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I feel like I have been living a double life, because those that follow along on @ISPYDIY Instagram know the that the new renovation I’ve been designing has been consuming SO MUCH of my life right now, but I have not told you all about it yet. Introducing, my latest and possibly greatest renovation: The BAYVIEW BARNHOUSE! I had been looking for another house to “flip” for awhile (I use “flip” loosely because we don’t want to be lumped with the bargain bin quick flippers, but that is a conversation for another time…)  The minute I walked in the door it was pure love! I’m excited to be working with with my contractor buddy, Mike, who owns 3rd Coast Real Estate & Renovation and was the contractor on our last project, the HGTV pilot house. I loved how the house turned out, so thought, “let’s do this again”!  I was brainstorming a catchy name for this renovation, Bay View of “BayView Barnhouse” is the neighborhood in Milwaukee where the house is located and I was first inspired to call it the Barnhouse because of its striking red exterior. Now the Barnhouse concept is a big part of the design direction, and I’m hoping to differentiate it from the farmhouse style, by giving more of an Old World feel (more on that later!)

As we dive in to a series of posts about the Bayview Barnhouse, I thought the best place to start was the before photos! The prior residents were “collectors” and there was A LOT of stuff to clean out before we could see its true potential, but I was immediately drawn to the high ceilings and some of the original characteristics. The house was in bad shape, so I will just show the highlights here (pics after the massive cleanout). As the process continues, I will break down each of the rooms with more detail, but for now, I just want to show you some of the characteristics I love about this house and some bits that need creative solutions.
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Barnhouse General Bits:
– The house was built in 1875 as a single family home.
– The house is 1750 sq. ft.
– The house had been converted into a duplex by the time we first viewed it.
– We are converting the duplex back to a single family home, with 3-4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
– The lot includes a great size yard for the city neighborhood.

I love the board and batten treatment on exterior. We are so excited to revitalize this original feature of the house along with the huge porches. There has been a hot debate on social media about the exterior color: keep the red or paint it another color, like black. I’ll hash it out in a future post dedicated to the exterior of the house.
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The high ceilings were a major selling factor for this kitchen. The house is 1750sq ft but the spaces feel a lot bigger because of the ceiling height. The plan is to add beautiful open shelving and lighting that accentuates the high ceiling height.
More BEFORE pictures after the break! 

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DIY ORGANIZATION | Bathroom Bottle & Towel Labels 

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Decorating my bathroom was one thing, updating all the day-to-day bath necessities was another. It can be easy to overlook what a simple bottle update or towel switch can do to either bring a style down or boost the aesthetic. For example, after a while I tend to collect bottles in my bathroom that are different sizes and styles. Since I want to buy shampoo for quality instead of how the packaging looks (although that’s tempting being a designer), I decided to purchase these amber bottles so I didn’t need to worry about how my favorite bath products looked with my bath decor. In the process, I was able to streamline the amount of bottles I have (it is spring cleaning season after all!) and make everything look uniform. I partnered with Brother’s P-Touch Cube to label each bottle so I don’t use body wash in my hair or anything.

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DIY HOME| Updating My Office Nook with Art

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My desk has found a home in my house! I think I have found the best place to set up shop. This nook is in my bedroom and I have loved working here because it’s upstairs away from the bustle of the kitchen and right next to a window. Now that I have found a home for my computer desk, I am so excited to partner with Shutterfly to give the empty looking “BEFORE” space a makeover!

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I knew I wanted big pieces of wall art as a backdrop and Jenny’s print shop had an amazing selection of downloaded prints to choose from. Luckily I knew I wanted something neutral, which helped narrow down my options, otherwise I would have never been able to choose! These Lynne Millar poppy and hyacinth pieces were exactly the simple, lively pieces I was looking for in my office nook. I could download any size I needed from Jenny’s print shop to my computer and then upload directly to Shutterfly without scanning or resizing; so easy! I printed on canvas through Shutterfly to recreate a sense of the original painted pieces and LOVE how they turned out! The walnut frame complimented my desk perfectly!
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Confession: I am kind of a blanket hoarder. What can I say, I like to have a bunch of options on hand when I redecorate or when the seasons change. I scored this cool blanket ladder to hang them on. Do you spy the super fun Naps with Griff customized blanket? I had designed the pattern a while back and could upload directly to Shutterfly. Then I added customized text to make my new blanket one-of-a-kind. Griff loves to hang out with me while I edit photos and I think this blanket will be my go-to grab on those chilly office days.
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If you are interested in printing your own pieces from Shutterfly, keep an eye out for their coupon and discount offers. I used a 40% off EVERYTHING coupon which made the art an absolute steal! Which project would you want to create with Shutterfly first? More after the break!  (more…)


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