Happy September and Happy Labor weekend, my wonderful friends!!! I hope we all have a very Blessed month!
I am so happy to have Shannon from @styledbysorrells on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” today! Shannon is someone that is full of energy, has plenty of talent and that’s why she is being featured by some big names, including House Beautiful and Pottery Barn! I couldn’t help but invite her to share more details about her home reno because I know you guys will feel inspired by it and love her new kitchen as much as I do!
Here she explains more about her journey…
Hey friends! I’m Shannon and I am beyond humbled that Luciane from Home Bunch reached out asking for our home renovations be featured among some of the gorgeous homes they’ve shared on her site. What an extreme honor! I recently created an Instagram account primarily to seek and share home inspiration. I have received so many great ideas from scrolling the ‘gram over the years and created a page specific for this purpose. Not sure about you, but I treat Instagram like a magazine. I scroll the beautiful images, dog ear the pages (‘like’ the photo) and get inspired! The community of folks that use Instagram like I do, have been such sweet and supportive peeps that share some of the same fix-up quirks I have. The “itch to switch” or need to fulfill a creative outlet through home updates- it’s how I roll. And some think I’m nutty- but these peeps are just like me and oh, how refreshing it is!
See more details below!
We are restoring our Indiana brick colonial, a little bit at a time. We have made progress but still have a long way to go! We purchased our diamond in the rough in 2013. It was a sad, neglected space that had been on the market quite a while. Many turned away at the work it would take to fix up and couldn’t get past the strange room configurations and unique choices in design (ie: lots of green, burgundy, gold and pink- and none of it was the pretty kind) The moment we got home from touring it, I drew out the floor plan from memory and reconfigured the rooms and there it was – Confirmation that we could make this house a home. So we took the plunge and never looked back!
Isn’t it a great transformation? The home now features new roof, new landscaping and a really good coat of paint! 😉
This is the beautiful and talented homeowner, Shannon from @styledbysorrells! I truly can’t tell you guys how grateful I am to have her on our “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series today. It’s because of people like Shannon that I continue with this series on the blog.
Slowly but surely we’re shining up this rock to make it sparkle again. We had to complete necessities first (ie: remove previous 4 legged tenants from attic who had burrowed holes in the roof, replace the roof over our heads, reconfigure the rooms, install new carpet and paint the walls that couldn’t wait). We expanded the 3rd bedroom, relocated the plumbing for the laundry room added a bedroom to the 3rd floor. It was quite a bit of work. I was 25 weeks pregnant and my husband had just started a new job- so we hired some great contractors for the assist. These changes were just the beginning of our journey!
Most recently, we completed our dream kitchen and first floor renovation. It is a gorgeous space created by numerous sleepless nights, pins on Pinterest, dreaming and patience. Waiting 5 years for this beauty was worth it. The old space was poorly configured and frankly, ugly. We had two strange living rooms right next to each other- one featuring a lovely restaurant booth with mosaic tiles which worked as a kids craft table for a few years. The kitchen had two awkward eating areas, tile counters, stubby cabinets, broken appliances and hunter green tiles. We made one of the two living rooms our dining room and made the second/larger room, our living room by reorienting the room and adding a fireplace. Some walls came down, some walls went up, a fireplace was added and the heart of this home had been restored! We are beyond thrilled with our new space and are so thankful that Indiana Kitchen Company brought our dream to life.
The before and after photos can show you why we love it so much! The kitchen was recently shared by House Beautiful, Pottery Barn, Interior Designers and several other businesses on Instagram – definitely something that was unexpected and an honor of a lifetime!
Barstools – Wayfair Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool
Glass Pendants – Pottery Barn Flynn Oversized Recycled Pendants. We used the large size.
Oversink light- Wayfair.
Cabinets – Amish made with custom colors from their manufacturing. The color we have is Alabaster which is a warmer tone of white than the Sherwin Williams alternative.
Kitchen Sink: Kohler.
Kitchen Faucet: Delta.
The kitchen features a combination of marble-looking quartz and wood countertop.
The wood countertop is Maple with Country Pine Stain.
Brick Floors: Our brick floors are our favorite feature and they are quiet the showstopper! These are real thin brick from McNear. The color we chose is Cotswold and we love it’s irregularity and unique look. So many people are concerned about the cleaning of the floors- they are very low maintenance! A vacuum is all that is needed most of the time. We spot clean as needed but the floors rarely require mopping! When we do, we use a brush mop and regular ol’ Mr Clean.
Similar Backsplash: 3×6 White Subway Tile.
Similar Cutting Boards: Here.
The breakfast felt neglected and quite outdated.
What a huge difference!!!
Dining Nook Chandelier – Wayfair – Tremier 5-Light Empire Chandelier.
