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
I have been SO excited to share this amazing transformation of one of my latest design projects. This client's bathroom was original to the home and had not been updated since they had lived there. I was so excited when they asked me to help with the design and coordination of this renovation especially after hearing their vision and ideas for the space. Miller Team Renovations handled all the tile and renovation work from start to finish and they were wonderful to work with. I appreciated that they kept me updated every step of the way and allowed me to make every single little decision about the space, which is so rare.Read More
Our laundry room is one area of the house that I have not shared a whole lot about during our renovation. As you can expect, this area really wasn't my top priority as far as decorating and I've just now gotten around to really focusing on the decor in the past few months. I didn't realize just how much we had transformed this room until I looked at the "before" photo from when we first bought the house below!
A really bad light 80's light fixture was just the beginning of the problems in this room. The original hardwoods were ruined due to water damage over the years from the nearby half bathroom and horribly faulty plumbing. The entire door was also rotting and practically crumbling apart every time you tried to open it. There was also horrible popcorn ceiling in this room too. During our renovation, we put down new slate-look ceramic tile floors (from Louisville Tile) and replaced the damaged door with a large sliding glass door system. Since we had to cut into the drywall in much of this room when we re-plumbed the house, we were able to just re-drywall the ceiling to smooth it out.
This room gets such great natural light from the wall of windows that fresh paint, drywall, and new floors make the biggest difference. This room is a multi-use space, as it's also a mudroom and the entrance we use most to enter and exit the house so I tried to keep it as open as possible while still making it functional and cozy. The laundry area is the focus of the room and the first area we started to dive in on. I wanted to create a focal wall with some fun printed wallpaper and I fell in love with this gingham print from Magnolia.
I also knew I wanted a laundry counter and was super inspired by this tutorial from Vintage Revivals. I loved the waterfall countertop look done with the simple lightly stained wood. My husband was able to create a very similar version, with a few adjustments for our space. We also added some metal trim on all the edges (alluminum pieces from Lowe's that I just spray-painted gold- both are linked above). My husband built matching shelves with the same wood and simple metal brackets from Lowe's which we also spray-painted gold (also linked above).
Another area of this room is the sitting area near the doorway. Since this is also a mudroom, a place to hang keys, purses, and take your shoes on and off is very important. I kept messing with this area because I couldn't get the arrangement and mix of colors and patterns just right, but I'm finally happy with it. I love the addition of a curtain on one side of the sliding glass door just to soften it a bit and add some color (rod is from Target; curtains from Homegoods). I also had painted this right side wall with chalkboard paint last year and I love the contrast it adds to the room. Most of the items in here are from Homegoods or vintage/thrifted and I've linked lost of similar or identical options above.
Styling my laundry counter was one of my favorite parts of this project. I knew I wanted as much as possible displayed in glass jars but I also founds some other fun accessories that I wanted to incorporate. The vintage floral painting was a thrift store find that kind of set the color scheme for the entire space. All the jars are from Target and I just spray-painted the lids gold using the same gold spray paint I linked above. I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I purposefully picked my detergents and cleaning products based on what would match and looks best in the jars. Anything that wasn't as attractive to have sitting out, I hid inside the crates or tubs!
It is also very important for me to have some kind of organizational center near my entrway where I can put mail and have a calendar. I found this weekly dry/erase calendar at Homegoods and it really helps me (and mostly my husband) stay organized with our schedule each week. I had this triple hanging wire basket at our old house near the entryway too and it's perfect for mail, magazines, and small items (I spray painted it gold for this room). Finally I added a little pop of color with a hanging plant and one of my favorite free plant printables from Magnolia (find it here) in a brass frame (frame linked above).
I'm so pleased to have one more room complete in our house and this space is such a cheerful sight to walk into everyday! The only other project I'm considering in here is switching out the flushmount for a small modern brass, beaded, or wicker chandelier. I've tried to link just about everything that I could from this room, but if you have any questions about anything I didn't mention, just ask!
Last week I gave a little update on the progress we have made on the main floor of the Amsden building, but work also is continuing upstairs as well. Above you can see the corner office suite that overlooks Main Street with the giant curved corner window. They started exposing the brick around this window to really highlight this unique feature as well as the height of the ceilings, and I love the way it looks so far!
Here you can see a few of the other windows in this office including some of the top arched windows that were previously covered up by the lower ceilings. We will be restoring all of these which will allow even more light into this amazing office space.
This is a view of the entrance to the corner office (far left) and the bathroom for this space (far right). The middle nook portion will be a wet bar area, but this area could also be opened to the second middle office space, if a tenant was interested in a larger space with multiple rooms.
Above is the view looking from the middle office space into the corner office from the previous photos. This middle area was originally divided into 4 tiny, closed off rooms but now has been opened up into one, large open concept office.
Here you can see a better view of this middle space and another fireplace in here that we uncovered. We will be returning all the old fireplaces back to exposed brick and restoring them as much as possible. You may also notice the lines in the ceilings which show where some of the walls were before that divided this space up.
