I’ve already shared the freshly updated kitchen, as well as the simplified living and dining rooms, but just received the bathroom photos. I haven’t seen them at Target recently, sorry I couldn’t help more! Do you mind if I ask what kind of wood you and your husband used for your office bookcase/built-ins? Amanda, I have done most of the work in the house my husband and I purchased just over 1 year ago. . So sorry! Thank you so much for taking some time from your day to stop by. Our Humble Abode. Our Humble Abode. Hope it helps! This online community of readers has turned into something more. Very creative! We’ve been busy with client remodel work, which we’re grateful for. Published on April 29, 2013 April 29, 2013 by Our Humble Abode Admittedly not as catchy as bringing sexy back. =). We are both quite handy and have an extensive tool collection (the husband is the collector). It has come so far and still has a ways to go but this little kitchen is definitely where I spend most of my free time baking it up. We just bought our first house last year and we’ve been slowly working on updating it. Our wooded area here is not as big as the 2 acre lot we were on with the house we rented while this was being built, but are are very happy to have some space and nature in our own back yard. By centering the range between two cabinets, there’s twice as much work space. We just redid our kitchen…took it down to the bones of the house…and installed an IKEA kitchen in a medium stain with Silestone counters. One other thing though: I am a DIY girl, and frankly, my husband wouldn’t be able to install and repair half the stuff I do, so it would be nice if your suggestions wouldn’t always ask for a guy to do things a girl can do just as well From that back landing, this was the dreary view: Now, the white cabinets look fresh and clean, simple black hardware add a touch of contrast. The 70’s built house has good bones and a lot of potential, but hasn’t been updated since it was built. ... We haven’t run into any of those on our blog yet, but way to keep it classy and not stoop. If you get little scuffs on the white, Magic Erasers are wonderful. A fanblog dedicated to Twisted Wonderland OC's, i hope you like'em! anyway I am so happy I did! I’m glad I could help! Oh, I am so happy to hear you love the prints! We’ve been working endlessly on our little humble abode since I moved in two year ago. I lean toward yes with the trim becuase the breakfast nook is attached. Thank you for your great blog/site I have soooo enjoyed it. I totally understand that it’s difficult to live on one income. Cat. Back in 2006, I moved from Minnesota to Montana where we lived in a 1960’s rancher Ben bought a few years earlier. If you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask! My husband and I have been so inspired so we’re thinking of building built-ins for our loft. I tried to vote for you but cant find where to vote! That’s too bad! Our goal is to rob Peter to pay Paul. I’m so glad you found our blog too. With the wall out, flow between is so easy, making both spaces are more functional. Our Humble Abode has decided to temporarily suspend operations due to the increased numbers of COVID 19 in South Florida. September 18, 2020 - 1:43 am. During my unintended blog break, we were hard at work adding a bathroom to a bleak unfinished basement. If you can imagine being in the center of the room, I turned to show the door situation. Just discovered your blog via YoungHouseLove’s – love it! Thanks sooo much Amanda!!! A furnace and water heater along one wall with a side by side top loading washer and dryer on the outside wall. So glad you’re enjoying watching the progress. Due to the narrower vanity before, we selected a light bar with a full back to cheat the new light over the wider vanity. Erika. And apparently it takes a creepy stalker to know a creepy stalker, because apparently KC keeps track of the “first comments” from YHL. I would love to see pics of your house. Really, I’m blushing right now. I put pen to paper to draw out options and came up with the following plan: Keeping the furnace in the same spot, we scooted the water heater back to make room for a stacked washer and dryer. For five and a  half years, we worked our butts off fixing and updating. When that day comes (as I’m sure it will), we’ll be looking to your example of how to handle it with grace and determination. If you have any questions or photos you would like to share, please send us an e-mail at ourhumbleabodeblog@gmail.com. We’re going to steal two feet of space from the main bathroom to add to the master. I was looking for that post on the tree carving picture but couldn’t find it. I would like