The Tudor | Our New House

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Copper features & pale paint palette create a gorgeous tudor home

If you follow me on Instagram, you got to see a lot of our house hunting adventure. We spent 5 days in St. Louis seeking our new house in May. The day has finally come where we closed on our “new” home & I’m so excited to take you along our journey of making the house into our home.

The layout of this house isn’t exactly what I had planned on purchasing, but I know we’ll make it work for our family! We couldn’t resist the neighborhood & the lifestyle of the area. We narrowed it down to 2 homes. Let’s start with the home I adored. I’m talking head over heels in love with the house! It was a traditional colonial with an abundance of natural light, room for a butler’s pantry, great dining room to kitchen access with flow, wood floors on both levels & a walk out brick patio. The only hiccup was that we didn’t love the neighborhood near as much & as one instagram follower suggested, that may lead us to resent the house. However, it would have been easy!

A large lawn in front of a house


If you haven’t guessed by my Pinterest boards, we purchased a tudor. It’s a beautiful home with great bones, just not quite my taste. It’s full of potential {& lots of blog posts}! It’s on an acre, yet nestled in a gorgeous neighborhood, which I shared glimpses of when house hunting. Want to take a look?



In the foyer, I plan to paint, replace the front door to add additional light, remove the carpet from the stairs & add new floors.


We’ll paint, add window treatments & replace the light fixture in the dining room. Wood floors will give it a formal look.


I haven’t decided if this will be our living room yet or not. I’m leaning toward the smaller, but more formal space. What are your thoughts?


The fireplace will be whitewashed, the cabinets refaced & paint, of course! We also plan to rebuild the wet bar with a wine refrigerator. I have wanted a built in wine fridge for years!


After seeing this photograph on Better Homes & Gardens, I am committed to keeping the wood cabinets natural. I’ll update them with brass hardware & new countertops, & likely alter the finish eventually. I hope to remove the soffits along with the upper cabinetry for open shelving to make the kitchen feel larger.


The sunroom is the highlight of the house! It will be our breakfast area. Lots of paint & a brass lantern light fixture will make this room dreamy! I dedicated a board to this space.


Here’s a glimpse of one of the girls’ bedrooms. The girls had so much fun selecting their rooms & I know I’m going to have fun decorating with them!

A couple weeks ago, we drove through a few of our favorite neighborhoods to get exterior ideas for a tudor home. Okay, we creeped. Please don’t mind our drive by photography! Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

Make your garage doors look like carriage doors with hardware

Add hardware to the garage door to imitate carriage garage doors.

Beautiful paint colors for the exterior of this tudor home

Beautiful & subtle exterior paint palette for tudors. I’ve never personally been a fan of the boards being dramatically darker than the color on the house itself. Here they used a lighter accent color & I think it works well!

Sloped covered front porch

I love the slope on this covered porch. It eases the sharp lines of a traditional tudor.

Sloped covered front porch

Subtle paint colors & beautiful curved landscaping

The curved landscaping softens the sharp lines. I also love how they used a 9 light door rather than a heavy wood door to allow ample natural light.

Copper features & pale paint palette create a gorgeous tudor home

The use of copper on this house is classic! I definitely want to find ways to incorporate it on our new home. I also like the copper awning below.

copper awning

curved landscaping for a circle drive

The curved cutout landscaping opposite of the entrance & the circle drive includes a fountain.

gorgeous tudor home with incredible landscaping

And finally, the home in our neighborhood that I walk past daily. Their landscaping is unbelievably amazing! I hated to miss their recent garden tour! The hydrangea in planters accented with oversized lanterns create a beautiful entrance. The brick lined pebble drive is pristine!

I’m bound to need endless advice {& wine} as we update, so let’s do this! Follow along on Instagram with the hashtag #thetudor Don’t worry, most of my plans are not tudor specific! Thanks for joining me in this adventure!