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Monday, August 24, 2009

321 Cottage8: Before & After Reveal

Welcome to our much anticipated Cottage8 reveal party, I’m so glad you’re here. This is a before and after photographic compilation of our journey over the past 12 months. Nearly all before photos were taken just after we closed escrow and the keys were placed in our hot little hands. 
This is what the living room looked like, below. Can you say SpongeBob Square Pants? I sure did the first time I laid eyes on this room. I think it’s safe to say the prior owners clearly had an obsession with the art of sponge paint.

Note: The carpet was the thin industrial kind, and the ends were fused with shipping tape in the center of the living room. It was sticky, dirty, and smelled of cat pee. During one of our visits with our realtor, the house smelled so bad we had to stand out on the front porch to conduct business.

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This is where we are currently at with the living room, below. All brand new floors which Adam laid down for two days while I closely observed. New paint on the walls and ceiling. The walls in the living room were done in Ralph Lauren’s Canvas Natural, and the ceiling was done in Behr’s Seaside Sand. As a side note, the front door is Behr’s Hampton Green.

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This was our hallway before I got my hands on it, below. Besides, I just knew you’d want a close up of our lovely pet ameba on the left.

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This is how our hallway looks now, below. We changed out the light fixture, and the four long narrow cupboard doors at the very end of the hallway, our linen closet, is still a work in progress. So far, they’ve been accented with wood trim around the edges, and next I’m thinking about covering them in natural grass cloth wallpaper.

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The sponging technique continues in this before photo below of the small dividing wall between the living room and kitchen/dining area.

Note: Look towards the bottom right of the photo below – see the shipping tape I told you about? Who knew you could fuse the edges of your carpet with that stuff.

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And here’s that same small dividing wall, below, in its current state. We added the french door and used industrial strength brass hinges so that the door can swing freely into both rooms. In fact, I’ve always dreamt of a swinging kitchen door. Maybe it’s because of all those I Love Lucy episodes I watched as a kid – I always admired their swinging kitchen door, and how it was often used as a prop for their hysterical antics.

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Before when you walked into our home, this was the first thing you would see, and oh what a site it was to behold! As you can see below, sponging wasn’t the only design trick up their sleeves – they also had a love for dry brushing their cabinetry and wave painting on walls. Surf’s up?

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Seen below, I’m contemplating going with different lights on either side of that mirror on the right. Something a little more urban, either in brushed silver or rustic brown. I’ll keep you posted.

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This was the other side of the living room, below.

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Here is our living room currently, below. We painted the fireplace the same color as our ceilings, Behr’s Seaside Sand. It’s quite a magical color really. It takes on various tones depending on the texture it’s being applied to. I also painted the inside of the fireplace a smokey grey.

Note: See that walnut mirror against the wall below? No. 1, the frame is plastic. No. 2, it was white. No. 3, I used a walnut stain to simulate the look of wood, and will give you all the details of that project in a future post. No. 4, this mirror was so big, we not only had to borrow my bro-in-laws cargo van to transport it home, but I had to lay on the floor of the van, on my back, with the mirror on top of me to ensure it didn’t break.


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Below is a view of the living room, before, facing the window. Painting this living room seemed to take weeks. On a warm August afternoon last year, my mom brought over a folding card table, two chairs and a cooler full of food and drinks. While we sat and talked and I replenished my energy, my mom said with all the confidence in the world “I know you can do it, Jennifer”. She had a vision of how this room was going to look, and it all came together for her in her head. I looked at the same room, and all I saw was shipping tape fused carpet.

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Ah, what a breath of fresh air, below. We replaced all the old metal framed windows throughout the entire house, with french pained new glass windows, which we could have never achieved if it wasn’t for the help of my mom and dad. Beautiful windows are costly! Besides, my parents have been my rock of encouragement along this journey, cheering me on from the sidelines the entire way.

Note: While the vintage tan tufted loveseat is newly acquired piece, the tall white armoire came from our previous house (you may remember it from our bedroom) and the white sofa is also from the living room of our other house, as well as the coffee table, lamp and seashell mirror.

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This was how the view looked into our dining room, below.

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And now the new floor continues into the dining room, below. We enjoy morning sunshine that comes through the four pained french glass slider door.

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Where do I begin with this one, below. The cabinets were dry brushed, the insides appeared to be rotting with rodent feces, the tile counters were so sticky that our realtors right arm nearly became a permanent attachment, the front of the oven door was missing, and the dishwasher received the same dry brush treatment.

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Seen below is our kitchen now. Almost I can’t even believe this is the same kitchen, and I live here. New floors, all new cabinetry, interior cabinet lighting, new oven & dishwasher, new lighting, butcher block wooden counter tops, tile backsplash which I installed myself, and a new kitchen island accompanied with wooden barstools. The cabinetry, cabinet lighting, butcher block counter tops and white farmhouse sink all came from IKEA.

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When the idea of purchasing our entire kitchen from IKEA was initially presented to me, I just wasn’t having it. The IKEA I knew was from a visit to their Burbank location over 15 years ago, and it looked cheap and lacked any sort of style. That was until I got my hands on their 2008 catalog last year. I immediately noticed they were now carrying bead board fronted cabinetry and french glass cabinet doors. I couldn’t get down there fast enough. Here’s another before kitchen photo, below.

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So we measured our kitchen and drove our 2-door Ford Explorer Sport down to the IKEA in Burbank. During our drive down, I insisted that we fit the entire kitchen into our small 2-door Explorer, kitchen sink and all, as I hate making two trips for anything. Let’s just say that it took two hours to load it all in the car, including the kitchen sink, and I ended up sitting in the passenger seat curled up on my back, with my head against the bottom seat, my feet against the interior roof of the car, and three boxes of cabinetry sitting directly on top of me. This is inevitably what happens when you tell me it can’t be done.

Yes, that’s my refrigerator below. It was one of the first projects I did over 12 years ago. Beneath the beadboard, white trim and farm door hinges lies an old avocado green fridge, circa 1970 something, and she still runs well after all these years.

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It’s back to the blue waves in this before photo, below. One of the first things I couldn’t wait to do was replace this out dated window box immediately. It projected outward nearly 2 feet.

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Here in this current photo, below, you can see what a difference a new window can make. For the window sash, I simply hung an extra piece of burlap and gathered it up in three places with chocolate brown ribbon. A quick easy fix until I can find a better curtain replacement.
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When is dry brushing your dishwasher in blue paint a good thing? Seems that question never entered the previous owners thoughts, below.

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I think I kissed this farmhouse sink when I pulled it out of the cardboard box. This thing is so big, Adam could probably take a bath in it. I heart this sink and all of its bigness.

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The bad, the ugly, and the moldy, below. This is how our kitchen looked after we sledge hammered and hauled away the old cabinets and existing tile counter tops. We had some plumbing issues, which thankfully our bro-in-law came to the rescue and taught Adam a thing or two about pipe building.

