If you’re here for the next installment of my photography tutorials, my apologies. You’ll have to wait a bit because…
We’ve done it. We moved into our new home yesterday. We said goodbye to our beautifully renovated 1940 colonial – aka Maison de Pax. It didn’t feel complete, though, without one final before and after tour. A tribute, if you will, to the original Maison de Pax.
As with my last before and after tour, I apologize in advance for the “before” pictures of many of the rooms. My second son was born one week after we moved in (and it was pre-blogging days), so taking pictures was not a priority.
Also, simply click on the links or the “after” images for more details of any of the rooms or projects.
We completely changed the facade: new paint, new landscaping, new driveway gate, and more.
The entryway may be one of the least altered areas, but I sure have had fun decorating it. I love the classic stairwell.
The powder room needed a serious facelift, but you’ll have to take my word for it because I can’t find a before picture 😉 .
I just love the crisp, bright new look.
Our laundry room was done in stages, but it was worth every single stage. It became not only beautiful but so very very functional.
The dining room got new lighting, crown molding, furniture, and french doors when we made over the back patio.
The sunroom / playroom (the red one through the double doors) got paint. Lots of it. 😉
The living room (our last stop on the circuit downstairs), was again largely cosmetic… but it really became one of my favorite rooms in the house: a beautiful mixture of antiques, diy projects, and memories.
The boys’ room became fun, colorful, and cheery.
Their bathroom was redesigned not only for them but for guests, as well.
My daughter’s nursery is peaceful and serene. I couldn’t find a true before picture, but I think the transformation from sparse bedroom to welcoming nursery is still pretty significant.
Our master received small touches (again, no true before, sorry)…
But our master bath was completely gutted.
And the giant attic space held both our guest room and my second work space.
Last, but certainly not least, is the backyard. The patio, especially, made all the difference: new doors, new stamped concrete and antique brick, new columns, and new flower beds. Definitely an improvement.
And those are just the things you can see (and I have pictures of). Electrical, plumbing, HVAC, fences, a shed, more landscaping… The list (and the memories) goes on.
So here’s to the new owners and all the memories they will create there. May it be a home full of love, joy, and peace for years to come.
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