Oh man. So much to blog, so little time, BUT you have to start somewhere am I right? 🙂 While I’m cranking out edits and answering e-mails, I thought it would be fun to start to a little home tour over here! 🙂 I mean, if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile now, you KNOW how MUCH FUN owning a house can be (I hope you sense the sarcasm here), you KNOW all the HUGE lessons we learned HERE and you also know how much it means to us to even BE in our home considering everything we’ve been through. Now, our home isn’t anywhere perfect (le duh), or 100% ‘Pinterest-worthy’ in all areas, which IS OKAY (and realistic), but I like to think of our home as a work in progress. I still love it, I’m still proud of it, and absolutely LOVE that we have 100% done EVERY update in this home. Every wall color, every outlet, every door, every trim board, every installation, every tile (except for the kitchen…haven’t replaced that yet!) and every wood laminate flooring you see. It’s been all us, just Drew (mostly Drew) and me (I deserve some credit, I promise!) ;). It’s been a wild ride, and rewarding to say the least, and even though we don’t have our own home renovation show, or are professionals, our house has been built with nothing but blood (lots of it, trust me lol), sweat (oh yeahhh babe-eh), and tears (for sureeee, mostlllly mine lol). BUT first and foremost, it’s been filled with nothing but LOVE and the Lord, as cheesy as that sounds, and that alone is the best foundation our home could ever have.
Today I’m going to start with our front foyer. It’s fairly tiny, so we were limited and although I’ve pinned a few things on my Pinterest board, Drew looked at me and said, “Shay, the next house, okay?” I sadly nodded and sadly agreed and decided that decorating our home on a budget this time around was in fact OKAY! 🙂 I really didn’t have a choice, but I like to think I did mk!? 😉 #wifeproblems
When we first moved in, this is what our front foyer looked like: Blue tile with dark gray grout… And for some strange reason, there was carpet on the edge of the step down. I mean? Really? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING PEOPLE? HAHA! To be fair, Drew’s first tiling project was actually this front foyer. We went to a home resource store here in Austin where people recycle their home goods, or they bring their left overs from other renovation projects, and we happened to find just enough tile to “practice” with! 🙂 When we look at the tiling job now, we kind of cringe at the “mistakes” we see, but it’s also been a nice reminder to actually show how much we’ve learned and how far we’ve come since the first house project! 🙂
Anyway, I’ll get on with it. I’ve never really been good at being straight to the point have I? 🙂
BEFORE: (All these before photos were taken with a point and shoot way before I ever owned a DSLR camera: oh, the memories! 😉 )