There’s been a few spaces we haven’t even touched since moving in to our fixer upper. One of those spaces is this awesome bonus room space above our garage which was undoubtedly the nastiest room of the house when we first moved in. The space was filled with badly stained (and stinky) carpet, holes in the walls, broken windows, dust and overall dinginess. We didn’t really need the space for anything right away, so it just sat there and became storage for the first few years we have lived here.Read More
We've been working hard today to finalize many of the decisions, layout, and overall plan for our latest fixer upper project. If you've followed along with the rest of our updates on the Amsden building, you already know about our initial plans for most of the space, but we had left a few decisions up in the air. The front retail space on the main floor will house our coffee shop, Rise + Grind and the second, middle retail space will be home to a unique local market expanding on the Miss Molly Vintage brand, Gather Mercantile. This space will allow us to incorporate even more local makers + brands into our existing inventory, as well as expanding with more home decor, furniture, + even fresh flowers and plants!
We have one more retail space on the main floor, which we are looking to lease as well. We would love to have someone add a bar, tasting room, or beer hall concept to this cozy, historical space and we think it would fit in perfectly with the "sip + shop" theme of the main floor. If you or someone you know might be interested in renting this space, please contact us at email@example.com for more information. We would be happy to work with you throughout the remaining renovation to outfit the space to your needs.
Finally upstairs we have three amazing studios/office suites available for lease starting in the fall. All these spaces are around 500 square feet each and include gorgeous historical details and character as well as lots of natural lights and views of downtown Versailles. The Main Street Executive suite is a show-stopper with original 14 foot ceilings and 10 foot windows, as well as the giant curved corner window you can see in the photos of the front of the building. This gives you perfect views of both Main Street and Court Street and tons of natural light flooding the room. All the studios feature reclaimed hardwood floors, private bathrooms, and original exposed brick fireplaces too. You can find more information on each space with exact square footage and pricing here. Please contact us through that website with any leasing inquiries. We are finalizing our website for the Amsden building and should have it up and running in a couple of days. If you want to check in on our progress on all these spaces, or catch up on the latest updates, just click here. Thanks for following along!
Last week demo began on our latest fixer upper project and I can barely keep up! Our contractors have been awesome and have been moving faster than I ever imagined on the interior demo of the entire building (upstairs and downstairs). For a little more background and details on our plans for this building, see my original post here. Our main goal is to restore many of the original features of the building and the character that has slowly been covered up or replaced over the years. This building was used as offices and a courthouse annex so many walls were added to create lots of small offices and rooms. The biggest part of demo will be removing all these walls to completely open up all the spaces and raise the ceilings back up to the original height of 14 feet. I wanted to share a few pictures of the upstairs progress and some interesting original features we have uncovered- prepare yourself for lots of dust and mess!
Above is one of the upstairs office spaces that we are opening up- this was originally 2 offices with lots of small rooms that we are making into one large open office. You can see a better view of how the space was divided up below too.
All the lighter colored wood represents newer walls that were added probably in the last 20-30 years, while the darker beams are most likely original to the building. We will be trying to take as much of the outer walls of the upstairs and downstairs back to exposed brick as we can.
One interesting feature that we uncovered was this beautiful arched window that had been completely covered up (you can see it to the left and then how it was covered with trim to the right)! This is actually right above our large regular windows and when they lowered the ceilings in these rooms, they ended up just covering up these original details. We are hoping to restore these arched windows so that they add even more amazing natural light into these office spaces!
Above is our favorite room upstairs which is the corner office with the best views of Main Street and the giant curved corner window you can see in the photos of the front of the building. We really want this office to be a show-stopper and are completely opening up the entire space and raising the ceilings as high as we possibly can (maybe even higher than the original 14 ft.!)
Above is part of the ceiling in the corner office- there are two levels: the beams that that ceiling fan is hanging from which are at 14 feet, and what extends beyond that is the attic area all the way up to the roof. We want to at least get this entire room back up the original 14 feet ceilings, but are hoping to make them even higher into the attic for a super dramatic and open space.