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So here’s the thing with IKEA – there are NO written instructions. WHATSOEVER. Because they are an internationally based company, they decided “the heck with writing manuals in various languages. Instead, we’ll just provide our customers with animated drawings and see if they can build all this complex crap. And if that’s not enough, lets throw in a drawing of a little animated man, with a question mark above his head who appears totally miserable. Okay, IKEA customers, build that kitchen”! And with a little hair pulling, I did in fact put together every single one, twelve kitchen cabinets in all. Take that, IKEA.

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I couldn’t wait to take down the tacky lighting, and replace with vintage style light fixtures that were better suited to my style, below.
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Looking at the kitchen from this angle, seen below, makes my heart swoon.

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You haven’t met my dining room yet, have you? Let me introduce you to my tile floor, below, which was my biggest headache. In order for us to lay the new floors, we were told that because of the deep beveled grooves in between the tiles, that void of space had to be hand filled with a product called Floor Patch. Three buckets worth in fact. I think my knees are still feeling this one.

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From this view, below, it’s a little difficult to see the back wall of our dining room. It was an amazing project, which I will be sharing with you at a later date.

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Oh, I think I get it now – they wanted the blue waves to match the blue tiled floors, below. Okay, I still don’t get it.

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See those vintage style schoolhouse lights below? They were a highly debated and extremely controversial subject in this house for three weeks. Guess who won? Sorry babe.

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I mean, if you’re going to paint your cinderblock fireplace, why not go for the blue/gold contrast, below.

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We covered the back wall of the fireplace in beadboard, below. Again, the beadboard and ceiling are both awaiting the molding treatment. And the huge chalkboard I made will be the subject of a future post.

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If you were wondering, those are shutters and cabinet doors to the left, below.

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I realize this after picture isn’t giving you the full effect of the back wall of the dining room, below. I promise I’ll share the whole project with you in a future post.

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I have tons of vignette photos which I will be sharing in a later post. But in the meantime, here’s a small sampling of some of the vignettes in my home…

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The covered book project below was inspired by the one and only Fifi.

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My burlap pillows were a creative collaboration with the beautiful Aimee of Garden Adornments.

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As to date, we are still completing the 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. There’s not much of a finished product to show you just yet, but for fun I thought I’d show you a few of the before pictures, just so you can see the degree of challenges we’ve been faced with, as shown below. While we’ve painted, carpeted and furnished the rooms since these photos were taken, there are still many projects to undergo, and I’ll certainly keep you posted on their progress.

Here’s the master bedroom, before, continuing in the sponge application tradition.

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This is a before photo of the second bedroom, seen below, which doubles as my office. Rest assured, I no longer have to look at the Kermit Green walls while I answer my emails.

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Here’s the third bedroom which we use as our media room, aka The Man Cave. While I can’t remember now what the original color was, I was simultaneously priming the walls while testing out some blue paint when this photo was taken, seen below.

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I wish to thank the following bloggers for helping me spread the word: Design*Sponge, My Petite Maison, Garden Antq’s, Rose Vine Cottage, Gypsy Flea Market, One Shabby Old House, Sweet Cottage Dreams, Mockingbird Hill Cottage, Rue’s Peanut Butter & Jelly Life, Garden Adornments, My Sweet Savannah, Sherry’s Rose Cottage, Twice Remembered, “Make Your Monday” event, Saturday Finds, Cottage Bliss, Shabby Villa, Shab-n-Chic, Campagne Maison, Simply Stacey, Restyled Home, Graceful Moments, The Shabby Cottage, The Rose Room, Sheri Howard Designs, 3 Bundles For Me, Gracious Southern Living, Cottage Chick, Nutbrown Cottage, Tidy Mom, Simply Dandy, Vintage Lizzie, Time Out For Me, This Is Not A Rough Draft, The O’Quinn Family, Southern Lady’s Vintage, All Bliss Be Thine, Just A Little Southern Hospitality, Right At Home, The DIY Show Off, Metamorphosis Monday, So Happy Together, Ellis Events, Bingham Cottage, Room To Inspire, Cottage Lifestyle and Bricka Brack. If your name should be on here, please let me know and I’ll add you to the list. I don’t want to leave anyone out. I also want to thank all of those who stopped by to visit with me today, helping me celebrate 12 months of hard work and dedication. This has been so much fun sharing with you all, I’ve had a blast. And I’ve saved the best for last – I want to thank my extremely talented web designer, Cathy at Avalon Rose Collection. She just remade my blog for me, specially for this big event. What a rock star designer she is!

Update – Tuesday, 8-25-09:
Thank you to all of you who have left comments and emailed me! My husband and I sit together in front of the computer, and on the phone while he’s at work, and we read each comment together. Then I call my folks and we share the comments with each other too. You guys are amazing! I also welcome you to share this post on your blogs, and I am truly honored by how many of you have already done so.

321 comments:

  1. Hi Jennifer,
    I only have two words for you...ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL! What a wonderful transformation. Congratulations on your new HOME!

    Hugs,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

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  2. GASP!!!!!! Jennifer and Adam, what a glorious and magnificent Cottage8!!!! I am in love with each and every lamp, fixture, cabinet, beaded board, vignette - it is just gorgeous!! I am going to have you both come up and hire you do work in my home!

    This was SOOOOOOOO much fun! Better than looking through a magazine! Keep it coming!

    love you both,
    becky

    off to find that daisy!

    PS: I want that plate rack, btw!! Oh, and geez, about five hundred other fabbies.

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  3. Hello party guests and welcome to Cottage8!

    I have a great big favor to ask - PLEASE HIT YOUR REFRESH BUTTON ON YOUR COMPUTER, and take second look at this post. In the thrill of the moment, somehow the alignment of this whole post went a little wacko. There's also a couple other little buggers that I'm working out right now as well.

    Thank you again for all of you visiting today. I can't wait to hear your comments!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  4. Jennifer you have done an amazing job I love love love it and it's like you pulled the look right out of my head,it's just perfect!!!! It's just what I needed to get me started on my projects here. The counter tops are amazing, I just found out they had those at IKEA, you have my dream farm house sink too! I'm glad you won on the light fixtures, I love them, ok I love it all, LOL! Congrats on your new home and you have created such a warm and cozy retreat for your family. Ok I'm going back to look and drool some more (;
    Hugs~Kelly

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  5. BEAUTIFUL, Sweet Jennifer!

    I want to say more, but I am truly awestruck. You are so, so, so talented.

    I will be back for days to come to enjoy the beauty of all your hard work. You are an inspiration to all of us that want to make our surroundings our place of serenity. Way to go!
    xoxo~Tracie

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  6. Jennifer...I helped spread the word about your RE-veal today also..http://campagnemaison-jacque.blogspot.com/

    I love everything you have done and certainly FEEL your pain! We are undergoing a renovation process ourselves. We are in our 2nd year BUT ALL IS WELL we are slowly getting things finished. I can't wait to get my floors!! Due to a budget constraint, we are saving ours for LAST. A good decision since I am a terrible painter--I splatter paint all over everything. Yours are gorgeous and Adam did an excellent job installing them. I do love your kitchen and can't wait to see the rest of your updates AND tutorials on some of those things you mentioned. Please tell us how you did your refrigerator! I hadn't seen that before.

