Durham House

We’re loving every second of living here in Bull City (Durham). After moving from Michigan, we’re definitely enjoying the soft summer breezes of the south. Here’s a look at our current abode – a 1939 fixer that had been vacant 10-years prior to purchase.

Since we just moved in this summer, this tour is mostly before shots! Check out the blog for the renovation in action.


Foyer Before

We added some wainscoting and a coat of paint (in addition to refinishing the floors). Eventually we’ll refinish the steps, the banister and add a runner, too!

Revere Pewter in Entry

Living Room

Living Room Before

This room got a fresh coat of paint and some new furniture.

A Tisket a Tasket Flor

Oatmeal a Tisket a Tasket

Dining Room

Dining Room Before

Jay built us a table, and we painted the walls. This room still needs a lot of attention, but after being table-less for a few months there at least we’ve got a place to sit down and nosh.

DIY Farmhouse Table

IKAT Throw Pillows


Kitchen Before

This room has gotten the biggest overhaul! All new cabinets, new counters, andย new flooring. It’s coming along!

GE Cafe Fridge Review

We installed GE Cafe appliances, and LOVE them.

GE Cafe Oven Review

We also added in a peninsula for our dishwasher and sink. This room feels much more open now. We love all the changes!

Sink Not Under Window in Kitchen

Breakfast Area

Breakfast Nook Before

Guest Room

Guest Room Before

Guest Bath

Bathroom Before

Certainly less pink, but lacking a few crucial details. Like a light plate – still. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Behr Swiss Coffee

Upstairs Bedroom

Guest Room Before


Office Before


Botanical Art in Office

Upstairs Bathroom

Bathroom Upstairs Before

Master Bedroom

Master Before

Laundry Room

Laundry Room Before


Entry Before


Exterior Before


Outside Before

15 thoughts on “Durham House

  1. I’m going back and forth on floor stains- Minwax Provincial and Dark Walnut! How funny to have found someone with such similar tastes! Your photos of both houses are so pretty that it’s not making the decision any easier, though it surprised me to see how dark the Dark Walnut actually looks! Thanks for sharing your photos!

  2. Love your kitchen Mary! I have a question re: the shelves to the right of the sink and window in the ‘before’ pic. I notice in the ‘after’, they’re gone. I have the same set up and would like to remove the shelves, but would be left with a gap which would make the window not centered. In your ‘after’ photo, there’s no gap where the shelves were. I was wondering what you did to make it look so good. Thanks for your help!

  3. Sorry ~ I forgot to ask if you would mind sharing the info. on the tile you used for a backsplash in your kitchen? Thanks!

  4. Love, love your decorating style. I need your assistance regarding the silestone lagoon counter top that you installed in your kitchen. It looks beautiful in your pictures (gray/white). I wanted to us the same counter top and was about to order it when it looked a cream/brown buttery color in the showroom. Were my eyes playing a trick on me in the store and it has this color undertones to it or is it white/gray like yours appeared.

    Thanks so much,

  5. Poor Santa! Didn’t these people know you never put a plastic bag over your head? Please do this space next! I’m concerned some poor child will see this picture and fret Christmas will not come this year. ha ha or should I put ho ho
    Happy Remodeling!

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