Arizona Fixer Upper - Where It Began

February 21, 2017


Almost a year ago, we bought this
sweet little Mediterranean style cottage in
Arizona to make over into a relaxing
getaway, and today I want to
share some details and "before" pics
of the Arizona fxer upper so we can
appreciate the "afters."

Another home in need of improvement
was the last thing we were considering
when we sold the big country house
in 2015 to downsize by half with
But it made good sense familialy, financially,
vacationallyand golftastically
(well aware these words
do not YET live in the dictionary).

We have lots of family in Arizona, and
while they have plenty of room for us,
it's nice to have our own space
and experience living here
so we can decide whether it's
where we want
to retire in a few years.

Built in 2008 and lived in only for a few months
of the year by the golfing owners who built it, 
it feels like new and the idea of no structural
issues to deal with, made it a good fit.

It is a simple ranch with a beautiful
view in back, 4 bedrooms, 2 baths,
and an open concept living/dining room.

The plan is to keep as many of the
fixtures as possible to keep costs low and
get creative with making the place over on
a tight budget (in regards to both time and money).

So here's the home's before:

Living Room and Dining Room - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
  We plan to keep the existing flooring,
paint all the walls, add new light fixtures,
add window treatments, remodel the kitchen,
dream up something for the patio
and add doors for privacy in a few areas.

Oh, yeah, and we need furniture for the whole place.


Square-shaped Kitchen - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 The red and green? Buh-bye.


Bedroom- Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 There is no door to this office/bedroom, and we
want to create privacy so this will involve some
construction and dust (oy.).


Master Bedroom - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
No door to the master bath, and Orange wall?




Master Bath - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 No idea what we'll do here, but since it functions just fine,
maybe just some decor...chime in, s'il vous plait!


Bedroom - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 This bedroom has some unfortunate trims:
glued on chair rail, a faux headboard (with
more trim glued to the wall, and upside down
crown molding...all of it pretty strange in
combination with a two-toned color palette.


Bedroom - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 Anything we do in here will help.


Main Bath - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 Not too bad but needs a little decor change-up
if we're going for Euro serene and dreamy.


Laundry Room - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 I have this same set-up at the Chicagoland fixer,
and I welcome all your ideas, friends, for making
it more pleasant.


Patio - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
 This is where I intend to spend lots of time
working from my laptop and painting my art.


Backyard - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
Not too shabby.


Backyard - Arizona Fixer Upper Before
Almost no maintenance is dreamy.

My favorite thing about this project has
nothing to do with drywall...this place
represents something kind we are doing
for ourselves to encourage more
days in the sunlight,
less days at work,
more unplugged family time,
and less daily grind.



Awesome brands that I already love
have partnered with me to make
this makeover possible, and we're
so grateful to them!















I hope you'll stay tuned, and lay all
those decor ideas on me
based on the befores you see above!

For all the Arizona updates, visit here.

If you missed these stories of some decor
already underway in Arizona, find them here:

Choosing Hardware for the Arizona Makeover 
Choosing Two Art Prints for the Arizona Makeover
Beautiful Belgian Linen for the Arizona Sofas

Peace to you right where you are.



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