Hello, my wonderful friends! How are you today? I hope this finds you well and healthy!
I am really excited to be sharing a new “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” tour with you and this one feels extra special because it is a breathtaking “Fixer-Upper” renovation by a very talented couple. Jen, of @weremodelit and her husband just had their first born and Jen worked really hard to provide all the information you could possibly ask for on this tour. I feel so grateful to her and Jen’s mom for giving a hand and taking care of her sweet little boy while working on this tour. As they say, it takes a village…
Enjoy the tour, my friends, and make sure to give her a follow on Instagram! 🙂
Hi all! I am Jen from @weremodelit and I am so so so excited that Luciane agreed to share my home with you all. My husband Manny and I are from Miami and our families are Cuban. I was actually born in Cuba and migrated here when I was 6 years old. Manny and I have been together since we were 20 years old and finally got married December 2020. In October 2021 we welcome our first son into the world, Dom and we are so obsessed.
So now lets talk about our home. We purchased our home in May of 2020 and we remodeled most of the inside in 6 weeks! We self contracted the work but we demolished the interior of the house ourselves and restructured some areas. Manny also remodeled our previous home and built a brand new construction home in the Florida keys so we had some experience in this type of work.
The house was built in 1977 and I don’t believe it had been remodeled since. The moment I walked into our home I knew it was for us. I knew it so much I made Manny call the previous owner right after we saw it and we made an offer that same night. We redid everything from opening up walls in the kitchen to bathrooms and redoing the master layout of the closet and bathroom too. When it came to decorating I decided to mix the modern farmhouse style with restoration hardware vibes, but for less. I am all about finding things that look expensive but for a good price. I also hunted down great preowned restoration hardware pieces for more than 50% off.
I hope you guys enjoy our home remodel and we can inspire you to see the good in old houses, they have so much potential.
“Manny and I are always driving around and looking at houses for sale on Zillow. It’s one of our hobbies. The inspiration behind our home is very California casual. You don’t really see a lot of Miami homes that look like ours. As you will see our home is very black and white. I love it and I believe its just such a classic look.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Exterior “Before” Photo.
“We decided we would resurface the outside of the house and add concrete siding to the front of our house. We changed our windows and doors to high impact because we live in Florida and hurricanes are nothing to mess with and we also decided to go with black-bronze windows because it gave it that modern farmhouse look. Our roof was also redone and it is black metal.” – Jen from @weremodelit
“Our exterior is surrounded by very old Oak trees which just give the place so much charm. This is why we decided to go with a very green, modern, and manicured landscaping. We researched landscaping on pinterest and instagram, chose the plants we loved, and Manny’s mom drew it up for us. We used a combination of porto corpus hedges, black slate rocks, some unique trees and amazing landscape lighting.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Landscape Lighting: Commercial Electric 30-Watt Bronze Outdoor Integrated LED Landscape Flood Light.
This is Jen from @weremodelit, looking so beautiful! I hope you enjoy getting to know her and all of the details of her inspiring home!
Front Door: Windsor High Impact Door in Black.
What a great spot to enjoy the sun! This black and white color scheme is just perfect for a Modern Farmhouse look!
Windows: Eco Windows color bronze.
Black Rocking Chairs: Polywood.
Side Table: here – similar.
Black Accent Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
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Exterior Color (Siding, Trim, Accents): Ultra Pure White by Behr.
Siding: Concrete Siding.
Rocks on Landscaping: Black Slate.
“Our entryway is another part I absolutely love. The ceilings are high and shiplapped with black beams scattered across. But the best part is our front door which was something I really wanted. It makes such a statement and I love that the light shines through and make our space extra bright.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Black beams: Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams – Interior Satin Finish.
“Once you walk in to the left you see our entryway table which we DIYed and then in front are three big mirrors which just completed that empty wall.”- Jen from @weremodelit
Console Table: Sequoia Console Table – (We painted our matte black).
Sconces: Monroe Single Light 34″ Tall Wall Sconce.
Poufs: Cotton Canvas Pouf.
Monstera Leaf: Amazon.
Chain Link: here – similar.
Book: AD 100.
Wall & Trim Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Extra White – Satin Finish.
Recessed lighting: 6 Inch Square LED Recessed Downlight.
Armchairs: Dakota 29.75” Wide Cotton Lounge Chair.
Living Room “Before” photo.
