Owl Lane

Many new builds don’t have much character, or the builders charge way way too much to do certain things to the homes.  Our second home purchase, Owl Lane wasn’t our style, so even though it is painful to admit, we changed out a lot in that brand new house.  We also did it between October 31 and November 20- while David was commuting over an hour each way and working 60-70 hour work weeks!

There was a dated beige scheme to it and we were into the white and gray look.  We hired an interior designer who helped us decide on paint colors and furniture to give it a quick makeover to temporarily give us the look we wanted without changing out all of the expensive things like cabinets, counters, etc.  It is crazy how a little bit of paint can make such a drastic difference.  IMG_5432IMG_5575The family room had carpet and I am not a fan of carpet anywhere except the bedrooms or basement, so David ripped that all out and installed hardwoods.IMG_5471IMG_5470IMG_5486We have such beautiful things that we received for our wedding and had never been able to display.  We found an IKEA hack on Pinterest for built-ins.  Even though they felt cheap and we knew they were cheap, they looked great! When we put our house on the market 3 months after moving in, the built-ins were a huge selling pointIMG_5509IMG_5526IMG_5584IMG_5594IMG_5765IMG_5845IMG_5773IMG_5574IMG_5766IMG_5785IMG_5857IMG_5774We really wanted to change out the cabinets and counters but it just wasn’t in our budget or time frame.  The gray paints and the updated pendants made a huge difference in the room in my opinion.IMG_5434IMG_5662 I didn’t like the carpet in the nursery (I was 9 months pregnant when we moved into this house), and I really wanted wainscoting, so David did all of that in record time for our first son to be born.  IMG_5651IMG_5663IMG_5665IMG_5677IMG_5775IMG_5853This house was a lot of work in a really really short amount of time.  We closed on October 31, our son was born November 21, David found out he was getting promoted on December 25, and we moved to Minnesota on February 19th.  I think David loved working under pressure on this house, and Owl Lane along with hours of HGTV during his paternity leave sort of planted the “renovation” bug into David’s head and set the precedent for our next two homes…