The Entry Way at Berrybrier is small, tucked into the corner of the front house addition between the porch and dining room. Because Portland is infamous for it’s rainy season, this little entry needs to work overtime to provide plenty of storage and a place for us to remove our boots. Of course, much like the living room, the entry has evolved a bit since I first moved here.Continue reading “How I Utilize Every Inch of My Tiny Entry”
Boy, oh boy, has this post been long overdue. I’ve been itching to share final reveal shots of the the main bathroom at Berrybrier. If you follow me on instagram (see the sidebar! Or the very bottom of the page if you’re on your phone) you may have seen my instastories a few weeks ago which heavily featured finishing off the bathroom. There were a few little tasks like hanging the hand towel ring, spray painting the toilet paper stand, and making the shower curtain that I needed motivation to work on. So thanks to all those who messaged me for the encouragement! Now… shall we check out some shots of the room?Continue reading “Finally, Finally, Finally the Main Bathroom Reveal!”
Lately, I’ve been working on whipping my living room into better shape and I’ve excited to chat about the evolution of this space! I recently hemmed and re-hung my favorite, budget friendly curtains and got a new rug. But before we get too far into that, let’s talk about where this space started!
This is one of the first shots I snapped of the Living Room at Berrybrier when I first bought the house back in August 2017! It was the space that really sold me on the house, can you believe that? It was a decent sized space and felt so open. I knew the wide cased opening to the Dining Room would be great for entertaining.Continue reading “How My Living Room Has Evolved”
So painting is a pretty quick and easy thing to do to completely transform a room! My Aunt Stephanie and Uncle Mike (the famous duo who painted the walls and ceiling in the stairwell!) came up to visit in April 2018 and asked if I needed help with any projects while they visited. Since they’d already proved their prepping and painting skills, I asked them to work on the Dining Room, which had only recently stopped functioning as the kitchen during the house renovations.Readmore
It’s done — whoopee!! — get ready for the reveal!!! Welcome back to the One Room Challenge: Berrybrier Master Bathroom Edition. I finally have a place to get ready that doesn’t make me concerned for my personal health and it looks so good! First, let’s remind you where we all started here.
The Master Bathroom at Berrybrier is — like most Master Bathrooms — right off the Master Bedroom. It’s an awesome addition that is so great to have, even if it is only a half bathroom. When I bought the house, it was right there, peeking out into the periwinkle and red Master Bedroom.Continue reading “One Room Challenge: Week 6 – Final Master Bathroom Reveal”
First off, hello to all of you new to this blog! I’m so excited to be guest posting as part of the One Room Challenge this Spring 2019. I’m Laurel and I’ve been working on my house — which I named Berrybrier after the brambles of blackberries and raspberries in the backyard — since I bought it in Summer 2017. It’s been a huge project full of ups and downs and I’ve been living here throughout it! I painted the house a happy, salmonberry, coral pink color and finished a DIY gut reno on the Main Bathroom all by myself. I am currently working on the Kitchen as well as the other main spaces! Click around and check out the progress while you’re here!Continue reading “One Room Challenge: Week One – Master Powder Before Pictures and Inspiration”
Right after I moved into Berrybrier I made a list of a ton of things I wanted to accomplish here! Now a ton of it has been completed and I’m really looking forward to sharing more and more of this with you as the weeks go by. I’m making a commitment to start posting weekly on Tuesdays at 10am and am hoping to catch you up to the latest happenings here at Berrybrier! I will occasionally be posting little posts like this on other days and will take weeks off for the occasional holiday or when I’m totally swamped. But truly, I’m trying to hold myself to posting every Tuesday!Continue reading “2019: Here We Go!”
So now that I’ve been at Berrybrier almost a month (oh my god, how?!), I’ve got a pretty good plan of what I’m going to do for the next several years! Boy, is there plenty of work to do, but I am only excited. Before I can do the fun stuff, there’s some big stuff that needs to be done by the professionals. Whoop! There goes my savings! Luckily, once these things are complete, I’ll be able to rent out the two upper bedrooms and start saving up for more fun projects.
Right now I kind of have a hand in every pot of honey around this house, trying to do a million things at once. There are tons of little things that needed to be updated around here before it’s truly livable. Once these more behind-the-scenes items are complete, I’ll get to dive into more of the showy stuff. But I thought I’d break things down for you – and for myself! – to see what’s going on right now and where things are headed.
- Trim back plants from street
and sidewalkto allow passage of pedestrians and cars parking Cut down bamboo Trim walnut tree
- Cut down palm tree
Turn soil Plant clover as a cover crop Cut back and remove berry bushes
- Move raised bed to side yard
- Beef up front porch column
- Replace lattice at porch with proper railing
- Remove railing from side of house
- Paint house!
- New roof and gutters
- New house numbers
- Line driveway with bricks
- Remove chain link fence
- Re-stain front door
- Add new door knocker
- Re-landscape front yard
- Add white picket fence
- Add front porch along entire front of house
- Turn existing porch into mud room
- Turn existing front window into new french doors
- Add coat rack
- Add hooks
- Add entry rug
- Switch existing light fixture for new flush mount
- Center light fixture on entry
- Add sconce?