to send it to you (free of course). : ). I plan to blog about the experiences we have as we turn this house into our family home. I’m glad we can provide some inspiration. Keep the posts coming! While I love the views out the front of our house, the back deck feels like a private little oasis. Thanks for a great blog and lot’s of inspiration! It’s simply that I am a perfectionist by nature and these two blogs (among others) have raised the blogging bar, so to speak. In a small home, maximizing space is crucial. I absolutely love your home! I love so many things that I see in RH and PB catalogs, but I can’t afford ANY of it, so I make it instead. Previously, the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room cramped both rooms. All 1/2 Pans serve 6-8 Persons - … Hey Kristin! I have been a reader for a few weeks and I wanted to let you know I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! If you go through their articles, you’ll see that I’ve only been the first to comment a few times, not EVERY time. Thanks so much for stopping by. Thanks for all of your sweet comments! I try to encourage my readers to view our homes as an extension of ourselves, so I champion renovating and decorating our interiors using our style and character to create a meaningful space. We love the built ins, too. Before, our living room had a mismatched pair of large thrifted lamps, see both photos below. Hey there! As long as the surface is clean and primed, you should be just fine. I hope that’s ok with you. Can i just tell you how inspiring your site is to me and my husband? Instagram Roundup – Our Humble aBODEN Home Decor, Real Estate, Renovation Instagram Roundup Tweet Because not everyone is on Instagram (or following me yet, which you should @ourhumbleaboden) I decided to grab a few of my favorite posts recently and share them on the blog. Can’t wait to see your entryway when it’s done! and lots of leaves. I believe we used the Halo brand, so you might want to see what you can find and ask the people at HD what would work best. http://jennaandcalder.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/one-lovely-blog-nomination/. Unfortunately, I don’t have any before photos, so I created a floor plan to give a better idea of what we started with. My hubby and I do the same as you “do it yourself ers” We are just thinking of starting our 3rd house redo! After Julie got busy with work and life, she asked her wonderful and sister-in-law Jessica to join her. Just givin’ you some constructive criticism…. It definitely is a nice perk for Ben to be so handy. Hi Amanda. Built in 1953, Most everything is as originally built, though in rough shape from a lack of maintenance in recent years. I love it and can’t get enough! Please share e mails of any projects we’ve inspired you to do, or any that may inspire us or others We’ll try to keep up the creativity and posts for you. I have a great app to share with you. Hey Amanda! I took a semester of interior design classes in the spring of 2006… Are you from Minnesota? AA. Always puts a smile on my face. , Hey Amanda, I just found your blog over at YHL! Thanks for following along on this wild journey! Umm, Ben installed the lights, so it’s not super difficult. It looks like one is the empire state building. Hi. If you’d like to share your photos, I would love to see them. I am just about to redo our home and you have some great ideas. On the other side of the wall, the master bathroom didn’t feel luxurious at a cramped 48 inches wide by 100 inches deep. Our clients wanted a refreshed space without breaking the budget. Amanda, I just wanted to say thank you again for sharing your blog again. $6.99. Have a lovely Christmas Montana is so dry, especially compared to the land of 10,000 lakes. Ultimately, I do appreciate my readers (and I try to show appreciation by thanking people for their kind words and hosting giveaways-most of which are coming out of MY pocket), but I realize I cannot please everyone. I love looking at a finished project. A couple of DIYers, updating their home, one room at a time. We are thinking about doing the same thing throughout our house. 