    Congratulations on your progress!

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  7. What an incredible *new look*! I love it! There is something very satisfying about transforming homes with your very own hands, isn't there? Great job!
    Rene'

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  8. Holy smokes Jennifer!! Your home is AMAZING!!! I'm in love with every inch of it and now want to start over at mine. Not. even. kidding. I just bought that counter top from Ikea too :)

    Congratulations on your gorgeous home!!

    I'm going back to look again, but first I found the flower here:http://theoldpaintedcottage.com/item_101/Paper-Glitter-Cones-Tussie-Mussies.htm

    xoxo,
    rue

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  9. Hi Jennifer,
    Absolutely Beautiful! all your love and hard work just shines through in all the photo's. A remarkable transformation!.
    Two thumbs up for Team "Cottage8".
    I have enjoyed your post very much. I will be looking forward to seeing more.
    Take care and enjoy your day,
    Elizabeth

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  10. Congraulations to Rue for finding the first pink daisy! Okay, off to go hide the next one!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  11. BEAUTY-FULL! If anyone would have told this quilter who absolutely ADORES color she could (and would) drool over a place with SOOOOO much white she would have said, "Hush your mouth!", but you have made white wonderful in your place. Like others have said - it will take some coming back to re-examine again and again to take it all in.

    And the music choice is PERFECT! I can only imagine how you proud you must feel!

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  12. JENNIFER!!!!! You two are amazing! This is just fabulous!! I have never seen such a transformation in my life! I LOVE all the beadboard and the sink is beautiful! I love the swinging french door!! I just love everything!! Great job! You must be so proud!!!!!! I am so excited for you!!!!
    Love,
    Amy

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  13. HI Jenn it is 3.06am here in Mount Martha Australia I couldn't get to sleep properly and kept waking up thinking about your big reveal. I t has been so worth the sleepless night. You and Adam have done a sensational job so far. Congratulations.
    Alison

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  14. Absolutely Beautiful! This is an amazing transformation. You did an outstanding job with the before and after photos. Thanks for sharing your lovely home.

    Hope to see you at my place this week as I celebrate roosters. Today is a Blue Monday Rooster Parade. You could show your before photo of the house for a Blue Monday post. I love its new yellow!

    http://hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

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  15. Oh my how beautiful, Jennifer. You and your hubby have done an awesome job. What great vision you have. You make me want to start all over again with the Shabby old House.
    Just fabulous. Just fabulous.
    I am going to go back over it and drool now. lol
    Hugs
    Becky

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  16. Hi Jennifer,

    You totally outdid yourself. It's beautiful and has your definite stamp on it. Don't you love IKEA. We did countertops and the farmhouse sink from IKEA too. It was my Christmas gift. I think your kitchen is definitely my favorite room so far at least.

    It was worth the wait. Just so you know, I also helped spread the word, you were on my blog.

    Luv ya,

    LeAnn:)

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  17. Hello Jannifer,
    All I can say is Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    It is all so beautiful and tastesfully done......YOU are my inspiration for our turn of the century bungalow!!! I have already started the process, but slowed down. You have given me renewed energy and I have to pass this along, somehow, to my dear, but now older, hubby!
    Sweet Regards,
    Jil

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  18. Hi again Jennifer, I think I found a daisy here: http://theoldpaintedcottage.com/item_174/Charlie-Linen-Napkins.htm

    I emailed you but not sure if you got it :)
    Thank you!
    Amy

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  19. Wow! That kitchen/dining area is especially amazing! Who knew IKEA could do it so right? Your mix of materials is amazing!!

    Amy

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  20. Absolutely incredible!! What an amazing transformation. You guys are so talented.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  21. The house has had a amazing tranformation and you have to be thriled with your new homw. I noticed it did have great bones to work with... Loved looking at the before and after....

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  22. What a magnificent transformation! It is a delight from every angle! Enjoy your beautiful new home!

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  23. Jennifer, I knew it was going to be a beautiful transformation, but...this has exceeded anything I could have envisioned. Wow, you really outdid yourself, great job! I'm just in amazement at the transformation.

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  24. Be still my heart!!! What a breathtakingly gorgeous re-creation of a home. It is so elegant & chic, warm & inviting. You did an amazing job. TTFN ~Marydon

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  25. ATTENTION VISITORS:

    You guys are finding the daisies much easier than I'd expected, so now I'm making it just a little more challeging.

    Thanks for all your comments!

    Also, I just figured out a way to ENLARGE all the photos, so please go back to this post and it your REFRESH buttons!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  26. Well, I'm speechless but at least my fingers are still working so that I may leave you a comment...your work is gorgeous. So are your photographs.

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  27. Absolutely GORGEOUS transformation!
    Who would have thought such a sad looking house could be turned into a magnificient home! You definitely have a gift of seeing potential!!!
    It's simply beautiful!!!

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  28. jen, jen, JEN!!!

    amazing, amazing job! what VISION you have to see past "sponge bob" (LOL btw) to what you and andy have created! absolutely beautiful and filled with the cool details i love!!! rock on, cottage 8! this has to end up in a magazine. has to!

    with love, admiration and excitement,

    elyse
    xo

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  29. I don't even know what to say. I am astounded by all of your hard work and just tickled by what you have done.

    That kitchen is probably the most horrendous one that I have ever seen!

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  30. You are inspiring me. I will be selling this house and moving north. Houses in that area, look alot like your before. It scares me lol. But seeing what you did, well now I feel brave! I will go forth and paint!

    Honestly tho, I have no idea what those folks who painted that house were thinking. That bluish cabinetry in the kitchen.....I showed it to my bf. I said thats just bad.....not even a good bad....a really bad, bad, what where they thinking? He said he thinks they were on acid. I think hes right. Nobody in their right mind would do that to a kitchen!

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  31. Oh, my GOODNESS....what a wonderful job you have done with that place!

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  32. Fabulous! Love it! What talent!
    Theothertheresa

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  33. I only have one thing to say. You, Jennifer, my dear, sweet friend are a frickin' GENIUS! You've got another magazine feature in your future. ;)

    Cathy

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  34. I just came back to view the pictures larger and I'm even more floored. You two really outdid yourselves. Every room is unbelievable. I hope you'll show how you did the refrigerator, if it's not somewhere in your archives. Again, it's AMAZING :)

    xoxo,
    rue

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  35. Hi Jennifer,
    I'm so glad to find your opening today! I have been checking back periodically and lucked out today!
    Beautiful!
    Beautiful!
    Beautiful!
    You did a wonderful job here! Can't wait to see more!! So elegant and homey at the same time.
    Toni

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  36. found one! fleur linen duvet 604!!!

    xx
    becky

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  37. PS: I am still drooling.....
    I am in need of some of that bedding when i can save up some money!!

    xx

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  38. You both must be as proud as peacocks! What a transformation..I would have probably taken one look at the walls and kitchen and ran the other direction. You tackled it and it's beautiful. I would love to know more about this venture...what you would have done differently and is it easier to lay the wood flooring on top of the tile or should the tile be removed first? I'm trying to decide this for a future kitchen remodel. The kitchen is my favorite part of the remodel but I do LOVE it all! Are you having dreams that involve amoebas and waves?? heehee..

