Filth and destruction

It is not an understatement for me to tell you that I am a little bit of a clean freak (you can comment if you want my dear friends, I own it). So, walking in to our rental after 11 years was a bit of a shock to me. This was NOT going to be a quick clean up and painting project. I walked through each room of the house remembering the charming little bachelor pad it once was and tried to imagine how long it would take to get this house back in shape. I quickly called in reinforcements because cleaning this place would not be for the faint of heart! Once we had the house cleaned, it was time to demo!

Monte decided we could not salvage the green and purple kitchen (his decorating decisions pre-KFab), the carpet HAD to go and the bathroom really needed a serious overhaul. We called in some friends and family and got right to work. By the time I arrived with pizza for lunch, all the carpet was gone, the kitchen was gutted and most of the bathroom. It was exciting but also terrifying. Now what?

We have done so much to our current home. Every room has been painted (some more than once) and we have added character and charm with cornices, moulding and trim and even planking a giant wall. But, now we were looking at holes in walls and no cupboards and a limited budget. We may have gotten in over our heads but there was no turning back at this point! True to character, Monte went straight to Lowe’s and I started planning a color scheme! Stay tuned, there is much more to come!

Hey, so what’s new?

As my busy photography season hit, I found it MUCH easier and more efficient to showcase each of my senior clients on Instagram instead of on my blog.  It really seems to be the place my clients prefer to see their images. So my poor old blog fell to the wayside. However, as all of you know, I keep myself busy in a variety of ways and photography is only one of them. I have decided (or have been encouraged vehemently) to dust off my old blog as place to share all the exciting things going on with me and mine. So I hope you will join in on the fun!

So, what IS new? I can’t wait to tell you!

When Monte and I got married, he owned a home (the bachelor pad) that was far too small for his new GIANT family to live in (although we did manage to do it for a couple of months while we were waiting to close on our current house and it was kind of fun) and so we have been renting it out for the past 11 years. WHERE 11 years have gone, I have no idea! Recently, the long term tenants moved out and we decided it was a good time to renovate and sell. Well, renovate may be an understatement.

That Monte of mine is one talented guy and he took on this project with great enthusiasm- even though some (much of it) was a little over his head. I served as creative director (we work with our strengths around here) and he and his dad have been working tirelessly to get this little house ready to sell. I am over the moon about how amazing this house is looking and I can’t wait to share the transformation with you.

Here are some before photos to get you started!