954-399-8107. Real artists are usually not in competition with each other (as KC implies), but are inspired by each other. Before we can get into the putting it all back together phase, we first need a plan. I love white mouldings, as you can probably tell. And after returning home from an afternoon away, I discovered water in the basement and a cable and internet outage. Here are a few tutorials on how we’ve done everything, but if you have questions, we’re happy to help! It was a gift this past season from a really good friend and we really had been enjoying it. If your walls have texture, you could install a thin sheet of something behind just to cover it. I look forward to seeing them! Removing the load bearing wall was the first order of business. Categories . Your paneling sounds lovely! Now that you’ve seen the layouts, let’s look at the real, finished bathroom. I really appreciate it! Thanks Shannon. I love your style and a lot of your ideas inspire me as well. I noticed you mentioned Montana… We are originally from Bigfork. Hi amanda! Snarking Since: July 1, 2020. I’m from MN but now married and living in Idaho! 954-399-8107. I enjoy reading your posts and looking at your beautiful pictures so I nominated your site for the “Versatile Blogger Award.” Congratulations! Thanks for stopping by! We love hearing from our you! A too small vanity and half tile/half carpet in the room were strange. I had a chuckle that you had to teach your hubby how to use his OWN drill. Thank YOU so much for visiting! That’s awesome that you’ve taught yourself Photoshop, too. Breakfast. Crispy French or Yuca Fries. They just bought a new house, its on IG. But the white is totally traditional and timeless, so we went that route. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), kitchen remodel in a small 1940’s cottage. After a look at their amazing accessory options, we said yes! Published on October 7, 2016 October 7, 2016 by Our Humble Abode 4 Comments. Thanks for your reply The wall is about 10 ft. long, so we might need to use plywood, or would have to break them into several spacing as well of we’d like to go for the MDF. No more shimmying to get out of the dining room. I especially enjoy the idea of the framed cork map to keep track of your travels. For anyone who loves color it is a priceless tool, and lots of fun to use. Wendy lifeonmorgan.com shameless link to a beginners family blog! It’s not easy and requires lots of $$$ and time! Wow! I love your blog! Welcome to Our Humble Abode Welcome to Our Humble Abode Welcome to Our Humble Abode Welcome to Our Humble Abode. 15k Followers, 418 Following, 1,821 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Amanda • Our Humble Abode (@ourhumbleabode) After all, they’re the ones living in the home. Check out my page for details! I just fell upon your blog… perfect timing. Anyway, I noticed you are in Montana – we’re in Missoula. I’ve been sampling every tan/beige/neutral color out there and haven’t hit on the right one. My husband and I are newlyweds and are looking to purchase our first house and we are looking for a 60’s ranch in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area to fix up just like you and your hubs. I don’t miss the Minnesota humidity, but I do miss the water. My father is excellent with electrical and construction work i just wanted to know exactly how much work i was asking him to do before i asked him to do it. Sharing our trials, failures, success, and lessons learned on this blog is a fun and rewarding hobby. We’ve been having fun changing out the ornament for each holiday and season. Also love hearing about Minnesotans moving west. Thank you so much for your kind compliments! And for the record, we like your blog for the fun, engaging and helpful content – I don’t see any copycatting going on here . Loads more cabinet space and personality to boot. ~Albita. 10/25/2014. Last month I purchased 3 of your prints. I’m glad you found us and thanks so much for such sweet comments and encouragement!!! Two, actually, to know where the new plumbing needs to go for each bathroom. Now, the navy cabinet adds a burst of color and the concrete looking floor tiles modernize the room. Congrats on all that you’ve accomplished! Lol I’m still working on the room by room trim, but to answer your question, the beadboard is 4 foot by 8 foot panels, not the tongue and groove. Thanks for all of your sweet and encouraging comments, too! Thank you, different KC. (And seriously, I LOVE YHL… how could anyone NOT want to stalk John and Sherry!! Hope that helps! I know I’m late to this blog post but I’ve just began following you. Home; Menu; Breakfast; Catering; PDF of Menus; Catering Menu. We’ll also pocket the door to eliminate that door swing, preventing the bathroom from feeling too cramped. Our living room walls are Wicker Chair by Olympic. Last fall we embarked on a whole house remodel that wrapped up in January. You could argue that ANY home improvement/decorating blog is sloppy seconds as there are SO MANY blogs out there. Thanks again! Amazing that you do all the stuff mostly by yourselves. Being in Miramar, Our Humble Abode in 33027 serves many nearby neighborhoods including places like Nautica, Sunset Lakes, and Lakeshore at University