Before...

by Maggie Griffin


Tim Gunn always says, in a most fabulous way, "make it work." I share that attitude on many things--group projects, unforeseen circumstances, unsolvable problems, & etc. Regarding certain paint colors, however, I say, "Forget you, Tim Gunn, I'm going to Lowe's!"

Over the next few weeks, we will be consumed by painting projects; not too many, but enough to make our new home magazine shoot ready, if that were to ever be asked of us (any takers?!). Today, I will unveil the before pictures of our home, allowing you to see the bare bones of what we were working with before our AMAZING movers helped haul all our stuff in. Some of our rooms are almost presentable, but a few are still works in progress. 

Unrelated Story Time:

Here's a thought I had...I think the way you go about decorating a new home speaks to what you are like. I could most certainly be reading in to this and humble bragging, but it doesn't feel like that, so I am going to keep sharing.

The first room we tackled was the living room--the space where, ahem, people live. Why? because this is the chill room, the room for relaxing, for taking a breath (where our dad's sat for most of moving weekend), ...for escaping the clutter of the rest of the house. It is also the first visible room, so I had to make it presentable.

Keeping up with my silly correlation, by creating this space first, Byron and I must be people who want to have people over, people who like to appear clean and tidy (probably just me), and who like a place that feels good. 

Second room that is most complete, the dining room. Anytime we discuss our future, we end up brainstorming dinner party themes, different events to have people over for, holiday celebrations... we are excited to entertain and ready to serve! 

Most unfinished room--the bedroom. Unlike my other 5 years in Waco, my bedroom is FINALLY separated from my office/computer/living space. We have walls to divide different areas. I read a study during my freshman year about the poor side affects of having a sleeping space mixed with any other space. By doing so, you confuse your brain on what is to be accomplished in a room. Now, our bedroom is for relaxing only! But, we aren't really good at that, so we have left it last. 

I'll let you know about our plans, and slowly, we shall unveil our triumphs room, by room. I will also show you a few furniture pieces we are working on--I am excited! 

First up: the open living space...this gallery includes the living room, dining room, and a sneak peek at the kitchen.  

LIVING ROOM: What we want to do in this room: change the 'accent' wall to match the rest, which is actually a great grey color. We think this will open up the space more and allow the natural light to shine even more. Also, curtains on the open window wall. Just pushed to the side, they will look fabulous.  

DINING ROOM: No paint changes, maybe one little curtain in the back, but this room is pretty great...it just needs decorating. 

KITCHEN: We are so satisfied. I love the white. If I could...I would paint the insides of the top cabinets and take off the doors. We'll see if that happens. It would be a very long way off, and right now this place is only ours for 10 months! Crazy! Also, I think maybe more curtains...never have I ever loved them before, but Pinterest, you know? 

Now for the other half of the house...guest bedroom, office/study/creativity room, and master bedroom.

GUEST BEDROOM: Light blue/grey in color, not my favorite, but this is not a room I particularly care about to do a total redo on, so it shall stay. Obviously, curtains, and that is all! This bedroom has it's own bathroom for our guests, so come stay! Please! 

OFFICE/STUDY: I might be most excited about this room. We are going to switch out that top blue with chalkboard paint... oh man! This room is going to be amazing. I can't wait to create things in here (did you know I have an etsy store?) and watch Byron edit all of his amazing pictures (did you know he is a photographer?!). Not sure what to do about the drawers... a little kiddy with those big knobs, so I'll probably replace those. And no curtains in here...but something around the window. 

MASTER BEDROOM: Obviously, this is Eleanor's room. We will repaint it some time. It's a tan/gold/yellow right now. I am thinking a grey. (Do y'all see any trends in what I like?) Those are our big closets. I want to think of something creative to do for them that still allows them to slide...maybe we'll use some of the leftover chalkboard paint and decorate a his/hers side. This room is ready for curtains! 

MASTER BATH: OH, lawd... We want to repaint the top. And OBVIOUSLY, despite the "charm" some say the tile has, I think Byron might go crazy, and I might too, if the tile is pink for much longer. So, anybody know how to paint tile? I've seen it on Pinterest...any good links out there? 

That completes the bare bones house tour. Thank you for letting us share this time in our lives with you. This home is something Byron and I have been excited about for months, and we are excited to welcome you into it, either in person, or over the internet!