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  39. That.

    Is.

    STUNNING!!

    I'm just speechless.

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  40. All I can say Jen, is AWESOME, and I know because I have seen it first hand. You two did a fabulous job! OF Course!! Your home is so cozy, chic and inviting.
    Thanks for all of the great photos!!
    Farm house sinks are the best!
    Enjoy your day,
    Rosemary

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  41. OH my goodness gracious! Stunning, absolutely beautiful, amazing. I'm just in utter and complete awe. Kudos to you for seeing past the truly God awful befores and creating such a magnificent masterpiece. Holy moley I wish you could jet on over to the East Coast and help with my house! I hope you will include some info on your fridge project in a future post. Best wishes and lots of love and happiness in your new home.
    Karla

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  42. Jennifer,

    This is the second time I have been back as I had to race out of the house before I could see every photo. OMG! Your work, your design - stunning. I am in awe and and am speechless - a rare state for me! My dear you and your husband did a transformation to end all transformations. BRAVO! (I want to ask you about the butcher block from IKEA - I've been considering buying a piece for the top of our buffet turned kitchen island. Are you happy with it? What kind of wood did you choose?)

    I'm going to look for the daisy and then come back and gaze at everything again.

    xoxo
    Claudia

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  43. found your through saturdays finds, what a gorgeous transformation. I wish I had some money!! I'd hire you to come redo my cute little house! what a beautiful home you have.
    vivian

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  44. Gorgeous, gorgeous gorgeous! I can't stop checking out each perfect detail Wonderful!

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  45. Oh my word!!! Your home is soooo beautiful!!! You did a wonderful transformation!! I just can't stop looking!!! Thanks so much for sharing as I will be looking at these pictures for a long time!! Congratualations on a job well done!! You sure had the vision and talent!! Have a great day!

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  46. All I can say is, Wow!!! I'm coming out of hiding (I've read your blog for a while) to say Wow!!! Great job! I love all of it but, especially the kitchen. Can't wait to see the rest!

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  47. Hello visitors!
    The pink daisy hunt continues..so far there have been 5 winners, maybe you'll be the next!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  48. What an AMAZING transformation! You obviously have a good eye to have seen that diamond in the rough. Beautiful....stunning!

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  49. I would be like your mom...I knew you could do it! And you did, with such elegance and thought...it was well worth the wait to see the fantastic results...the fruit of your labor is nothing short of remarkable! You had great vision to see what could be done with the house, which is now a warm and friendly home for family and guests. I've been in real estate for over 30years, and I've seen ALOT of packing or electrical tape over the seams of carpet, or even over cords running across the room! Congratulations on a job well done! Mary

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  50. This is absolutely the best makeo ver I have ever seen! I am so glad you have some natural wood tones in your home. Your kitchen counters are amazing-so much better than granite. I like white but it can get cold looking sometimes. This is a warm wonderful home.

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  51. Your vision for this home is amazing and your transformation is stunning. I can't take my eyes off of each after photo full of beautiful inspiration - that's just my style! Before and happily-ever-after DIY home improvement stories are my favorite. I love it! :)

    Congratulations on an awesome job!

    Roeshel

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  52. Oh my...it looks fabulous! You have completely transformed this house and it now looks so charming. Can't wait to see the rest of the house. :)

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  53. Makes me want to cry! It is so beautiful! Also makes me want to cry at how horrible it was. Isn't it wonderful to have a vision and beable to follow it. I just love it, and I know how it makes your heart sing everytime you walk in that door.

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  54. I'm absolutely in love with Cottage8 and all of it's deliciousness! Let the tutorials begin. Do you have one of the refrigerator? I absolutely must do this to mine!!!!

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  55. OMG Jennifer, When I got your post that you were doing this this morning, I could hardly stand it. We left from Arizona this morning @ 8 a.m. and I couldn't wait to get home to finally see your amazing transformation. This was the first thing I did when I got home, was turn on my P.C. I expected great things but really!!!! You both did an incredible job. Can I move in? I have to go so I can retake it all in. Did I see my name (Bryant)on that big sign...lol
    xoxo Cheryl

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  56. What a transformation! It looks so beautiful! Totally different than I expected but I love it! I think the kitchen is my favorite, it's really amazing! I cannot believe what HORRIBLE taste the previous owners had! It's amazing you could see past all that mess...I don't think I would have been able to! lol! You should be so proud of yourselves!

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  57. Just amazing!!! What more can I say that hasn't already been said, but I just had to add one more compliment to your unbelievable achievement!!!

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  58. Your home is beauiful! It does not even look like the same house! What talent you have Jennifer! My favorite thing you didis...all of it!

    "A House is a Home Where Love Dwells"...

    Hugs,
    Maryjane

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  59. WOW!! Is all I can say. I have always loved those white kitchen cabinets...I never knew they had a name. Now I know, it is beadboard.
    Your cottage is just beautiful. You must stand and look at it a lot now. I love so many things. I really love the giant blackboard in the dining room.

    Everything is just perfect.

    ♥ Rebecca

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  60. What vision you have! I would have driven on by that house and look what you did! It's everybody's dream home. Way to go!

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  61. I almost don't have words!! Oh.my.goodness! What an amazing, amazing transformation that you guys have done to your home. Great job and I'm definitely off to check out more of your blog after I make supper for the family.

    Just fabulous.

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  62. What a truly amazing and beautiful transformation! I doesn't even look like the same place. You must be thrilled with how all of your hard work has paid off! Just lovely and I really LOVE all of your beautiful accessories!

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  63. SUPER cute house! Love your style and ALL of your vintage accents!

    Stop by and visit me at: http://littlebitvintage.blogspot.com/

    Smiles,
    Rachel

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  64. Wow! Your home is beautiful!

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  65. I, like Allison, was up at 3.30am, couldnt sleep with the wild winds, and had to check your blog in anticipation....I live in the Blue Mountains,Sydney,Australia.I have to admit, I was getting quite frustrated, and even angry at times, when you didnt post! I just wanted to see more of your home! But now I can honestly say, it was well worth the wait, you have gone well beyond anything I could have imagined, along with many of us who admire your talents, we congradulate you and your hubby on a job well done!
    Sue

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  66. Gorgeous! The people before you shouldn't have been allowed to buy paint! lol

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  67. Jennifer,
    I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!! You turned an ordinary "house" in to the most gorgeous, cozy, elegant and charming HOME...

