Home Tour (Before & Afters)

We’ve been living in our house for a year and a half now, and it felt like a good time to share the progress we’ve made so far. One of the silver linings of being home more than ever in the last year has been that we’ve really been able to figure out how we use our space as a family. Most of the changes we’ve made have been only decorative with the exception of one wall that came down between the kitchen and dining room.

I’ll never forget when we first brought Amalia to see the house right after we put in an offer on it. She had just turned two and we didn’t tell her we might be moving because we wanted to have a contract in hand before confusing her. But we pulled up the driveway and she pointed to the house and said, “Home!” Goosebumps, right?

All three of us knew the first time each of us saw it that this house was our house. When we moved in, we had a friend of ours come do a blessing and cleansing of the house and she asked us to say a few words that we wanted the home to embody. We chose boisterous and peaceful. And in the time that we’ve lived here, it has become both of those with our bouncy little boisterous girl who never stops moving, as well as a peaceful safe haven for the whole family.

I really can’t wait until the day when we can have friends and family gather here for BBQs, dinners around the dining room table, and cocktail parties. But for now, I’m just getting excited for one more member to join the family in just two months.

Enjoy a little photo tour of the rooms we’ve finished in this happy home!

Family Room

I don’t think this room gets enough love on my IG but we spend lots of time watching movies and snuggling on this couch. It’s very bright with the way the sun shines in the windows and has a good vibe. We finally replaced the tiny ottaman (in the last picture above you can see it) and finalized art last week! Check out the full family room including all of the room details.

Screened Porch

I couldn’t find any before pictures of our tiny little screened porch, but this is what it looks like now. It’s too small to fit anything besides the porch swing but in warm months we read and cuddle and here all the time. Anel especially loves to sip coffee on the porch swing in the mornings.

More details for the screened porch can be found here.

Living Room

We spend a lot of time in our living room because it’s connected to the playroom and kitchen, but even more so in the winter because we build a fire almost every day. It’s so cozy in here with a fire blazing at night. And during the day, it’s beautifully bright because of the picture window and skylight.

Check out more of our living room including all of the room details.


Ooh how I love my girly home office. The peach grasscloth wallpaper makes everything glow and brightens up even the dreariest of days. I’ve since changed up the layout a little but that will change again soon I’m sure. I have a thing about rearranging my workspace every 6 months to a a year.

Check out more of my girly office including all of the room details.


We haven’t done much to our kitchen because it was already so beautiful when we moved in. We changed up light fixtures, added a roman shade, and swapped the hardware (unfortunately not pictured here). Knocking down the wall opposite from this view brightened it up tenfold, however. You can see the before and after of that in the next section.

Dining Room

I just shared this whole room last week, and I don’t know if I’ll ever get over it. It’s such a happy space! Check out our whole dining room including all of the room details.

Primary Bedroom

This weekend, Amalia’s friend who lives next door (who we pod with) saw the finished bedroom for the first time and said it looked like a palace. Best compliment ever! It’s my blue and white grandmillenial slash coastal dream come true. Check out more of our blue and white bedroom including all of the room details.

Amalia’s Bedroom

Amalia’s room was always a top priority when we first moved because we wanted her to feel comfortable and happy right away. She was terrified of sleeping in her new room for about two weeks but since then is so proud of it and loves to show it off. True to her favorite color, it’s all pink and covered in cheerful hearts.

Check out more of Amalia’s pink bedroom including all of the room details.

Still to come…

We still have work to do in the baby’s nursery which I’m hoping we finish before he arrives, the powder room downstairs, and the guest room which probably won’t be touched for quite a while. The next big home project we’re saving up for is to replace our siding which is very old wood and starting to fall apart.

Most photos by Julia Dags.

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  1. Rachael said:

    Everything looks beautiful! If you’re thinking about replacing your siding next, do some research on James Hardie Board. It’s a composite material (so not cheap vinyl siding). We just had Hardie Board installed in the fall and our house looks like a completely new house. It’s a really big investment compared to painting or siding, but the finished project is so durable, crisp and clean.

    2.22.21 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Our plan is to go with Hardie Board! We’ve heard it’s great and our neighbors just put it up. It looks beautiful.

      2.23.21 · Reply
  2. Stephanie said:

    Love the Roman shade in your kitchen. Is it custom?

    2.28.21 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      It is! The fabric is Schumacher.

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