16 Years Ago

10.11.2011

Sixteen years ago today, 10-11-95, was moving day into our new home. After six months of building our home we were moving from the home we had been in for twenty years into our dream home. I have told y'all before, but I know I have a lot of new readers now, that we did a lot of the work ourselves to save a lot of money. That was the only way we could afford this home. Mr. Savvy was the general contractor plus he hung all the windows and doors, did all the trim work, and hung the wallpaper that used to exist and is now gone. I did almost all the painting. Our nephew came over and painted the high ceilings and the doors. I painted almost nightly and on weekends for three months. We did all this while also working at our day jobs. I look back now and think how on earth did we do it. Sheer drive and determination is what it had to be.

Here are some pictures of pictures of the before look of just a few rooms that I found. Oh, how things have changed around here over the past few years.

This is how the house looked for many years until we added the Tennessee fieldstone to the wall with the palladium window and on the front porch and columns. The garage doors were replaced with the carriage style doors that we have now.

Yes, those were the days of the jewel tones. Dark mauve walls were in the great room. Oh, how I loved this color then and felt like I was living my dream after leaving our small ranch home.

Lovely smokey blue furniture with burgandy and off white pillows. We still have the sofa table. That was one of my paint victims a while back. Only thing it has moved to the garage for now.

Lovely cream carpet throughout before we replaced it with the hardwoods. We still have this carpet on the stairs and on the second level. This was very good dense carpet. The man that sold it to us told Mr. Savvy that I had expensive taste. Hey, it has lasted a long time and still looks new except for a few minor stains.
That is my same coffee table that I still have and is painted now.

 Ah, the wonderful green and white master bedroom. I know the walls look teal in this old picture, but it was green. Green walls and green carpet. 

Yea, baby!

Then we added the plantation shutters. I still love my shutters.

This was the lovely wallpaper in the kitchen along with the dark blue dining room. Sorry about the blur of these old pics.  I wish I had a picture of the old counters. You can see a tiny bit in the bottom of the picture. They were white corian with blue edges. The floor was white linoleum. The cabinets were all white. I wanted a big white and bright kitchen after having a tiny dark galley kitchen in our first home.


Thanks for going down memory lane with me.
You can quit laughing now!


41 comments:

  1. It's fun to look back and see how our homes have evolved over the years. I think it's wonderful you have so many pieces that you've repurposed for your current design aesthetics. Your home is "ageing" very, very well.
    Best,
    Susan

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  2. How fun to look back at these pics & see how much everything has changed!

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  3. Happy 16th Anniversary! I think it is so much fun to fluff and nest our homes. Yours is beautiful now, and back then too.

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  4. I love this post...the power of determination and dreams! It is amazing what can be accomplished when we put our mind to it and want it bad enough. Unfortunately, there are not enough of thoses people around.

    I think it is great to see the evolution of your rooms and to see that you so not have to scrap everything and start over, you can reuse and repurpose and have a beautiful place.

    Have a wonderful day!

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  5. Look how far you've come! And you always had a knack, it's just the styles and what's available have changed :-)

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  6. Ah yes! Such fond memories. Ha Ha! I cringe when I look back at my house that long ago too. Thank goodness for change! Your house doesn't even look the same anymore. It definitely looked good when all of that was in style, but now it's MUCH better!

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  7. Haha! I laughed only at your last comment~the changes we have all been through. And to think we loved what we had, just goes to show we will all probably cringe in 20 years when we look at our blogs showing our home decor.

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  8. Wow Kim, So much of that looks familiar. Weird how our tastes change and evolve. It looked great for the time and it looks amazing now, you do have Great Taste!!

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  9. WOW! Its amazing how much your tastes and home has evolved! How great that you have pictures to compare to as well.

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  10. It's fun to see how a home evolves over the years, your home is beautiful and looks well loved. I sometimes wish that we had not of sold our 'dream home' when the kids moved out... but at the time it seemed so big and lonesome I couldn't stand it, and now I wish I had it back!

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  11. I was right there with ya! Homes are always a work in progress! love seeing your transformation, and Happy Home Anniversary, xo

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  12. Oh Kim, this brings back SUCH memories! Joe and I built this house too, 28years ago now!!!! NEVER thought we would be here this long!!! But LIFE happens, huh? Joe and I laid sub floors, installed EVERY single door, I think there are 28 of them, he made all the vanities in the bathrooms, we stained every door and piece of moulding(!!!!!), installed the kitchen cabinets, painted and wallpapered too. ALL at night and on weekends like you 2! Oh to be YOUNG again and have that energy! Thanks for the look back. It is so funny how our tastes change(and hopefully, improve) over time! XO, Pinky

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  13. You guys did an awesome job! I hoe someday to be able to build my home. You can look at those photos and tell you were a decorator! Styles most always change, but you still had the touch! Thank you for sharing these photos!

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  14. Isn't it amazing when we look back at what we did by ourselves and in our 'youth'! I remember doing so many things ourselves that i just physically wouldn't dream of doing now! The wonder of paint...how it changes a room so dramatically! Thanks for sharing...
    Hugs~

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  15. I love your trip down memory lane. Always fun to see how a home evolves into todays style and character. You've come a long way baby!