In the same room we uncovered this old fireplace behind the wall (that most likely also extends downstairs too). We also uncovered another fireplace that was covered with old wood panneling in the first office (see below). I'm not sure if we will be able to make these function again, but I still like the idea of having them in the spaces to add the historic feel and original character to the rooms.
We've had lots of good news so far throughout demo, which is very rare with a building this age! One of the things we were excited to find was some original hardwood floors upstairs (under many layers of carpet!). We should be able to refinish these and patch any missing areas to match. This is a huge find, since we originally budgeted to put down all new floors upstairs.
Above (and below) you can see the front two offices which will be opened into one large office (we will have 3 total office spaces for lease upstairs). All the offices now have their own tiny bathrooms, but we will be moving the bathrooms to accommodate the new floor plan and so that they break up the floor plan much less.
One more look at some of the floors we uncovered- every room of this upstairs had a different color of carpet when we bought the building! We were able to take some video footage of the entire building before demo that I hope to share soon so that you can get a better idea of the overall layout. The downstairs has already been completely cleared out as well and I'll be sharing more details on that next week!
For our little family, 2016 has been an exciting year full of change and new projects. It seems as if the majority of our year was focused around our home renovation, beginning the very first week of January when we first stepped foot into our now home. We weren't even seriously looking to move when we happened upon the listing (thanks to Alex's dad) and decided to take a look at this house on Main Street in Versailles with no definite plans in mind. We were overwhelmed while inside the house and initially decided it was way too big of a project for us right now. But as soon as we left, I couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities and both of us decided to take the plunge and make an offer.
Without a doubt the most stressful part of the entire process was in the coming months, preparing our first home to go on the market. The entire process was so emotional for me- that home was my pride and joy, as I purchased it right after graduating from college and poured years of hard work into it. I didn't have hardly any money to do improvements on that house, so we did everything on our own, on a serious budget. We weren't always able to make things perfect or have high-end finishes but it was a wonderful home to us for over 5 years.
Renovations on the new house started in March, just as our old house went up on the market. Having to show a house while you're still living in it is no fun, especially with two giant dogs. Besides having to have the house perfectly clean (and I am a serious perfectionist about this), I also had to take the dogs with me anytime we had a showing scheduled. There were some days when we had back-to-back showings from morning till night, and I feel as if all of March was spent in my car with Dixie and Hank just driving around aimlessly trying to pass the time.
Adding to the stress was the fact that we had purchased the new house before selling our old house. When our old house didn't sell in the first week, I started to panic. I know it's completely unreasonable to expect that quick of a sale, but we needed the profits from that sale to help pay for the renovation. I'm not one who likes to take risks like this, but after many tears and prayers, two weeks later, God brought us the perfect family and our closing was scheduled for late May.
Our renovation lasted about 90 days and during May I spent just about every day at the house moving boxes in and finalizing details of the renovation. As with most renovations of this nature, we ran into some unexpected projects and went over our estimated timeline by a few weeks. We moved in with a few renovation projects still finishing up and lived amongst the dust, piles of garbage, and constant stream of workers in and out, for two weeks.
Summer was spent settling in, beginning to decorate, and placing all our furniture around the house. The dogs settled in easily (especially after all the renovation workers were gone!) and they just love their giant new yard. I still feel like I have so far to go, but the walls are a little less bare and I actually have some curtains hung (in some rooms). I know I will never truly be finished with the house, but that is part of the fun. I like always having a project and endless rooms to redecorate and rearrange.
Photo by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
From fall through the end of the year we hosted many parties, gatherings, dinners, and endless tours at the house and even Thanksgiving dinner for both our families. My seasonal decorating was taken to a new level with a house that was double in size to our old one and a giant front porch to deck out! We also shot our autumn lookbook around our new home and I will treasure having all the beautiful shots by Sarah of this first year in our home. One of the highlights of the year was our anniversary trip to the Magnolia Silobration. It was a dream come true for me to see all things Fixer Upper in person, especially after just completing our own renovation.
all photos by Sarah E Dunn Photo + Design
Through this process I recieved so many requests about offering decorating and design services. I had been planning in the back of my mind to eventually add these services but decided to jump right in and try them for the holidays. The response I received was amazing and I can't thank all my clients enough for allowing me to work on your homes. I was fully booked for my first season of holiday decorating and already have several follow-up appointments to start out the new year. My husband and I loved the entire renovation process and are hoping to begin buying and flipping more homes and properties in 2017 (hopefully just not anymore that we are living in... for now). I can't wait to focus on this portion of my business more in the coming year and continue to grow the brand of Miss Molly Vintage.
