client flip #1 – before & after

back in the day, you know the days before we had kids… back in those days sean and i fix & flipped a couple houses.  our first home purchase was a duplex.  we rented out one unit while we lived in and fixed up the other, then switched units and did it again.  after 2 years we sold it and moved into our next 2 year flip.  this time it was a house that was previously a halfway house.  it was disgusting, and thats a huge understatement.  we (sean really, because i was extremely prego with our first) gutted the entire thing from top to bottom: windows, doors, floors, walls, ceiling, kitchen, baths… everything.  after 2 years we sold that house and bought our current house, then had 2 more kids.  and therefore stopped flipping.

while our lives are busy enough, i still daydream about flipping again.  sean and i would love to do it again (without living in the house this time!) but it just isn’t practical right now.  i’m thinking in about 3 years we can, assuming we add nothing else to our plates (good luck with that).

some friends of mine do fix & flips professionally, and ran into a couple trickier homes.  they asked me to help them out with choosing finishes, and talk through some possible design dilemmas.  so i basically got to help with a flip and didn’t have to coordinate a thing!  i chose really basic, but nice finishes that hopefully would appeal to a wide variety of homeowners and style preferences.


this home was a 100 year old colony home, and really quite adorable.  until you got to the porch and smelled what seemed to be 100 years of cats living in the house.

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this house was begging to be painted white, and a really soft grey trim finished it off just right.  the black door was a slightly modern nod.  colors are by behr:  ultra pure white for the main body, french silver for the trim, and limousine leather by behr marquee.

door knobs // house numbers

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and there’s even a granny unit in the back!


the front door opened into the living room which was pretty nast by the time i got there.  i should tell you the demo was in progress by the time i started.

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and oh. my. goodness.  look at the fabulous space now!  we kept all the trim bright white and the walls a really pale grey, just to keep it bright.  the flooring was from lumber liquidators and called “log cabin birch”.  i wanted a slightly vintage nod to some of the finishes, so i chose these simple ceiling lights.

paint colors:  stone white by glidden for walls and ultra pure white by behr for trim


the kitchen, before, was a tiny room closed off with 3 doorways, with a terrible layout.

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they took out that wall dividing the kitchen from the living room and it really opened up the space!

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and look at that kitchen – its beautiful!  white shaker cabinets, white subway tile, dark grey quartz counters (caesar stone, i believe), floating shelves… so good!

tile // faucet //  cabinet knobs //  cabinet pulls


the first bedroom is at the front of the house and just off the living room.

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just a little paint, flooring, lights, doors and windows and it was done ;)

door knobs


the bathroom was funky junk so it was completely reconfigured.

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i think when you own a 100 year old home you actually have to have a claw foot tub.  i’m pretty sure its a law.

faucets // tile // mirrors //  clawfoot tub & accessories // ceiling light


the second bedroom wasn’t bad, but it had to be reconfigured to allow for a hallway to go where that closet is.  the only way to get to this bedroom was to go through the kitchen.  weird.

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i love the doors.  i think they add so much to the whole house.


and then we go upstairs.  it was a really weird space with several different platforms and levels and odd sized rooms.

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after it was cleaned up, this room at the top of the stairs could be a sitting area or library, and it has tons of storage!


there was an odd sized bedroom-ish space to the left of the sitting area, but you had to step up to a landing, then down into this room.  and it had a giant walk in closet taking up too much space.

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totally reconfigured and leveled and now its a dreamy loft space!  this could be a great master suite or a bunk room for the kiddos.


the upstairs bathroom.  ew.  and those ceilings were tricky to work with!

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but wow!  this is better than i expected!

lights //  mirror //  tile


just another before.  no the toilet didn’t really belong in the shower, but it was on a platform in the corner of the bathroom originally, like a throne!


back downstairs in the laundry room.

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look at all those windows!  i wouldn’t mind doing my laundry there!

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just off the laundry room sits a nice little granny unit.


the bathroom before was, uh, less than desirable.

Granny Bath-2 (Large)

its amazing what adding a window and bringing in some natural light can do!  well, that and a new toilet, tile, flooring, sink and lights.


and this was the location of the former kitchen – yikes!

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and look how great this unit is now!  such a great little studio.

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and then there’s this huge backyard with huge potential!

i’m not sure if the home has sold yet or not, but here’s a link.

what i wore

welcome to “what i wore” at the pleated poppy!  share with me your fashion posts and we can inspire each other!  i started this originally as motivation to get out of my daily uniform of jammies or sweats, but now i am encouraged and held accountable to put a few extra minutes aside for myself and try new things.  i’d love for you to join me!

what i wore at the pleated poppy

tank – golden tote //  cardigan – stitch fix //  jeans – forever 21 //  sandals – target //  necklace – kristin noel designs

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top – woodbury lane //  pants – target //  converse – nordstrom rack //  necklace – noonday collection

what i wore at the pleated poppy

shirt – forever 21 // skirt – h&m //  cardigan – old navy //  flats – target //  necklaces – made by me //  earrings – lisa leonard designs

what i wore at the pleated poppy

new hair cut!

cardigan – forever 21 //  shirt – stitch fix //  jeans – forever 21 //  boots –  nordstrom

what i wore at the pleated poppy

tunic – forever 21 (similar) //  cardigan – banana republic //  jeans – forever 21 //  wedges – american eagle // bracelet – everyday icing

what i wore at the pleated poppy

earrings – nickel & suede

what i wore at the pleated poppy

sweater – old navy //  tunic – forever 21 (similar) //  jeans – forever 21 //  flats – target (similar) //  necklace – lisa leonard designs //  earrings – nickel & suede

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