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It's Finished! A Complete Tour of The Curbly House

Curbly House Tour

This house tour is a long time coming. We've officially been in our "finished" house for one year, and we thought we'd celebrate with a big old fashioned house tour. So we're going to show you the super-clean, polished, sparkly version of The Curbly House...which looked like this exactly once, before we, you know, started living in it again!

Of course, no tour would be complete without a nod to one's roots, so we're posting the 'before' photos of every room, because it's important to acknowledge the past and - in our case - never repeat it. Here we go!

The Living Room

Before: Oh, sad, dark, dreary Edward Hopper-esque room, you were depressing and needed to lighten up a little.

Curbly House Tour // Living Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

After: Hello, gorgeous, feather-light room! You are so lovely and inviting; our very own watercolor.

We were fortunate to work with the super-fun, super-talented, queen of design, Ms. Emily Henderson, on this room and several others (namely: the master bedroom, sunroom, and dining room). Many hugs and high-fives go out to this gorgeous gal!

Curbly House Tour // Living Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Curbly House Tour // Living Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Living Room Resource List:

 

 

The Sun Room

Before: This was the room of 99 problems; falling ceiling tiles and chewed mullion windows were among them. But, ample natural light wasn't.

Curbly House Tour // Sun Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

After: New windows, new paint, new ceiling, new walls, new bench, and a reconfigured space completely transformed this sunny nook.

Curbly House Tour // Sun Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Sun Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

Sun Room Resource List:

 

 

Dining Room

Before: This tiny cramped room was begging to be opened up so that it could breathe a little bit.

Curbly House Tour // Dining Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: We now eat dinner in this room almost every night. It's a family space. The gallery wall of family photos is the heart of the room, and the entire downstairs.

Also, because we get asked about the practicality of a rug underneath a table where small children eat, the truth is: it's great! The wool is still kickin'.

Curbly House Tour // Dining Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Dining Room - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Dining Room Resource List:

Kitchen

Before: I get a little teary thinking about this old, decrepit kitchen. And, not for sentimental reasons. I loathed this room for its lack of appliances (no oven, no stove, and one 10amp outlet that required a trip to the fuse box every time we ran the microwave). I don't miss its color and mysterious animal smells either.

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: This is the room in the house that makes me pinch myself every time I walk into it. It's a kitchen, a family room, the place homework is done after school, and the place our friends congregate during dinner parties. It's the most used and most loved room in our house.

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly House Tour // Kitchen - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 


 

Mudroom & Bath

After: These two things are true about these two rooms:
1. There is nothing overrated about a mudroom.
2. Here's a joke that's no joke: We were really urine-ing for a half-bathroom on the first floor; now that we have one we feel a great sense of relief. 
Technically, there's no 'Before" here because the mudroom and half-bath were born out of our addition.

Apologies for the absence of 'After' photos of the half-bathroom; they are forthcoming once I decide which Rifle Paper Co. wallpaper to place on the walls. 

Curbly House Tour // Mud Room - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Mudroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Mudroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Mudroom & Laundry Resource List:

 

 

Master Bedroom

Before: Prior to being our bedroom, our master bedroom was a storage room. And by storage room, I mean, junk room. And, by junk room, I mean the room that could have landed us on an episode of Hoarders. Here's the empty room the first time we walked through the house (please excuse the gritty phone picture):

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom Before

After: In my dreamiest of dreams, I never believed I would sleep in a bedroom so beautiful. And, there's a chandelier! And, you know I sing Sia's "Chandelier" every time I enter the room.

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom - After
Photo: Melissa Oholendt
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Master Bedroom
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

 

Photo: Melissa Oholendt
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

Bedroom Resource List:

 

 

 

Little Boy's room

Before: The day after we closed on the house two rows of acoustic ceiling tiles fell from the ceiling of this room. It was clearly begging for change.

Curbly House Tour // Nursery - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: We wanted to design a room that captured our son's sense of adventure, while feeling grounded in classic design. Hence, the mountains with a hint of mid-century modern. 

