#10 Bathroom Reno: The AFTER Photos!

The After Photos!

I am so excited to share the after photos with you! (In case you missed the first post, click HERE to see the before pics!) We absolutely love everything that was selected. Some things were purchased online (hardware/mirror), many items were purchased at Moluf’s (sink, toilet, faucet, shower fixtures, hot water heater). We love that place! Continue reading “#10 Bathroom Reno: The AFTER Photos!”


#5 Bathroom Reno: The Devil Is In the Details…

I like when people leave notes so that it’s clear! No room for misinterpretation!

To me, every bit of building is so important. If you don’t have a solid foundation and proper use of materials in the beginning (even though you don’t see them) that can lead to problems in the future (i.e. water, or tile that cracks, etc.) Continue reading “#5 Bathroom Reno: The Devil Is In the Details…”

#4 Bathroom Reno: And so it begins… Lights Out.

Bathroom Reno: Subfloor installed

The demo portion is done, so now there is a clean slate. Nothing horrible was found except for a section of pipe that was behind the shower from the controls to the shower head was taken outside and placed softly on grass – the pipe fell apart. Continue reading “#4 Bathroom Reno: And so it begins… Lights Out.”

#1 Bathroom Renovation: The “Before”…

“Before” – Armoire in front of the doorway | Painting by Nancy Hoerter

We have very little experience when it comes to renovations. Our house was built in 1931. It has oodles of charm (did I just say oodles? 🙄) When we moved into our house the walls and ceilings had been blown with a popcorn texture 😳 – The walls are plaster, so we had them re-plastered so they were smooth. The guys did a fabulous job! We also had all the floors sanded and refinished. Other than that we did everything ourselves, paint, etc. – About 10-15 years later we did renovate our kitchen. We found contractors for each job. The problem is when there is a problem with one it backs up everyone and it’s not easy to get back on the schedule in a timely manner. That’s why we wanted to use a contractor, someone who managed what was going on and noted anything that needed to be changed, etc. We wouldn’t have known the small things that turn out to be pretty big things.  Continue reading “#1 Bathroom Renovation: The “Before”…”

29 Broad Street – Charleston, SC – What a transformation!

29 Broad Street, Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC has some of the most beautiful architecture everywhere you look. However, there are some buildings that are in dire need of repair – Lucky for Charleston, there is a boutique general contractor here that KNOWS exactly how to restore a building to its original glory.

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The Book House – Deforest Architects!

The Book House – Deforest Architects

I usually post a house plan on Thursday, but every once in a while I’m going to start posting stunning homes that I have run across online. I will be featuring some top notch architects/designers, so be on the lookout!

Introducing, the Book House by Deforest Architects. I’m only including a few photos to taunt you, there are many on their stunning (and full of information) website! Be sure to check them out. It’s easy to get lost in their beautiful website!

The Book House was a remodel project of the entire house for two avid readers and their dogs (you’ve got to see the dogs!) – I love the modern details and the steel windows and doors. Especially nice when you have a view, and do they ever! You should see the view from the bedroom! I think that the steel windows compliment this house so nicely.

Gorgeous, right? I can picture myself on that chaise, book in hand… or on the sofa looking out at a stunning view, check it out from another view…

Yes, those “windows” are doors that open to the outside bringing the fresh air in. The back of this home is as beautiful as the front. Jaw dropping… Beautiful!

Check out links for more information from Deforest Architects, so many beautiful projects that they’ve taken on from around the country, you just have to see to believe:

Website |  Blog  |  Instagram

A little information about The Book House:

Awarded First Place – Northwest Design Awards

Project Team: Ted Cameron, Eric Nebel
Interior Design: NB Design Group
Structural: Evergreen Design
All images via DeforestArchitects.com , used with permission…
Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the design firm.

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Paint color for walls – Something dramatic!

Wall color...

Old Navy by Benjamin Moore – Paintings, see below…

We love to change paint colors. It’s a problem. We probably need therapy, but it makes such a difference for a pretty insignificant amount of money. We love the all white look. LOVE IT! The creams and whites. We tried it. Painted the living room, bedroom, bathroom, and it was horrible. Capital H Horrible. The bathroom is fine, but the bedroom and living room, ugh. At first I thought I LOVED it, my eye went straight to the window and grabbed the green from the trees. Beautiful. Then we hung our art, put back our rugs and oh. Hmmm. Not so much. It didn’t flow.

We have had a medium brown(Kuba by Ralph Lauren – no longer made) in a few rooms and a dark grey in the dining room. We bought a sample can of Benjamin Moore paint (I love how they do that). I painted the room I thought we would start with, the dining room. A nice, dark navy. This is the brightest time of day, it usually looks more like the left hand side versus the right hand side.

I thought the brown worked so nicely with all of our paintings, but whoa, I didn’t realize how there is blue in all the paintings. Sweet! We have since decided not to start with the dining room, so the above has since been painted back to Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal. The color above is Old Navy – we may keep it or try it a bit darker (custom color, they’re so good at) – although, living with this blue, I think we want it to read blue and not black, so we may go with Old Navy… It’s good to live with it for a while – I will keep you updated!

Top: Julia Nichols, Bottom two: Ken DeWaard Subject: Monhegan!

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HOME RENOVATION: Cortland Barn Farmhouse by Whitten Architects

Courtland Barn Farmhouse | Whitten Architects

Whitten Architects. When I ran across their website, all I could think about was sharing this beautiful home with you. They build new homes as well as create gorgeous renovations. This happens to be a renovation which I haven’t featured before. Just look at what they have done. This is a stunning home in Maine called the Cortland Barn Farmhouse.

They started with a barn then added square footage creating a one of a kind home. The barn is now the garage and bedroom (in the downstairs space), and another bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and plenty of storage (in the upstairs space). Yes! Storage! This home had 905 square feet added on to the barn and 1,458 sf of barn renovations, which brings the total square footage to 2,363. It has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. This home is just exactly the kind of home I would love to live in. It’s both modern and traditional at the same time. It’s clean and built smartly, keeping in mind storage and so many wonderful details. Be sure to check out the photos on their website.  Read about the details of this renovation!
cortland barn interior
This gives you a little glimpse into the interior, there are many wonderful photos, thanks to Jonathan Reece Photography!
What a gorgeous room, and I love the glimpse to the stairway. It adds an element of design all by itself, a beautiful work of art. What you do not see are the wonderful windows in this room… I’m telling you, check out their website to see what I’m talking about!
The kitchen is equally as gorgeous with plentiful cabinets, counter space and everything that makes a functional yet beautiful kitchen.
cortland farmhouse exterior night
This photo did me in! The back of the house is just as beautiful as the front. The bedroom windows offer light with privacy, and I love the entryway to the backyard. Every single detail was taken into consideration with this home. Bravo!
Courtland Barn Farmhouse | Whitten Architects
This is the layout of the home to give you an idea. On the front of the home is the garage, with the bedroom behind, that was the existing barn that was renovated. The additional added space is comfortable, beautiful, and most of all, useful!
Courtland Barn Farmhouse | Whitten Architects
Upstairs is another bedroom which is more like a guest suite. There is also a bathroom, a sitting room, and just look at all that storage! Very valuable!
To find an architect that can renovate on this level is a wonderful find. If you are looking to renovate, I wouldn’t hesitate to contact Whitten Architects!
I want to give credit where credit is due…
Thank you to Whitten Architects and Jessie Carroll for providing so much information!


Images via WhittenArchitects.com, used with permission – 
Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the architectural firm.
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