Remodeling A Historical Home Vs. Remodeling In A New Build

Hey all! Never in my wildest dreams did I ever believe that I would live in a brand spanking new house. Why you ask? Because I did not want to. Don’t get me wrong, knowing that mine, Alex’s and our two little humans are the only bodies that have lived in this house and the only feet that have walked on our carpet is rather comforting, but I quite frequently feel disappointed in the lack of character and design direction that this house provides.

Remodeling an old home vs. a new home has been on my mind a LOT! Especially as we dive into the upgrade projects that we have planned for our new home. There are pros and cons on both sides and I wanted to take a little time to share my prospective on this topic!

Let me take a minute to say that all of these little pros and cons are totally subjective. These are taken from my experience and yours could be totally different 😉

No. 1 Cohesive Details vs. Curated Character

Unless you have moved into a beautifully restored or untouched antique home you will probably find yourself scouring antique stores, ebay and reproduction sites to track down hardware that will match existing/original hardware unless you intend on replacing all the hardware.When we moved in to our 1920’s bungalow most of the doors had the original hardware and because it was beautiful and original to the home I wanted to maintain that look throughout the house. This meant that I needed to track down hardware for the few doors missing the matching door knobs. Conversely, in a newer home ideally all of your door hardware, light switch plates, trim, etc is going to match; which gives you so much more time to focus on larger projects or projects that are far more important to you.  

While our antique home needed a little more coddling when it came to matching up original door knobs, replacing door trim that didn’t match the original trim in the rest of the home and procuring matching, light switch plates, outlet covers etc. our home had a distinct and beautiful design direction. Craftsman bungalow. This architectural style affected how we approached projects in our home. We made decisions to opt for tiles, trim style, counter top material and cabinet style that were cohesive to the style of our home. This was super helpful during the planning phase of projects and I have to say in our brand new home that has a very transitional style I’m panicking a little bit! Our new home is very…blah, I mean transitional. I think if you are buying a newer home and you are a part of the design process you can have some really great character built into the home, unfortunately we did not have that kind of time when purchasing a home and swooped in to purchase the home just as it was being finished. The character in this home is virtually non-existent, any character we want in this home we will need to add ourselves, which is both exciting and scary.

No.2 Over-Hauls vs. Solid Walls

I know, that doesn’t even sound like a competition right?! Here’s the deal though, there is something totally satisfying about pulling a total gut job on a room and then turning it in to something incredibly beautiful! People love a good makeover story, that’s why shows like Fixer Upper give you all the warm and fuzzies inside! As a home and diy blogger I try to be transparent with you guys about my reasons for doing any project, I try to be really honest about the project, how long it’s taking, how much money it cost. I want to inspire people with the work I put into my home and even if I wasn’t writing about it I would still be doing all these projects in my home because I want to live in a beautiful space that feels comfortable for our family. However putting all this information out there also leads to some readers having questioned my motivations for wanting to remodel or upgrade a perfectly new home, and because I try very hard in all situations to put myself in someone else’s shoes I can see their motivation for asking why our new home isn’t “good enough for me.” BUT, at the end of the day I have to live in this home, my family has to be comfortable in this home and we have to sell this home.

It would be easy to let myself feel guilty or selfish for wanting to make upgrades to a brand new home. We are so incredibly thankful for this home, for being blessed with finding a home that fits our family and checked off most of our “must haves” but our desire to upgrade certain aspects of our home doesn’t negate our self-awareness or our thankfulness. As a military family we have a few short years ( and sometimes months) in each duty station, during this time we must unpack, organize, live here, repack and move – that is our life. I have found that the best way for me to provide a stable, warm, consistent and safe environment for our family to retreat to, is by creating an atmosphere that feels like us as quickly as possible.

In our old home that meant knocking out plaster, removing old vinyl flooring and breaking up concrete showers. In this home it means, painting, adding special moldings and replacing bathroom vanities for an upgraded look. While we wont have the massive over hauls that we did in our older home we have plenty of projects to keep us busy here and the absence of huge projects will hopefully keep our project timeline shorter and our wallets a little more full 😉

These are just a couple of the differences between our current house and our last house that I’ve been mentally wrestling with lately. It’s such a funny thing completely switching gears in aesthetic and it is for sure working out all of my creative muscles. What about you? Have you completely shifted gears in your home before? Was it easy? Or did it take time to develop a plan for you to move forward?

