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Featured: Apartment Therapy (Squeal!)

February 03, 2012   //  Posted in: Decor   //  By: Emily   //  17 responses

It’s a radical honor to have been featured on Apartment Therapy for the third time yesterday night. If you’re stopping by Merrypad by way of the House Tour, welcome. If you were really on my doorstep, I’d be offering you some coffee and apologizing about that furry dog that’s sniffing your butt and/or snuggling your thigh. He’s really quite sweet, but sorry about your clean pants.

Cody snuggles.

Jason Loper’s invitation to be a featured house tour threw me for a loop. The pictures in my before + after section were a little out-dated, and I knew Apartment Therapy really deserved my best and most current batch. The “old ones” posted weren’t outrageously out of date, but not fully representative of what my house was really looking like in the Winter of 2012, 2-years and 8-months after it became mine. Things change fast around here when I’m creating new art, reorganizing book shelves, installing new lights, and building new end tables on any given day, further evidenced by the fact that in these photos, the office still didn’t have baseboard trim (done!) and the jewelry hook wasn’t above my bedroom dresser (done!)

It was a nice opportunity to clean stuff up and take a whole new set of photos to document the progress. Most time the house isn’t as clean and bright as the photos you saw in the tour (and can see again further below in this post). In fact, on any given day, I’m working buried in a slew of papers on the dining room table, or like one day earlier this week, lounging sickly, enjoying a cup of hot green tea, and working my way through a box of tissue like it’s going to give me a promotion. And it seems like there’s always a bag of unopened dog food just inside the door, because that’s where I promptly drop all 37 lbs. of it when I bring it in from the car because the basement storage bin is too far away (weakling).

No such thing as a sick day when you work for yourself.

But in a perfect world on a perfect day when I’ve meticulously planned a room-by-room photo shoot, picked up all of my socks, and poofied the pillows, the house looks something more like the photos shown here, and it makes me damn happy.

The whole house redesign hasn’t been a quick one; I think it was Emily Henderson I heard saying recently that every room should have layers of interest, layers of decor, like layers on an onion (that’s not an exact quote, BTW, I don’t have that episode of Secrets from a Stylist DVR’ed any longer), and in that vein I still feel like there are many more layers that’ll be added to each room of the house. It’ll be a gradual transition that ebbs and flows with changing and evolving design tastes (and as money grows on my money tree). It’ll probably evolve for the rest of my life, or for however long I take up residence here, but that’s how I like my houses to be: in a constant state of betterment. I think it’s pretty good as-is now, better than when I bought it at least, but that’s just me. And as a side-note, I have the most difficult time ever picking out things like paint colors, and adhering to a specific design style, because I like it all. All of it. Well, almost all of it. There are days I think of opening up walls and painting everything white and making it a Scandinavian abode. Other days I think of taking everything even darker, like, by adding more shiplap walls, yes I’m serious. But for us, right here right now, it’s great. And I guess it’s just icing on the cake that most people we encounter and who read through projects on Merrypad have responded so nicely to what I’ve done. For that, thanks yo.

Here’s a peek at 8 of my favorites from my recent shoot. These pictures (and 44 others) can also be seen in the updated before + after section of the site.

Living Room, January 2012.

Dining Room, January 2012.

Kitchen, January 2012.

Entryway, January 2012.

Master Bedroom, January 2012.

Office, January 2012.

Thanks again for stopping by and showing some love. Hang out for a while and make yourself at home.

  • Christine
    3 years ago - Reply

    Want to come to Buffalo and help me make my apartment look as awesome as your house? I will pay you. Seriously. :)

  • jb @BuildingMoxie
    3 years ago - Reply

    … find more awe every time I visit (especially inspiring is how much of a student you are — in a good way). thought about just typing :~) but I’ll say instead I love the pegboard shot and this is a great feature.

    Rock on!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks for your support, jb! Glad you liked the tour!

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci
    3 years ago - Reply

    EMILY!!! I finally got a chance to go through all the pictures on the house tour. Everything looks so great. Congrats on the feature!
    PS: what kind of camera do you have? We are saving up for a DSLR and I keep asking everyone I know this question.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks for the nice note, Staci! Glad you liked the pictures. For this and most projects I use a Canon Rebel EOS XS with an 18-55mm IS lens. I have a 50mm lens that’s amazing, but don’t myself using it as much as I like. We have a Canon G12 too, great quality pictures for a smaller DSLR, just no manual focus capability. Both highly recommended!

  • Kat@Withywindle
    3 years ago - Reply

    Congrats on the AT feature! I’m the one who asked about your barnwood mirror. I love it! I was hoping to DIY one as well. I will be using yours as inspiration! Thanks for the tips!

    I actually just recently started following your blog because I noticed you were from Rochester. I am a Roc native as well! I am in Boston now, but am back to visit my family all the time.

    Congrats again!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks for stopping in! The mirrors are totally DIY-able – to make them really strong, consider biscuit joiners and brackets, but that particular one is only made with brackets and has held together fine for a few years now. I’m surprised about all of the comments from Rochestarians, former Rochesterians, and people who know people in Rochester – everyone has a connection!

  • Cait @ Hernando Hosue
    3 years ago - Reply

    Loving the AT rave & all the new pics!!

    I almost wish you’d snuck in a pic of Cody howling and a venti mocha. Next time? ;)

    PS – This made my laugh out loud in my office “He’s really quite sweet, but sorry about your clean pants.”

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      :) Glad you like! Cody was a very good buddy and stayed behind the scenes while I shot, he knew I meant business. There was background howling and lots of unnerved dog pacing though. It was clearly an issue for him that I was dragging the Dyson around with me.

  • Ashley @ DesignBuildLove
    3 years ago - Reply

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!! so excited for you! The house looks amazing and there were parts of the house I guess I’ve missed along the way! You are awesome! :)

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks (as always) for all the support you show Merrypad, Ashley!

  • Helen
    3 years ago - Reply

    I love the greens you’ve used on the walls. I’m doing a reno right now and would love to know the colour code for them.


  • Erin B. Inspired
    3 years ago - Reply

    Emily, if I ever make my way up to Rochester, can I come visit? (I mean that in the least creepiest way possible.) Love your house! And my how far it’s come. :)

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Please! If you ever make it to Rochester and fail to get in touch, I’ll be disappointed.

  • Sarah {Handbags*N*Pigtails}
    3 years ago - Reply

    I was so excited to discover you(and your blog) today on A.Therapy! I live about two hours south of you in New York. Im constantly on the lookout for other bloggers with old homes. Ours was built in 1860 and I struggle with meshing the character(& amazing original woodwork) with my own personal style.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Hey Sarah! Thanks for stopping by. It’s such a fun challenge, isn’t it? I love old homes, and yours must have loads of character being 150 years young!

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