“This room is where the most light shines through. We have a big picture window in this room which is a great spot to sit at and watch the squirrels jump from tree to tree outside. This room is actually where I normally bottle feed the baby in the mornings because he can look outside. My favorite feature is the white shiplapped ceiling and black beams. They looked nothing like this before but I had a vision the moment I saw it.”- Jen from @weremodelit
Armchairs: Dakota 29.75” Wide Cotton Lounge Chair.
Black Beams are painted Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
Ceiling is shiplapped.
Couch: City Furniture – similar here.
Bookcases: BILLY / OXBERG Bookcase, black-brown.
Coffee Table (two put together): From @canggu_home – similar: Streamline Coffee Table.
Chandelier: Finchley 12 – Light Candle Style Wagon Wheel Chandelier – Color: Ebony Muted Brass.
Mirrors: Loft Mirror.
Mirrors: Loft Mirror.
Kitchen “Before” photo.
“Our kitchen is my favorite and probably the most popular on our Instagram account. We actually restructured the kitchen layout. We opened up a wall and got rid of the pantry to open it up and create a peninsula for our kitchen.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Kitchen Lighting: Chesson 3 – Light Lantern Square Pendant.
“Our kitchen is very open in the middle since we decided to not do the island because it was not going to be as wide as I wanted it to be, but now I love that I can move from sink to stove freely without anything in the middle.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Kitchen Cabinet: Custom Made by Carpentry Nunez.
Kitchen Shelves: Cherry Verona Formica – similar here.
“Once again we incorporated the black and white look into our kitchen by having the upper cabinets in white and bottom ones in black. Our cabinets were done to touch our ceiling which also help make the ceilings higher than they really are.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Kitchen Countertop: Quartz Calacatta in Aspen.
Cabinet Paint Color: Black Lacquer Flat Paint & White Dull Rubbed by Lenmar.
Backsplash: Subway tile Restore Bright White 3×12 inch Ceramic Subway Wall Tile – Other Best Seller Tiles: here, here, here & here.
Kitchen Hardware: GlideRite Hardware, Brass Gold.
” Another feature that is my favorite is out kitchen sink area because it has a huge window looking out into our patio and pool when I was the dishes.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Kitchen Faucet: Artec Pro Single Handle Kitchen Faucet.
“The dining room in our home is another beautiful space I love but to be honest barely ever gets used. It’s where the boxes and random things end up at. The table was a restoration hardware preowned find. Our carpenter painted it black and I mixed it with neutrals and gold. I enjoy changing it up throughout the seasons and maybe one day I’ll cook a fancy dinner and sit there instead of at the peninsula in the kitchen.”- Jen from @weremodelit
Family Room “Before” photo.
“This is probably one of the most transformed areas in our home. We whitewashed the rocks and built a tv fireplace in the middle of the rock wall. In this space we watch tv and hangout with family and friends when they come over. Our couch is a dupe for the RH Cloud and everyone who comes over just loves the lay on it and says they could easily sleep there.” – Jen from @weremodelit
French doors: Eco Windows Bronze.
Fireplace Paint Color: Builtin tv/fireplace Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.
Coffee Table Book: Homes for Our Time. Contemporary Houses around the World.
Fireplace: Millner Electric Fireplace – size 21.65 x 72.5×5.51
Laundry Room “Before” picture.
“The most dreaded chore in this house but at least it got a pretty view. We decided to incorporate the same look as the kitchen for the laundry room. I made it beautiful yet functional because honestly both are important.”
Cabinet color: Black Lacquer Flat Paint by Lenmar.
Hardware: GlideRite Hardware, Brass Gold.
Countertop: Calacatta Quartz Countertop – Color: Aspen.
Kitchen Shelves: Cherry Verona Formica – similar here.
Backsplash: Subway tile.
Farmhouse Sink: Deervalley 30″.
“Clean” Sign: Target.
Clear Glass Food Storage Containers: Amazon.
“Ah, our cozy little powder room, you are so hard to photograph. We decided to add a black accent wall (in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black, of course), a subway tile wall with black grout, and a big mirror to make the space feel bigger. I love that this room is on the opposite end of the house close to the kitchen and the family room therefore our guests don’t have to use our other bathrooms.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Toilet: American Standard Edgemere.
Mirror: Custom made.
Primary Bedroom “Before” picture.