Tradewinds Laundry Room Inspiration

Hey y’all! I’ve been hard at work making plans, laying out ideas and determining which house projects to start on first. Because we had a little washing machine snafu a few months ago I ended up ripping up linoleum and tiling our laundry room first off. I decided since the hardest part was over I should go ahead and makeover the laundry room before embarking on any other large home projects.

One of the biggest changes (besides the floor which is already finished) is the building of a folding table over/around the washer a dryer to create a really cool built in tailored look and give me a perfect spot to stack the folded laundry room. I wish so much that we could add a sink- there is definitely room to add a small sink to the folding table area but the location of the washer and dryer hook ups makes it almost impossible to install a sink to the area unless we were to have the hookups moved, which isn’t in the budget for this particular project.

I want this room to flow well with the rest of our home which means my ideal color pallet is navy, white, black, gold and a lighter wood tone. Below is one of my favorite inspiration photos for this project.


I put together this cute little mood board of products that I plan on using for the laundry room and I’ll link up the products so that you can find them too!


  1. Valspar “Pitch Cobalt”, 2. Valspar ” Bistro White”, 3. Wallpaper, 4. Folding Table Top, 5. White Subway Tile, 6. Wall hooks, 7. Runner, 8. Lighting

I’m so excited to show you guys the progress and the finished product! Stay tuned, I promise I’ll post some updates soon 🙂

Tradewinds Living Room Inspiration

Hey y’all! I’m so excited to share my plans for our living room, with you guys! We are really loving our new home and we cannot be happier with the vaulted ceilings in our open living space but it does pose some decor challenges. Sometimes a large open space can feel empty rather than spacious and this is the biggest obstacle that we will be tackling in our living room, breakfast nook & kitchen area. 

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Spring Carrot Door Hanger

Spring is upon us! I’m so excited for the sunshine, warm weather, flowers and all the happiness that spring brings with it. I’m also excited for Easter and spring time decorating and I’ve decided to get a little jump on my Easter decor by adding a spring carrot door hanger (our very first door hanger at our new house!) to the front of our new home! It was super easy to make and I know you’ll want to know how I whipped it up, so scroll down and I’ll give you all the details!

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Breakfast Nook Sneak Peek & Chalk Board Art Tutorial

Hey everyone! We’ve been working like busy little bees unpacking all of our boxes, putting things away and making this new house our home. As a creative person sometimes the mess of unpacking and long days where I don’t get to do anything creative drives me nuts and I need just a little break in the monotony. I decided that a quick little project would give me a good aside from all the organizing and would help us feel a little more settled in at the same time.

Inspired by one of my favorite songs I created these adorable side by side faux chalkboard panels. I say faux chalkboard because I fixed mine so that the chalk cannot be erased. 

The large panels take up just the right amount of space on the wall in our breakfast nook, I love the way they turned out. These panels were super easy to create even though I have horrible handwriting! I promise you could make your own too! Check out the tutorial below…

To make your own panels you will need..

-1-2 picture frames with chipboard or mdf backings. (I bought mine at Michael’s during a bogo sale)

-Chalk paint in black.

-Paint brush



I’m going to be using a smaller frame as an example for the purposes of this tutorial.

First you’ll want to discard the glass or plastic that came with your frame and paint the entire front of the chipboard backing with the black chalk paint.

Next you’ll need to let the backing dry completely. The rub the side of the chalk over the surface of the “chalkboard” backing.

Next you will need to use a wet towel to  erase the chalk. This will give your chalkboard a “lived in” look.

Then comes the fun a easy part! I wanted a more industrial look for my panels so I chose a black lettering style of stencils ( these are cardstock stencils from Hobby Lobby and are litterally the cheapest stencils ever). Place your stencils where you want your lettering, washi tape can help you hold the stencils in place without damaging your chalkboard.

To draw your letters you’ll want to draw around the edge of the stencil.

Then, scribble chalk in the center and draw heavier on one side of the letter, that will add a little bit of depth to your lettering.

After you finish your lettering you will want to fix the chalk so that your pretty chalkboard art will stay nice and crisp.

There are two ways to fix the chalk art, you can use a fixative spray found at art supply stores- it’s used to fix chalk pastels etc. Or you can use hairspray which will do the exact same thing.  Just hold your hairspray about 12-18 inches away from your panels and give them a nice light spray. and voila! You did it, you made your very own chalkboard art.

Thank you for checking in on my latest project, we have a ton of projects underway. Join us on this little journey as we make our house a home!

xoxo Holly