I thought it might be fun to do kind of an informal home tour today and just recap a few of the recent room updates we’ve done on our old house. Did you miss any of these the first time I shared them?
I have to admit that I often feel like we never get anything done around here. Our schedules are so busy with our interior photography business, kids, life, etc., and it seems like we’re always starting projects with the best of intentions, only to leave them unfinished for years because we just can’t get back to them. I always seem to have a little mini side-project on the go though, something that I can easily pick away at with just a little paint and some online shopping time in the evenings. I realized last week that I’ve actually managed to cover quite a bit of ground over the past year or so with my little hobby update projects, so today I’m sharing a few of my favorite recent room updates, partially for you just in case you missed them and there might be some helpful bit of inspiration hiding in these posts for you, and partially for me so I can see how all my little baby steps have come together and really paid off. 🙂
Favorite Space Updates and Refreshes
The Back Hall Mudroom Area | I worked on a few little updates and upgrades for this space just recently (early spring of ’23). This has been a favorite hardworking space in our home since we first renovated it about eight years ago, but I like it even more now. 🙂 Pictured above: Aged brass door knob | White sneakers | Tote bag | Smaller water hyacinth baskets up top | Large water hyacinth cubes for cubbies
Primary Bedroom Refresh | This was done in the spring of ’22 and we finished some walls that had been bare drywall for years, added some nice millwork, finally replaced an old light fixture, and updated the decor a bit. Pictured above: Lamp from Homesense (I switched out the shade to this one) | Vase | Curtains | Headboard | Quilt | Alarm clock is old from LL Bean
Desk Nook Update | Completed in the fall of ’22. This is the coziest little nook in our living room and I updated it with new art, lighting and decor to help it work nicely with the rest of the room. I love the mix of modern and super traditional here and I still find it such an inspiring place to work. Pictured above: Lamps | Desk Chair | Black Floral Pillow | Similar Oversized Mat Frames | “Tranquilty” Print | Similar Gold Frame | Made for Living Book | Home Made Lovely Book
Living Room Update | Finished in the spring of ’22. For some reason I never really shared a proper post about this update, but it was super exciting for me to see the room looking for bright and fresh with new furniture and a new cover for our Ruggable. What a difference in here! I noticed that I shared a lot of photos in this post about some of my favorite Etsy pillow finds from the update. Pictured above: Ruggable | Coffee Table | Black Block Print Pillow | Sconces | White Velvet Curtains
“Main” Mudroom Refresh | This was done in the winter of ’23, right after the holiday season. I switched things up just a bit in here with more neutral decor and lighting and some upgraded storage options because the old ones were getting a little sad and worn out. Pictured above: Umbrella stand | Runner | Similar console table | Lamp | Black boots | Similar riding boots
Front Porch Spring ’22| Since we’re in the middle of doing lots of planting and preparing in our outdoor spaces right now, I thought I’d share a look back at our porch from last spring as well. Even if there aren’t any big purchases, it always feels like our porch spaces get a whole new lease on life every spring with new plants filling the planters and the garden around them filling in more and more every year. Pictured Above: Schlage “Century” Handleset | Indestructible doormat | All-weather Adirondack chairs | Similar all-weather coffee table
Farmhouse Paint Colors and Finishes | If you’re looking for more info about the different colors and finishes that we’ve used throughout our 120-year-old farmhouse as we’ve been updating it, you can find most of them listed here in this blog post. Pictured above: Water hyacinth baskets | Tray | Jars | Washable runner | Market basket | Scarf
Hope you enjoyed this little tour! Excited to share the next mini update project with you soon! 🙂
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.