It's amazing how much we have accomplished when I sit back and reflect on the entire year. Every day we pinch ourselves because we have truly created our dream home and we can't imagine living anywhere else now. Thank you for following along on this journey with us and I hope to share many more projects and renovations in the coming year!
Last week I showed you a little sneak peek of our entryway and a furniture painting makeover I had recently completed for the space. I have never had a true entryway before to decorate, and I really love having this separate little space, both upstairs and downstairs. In my first blog post about our entryway, I discussed all my ideas and design plans for this space including an equestrian-themed gallery wall and painting all the trim dark. To get a better idea of what we started with in this space, take a look at the before photos below:
One big change that we made was closing off this super low doorway you see straight ahead on the lower level. We think this doorway was probably added on as it was not standard size and just looked strange. This doorway went into what is now our butler's pantry, but closing it off made this space feel more like a true entryway.
The other major changes we made were removing all the wallpaper and painting all the walls and trim both upstairs and downstairs.
These old light fixtures also needed to go in order to make the space feel less dated.
Removing the old wallpaper and painting the walls, as well as painting the trim for contrast made the biggest difference in modernizing this space. The wall color is a classic white, "Pure White" by Sherwin Williams, which I used all over my house. The dark trim is painted with Sherwin William's "Iron Ore," which is a perfect dark charcoal that's just a shade lighter than black.
I also could not wait to change out those old 80's light fixtures and I really wanted the look of a modern geometric semi-open flush-mount. I was shocked to find several options at Lowe's that were exactly what I wanted (I chose this smaller one for upstairs and this slightly larger one for downstairs). If you haven't checked out the lighting options at Lowe's lately, they recently revamped all their lighting options this spring and they have so many new styles that are really on trend and super affordable.
I still need to add some more furniture/wall decor downstairs but I've started with this console, large vintage mirror, and antique rug.
My favorite part of the entryway is the equestrian-themed gallery wall I created. I have such a large collection of vintage horse prints and I wanted to make a statement wall by clustering them all together. It's the perfect focal point for this entryway and really sets the tone for the overall style of the entire house.
This area both upstairs and downstairs has original wood floors. They are in rough shape but I love them anyways! I think they add so much character to the space and I would rather have old beat-up floors than cheap-looking new wood floors any day!
All of my horse pictures came from garage sales or peddler malls. I've been collecting them for several years and most of them cost $10 or less! I like how they all have slightly different styles, textures, and frames. I think the most interesting gallery walls look truly collected and less planned.
I still need to add a couple more furniture pieces (maybe a bench or shelf downstairs and a small table or plant stand on the upstairs landing), but I'm happy with the progress we have made so far. It is amazing how much a little paint can change a space and make it feel brand new. When we first bought the house this was a space that felt kind of dingy and dark, but now it is becoming a more welcoming and modern entryway.
When we began our renovation on such a tight timeline, we had to prioritize all the spaces. Necessary rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms were most important and also required the most time and work. There were a couple of rooms in the house that were not touched during the renovation that I'm just beginning to work on. One of those is my office/studio, which I am super excited about designing. Thankfully this room didn't require any major work as far as construction- take a look at the before photos below:
The only thing that has been done in this space so far is a fresh coat of white paint on the walls and floors. The wood floors had already been painted white and I really liked them, especially since I will be doing a lot of photography in this space. My painter added a fresh coat of white oil based porch paint to them that will be more durable and show less dirt. Other than that all the furniture is kind of a mash-up of leftover pieces I had and the closets have just been filled with random inventory and supplies (not organized at all yet!). I do not want to keep the shelf in between the closet doors because I eventually want to do a fun wallpaper on this wall and inside the closets and I don't want it to be completely blocked! These barn door closets are an original feature of the house that I just love and they provide me with so much extra storage. I'm hoping I can set up my TV inside one of the closets so that it isn't such a large eyesore in the middle of the room and can be closed away. I am so torn between styles for this space, so I keep on delaying decorating- check out my favorite inspiration photos below:
via Britta Nickel
I LOVE this open shelving concept for above my desk- standard bracket shelving that has been painted gold. I even already have a lot of this shelving that was left in the house when we bought it! I think this is a must to fill the space on the white open walls and give me room to keep supplies close by.
