After several years in the Houston area, we left the big city to return to my (Kennan's) hometown of Devine, Texas, with dreams of renovating a home and making it our own. We are so excited to share part of our hometown renovation journey.
Our style is inspired my mid century modern design, lots of Fixer Upper watching, with some Young House Love DIY twists. In this blog series, we will share some of our favorite before and afters.
Especially now that we work from home with the Marken Media Co. office just steps from the kitchen, it's important to us that our environment is part of our inspiration. We work well in a space that inspires us, feels light and airy, and let's face it, also lets us live (with all the laundry piles, toy piles, and random piles of unusually large size).
the Kitchen & Dining
We took this smaller, old-school kitchen and turned it into my favorite room in the whole house. After taking down the uppers that blocked the view of the dining room, it totally opened up the space. We used New Generation Kitchen and Bath for the white shaker cabinets and the gray quartz countertops. I even got my farmhouse sink!
In the dining room, we used a super fun wallpaper as a feature wall to contrast all the white in the kitchen. We installed it ourselves after the kiddos were in bed during the time change!
the Kids Bath
The gray curtains I'd originally picked out for the master made it feel too dark. I ended up swapping them for a cream color and moving the accent rug back to the living room where we'd used it at our old house.
The Master Bath
To get more space in the master bath, we took over one of the hall closets and also took away the in-bathroom linen shelving. Though we did lose some storage, we gained so much bathroom space - making it a great trade-off for us.
I've gone back and forth with how to arrange our living room furniture. During the Christmas season, I moved the couch from being perpendicular to the wall with the front door to being parallel against it. So far, I have really liked how the room is opened up with this new arrangement.
Renovations aren't easy. We had such great help along the way. We can't imagine it without you guys! Special thanks to DeeDee Ramirez (for helping us in the beginning dream phase and for hooking us up with great contractors), "Papa" David Unger (for having your hardworking hands available and touching just about every corner of this house), Uncle Bren Unger (for spending part of your summer break in the hot Texas weather doing demo), Bill Blalock (for climbing up in our attic to install the perfect living room lighting), Medina Glass (for a lovely shower wall in the master bath), Hererra Plumbing (for bringing your expertise to our bathroom plumbing problems), Sharon & Lyndell Neuman (for letting our family live with you while we waited for this project to be complete and finishing our fence), and Jack and Judy Kelley (for allowing us to buy your family home. We can't imagine being anywhere else).