    Congratulations! You should be so proud of yourself...
    Have a great week,
    Aimee

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  68. Oh my!! I found your blog several months ago and have anxiously awaited this moment. You have done such a FABULOUS job! Wow! I am just blown away. You give me such inspiration. Thank you for sharing and enjoy living in your absolutely gorgeous cottage!

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  69. 1 word - stunning!!!! I would love to have your kitchen!!! Everything just looks fabulous. Great job.

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  70. Wow, you are one BRAVE woman and your husband must really love you to death to agree to take on the amount of work you have put into this place - but it was SO WORTH IT! You have absolutely impeccable taste, every last detail is perfect. I can't believe anyone would see (and smell) the "before" house and envision what you have done here, it's just incredible. I'm anxious to see more vignette photos, you have a great eye. I just love the plate rack - was it originally a file rack or something? I've never seen anything like it. Congratulations on a job exceptionally well done, I hope you love living there for years to come.

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  71. Jennifer,
    To quote an old saying.
    Sow's ear to a silk purse!! Having done most of the work on my house I can relate to how VERY much it has been! Congrats! You definitely earned every cudo!
    Sandy

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  72. Oh your cottage is just lovely! You did an awesome job! Thanks for sharing with us!!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  73. Hi Jennifer and Adam - Congratulations - you two are one awsome team and your love for each other and your new cottage8 shines through in every nook and cranny - love your new look - the old wood and textures are great with your white - the touches of green are lovely.
    May you have many, many happy years in your new home.
    Blessings,
    Erin

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  74. At first I was mesmorized by the amoeba! LOL!

    Your cottage is abosolutely lovely! I've bookmarked it so I can take my time and look at everything when I have more time - there's lots to see.

    Good job - you've really transformed it!

    Manuela

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  75. WOW! WOW!! WOW!!! Absolutely breath taking. I adore what you did with your fridge. Your home is one of the best I've visited in blog land. This should be a magazine spread. Simply beautiful. Well done!

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  76. It is absolutely and incredibly beautiful, you have turned an eyesore into something incredible. What great vision you must have! Congratulations to you both! Rachaelxo

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  77. Oh my Goodness.... You did an AMAZING job... LOVE it!!!!

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  78. Oh! you both worked so hard. Love the before and afters. Was it hard to cover the sponging? Love the new kitchen and all that you did. Keep up the great work. Sandi

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  79. OMG! Those people are going to want to move back in..you have done such some job..I know I could move in and be perfectly comfortable....

    you ahve a lovely home and thanks for sharing it with us...great job...

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  80. I am so impressed with all your hard work and your decorating style is breathtaking. I am going to have to recommend to my readers to stop by and soak it all in.

    Renee @ Cottage Lifetyle

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  81. Amazing! Makes we feel that I CAN achieve all of my decorating dreams!

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  82. A major transformation and what a wonderful job that you did! Bravo!
    ~Patti

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  83. Beautiful Transformation! I love every detail. What a great transformation. I do love the "New" colors very pleasing to both Men and women (:. Hope to see it soon in person.
    Hugs, Diane

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  84. absolutely, positively, utterly amazing!!!!!!!!!! I am *swooning* right now with inspiration and envy! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!


    Would you mind sharing with the rest of us how you did your fridge????? Pretty Please????

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  85. Wow! Drool, wipe, drool!! You are unbelievably imaginative, hard-working and talented, as is your hubby, and you have so much to be proud of!!

    That reveal was well worth the wait...you must be so incredibly proud!! I'M proud for you!!

    Everything is lovely and I can't wait to see the rest!

    Cheers,
    Linda

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  86. Wow! What an amazing transformation. Not very many have the vision to see what could be. You have created a lovely home with such amazing detail.
    Thank you for sharing your creativeness with us.

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  87. Okay, I'm officially out of prizes now,
    so the pink daisy hunt is over.

    However, I'm listing new items on my website tonight,
    so I'd love it if you took a look!

    PS - Fridge project will be discussed on a future post!

    oxox
    Jennifer

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  88. WOW~~~~What a beautiful~~beautiful transformation of your home. You will make such wonderful memories there. I have to go back and look some more. It is just breath taking.
    Ginger

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  89. Jennifer
    I must commend you for your vision! I don't think I ever could have imagined beyond what was there! I think what really threw me the most was the blue waves and cupboards, the waves made me sea sick! You final rooms are outstanding, the kitchen is glorious! The use of bakery on the wall so clever. I wish I had a IKEA near me, the cupboards were the best. Thank you for sharing, this lovely home either needs to be shown on television or published, totally a 100% makeover! Lori

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  90. Stunning!!! I am so glad you and your decorating brain saved this home, it is amazing and wonderful transformation.
    I am usually a color girl but I love all your tone on tone softness and just the great attention to details.
    Wow!
    Linda

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  91. Wow! You were so brave to take on this huge project! I would have been scared away by the first whiff of cat pee. Haha
    Your home looks so beautiful now. I love it all, especially the kitchen. :-) Even though they have their problems, I love Ikea. The good prices sort of balance things in their favor. haha
    Can't wait to see the bedrooms and bathrooms!

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  92. OH, My Goodness! Your home is gorgeous! I can hardly believe those before photos! What a glorious transformation. Go buy yourself a milkshake - chocolate - for a job very well done!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  93. So pretty!! It may have been 12 years, but I think my favorite part is the refrigerator, so ingenious!!

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  94. This transpired in only 12 months? That's amazing!!This is truly beautiful! I especially love the kitchen! You have amazing vision ! Wonderful!
    Michelle

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  95. I am almost speechless. Truly lovely. You have an amazing eye for decorating. Great job!
    Beautiful really!

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  96. My friend - you are a genius when it comes to renovations. There really are no words to describe some of those "before" shots are there...? You must love coming home to that beautiful work of art every day.
    Bravo,
    xo

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  97. Jennifer, it looks great in person and in photos! I had a great tour/visit AND I look forward to seeing you and your home again!

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  98. After seeing each room transformation all I could say was OMG! OMG! You are truly talented! Just like looking at pics straight out of a magazine! Can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the house. I also love the colour you picked for the exterior.. my house is yellow too! It's such a cheery colour! Your attention to every detail is amazing and truly inspiring. I'm sure I'll be looking at these pics for some time to come. take care, Maryann (Australia)

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  99. I just have to add one more comment today..I had to show my husband and he was very impressed but he asked one very important question. Where's the tv?...LOL...men.

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  100. OH. MY. GOSH. This is seriously unbelievable. You have done an AMAZING job... it doesn't even remotely look like the same place! And my goodness do you have good style! LOVE IT! I couldn't stop cracking up at all of the before pictures... the Sponge Bob walls and the blue/white cabinets...and lets not even talk about the blue squiggly design in the kitchen. You had your work cut out for you and you certainly didn't disappoint! I can't wait to see more!! :)

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  101. I am utterly amazed both at the horrible condition of your cottage in the Before state and the incredibly lovely condition in the After state.
    You did an outstanding job. It is truly beautiful.

