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Our “Library Room”

Please raise your hand if you live in a home built sometime around 1950.

Please keep your hand raised if that sweet little home has this awkwardly big hallway/atrium area where the old furnace used to be.

While you will get beautiful transom windows above all your doors…you will be stuck with the awkwardly big hallway/atrium and a giant hole in the floor where the furnace used to be. 

In our walk-through, (photo above-doesn’t show quite how big the area is…it’s about 8ft. by 7ft.) I mentioned to Joel how awesome it would be to turn this space into our “library room” (a.k.a. hallway with a bookshelf).

Here’s the process leading up to our now completed “Library Room”!

Okay, please forgive my husband’s offensive frat shirt. He says, “what better shirt to ruin?”


Here it is now!

I love the molding up top. It looks like it’s always been a part of the house!

P.S. It is very difficult to fit all your ministry/seminary/fun books fit onto one bookshelf.

All re-styling suggestions are welcomed.

Thanks, Joel, for a beautiful transformation of our hallway area!!

First Impressions

First impressions are a funny thing.

Typically, my PR major self, loves to give off a good first impression. My engineer husband could care less.

The funny thing I realized, when discussing this a few years ago with my mentor, Marion, is that the most important part of  impressions is  what you continue to discover that matters. For example, Marion and I both agreed that both she  and I are most impressive at first…then you realize our glaring flaws. Our husbands however, are more impressive the more you get to know them! I think that might be a better thing.

Back to my point. Joel has been sprucing up our home’s “first impression”. See what you think!

Our front door before: (unstained wood with mega dog scratches and fantabulous gold accessories)

Our front door after: (stained and updated with silver hardware. Still waiting on the kick-plate to arrive in the correct size.)

The landing before: (4 layers of chipping paint)

The landing after: (with as my grandmother and mother would say a “smart” new paint job)

Hanging basket courtesy of the Murphy’s. Thank you to our adopted family!!

See you tomorrow for a few more first impression make-over’s.