- Add furniture I have already
- Cross fingers for roommates with furniture
- Buy furnishings (loveseat, chairs, cocktail table, ottomans, rug etc…)
- Remove stone from fireplace and build more traditional look
- Trim out opening to kitchen
- Build attractive wood storage
- Switch light fixture for new
- Center light fixture on fireplace
- Turn big window into french doors to new porch
Add existing furniture Remove terrifying glass and concrete block shelving system from closet
- Add functional storage to closet
- Add panels to existing closet door in interim
- Switch existing light fixture for new pendant over table
- Line walls with bookcases to create library dining space!
- Re-work closets and lower floor bedroom entry?
- Center light fixture
- Clean, clean, clean
- Sand existing cabinets
- Paint existing cabinets
- Scrape existing flaking sheet vinyl up to expose original hardwood floors and stair treads
- Purchase small butcher block table for next to stove
- Remove small full height cabinet
- Add my pantry china cabinet from the Duplex
- Paint pantry china cabinet
- Re-finish hardwood floors
- New lighting (cans? pendants? semi-flush mounts?)
- Remove cabinets on west side and replace with new
- Wire for stove and vent hood at south side window
- Plumb for sink beneath windows looking into backyard
- Add new cabinets at new sink location
- Remove door at stairs
- Add dormer on west side of house
- Rework stairs with new railing using height from dormer to eliminate dual landing
Replace toilet seat with new so it feels less disgusting in here Clean and pray the germs away
- Complete demo!
- New flooring!
- New fixtures!
- New layout!
- New vanity cabinet!
- New storage!
- Switch walls to make this bathroom the half bath and a full bath off the bedroom
Lower Floor Bedroom:
Add existing bedroom furniture Add curtain rod and curtains
- Clean and organize closet to make functional
- New light fixture
- Remove paper residue from wood floors
- Re-work entrance to room to be centered off dining room with his and hers closets
Powder Room (Off Lower Floor Bedroom):
- New toilet
- Secure sink to wall
- Remove VCT flooring
- Tile floors
- Add wall paneling
- Paint walls and ceiling
- Switch walls in bathrooms to make this a full bathroom and the one off the kitchen a powder room
- Paint walls
- Paint risers
- New hand rail
- New motion sensor or 3 way light switch
- New light fixture
- Add sconces?
- Add door where current eave access door is leading to north side dormer at top of stairs
- Raise ceiling height at bottom of stairs / kitchen with south side dormer
- Turn dual stair landing into single with extended ceiling height
- New light fixture
- Make closets more functional / attractive
- Add more outlets
- Strap hot water heater to concrete walls
- Vent dryer to exterior
- Clean washer and dryer
- Paint floors and walls
- New 200 amp electrical box
- Add storage
- New front loading washer and dryer (stacking?)
- Add laundry basket storage
- New stainless steel utility sink
- New lighting on single switch
- Add rug and shelving at laundry
- Upgrade furnace and oil tank to new gas
- Add outlets?
- Turn soil
- Plant clover as a cover crop
Move bricks from behind garage, evaluate if enough for patio Cut back and remove some berry bushes
- Cut back asparagus
Trim magnolia tree
- Build a brick patio beneath magnolia tree
Demo existing falling down fence
- Build new fence
Buy outdoor table and chairs Demolish deck roof
- Paint outdoor table and chairs
- Demolish deck
- Demolish chicken coop
- Build new chicken coop and run
- Plant raised bed vegetable garden
- Add shade garden beneath Magnolia
- Cultivate existing herb garden
- Add fire pit with adirondack chair seating
- Landscape yard
- Demolish existing garage
- Add large shed
- Add outdoor shower / tub?
Clean! Remove chemicals and toxic waste Remove junk and toss
- Organize existing nuts, bolts, screws, etc
- Organize with proper tool and wood storage
- Demolish garage, replace with large shed
Whew! That’s a lot I’m working on and a lot to do coming up! Somehow it feels like I haven’t done anything, yet I’ve been working my butt off. I think all the little things happen over time and most are still in progress so although I haven’t checked a lot off my list yet, there’s still a lot going on! Luckily, I have an amazing amount of help. My dad came up for two weeks, my mom has been here helping for a month, my cousins Mary and Ted have been incredibly kind, dedicating hours upon hours to slowly tame this garden! I am so thankful for all this help. I am just overwhelmed by the generosity of my family members. I am looking forward to whipping the main bathroom and kitchen into shape so I can finally feel moved-in. Right now I feel very guilty showing people into my bathroom. Somehow, I’ve grown accustomed to it, but boy, it is not hygienic! Luckily the big items will get ticked off the list in the next couple of months allowing me to go into the new year in a fresh, clean space! Can’t wait for y’all to come visit in 2018!