    BTW, I also posted about your reveal on my blog.

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  102. Let me pick my jaw up off the floor! I applaud your vision! Absolutely inspiring!

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  103. What an absolutely stunning makeover. I have been sitting here drooling over every after picture and am finding it hard to leave your site as I keep going over each photo checking out every detail. You have done a fantastic job and I absolutely love your style. Congratulations.

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  104. I love your decorating! You really have an eye for it, it looks just amazing!

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  105. You did a FANTASTIC job! You should be proud of yourselves, especially to have the vision of changing what it was to this beauty. This needs to be in a magazine. There is so much to see here, I'm going to have to go back over the pictures a second time. I hope you are kicking back and enjoying it now!

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  106. I tried to stay awake but went to sleep on the couch waiting.Here in Australia we are in the depths of winter but your lovely revamped home is like breath of spring sunshine well done.love the lights, lamps,chandeliers and the two by the mirror if you are changing them- what about in the bathroom either side of an art deco mirror? Love it all well done on all the hard work to you both.

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  107. oh my gosh Jennifer........It is so amazing, romantic, adorable and just simply amazing what you have done. I can't wait to see more vignettes and how you did that wall......I love it all! GOOD JOB!!!!It is gorgeous!

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  108. Magnificent, absolutely wonderful. Brilliant! We know what it's like to do this kind of work! Good luck to you in your new home...Anita

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  109. Oh my goodness - that is just BEAUTIFUL. Your kitchen is to die for. Great job - you should be so proud!

    Did the white sideboard in the kitchen come from IKEA as well? That is JUST what I am looking for!

    Adding you to my reader now. :)

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  110. Absolutely amazing! I am truly stunned by the transformation. Kudos for seeing the potential in that less-than-perfect house. I am looking forward to seeing more.

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  111. You are one tenacious DIYer! This is truly amazing. I've looked at it several times now and keep finding new details. Can't wait to see more. I have a question...where is your TV? I'm always wondering how electronics fit into the mix in a house as lovely as yours.

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  112. WOW What a huge job, very well done. You have a great eye for decorating and renovating. Most people would have looked at that house and kept on looking for another. Just amazing.
    Donna

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  113. I don't even remember how I got to this site, but I have to say that you must be a genius. The befores and afters are mind boggling. How you saw potential in this place is beyond me.
    You are a very talented person and your home is just a "slice of heaven". May you have many happy years there.

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  114. Too late I know. You have a gorgeous blog. I found you thru garden antique vintage. Your before and after's are amazing. I bet the people who sold the house to you wish they had it back now. Great job and good idea with the contest. I wish I was home yesterday so I could have seen it then.

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  115. AMAZING transformation!! I would have walked away with one sniff of cat urine...not seeing the potential this house had. You did an incredible job. I'm looking forward to seeing what you do with the bedrooms!

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  116. OMG...who are you????? This is the best re-do ever...you need your own show girl

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  117. All I can say is dreams do come true...amazing! I am speechless!

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  118. I can't stop staring at your photos! Fab! Including the choice of music!
    We may have been seperated at birth. I have a similar layout in my home, and am starting the painted home blog soon. Keep up the good work and photos!

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  119. Hello Jennifer,
    ~WOW! How GORGEOUS is your precious cottage home! I just found your inspiring blog through Rue. It's so nice to meet you! I'll be back to visit you again soon. ~Lovely blog!

    ~Blessings to you, ~Melissa :)

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  120. I put up a post sending people to check out the remodel. I am just in awe! No need to link, just wanted to let you know. :)

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  121. Absolutely beautiful Jennifer! Love the color palette throughout and all of your special touches...what an amazing job you both did! Well worth the wait ;)

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  122. Everything looks AMAZING! I wish I could say tht I would have had "the vision", but I wouldn't have come CLOSE to what you have done. It is all SOO "homey". Love it!

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  123. Hi Jennifer,
    WOW, I love your home....so fresh and beautiful! I have been thinking about re-painting a few of my painted pieces of furniture...so of course after seeing your blog today, I got out the paint...and in a few days they will be CREAM! Thanks for sharing!!~~Sheri

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  124. ok, i am giving you a standing ovation, clap, clap, clap, outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  125. this is so amazing! I'm completely speechless!

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  126. I just found you through Rue's blog and I don't even know where to start....okay the fridge is where I'll start. I absolutely love it! It's amazing. I'm going to have to find out how to do that for my next house. This home is truly transformed and absolutely beautiful in every way! Cindy

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  127. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! WOW!!

    first I have to ask, did they PAY YOU to take this house! LOL that's just unbelievable what it originally looked like!!

    You style inspires me, I could sit and look at your pictures ALL DAY!!

    I'm in LOVE here, what an amazing job you have done - you must get up and smile every morning!!

    I can't wait to see more posts about all of your projects!!

    ~TidyMom

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  128. OMG!!!! Love it, Love it, Love it.... What a beautiful job you did.

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  129. OK you win for the best post. I have a new party (3 weeks old), the KNOCK OFF KNOCK OUT, and would love for you to come take a look and enter some projects.
    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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  130. Loved looking at your before and after transformations. I'm in the UK and in the middle of doing up my grandparents bungalow.

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  131. wow, that is amazing! You are a great decorator.

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  132. Just stunning.Beatiful inside and out.You and husband should be so proud.I bet your neighbors are very happy also.Charleen

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  133. you did such a fantastic job with cottage 8.....i love Ikea and when I saw those cabinets a few years back I knew they would look great and not cheap looking..they should put your kitchen in their catalog!!

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  134. WOW! You had such vision to be able to see past that train wreck! I'm not sure I could have gotten past the amoeba, much less the drybrushed dishwasher. Holy cow! What a phenomenal job! And did I mention the color palette is PERFECT? Love everything about it. Wish we had IKEA in my area...

    (APPLAUSE)
    Judy

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  135. WOW --- that is all I can come up with, I am speechless!
    Absolutely beautiful!!!
    And if you have any "how to's" on the Fridge, I would love to see how you did that!

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  136. You did a wonderful job! Really lovely. How on earth did you do that to your fridge?!?!

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  137. I am gobsmacked!!! I have no words to tell you how lovely this is,WOW!!! WOW!!!WOW!!! Not very often am I speechless.... Chrissy

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  138. WOW!
    Love what you've done with the place!
    Blessings,
    d

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  139. I love a challenge and you sure rose up to this one.
    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_4ByKjukl44s/SXelxspUCII/AAAAAAAABHk/CYH3p7_uPwI/s1600-h/down.jpg

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  140. One more comment.Please put pictures of the patio and lovely backyard garden.I bet it is stunning. Charleen

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  141. Jennifer...I'm so happy I was blog hopping today and found your reveal! I can't put into words what a beautiful job you (and your husband) have done on your new home. Can't wait to see EVERYTHING!

