It’s hard to believe we have already been in our home for over a year. We’ve done so so much in what feels like so little time, but there’s still so much to do. Good thing we’re here for the long haul. Due to all the changes, I figured I’d give you an update! The last time I shared my home with you we had just moved in. Curtains were missing, the guest room was a mismash and the back door was a literal wood slab. Over the course of the year, though, things have come together.
In the living room we swapped out the Ikea oriental rug for an imported Colombian heffer hide. I love the mix of natural textures and classic western mixed with my victorian couch and our other cozy tufted couches. We’ve also added more art and greens in the form of a Zulu shield from our South Africa trip and some table succulents. Due to the impending colder weather we’ve added more pillows like the balsam pillow from Izola and sheepskin pillows from Ikea.
In the pantry we’ve done what we can to make it more aesthetically pleasing. We added some wicker bins we found at Home Goods, but we’re still trying to figure out how to hide the shelves of spices and dog food in an aesthetically pleasing way; anyone have any suggestions!? Seriously, spice organization will be the death of me. Or, just my pantry.
The guest room has probably had the biggest changes yet. Curtains have been added, as well as more DC themed prints and a bookshelf of travel themed readings and knock knacks. We’ve created a welcome basket of towels, global magazines from our travels, fresh Swedish sea salt soap…anything you could need for your stay at Von Brandt Haus, which has been really helpful since we started hosting on AirBnB (more on that later)!
We had our deck built last fall, grass put in this spring, then added the lattices and porch furniture. This update has been one of my favorites, especially durging the warm weather. Weekends are spent with mimosas and the pets lounging in the sun for hours on end, and our Sunday evening tradition of grilling out with friends has been one of my favorites.
The Basement…oh, that basement. I never initially shared photos of it with you it was that bad. In the past few months it’s become our main project. A Bo Concepts sectional couch really brought the mancave/media room together. With the addition of (almost weekly) pillows and finally hanging some wall art it’s become a place we no longer vampantly avoid. Instead it’s the place we retire after dinner for a little Netflix & Chill, or more commonly, where Sahra falls asleep 5 minutes into an episode of 30Rock.
The other side of our basement is…the basement part. Our laundry room/half bathroom was a definite sore sight. We’ve done our best to clean it up and make it pretty, but there’s still PLENTY of room for improvement.
What do you think of our home updates?