House Tour ~ Summer Showcase of Homes

Come see my beautiful house tour!

House Tour poster.

I’m so excited to be a part of this AMAZING Summer Showcase of Homes Tour!

2013 Showcase of Homes poster.

I’m sure you were just drooling over at Jenna’s house!  {Rain On A Tin Roof}

In case you’ve never dropped by before, I’m Jamie from So Much Better With Age. I have two beautiful kids and a studly hubby. But I’m way more handy than him {just don’t tell him that!}. I love finding things that are inexpensive or free and making them beautiful. Welcome to my home! I want you to see how I changed my 80s home into something more vintage, more french!

A picture of Jamie leaning against a chair.


 Out with the old, in with Well, at least older looking than the 80s! We had all the flooring in the house redone, all light fixtures replaced, and painting, of course. And as much as I wanted to keep that wallpaper {yuck!}, it had to go.

A dark staircase with old carpet and banister.

I painted that old bench and made that burlap tablecloth. Yep, I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty with home projects.

The after picture of a light and bright staircase.

Notice the carpet on that landing in the foyer. Say what?

A look down into the foyer.

The after picture of the foyer with wood floors and it painted white.


We had to take down that wall that leads into the family room. Peach granite? I painted it and whitewashed the fireplace..

The living room before with an old fireplace

We had built-in shelves made and a window seat. Yes, that’s an extremely large baby gate. I got to keep my kids corralled somehow.

The after picture of the living room all painted white, which a whitewashed fireplace.

 Oh yuck!

A bay window with carpeting and wood trim.

 Aww…so much better.

The living room all painted white with a cream coloured couch.

Buh-bye weird small stairs.

Small set of stairs and a brown rug.

After with wooden stairs and painted in between white.

The light and bright living room.

 You can learn more about my living transformation here:  living room before & after.


The dark and old dining room.

I must warn you about my dining room. It’s going to be completely transformed soon! Paint color, table makeover and other goodies. You must check back later to see how I’m doing with it!

A wooden dining room table with white chairs.

But for now I’ll let you look at it.

An upholstered chair with a cushion.

You can learn more about my dining room here:  Dining Room Adventures.


 Surprisingly, this older kitchen came with beautiful appliances and this granite countertop.

Old cabinets in the kitchen.

We painted the cupboards bright white, added glass inserts and new hardware.

The same cabinets painted white in the kitchen

A look at the lower cabinets painted white.

Kitchen Office

This little area was just screaming for a kitchen office.

Yellow dingy walls in the house.

Ta da!

Afterwards a white kitchen desk with cabinets.

You can read more about the transformation here:  Add An Office To Your Kitchen.

KITCHEN {Eating Area}

I’m not sure what the previous owners were thinking with that HUGE chandelier.

An old dining room table and chairs.

But then I did just go and get myself another huge chandelier in its place.

A new round table with white chairs in the kitchen.

 You can read more about our kitchen eating area here.

 Here are some more goodies in my kitchen you may want to check out.

Butler Pantry

iPod Docking Station

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I know powder rooms don’t usually have a full bath but this bathroom is on our main floor and our bedrooms are all upstairs so I call it my powder room.

The old powder room picture.

Of course, every powder room deserve to be pretty!

The baby blue walls and black and white floors in the bathroom.

 Oh so 80s.

The 80's sink in the bathroom.

 I always think four mirrors are better than one.

Updated sink and cabinets.

A freestanding tub in the bathroom.

You can read more about my powder room here.



If you are an avid So Much Better With Age reader, then here are some goodies for you. Never before seen photos!

The coat room with a wooden bench.

Yep, I seem to need a crock in every room 😉  I even did a whole post on crocks!

A white coat room with purses and coats hanging up.

Um, did the previous owners know that those might not fit?

The washer and dryer and cabinets.

It’s okay, we fixed it. You just need to raise the lower cupboard, silly.

White washer and dryer and white cabinets.

I love our second {sneaky} back staircase.

The updated laundry room.


French doors.

Hello white!

A beautiful deck off the master bedroom.



 So boring! I guess it’s a good thing we’re in the bedroom now as you may fall asleep looking at this room.

