the dream windows we would have chosen, but replacing every window in the house wasn’t quite in the budget. At any rate, the new kitchen windows look so much better than the old ones did. The kitchen looks lighter and brighter already!
Just a little reminder of the old window on this wall!
The trimwork on the outside looks great too!
 In other groundbreaking news, the electrician found another foot in the new half bath downstairs! Higher ceilings are always good news, right?
Combine that with rolls and rolls and rolls of insulation and more feet of wiring and pipes than we could have imagined and a new heating and air system, and we’ve come a long way, baby!

So let’s get down to some good stuff:

 We’ve started gathering furniture, lighting, accessories etc. This Currey & Company Grotto Chandelier was the starting point for the entrance foyer. It just arrived, and it definitely makes a statement!
 The chandelier will be hanging over this great dining table from Halo Styles.
A pair of this Rutledge occasional chair (Fabric TBD!) from Phillips Scott is also going on one side of the entrance…
With a gorgeous, handmade stool from Hampton Row (in another color, of course) in between.
This Regina Andrew Le Chic floor lamp will grace the corner of the room. 
And these Gascoigne chairs from Phillips Scott, the outside and back covered in raffia with another great, yet to be found fabric on the seat are going on the other side of the room.

Progress! It’s going to be so fun to see it all come together in a few months!
Thanks for stopping by today!

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Things We Love: Nautical Decor

Ralph Lauren Design
So, no, we aren’t planning on necessarily filling the Beaufort house with all things nautical, but there is a certain allure to decor that fits seamlessly by the sea.
Diamond Baratta Design
Blue and white stripes, sailcloth, a poolhouse fit for a regatta…
Rougham Design
Throw in a sailboat or two, and you’ve got classic, timeless chic by the sea.
Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn Photography
We are all about built-in beds, as you’ll soon (well, if you consider 6-8 months soon…) see in little Will’s beach house room. A nautical ships light and drawers for storage help create little boy’s haven — with plenty of room for friends!
One of our favorite inspiration rooms from the very talented men of Heritage Cabinet Co. in nearby Wilson, NC. What little boy wouldn’t want a fighting chair in his room? 
Pottery Barn
Aren’t these ships lights absolutely adorable? They’re from Pottery Barn and so affordable!
New England Prepster
A splash of red with the classic blue and white adds pizazz. This is the ultimate tub for the kid who never wants to take a bath!
Ana Antunes Stylist
Ok. We’ll admit it. Sometimes nautical can verge on kitschy. Not in this room!
New England Prepster
These pillows complete with rope are perfect for sailing into sleep.
The Good Things
Now we’re wishing we were spending the day by the sea… Hope your morning is full of daydreams!

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Beaufort Update: The Demolition Continues!

 No, I had not been drinking when these pictures were taken. The only thing I can figure is that little hands were grabbing at my phone as I was snapping away… Mom and Dad’s bathroom and closet have been ripped out, and things look promising!
 We hope we can improve upon the harvest gold fixtures. 

This is the doorway from their bedroom into the bath. The smaller doorway will be closed up to give a longer wall for placing the bed. Here’s a design lesson: Sometimes trim that coordinates with the attached bath is not a winning idea!
 Ignore the yucky fixtures — this is our “Portajohn” during construction. But we are so shocked to see that this closet underneath the stairs looks much more spacious than we thought it would converted to a half bath.
 Some fun remnants of the past in the upstairs bathroom. Do you think we should revert back to one of these pretty wallpaper patterns? 😉
One of the previous owners of this house way back when embezzled money from the bank where he worked. Legend has it that he stashed the cash somewhere in these walls… Will and Daddy can’t find it.

 It was hard to get a good shot of the upstairs bath, but it has opened up so much. 

 Once this wall is knocked down, little Will is going to have a great bedroom — much bigger than we expected!

 Fortunately, there was no need to demo the late-afternoon view… When we start feeling overwhelmed we have to go sit on the porch for awhile and remind ourselves that this really is going to be great — one day!
Thank you so much for stopping by today. We hope you have a fabulous Monday!

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Beaufort Tear Out!

The tear out in our Beaufort house has officially begun! Woo hoo! We think the kitchen is already looking better!

The beautiful green linoleum (if you want to see the original before click here!) was stripped to reveal a stylish harvest gold pattern.

Weirdly, now that everything is gone it looks smaller somehow…
 We have been assured it isn’t!

  On the flip side of the kitchen, taking the floor and appliances out of the future mudroom made it look huge! Now we’re just crossing our fingers that the Historical Association approves our new window/French door scheme in the kitchen and mudroom.
 The pea green carpet has been removed from the downstairs master. 
 The floors can’t be salvaged, but it looks better already all the same, don’t you think?
 The downstairs master bath has been ripped out. See ya later harvest gold tile! Bathtub and wallpaper to follow…

 The space where the buckets are is going to be a pretty butler’s pantry, and the bathroom will be extended into the current closet.

We think the biggest change was ripping the carpet out of the living room. We were relieved that these floors will refinish beautifully!
Here’s a closer look. 
Do you think we should keep this furniture? Haha. We were told the orange chairs were purchased with our love of the color in mind! 
 Can you imagine that a half bath is going to fit in here? We’re thinking this is the opportunity for that fabulous wallpaper and/or tile that we can’t afford in a larger spot.
 On another note, Will’s mom’s birthday was Friday, and we thought this made the cutest birthday party table. The boxes were filled with cute paper plates, chicken salad, broccoli salad, fruit, deviled eggs and two different flavors of bite-sized brownies — we had to save room for cake, after all!
I wish I had taken a picture of the whole table because it looked like one big present!
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and have a great start to the week. Thanks for visiting us today!

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Monday Musings: Insanity Part 2!

So, last Monday we told you all about the house we bought in Beaufort, NC, and showed you the downstairs that needed just a hint of work… Now it’s time for the upstairs!

The stairs need a few coats of paint and a little sisal. This staircase is going to be expanded to include the current attic (phase 2 renovations!) — future playroom/third floor bedrooms — and access to the widow’s walk.

This is one of the upstairs bedrooms, with the stairwell to the top porch. We’re going to cut a doorway, make a hall and convert this into a beautiful master bath!
This is the old bathroom, which will soon be ripped out — including the walls — to form a part of little Will’s new bedroom.
Upstairs guest room.
This very attractive “office” will the be the second half of little Will’s bedroom, complete with a pair of snazzy, nautical, built-in twin beds.
The old “Carolina room” (Florida room in North Carolina, perhaps?) will be a snazzy new upstairs bathroom, complete with washer and dryer. And don’t worry: All the wrong-sized windows will be replaced!
Here’s the upstairs master! We love how light and bright it is.
Here’s the best part!
The view from the widow’s walk is truly spectacular.
More from the widow’s walk…We can’t wait until next week to show you a little bit of progress. The tear out has officially begun!

We hope you all have a great start to the week. Thanks for visiting us!

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