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1987 Fixer Upper Laundry Room Remodel Before & After

I’m making a better effort to share the before and afters of so many projects that I seem to always neglect here on the blog.  I shared the a few shots of the #1987FixerUpper laundry room up quite some time ago, but I’ve never shown you the before and after…and what a before and after … Read more

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1987 Fixer Upper Paint Colors

Paint can be so tricky! Who would have known that white isn’t actually white and that there are about 43,597 different shades of white? If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed walking into a paint store, you are not alone! I used to joke that our houses always look like I’m a fan of camouflage before they … Read more

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Current Home Tour – Our 1987 Fixer Upper

Hello and welcome to our 1987 Fixer Upper.  We purchased this home in April of 2017 and immediately began a total remodel.  The home was in good shape, and had good bones in a great neighborhood, which is what drew me to it, but it was dark and closed off and needed to be modernized … Read more

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Foyer Entryway Design Ideas : 1987 Fixer Upper Remodel

I’m so excited to be heading inside the #1987FixerUpper this week to share the foyer entry way before and after remodel. If you are looking for foyer entry way design ideas, hopefully this post will be a help. We took this puppy down to the studs and boy what a project it was! The entry … Read more

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1987 Fixer Upper: Home Exterior Before and After

Whew!  When I look back at 2017, all I can see is a blur of craziness…which has everything to do with our cross country house hunt, move and remodel of our 1987 Fixer Upper.  You can read about the process for finding this house here and a mid construction progress update on the exterior here.   There … Read more

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Kitchen Remodel Update on the 1987 Fixer Upper

I am so excited to share the kitchen remodel progress with you all!  It’s hard to believe, but we actually cooked some dinner in our kitchen this week!  We have a functioning oven, a microwave, and a fridge all working and boy does it feel good!  This kitchen remodel included taking everything down to the … Read more

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1987 Fixer Upper : Basement Remodel Before and After

When we bought the 1987 Fixer Upper, the plan was to move into the partially finished basement while the rest of the house was under construction.  It had two finished bedrooms, one finished bathroom and a couple of finished storage closets.  My uncle Dave, who was helping us with the construction, moved most of the … Read more

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Entry Way Design : 1987 Fixer Upper Update

Things are heating up here at the #1987FixerUpper and I could not be more excited!  The finish carpenters are just about done and things are looking SO much different.  Have I mentioned how much I love woodwork? 😉  Ok, maybe a time or two, but it seriously makes such a difference!  The entry way design … Read more

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Installing New Windows in the 1987 Fixer Upper

Who knew that windows were going to be such a big deal?  When I first walked through our 1987 Fixer Upper I knew that installing new windows was a must.  It was going to be a big expense, but it was something that just couldn’t be avoided.  The old windows were 30 year old aluminum … Read more

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Our 1987 Fixer Upper: Exterior Changes Update

You guys!  I have been the worst these last few weeks at updating our 1987 Fixer Upper progress.  This last month has been SO tough.  I mean SOOO hard.  I’m sure we are wimps and everything, but moving stinks.  Especially when you don’t want to move.  The kids have been such troopers but it has … Read more

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1987 Fixer Upper Update : Family Room Design Ideas with a Fireplace

It’s week 3 of our Fixer Upper construction and I have to say (knock on wood) that things are actually moving along really well.  I don’t want to jinx myself though! 😉 This week was full of plumbing, more framing, low voltage electrical and cable, and masonry work.  The family room/kitchen area is such a … Read more

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Fixer Upper: Our 1987 Home Makeover Begins : The Exterior

I can’t believe it.  The house in SLC is officially ours.  We spent the last week there finalizing closing details and today is the day.  After returning home late last night, I am hopping on a plane again tomorrow morning and heading back up to meet with the contractor, the structural engineer, and get demo … Read more

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Kitchen Remodel Before and After : Pictures of Our 1987 Kitchen

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home.  When it came to designing the 1987 fixer upper kitchen remodel it really needed to be the center of everything in this formerly 1980’s style house.  It had been a very nice, functional kitchen, but one that was also a bit cut-off from the family spaces … Read more

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Designing with a Color Palette | The Fixer Upper Design Plan

Ever since construction came to an end about a month ago…and actually even before then, I have had kind of a hard time envisioning the 1987 Fixer Upper decorated.  It’s funny, because I had no problem designing all of the renovations…it was like they were in my head before I even found the house…but now … Read more

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Fixer Upper: A 1980’s Kitchen Remodel : Week 1 Progress

I cannot believe how much progress has been made on this 1987 Fixer Upper in just one short week! It is incredible you guys! There were demo guys and electricians and plumbers, oh my! To see where this project has come in just a few short days is exciting. I’m up in Utah again today … Read more

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Our Very Own 1980’s Fixer Upper : We’re in Escrow!

