Our Home Tour: BEFORE PHOTOS

Hello Friends!

For those of you who have been following along on Instagram or sign-up for the monthly newsletter, you might know that we recently bought a little fixer-upper of our very own. We plan to fix up the house (for the most part) over the next 6-months, and especially over the summer when my husband Luke has some time off as a teacher.

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English Tudor-style Bungalow orginally built in 1932, northwest side of Chicago, neighborhood is called Portage Park.

Get ready to see a whole lot of WOOD! And keep an open mind : ) We’ve got our work cut out for us, but the bones ain’t too bad. I’m showing most of the areas of the house below, but there are two bedrooms on the main floor, and a small office and mudroom off the kitchen that I did not get before shots of. I’ll get those on another post.

My plan is to show you our preliminary designs for each space and document the transformation process, plus any DIYs we complete in the various rooms. It’s just the BEGINNING over here, stay tuned!

Love the front door and small entry with white and black tiles.

Love the front door and small entry with white and black tiles.

This just past the entry and into the main living room. Pretty arches and rounded ceiling details.

This just past the entry and into the main living room. Pretty arches and rounded ceiling details.

Front bay of stained glass windows. The whole house needs to be painted!

Front bay of stained glass windows. The whole house needs to be painted!

Still in the living room. We are thinking about a large built-in on this wall.

Still in the living room. We are thinking about a large built-in on this wall.

Looking into the dining room and beyond from living room.

Looking into the dining room and beyond from living room.

Dining room is currently full of boxes...

Dining room is currently full of boxes…

And into the VERY vintage kitchen. Major updates in store here.

And into the VERY vintage kitchen. Major updates in store here.

Don't worry kitchen is the first design plan I'm going to share!

Don’t worry kitchen is the first design plan I’m going to share!

Door on the left is to the large unfinished basement. Door on the right is upstairs to what we imagine as the "master suite."

Door on the left is to the large unfinished basement. Door on the right is upstairs to what we imagine as the “master suite.”

The upstairs runs full length of the house. It's two-bedrooms, plus a bath, hall of closets, and little weird bonus room. Maybe future nursery?

The upstairs runs full length of the house. It’s two-bedrooms, plus a bath, hall of closets, and little weird bonus room. Maybe future nursery?

One side of the upstairs area.

One side of the upstairs area.

Other side of upstairs, this room is behind the french doors. Definitely calling for a window seat.

Other side of upstairs, this room is behind the french doors. Definitely calling for a window seat.

Okay, so there is the BEFORE out into the world for all to see. Can’t wait to make this house a HOME.

Hope you’ll come along for the journey and offer your insight and advice!

XO – CLAIRE