A Coastal Massachusetts Home Tour

I am taking vacation this week, y’all. Grunt Labor is on spring break, so I’m claiming this week as my spring break as well. I’ve lined up some fabulous gals to introduce you to this week, though.
One of my bucket list trips is to visit the north eastern seaboard one day. Jen from Migonis Home calls it home already. You guys are going to love her home….
I am Jen Migonis from Migonis Home blog and am thrilled to be posting over here while Jenna enjoys a vaca with her main man… My husband and I bought a house in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA about four years ago. We loved the location and the bones of the house but what we weren’t too wild about was how non-functional it was. There was no insulation throughout the house (big problem when you live in New England and there are an unfortunate amount of sub freezing days six months of the year) and the original windows were letting in major drafts. And that’s not even talking about the cosmetic stuff. Pop on over to see my house tour with the before photos.
Let’s start on the outside. Promise you won’t write me off after seeing how much work needs to happen out here? Please remember we are just finishing up about six months of winter. In January we put a new front porch on our house and because it’s been ridculously cold we haven’t been able to repaint except for tester areas of a new paint color. I bet our neighbors love us. :)

We have big plans for painting the whole house this summer, the color under the right window is the best example of what it’ll look like, then picture landscaping, new windows, shutters and window boxes. And some great porch furniture!

We added pea gravel over our existing very beat up driveway pavement for a more coastal and charming feel and then dug up some awful grass in the backyard to create a patio.
AJ is the gardener in the family and planted all these gorgeous flowers here… my job is to weed, mow the lawn and trim the bushes. :)
Here is the view from our driveway leading into our back patio:
Let’s move inside. We always come in the back door off the driveway and currently you see our spring bunny wreath and directional sign that I made out of an old barn board.
From the back hall you can move into the kitchen or the living room. Shortly after moving into the house AJ opened up the wall in the back hall so that the whole downstairs would flow from one room to the next. The kitchen is nearly complete but we still need to do a few finish things.

Our living room is probably my least favorite room. The drywall and windows all need to be replaced and it feels like a long bowling alley. We’ve divided it up into zones with a desk and then the sitting area. I’m not even showing you the end where we have our little “drop zone” with our bags because it’s also the area where cars and toys get spread with abandon.

I recently refinished this very 70s piece which adds some much needed toy storage to the room. I can only stand seeing so many primary colored plastic toys at a time. :)

We have three bedrooms and a bath upstairs which works just fine for us unless we have guests. I designed my three year old’s room to be a space he could grow in… I didn’t want to have to recreate the space in a year or so when he outgrew a fad or childish decorations.

I made a map of the United States out of super thin plywood and AJ and I hung it on Drew’s wall.

This shot also gives you a great view of the awful ceiling and painted linoleum floors. Fingers crossed some work will be done in here this summer!

This is Elle’s nursery. Above the crib I framed portions of my favorite children’s story, Miss Rumphius.
… and then hung some birdcages instead of making a mobile.
My mom made the bedding and she did a gorgeous job. The pillow is from Pottery Barn and I have plans to incorporate more of this blue into the room, possibly by recovering the chair in this color.
The master bedroom is a work in progress but it’s tied with the kitchen for my favorite room in the house… We still need to finish boxing in the beams on the ceiling and add built-ins to the closet but the room is a far cry from what it used to be thanks to completely new drywall, paint, decor, windows and flooring… not to mention utilizing the under the eves area and making them into two closets that are incredibly useful now!
Lastly, here is our bathroom, it’s an itty bitty space, but we’ve made it work well!


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  1. says

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous and I love to see a house that is still in need of work, it just goes to show that you are normal like everyone else and not afraid to show the imperfections. I am in love with your light blue buffet that you painted in your livingroom!!! What color did you use? It is gorgeous!!!

  2. Patricia Routt says

    I love your home and what you have done. Your home will be beautiful when you are done, it is a lot of work and a lot of worry about making decisions about trim, paint colors, floors etc. but it is worth it after you are done. You have a talent for decorating.

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