Our new home {tour before move in day}


We have officially moved into our new home and are slowly getting settled here. When we came earlier this Spring to look at houses the trees were bare and it was dark and grey as you can see in the pictures. Now the trees are GREEN as can be. It’s gorgeous here! After looking at almost over 50 homes for sale in Ohio we finally decided to make an offer on the very first house we looked at. Someone else actually made a higher offer right after we put ours in and he picked us. It was meant to be! :D


Our new home


After several requests from friends, here’s a little tour of our house from the day we first saw it. There are a lot of changes going on and I will definitely be posting more as the finishing touches come together. It’s always fun to see the ‘before’ though. The house was taken care of really well, just a little outdated in some rooms.

So here is the ‘before’…

Our new home

Here is the entry way. Plan of action: Paint all trim and doors white, add black hard ware and purchase a new light fixture.

Our new home

The room on the left is being converted into my studio. Plan of action: Close in wall, add french doors, dark wood floors, built in desk/cabinets, paint and track lighting.

Our new home

The kitchen was in actually in pretty good shape but we will be updating the hardware and light fixture to give it a more modern look. Eventually I’d love to get a new sink and countertops, but that will be done later on once I have saved up more money. ;)

My plan for the bathroom is to paint the walls and cabinets, frame the mirrors, add tile and get weird of those blinds!

Our new home

The basement is also in pretty good condition, it just needs a new color of paint. The laundry room will be getting painted turquoise and new floors will be going down in there as well.

Our new home

The outside of the house is in really good shape, but I’m guessing in the next year the deck will need to be re-stained. I’m also planning on painting the light fixtures by the garage black to really make them pop and tie in the black shutters. I’d love to plant a garden and rose bushes next Spring as well.

I’ll show you everything when it is done all in due time. I don’t plan on finishing decorating right away, but I will be posting room by room once I have finished them.  We did hire a contractor to help with some of the bigger projects like closing in walls and replacing floors. That has been a huge relief since my husband wont have as much spare time to help me with projects once he starts his new job (Monday).

Here’s a little sneak peak. It’s amazing what a little paint can do! I really love how it is all coming together. So so grateful!

updates to home

So I’m curious, what house projects are on your to-do list?

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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23 comments on “Our new home {tour before move in day}”

  1. It’s beautiful! What part of Ohio? We live in Central Ohio. Can’t wait to see the updates!

  2. So exciting about you house – it’s so cute, and so much fun potential for making it your own! We’re currently building, but my biggest project/challenge I can see so far is that there is a set of HUGE white doors (where the heating units are behind) right on a big wall at the top of my stairs – no idea how to hide/decorate/pretty-up that!!!

  3. We just bought a house also and I’m itching to paint the trim. I don’t know why wood trim is so popular in the Midwest – it’s all about white! Of course, there are lots of other things I’d like to do to the house too, and my eyes are bigger than my wallet!

  4. We just bought a new house. We have been busy with the backyard mostly (the first grass yard my kids have had!) Now we’re painting every room and working on my craft room (eek!) My husband also framed my living room windows and they look awesome. It’s so frustrating to only do parts at a time…dang budgets :)

  5. PS I love your new house! Excited to see everything come together :)

  6. I love it! I think we should plan a TGA out there so I can come see it in person! :)

  7. It’s so pretty! Love the outside and the deck. Can’t wait to see all of your projects making the home more “you”. :) Best wishes in your new home! XO

  8. Welcome to the neighborhood, Jamielyn! I’m just down the road, on the other side of Cleveland. It sounds like the move went smoothly, and your new home is beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. (We had that same light fixture hanging in the foyer of my parent’s house.) Have fun with it all!

  9. Jamie congrats on your new home, how exciting for you! It’s beautiful and I’m sure you’ll put your special touch on it, just like your website! :)

    Have a Sweet Day!

  10. Hi Jamielyn! I live in Findlay which is 45 miles south of Toledo. Welcome to Ohio!! Your house is a charmer. :)

  11. Congrats on your new home! It already is a beauty but I look forward to following your changes along the way. Blessings to you, Patti@OldThingsNew

  12. We just bought a new house in Tennessee and we had not even seen it! Luckily we loved it! My husband just finished painting the built in shelves in our living room and we are going to paint the kitchen cabinets, switch the laminate counters for granite and build an island. Then we need a fence around our new huge backyard! Lots of projects but they are fun things! Congrats on your new house!

  13. Beautiful!! Can’t wait to see all your personal touches you put on it!!

  14. The changes you’ve made already look terrific … and I love your new deck! Congrats on your new house!

  15. Fun to see the BEFORE! I love the already painted banisters, will watch for the updates;)

  16. I am looking forward to seeing all the decorating you do in your new home. You have such great ideas. I hope you and your family are so happy in your new home.

  17. What a beautiful home! The progress looks fab so far! (: Have so much fun decorating! Can’t wait to see your craft space (: xoxo

  18. LOVE the house!! I agree with Steph – I want to see it in person! Can’t wait to see what all you do with it. :)

  19. Welcome to Ohio!! <3 the house. I can't wait to see the after pictures :)

  20. What a great space to make your own, so happy for you and your family :)

  21. It looks great. I can’t wait to see all of your new redecorating.

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