Monday, November 19, 2018

A Blank Slate

 When we got the keys and were able to see the house without the staging furniture, it was a little daunting.
Everything looked tired, but I viewed it as a blank slate.  Most of the rooms just needed a fresh coat of paint, like the living room above.

The sunroom off the living room was destined to be my favorite room.
The shutters are beautiful, but I think that window is even more beautiful!
What should I do, I wonder?

 The dining room is large.  Those doors need to go though and a new chandelier is in order.
What is that room off the dining room?
It's a dish room/bar/office.

 I especially love the French doors in the dining room.
Not sure if they will ever open, but I plan on keeping them even though they're pretty rough.

The kitchen.
No comment.

 One of the guest rooms.
Fresh paint for sure.  I wonder what's under that carpet?

The master bathroom.
So much space dedicated to the toilet.  So little to the tiny shower.
What if we reversed that?

No hesitation there.  This was priority number one, and exactly what we did.
Before we moved in, we gutted the bathroom and it's actually nearing completion.
Stay tuned for before and after photos.

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Unknown said...

Delores: Bless you in taking on another project. I especially like seeing the authentic before pics. Your new home has the Delores vibe. Please, we so enjoy your gift of décor and your journeys.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Looking forward to seeing the changes.

Windmill Farm said...

What a great house, the people really took care of it even though the kitchen and bathroom need work, the floors are in beautiful shape, I love the windows and doors also. I know you will make it wonderful!! Nice size, not tiny but not huge either. So how many steps (houses) did you do before you "went home"?

Marilyn Shannon said...

Hi Delores, I can't wait to see what you do to this house. It looks like it has great bones. I do have a you had your house in the city that you sold and then you moved to this house or was there another one in between this new one and the city house? I can't remember!!Good luck with the renovations. I know it will be beautiful.

My Cozy Casita said...

Hello Delores, many congratulation on your new Home lovely place I know you will make this house home I be waiting for before and after
have blessing Thanksgiving for you and yours!

Gayle Barton, Realtor said...

Thanks for sharing your journeys! The sunroom windows are beautiful. I'd definitely uncover them!

95Wildcat said...

I do love that sunroom and I really envy your dishroom/office! It’s hard to find that kind of character in the mostly newer homes of the Phoenix suburbs. The shutters in the sunroom are nice but they seem to take up floor space when open. Framing out that gorgeous window with natural light filtering shades and curtain panels seems more your style. Can’t wait to see what you decide to do!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

How fun, can't wait to follow along on on all the makeovers. Great bones to start with.

vignette design said...

Exactly what I’m going to do!

Heidi said...

Hi Delores,
I think you are going to have so much fun fixing up this house! I love the windows, would get rid of all the shutters and louvered doors and use those French doors every day! I open mine and it doubles the size of the living room!
I can’t wait to see what you do, I know it will be fabulous!
Xo Heidi

Cheryl said...

I love shutters and hate to see them go... Is privacy an issue? If not, I would agree with the others that you should remove them. Maybe use them elsewhere?

Unknown said...

Hi Delores,
So excited to read your post. We have the same house! We live in Los Altos and live in a 1924 cottage that was once an apricot ranch. In the late 70’s it went through some remodels and the kitchen/4th bedroom were combined into a beautiful kitchen/family room. I look forward to seeing what you do with’s time for us to make some improvements and I think your project will inspire me! Let me know if you’d like to see pictures of your sister house in Los Altos.

Rhonda said...

I really can't tell you how excited I am to watch your renovations from the sidelines! I first found your blog many years ago when I googled "green velvet sofa" and even though I loved your sofa, I opted for a pink velvet slipcover. I think the sunroom is my favorite room, too, and can't wait to see the beautiful coziness you dress it in!

gme said...

This is so exciting! What I'm most excited about is that dish closet because that means Delores's landscapes!!!!

gme said...

Oh good grief! That should say table scapes, not landscapes!

Maria C said...

Hi, Delores! When I saw the house you bought after you sold the house in the city I was perplexed. The house was very nice, but I didn’t sense the Delores vibe. This one has it. It’s hard to imagine how you’ll top the remodel of the city house, but I’ve learned to have faith in you. I cannot wait to see the changes in this one! Just be sure to plant your white roses!

TessoftheWest said...

Love that you are sharing your journey! I wouldn't get rid of the plantation shutters on the beautiful sunroom windows until you are actually moved in and living in the house for a while - there may be a good reason the previous owners had them. We bought a condo in Salt Lake City just over a year ago but weren't able to do renovations before we moved in. I am glad that was the case because some of the things we thought were necessary turned out not to be so, and because we lived in the space for a while we changed our minds about some aspects of the job and everything turned out way better than if we had not experienced the space before we made changes.

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