This whole moving thing just got real.  We are in escrow on our very own 1980’s Fixer Upper.  I can’t believe it.  For the last few months as I’ve wandered through what seems like hundreds of homes, refreshed Redfin and Realtor.com practically every 3 hours looking for new listings, and poured over every home source … Read more

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Powder Bathroom Ideas : Midway Modern Farmhouse

A powder bathroom is always such a fun space to design. It’s a little space completely removed from the rest of the house that lets you be a little wild. You can play with patterns and colors and features that you might be a little afraid to put somewhere in a larger room in the … Read more

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Small Bathroom Wallpaper Ideas : The OC Guest Bath Remodel

The last of the bathrooms to get remodeled in the OC Ranch Reno was the kids, or guest bath. It’s a Jack and Jill bath of sorts with direct access into a double vanity area from one bedroom and hallway access right across from another bedroom. The kids have grown up sharing that bathroom, but … Read more

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Primary Bathroom Remodel Design Ideas

This primary bath remodel project was a fun one! Over the years this bathroom had gone through a couple of minor remodels with new flooring and countertops, a new mirror and a few other cosmetic changes, but once the floor had to come out, it was just going to be so messy and cause problems … Read more

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Italian Inspired Backyard Remodel

Right before Andy came home from his mission it was time to nest. 😉 Seriously. I felt like I was getting ready to bring home a baby and wanted to have everything re-done, cleaned like crazy, and just as perfect  as it could be. I think there was some added pressure ( that I only … Read more

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How to Choose Wallpaper for Your Living Room

The Alumni House is getting closer and closer to the finish line every day. I just got out of a meeting with a wallpaper installer and it occurred to me that I haven’t talked much about choosing wallpaper for this project or frankly how to choose wallpaper for your living room, or the best wallpaper … Read more

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Alumni House Update

Guys, this house has been taking over my life. lol! I cannot believe how long it’s been since I posted an update…or posted anything for that matter! One crazy busy summer (but totally epic so I’m definitely not complaining!) while trying to demo and remodel an entire house MAY have been biting off a little … Read more

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Alumni House Project Update : New Windows are In

After a year of thinking about it…things are finally moving at the Alumni House. I am SO excited to have this project underway. This little house has been such a fun place for our family this past year, even with all of it’s crazy 10o year old quirks and oddities, I’m really looking forward to … Read more

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Bunk Room Ideas : Midway Modern Farmhouse

Grandma’s house is made for sleepovers and cousin camps and the Midway Modern Farmhouse is the ultimate getaway for the grandkids! I can’t believe that I have never shared these bunk room ideas here on the blog!! Sometimes I’m such a slacker! 😉 Actually, I’m really just forgetful! #old lol! Our client wanted this house … Read more

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Front Entryway Decorating Ideas : Midway Modern Farmhouse Remodel

The front entryway at the Midway Modern Farmhouse is a grand, beautiful space…but it didn’t always feel like that. I distinctly remember walking into the house for the first time right after the sale closed and feeling like, “oh, boy! That wall is the first thing to go!” I immediately had front entryway decorating ideas … Read more

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Simple Guest Room Design : Bedroom Remodel Before & After

The original owners of the 1987 Fixer Upper had raised 6 kids there. Six! The space needs of their family were obviously different than ours with just two older kids…one of whom would be out of the house in three short years. The house, namely the secondary bedrooms and bathrooms, had been built to fit … Read more

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Pretty Kitchen Accessories and Favorite Products

I’m not one that likes a ton of clutter on the countertops in the kitchen, but some things you just can’t do without, so if you have to display them…why not make it pretty, right? Here are some of my favorite pretty kitchen accessories and products.  I love these little spice jars. The labels come … Read more

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Home Office Decorating Ideas : Our Home Office Remodel

If you’ve seen the #1987FixerUpper foyer entryway remodel, then you probably remember seeing a little bit about me opening up the wall in the entryway as part of our home office remodel. Prior to remodeling this house, I was pouring over home office decorating ideas, trying to come up with the best plan for this … Read more

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