    BTW, I've posted about your home on my blog today (www.gracioussouthernliving.blogspot.com). Hope that's okay?

    Hugs!
    Judy

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  142. This is STUNNING!! I just found your blog and am SO A FOLLOWER!! I can't even pick a fvorite thing cos' I love it ALL!!

    I would LOVE to know how you transformed the refrigerator! LOVE THAT!!!

    I will be back!!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  143. I am seriously speechless and that doesn't happen very often!!! Your home is absolutely stunning!!!!

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  144. Genius! well done girl! would love to know how you did your fridge!

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  145. Unbelievably, amazingly, incredibly oustanding! Sorry, I have run out of adjectives to describe this. I have so many questions, but with this many comments, you probably won't read mine. I LOVE the "Bakery" word - were those Hobby Lobby letters? I love what you did to the fridge door - fabulous - how!!!! This post should be in a magazine!!!!! I am holding it as a favorite to refer to. So many ideas that I am overdosed - WOWOWOWOWOW! Linda

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  146. Everything looks so beautiful. I keep looking at all of your pictures over and over again. I can't help but wonder how you did what you did to your frig and how you made the shelves in your eat in kitchen. There are so many cute little knick knacks that just make everything look comfortable and lived in. I really need you to come to my house and help me!!!! You are amazing:)

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  147. My jaw literally fell open upon first glance at your 'after' pictures. Your home is amazing and deserves to be in magazineS!
    Fabulous job. I'll definitely be following your blog.

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  148. Just lovely, lovely, lovely Jennifer. If I had to choose a favorite thing that you did...it's got to be the beautiful wood flooring. It's all gorgeous though....fresh and young! ~xo~

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  149. I just found your blog and I find your home renovation to be fantastic. You did an amazing job! Your kitchen is my favorite part!

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  150. To put it simply
    WOW! What a great home.
    Thanks for sharing your home.
    Becca

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  151. OK You are my HERO!!! I'm one who can see past a demolished-ran down-ugly home- but what you've done is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! BTW- I really feel like I've seen the front of your home in my town??? I.E. by chance?

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  152. have a poll up on my blog about my BIGGEST decor dilemma. Come on over and vote, I need all the help I can get!

    http://imnomartha.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-poll-ever-to-paint-or-not-to.html

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  153. LOVE your kitchen! Where did you get the bakery letters, did you make them? Really, a fantastic job, way to go!!!!!!!!!!

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  154. This was such a fun tour! fun for us, lots of hard work for you! Your kitchen could easily be featured in a magazine. Love the hefty shelves on that back dining room wall!

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  155. Wow, oh just WOW! That's all I can come up with. Came over from Judy's Gracious Southern Living.

    WHAT a transformation that is, I cannot believe what you had to work with & your wonderful vision for all the changes. Love, love, love it all. I'd love to see a closeup of your dining room shelves. Love those!

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  156. This is my first visit, via Judy's Gracious Southern Living. Wooo, wooo what a wonderful transformation. I am going back for another look.
    Cathy

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  157. Amazing transformation. You're so brave... if I had to stand outside to conduct business because of the condition of the house, there would be no further discussion!

    Please tell me where you got the Bakery sign in your kitchen. I love, love, love it!!

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  158. AMAZING job, possibly the best makover I've ever seen - beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

    I would love your permission to post one "before" and one "after" pic on my blog, with credit and a link back to you. Is that possible?

    Can't wait to see the rest of the house!

    Congratulations : )

    xox,
    Susan

    http://confessionsofasineater.blogspot.com/

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  159. Your little house could win a prize for going from being the ugliest house in town to being the most gorgeous house in town! I want one just like it! In the after stage, of course. Everything in it is PERFECTION. It makes my heart go pitter-patter. Hugs, Cindy S.

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  160. This is absolutely beautiful! I would love to post this on my blog if that would be alright with you. There is so much inspiration here! Daisy~

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  161. This is the most stunning transformation I have EVER seen in my life! First I cannot imagine living in that house prior to what you have done, secondly I can't imagine why you didn't run when the realtor showed you the house. Whatever inspired you worked and your home is one of the most charming, beautiful places I have ever seen. I love every single thing about it and you deserve to be in magazines, on HGTV and on Oprah!

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  162. Your home is turning out to be absolutely gorgeous. My husband and I in our younger years did that to two homes. I KNOW how much work it is! Can't wait to see the bedrooms!

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  163. Jennifer, I am so impressed with everything you have done. I know I am too late for your prizes and such but I posted about you over at my blog. I am sure I will have to visit your site a few more time to take everything in. Keep up the good and hard work. You are doing a fabulous job!!!

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  164. Wow! What a transformation! You have been HARD at work and it is beautiful. I especially love your kitchen! You must be so happy when you are in it. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see the rest of your spaces as you finish them.

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  165. Jennifer,
    I found your blog by "accident" over the weekend, and what a sweet bit of serendipity that was. You home is stunning and your talent is unbelievable. What an inspiration. These days, our home truly is our haven, and I can only imagine how much you are enjoying and savoring every bit of yours. Your kitchen truly looks like part of a magazine spread. Well done!
    Cheers!
    Dee

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  166. Wow, I can't even think of words to say right now. Your house is amazing. I can't imagine the work the two of you have put into your beautiful home. Wow.
    I must say what an inspiration you are to me! As I sit with baseboard still needing to go on our newly painted walls, and new hardwood flooring just in, I have so many, many wonderful ideas to now put into place.
    The pictures of your home look like they are straight out of a magazine. Amazing!
    All your hard work has paid off, enjoy!
    (I'm in So CA too, but closer to the Costa Mesa Ikea...but if you decide to have home tours, I am there! LOL)
    Mary Ann

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  167. WOW, those are some pretty dramatic before and after photos. Can't wait to see the rest of the rooms madeover.

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  168. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! I am in totally awe of your beautiful home. Who knew that you can turn a 'SpongeBob house' into a tasteful, stunning, inviting, delectable HOME. {Banish those pineapples under the sea!!}

    Jennifer, you and your husband are so talented. Well done, I am sure you must smile every morning when you get up. :)

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  169. Simply AMAZING! Love every inch of it. We did IKEA cabinets in our kitchen too. Some people turned up their noses when I told them. But they turned out great and I love them. Not too hard to put together and install. I have the same farmhouse sink. Those little grooves are a pain to clean but the look is so worth it. Congratulations. AND your marriage survived. Mimi

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  170. What a lucky little cottage! It's worth the wait, times ten.

    I love it all, but the change in your kitchen and your outside are just spectacular. It's amazing what vision, paint and elbow grease can do--kudoes to you both!

