Small Updates

Sometimes small updates can make a big difference.  Our porch light just wasn’t doing it for me.  It felt bland and boring, and didn’t really set the tone for what I want the house to feel like.


Zzzzzzz…..wha?  It doesn’t exactly say ARTS AND CRAFTS BUNGALOW, does it?

A quick trip to Lowes with a birthday gift card later (thanks, Mom and Dad!) and I came home with this:


Nice, Huh?  It looks really nice at night when it’s lit, just a soft and warm light.  Here’s where the front porch is now:


Like I said, a small but nice improvement.  With spring hopefully on the way, we can do more updates (paint the door!  plants!  patio furniture!) and get some curb appeal going.

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Project: Mudroom

Let’s just dive in to my current project: the mudroom.  The mudroom is one of the most high-traffic rooms in the house.  It’s the main entrance for the family, it houses the 1st floor bathroom, the washer and dryer live there, and there’s the “pantry.”  I’d love to be able to close a door and ignore it, but that’s just not going to happen.  Here’s where we started:




Not the prettiest, is it?  But that’s ok, unlike the Cylons I DO have a plan!


Light / Paint – SW Aloof Gray / Door / Floating Shelves / Poster – Vintage, similar / Shelf / Rug

I’m not entirely sure how I want to do the floating shelves.  Since we’re doing an over-the-appliances shelf, I think 2 additional shelves above will be a bit much.  Also, I need to find a way to work a clothes-hanging bar into the mix (ain’t nobody got time to iron!).

The vintage poster is also kind of up in the air.  I had originally planned to re-hang bulletin boards for the kids’ art but J.C. thinks the poster would look better.  I need to get the poster mounted and framed, so it may be a while before I have to make a final decision.  I’ll probably just hang the boards for the kids in the mean time (hello, inertia!)

I really wanted this light but that’s a lot of dough to drop on a mudroom light when we have a TON of other upgrades to do.  Like prepare for the inevitable death of the washing machine.  Lights are easy to upgrade and the one in the mood board is inexpensive enough that I won’t feel guilty getting rid of it down the road.  And so the budget dance continues…

Doors are included because builder basic 6 panel doors feel boring and generic, and I’d like to add more Arts and Crafts character.  I may check out salvage shops and see what’s what there, vintage doors would be awesome!

So that’s the mudroom plan!  Now that I’ve worked out some user error technical issues with the blog, hopefully I’ll be posting more often.

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Let’s do this

Welcome to Breezehome Bungalow!

I’ve been wanting to start this blog since last June, I just couldn’t seem to find the time.  With the new year, I’ve decided to just go for it even if things aren’t perfect (note the non-layout).  I hope to make this blog an outlet for all my home-related projects: decorating, design, sewing, crafting, etc.

For now, let’s just talk about the site name: Breezehome Bungalow.   My dream house is a Craftsman style bungalow.  Unfortunately, our home is not a bungalow and it’s not likely we’ll be purchasing one in our town any time soon (there are only 3 or 4, and they’re out of our price range).  The good news is we live in a new home with absoutely NO architectural interest and a basic Craftsman shape, so it will be really easy to upgrade with Craftsman style details.   In fact, with only a few modifications, our home could look like this:

Bungalow Inspiration

Seriously, this looks so much like our place, it gives me hope.  As for the Breezehome part: people who have played Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim already know what’s up.  For those not in the know, it’s a house you can buy in the game.  It’s not the most impressive place, but it’s cozy and gets the job done.  Most importantly, it’s in an extremely convenient location, so even when you buy the mansions later on in the game you still head back to Breezehome quite a bit.  Our home is similar to the home in the game, it’s not huge but it’s cozy and fits us well.  Also, it’s in a great town and our family is thriving here.  Thus,  Breezehome Bungalow!

Hey, I just found a photo of our place, so let’s go ahead and post it:Breezehome

See, it could totally look like the nice bungalow above!  Oh, I should take this opportunity to note that we live in a duplex/twin/semi-detached home, so half is ours and the other half is our neighbors’.  We live on the left side in this photo.  Hopefully I’ll take  a better photo soon so you can really see some of the non-features of the exterior.

We’ll end this post for now and see if I can do another one this week.  Thanks for reading!