Little Boy's Room Makeover
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover: Reading Nook
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover: Mountain Mural
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 
Little Boy's Room Makeover
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Little Girl's room

Before: During our closing with the relator, the daughter of the woman who previously owned the house told us that she once sat in this room and cried because it was her birthday and none of the children she invited came to her party. She told us that, for her, the house was full of sad memories. I panicked and feared we were making a terrible mistake purchasing a house full of sorrow. I then bought sage smudge in bulk and paraded through the house like a boss. I also placed little bowls of sea salt in all the corners to absorb the sadness (this, admittedly was a little cray-cray). If you look closely, you can see one of my sadness-trapping bowls in the picture.

Curbly House Tour // Child's Room - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: This sweet, little bedroom is just like our daughter: joyful and bright. And, so far we're batting 1000 for birthday parties.

Photo: Alicia Lacy

 

Photo: Alicia Lacy
Photo: Alicia Lacy
Photo: Alicia Lacy

 

 

 

Storage Room

Before: This former bedroom was drab, bright yellow, and filled with thousands of bobby pins. Seriously, a truckload of bobby pins. They still mysteriously come up through the floorboards. 


 

After: There's not much to boast here. This room went from 'drab' to 'improved' and then we filled it with a zillion plastic storage bins, miscellaneous decor, and a train table. Once our basement is in order, we'll move everything down there for permanent storage and make the room a play room. So, consider this room another work in progress.

 

 

 

Kid's Bathroom

Before: This bathroom was full of problems, and they were all hidden beneath the raised floor that we tripped over every single time we entered the room.

Curbly House Tour // Bathroom - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Bathroom (Step) - Before
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein


After: Every single wall, floor, pipe, tile, chimney stack, etc. was removed from the old bathroom to make way for the new one!

Curbly House Tour // Bathroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein
 

 

Curbly House Tour // Bathroom - After
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

 

Bathroom Resource List:

 

 

 

 

Thanks for sticking with us this far. If you have questions about products, designs, or DIYs, please let me know in the comments! For more on the process of re-doing our house, check out the entire Curbly House Section!

A tremendous bouquet of thanks goes out to the wonderful, stunningly-talented photographer, Melissa Oholendt, who makes magic with her camera. 

 

 

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bruno on Aug 09, 2017:

Hi Amanda! Thanks for the nice comment! Our ceilings are all SW Ceiling Bright White (SW 7007). Thanks and good luck with your project!


Amanda on Aug 08, 2017:

Hello, LOVE your home!! Is there any chance you can share whether you painted the ceiling in your master bedroom SW Crushed Ice as well, or is it Pure White like the trim, or something else? We are repainting our house and we, too, have a vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom and are painting a light neutral color. I can't decide whether to do the ceiling Pure White (the color of our trim as well!) or the ceiling the same color as the walls. In some of your pictures, I think the ceiling is white, and in others I think it matches the walls. Whatever you guys did, it looks GREAT, and I would love to know! Thanks so much for opening your home to us. :). (I apologize for the double post--I accidentally posted this first under an entry of yours that had nothing to do with the master bedroom...)


Kelsey on Jul 26, 2017:

Hi Alicia - Your home redesign is stunning! I was curious to know what type of branch leaf you have in the white vase on top of your white and gold-trimmed chest in the living room. It's beautiful and I'd love to find the tree myself!

Thanks so much,
Kelsey


Lin on Dec 09, 2016:

Amanda, why would you feel the need to post such a snarky comment?! The remodeling that was done only added beauty to this home. Do you think Alicia and her family purchased this home for others to enjoy? No, I think Not! They purchased and breathed new life into it so THEY could enjoy it. My mother always said, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."


alicia on Dec 09, 2016:

Hi, Amanda,

I appreciate the fact that you took care to comment in a careful and sincere way. I realize painting the woodwork in our home was a controversial choice. But, let me assure you that we love our home, treasure its character, took great care in the decisions we made, and stand by them. Our spaces reflect the people we are and the things we love. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and I hope you love your home as much as we love ours.


