August 15, 2014

House Projects – staten island home renovation {Kitchen, Entry, Backyard, Family & Dining Room, Bathrooms}

Home Renovation Staten Island

House Projects – {Kitchen, Entry, Backyard, Family & Dining Room, Bathrooms} staten island home renovation.

House Projects from 2013 The Inspired Room

2013 was a productive and exciting year around my house staten island home renovation!

I had a blast working on the house and making it my home! In fact, SO MUCH HAPPENED or changed I can’t even fit a summary of it all into one post without exhausting myself or crashing the blog. Crazy! I tried but gave up. Not sure how I did all these posts and projects at my house, but somehow it all was completed or revealed in 2013 staten island home renovation. SOOOOOOOOOO….let’s just review a few rooms or areas at a time with a quick summary and you can explore all the related links at your leisure, shall we?

First off, we’ll wrap up posts from the kitchen, entry and backyard in bite sized chunks. Then I’ll come back to catch up with some more updates, makeovers and projects from around other rooms in my house, plus I have about a million other things to catch you up on. You’ll find PART TWO here!


kitchen before and after five years later


If you are new or have been away for the holidays, you may enjoy starting with this recently posted tale of my {imperfect} journey toward a dream home, complete with an honest look at the struggles along the way staten island home renovation!

Below are the highlights of my favorite projects and updates to my kitchen, entry/hall and backyard in 2013, with a few crafty moments thrown in staten island home renovation.


DIY Bottle Lamp & Map Wall - The Inspired Room


Two of my favorite projects from the year:

DIY Bottle Lamp &  DIY Map Wallpaper


DIY Map Wall



Fall-entry-decor staten island home renovation


Changes in the Entry:

Thrift Store Find: New Dresser in the Entry,  Fall Entry & Entry Makeover


Simple DIY Projects - The Inspired Room staten island home renovation


Crafty Moments:

Heart Garland  &  Teacup Gardens

Book Page Art  & Anthropologie Knock Off Pillow

Garage & Backyard Projects - The Inspired Room

Garage & Backyard Projects:

Teacart Plant Stand & DIY Firepit

DIY Pegboard & Tool Organization & Backyard Pea Gravel Patio Project Progress

Before & After Kitchen Makeover

The Kitchen – This was THE BIGGIE of the year:

Below are links to the reveal of my kitchen remodel this spring and posts where I just have fun styling my favorite room in the house!

Kitchen Remodel – The Reveal

Kitchen Pantry

DIY island makeover with unfinished furniture

Professionally Painted Trim

Coffee station kitchen - The Inspired Room

Coffee Station

Making Everyday Things More Beautiful

styling open shelves - the inspired room


If you are new here, you’ll see that most everything I do around my house is simple, affordable or pretty easy to accomplish. I am big on puttering around the house, tweaking this and that until it feels right! My house has been evolving a little bit at a time, and of course I try to keep you updated along the way so thanks for following along with all my crazy whims.

Enjoy browsing the links and catching up on all that happened around my house in 2013!


The Family Room:

With the remodel of the kitchen came a sprucing up of our adjoining family room.

We added new bamboo blinds, embellished IKEA curtains, and a new ottoman, and a gallery wall among other little tweaks to our space. You can find many of the related posts below!

Family Room Bamboo Blinds

Embellished IKEA Curtains

From Blah to Bling: Dresser Hardware Makeover

Gallery Wall in the Family Room

DIY No Sew Ikea Curtains

family room fiddle leaf fig

Fall decorating coffee table ottoman

gallery wall family room

Fiddle Leaf Fig

New Chair in the Family Room {Ektorp}

Updates in the Family Room

New Tufted Ottoman

TV/Media Room:

I owe you another post on the TV/media room, but this post on our new wall sconces is where we left off!

New Wall Sconces in the TV Room

white plates on dining room wall

The Dining Room Evolution Continued

The dining room has evolved more times than any other room in the house and it is still in process. Hate me. Heheheh.

It’s not that I haven’t liked it along the way, I have. I just have had a different end goal in mind.

You’ll notice how something quietly evolved even just this year as you check out these posts. I didn’t even take time to fully blog about the changes yet, but I will catch you up soon!

But rest assured, I’m heading somewhere good. I hope.

My Spring Dining Room

Slowing Down to be Thankful

How to Hang Plates on Walls

bookshelves in guest bedroom

Bed & Bath Projects:

This year we tackled TWO bedrooms and we are so happy we did! We had wanted to work on these rooms for years!

teen boy bedroom ideas

In 2014 we will be finishing up the details of these rooms and working more on our upstairs, too (among other rooms!).

We also did a quick mini-makeover of our powder room!

Cozy New Guest Room & Library Shelves

Teen Boy Bedroom {The New Bed!}

Powder Room Makeover

DIY tutorial Christmas Wreath Chandelier

If you missed it at the tale end of the year, our Christmas house tour showed lots of pictures of our home!

We also had fun decorating our front porch and are pretty proud of our Boxwood Wreath Chandelier!

Christmas & Winter Projects:

DIY Craft: Birch Bark Monogram

How to Layer Wreaths {Simple DIY tips}

Christmas House Tour

Christmas Front Porch & DIY Winter Boxwood Wreath Chandelier

Christmas Decorating The Inspired Room Christmas House Tour