Little by little…

Lya_April2013-1Lya in the April morning light. I’m finally starting to sort some April pictures.

I keep thinking that I’ll start posting something about this house. We have mostly unpacked ourselves and spend a lot of time dreaming and planning about what will happen later this summer. I FINALLY got some of our before pictures together…but not in a way I’d upload to the blog yet.

This morning we woke and switched two of our main 1st floor rooms to see if the set up feels and works better. I think it might. Meanwhile, it is all still wood paneling and doesn’t have the furniture we need and so it all still feels temporary. This summer we’re hoping to renovate the kitchen, laundry/mudroom, dining room, and den/family room. That makes it really hard to settle in a way that feels like home. But deciding what each space is used for will help us in determining which openings are created and which openings are closed when we start the real work.

In an effort to share something, here is an exterior shot. That will all change this summer, too. In addition to structural work on the front and side porch, we’ll be painting the whole thing. Any color ideas for a tudor home? We’re open to suggestions and ideas. Between the old linoleum floors, panelled walls, yellow brick exterior, etc….we’re leaning away from anything brown or yellow these days. 😉

Grattan_BeforePics-1And just for fun. Here is a picture of the wallpaper in our downstairs half-bath. It is already gone, but still kind of fun to look at.



4 thoughts on “Little by little…

  1. That photo of Lya with that light is AMAZING. Gorgeous shot.

    Congrats on the house! We lived in a tudor house before we moved and I loved it. We painted the outside a slate gray, with off-white trim and a red door if that helps 🙂 Good luck with all your fun projects – don’t forget to document it all here!

    1. Thanks, Kelly. It is helpful to hear what you all did. Do you by chance have pictures of your tudor? An extra element to our color selection is that we have a brown shingle roof, and it isn’t that old. Given how much work this house needs, we’ll be letting that go quite a while. So, I want something that works with the brown but will also work with something a bit grayer – possibly a driftwood or something – in the future. Did you have a brick or stone base? Ours is this really smooth yellow brick. I kind of hate it. Dislike aside, some of the structural work we need to do will involve replacing some of the brick, so it really needs to be painted in the end anyway. So, possibly two shades of a gray between the brick and stucco and then the trim color. I want to invite people to come sit in the front yard on chairs, drink wine, and talk paint colors! Wanna come? 😉


  2. I so wish I was there to talk paint colors with you. I love that! I was just looking for painted tudors and WHY Is everything brown and yellow? Ugh. I was going to suggest white/grey tones until the roof. so maybe warmer white/grey tones with a BRIGHT door. yum. like orange or green or purple. xoxoxo

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