Amanda on Dec 09, 2016:

I've been thinking hard about how to say what desperately needs to be said without the appearance of "trolling" or "bullying." There is no reason your family should care that I personally would choose about 90% of the BEFORE photos over the AFTER photos. But I think a large contingent of home-lovers would agree that you should have left that particular house to someone who would have appreciated all of the awesome craftsman details and rich original solid wood. Very few things deserve praise less than painting over quality, intact vintage woodwork. I hope at the very least that you salvaged the built in china cabinet and big old farm sink. It is good that you are happy with your surroundings now -- if only you had just bought some dime-a-dozen place that was bland from the start, it wouldn't have robbed the rest of us of a piece of architectural heritage.


bruno on Jun 07, 2016:

@lani - thanks for the comment! We've fixed the resource section. The colors you're interested in are: Blue (Sherwin Williams Rainwashed) and Pink (Sherwin Williams Lotus Flower)


lani on Jun 07, 2016:

beautiful home! well done, so great to see the differences. maybe it's my browser but i can't see the list for the girl's bedroom, which i love, particularly the paint colours - could you tell me what they are?? congrats again on fantastic choices and work :)


lani on Jun 07, 2016:

beautiful home! well done, so great to see the differences. maybe it's my browser but i can't see the list for the girl's bedroom, which i love, particularly the paint colours - could you tell me what they are?? congrats again on fantastic choices and work :)


alicia on Apr 13, 2016:

Tami: Thank you! I'm feeling very excited about your color choices. They will look beautiful!

Lin: Thank you for the kind feedback. I'm glad you're going to use some of the same paint colors in your home; I think you'll love them!


Lin on Apr 13, 2016:

Alicia,
Your home is lovely and an inspiration for those of us who are in the process of remodeling or redoing our homes. I am going to use one or two of you chosen paint colors in my home. Thank you for sharing and enjoy the fruits of your labors!


Tami on Apr 13, 2016:

Hi Alicia! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures of your beautiful home. We are building a new home and chose SW Crushed Ice for the entire home except the laundry room and master bedroom before I saw your pictures. The laundry room will be Sherwin Williams Sea Salt and the master bedroom will be Sherwin Williams Pediment. We were agonizing over the trim color and thought we wanted Pure White. I was so excited to see you had posted the trim color as well as the wall colors. I can now confirm we picked the right colors and they look so beautiful. Thanks!


RCS on Mar 01, 2016:

Hi! Beautiful home!
I really love the simple clean range hood your cabinet designer put together...so many are so fussy but yours is really lovely.
What is the model of the ventilation hood insert you used? I didn't see that listed. Thanks so much!


alicia on Sep 30, 2015:

Hi Olivia, We used an eggshell finish on the living and master bedroom walls. We used a high gloss enamel on all of the trim work. Hope this helps!


alicia on Sep 30, 2015:

Dear Ros and Lin, Thank you! XO


Ros on Sep 30, 2015:

Anonymous,

You are rude. Please find within yourself the desire to refrain from trolling. Bullies are not cool.

Dear Alicia,

The effort put into this home is phenomenal. I would LOVE to live in a home so well designed. Well done! This looks fantastic.


Lin on Sep 30, 2015:

Anonymous, it's no wonder you didn't sign your name.  Anyone with spelling and grammar that atrocious, not to mention rudeness, surely wouldn't want to be identified!  Why would you ever write something so unkind and insensitive? 


Anonymous on Sep 30, 2015:

Hmmm. While I applaud your effort, your decorationing skills need serious help. Sorry but the furniture choices you made were almost all so dang cheap looking. Lone exceptions was the headboard of your master bed. But then you got such cheap looking bedside tables and other furniture that it was just pitiful looking. Expensive, classy furniture does NOT need to be costly$$. It just takes an eye for classy design. Please check out classsy websites as you need help.


alicia on Jun 30, 2015:

Thank you, @georgia! Such kind words!


georgia on Jun 30, 2015:

absolutely beautiful home... and decorated so lovely! 


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