Do you ever wish you lived in the country? I do sometimes…well a lot actually:). I long for that slower paced and calmer life that I think people have out in the country. If you had met me fifteen years ago you would have thought I was crazy to say I wanted to live in the country, I was such a city girl :). I don’t necessarily think one is better than the other…they are just very different. I am thankful for the times in my life that I lived in the city and the times in my life that we have lived in the suburbs (which is where we live now).
Jason has lived mostly in the suburbs and more rural areas and, despite working in the city, he is definitely a country boy at heart. So…city girl met country boy and here we are :). We are always trying to find that balance of living the country life near the city. We may move to the country someday but for now the suburbs is our home for a good many more years to come. We also realize that the grass is always greener….although in the country, well, maybe there is more grass ;).
That’s why Jason and I chose to live at Lehman Lane (our century year old farmhouse). I am truly coming to love the community that we currently live in. We moved just a mile away from the Suburban Split so that our older boys could stay at their elementary school. Missing the character we had in our first house, the Town Traditional, we fell in love with this old house with big rooms, lots of fireplaces, and a big yard down the end of a long lane (aka our driveway :). We wanted to be able to fix up a house in our own time frame. Jason and I definitely don’t remodel quite as quickly as we used to since we now have four kids. Jason also has way less energy than he used to (don’t tell him I said that). The older we get we realize we need to enjoy the moments we have now with our kids because as everyone tells you it really does go by quickly. The days are long but the years are short. Looking back I wish we had taken more time to enjoy the process and not just rushed to the end.
These days I want to pull in my driveway and feel like life outside our house stops and its time to relax! I want a home where my kids have the freedom to kick off their shoes and just run and play and get dirty. Or, in my boys case, go missing outside with a good book in their hands (they are known to carry a book everywhere). I want our house to feel open to our friends and family to come by anytime and just hang out and relax. So welcome to Lehman lane…the process might be a little ugly, messy, and crazy along the way but we can’t wait to show you all what we envision for it. And in the end we know that our house will turn into our home…a little slice of country near the city ;)!
All we have done so far is paint and add/fix some closet doors. There were some broken bi-fold doors that Jason re-purposed into normal hinged doors. We still want to change out the newel post to a more vintage, beefier one. We also want to add wainscoting, install some sidelight windows around the front door to let more light in, find the perfect entry table, and hang a vintage entryway light.
This room needed little more than white paint. I love the fireplace wall with raised panel wainscoting! We found a great formal sofa on craigslist that fit the room much better than our old ikea sofa that we brought with us. We want to find a way to get more seating but, overall, this is our favorite room.
In this room we got rid of the wallpaper with some really good primer and added some columns and molding to add interest. I love the bold brown dining room color which allows the fireplace wall to stand out more. We still need to finish up some detail on the wainscoting under the chair rail. I am on the hunt for the perfect crystal chandelier. Jason is going to do his magic on changing the look of the dining room table.
We haven’t done much to the kitchen yet other than move in and replace the fridge and dishwasher after they broke down. We have big plans for this room including whitening it up, installing carrera marble countertops, adding more counter space, and a built in bench under the window. If you have ever seen my kitchen board on pinterest then know how much I love white kitchens!
We gutted this room entirely…read about it here.
We haven’t done much more than paint in here. We found a great coffee table on craigslist. I am still trying to talk Jason into getting rid of more of the red!
We have not started anything yet…but master and boys bathroom will be major gut jobs! The other two (Audrey’s and powder room) will be more cosmetic :). Sorry none of the toilet lids are down and these pictures are definitely not blog worthy! I mean who lives here anyway :).
Cue theme song…”we’ve only just begun” :0). We’ve started renovating the master bedroom by adding closets so that we can transform the current master closet into Tucker’s room.
The previous owners used this as a bedroom but for our family it is more of a playroom/guestroom/game/music room :). We painted this room too to freshen it up.
If you have read any of the other posts you would know that we have taken down a bunch of trees, put up a fence, and are in the process of landscaping and adding lots more flowers! We have a ton of ideas for the outside of the house, patios, and landscaping…too many to list right now.
To give you a little taste of what’s to come. It will include a lot of white paint, white tile, and white built ins and wainscoting. More wood floors, doors and windows. Lots more flowers and shade trees. New patios and pergolas and hopefully a pool! More crafts and DIY projects. Lots of good food and kid and dog craziness and hopefully some chickens (still trying to talk Jason into that) ;). And hopefully lots of good memories with our family and friends :)! Please keep checking back as the process continues…we always appreciate feedback!