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post #41 of 62
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Another paint question I love the tan color of your living room - its a great neutral. Can you tell me what it is? TIA

I love the airy, clean look of you house - it looks open but without wasted space. I've done the remodel of my house, just need to finish paring down and organizing. Your house is a great inspiration to me. Thanks for posting your pictures.
It's called "stone" and I think it's Waverly. If you don't find it in the Waverly section, try Laura Ashley, but I'm pretty sure it's Waverly. You can buy it at Lowe's. Thanks for your nice comments.
post #42 of 62
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What a lovely, inviting home you have!!!!

Are you free to do consulting?!!!

Really . . . . .
I absolutely love to decorate. That would be a dream job for me.
post #43 of 62
I love it!! Very, very inspirational!

I love it, too, when I see simple homes that are still beautiful with beautiful things. Simplicity doesn't have to be dumpy, mismatched, junky, etc, which is hard for me to wrap my mind around sometimes! It's good to be reminded that it's okay to want and have NICE things...just not too many of them!
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I absolutely love to decorate. That would be a dream job for me.
Really? Want to help me redo my bathroom? I am determined to make this house mine IYKWIM?
post #45 of 62
Can I ask how much the remodel of your house cost, roughly? Did you do the work yourself, or hire an architect and builder, or a mix of both?

I'm not trying to be nosy, I'm asking because we are considering the same kind of back-to-the-bare-bones kind of remodel of my DH's childhood home. My MIL died in January, and the home is sitting empty. It despereately needs to be redone before we sell it or move into it, either way. It was built in 1973 and has not had a single update since then. Okay, it has a newer roof, and the furnace was converted to gas about five years ago. But it literally has the same carpet and paint that were installed in 1974. Same wallpaper. Seriously. It has a tiny kitchen, two very tiny bathrooms with damaged fixtures and warped baseboards. So I'm trying to get an idea of what it is going to cost to just gut it and start again. EEK!

Your house looks amazing! I really love all of the storage ideas. Were those your doing, or did a home designer help you with that, as well?
post #46 of 62
Your house is beautiful! Can you tell me about the paint color in your kitchen work area? My cupboards are a similar color and my appliances are also black. My kitchen needs painting yesterday (it's 1/2 painted a yellow color that doesn't work!) and I think I'm liking what you've done.
post #47 of 62
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Your house is beautiful! Can you tell me about the paint color in your kitchen work area? My cupboards are a similar color and my appliances are also black. My kitchen needs painting yesterday (it's 1/2 painted a yellow color that doesn't work!) and I think I'm liking what you've done.
The color is called "Moss". It's Waverly. They sell it at Lowes.
post #48 of 62
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Can I ask how much the remodel of your house cost, roughly? Did you do the work yourself, or hire an architect and builder, or a mix of both?

I'm not trying to be nosy, I'm asking because we are considering the same kind of back-to-the-bare-bones kind of remodel of my DH's childhood home. My MIL died in January, and the home is sitting empty. It despereately needs to be redone before we sell it or move into it, either way. It was built in 1973 and has not had a single update since then. Okay, it has a newer roof, and the furnace was converted to gas about five years ago. But it literally has the same carpet and paint that were installed in 1974. Same wallpaper. Seriously. It has a tiny kitchen, two very tiny bathrooms with damaged fixtures and warped baseboards. So I'm trying to get an idea of what it is going to cost to just gut it and start again. EEK!

Your house looks amazing! I really love all of the storage ideas. Were those your doing, or did a home designer help you with that, as well?
We did all the work ourselves except for the metal roof, electrical and heating and air. My husband actually did a big part of the electrical, but we had to have a licensed electrician to sign off on it. We spent around $35,000-40,000 for the whole project and that includes landscaping. We came up with all the storage ideas ourselves. My poor husband had to install all of those closet organizers himself, but they are so worth it.
post #49 of 62
Wow! I'm so inspired by how clean and fresh feeling and liveable your small house feels, couponqueen!
post #50 of 62
You have done a really beautiful job! Congrats on your dream house
post #51 of 62
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The color is called "Moss". It's Waverly. They sell it at Lowes.
Could that be Eddie Bauer? I found Moss under Eddie Bauer, but not Waverly (it's very similar to the original color of my walls)
post #52 of 62
I knew you were going to say that (about doing the work yourselves). DH is the least handy man on the planet. Beyond that, he just has absolutely no interest in learning. I do, but I'm not even sure where to begin, and I don't want to damage anything valuable in the meantime ... not to mention that I think it would be nearly impossible to do most of it myself with two small kids around, and no help from DH.