I really like the pop of color on the ceiling in this room. Since the entire room is white this might be a nice touch for this space.
I always love a cowhide rug and I also really like how they painted the top of this old table and left the bottom wood. The table I'm using in the center of the room is very similar to this style. I'm not sure it's exactly what I want for the space but if I decide to keep it, painting it would definitely add a modern touch.
via New Darlings
What I REALLY want in the center of the room is a cool, old round table (maybe a wood pedestal table?). I'm envisioning lots of mismatched stools and chairs around it, so the room really feels like a studio/workspace.
I think this DIY hanging paper roll is a must! A Pair and a Spare always has the best DIYs!
I love this chalkboard statement wall and the super long desk idea with multiple work stations!
Wallpaper! I decided almost immediately that I wanted a statement wall of wallpaper. I want to do the wall with the closets, wallpapering inside each closet and the wall area in between them. I also may paint the closets a coordinating color so that they really pop. See more of my wallpaper options + top picks at the end of this post.
I really love this super clean and modern workspace with the pops of yellow! I have contemplated throwing out all the furniture I have and go with something super sleek like this instead.
via House of Hackney
Option number one for wallpaper: London Rose by House of Hackney. I really like the antique look of this floral print, plus it's neutral enough that I could style it several different ways. I could definitely go super sleek and modern for a really cool contrast or really girly and luxe a la Claire Brody's design below. I love how she mixes in all these unexpected colors and jewel tones and I think that could be really fun for an office.
Option number 2: Yellow Peonies by Hygee & West/ Rifle Paper Co. I'm so torn! I know this is kind of a polar opposite from the other wallpaper, super whimsical and vintage, while the other is more mature. I have not really done a fun, bright super-girly room in any space in the house so that makes me lean towards this print. It will just be on one wall (with everything else white) so it will not be too overpowering or overwhelming. If I chose this print I would definitely keep the furniture/style of the rest of the space super sleek and modern to keep it from looking like a children's room.
via Hygee & West
via My Domaine
Which wallpaper is your favorite and which coordinating decor style do you think I should go with for this space? I can't wait to hear what you think!
The next room up on Our Fixer Upper before/after reveal was actually a relatively easy project, which is hard to come by in this 100 year old house. Our living room came together very easily and most of our furniture and decor from our old living room worked just perfectly in this space. It is the perfect size and feels so cozy and I am loving having these built-ins to style and decorate. You can take a look at what our living room looked like before renovation below:
It's hard to tell from photos but the biggest change that needed to happen in this room was the trim and built-in paint. They were an off-white but the combination of that color and the age of the paint was making the built-ins look old and dirty. We were thrilled to have original hardwood floors in this room so this is one of the few spaces we did not have to worry about flooring for.
I ended up removing both of the doors on the separate entryways into this room just to open up the space a bit more. I don't think we will ever have the need to have this room completely closed off and they just made arranging the furniture a little more difficult.
We also removed the old brass fireplace insert that was dating the entire fireplace. For now I just have a simple fireplace screen but I am contemplating maybe painting the brick in the future.
All the built-ins and trim were painted bright white and it really made SUCH a big difference in the space. Now the room feels much cleaner and more modern. I love all the detail and moldings on these original built-ins too! Eventually I would like the paint the back of the shelves a dark gray just for extra contrast but for now they are fine all white.
The other big change in this room was the light fixture. There was an 80's style flush-mount here before and I was determined to find a more stylish flush-mount light that fit with the style of my decor. I was thrilled to find this light fixture on Wayfair that has the look of a rustic wood-bead chandelier but in the flush-mount style. It was even under $100 and it looks even better in person- super high quality and a good size too. I think it is just the perfect light fixture for this space!
