Welcome to our home, I’m so glad you’re here! Grab your favorite drink and come walk through our house with me – I love talking about homes, taking tours, and seeing how others make their houses into homes unique to them. If you’re here, I think we’re of the same mind!
Over the life of AOC I’ve written a lot about DIY remodeling our 1982 ranch into a cottage-farmhouse, so I’m including links you can follow if you’d like to know more – like what it looked like when we moved here in 2004 (hint: a LOT different!)
Let’s start our house tour with the outside:
Our house started as a typical 1982 ranch house with many 70s-era leftovers like harvest gold fixtures and large-globed western style chandeliers. However, it was a builder’s house, so the quality was evident as well as state-of-the-art double-hung windows. Click the links below to read more details:
The first thing you’ll see as you step into our home is the entry and gallery wall. Actually the area is one big ‘great room’ but it has a half-wall that helps define the individual areas. Our entry area has seen some changes, mostly decorating, but with a few DIY updates, too:
- How to Create a Gallery Wall (our former wall, but the principles are the same)
- Adding Character with Easy Door Trim
Take a step down from the entry to the right and you’re in our living room. Here are some of the things we’ve done in this room:
I love our dining room! I especially love the large French doors we added – they add a huge amount of light and completely changed the feeling of the room.
And I’m completely over-the-moon with our farmhouse kitchen! We remodeled this room in phases over a period of 8 years. Read more about one of my favorite rooms in our house in these articles:
- Phase one: Painting with the Great Room
- All About the Kitchen Remodel
- The Farmhouse Kitchen Reveal
- Farmhouse Kitchen Details & Cost Breakdown
Our main bathroom saw a huge transformation as we updated and replaced almost everything except the tub. See before-and-after shots with details here:
In 2016 I repainted it all white and we’re enjoying how light and bright it is now.
Two bedrooms face the front of the house, one is decorated for our daughter and the other is now a guest room since our son has moved out. We’ve done a couple room makeovers for them, and these rooms contain the popular (and magazine-featured!) brown paper flooring:
- Extreme Room Makeover (a boy-to-teen room makeover)
- Teen Girl’s Bedroom Makeover
- DIY Brown Paper Flooring
Our master bedroom is painted a soothing light sage with a super easy board-and-batten half wall in a creamy white. We added two French doors in this room to help connect this older part of the house to the newer section in the finished former garage – one to the backyard and one to the master bath. Click to see details with before-and-after shots:
Our master bath morphed from two dark, carpeted (really…) rooms to one light-filled space that is the other of my favorite rooms in our cottage farmhouse. I’m sure it has nothing to do with that tub. Read more details here:
Let’s walk back down the hall to the other side of the house. As you do, you’ll see one of the things that made me invest in this rancher back in 2004- a wall of built-in cupboards that lines the hallway. What a great use for typically long, dark hallways, right?
There are other large cupboards, too, and all the doors and windows are well-made wood, too. You know how rare that is in houses from this era. It was these things that made me realize it could easily become a sweet cottage.
Walking back through the great room and kitchen, you’ll find the newest part of our home:
The major remodeling project we did a few months after moving in was to convert the garage into an office, a family room and a laundry-mudroom. My overall goal was to make sure no one would be able to tell that a garage and driveway ever lived in this space – do you think I achieved it?
Read lots more about it here:
Brian’s office takes up one part of the remodeled garage which includes the cool desk we made from Ikea trestle legs and salvaged wood. I wrote about this room and the larger “family” room where I craft and work (seen below) here:
The front of the old garage we turned into one large, light-filled multi-purpose room. It’s part family room, part office/craft room, and part exercise room (hidden in a closet). Much of the light – and a lot of the character – comes from the French doors we added to the new porch.
The laundry room started out as just a washer and dryer in the garage. I’m SO happy to have a warm place to do laundry, house our freezer, keep garden things and start my indoor seeds. See more about this space here:
You can take a yard and garden tour of our whole acre property, but here are a couple of my favorite spaces:
This area of our backyard – a gravel patio, gazebo and entry deck – started out as one HUGE deck that began rotting soon after we moved in. In typical DIY fashion, we took a looooong time to get the backyard to this point – but it’s beautiful and definitely worth the wait! Read more in these posts:
And lastly, here’s a little tour of our raised-bed vegetable garden in July. This garden brings me much joy and provides a ton of food (and aggravation from dumb voles and moles!). There’s a ton of information about how I garden the easy way in the Organic Gardening section, and clicking below will give you an overview about our garden’s design:
I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour of our Oregon cottage!
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