A master bedroom with yellowish walls and carpet.

 Now that’s better!

A neutral bed with updated carpet.

There is a white armchair in the corner of the bedroom.

The bedroom before

The after picture of the bedroom.

You can see more of my master bedroom here and here.


 This master bedroom is HUGE! Like the size of an apartment! If you can believe it, this was part of the master bedroom  Totally unused space. So we made it into a grand master ensuite!

Arrows to the door to the bathroom.

 This was the biggest overhaul done in our house and totally worth it!

The master bathroom.

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A large master bathroom.

 You can see more of my master ensuite here.



More of the 80s!

Kids bathroom before picture.

  The paint, tile and vanity are the same as the powder room. That’s how much I loved it!

Light and bright kids bathroom.

The vanity before.

The light white vanity after picture.


 Now this room doesn’t have a real ‘before’ photo. I guess when I first toured this house I thought it was so boring it didn’t warrant a picture. But I did snap a shot before I started decorating it!

Nursery before.

 It was hands-down the funnest room to decorate!

After picture of the light pink nursery.

A white change table.

A white crib.

You can see more of the nursery:  Nursery – Before & After / More Nursery / Curtains With Blackout Lining / Nursery Room Updates


 Technically we don’t have a basement, just a crawlspace. But for a crawlspace it has a high ceiling. So just last year we transformed this unused junk collecting room into a playroom/man cave.

Basement crawl space.

  I know, amazing, right?

Kids playroom.

Crawl space before.

Light and bright after picture.

Dark basement picture.

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 You can see more of our basement renovations:   Basement – Before & After / Playroom to Man Cave / Playroom Details

Well, that concludes our little tour at So Much Better With Age. If you liked what you saw and want to see more, head on over to my blog anytime you like! Grab a cup of tea and stay awhile. And while you’re at it, you might want to check out some of my projects.

Projects from

Organize Your Kids’ Keepsakes

Pantry Organization Tips

1st Birthday Party

Make Your Own Curtains With Blackout Lining

Spring Cupcakes

Breakfast-in-Bed Tray

Craft Cabinet

A Junky Trunk

Now remember, next up on the Summer Showcase of Homes Tour is Laura from  Top This Top That. Wait til you see her home! Amazing!

Monday 7/22

Atta Girl Says ~ The Happier Homemaker ~ Rain on a Tin Roof Better With Age ~ Top This Top That

Tuesday 7/23
Mom 4 Real ~ Cedar Hill Ranch ~ Practically Functional ~ While Wearing Heels ~ French Country Cottage

Wednesday 7/24
The Lily Pad Cottage ~ Marty’s Musings ~ Confessions of a Plate Addict ~ Town and Country Living ~ Adventures in Decorating

Thursday 7/25
Good Life of Design ~ A Stroll Thru Life ~ Worthing Court ~ Back Porch Musings ~ The Rustic Pig

Friday 7/26
Our Southern Home ~ Stone Gable ~ The Everyday Home ~ Recreate and Decorate ~ Sophia’s ~ Vignette Design

Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!

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  1. WOW love all the changes, thanks for sharing the before and after pics! That was really great to see all of the major room changes you did. 🙂

  2. Wow, Jamie. Your home is stunning! The white in every room is so light and bright! You have been creative with your touches and amazing with the way you’ve remodeled and made over entire rooms.

    Thanks so much for joining us on our home tour!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Marty! I’m overjoyed that I’ve been invited to be on this tour!!

  3. Ohmygosh, Jamie … your home is incredible! I’m in awe of your “before and after” pics! You’ve created so many inviting spaces! I love your new command center in your kitchen … the built-ins in your living room … your master bedroom is such a retreat, and I WANT your master bathroom! Incredible!

    1. Aww thanks so much for your sweet comment, Becca!! I’m so excited to be a part of this amazing showcase tours with all you wonderful bloggers!!

  4. Can you tell me about that beautiful rug in the living room? Thanks for sharing your house it’s really lovely.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Deb. I got that rug from Pottery Barn probably two years ago. I needed a 9 x 12 foot rug and that was the only one they had in stock and it was on clearance. The only thing is because it’s wool it “sheds” a lot but since it’s been two years the shedding is not as bad. They seem to have rugs in the back that are on sale that aren’t on the floor so it’s a good idea to check with them. I got it for 50% off regular price.
      Have a great day!