Where did you live while you were working on the house? That's another consideration for us, too. If I did do the work myself (and it would be me, and only me), it would take a long time. And we'd really have no other place to live -- the house is 2000 miles away from our current home.
post #53 of 62
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I knew you were going to say that (about doing the work yourselves). DH is the least handy man on the planet. Beyond that, he just has absolutely no interest in learning. I do, but I'm not even sure where to begin, and I don't want to damage anything valuable in the meantime ... not to mention that I think it would be nearly impossible to do most of it myself with two small kids around, and no help from DH.

Where did you live while you were working on the house? That's another consideration for us, too. If I did do the work myself (and it would be me, and only me), it would take a long time. And we'd really have no other place to live -- the house is 2000 miles away from our current home.
We lived in our other house about 7 miles away. It just so happened to work out that we sold the house we were living in at the time right around the time that we were done with this one. It took 6 months for us to get it done.
post #54 of 62
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Could that be Eddie Bauer? I found Moss under Eddie Bauer, but not Waverly (it's very similar to the original color of my walls)
You know, I think it may have been Eddie Bauer. I know for certain that we purchased it at Lowes.
post #55 of 62
You have a lovely house
post #56 of 62
Amazing! Your home is such an inspiration. We currently live in a home that has 2100 just on the first floor but are considering downsizing so that one day we can be mortgage free.

Love love love your home!
post #57 of 62
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Growing up, my parent's house was not cluttered. I, on the other hand, was just the opposite. I used to love having a lot of stuff. It's only been since we moved here that I realized I don't need a lot of stuff. That one or two bigger decorative items look just as good or better than a bunch of knick knacks. I think, for me, it has to do with age. I'm 34 and the older I get the less "stuff" I want to have to worry with and try to find a place for. I like to look at empty counter tops and dressers. It makes me feel more peaceful. Plus, when you're cleaning, it's so much easier to dust if nothing is there to have to remove or dust around.
Sort of similar situation here...I had WAY too much stuff growing up. They used to be on me all the time about my room, etc. I just had too much stuff in there. That was the only reason why I couldn't keep it clean. It was too much stuff.

So, irony was I was the messiest kiddo growing up...though now my brother and sister both have clutter filled homes . Go figure!!!!!

You did an awesome job. I so agree with you. Keep it as low maintenance and easy to clean as possible.
post #58 of 62
Thanks so much for posting the pixs of the closets. It helps a lot for me to be able to visualize how you organize the inner space. It seems that keeping stuff to a minimum is of course also key.

I can't believe that you guys did all the work yourselves. BRAVO!!! It's really lovely.
post #59 of 62
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Thanks so much for posting the pixs of the closets. It helps a lot for me to be able to visualize how you organize the inner space. It seems that keeping stuff to a minimum is of course also key.

I can't believe that you guys did all the work yourselves. BRAVO!!! It's really lovely.
You know I find that my kids really do not need that many different toys to play with. We've had lots of toys in the past, including the big kitchen sets and vanities etc, but they were only played with for a couple of days and that's it. My girls love to draw, color and paint so storage of that type of thing is very easy. My experience is that kids do not miss what they do not have. Sometimes, I feel guilty that they do not have as many toys as some of their friends, but they don't seem to care. Most of the time they end up playing school or dress-up anyway.
post #60 of 62
Wow! I am so inspired by your beautiful, clean and simplified home. Your use of space is key, I think. I love the way you have decorated it too.

I love those closet organizers.

We started out in a 400 sq. foot apartment when we were first married and our last house was 2900 sq. ft., plus a full unfinished basement. It took us 20 months to sell it. We started building a 3800 sq. ft. house that we could not afford, and I kept saying that it was TOO big. We are done with that nightmare almost. Anyway, we are renting right now (about 2200 sq. ft.) until we can get out of debt, and my dh finally realizes that we do not need such a huge house!

I am going to work on decluttering toy as that is a huge space taker. I love the uncluttered look without knick knacks, but I am still attached to some of mine. Going back to look at your photos again to get reinspired!

Mary
Mommy to 4 little ones:
8,6,4 and 2 years old
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