We can hardly believe it, but this month marks our 10th anniversary of living in this house.
My parents have never moved since they married almost 50 years ago, so I always lived in the same house growing up. After marrying, we moved around a bit, but this is the longest I've ever lived in a house other than my childhood home. My husband's dad is a pastor, so they moved around throughout his childhood and our current home is the one he's lived in the longest in his life. So, it's quite a milestone for many reasons!
As I've known this date was approaching, I thought it would be fun to share some photos with you of the progress of the house since we've owned it. We're only the second owners of this house, and the previous owners did an amazing job of including great "bones", quality materials and details as they built it, but it's almost 25 years old now so of course we've updated and changed some things to be more to our taste.
I'll give you a tour room by room of the house when we moved in, some in between photos, and a look at where we are now. Some of the "before" photos are from the MLS listing with the previous owner's belongings and aren't great quality, but they're good enough that you get the idea. I won't say any of these are "after" photos, because if you've read my blog for any time at all you know that things are always changing around here!
The first thing we did when we moved in was to remove all of the carpet and bleach the concrete floors (they were nasssssty... pet stains). We actually lived with the cement floors for about a month while we worked on other things, got semi-settled, and decided what we wanted. So, most of these "before" photos are really messy, I wasn't blogging yet and obviously didn't think about taking empty house pictures. Boy, has blogging changed my perspective on how I document life!
Alright, grab a beverage and get ready to scroll. There are a lot of photos in this post, but I won't narrate much more. I think the photos speak for themselves!
This was so interesting for me to pull these photos together. Most rooms ended up two makeovers over the course of our 10 years here. I honestly believe I've been working to find MY style (not what I thought our house should look like according to area trends or trying for a "grown up" style) and figure out what works best for our family. I still have so much to learn, but it's nice to see how my photography has improved over the years, too.
If you've followed me from the beginning, you might remember the Breakfast Nook looking like this: