our renovation

entry way completed

Our entryway might be one of my favorite rooms in the house! Is it a room? Do we call the entryway a room? It is definitely more than a hallway.

One of the favorite features is that wood paneling wall which is original to the home, as is the flooring and doors.  Basically everything is other than the dark grey wall.

Off of the entry way is the room where I meet with my photography and marketing clients.  For this reason, having a space where people could hang their belongings or set their bags down, was crucial.  We do have ample closet space around the corner, but we have limits on to the spaces that I take clients… and that hallway is one of them!   Three hang-it all (knockoffs) make a fun, low budget, impact on this wall!

Originally, I had thought we would construct a built in planter along the wall where the bench sits now.  Many of the homes we looked at while house hunting had those fantastic built in planters lined with snake plants.  Alas, the tall planter from West Elm is what we purchased.  Basically everything in this space was on a budget… as I’ve said before, nearly gutting a home of this size means that we have had to make a big impact with as little hit to the wallet as possible.  Links to everything below!

The biggest change we made the space was adding a skylight… it lets in the perfect amount of light!


hang-it all
console similar
planter similar
rug similar
umbrella holder similar
pendant light similar

our boys, our renovation

boys room

While we do have four bedrooms, we have always wanted the boys to share a bedroom.  This is something we may revisit when they are a bit older but as it stands now, they are sharing a room.  Now having said that, it is rare that they both stay in their own beds through the night so it doesn’t much help in the keep each other company aspect.  In the end, a king bed is really for two adults and two kids, right?!  Is my sarcasm coming through?

Here is a look back on the initial design for the boys rooms… and as you’ll see, we didn’t much deviate from that.  I’m a big proponent for investing in quality pieces from when they are born so you can’t years of use out of them.  I am happy to say, that the only Ikea thing in their bedroom is the Ribba picture frame.

Broyhill Vintage Beds similar
Buzz Aldrin Poster
Chrome Pendant
Yellow Lamp
Moon Nightlight
Flannel Bedding
Acrylic Bookshelf

mid century modern buffet dining room
our renovation

buffet makeover

Why hello there ole blog that I’ve done nothing with for 3 years!  To say that renovating a 4,000 sqft house which we are mostly DIY renovating, oh, while also having busy careers and two, even busier, little boys has been overwhelming is quite the understatement.

So here we are, with a handful of projects completed, and I’m going to start sharing more specifics on this blog… mostly because it will be more efficient than answer Instagram DMs.

On to the buffet makeover…

This mother fucking buffet was the bane of my existence for that first month or two of renos.   I have to laugh because I am a working professional photographer YET I did NOT do proper before photos and mostly documented via my iPhone. Aren’t I relatable?!

This buffet is one of the most used, favorite features in our homes.  Birthdays, holidays, get togethers

Our seller sent us these photos of what the buffet looked like when they bought the house in 1986:

Nice huh?

Welp… when we saw the house the buffet has a faux finish marble top with glass on top.  The original walnut veneer had been painted on and the original surface of the buffet was the same 1×2″ tile that still exists in the entry way and in front of the buffet, which we LOVE and is STILL available today.

We spent way too many hours and breathed in too many fumes stripping the buffet in the dining room… a lot of beer was consumed during this phase.

mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod
mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod
mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod
mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod

The light at the end of the tunnel was when we full stripped and stained all the veneer bringing it back to its original glory…

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Then the fun part!  The counter and new knobs!  We chose a solid surface counter for the buffet mainly because of the affordability of it.  Spoiler alert: renovating the entirety of a 4k sqft home is not cheap!  Details on counter below.  We love this feature in the dining room, especially for holidays and parties.

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paint stripping gel
stain on cabinets
countertop install by Cutting Edge Countertops Perrysburg, Ohio

mid century modern master bathroom
room design

mama wants a tub

There are two types of people in this world, the ones who entertain and the ones who observe… Whoops! What I MEANT to say, there are two types of people in this world: Those who appreciate a nice soaking tub and those who are satisfied with just a shower.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a long hot shower as much as the next person but a bath?! Girrrrl! Give me a bath with all the things and I am happy.

Now having said that, we have managed to, thus far, only live in houses that have a small tub. As the title says: Mama wants a tub!

I will NOT be showing the current state of our bathroom because it ain’t pretty! Remember the theme of this house is FUGLY, but here is the first brainstorming round of what I am thinking.

For those of you who will ask, I use Home Designer Suite 2019 for floor plans and creating the renderings. It is pretty affordable and gets the job done!

mid century modern master bathroom

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our boys, our renovation

boys get spacey

If I could design kids rooms full time, I would love it.  They are so much fun to put together.  For the boys room at our old house (take a peek here & here) I used a lot of pieces that I knew would grow with them or that we would be able to utilize in other parts of our house.  When moving in to Oh Mid Mod we decided that the rooms were plenty large enough for the boys to share and the other bedroom could be used at their playroom, which I cannot wait to do!  Locke is pretty obsessed with all things space right now.  Let him tell you about the 5 dwarf planets and how he would like to build robots that walk on Mars when he grows up… That Montessori education 😉  We are putting the finishing touches on everything right now then I will take photos of the finished room which MAY end up being the first room 100% finished in the house, ha!  They deserve it.

mid century modern boys kids room space theme


Broyhill Vintage Bed (similar, new)

Buzz Aldrin Poster

Chrome Pendant

Striped Rug

Blue Nightstand

Yellow Lamp

True Modern Lime Dress (possibly discontinued)

Red Eames-Style rocking chair

Yellow Rug

Solar System Print

Moon Nightlight



befores, our renovation

buffet makeover in progress

The 80s made people do questionable things… the faux marble finish on the 13 foot buffet cabinet in our dining room has been one of the biggest projects.  Our lovely seller, Jill, told us (thankfully!) that underneath the faux marble, that she had commissioned a local artist to do, there was a lovely warm wood and the top was the 1×3 tile that matched our entry.  I spent many hours stripping both sides of this 13 foot buffet with an eco friendly paint stripper.  Pulled the top off only to see that the 80s top was glued down to the lovely tile.  We were able to salvage a lot of the tile which came in handy when we repaired the entry way which had some broken pieces (and needed re-grouting).  We sanded & stained.  I have lovely pulls on their way and acrylic solid surface counters being installed soon!

Here is our work in progress… Final transformation in a couple weeks!

mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod
mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod
mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod
mid century modern buffet makeover oh mid mod

our renovation

waiting to close…

After renovating our 50s ranch for the past 9 years, we sold it. Fast.  And for a decent price.  Hurray for market shift!  Now we are waiting on closing on a huge 1962 mid century ranch… that needs work.  Something I said I didn’t want to do again.   we ‘lost’ a quad level house that was perfectly renovated/updating keeping original MCM finishes in tact.

I shouldn’t even mention it…

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