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  16. Kim, I wasn't laughing, I was thinking I need to update some of my own colors in my 10 year old home, LOL!
    I was also thinking how cool it was that you actually picked classic things, like the tables and the shutters... smart.
    HUGS and blessings!
    ~me

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  17. Kim,
    Your home is beautiful even in this time capsule. It reminds me of Home Alone. I still love that house. See ya tonight!:)
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  18. It is hard to believe the house in those pictures is the same house you live in now!! Isn't it funny how styles change over the years? One things for sure, we will never have to stop decorating!!

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  19. I'm laughing with you, not at you, Kim! : ) I came across some pictures of our house in the early days {20 years ago} and I had wallpaper in my kitchen that had little houses and it was done up like a cross stitch with the "x"'s. What was I thinking?!? It's amazing how tastes change over the years.

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  20. Not laughing, we have all evolved over the years with our own style. Happy new house anniversary.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  21. Kim,
    It is obvious that you have always had a knack for making your home cozy and comfortable. It was beautiful back then and even more beautiful now. Ah, to be young again and to have the energy we once had.

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  22. I wasn't laughing just giggling, amazing what we did back then! I do remember the mauve though so well!

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  23. Such sweet memories I am sure Kim! Thanx for taking us down memory lane with you. I had to laugh at your green walls and green carpet!! My moms bedroom was exactly the same. As matter of fact she loved green so much that we had green carpet in the main areas of our home when I was growing up. Back then I never thought anything of it now I just laugh and shake my head! Mom no longer leans towards green carpet but she still does use it a lot in her home like her custom granite counter tops in the kitchen.

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  24. Wow, Kim ... it doesn't even look like the same house! Your taste has certainly evolved over the years ... it was beautiful then but gorgeous now! Fun looking at your old pics!

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  25. Aren't you so glad you took those pics? It's so fun to look back!

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  26. I love looking back over the years and seeing the changes. I didn't take photos without my people in them so it is kind of hard to compare THEN and NOW. :) Of course, we've never moved. Well, a few times...but not in the last 40 years. Still in our little tract Ranch but...it's home.:)

    Loved looking at your pretty house..back then. :)

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  27. Oh wow, what a fabulous post!

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  28. But you just know that we'll be looking back at our current photos someday and saying, what was I thinking?!! Your home was lovely and tasteful for the times. I heard a designer once say that stainless appliances are the harvest gold of tomorrow . . . ugh! Say it isn't so!

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  29. Oh, it is so fun! Colors go in and out of style. I had finished a home in 1986 and was so proud of my mauve in the kitchen counter. I went to my new friend's home and her mother's kitchen was 20 years old and was dusty pink - counters, appliances, barstools, etc. Here I thought I was so hip and I was just retro!

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  30. Haven't been able to comment, what's up with blogger...anyway been here enjoying it all! Finally back home

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  31. that is fun to see all that gets accomplished...thanks to all our Mr.s and our own gumption (yes I said... gumption) to do our own styles and diy 's and hunting for what we find that fits our life styles...

    FUN. So much fun
    I cant wait to move again now !

    -KAT-

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  32. I remember those colors. You've really poured a lot of love, determination, and beauty into your dream house. Thanks for taking us on this stroll with you.

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  33. I think it is so fun to go back and see how much things have changed! Now to see it in 16 more years!

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  34. Don't you just love it! I'd be ashamed to show how my first house looked. All paneling and carpet and linoleum. Remember that red "brick" linoleum? That's what I had. :) Then blue carpet in a room, gold in one, and green in one! What was I thinking? It's hilarious!!!!!

    I hope I have learned a few things about decorating.

    Do you think we'll look back in a few years and laugh at what we have now? I hope not!!!

    Have a good week,
    Kathy

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  35. You moved in on my birthday Kim. It's always fun to look at pictures from the past. I know when I look at some of mine I'm like what was I thinking LOL!!! Martina

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  36. Oh my gosh, what a change. Even in the time you have had your blog how much has changed since then too. Fun to look back.

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  37. Didn't we all have that blue and mauve thing going? And lots of wallpaper too. I had the same dusty blue sofa and loveseat. I loved that set! Thanks for sharing!

    Robin
    Robin Flies South

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  38. Hi Kim,

    You and your husband have made a beautiful home for yourselves. Especially all of your hard work with construction and finishing details!
    It is so rewarding when you can do it yourself! Great floor plans and details make it all the sweeter to decorate, even years after...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  39. It is fun to stoll down memory lane and see how our tastes have changed... the beauty of this is seeing how your home has grown even more beautiful over time... I always love that... blessings ~ tanna

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  40. Hi Kim! Hearing the story of your home is a wonderful experience. More than memory lane, it reminds me what makes a real home. Your home is definitely made from the heart. All the hardships, sacrifices and waiting period are priceless and definitely worth hearing.

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  41. Any chance of seeing some side by side before and afters? I'd love to see the comparison!

    This is so inspirational to me -- my husband and I are right now debating whether to buy or build.

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