where the magic [will continue] to happen

hi friends!

man, this is scary.  i think i've talked about blogging for at least 8 years. it's been hard for me to get past the thought of "do i really have something to talk about?" notion, the thought of meticulously planning a calendar for posting, and the judgement of humans, but i've decided to go for it!

i may be a lettering artist, but i really want this space to be a place where i share any thing i make.  thrifting clothes, housewares, executing small and large diys alike; these are all things i love to do/make, so share i will!

if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen me sharing lots of renovation details in my stories.  i want to use this blog not only as a place for sharing, but a community for asking questions, sharing ideas, and drawing inspiration.  this seemed like a perfect opportunity to share with some content that will hopefully keep on comin'.  after 3 years owning a beautiful little mid-century bungalow in a historic san antonio neighborhood, patrick and i purchased a [still mid-century] larger ranch house (3 bed, 2 bath) to hopefully grow into and renovate exactly to our liking.  

today, id like to share some "before" pictures of the house along with a few notes on the plans we have for the space as a whole.  from there, ill share individual posts with in-detail plans for our ideas on each room.  then there's the fun part - progress and final pictures! i'm no designer, but i would love to share the process with my friends and this seems like the right place to do it!  Without further ado, let's start sharing some before pictures of what we lovingly call "the beverly":

 

this was taken from the front living room looking at the front door/entry area.  we don't have much to work with as far as entry area goes, but im thinking that wall to the right of the door facing the camera will have a bench, mirror above it, and possibly some sort of hat wall because those are so darn cute.

this was taken from the front living room looking at the front door/entry area.  we don't have much to work with as far as entry area goes, but im thinking that wall to the right of the door facing the camera will have a bench, mirror above it, and possibly some sort of hat wall because those are so darn cute.

this was taken from the same spot, looking left. holy built-ins! i have shared some styling on my instagram, but plan to share a whole post just on my favorite bookshelf styling tricks and pieces. so much fun!

this was taken from the same spot, looking left. holy built-ins! i have shared some styling on my instagram, but plan to share a whole post just on my favorite bookshelf styling tricks and pieces. so much fun!

same location, looking further into the room is our massive l-shaped front living area.  the area to the left will have couches and chairs, and the space ahead before the french doors will be more of a walkway area with our record player and record storage.

same location, looking further into the room is our massive l-shaped front living area.  the area to the left will have couches and chairs, and the space ahead before the french doors will be more of a walkway area with our record player and record storage.

this room is directly through the french doors, and will serve as the dining room.  there is (was!) awful wood paneling in both rooms, and we have since torn it down, reframed some walls, and are eagerly awaiting drywall install.  we also plan to replace the flooring (shown here is vinyl) with a warm oak that will match the original wood in the front living space and help the "flow"

this room is directly through the french doors, and will serve as the dining room.  there is (was!) awful wood paneling in both rooms, and we have since torn it down, reframed some walls, and are eagerly awaiting drywall install.  we also plan to replace the flooring (shown here is vinyl) with a warm oak that will match the original wood in the front living space and help the "flow"

looking through the door above, is one more room that was in the listing as the "game room" which i hated, but now we refer to it as the game room.  this room is pretty large, and we actually plan to turn it into what we are calling a "coworking" space, including a second living room - the living room that will have a TV (not room in the front one with all the windows!).  we have already knocked out the wall between those 2 closet doors and opened it up.  we plan to build out a 2-person desk in the resulting nook so it won't stay a closet, and the open area closer to the windows will have a free-standing project table just for my artwork and signage projects.  to break up the space, there will also be some sort of shelving divider built.  much more to come!

looking through the door above, is one more room that was in the listing as the "game room" which i hated, but now we refer to it as the game room.  this room is pretty large, and we actually plan to turn it into what we are calling a "coworking" space, including a second living room - the living room that will have a TV (not room in the front one with all the windows!).  we have already knocked out the wall between those 2 closet doors and opened it up.  we plan to build out a 2-person desk in the resulting nook so it won't stay a closet, and the open area closer to the windows will have a free-standing project table just for my artwork and signage projects.  to break up the space, there will also be some sort of shelving divider built.  much more to come!

the kitchen. ohhhhhh, the kitchen.  this room will see the biggest transformation.  this is the listing image, which made me think it was a tiny kitchen.  it's not large, but it's definitely larger than it looks here, or at least much wider.  i already have a mood board put together and the tile is being installed today, so this will be the first "plan" post I will share.  notice the adorable breakfast nook waiting to have brunch and coffee served at it.  in love.

the kitchen. ohhhhhh, the kitchen.  this room will see the biggest transformation.  this is the listing image, which made me think it was a tiny kitchen.  it's not large, but it's definitely larger than it looks here, or at least much wider.  i already have a mood board put together and the tile is being installed today, so this will be the first "plan" post I will share.  notice the adorable breakfast nook waiting to have brunch and coffee served at it.  in love.

here is one of 2 original bathrooms (the house was built in 1950, by the way). We only plan to maybe replace the vanity mirror, lighting, and bring some warm wood tones in.

here is one of 2 original bathrooms (the house was built in 1950, by the way). We only plan to maybe replace the vanity mirror, lighting, and bring some warm wood tones in.

I'm only sharing one bedroom photo because they basically all look the same and are identical sizes.  tiny, but not irritatingly so.  for now we are keeping all the walls this grey color.  i have a feeling the rooms won't get much attention for several months - we will be busy on other projects!

I'm only sharing one bedroom photo because they basically all look the same and are identical sizes.  tiny, but not irritatingly so.  for now we are keeping all the walls this grey color.  i have a feeling the rooms won't get much attention for several months - we will be busy on other projects!

so there you have it! we also plan to paint our front door and a couple entrance columns which just got approved by the historic board, so glad we have the green light! I hope you're still awake and the high-level plans are exciting to you.  if they're not you don't have to follow along anymore.  ;) 

next up, the kitchen remodel plans.  it's going to be a good one, y'all.

hugs!