My dear friend, Julia and her beautiful family in our favorite place on this earth, the Oregon Coast.
In November we finally closed on a tiny cottage here in our home town, just a few blocks from where we live. It’s our first flip, not counting the house we are living in, and Billy worked day & night to finish it in just four months ( wishfully hoping it would close before our taxes were due) #selfemploymentproblems also #cryingourselvestosleep over the chunk we owe this year. We hired out the exterior paint and roofing, but other than that we did everything else!
So here it is! This sweet little house is just under 900 sq ft, 2br & 1 tiny beautiful bath.
If anyone is interested in more details about the buying process, rehab breakdown/cost and all that stuff, let me know and maybe we can put together a post like that!
Ok, here we go!
What we love most about flipping a house is not the “flipping” at all, I don’t really love that word because in my head I don’t really see dollar signs and shortcuts or cover ups for a quick profit. We love the restoration part. Making the character in these old bones shine again. This is just the beginning of our remodeling journey and I’m so excited to see where it takes us. The joy I find is this: seeing something that used to be there and bringing it back in a fresh way while at the same time creating a beautiful place for a family to live and making our little town just a little bit more beautiful again. These wood floors were covered with a few layers of flooring and Billy sanded them down, they are like new again! We kept the upper cabinets and added in a few things, like the clawfoot tub, school house lights & restoring all the ropes for the pulley windows. All these things enhanced and complimented the old charm of the home, and at the same time are still really beautiful and now functional.
The breakfast nook/laundry area
and the bathroom!
Bathroom tub & Sink: Signature Hardware
Blue linen napkins: Not Perfect Linen
Bathroom towels and towel hook, all faucets, market bag, bathroom floor tile: Amazon
Bathroom baby products: Minerbs made here in Oregon!
Bathroom mirror, vases, baskets, brass kitchen hooks, bistro chair, vintage botanical prints: Thrifted
Tub shelf, nook table, nook bench/pillows, laundry tabletop, range hood cover: We made them 🙂
Laundry print: My print shop!
Kitchen rug: Ikea
Cookbook: Sprouted Kitchen
Nook shelves: Cascade Iron co. an Oregon shop
Aprons: Portland Apron co. aslo an Oregon shop
Kitchen counters, backsplash, appliances and pretty much everything we used to rehab: Home Depot aka our second home
Roof by Church Roofing
This last week we finished tiling the bathroom. If you’ve been following along, we were going to shiplap the bathroom, but decided to subway tile instead for better moisture protection and I love the way it turned out! It’s a pretty small space so we kept everything the same color instead of breaking up the walls with different colors and changed out the aluminum window making the tiny bathroom appear just a bit bigger. The light in there is magic & I love the pop of bronze from the fixtures!
Two years ago we bought our first home. I remember the day we moved in was a family event with every Nelson and Grush helping us. It was momentous for us- 5 months pregnant standing on the porch of our first home where we would start our family & create so many memories within these walls.
We got right to work trying to do as much we could before Ivy’s arrival. The dining/living area was first. The original wood floors were painted white, but preserved all these years under carpet. Billy sanded them down and they are one of my favorite things about our home. A lot of the molding was torn out, but these big picture windows were still intact, so we re-created the molding throughout the room from wood found at a salvage yard and stained it to match. I will forever love old homes and restoring all the character and history they hold.
The day we moved in ^ 🙂
Throughout the demo process, the reoccurring question was, why!?, Why would you board up these cute little windows? The entire downstairs walls were covered in these tongue and groove cedar planks + popcorn ceiling + the biggest brick hearth you’ll ever see. I like to call the theme the original owners were going for, ‘medieval dungeon/I love sconces’ and they did such a good job. It was so dark, but now it’s filled with so much light!
Billy just finished tiling and building a new mantel for the fireplace and I painted it a dusty grey green. I love brick but this wasn’t my favorite. Our goal is to always stay true to the style of the house so we added these wood details to make it feel craftsman. We still have a few things to finish in this space, like window hardware & a new front door. If we ended up living here a while I would love to move the TV out of this room and upstairs so that the living space could be focused more on connection. It’s so easy to just turn the tv on, but I feel like if it was out of sight it would become more of a special occasion instead of, lets just turn it on because we are bored.
We’ve been in this house a little over two years now and it’s been a slow process renovating our first home. I love being able to share all the hard work we’ve been doing, so stay tuned for more. We are finishing the backyard, last details in the kitchen, then onto the laundry room and bathroom!
I think we are starting a new Nelson tradition! For New Year’s eve we celebrated the coming year in a log cabin surrounded by newly fallen snow each morning, a wood burning fire place and soaking tub that over looked the snow caked trees. I couldn’t have dreamed of anything more wonderful. We even got snowed in (they have snow plows to save you) Green Springs Inn is a short drive from Ashland, Oregon nestled in the mountains. It’s the perfect winter getaway. If you don’t want to make the drive to Ashland for food, the Inn has a restaurant or you can pack in some things and prepare your own meals. Each cabin has a kitchen, outdoor tub, fireplace and amazing views. Pack your sled and winter boots! I photographed each cabin and this one was my favorite. I loved the lofty master bedroom and the tub in this cabin had the best view!