One Year Later…

It doesn’t even seem possible, but we just celebrated one year in our home. Yep, one year ago we were busy moving in and unpacking.

I can remember the excitement of opening boxes and looking at things that had been in storage for waaay tooo long— and the relief that the building process was over!

Don’t get me wrong, it was so much fun to design and build our home, but it was exhausting at times and we were so over it towards the end!

But now that we’ve been here a year, I couldn’t help but look back at where we started.

It’s amazing to see what can happen in a year, and our home certainly hasn’t been an exception to that.

Let’s take a peek at where we started and where we’re currently at, shall we?

Here we go!

I’ve always loved the outdoors (farm girl, remember)… which is a good thing considering all the work we’ve had (and will have) to put into our yard. We started with an absolutely blank slate. With rocks. Lots of rocks.

Technically, we’d already done quite a bit of landscaping at this point…. we brought in a ton of dirt, the sprinklers were in and we’d actually planted a few trees and a lot of bushes!

Front view

Here’s where we’re at now:

The Wood Grain Cottage

We’re still so busy working on landscaping and outdoor projects (more to come this summer), but we’ve made a ton of progress so far!

Let’s move inside, shall we?

Here’s our entry when we moved in…

Entry Before

It actually kind of hurts to look at that… It doesn’t reflect us at all…

Here it is now:

Updated Entryway by The Wood Grain Cottage

Entry way | The Wood Grain Cottage

I still have so many things that I want to do, but at least it reflects us now.

And now the dining room before…

Dining Room Before

And here it is now, but boy, I have soo many plans for this room. I shared one of them here.

Dining Room Updates by The Wood Grain Cottage

Dining Room | The Wood Grain Cottage

The kitchen when we moved in:

kitchen 1

kitchen 10

And now:

Kitchen | The Wood Grain Cottage

Kitchen | The Wood Grain Cottage

Kitchen | The Wood Grain Cottage

The kitchen is another room that still isn’t finished… I’m still waiting for that handsome husband of mine to install our back splash…  He’s become immune to my constant begging…sigh

The breakfast nook is still in progress too, but here’s where we started:

Breakfast Nook Before

And here’s where we’re at now…

Breakfast Nook | The Wood Grain Cottage

I couldn’t wait to have Anthony build a bench… and install our plank wall… and let me just tell ya… It’s made all the difference!

The laundry room is another room that we’ve been working on and, you guessed it, it’s still not finished!

Here’s what we started with:

Laundry Room Before

This was the first room that I repainted after we moved in. I liked the color at first, but then it started to eat at me… Plus, this room in general really bugged me. I told you all about my frustrations here.

Here it is now. We still have so much to do, but it looks so much better!

Laundry Room After by The Wood Grain Cottage

And, yes, I’m still completely in love our PB knock off table and the hanging ironing board rack. It’s a life changer.

The mudroom has undergone a few of it’s own changes too.

Here’s the before:

mudroom before | The Wood Grain Cottage

And here it is now….

Mudroom After | The Wood Grain Cottage

Still so much to do, but it’s so. much. better. than before!

The master bedroom has also seen it’s fair share of changes- you just haven’t seen very many of them…

Here’s where we started:

Master Bedroom Before

And this is what it looks like today.

Master Bedroom | The Wood Grain Cottage

Whitewashed Dresser by The Wood Grain Cottage

It’s sad really, how long I’ve ignored our bedroom. I’ve really been trying to change that lately.

So, obviously I haven’t shown you all of our home… You haven’t seen much of our master bathroom, guest bathrooms, office, living room, guest bedroom and basement…. I’m still busy trying to figure out what we’re going to do with each of them. It all takes time, and this post is sure proof of that.

I must say though, It’s been really interesting to see how much my style has changed, just from when we moved in!

I’m not saying that I’m kicking myself for the way that we chose to do things when we built, but I can see that I’ll probably be changing a few things here and there.

Don’t worry, you’ll be the first to know when we decide to do any changes.

In the mean time, I’m so happy with the progress that we’ve made in our first year at home. This year has been such an unbelievable blessing…

Thanks for joining along on our journey!

Shayna | The Wood Grain Cottage

P.S.- I just updated our Home Tour page. It has even more pictures!

Lovely comments so far...

  1. Wow, Shayna! Your home is lovely! You’ve done a wonderful job putting your stamp on it! I love your striped entry walls and your bench in the kitchen is fab!! I swear, though, I’m on the hunt for driftwood so I can copy your mirror! Great job!!~~Angela

    • THANK YOU so much Angela! I’m so happy you loved the tour. :)
      I hope you find some driftwood too… you will love the mirror! :)

  2. Beautiful home, Shayna. It’s neat to see the “before” photos as well:) Thanks for sharing.

  3. You’ve come a looooong way! Everything looks fantastic! I think the breakfast nook is my favorite!!!

    • THANK YOU April! We’ve come a long way…. and there’s still so much to do! The breakfast nook is my happy place. I just love it! :)

  4. Beautiful home!! You did a great job :) I’m so making that ironing board rack! Too cute! I have been searching for something to hang it on and this will be perfect :)

    • Thank you, Meg! So happy you enjoyed the tour! You will LOVE the ironing board rack… I certainly do! :)

  5. Hi Shayna!
    everything is so beautiful in your house, I love how you have added your personal touch to everything! everything you prepare/make/decorate is beautiful and inspiring! :-)
    glad to be reading your posts today, it has been a long and exhausting week! :-)
    wish you a great weekend!

    • Awe- Ingrid! THANK YOU so much! I’m happy you liked everything! It’s definitely starting to feel more like us now! :)
      Have a great weekend!

  6. Beautiful home! I LOVE your kitchen!

    Jen =)

  7. Kristine says:

    What are your paint colors in the entryway?

    • Hi Kristine! The paint colors are White Dove and Edgecomb Gray. They are both Benjamin Moore colors.
      Hope that helps! :)

  8. Jennifer Straight says:

    Can you just come and decorate my house for me … Please! :)

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