  5. Your home is stunning! I love seeing the before photos really shows how much work you’ve done to make such a beautiful home! Of course your style is one of my favorites as well, that farm table, the claw foot tub just to name a few!!

    1. Aww thanks for your sweet comment!! I’m in LOVE with your blog too. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

  6. Just beautiful! There is something I love about each room! Thank you so much for sharing your home and you have definitely inspired me today 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Shelley! I love your blog/home too. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

    1. Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I love your blog/home too. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

  7. Wow! This is the most amazing change. Kudos to you for the vision and the ability to get all this done. The change in stairs in your living room was an excellent decision, and the basement redo totally amazing. Thanks for the tour!

  8. I am new to your blog and I am so glad I came to visit today! Your home is really something to be very proud of! Your after pictures are awesome! Great Job! I will be back!
    The Adored Home

  9. Jamie,
    I adore your fresh style approach to making over a 1980’s home, dear one!
    I agree, your bathroom (powder room) updates are fabulous!!!
    Being the Mother of Sons, I would have loved having the opportunity to do a soft pink room!!!
    Precious, Pink & Girly!!!
    Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us!

    1. Thanks so much Pat for your sweet comment! It’s definitely fun decorating a girl’s room. She’s becoming a bit of a tomboy though so this pink may not last! 😉

  10. Your living room is hands-down one of my most favorite rooms ever! I love the built-ins and your couch and those chairs are gorgeous! And have I ever told you how jealous I am of your huge master bedroom and bath?! SO jealous! Mine is like 1/4 of its size! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  11. WOW! You did such a beautiful job. Everything is so clean and bright and beautiful. Thank you for sharing!!

  12. one word Wow!!! Ooh , okay, more words… you did an amazing job of making this house your home. I love the light you brought to each room. You have a lovely home. Thank you for sharing xo P.S. I hope you will add this to my hop on Thursday.

    1. Hi Katherine! Thanks for the invite! You left such a sweet comment. Thank you. Hope you’re having a wonderful week.

  13. OH. MY. GOLLY.

    To say you created AMAZINGNESS is the understatement of the decate.

    Just wow – you have amazing talents, your home is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The before and afters were just too much fun to see! Thanks for sharing all this inspirational goodness!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Michele! You’re awesome! Thanks for stopping by 😉

  14. Oh Wow! What a fabulous transformation!! You are genius and your home, GORGEOUS!!!! Glad to have found your blog, new follower here. 🙂

    1. Sherry, I’m so glad you stopped by! I love your blog and I’m your newest follower! I’d love that giveaway you’re having of the Paris map. I’m interested in buying one.

  15. I love your daughter’s room… It’s the perfect pink! Can you tell me the name of the paint color and the brand as well? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      The paint color for my daughter’s room is Pink Cloud 887 from Benjamin Moore.
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  16. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home with us! I can’t believe the transformation, and all the hard work it must have taken. But completely worth it! I would never leave the house! 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

  17. WOW! What an amazing makeover!! I loved looking at each and every before and after photo. Sad to say some rooms in my home still look like your before pics. lol

  18. Can we trade houses? Its a beautiful home youve created you should be very proud. I love the before and afters.

  19. I absolutely love everything you’ve done! What an awesome transformation…every room is more modern, light and airy. I agree that decorating a nursery is the most fun of all decorating projects. I’m stopping by from Inspire Me Please–have a great weekend!

  20. Where did you get the long cabinet in your playroom? Was it custom built? It is just what I need to organize my kids toys!

    1. Hi Karen, yes the long cabinet in my playroom was custom built. It was a very basic build, apparently. It’s a laminate type white cabinet with just some doors at the end. It works perfect for all the toys! Hope you can get something similar!

  21. WOW!! Stunning! Just simply stunning! Every room better than the last! Fabulous home, beautiful tour!
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us, and thank you fo inspiring me today!!

    Have a great week!

  22. So beautiful! I have the sae pottery barn bed. I love the wall color with the headboard. What s the wall color in your master bedroom?

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