All the commercial fluorescent lighting will be updated in these offices to something much more attractive and a little more modern. I don't want these spaces to feel boring and bland like typical commercial offices but instead I really want to highlight the character of the building and make it unique and comfortable.
Another view of this middle space showing all the great natural light that is also available here too. These four large windows overlook the courthouse and Court Street outside.
Above is another view of the middle office space looking towards the corner office. All of these offices have original hardwood floors that we will be restoring throughout the top floor.
The doorway you see to the right in this middle space will lead to the bathroom for this office suite. We also discovered this week (after busting through another wall), that this bathroom/hallway leads all the way back into the 3rd office space which is on the other side of the stairs. Below you can see the view from the 3rd office, through the hallway, and back into the middle space. Before this was just a plain wall in the 3rd office and we had no idea there was a hidden doorway behind it! This allows for a lot of possibilities for customizing these spaces if a tenant was interested in having all three offices communicate, yet still be able to have private, separate spaces as well.
Now for the next few weeks we will be working on electric, plumbing, and mechanicals (boring for me!), but I will continue to update with any changes that may come along. For more information on leasing at The Amsden you can visit our website here; and to read more about this project and our home renovation as well, visit the "Our Fixer Upper" page here.
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!
Demo continues at our latest fixer upper project and the progress downstairs is amazing! I knew it would make such a huge difference removing all the walls and raising the ceilings back to the original height, but it has transformed the space even more than I had imagined. The whole downstairs level feels twice as big and once all the windows are uncovered, all the natural light is going to make this whole area feel so bright and open. You can read more about our plans for this building and see some "before" pictures here.
Above you can see the middle space downstairs which will house the retail store section of our concept. This space has a separate entrance and I immediately fell in love with the beautiful fireplace mantle. The whole left hand side wall that you see will be taken back to exposed brick.
Here can see a closer look at the original fireplace and moldings, which we will be keeping and restoring as much as we can. These giant windows on the right side continue all the way down this side of the building (as you can see below too). The top windows feature original stained glass and they all have some amazing moldings surrounding them.
Unfortunately the original ceilings which probably featured some type of beautiful tiling was removed completely during one of the past renovations. You can see the original lath that the ceiling has been stripped down to, and we are considering keeping that as a unique element throughout the space if we can figure out how to clean it up a bit and fill in the missing areas.
Above and below you can see a bit of the exposed brick that we are continuing to uncover. It is buried under many layers of plaster making it a little more difficult to get to, but we know it will be worth it to have this statement feature across the entire back wall of the building.
The open doorway that you see on the far wall leads to the third and last space of the downstairs of the building (more photos of that later in the post). The closed doorway is now a tiny closet bathroom but we will be removing that and closing both of those doorways off to just create a normal wall.
Above and below you can see a better look at the expanse of the lath ceilings throughout the front of the building. The wall in the center will separate the coffee shop from the retail space and we will add some type of glass door or sliding door so that it can be closed off when needed.
Below is a look at the front space of the building which will house the coffee shop. The few beams that are left will mostly be removed and the only walls that will be added in the area will be for the bathroom (which will back up to the dividing wall).
Above you can see the wall where the back counter for the coffee shop will be placed and there will also be a floating front counter right in front of that. That wall will also hopefully be exposed brick as well above the trim.
There are two more large windows in the front room which you can see above and below, and the front doorway is right to the left of those. That is the entrance that goes straight out to the sidewalk on Main Street.
Below is a view looking from the front of the coffee shop into the retail space. We hope to add a floating window bar on the right side for extra seating in the coffee shop.
The front entrance into the coffee shop can be seen above. This currently has a very plain glass and metal commercial style door but we are going to replace it with something wood and glass that better fits the look of the building.
Here's a look at the back space which we are hoping to rent out to another business, hopefully a bar or cocktail lounge of some sort. This was originally divided into two rooms with a bathroom in the back room and a storage closet but we are completely opening it up to one large space.
Above is a look at the wall that originally divided the space which they are still working on getting down. Luckily all the walls were added in later renovations so none of them have been load bearing so far.
There's also a fireplace in this area which we will try to restore so that it's not just filled in with brick! The ceilings used to be much lower in here and actually covered up that top smaller window that is above the larger windows, but that has now been removed and we are raising the ceiling back up to the original 14 foot height.
Lots of layers of insulation, plaster, paneling, wallpaper, and more in here that all have to be peeled back to get to the original brick. We want to expose as much of the original brick as we can on all the walls. They also have been saving any and all original trim, doors, etc. that they have removed so that we can repurpose and reuse as much of it as possible, even if it's in different areas.
Above you can see the front of the 3rd space, it has its own entrance and three large windows (exactly like the windows that are in the front half of the building). We will probably replace the door to something with more glass that will let in more light and has a bit more character. I was hoping for concrete floors down here but so far it's just old subfloor so we will have to lay new floors of some sort. I will continue to share more progress as demo wraps up and we begin framing some of the new walls and slowly putting everything back together!
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!