Park. I’d love to do that in our small dining area. I am a full-time stay-at-home-mom of two boys. CallMeCordelia. blog: http://ourhumbleabodeblog.com/ etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OurHumbleAbode I’m taking my hat off to you for pursuing what you found yourself to be good at. New trim and paint were quick and affordable upgrades to the remaining rooms, blending well with the new kitchen. Welcome to Our Humble Abode Welcome to Our Humble Abode Welcome to Our Humble Abode Welcome to Our Humble Abode. Now, the range sits centered between cabinets, rather than awkwardly tucked against the wall. painted on the walls… in the same room! We haven’t run into any of those on our blog yet, but way to keep it classy and not stoop. I'm Amanda and I'll be your co-pilot today. It is such an exciting time in our lives. You’re so lucky to be a SAHM – I’m hoping to follow in your footsteps soon, but unfortunately the cost of living here in Northern Virginia makes it super difficult , Erin, I feel the same way! It is relatively small and SO awkward. I’m due to have my first baby in spring time and I too would LOVE to be a SAHM! I just the RSS option just for you! On the left, the door hides the furnace while the other goes to the bedroom/office. #loveyourhabitat #a… You’re not too far from us then. There aren’t a whole heck of a lot of Montana bloggers so I’m always thankful to find another one (being a transplanted Montanan myself)! Your blog is one of my favorites, and I read a lot of design blogs! When I met mine I had to teach him how to use a drill…his own drill!! Until then, what’s your favorite way to brighten up a kitchen? I’m closing on my first house this week and would love to know how you did the trim work on your walls. Walking through open houses and estate sales is my idea of a fun day. More power to you that you’re handier than your husband! What a beautiful family you have! Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Reader Re-Do: Amanda and Ben’s Whole House Transformation – Fresh Home Blog, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Humble-ABowed/120919047970619?ref=ts, http://ourhumbleabowed.wordpress.com/category/tutorials/trim-tutorial/, http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/best-diy-blog-nominations-the-homies-2012-166618, http://modernalice.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/versatile-blogger-award/, http://jennaandcalder.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/one-lovely-blog-nomination/, http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/. But, we have a few projects we’ve wrapped up and can now share, along with others we’re just starting. We are ecstatic - but there is a lot of work to do. Published on June 7, 2019 May 29, 2019 by Our Humble Abode 1 Comment During my unintended blog break, we were hard at work adding a bathroom to a bleak unfinished basement. Helllllloo Amanda! 2.4K likes. to the shelves, but the adjustable track is super handy to reconfigure the sizes to store towels, toilet paper, baskets, and anything else. I’ll be checking in for ideas! I think I’ve encountered two other Montana bloggers, so it’s definitely exciting! Originally, the main bathroom measured 100 inches wide by 102 inches deep, with a toilet and vanity to the right and a tub/shower and linen closet on the left. You guys look like you are doing awesome things to your house! I’m anxious to read your trim tutorial when you have it finished. Hi Amanda, I’m so excited to have found your blog! This will allow us to move the toilet to the back wall, with a 60 inch wide shower and vanity to the left. I’d love to paint them a fun color, too. We love our white shutters and window boxes. All Home Buying New Home. A bathroom in the basement was a bit more wonky. There was an unframed opening from an office/bedroom, with a second unframed opening to a closet. Then we’ll work on the loft built-ins after. We're avid DIY-ers, tackling large and small projects while raising two rambunctious boys. Our Humble Abode. Congratulations! If you’re interested, I would suggest looking into workshops to see if you like it. ( Log Out /  I love the color of your livingroom walls (looks like it goes into the kitchen too?). On Thursday, the boys and I ran errands, then took advantage of the sunny weather by stopping in a garage sale and two thrift stores. Anyway, just wanted to say “hi” and thanks for the great blog! We live in America and have the freedom of speech, and I’m not harming anyone, so I’ll do it if I have something similar to add. Please send it to ourhumbleabowed@gmail.com. Almost the same view, just 8 years apart. 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