Before and After

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  • As we wrap up another year, it’s fun to reflect on all we’ve accomplished. Life isn’t always before and afters, but my do they feel good, even if they just show progress. This post was originally written June 2016 and has been republished December 2017.

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    In just two weeks we’ll mark two years since we moved from our home in Kansas to St. Louis. It’s crazy how fast the time has passed since our first walk in our new neighborhood up to the club to watch fireworks! While it wasn’t our dream home, it has become home and I love it more and more everyday. Over the past couple of years we’ve done a lot of projects, big and small to adapt our home to fit our lifestyle and aesthetic. There are still a lot of projects to do, but I thought I’d take this opportunity to do a quick before and after to remind myself that it was worth it!

    Where to start? The front porch!

    fall front porch decorating ideas

    Simple & neutral Christmas front porch decorations




    how to decorating for spring

    foyer makeover - the before and after of an entryway

    how to update a basic evergreen christmas wreath

    Half bath


    beautiful half bathroom | small bathroom ideas

    Pretty and simple bathroom decor



    traditional office for home

    Pretty office credenza

    Brilliant ideas to organize your home office, calendar and to do's!

    Family Room


    blend old and new to create a neutral room with interest

    Armoire / Wardrobe Linen Cabinet

    Living room organization - linen closet

    beautiful family room ideas | fiddle fig piano and sailboat painting

    neutral family room decor

    easy spring decorating ideas

    Screened In Porch | Outdoor Dining Room

    Easy home project ideas - Fall Makeover

    outdoor living at it's best - a covered screened in porch, perfect for dining and entertaining



    Outdoor Living | Beautiful decor ideas and how to define your deck or patio as an outdoor living room

    Outdoor decorating ideas

    Dining Room

    Dining Room Design - before photos

    interior design blogger Julie Blanner shares her home in progress

    traditional dining room decorating ideas

    Traditional dining room decor

    Breakfast Roomsunroom-beforeHalloween entertaining - beautiful Halloween table setting

    beautiful breakfast room ideas

    breakfast room of home blogger Julie Blanner

    home blogger Julie Blanner shares her home decorated for summer




    A kitchen makeover without paint - making the best of an 80's or 90's kitchen

    Stunning mudroom design from luxury home blogger Julie Blanner


    pretty counter stools with ticking stripe slipcovers for farmhouse kitchen

    living finish - a brass kitchen faucet that ages with time or can be polished

    flowers that dry well

    Powder Room

    powder room before

    Home design blogger Julie Blanner shares her powder room transformation that blends utility and design

    traditional powder room

    Home design blogger Julie Blanner shares her powder room transformation that blends utility and design




    Hard to believe this is the same view!

    Christmas decorating ideas for the mudroom / entryway

    Beautiful interior design ideas

    upscale home decorating ideas


    Organize your gym gear with an outdoor closet | garage storage and organization

    Organize your running gear with an outdoor closet | garage storage and organization

    Garage Cleaning Supplies

    garage organization tips

    The Side Entrance

    I failed to take a before shot, but this “before” back view of the home gives a little perspective.

    christmas door decorations garland, wreath and a mini tree


    Natural Fall Decorating Ideas

    Natural Fall Decorating Ideas

    Living Room

    Living Room After

    Bar Cabinet


    Beautiful bar cabinet in a built in bookcase

    Beautiful bar cabinet in a built in bookcase

    Basement and Basement Stairs

    how to update your basement stairs on a budget

    A simple finished basement on a budget

    a beautiful finished basement with brilliant tips, tricks and ideas


    get tips and ideas to update a hall with dark, dated doors

    traditional home hall lights | brass lanterns

    beautiful hall with brass lanterns

    Linen Closet

    How to organize a hall linen closet

    Hall Bath


    Home blogger Julie Blanner shares her ideas for updating a dark, dated hall

    Ani’s Room

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    Little girls bedroom ideas - integrating old and new

    how to make a teepee

    Adalyn’s Room


    girl bedroom decorating ideas

    children's bedroom play area

    Brass & glass chandelier for little girl's bedroom

    Make a silhouette of your kids in just a few easy steps - beautiful bedroom decor

    Isla’s Room


    white nursery | girls bedroom design

    A nursery vignette - simple ideas to create a beautiful nursery on a budget

    Laundry Room

    Easy home project ideas - Fall Makeover

    laundry gift basket | perfect idea for a high school grad going away to college or a beautiful housewarming gift idea

    simple laundry room organization ideas with free printable labels

    how to organize your laundry room and the best natural stain removers


    Great tips for a functional laundry room

    Simple storage solutions for the laundry room

    Master Bedroom


    beautiful bedroom Christmas decorating ideas with lights

    decorating indoors with Christmas lights

    free printable christmas tree print


    Thanks for taking time to reflect with me on a before and after look of our home. Truly, it’s a before and during, but it’s always nice to take a moment and appreciate what you have done when you feel overwhelmed about your to do list. I often remind myself that it’s more important to enjoy our home than to decorate it. Think about all the things you love about your home rather than the things you don’t. It will not only bring you peace, but will also help better define your next project. Right now my favorite room is our breakfast room. What’s your favorite room in your home and why?

    As always, if you see something you love, you can follow the link to the post or shop our home here to be directed to the specific product.

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