My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}
My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

Can you believe it has been 6 months since

we bought this crazy quirky cottage to reno?

We have made progress on the main floor,

and I’m getting closer to adding decor.

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}
My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

The kitchen is functional, and I actually unpacked

some boxes a couple days back and put things inside

the cabinets! Remember how it looked after demo?

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

before

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}
My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

You can’t really see the harvest table I refinished white

in this shot, and the dining area is still a blank slate

waiting for window treatments and art.

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

before

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

We really didn’t need to outfit a formal dining room

so at the moment it is functioning as a little library/

breakfast room…I still have to style the shelves.

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

You may remember we widened the opening between

the kitchen and dining room and added vintage French doors.

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}
My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}
My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

before

before

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}
My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

I will be adding some rugs, window treatments,
and art but the living room will stay pretty minimal.
We had family over for dinner Christmas Eve
despite the lingering chaos, and it was our first
holiday without our Bella Luna, who I miss everyday.

I’m sure the lamps will be changed out on the sideboard,
and I will probably create art for this 2-story wall
above it (we bought this huge 1930’s Belgian
piece 10 years ago and finally found a spot for it!).

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}
My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

before



The old fireplace surround wasn’t bad,
but the new one looks much better.
I left the black granite, removed
the glass doors, and still need to
paint the interior black.

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

Lots of projects left, but the house is very live-able now!
We took the master bath down to the studs, and my
husband is presently constructing a brand new bath.
Then we’ll tackle the master bedroom, my studio,
lower level family room, lower level guest bedroom,
and maybe a new bathroom in the lower level.
When summer comes, we intend to address the
landscape and build a storage shed.

My Home Renovation: Hello Lovely Fixer Upper {week 24}

Thank you for following along, and

I will keep you posted as the decor comes together!

Please come join me
in this DIY adventure by
clicking here for all my fixer upper update posts!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Silver Rectangle Accent Table
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
French Lidded Baskets
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Concrete Pillar Table Lamp
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Round Woven Placemat Set
Cashmere Throw With Fringe
Black Bergamot Soy Candle
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
White Waffle Coverlet
Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Pedestal Farm Table
Rattan Hanging Chair Swing
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29 Comments

  1. January 7, 2016 / 5:32 am

    First of all I'm sending you a big empathic hug for Bella Luna, just looking at that sweet face makes my heart ache too. Now as far as your home all I can say is "wow!" Im remembering how it looked on day one and I'm honestly floored by how much you guys got done. No wondered you're tired! ? however did you guys do it–and can we have some of your vitamins? The kitchen is positively dreamy-so classically pretty, I love all your selections and need to go back and find that kitchen post. I also want to see your newly painted table…how wonderful to have already hosted family for the holidays. You're already creating those special memories that make a home.
    So happy to follow your progress ..you inspire me.
    xo
    Leslie

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:28 am

      thanks so for so much kindness, leslie. i know you understand well how much goes into such a vast diy! it's all about my husband's skill and hard work ethic. i will post more about sources for the kitchen soon.

  2. January 7, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Such a beautiful project – your style and all of your touches are gorgeous! I wait anxiously as you post updates and wanted to share my appreciation for your doing so.
    JoanMarie

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:28 am

      you're so welcome, joanmarie.

  3. January 7, 2016 / 12:23 pm

    Oh Michele, I know you still miss Bella Luna very much.
    The progress you have made is incredible and I love it all. A very chic and comfortable design!! All the best in 2016!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Life Lessons: So Honored

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:28 am

      happy new year, karena!

  4. January 7, 2016 / 12:40 pm

    Its all really coming together Michele…just lovely spaces…I'm especially loving how you tiled the entire wall in the kitchen with the marble….Everything in your home is so simple and on trend…looking forward to seeing the dining table you painted. Thinking of painting the top of ours but not sure how it will hold up with lots of use…Thanks for sharing your journey..xo, Mariaelena

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:30 am

      i need to give my harvest table a proper photo shoot, but it's hard since i'm not quite at that decorating stage yet–still trying to get the essentials in order! there are all sorts of finishes you can put on top of the painted surface to assure it will be durable. best to you, mariaelena.

  5. January 7, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Loving your progress girl, and the kitchen tile brought all the way to ceiling height is a favorite look of mine in a kitchen, next to every favorite I am inspired by 🙂
    It looks like amazing space for a down size from your last home.
    Every inch of it is taking on all the beauty you are inspired by and all of it is so you.

    Can't wait for the final reveal when you dance about the second floor showing off all the rooms and what you do with accessorizing it with your artful touch.

    See you soon.

    Xx
    Dore

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:34 am

      thanks, dore. i love the marble too. the kitchen is okay size (i wanna say it's 23 x 13) but teeny compared to our old kitchen.

  6. January 7, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    So very beautiful! Can I ask where your white sofa and chairs are from?

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:35 am

      thx. restoration hardware.

  7. January 7, 2016 / 11:29 pm

    Hi Michelle. It's wonderful…sigh…when can I move in?

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:35 am

      hahaha. thanks, lisa.

  8. January 8, 2016 / 12:41 am

    Michele, I know hoe you feel about Bella Luna, I lost my 14 year old in August and this ws our first Christmas without her.

    I LOVE your beautiful renovation, everything looks fabulous!

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:36 am

      so sorry for your loss, elizabeth. thanks so much.

  9. January 8, 2016 / 1:08 am

    I'm so very sorry about the loss of your Bella Luna. I have a sweet kitty, Bob, who is getting up there in years, and I have a feeling he won't be with me too much longer. I don't know what I will do without him!

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:37 am

      i remember thinking that about sweet bella too. i am truly grateful for all the years of love she gave us. hugs to you and Bob.

  10. January 8, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Michelle! You must be feeling a little like you've left purgatory for heaven. The kitchen is wonderful. Just think, by spring sunshine you will be basking in beauty!

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:38 am

      yepper. it'll be so fun watching the trees come to life again!

  11. January 8, 2016 / 4:48 pm

    Wow Michele! ..what an amazing transformation! The kitchen is stunning and the family room looks so cozy with all of your personal touches. Sounds like you had a nice holiday and I'm glad the family was together;)

    • January 9, 2016 / 2:39 am

      getting there inch by inch but not fast enough for either one of us! thanks, leslie. i absolutely love seeing pics of your beautiful home.

  12. January 9, 2016 / 3:57 am

    I have loved watching the remodel of the "cottage", sure is looking beautiful!!! Is the chair with square arms in your fireplace room from Pottery Barn? Looks like a linen slipcover, I am looking for a side chair and love how this chair looks in your room. Thanks for sharing.

    • January 11, 2016 / 1:08 am

      thanks for following along. the chair is restoration hardware.

  13. January 12, 2016 / 12:57 am

    Michele to say I am impressed is an understatement. I could move right in and of course I would add a touch of blue here and there and maybe a black and white stripe or two. It is perfection, YOU have to be so happy and proud of all your planning and hard work!! Love it, love you!

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Rustic Farmhouse Stool
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Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
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Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
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Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
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French Linen Dining Chair
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French Farmhouse Dining Table
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Rattan Armchair
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Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
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Holborn Lantern Pendant
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Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
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