Home Tours: Abundant Abode

Ready for another Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour!?!  Renee blogs at The Abundant Abode is taking us on a Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour.  Ready to see her six bedroom home in the ‘burbs?!!!   She’s SUPER cute inside out and I know you’ll love her and her home LOTS!  Thanks for the tour Renee…

Hi! I’m Renee from The Abundant Abode.

We started looking for a house about a year ago. It seemed like everyone around us was {and still is} having babies, so I kinda got the baby bug.  We ended up moving from a two bedroom apartment in  the city to this six bedroom house in the ‘burbs this past June. The thought was that we would not “grow out of it” and we could be here until we are too old to use the stairs.  While I am technically an interior designer, my talent is more on the architectural side of things, so the fabrics and “styling” side is not really my forte, and I’m very much a minimalist with “decorative” elements…less to dust around! A reformed spendaholic, I am now a saveaholic, so I care more about retiring early than spending a lot of money on decorating. However, I’d like to have people come over to my house and not go “oh…I thought you were a designer?” {Haha…yes it has happened multiple times in apartments past.} So far we have painted almost every room, and completed a few small projects.  The big stuff is still to come!

Entry & Foyer

I have big big plans for more landscaping up front and finding a way to distinguish this house from a similar one two doors down, but this is our Front Entry Update thus far.

Dining Room

We updated a traditional chandelier.  Slipcovers for the chairs, drapery panels, and a credenza under the mirrors with two buffet lamps are on the list of to-do’s.

Living Room {Music Room}

We beefed up the crown by adding additional trim below, and soon we will add additional running trim which will also hide those cords from the pendants. I still need to find a rug and reupholster the settee my mom gave us.  My parents bought the piano for me when I was in second grade, and now that I have it in my own home I am relearning how to play.  {The guitars are my husbands.}

Deck and Patio

The chandelier is under the deck – it previously was a not-so-attractive fixture in the breakfast room. We also gave new life to our crumbling patio table with a new wood plank top.

Great Room

We added trim below the existing crown to beef it up, and built this console table and built the cocktail table. Two ottomans are literally in the mail to replace the low coffee table, and the sofa is my favorite purchase in the whole house.  We also have plans for built-ins at the fireplace wall.

Until about a month ago we had our breakfast room chairs circled around nothing. They were there to keep my husband from hitting his head on the light fixture that I thought I hung high enough to avoid that problem, but was about 1″ shy.  We brought up my craft table from the basement when we were painting our doors, and it never found its way back home…imagine something mid-centruy modern. We still need to finish adding trim below the crown so it matches what we have done in the family room.  That horrendous fluorescent light will hopefully hit the road soon!  {That is my miniature schnauzer Chloe running through the photo below.}

Master Bedroom

Our master bedroom is nearly complete; we want to add crown molding and perhaps some other running trim at the headboard wall.  We already had the bed, comforter and corner chair, so we spent about $500 for everything else.  The design intent was to be bright, clean and modern with a romantic flare.  You can read about our Ikea Rast nightstands.  I love mixing stained and painted finishes, and  did a lot of sewing in this room.

Hall Bath

The hall bath is as done as it will be for a while – the shell sconce needs to be replaced, but it is simply not at the top of my to-spend list. This room is probably the biggest transformation. I previously referred to it as the “little mermaid bathroom.” Check out the before photos to see why. We spent about $120 for all we did {painting, towels, accessories, and the mirror frame+shelf.} More about the refresh and Transforming a Mirror for Under $20.

Guest Bedroom Number 1

The only room “finished” is the first guestroom that I refer to as the Navy&Teal room. The goal was to reuse as much as I could from what I have, but update with paint and bedding for under $200.

Guest Bedroom Number 2

Right after the Navy+Teal guestroom was completed one of our “couple friends” decided to move in together and she asked if we wanted her 1 year old mattress and box springs. So the Green+Black guestroom was born.  Why Green+Black?  Because that is all the stuff I still had from my pre-married bedroom!  I relocated the Ikea curtains from the family room to here, sewed the Euro sham from a yard of Ikea fabric, and purchased sheets on sale at Target.  We still want to add crown molding and some type of headboard, but for now it’s our under $100 guest bedroom.

Office & Hallway

My office is the first room I tried the black doors with accent edge.  I am fortunate to work three days a week from home, and I need lots of storage and table space to accommodate all my drawing sets.

There are more photos {here} of the “befores” as well as other rooms that we have not yet touched…even though I said before we moved in, “this wallpaper is going before we even move in!” Oh, well – it is on the 2013 renovation schedule, along with SO MUCH MORE!  I invite all of you to follow along!  And since December is just around the corner –

Renee’s home is totally dreamy…it’s already gorgeous and it will be fun to follow along at The Abundant Abode as she continues updating her beautiful forever home!

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  1. Lizzie says:

    I love the accent on the doors in the office, nice touch.

  2. Thank you for sharing this home tour. I love the black doors with accent edge!

  3. Crunchy Diva says:

    You house looks great – I love the table you have out on the patio. Where did you get that? I know what you mean about people having high expectations about your own home when you are a designer. I’m a “recovering” architect and I think people expect my house to look like it just jumped off the pages of Dwell! Have fun with the rest of your home journey.

    • Aimee says:

      If you look right above the table there’s a link with the scoop! I love it, too!!! Renee is amazing! XO, Aimee

  4. Hollie @ I'm Busy Procrastinating says:

    I like the way Renee laid out her photos of each room, with one large shot and two additional. Clean way to see several perspectives of the same room, without too long of a post.

    Loving the turquoise on the deck, too!

    • Aimee says:

      Yes, Renee has a great layout in her posts and in her home! You are so right Hollie! XO, Aimee

  5. denyse@crazy beautiful life says:

    Hi Aimee! You are right this home is dreamy. I’m having a, “It’s a Social Hop like Crazy” party. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your blog.

    Have a crazy beautiful weekend!

  6. Renee says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity Aimee! It has been lovely getting to know you via our emails the past several weeks! ~R

  7. Anja says:

    Renee really has a great home, I have stumbled across her blog some weeks ago. Those nightstands in her master bedroom nearly made it into our home, too =)

  8. Benji says:

    Very nice. I love the color scheme in the Great Room. And I can not say enough about black doors throughout, but the hot pink touch is brilliant!

  9. Aimee says:

    I’m so glad you re-read my email a bunch of times and figured out I was serious…Renee you make me smile and your home is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing your dreamy dwelling! XO, Aimee