Paint color is Worldly Gray SW 7043 Sherwin Williams.
Dining Nook Table – Wayfair – Avery Dining Table – This is the correct table, but some images don’t look accurate- mine is not distressed and has the wider pedestal.
Dining Nook Chairs- Wayfair – Topher Wicker Side Chairs.
The kitchen now features a custom desk.
The kitchen opens to a large and newly-renovated dining room.
Dining Room Chandeliers – Wayfair – Shayla 6-Light Wagon Wheel Chandelier. We installed two.
View of kitchen from living room.
DIY Planter Box – We had our contractors add a simple Planter box for snake plants (Lowes $11) in a strange space we had between the two landing areas. Idea credit to my boss- he’s a genius.
Inspirational sign – HomeGoods
Paint color is Sherwin Williams SW 7043 Worldly Gray.
Mantle is stained to match countertop which is the Country Pine.
Bookshelves- these were previously in this space but we had shiplap added and my father-in-law built the cabinet fronts on the bottom for hiding miscellaneous toys, movies, etc.
Fireplace – HeatnGlo 6000 series
Similar Floor Mirror: Here.
This 3rd bedroom recently became the most beautiful and spacious farmhouse laundry room! 🙂
A few years ago, I saw several pins on Pinterest showcasing plywood floors! I didn’t realize I would soon have a plywood obsession that has now covered about 2,000 sf of our home in plywood either on the floors or as shiplap on the walls. Just call me the Plywood Princess. 🙂
When we purchased our home, our laundry room was a strange bedroom on the back of the house that you had to access through the master bathroom or through the bonus room. Definitely not an ideal location for a bedroom- but we think it’s a great spot for a laundry room! So when our contractors were working on the original shifting of rooms, this one was included. Plumbing was run to this room and we just plopped our washer and dryer and old tv entertainment center in the room for a few years and it acted as a semi-functioning space. But definitely not a cute one. Thanks to Pinterest and DIY, we installed our herringbone plywood flooring! It was definitely a labor of love but oh was it worth it! Each board needed hand sanded, glued, nailed, stained and polyurethaned. The end result looks great!
We repurposed the old black entertainment center we had into storage shelving to the sides of the washer (see photo below) and dryer and the rolling folding table.
We took an old bathroom vanity from an earlier vanity swap out and added some old 2x10s for the desk area finish off the space. This is my favorite use of repurposed materials and thrifty purchases – and I think it looks beautiful!
Isn’t this laundry folding island fantastic?! I love the fact you can roll it to any place in this laundry room.
Paint color is Sherwin Williams Worldly Gray SW 7043.
Chandeliers – Habitat for Humanity Restore
Floors – Plywood – 5/16 pre-sanded
Adhesive- Liquid Nails
Nails – pneumatic nailer/nails
After completing the laundry room, our plywood obsession expanded into more rooms of our house. Next up was the man room floors, then the basement walls, and finally our mudroom. These spaces were inexpensive, imperfect but ultimately- they are better than they were before!
We have updated several other areas of our home. Although the kitchen is, in my opinion, the most dramatic and the most beautiful, my next favorite transformation was our patio area.
Our old back/side yard was a complete mess. It was originally two waterfalls/ponds that connected to each other with a dry rock bed. There was a tiny flagstone patio big enough for two chairs and a very narrow flagstone walkway down to the basement and pond area. We tried to make this outdoor space work for us for a few years. The water features’ mechanicals were completely shot and the functionality of the space was lacking. Not to mention it ended up being a mosquito breeding ground with the two pools of stagnant water. One day I just couldn’t take it anymore and just started pulling up the flagstones and boulders and setting them aside. My husband was not happy about this… but I had a vision in my mind and was going to do whatever it took to make it a functional and enjoyable space for our family.
He finally saw my vision and helped with a lot of heavy lifting. When it came time to lay the patio, we had the professionals come in and finish the job. We had to order a few tons of flagstone to expand the patio but over half of it is original. We did not have to purchase one boulder- which actually lines the entire patio and fire pit. Every boulder was in the previous space hidden under years of neglect- who knew!? Through the years, we added Adirondack chairs, built our farm table, built a pergola swing, added fence panels and lots of landscaping. It’s finally starting to feel like a semi-finished space and we love it enjoying this space as a family.
Lanterns – Menards Chairs, Table, Swings, etc- DIY and local artisan.
Flagstone – Iron Mountain Flagstone – 3 tons #53 stone – 3 tons
Sand – 1.5 tons
Joint binder- Gator Dust Polymeric Stone Dust
What a beautiful family lives in this home. May all of them always be Blessed! 🙂
Shannon’s home looks so beautiful during Christmastime!
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Have a wonderful day, my friends and we’ll talk again tomorrow.”
Luciane from HomeBunch.com
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