Welcome to Our Little Beehive! Come on over for a little house tour and some virtual treats. We've done a bit of work to the exterior of our home, namely replacing the windows in the sun room; replacing the bright blue shutters with more traditional black ones; painting the front and side doors black; installing a fence around the corner lot to give us more of a "back-yard" feel; building a giant shed with cute little windows; burying all our gutter drain lines; jack-hammering up half of the driveway to make more lawn; and covering the entire lot with several inches of mulch in an effort to grow a new lawn from scratch.
chocolate chip cookie dough truffle or one of the other delicious treats we whip up for you every Tuesday.
heart shaped dinner bell that we hung in lieu of a door bell as you step through our front door and into our living room.
Before & After tab for all the pics. We're in the process of painting the trim ultra bright white, which is making the walls look much less baby blue in the afternoon light and much more like the gray I love. We also removed the glass door/brass fireplace screen and replaced it with a simple stainless screen. I sewed insulated curtains for this room and the adjoining dining room and made our sweet dog, Feeney, a matching dog bed cover.
You'll enter the office into the sitting area of the room where I make phone calls,
Separating the sitting area from my desk is a cabinet where I keep all of my favorite books alternated with baskets full of office supplies.
My favorite part of our dining room (apart from the chandelier) is that it is open to both the living room and to the kitchen, where we hung a pot rack from the ceiling joists over the breakfast bar separating the two spaces.
To the right of the stairs is our little bathroom where we've installed a very tall shower curtain rod; painted the walls and ceiling; modified our toilet to dual-flush; replaced the medicine cabinet; and installed a new light (six times).
At the top of the stairs and through the door on the right is our master bedroom.
In here we painted from dark green to another shade of pale gray; removed an outdated ceiling fan; hung a simple drum pendant light; and I sewed a pair of matelase window valances after discovering that long curtains meant I couldn't get to my side of the bed. We also installed a closet organizing system in the small closet.
Next to the master is our guest room, which is where I keep all of my clothes. In here we painted, twice; removed a ceiling fan and hung the same simple drum pendant as the master; installed a closet organizing system; and sewed the curtains.
In our den we have an office area for S, who is a pilot and prefers to do his flight planning while sitting on the couch in the living room, a sewing area for me, and a TV area with a futon to accommodate extra guests. In here we painted; replaced insulation behind some of the paneling; ran wiring out to the office through the ceiling; and ran new circuits to several outlets (we've replaced all the outlets in the house to matching white ones and electrical upgrades everywhere is an ongoing project).
The other half of our basement is a utility room with our pantry, washer and dryer and all the stuff that doesn't fit in our kitchen. We replaced the exterior basement door this winter and now we're just beginning to renovate the entire basement to create a den, another bedroom, a second full bathroom, a laundry room, a pantry and smaller utility room. It's tall order for a small basement, but we're up for the challenge.
If you walk out the basement door and up a set of stairs you'll be in our new back (side) yard, which we created by fencing in an area of our side lot. The driveway used to lead all the way to the back fence (long enough for 5 cars!), but after we built the shed we removed part of the driveway to make it a two car drive and planted grass and these arborvitae for some additional privacy. The fence will get a coat of white-ish gray stain this spring...just as soon as we can bring ourselves to commit to such a huge undertaking!
That concludes our tour of Our Little Beehive, thanks for stopping by. We're constantly working on new projects so next time you stop by maybe we'll make you some cookie dough ice cream or perhaps a cupcake to celebrate the completion of our basement renovation.