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  171. I cannot believe how different your home is from what you started with. You have vision! Vi-sion! Your home is so warm and inviting and so very, very my style. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
    BTW, that is my absolute favorite kitchen cabinet set from IKEA (oh, how I love IKEA and their confused little man cartoons). Both the IKEAs near me have this style of kitchen set up in a display and I love to go sit in them and pretend their mine. Is that wrong? ;) Someday when dh is out of the Army and we have a house, I'm going to put these cabinets in my kitchen. Shhh, don't tell dh. I may just let the little blue and yellow shirted IKEA people install them though. While he won't like the cost, he'll be happy not to have to deal with those little L-shaped wrench things they give you. We have tons of them and he cringes every time he comes across one.
    I cannot wait to see what you are doing to your bedrooms. Oh, are the baths as horrid? I know they are! You must show us what you do to them.

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  172. Jen....... I. Am. Godsmacked!
    What an amazing job!!! My husband and I were sitting in front of the computer last night, just like the two of you, trying to figure out what "Cottage 8" project we will try on our home first... Love the dining room shelves! That would be perfect in ours as well....
    Thank you, thank you, for having the courage to see past "Bikini Bottom" and unearth a perfect litte corner for you to breathe life into and share with all of us!

    XOXO, Lisa

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  173. I really really had to come back today to take a second look.
    OMG what a great job.
    Becca at frontdoorjunkin.blogspot.com

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  174. beautiful.
    I have never stopped by...so glad i was directed here.
    we love the same things.
    xo

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  175. WOW!!!!!

    What else is there to say but WOW!! That is an amazing transformation. I Love it!! I am so in love with those vintage style schoolhouse lights.

    Can't wait to see more.

    Lynda @ sportsmadgirl.blogspot.com

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  176. Stunning, Magazine Perfect., looks like a dream...just beautiful

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  177. What a perfect day to discover your blog! All I can say is OMG!!! I am speechless at how beautiful your home is. I can only imagine how you and your husband feel about the transformation because it is beyond words for me. I LOVE your style and you have done the most awesome job of putting all your accessories, treasures and vignettes together - this needs to be your full time job! I can't wait to see more - I would love to see the shelf wall in the kitchen close up - I think I may copy that. :) and the bakery letters and your other rooms . . .
    Do you just walk around and stare at everything? I do, and my husband thinks I'm plain crazy!
    Sarah

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  178. Wow! If my house looked like this, I would never leave it. I love every single detail. You have incredible talent. This is definitely worthy of a MAJOR magazine spread if it hasn't already been snatched up. Thanks for the inspiration. It's simply breathtaking!

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  179. Wow! Can I just say that the neighbors must be SOOOO happy that you moved in! Your house is absolutely A-MAZING! I LOVE your fridge! Don't you ever wonder if somewhere in blogland there is the proud owner of the blog that shows you how to "whitewash" your dish washer in aqua and white to accent your "awesome" yellow sponged ameba! haha...the previous owners had to be doing some crazy drugs! Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! Great job!

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  180. Jennifer,
    Can only agree with what have been said already. The Cottage 8 is just stunning, I knew it would turn out fabulous but OMG, you and Adam did a fantastic job!!! Congratulations to your new gorgeous home!!
    ;0) Helene

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  181. WOW!!!!!! AMAZING!! I am in love with your house!! This is my first time to your blog & I love it!! We purchased an older home as well that we are renovating... slowly!!! Cheers on all your hard work:)

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  182. Your home renovation should be a book. Really. I want to look and your photos over and over. It's a stunning new home. Congratulations to you and I can't wait to see the rest!

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  183. Hi Jennifer! I must have come over and visited this post at least 8 times in the last 3 days! All your hard work has really paid off! Your home is exactly what I wish I had for myself. Every little detail is so fun to look at. It's just perfect. You've inspired me to make a few changes that I have have wanted to do for quite some time, but have been afraid to go all the way. Thanks for sharing with all of us!!!

    Karen
    My Desert Cottage

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  184. A MA ZING!!! Beautiful! Congratulations on all your hard work!!

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  185. This is my first time visiting your blog and boy am I glad I stopped by! What an amazing transformation! You are lucky to have the ability to see what something could be and not just what it is. You have turned that house into a lovely home! Congrats. I can't wait to see more. God bless, Jamie

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  186. O....M....G....!!! I am in absolute awe...!!! What a wonderful transformation!!!! Your vision is incredibly inspirational, you have done a beautiful job!!!! Congratulations!
    Isabel

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  187. Well done, Jennifer and Hubby, really, really lovely. And so fast, too! We are renovating a house right now (a complete tear down job- electricity, reframed walls, EVERYTHING) so I appreciate how much work you put into this. Your room decor is beautiful, and how you salvaged that kitchen I'll never fully understand! It's complete magic.

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  188. I just keep coming back over and over again to admire this wonderful transformation! You, your hubby and your mom are so very talented! My jaw about hit my desk when I saw these pics!

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  189. Oh my!! As I keep going back and looking I am sooooo amazed at all the work you have done!! It is soo beautiful!!

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  190. OK, Your home is absolutly BEAUTIFUL!!!!! You have done such a wonderful job on everything! It is just so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  191. Hi again! I'm back for the bazillionth time today! I have the same style as you but it just seems like your home is so much more "put together." I think it's because of all your pretty things . . .which I was wondering where do you find all your treasures? I know you recently changed your style a little but your home looks like you've spent forever collecting and finding the perfect accessory for every spot. I'd love to come shop in your home! :) Can't wait for the next post!
    Sarah

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  192. Hi Jennifer, I come via http://gracioussouthernliving.blogspot.com/ and I love love the way you decorated your home! What a transformation! I hope you don't mind me becoming a follower of your blog. Come visit me sometime. :)
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  193. Hi Jennifer,
    OMG what a beautiful job you & Adam have done with your cottage!
    I can not wait to show hubby your pictures as we are working on a old cottage too!
    I have added a link from my blog to yours hoping it will inspire alot of bloggers like myself!
    Your makeover is gorgeous & I can't wait to see this cottage in a magazine!
    Your hard work shows in each & every photo!
    Gorgeous just gorgeous!!!!!

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  194. Hi Jennifer,

    My mum came across your blog and emailed me the link after seeing the renovations you've made - the changes are incredible! I'm renovating a condo I just purchased, and the decorating 'tastes' of the previous ownders were very similar to that in your 'before' photos! :-) I just hope the changes I make look as fantastic as yours! Congratulations to you and your husband on an amazing job - your home looks stunning!

    Kate

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  195. Hi there! Your home is so beautiful! I could just buy it as is and be happy forever! ha! I do have a question, I see the 1,2,3,4 plates above the sink, but I can't tell what is after the numbers... would you mind sharing?

    I hope you're having a great evening!

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  196. AWESOME!!! Oh Jennifer!! I am so excited for you and your husband! Your home is so beautiful! I know you both have put so much work, time and money into it and it surely does show!! I was going to ask about your refrigerator project and am so glad to see that you will be posting how to do it in the future! Well done!!

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