Home Tour: Study

It's been a while since I did a home tour post.  I thought I'd share the study with you today.  Above is what it looked like before we renovated.  The cabinets were the same color as the kitchen, which I wasn't too crazy about.  I am so excited about these built ins because it feels like a personal library and there is great storage down below. 
We decided to paint the cabinets San Antonio Gray by Benjamin Moore.  The walls are Classic Gray like the rest of the house.  The floor was sanded and restained a darker color as well.  This space doubles as a reading space and cc's office. 
We found the bench and the mirror at the same estate sale.  These are two of my favorite pieces.  The bench is exceptionally long and I don't love it in this space, but for now it's the only place it fits and I don't want to part with it.  The seat folds up and there is storage inside of it.  I wanted our favorite girls to be able to reach their books so I put them in this old tool box.  It can easily be moved to the living room to lounge around and read. 
This is one of my favorite spots in the house.  Not only does the window provide a lot of natural light, it has a great view of the neighborhood.  I needed a side table so I used this old Dr. Pepper cooler we had and turned the lid upside down for a flat surface. 
We have an open concept house.  The study is open to the entry and living room. 
These are a few of the treasures we have in the study.  The owl picture came from an estate sale, classic books on an old radio (including my mom's copy of Mark Twain that she read in grade school), cc's soda bottle collection next to our mouse in the house, and a light fixture cover that my friend's daughter made. 

This room is complete in terms of major renovations.  Over time I'll play with the arrangement, but for now, I'm calling it finished, and can be found here most Sundays visiting with my Nebraska family over the phone.

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Home Tour: Exterior Makeover

September 2011
The dead of winter is not typically the time of year one considers working on curb appeal.  Especially considering this time last year we were in the midst of a winter wonderland.
Winter 2011
This is not the case now, and we are taking full advantage of it before the rush of spring hits.  We have a long way to go before the outside looks the way we want it.  It is a former model home for our neighborhood so the landscaping is full of well groomed pom-pom bushes.  Eventually I'd like to return the yard to more of a nativescape that is a little more drought tolerant, and a little less antiseptic looking.   
January 2012
The biggest change to date has been painting the exterior, which was just finished not too long ago.  We continued with the gray theme and painted it Benjamin Moore's Platinum Gray with Benji's black and white trim.  It seems to have really brought the house into the modern age.  While I still don't love the elevation, it looks so much better with a fresh color. 

We also took out the pom-pom bushes that were hiding the columns on the front porch.  They were full of wasp nests and hid our view of the park across the street.  Ok, I say we, but really I found cc out there one morning with an old axe hacking away at the stumps.  She was so tired of looking at them she didn't want to wait for the saw.  We also added a few planted pots on the porch, which only have pansies in them now, but they add a little winter color. 

We haven't made alot of change on the side yard or the fenced in yard.  We decided to wait until next year and live with the house a summer before making any decisions.  Now matter when we'll add more changes, it's feeling more like home.