we’ve been in our new home for just under two months now. to be honest, we thought the transition to a tiny little house would be a rough one. i mean we like our space as much as the next person, and let’s be real we have an almost eight month old who likes to use her lungs occasionally. we were so wrong. it’s been so great. i haven’t felt cramped, or like i don’t have privacy for the things i need privacy for, not overwhelmed by richard + magnolia all up in my space anymore than normal. i get that this may not work for everyone. but if you’re thinking of downsizing for a simpler life, i encourage you to do it!! now i will also add that we still have a storage unit of stuff we can’t fit in the house, we will slowly but surely be officially downsized..i hope.
this week i thought we’d share some of the changes we’ve made over the last two months. as some of you may remember, we’ve moved into an 80 year old home just off the main street in our new little town. the house has already been renovated, but we use that term as loosely as possible. not everyone is a qualified fixer upper, but we bought the house nonetheless. we have a lengthy list of changes, repairs, and updates we want to make over the next few years since we plan on being here for a while (currently we’re saying forever but we will see).
with this house i’ve decided to go for a cleaner, no clutter, simpler approach to decorating. i tend to be a little more free-spirited normally. i mean i like stuff + if i like it, i use it and it all just makes me happy. i went a little cleaner mostly because richard isn’t letting me put too many nail holes in the tongue + groove walls. so i’m doing lots of wall leaning..which is only going to last until magnolia is on the move.
we started with replacing light fixtures, although we’ve only gotten three of them done. y’all ceiling fans are ugly + i cannot find any that i like. anywhere. for any amount of money (not that we’d spend it, but you get the point). i’m a huge fan of mixing modern/contemporary elements with the old. so far we’ve updated the dining room, kitchen island, and front porch lights. if you follow us on instagram you’ve probs seen the GIANT grapevine island light they thought was the selling point of the home. if you loved it please don’t take offense, it’s just not my style.
we’ve also repainted the entire house (that’s a lie, i still have a bathroom to paint). i knew i wanted a white house for like ever. richard did not. it took forever to get him on board. but he’s come over to the
right bright side + i think he loves the white too. we went with snowbound from sherwin williams, after looking at what felt like 37488373783 white options.
wall hangings found here
we’ve also had to do some work on our cabinets. we had to install shelving in them (because that makes sense, right). we’ve fixed all the wonky doors that weren’t installed in the right place. and we’ve added pulls + knobs to all the doors. we will eventually tackle painting the cabinets, but that could literally be years down the road. however, on fabulous quality of our home is this over the sink window!! ya’ll i love it so much!
come back tomorrow for our in progress front porch update!!