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Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.1.5 (New Rooms Ready to be Filled with Memories)

New OfficeThis has been a week filled with end of school stress, plus an amazing retirement party on Wednesday night, hence not much cooking or blogging. I’m grateful to my beautiful sister-in-law Amy, who handled all the details for the party, and it was a fun-filled, kid-centered party, just like I wanted. I felt loved and honored by how many former students, parents, friends, and family members showed up to wish me well as I enter the new phase of my life.

Meanwhile, at my house there were details to be worked out for the ongoing house renovations. The contractors, painters, and carpet installers were putting finishing touches on the office/studio area. I’m completely thrilled with how this has turned out. There are still few things to be done, but I’m moving books, blog dishes, photo stuff, and maybe the computer this weekend. Taking photos of painted walls is as challenging as choosing the paint, but truly my walls are a pale terra-cotta color, not orange! Warning, lots of photos ahead to record the newness of the space, and this first photo is a wide shot of my desk and a glimpse of the photo counter that runs along the east wall.

Here’s a closer view of the desk where I’ll be spending a lot of time staring at the computer screen. I’m getting a new desk chair, probably black.

Here’s a better view of the photo counter. There will also be a small table under the south window. The empty space is for a refrigerator I have at school, and the shelves are for placemats, silverware, and photo stuff.

The opposing wall in the office has this set of bookcases for cookbooks, where I’m going to organize them by category, and maybe author when I have quite a few by the same person. I do have a lot of cookbooks, but I’m guessing not nearly enough to fill all these shelves.

This room also has a closet which will mostly be used to store cameras on tripods for now, but eventually this could be a bedroom that has its own private entrance. There’s a pocket door that you can’t see but it would be on the far right in the photo if it was closed.

This is the south wall which has big windows and a partly glass door. They’ll all have blinds, with the windows getting white Hunter Douglas Duettes, which I love and have in the rest of my house.

This shows the hall which leads to the office from my kitchen. If you look hard you can see a glimpse of the garden and tell that I do still have lawn, which a few readers were worried about.

Same hall, looking back towards the kitchen, and you can see the double pantries that are on the east side of this hall. Between the two pantries is an opening that leads into the laundry room. I didn’t take a photo of that, but the washer and dryer is going right this minute, and I’m so happy to have them back!

Still looking towards the kitchen, the other side of the hall has two sets of floor-to-ceiling shelves. I need to buy a stepladder to reach the top shelves! This larger set will host my ever-growing collection of blog dishes, mostly purchased from thrift shops or discount stores.

This is the smaller set of shelves in the hall, looking from the laundry room. I’m going to put some kind of kitchen items here, possibly some glass jars filled with lots of different kinds of beans that are currently on some shelves with some of my cookbooks.

The other room in this new area of the house is what we’re calling the “mud-room” and it has a door leading to the new west deck that’s still under construction as well as this trap-door leading to my dirt and cinderblock basement where the furnace and hot water heater are. There’s also lots of new storage in the basement, thanks to some great work by the contractors.

I live right in the city with no garage, so the mudroom also has double cupboards that will hold garden tools and other garden and yard stuff. The cupboards are pretty roomy, so I’m guessing I’ll find a lot of things to store in there.

As you can see, I have my work cut out for me moving everything into these rooms, and then immediately after that I have to pack up the rest of my house for inside painting. Meanwhile outside, work still is progressing on the front porch and decks. I’ve been scared to speculate about when the whole job might be done, but I’m thinking I’m within two months of the end now.

(If anyone is interested, you can see my whole set of House Renovations Photos on Flickr or use the label House Ronovations to see all the posts.)

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41 comments on “Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.1.5 (New Rooms Ready to be Filled with Memories)”

  1. Hunter Douglas Duette blinds! I have the same thing, except my walls are white and the Duette blinds are a lighter shade of your wall color. What they do to sunlight in winter is amazing.

  2. Rebecca, my painters use Kwal-Howell paint, and the office color is Burma. (Soon my whole house will be painted that color.) Not sure what the trim color is called but I will ask.

  3. I love love love the color in your new office. Please what is the paint name and brand? also the trim? Thanks!

  4. That room looks fantastic! I really like the color choice. My husband and I just got married and are in the process of trying to make our house into our home. A process that I know is going to take awhile, but you can read about our renovations in my blog

  5. Just beautiful! I envy you – tonight I had to rearrange dishes because I was worried the shelf might collapse – some banished to unheated storeroom, and hope I remember if I ever need them! Looks so great, Kalyn – congrats!

  6. Sorry I’m getting so far behind replying to comments, but yes, I will show how the space looks when it’s all decorated.

    Becca, missed seeing you guys, but I’ll be having a big party when the house is all done!

  7. Oh, Kalyn – it’s beautiful! I can’t wait to see it in person! I hope your doing good. We were sad to miss your party but we thought about you.


