Boy oh boy it’s been one heck of a spring! Chad and I officially tied the knot (just the two of us on the beach), we closed on our house (a 1922 craftsman/prairie mix), and we’re expecting our precious son (Hudson) to arrive in the next few weeks. I have to say – I feel rather blessed to have all of these things make their way into my life. Words cannot describe how thankful I am! With all of the good news, there also comes a bit of chaos, but in the absolute best way possible.
After planning our wedding, buying our house, and being SUPER pregnant, exhaustion might be a good word to describe how I feel these days. Oh yeah, and there’s that full-time job to throw into the mix as well. Nothing like a jam-packed schedule, right? But that’s ok, because even through the exhaustion (though my blog posts are a bit less frequent) I’ve still got so much up my sleeve to share with you all. And let me tell you, I’m excited.
I’ve been working on a number of renovation plans for our new-to-us house, and the first one I’m revealing is our possible exterior makeover. The home is a beautiful dark red brick and I actually love it as is. I’ve debated the thought of painting it, but 90% of me continues to lean toward the lighter, brighter look.
Since this is such a huge decision, I’ve spent many hours photoshoping some options for Chad and I to analyze before any official decision is made. Below are a few “before and after” renderings I’ve created to help us make the call.
I truly love both looks, but again, my heart leans toward the creamy white brick, with that taupe/charcoal trim. Below are two examples of my color scheme inspiration.
The look is still so classic, but also modern and fresh as well. I also threw together some photoshop renderings of the front porch to get a feel for what it might look like. My goal is to turn what feels like a dark space into a space that reflects a ton of light and gives you a bright and happy welcome.
Below are some of my porch inspirations. Not only would we paint the brick a creamy white and the trim a contrasting charcoal, but lighting would also be a must. Currently there is only one porch light, which just isn’t enough. Ideally, we would add a number of ceiling pendants, fans, and sconce lighting across the front of the home. I would also love to paint the bead board ceiling a sea foam blue, but we’ll have to wait and see if my better half is willing to jump on board!!
I’m completely in love with my inspiration photos and hope that one day we can make this happen to our home. Wait a minute, did I just make my decision without even realizing it? Err yeah, I think I might have.
I really do love the painted cream brick and dark trim, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if it all fits into the budget. It’s safe to say this ISN’T a DIY I would ever want to take on myself, especially with such a historic home. I want to respect it as much as possible, which means leaving it in the hands of an expert. More to come!