Besides those two elements, the rest of the room just came together so easily. I was worried about our couches/coffee table being too tight in the space but they ended up fitting perfectly and we even have room to add a chair in the corner. I put a navy leather wingback there for the time being but would like to get something more neutral and petite, maybe with some pattern. We had the television mounted above the fireplace by a local company, TDO Home Entertainment, who did an amazing job and was able to hide ALL the cords (one of my pet peeves). We got lucky that the size of television we already had just fit perfectly into the molding that was already above the fireplace.
I still have a few more pictures to hang on the walls but overall this room is pretty complete and feels like home! Can you imagine the decorating that will be done on all these shelves come Fall and Christmas?! I can't wait!
Ceiling light fixture: Jeremiah Berkshire 3 Light Flush Mount via Wayfair
Trim + built-in paint color: "Pure White" by Sherwin Williams
Wall paint color: Sherwin Williams "Useful Gray"
We have (some) flooring, we have cabinets, there's no holes in the walls, we're so close to having a real kitchen! I'm so relieved that all the plumbing and foundation repair is behind us and this space is finally starting to look like a room again. Here's what we started with in the kitchen:
After demo, we basically re-plumbed the entire house and also repoured the foundation in the back half of the kitchen. At one point the whole back of the kitchen was a pile of dirt! Now everything is slowly being put back together. New drywall has been put up to cover all the holes from the plumbing and smooth out any rough patches. This week they will be painting all the trim and walls too to be bright white.
They have begun laying our slate tile which will fill the entire room and flow into the hall and mudroom as well.
It's still very dusty from all the drywall but you can tell how much this flooring is going to transform the room!
We also now have cabinets! The day we got our cabinets installed was like Christmas morning to me (and this week when our appliances come, it will be like Christmas morning part two!). We are still waiting on counter-tops too which will be installed next week. I love the gray color of the cabinets against the slate floor and the pops of brass with the knobs.
Below you can see our stainless farmhouse sink that has been installed too. All of our appliances are also stainless- the dishwasher will be in the open space to the left and the range and vent hood will be in the big open space to the right.
There is also a custom enclosure for our fridge (far left). I'm really excited about this because it's a little pet peeve of mine when fridges stick out way past the cabinets. There will be a white subway tile backsplash (with dark grout) over any part of the back wall that isn't covered.
The cabinet to the far right by the window is a spice rack pull-out! This will be perfect to have right by the range and oven, and I may also do some mini floating shelves on the wall above it (to the right of the range) for olive oils, vinegars, cooking sprays, and other necessities we will need nearby.
Below you can see a close up of the cabinet color/finish and the brass cup handles. This cabinet is a double trashcan pull-out.
Thanks to our friend TJ at Kitchen Concepts for working with us on these custom cabinets and giving us just what we wanted! I highly recommend Kitchen Concepts for any kitchen projects or custom cabinetry that you need, they really go above and beyond to make the experience as easy as possible and are super organized (which I love!). I can't wait to see how it looks with the whole wall filled once the appliances are in. If you want to catch up on our full design plans for the kitchen check out our post here.
Now onto another fun space: the butler's pantry, which looks just a little different since the last time I shared about it.
It is amazing how much difference a little drywall can make! This room has beautiful high ceilings but they were super outdated looking with popcorn-like texture. Now they are completely smooth and will be getting a fresh coat of paint this week (along with all the trim and walls!)
Another big change that you will notice is that the awkward low doorway is gone! Now it is just a regular wall, and it makes the room feel even bigger!
Next up for this room is flooring! We chose a super unique tile that looks like white-washed brick (see below). I think this will be perfect for the French industrial farmhouse vibe of the kitchen and butler's pantry. I chose a dark gray wall color to contrast since the floors and trim will both be so light. If you want to read more about our plans for this room check out our post here.
I'm already getting anxious to decorate all these spaces but I have to be patient! I'm looking for a fun bright but distressed looking rug for this room and I hope to also paint those old glass french doors (into the mudroom) an unexpected pop of color. I've made a short summary of some of our sources used in the kitchen and pantry below. Keep checking back for more updates as we get closer to move-in day!