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When I was thinking of what I wanted to share with you this morning–; I couldn’;t help but look at the date. It’;s August tomorrow. Our little girl turned 4 yesterday. Whoa. Time. ?? We also celebrated 3 years of home ownership in our Michigan home too this weekend (even if we technically weren’;t in the state). This means that this month marks 3 years of living in our new home build. Between A’;s birthday &; feeling sentimental, I think we will take a quick stroll through the past 3 years of DIY and what we’;ve done so far here in our home in Michigan!?

I’;m holding a kleenex typing this post out. Don’;t judge.

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We moved into our Ann Arbor, Michigan home in August 2014. It was our second new home build–; but first in the Midwest and it came with a few surprises.

I don’;t have great ‘;before’; pictures of where we started, but you’;ll quickly get an idea. At closing our home was flat bright commercial white paint and ready for us to leave our mark on it. I’;ll share what we have done so far, 3 years in, and wish list projects we’;d love to tackle.

Since I was pregnant for the first year we lived therepillow cases home decor, not much was done. I didn’;t have the energy to do much more than work and care for 1 year old Aubrey. Once we hit the 1 year mark, Owen was already born, I was back to work, and we finally had more energy to tackle home projects. A few months later, I started blogging.

Timing is funny like that. ??

Our biggest barriers are like every other young family—; when we have the time, we can’;t justify the cost and when we finally save up enough–; well, we cannot find the time.

One of our biggest cost savers making our new house a home was doing it ourselves. Jordan really. If we need something around the house, he simply learns how to do it. And I am forever grateful for him managing my grand requests with realistic projects that always turn out so nice.

Since I never considered blogging when we closed on the house, I don’;t have any true ‘;Before’; pictures! Sigh. But what I do have are photos from 3 weeks before closing. Imagine an extra coat of flat white paint and flooring installed when we moved into the home.

Our New Home on Closing Day in 2014

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

Here we had just painted the gray part of the all white walls.

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

We still aren’;t sure how we want to use this room. I think we both agree that we’;d like a place for the kids to do homework and somewhere for me to setup shop for an office. Right now I blog from the Kitchen Island or the couch and have to pull out my binders &; printer as needed.

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

We entered our first ever One Room Challenge with the Powder Room. We had 6 weeks to take it from ‘;before’; to something beautiful. In here we had the same flat white painted walls.

What We’;ve Done So Far

It was so much room renovation. You can see the full list here at the Powder Room Reveal!

Wish List Projects?

Not a thing! If we could have every room as finished as the powder room, I’;d consider the Michigan home a success. But then I’;d be bored. ??

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

We haven’;t done much with the kitchen other than paint it (twice) and add some decor.

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

Our home builder planned for this space to be a dining space. Jordan &; I agreed to actually eat in the dining room and not let it get dusty. Since we had that dining space, this area is used every single day for morning adventures and hanging out while we’;re cooking dinner.

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

We haven’;t done anything to the mudroom in the first 2.95 years. But that is about to change. I can’;t wait to share our weekend DIY project! In the meantime, this is how it’;s looked to us every single morning since we’;ve moved in.

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

This room is too large for my small-decor mind to process. It’;s been difficult to style without having a large budget. And it hasn’;t been a focus since we’;ve been trying to update rooms that people actually see. Unless you are Aubrey in the middle of the night, not many people ever come to see the latest decor in our room. ??

I created an entire post dedicated to updating our master bedroom. Unfortunately, the timing hasn’;t worked out (for reasons above). It’;s always seemed like a better project to do something that other people could appreciate, rather than just ourselves.

dressed up for Christmas!

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

They are basic bedrooms ?? Nothing too fancy over here.

Old photo- Aubrey ditched that guard last year ??

See more about Owen’;s Nursery here

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

Master Bathroom Above —; Spare Bathroom Below

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

You can see more about our laundry room makeover here

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

Don’;t worry that’;s not a water problem. I think someone was working downstairs on a project. The basement is more than 1750 square feet of playground for Aubrey &; Owen. Jordan has built a small tool empire with several cabinets, work spaces, and tools. It’;s a very functional area for him to work and the kids have fun everywhere else.

We opted for 9′; ceilings when we built the house, so it gives us plenty of options–; for the future.

What We’;ve Done So Far

Wish List Projects?

Whew. That’;s it! We’;ve been really lucky to enjoy working around the house in the few years we’;ve been here. This place went from some very stark white walls and is slowly turning into a home for our little family. We’;ve made so many memories (and brought Owen home) that it’;s more than just color and wall decor for us.

Jordan &; I were just talking about how we’;ve been in Michigan for more than 3.5 years. it’;s the longest we’;ve lived anywhere in our adult lives. When it comes to DIY projects, we like to balance making our home pretty, functional, and appropriate for resale. We know that there will always be another place for us to live–; but in the meantime we’;ll be working on a new project.

Thank you for walking down memory lane with me!

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