“Ah, our sanctuary! This room is where the magic happens and by that I mean where I get all the sleep I can get before taking care of an infant all day. In this space I wanted to keep the neutrals going to create a cozy and peaceful room. My favorite part of this room is my huge beaded chandelier above the bed. Manny didn’t love it at first but I knew it would make a statement. This room has a lot of light and I also love that I have a view to our patio and pool from the french doors that face the bed. Come on in……” – Jen from @weremodelit
Bedding: Casaluna comforter & sham set.
Chunky Blanket: Chunky Knit Bed Blanket – Casaluna.
Oversize Lumbar Pillow: Oversized Woven Lumbar Throw Pillow Cream/Neutral.
Table Lamps: Home Goods.
Can you spy a pair of curious eyes? 🙂 Awwww… He’s so cute!!!
Barndoors- Custom Made by our carpenter in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black – similar here.
Primary Bathroom “Before” Picture.
“If I tell you this space was nothing like this before it would be hard to explain, but its soooo different. We divided the old closet with old master bath which didn’t feel anything master and turned it into a walk in closet and shower/tub combo for our bathroom. These two areas are divided by a wall and there’s a huge double barn door for each side. I love that we were able to get both a spacious shower and a floating tub which was always my dream to have in a home. We also added wide picture windows, which bring so much light and I also enjoy watching the squirrels jump from tree to tree in the mornings. This bathroom took a bit longer to finish but it was so worth the wait.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Floor Tile: Hexagon Black Porcelain Tile – similar.
Vanity: Annice 60′ double sink vanity (MY FAVORITE!!!)
Vanity Faucet: here.
Vanity Lights: Drinkard vanity light in brass.
Mirrors: Radius Modern Mirror 40×22.
Shower Head: here – similar.
Niche & Shower Pan Tile: Black Matte 2 in. Hexagon Porcelain Mosaic Tile.
Freestanding Tub: Carissa 5 ft. Acrylic Flatbottom Non-Whirlpool Bathtub in White with Polished Chrome Trim 60 inch – also available here.
Bath Caddy: Rebrilliant.
“Of course this room is my favorite. It has so much meaning. Every detail was so special. From installing the wallpaper with Manny to picking the sign above the crib. We decided to add the christian fish under Dom’s name because it’s the way God gives Manny and I signs that everything will be okay. Also Dom’s name means belonging to the Lord so it was only right. In this room you can see how I continued the wood, black, and white decor throughout.”- Jen from @weremodelit
Mattress: Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress.
Name sign- Custom made by @mrkustoms.
Dresser: Ikea, Hemnes.
Knobs: Boho Rattan Furniture Knobs.
Olive Tree: 75″ Artificial Sparse Olive Tree in Pot.
Changing Table Basket: DesignDua.
Rug: Stone Wool Shag Area Rug.
I love this selfie of Jen and Manny at their son’s nursery… So sweet!
Rocking Chair: Salpeter 27.1” Wide Tufted Linen Lounge Chair.
Mirror: Local store @canggu_home.
Pool/Kids’ Bathroom “Before” Photo.
“Not sure what to really call this bathroom. It is the bathroom that opens up to the pool but its also the bathroom for the three other rooms in the house that aren’t the master. In this bathroom we kept the subway tile style but added a beautiful frameless shower door which was a total must have for me. This bathroom was completely pink with a pink bathtub which we turned into a shower. I love that we were able to place a big vanity with double sinks because in the future when we have another child they can share and not fight over who brushes their teeth first, haha.” – Jen from @weremodelit
Floor tile: Cafe du Monet Hexagon Marble Mosaic – similar here.
Lighting: Wade Logan.
Shower Niche Tile: Black Matte 2 in. Hexagon Porcelain Mosaic.
Backyard “Before” photo.
What a huge difference. I love the Oak trees!
Garage Door: Painted Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams.
Pool “Before” Picture.
Pool Boarder Tile: Water Jet Series 3.5″ x 4.25″ Straight Edge Glass Mosaic Tile, Black.
Pool Deck & Coping Tile: Blanco Ibiza Pelina & Blasted Straight Edge Marble Tile size 11×24.
Pool: Diamond Brite. Color: Super Blue.
This space features a kitchen pass-through window with bar.
Ceiling Fans: Comerford 5 – Blade Outdoor LED Standard Ceiling Fan.
“It was so nice to share our home with you all. It’s a pleasure to be featured on this amazing site and I hope you all will join me on Instagram where I share home decor and lifestyle with my followers. Hope to chat with you all in the future.” – Jen from @weremodelit
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