When we first moved into our Palm Springs home (seen empty here, and finished here) I photographed the space before we moved in, and it was so much fun to look back on later. So, yesterday I did the same with our new house. It’s quite the contrast! Our PS house was brand new, mostly to our style and pretty much the cleanest canvas to start from. I love our new (very old, as in built in 1926) home just as much- but it’s going to take some blood sweat and tears to get it to where we want it to be! We put in a solid 9 hours of painting yesterday and it was just the tiniest taste of what’s to come! So here we go, let’s take a tour, shall we? I’m so excited to show you and to tell you a little bit about what we have in mind for updates!!
Ok, so what you see here is the entryway to the house (love the front door, love the barrel ceilings, love that as you walk in- to the left is the living room and to the right is the dining room (see below for the view facing the opposite direction). Although I love the history of Spanish homes and the style, we’ll want to do some updates. I would love to replace the floors (they’re pretty beat up and the contractor we spoke with said that they’ve probably been refinished just about as many times as possible with the thickness of the wood). And for this entry way I’d love a pendant light that’s in line with the architecture/design but an updated version. I have my eye on a few already! But both the front door and closet door are keepers, I’m determined to maintain the style of the house but add our own modern twist to it!
Next up we have the living room! This is the room that sold us the house- these windows have been restored, but are the original design. And they are just AMAZING, right?! One of the first projects we’ll be tackling is window coverings- we’ll need them for privacy and to make the room feel cozy. But I also have intentions for that fireplace- a major makeover that I’ve already designed and cannot wait to tackle (and of course it starts with a paint job)! We’ll be doing as much of the work as possible ourselves, so I’ll be sharing DIY tips as we go!
As you can see in the photo above, on the other side of the entry way is the dining room (seen below). It also has beautiful original windows, but the paint color makes it feel small and darker than it should. So we’ll brighten this room up with a new color and update the pendant light. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that our marble dining table fits in here! Eventually we want to knock down the walls that separate it from the kitchen/breakfast nook (also seen below) and open the space up from the front of the house to the back! And in my dream world there’s a couch/some chairs for friends to sit on while I’m cooking- but we’ll have to see if there’s enough space when we start tackling the re-design.
The kitchen. Oh, the kitchen. I can see it as it will be someday after the walls come down and pretty much every square inch of it is reconfigured and reimagined. But that’s an expensive project, so we’re going to give it an update with paint to hold us over till we’ve saved all our pennies for the big shebang dream kitchen remodel. We’re also going to take down some cabinets, some backsplash and put in some open shelves to make it feel larger, and we’ll put open shelves in the breakfast nook and turn it into an extension of the kitchen for storage to get us through. And I’ve already removed the curtains in the breakfast nook- which brightened it up tremendously!
On the other side of the kitchen (the door you can see in the kitchen leads to it) is the longest hallway of the history of hallways, seen below from either end. I have dreams of dangling two beautiful pendant lamps, and gorgeous runners that will warm it up and accent the barrel ceilings. I’m also so excited to style that traditional Spanish built in at one end of it, and put art up on the walls that are just MADE for it!
The master bedroom/bathroom is at the end of the hallway (there are two bedrooms and a jack and jill bath on the left side). The master bathroom is colorful and whoever updated it too the Spanish theme very seriously, but with our preference of modern design I’d love to see it become modern with a hint of Spanish, instead of ALL SPANISH ALL THE TIME. You know what I mean? But this is potentially going to be a long time coming, so I’m going to embrace the colorful bathroom and do my best to love it for the time we have it! Viva colorful bathrooms!!!!
Next up is the master bedroom. While I love blue, this blue is not for us so painting over it was part of the blood sweat and tears of yesterday. Ok, no one cried and I didn’t sweat. Or, bleed, technically. But my joints and bones FEEL like they’re bleeding today! Does that count?! This room is pretty basic- and I don’t know that we’ll do a ton to it cosmetically besides swapping out the window coverings, removing the ceiling fan and replacing it with a pendant lamp and eventually replacing the floors. But it’s going to feel like home pretty quickly, and I’m super excited about the WALK IN CLOSET! Closets sell homes to shoe horders. I think I read that somewhere.
Ok, that concludes this empty house tour!!! What do you think?! We’ve got some work ahead but it’s an amazing gem of a house that we were SO lucky to find (btw I’m 100% sure the ONLY reason we landed in this house is because of the relentless efforts of our realtor- if you’re house hunting/selling in San Diego please reach out so I can give you her info- she is the absolute BEST!) I hope this post gets you excited for all the updates that are to come as we make this place our own! xx- Sarah