Our Farmhouse

Our Landscape Before and After {2015}

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2015 | 24 comments
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After 3 years of hard work, our landscaping is 95% complete!

We still have a few projects to tackle yet this fall or next spring — but I’m excited to finally be able to share a bunch of before and after photos on the blog!

The Kid’s Bathroom {Before and After}

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2015 | 31 comments
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Exactly 2 months ago, I shared our progress on the kids’ bathroom upstairs… and although we finished this mini renovation well before James arrived, I’m finally getting around to sharing the before and after pictures now.

I don’t want to blow the surprise, but I will say that it’s much less “neon” now :)

How We Simplify and De-Stress Home Renovations

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2015 | 10 comments
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As many of you know, Dave and I have been faithfully working on renovating our 125 year old farmhouse for the past 4.5 years. It’s a labor of love — but we don’t always love doing it!

Today, I’m sharing some of our tips to de-stress and simplify home renovations!

A “New” Nursery for James

posted by Andrea | 07/27/2015 | 6 comments
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I’ve gotten lots of requests to see the new nursery — so that’s what I’m sharing here today.

You might notice that it looks awfully similar to Simon’s nursery tour from last year — but there are a few special additions for baby James :)

Simon’s Big Boy Room

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2015 | 14 comments
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Simon literally “moved up” in the world… because he is now sleeping in his new big boy bedroom, which is upstairs by Nora’s bedroom.

The transition went pretty smoothly, and although we have lots more plans for this room, I’m excited to share our mini makeover (I still can’t believe it cost less than $150 to pull off!)

Red White and Blue: Our Patriotic House

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2015 | 22 comments
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When we purchased our house, one of the first neighbors to introduce themselves to us said that they called our house the “patriotic house” because it was white and had the red, white, and blue bunting.

Over the past 4.5 years, I have really embraced that patriotic theme in almost every room of our house… and since it’s our country’s birthday this weekend, I thought it might be fun to share a few pictures of our “patriotic house” with you! Happy 4th of July!

Celebrating… House and Yard Progress!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2015 | 29 comments
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No, we’re not completely finished with everything on our “summer to-do list” but we have been making REALLY good progress over the past 10-12 weeks!

Although I can’t share all the official “after” photos just yet (because we’re not quite finished) I CAN share a whole bunch of “progress” photos so we can celebrate how far we’ve come in only a few weeks!

Big News from the Dekkers: We Have a…. Bathtub!

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2015 | 27 comments
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No, no baby yet… but at this point, a new bathtub is almost as big of an announcement for us!

After 4.5 years of living in our 3-bathroom house, we finally have a “real bathtub” for our kiddos to splash around in… and yes, they totally love it!

It’s Project Season… Here’s what we’ve been up to!

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2015 | 16 comments
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The last 2 weeks have been a crazy whirlwind of hustle and bustle around the Dekker house as we have officially kicked off our 2015 “project season”.

It’s a bit earlier than we normally start working on projects, but with a new baby due around the end of June / early July, we felt the need to start early. Today, I’m sharing our plans (and some of our progress)!

What I Do (and Don’t) Love About My Kitchen Appliances

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2015 | 21 comments
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Now that we’ve been living with our new kitchen for a couple of years, I’m starting to get lots of questions about what we do and don’t love about our appliances and other parts of the kitchen.

So although we love almost everything, I’m sharing all the “pros” and “cons” about our kitchen appliances in today’s post!

Our Epoxy Garage Floor Coating: How It’s Holding Up After 2 Winters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2015 | 2 comments
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Two summers ago, we did a pretty major garage renovation — part of which included having an epoxy floor coating professionally installed. We were THRILLED with the results, but since then, I’ve gotten so many questions about our flooring.

So, since it’s THAT time of year when people are heading outside and itching to get their garage neat and organized again after a long winter, I figured it was a good time for an update on how our floor coating is holding up.

Our Home Office (The Updated Tour)

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2015 | 28 comments
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It’s been over 3 years since I last shared any update on our home office renovations… and we’ve made a fair amount of changes over those 3 years. So, I figured it was time for another Home Office Tour.

I can’t wait for you to see the transformation!!

Making An Entrance

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2014 | 23 comments
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It’s official, my friends… after over 2 years of living with a front door that opens directly into a wall (and creating a very awkward situation for all our guests) we FINALLY have a front door that opens the right way!

Not to mention, no more fancy glass or brass accents!

Farmhouse Blueprints

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2014 | 8 comments
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A few weeks ago, I shared a photo tour of our house… and over and over again, I got requests for a bird’s eye view and/or blueprint of our house.

So today, I have blueprints for you! I don’t guarantee they are 100% to-scale, but they will hopefully give you a better idea of how our house is laid out.

Our Farmhouse Tour

posted by Andrea | 10/3/2014 | 60 comments
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Over the years, SO many of you have asked for a full tour of our farmhouse — so since we’re well over half way through renovating our house and yard, I thought now would be a good time to give you a tour!

Welcome to our farmhouse… established: 1890.

Our New Mudroom: The Full Tour!

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2014 | 26 comments
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The mudroom is officially finished and we couldn’t be happier! We have plenty of storage for all our seasonal gear and lots of room to grow.

Come take the full tour!

Our Kitchen Renovation: My Thoughts 2 Years Later

posted by Andrea | 08/8/2014 | 17 comments
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When we purchased our home 3.5 years ago, we figured the kitchen would be one of the last projects we tackled — but as many of you know, our plans changed!

We renovated our kitchen 2 summers ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long already) and today, I’m sharing some answers to commonly asked questions I get regarding our massive renovation.

Our Deck: The Official Before + After Pictures!

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2014 | 27 comments
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For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you probably saw that we FINALLY put the finishing touches on our new deck this past weekend… and today, I’m sharing ALL the before and after photos!

It’s a pretty amazing transformation, and I still can’t get over how much more use we’re getting out of our back yard because of it!

Our Deck Project: Out With The Old, In With the Trex!

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2014 | 13 comments
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We started working on our new Trex deck last week Friday… and as of today, we’re ALMOST finished!

I can’t show you the official before and after pictures yet as we’re not finished, but I will share some of the “progress” photos as well as a little more information about our old deck demo + the new deck installation.

Our New Trex Deck Project

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2014 | 22 comments
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Last week, I shared some of the progress (and the plans) for our mudroom project. We still have several things to cross of our “mudroom to-do list”, but we’re already gearing up for our 2nd project of the summer… a new deck!

Or maybe I should say, “replacing our old, tiny, unusable deck with a brand new, much larger deck”. I’m sharing those plans today!