  8. Kalyn
    I was busy moving this weekend and missed your post. Your renovations look amazing and the paint color looks fabulous with all the white cabinetry. And CONGRATULATIONS on your retirement. While I’m sure it feels great now, I bet it will really hit home late in the summer when you would normally be starting to plan for the coming school year. ENJOY! (and I look forward to many fabulous blog posts to come…).

  9. Your house is really beginning to look lovely. Can’t wait to see it when it’s finished! 🙂

  10. It looks wonderful Kalyn! I am so jealous of all those shelves! And congrats on your retirement (I'm jealous of that too!)

  11. Oh Kalyn, it’s LOVELY! The space is so bright and airy and full of possibilities. I can’t wait to see it in lived in state (you will be sharing that, right??).

  12. Your house really has come along beautifully. What a wonderful place for you to be.

    I read your updates about your retirement (and your nearly daily countdown!) and I offer my sincerest congratulations and best wishes. I’m glad you had a great party. I have no doubt you were a teacher that students, parents and colleagues will remember. All the best to you, Kalyn!

  13. I’ve been working all day moving my cookbooks and dishes into the office and moving food to the pantry. Of course that set off a domino effect because when there were empty shelves in the kitchen, I wanted to reorganize! Thanks for the nice feedback on the color. I’m loving it!

  14. Simple beautiful and so thoughtfully planned. I am so amazed that you have accomplished all of this while working and blogging and traveling and taking care of family and . . . What a year it’s been, and what a reward for your efforts!

  15. Your place is beautiful and functional. I’m happy for you. Energy and joy.

  16. Looks amazing Kalyn! Also, congrats on your retirement!!


  17. Love your warm color choice, should be a lovely room to spend time in. Not too much though, Kalyn, you’re ‘retired’!

  18. Hey, congratulations on starting your new phase in life, you’ve worked so hard to get there. Enjoy it.

    Love the renovations, some great spaces there.

  19. Wow, i love this new space.the problem in my house is lack of storage space and looking at your pictures i felt envious. ; o)

  20. Kalyn – i LOVE the new color!

  21. The paint is good-looking. Happy retirement!

  22. Kalyn, what a beautiful home…everything looks just too fabulous…

  23. Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the new space. I am overjoyed with it, and truly I feel blessed to have all the pieces fall together so I’ve been able to create this just like I wanted it. Pure serendipity in so many ways. Makes me feel very happy about working there!

  24. Well done, congrats! Spring is the perfect time to renovate – both your house and garden will be blooming!

    All the best from BC,

  25. Beautiful, Kalyn! I could move into those floor-to-ceiling shelves alone.

  26. It looks absolutely beautiful…I really love it, K.

  27. IT does look good….gosh…you have been through a lot of work and still have more eh? But it looks like it is coming together very nicely

  28. Kalyn, it looks great! It will be so uplifting for you. I have a cabin in the mountains that I painted all of the walls a color called “toffee crunch” I picked the color in a matter of minutes and after 3 years, each time I go to the cabin I fall in love with color all over again.

  29. Love your new office space! Envious of your retirement!!!! I shared your website with one of my friends, a family practice doctor. She was so excited to have access to new recipes. She lost a lot of weight on SBD several years ago and has kept it off. She has an herb garden too. I told her about your garden postings. She was thrilled to hear about your site.

  30. Absolutely amazing! I love the color you chose and those windows… wow. I love my new office space but there are no windows. Would love to have what you have there – very much deserved! Congrats!
    And, congrats on your retirement. I remember the 1st day of your countdown… can’t believe it is here! You have to be thrilled to pieces 🙂

  31. I l-o-v-e the wall color. So rich and warm. And I am truly envious of all your storage— and beautiful built-in shelves for books. Just beautiful!

    Enjoy the delicious process of pulling it all together, book by book… xox

  32. You are set for just a glorious weekend!
    Kalyn it really is totally fabulous. So happy for you.

  33. DREAM BLOGGER ROOM!!!! I love everything about it 🙂 I have huge bulletin boards above my desk that I’m constantly sticking reminders to.

    Love the terracotta color too!

  34. What fun to fill all this space – it looks so organised and like you will have so much pleasure in these rooms once they are filled

  35. I am STUNNED.
    Your paint choice is gorgeous; stop worrying.
    What a great retirement gift to yourself. Congratulations.

  36. Wow you have a fabulous new office and studio. Lots of natural light and storage space, it’s perfect! I’m sure you’ll really enjoy working in there.

  37. Beautiful Kalyn ! I love having lots of shelves !

  38. I remolding my kitchen about a year ago, is a mess, isn’t it? But after all it’s worth while.I really love the wall color.Beautiful

  39. What a beautiful job you’ve done on this. The wall color is warm and inviting, and I’m so jealous over all the shelves and great windows. Very, very nice. Happy new phase of your life, Kalyn!

  40. It looks fabulous!

  41. Kalyn, it’s gorgeous! Well worth the wait. And congrats on your retirement!

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