Welcome to my H2OBungalow home tour!
Putting my home tour together was an interesting process. It’s been on my list of “to dos” for the longest time. I’ve also been avoiding it.
Probably because I see the day-to-day chaos of living through the massive remodel that’s in process in the background. Sometimes my creativity can’t see beyond the mess. We’ve lived here for almost three years and there’s still so much work to be done:) We have no baseboards, no front yard.. OK no planted front yard and we still have a few wires instead of light fixtures on a ceiling or two.
But it’s home, and we love it.
The nice thing about putting my home tour together ,and even updating occasionally, is that it reminds me of how far we’ve come. Which is good, because taking on a project house that needs literally everything is a long term commitment. A gentle reminder of just how much we’ve accomplished is good for the psyche and the heart.
Without further rambling…. I’ll begin 🙂
One of my projects was to paint the outside of my home. Yes, I did it all by myself..and saved a bundle too!
I’ve always wanted a front porch area that cheerfully greets all who walk up to our front door. My headboard bench was the first thing I’ve ever built!
See the porta potty and dumpster in the window reflection? How’s that for selective photography?
Speaking of front doors… this project had been on the task list for months. I always do things a bit differently and our front door was no different. An aged copper patina front door says creative people live here!
My decorating style is probably transitional with a touch of electic. I mix antiques, modern, and anything I like in between. I’m a firm believer in surrounding yourself with pieces that you love. Since space is so limited in a small home, having the right balance is even more important.
My office/studio is located to the right as you walk in the front door. When we moved in, it was the third bedroom. It made a perfect office/studio and has lots of natural light. This room also doubled as a guest room, but a few months ago I realized how much time I spend on the blog…yes, think full time job :). DH and I decided I needed a space all my own:) We pulled out the futton couch and I’ve worked on prettying it up ever since!
Of course my room is filled with projects! My Birde Apron Holder I made for Royal Design Studio greets me at the door, I love my Old World Shutters that my Dad & I built. The turquoise blue rescued Metal Bakers Rack has a lovely faux aged patina and with new shelves and drawers.
We believe my studio/office was the original garage in 1951. It has a small half bath which is great for guests and convenient when I’m painting:)
The entire bath was designed around this beautiful glass pencil tile. The colors in the frosted glass reminded me of my grandparents house at the shore when I was a little girl. They collected sea glass. It was such a great find for this room!
I usually use muted colors on walls. This bold ocean blue on the walls was a stretch for me. It took a while to get used to. Really, how can you not smile when you walk into a happy little room like this? I still love this Beachy Wall Art I made for the Michaels Pinterest event. The Nautical Towel Holder, Rope Trimmed Mirror, Copper Light Fixture and Copper Standing Toilet Paper Holder have all been really popular posts of mine.
Our floor plan is one of the blessings and challenges of this house. It was modified to be kind of an open floor plan. Which is wonderful for helping our small space feel larger. It can be a challenge when working with some crazy dimensions, like a long living room that’s 13 feet wide, or a dinning area that is 7 feet wide!
My kitchen is compact. What it lacks in space, I think it makes up for in style and functionality. We moved the kitchen back to its original location and built this small island. It’s a lifesaver, the long drawers on the other side hold my pots & pans, utensil drawers and a wine fridge. I use the counter space for everything including my crafts:) I‘ve organized this room to get the most useable space from every nook and cranny.
I love the extra storage in the tall cabinets and how they make the room seem a lot larger. We have yet to tackle lighting. I don’t plan on keeping this ceiling fan here…it’s almost as big as my kitchen!
If I were to give advice on renovating, I’d say don’t be afraid to change things up when your taking on a project like a new kitchen. This pantry was the original doorway to what was the 3rd bedroom. We combined a miniscule closet and a two foot hallway to make a kitchen pantry. This space has been a blessing!
Our kitchen and living area open up to the dining room. Yes, this room is really only 7 feet wide. I used a few tricks to make it seem larger and it works just fine for our family. We eat dinner here every night. You’ll notice my orange wall which was an early attempt at an Ombre Wall.
I’m still on the fence about it…some days I like it and others I’d have no problem painting over it.
Our 1950’s home only came with one full bathroom and it was located just off the living area. For almost two years, we all shared this bathroom. This Family Bath Renovation was an awesome project. It doesn’t look anything like it did when we moved in!
I love this sink!
The windows are still original in part of the house, My temporary windowsill works with my growing airplant collection. They love the humidity.
When a home has had lots of owners and a few additions over time, it begins to have odd spaces. I mentioned our dining area is 7 feet wide, well … there’s a matching space on the other side of the room as well. It was a perfect place to build a reading nook with industrial style bookshelves. I love my red leather comfy chair to sit and read… and it overlooks the water in our backyard. The Hanging Pendant Light is still a favorite project!
We used chunky two inch slabs of fresh cut cypress and had custom steel brackets made to hold them. The slabs are fresh cut direct from a local saw mill. I wanted the rough wood cuts to be visible to add texture and character.
DH & I love books. This was a good solution for us to have a place to fit mementos collected from travels, favorite books and family photos. And find room for a few more projects like my Nautical Rope Candle Holders and Coastal Seashell Wall Art 🙂
As you can tell from the pictures of my other bathroom renovations, I enjoy designing baths, and like them to have personality. Last year we finally tackled a small addition and gave ourselves a master bath, closet and a little more space in our bedroom. I haven’t tackled decorating our bedroom yet… but the master is bath is a dream!
I had to give up my dream of adding a soaking tub since space was limited. I made up for it with an oversized luxurious shower design. The rain shower head is awesome!
I also wanted natural elements to be a big part of the design. DH and I built the Open Shelve Vanity and poured the concrete counter top ourselves. It came out pretty good, don’t you think? I still love the rustic open shelves.
To save space we installed a pocket door to our walk in closet. I can’t tell you how much I love having a closet again! I fell in love with my glass sinks and had to have them the minute I laid eyes on them!
The last place I have to share is our back yard. It’s the reason we bought this house. We are avid sailors and water people. A home on the water was what my husband and I dreamt about. The back part of our home is almost all windows and a large set of french doors.
We simplified our lives and made our dream come true.
The sunsets are amazing. Dolphins swim by everyday and the beach is a short walk away. One project I’d love to tackle is adding some shade back here, I’m sure I’ll get to that eventually 🙂
I’m happy I finally pulled the H2OBungalow home tour together. It’s been nice to stop and take stock in how far we’ve come. I’m guessing that’s something many of us don’t do enough.
It’s a house the day you move in and it takes time and love to make it a home 🙂
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