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Right off the bat, we knew that this house definitely needed some TLC on the exterior. The white clapboard has some rough spots and some of the planks of the barn exterior is rotten. But even just the look of the house in it’s current state. Seriously, it reminds me of my pasty colored legs during the Winter months.. There’s just no contrast and it all looks kinda the same. Blah!

new england barn exterior painting


I love the Scandinavian way of filling your house with pieces that really speak to you and make you happy. It’s that combination of minimalism, practicality and making a house a home.

As we’re getting real close to moving into our new house, I want to share our top five picks from IKEA we just cannot wait to add to our collection! Here we go:



My eyeballs almost fell out of my head! IKEA had just announced yet another kitchen sale before the end of 2016!

Way in July, when we bought the house, we were dreaming about our new kitchen being done before Christmas. A white Christmas all around, inside and out! The first time we set foot into the house, Adrian was like “this kitchen needs a gut job!” Sure, the countertop is the ugliest pink granite and there’s that weird brick-oven-stove-thingie that was blocking the view. But let’s be honest, it could have been much worse.

With a kitchen sale going on during Summer, we kissed our chances good-bye and were hoping that IKEA would soon announce a sale the following Spring. So yes, it was a bit of a shock. A good shock!

high gloss farmhouse kitchen / IKEA Ringhult / House of Menig


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We just crossed the four weeks mark and it’s starting to get real! The moving container is booked and I’ve broken down all the To-Do’s into weeks, to (hopefully) stay on top of things. I’m dreading the cleaning, but oh so looking forward to starting a completely new life over on the East Coast! I’m beyond thrilled to get going on all the house projects and really making this house our home.

Ever since I first shared the news of us moving to New England, the all present question has been: WHY ARE YOU GUYS MOVING? I usually reply with a big smile, ‘We’re just going on a huge adventure!’

House of Menig - Why We Moved from California to New EnglandSources // STRANDMON Wing Chair | Open Shelving | Blakely Pendant Light for the Kitchen | Grey Bedroom | Lydford Dining Chairs | Patterned Tiles in Shower


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This house had popped up on Zillow in late April 2016 as ‘Coming Soon’. It looked interesting enough and I gave it the name ‘Awkward Space House’. Now let’s forget that name RIGHT AWAY, okay? As time went on, it wasn’t listed until just a bit over a week before we flew out for our house hunting trip! Coincidence or God’s gracious plan? I’d say it’s the second one.

When we stepped over the threshold for the first time we both felt like this could be a possibility. It had some land, the old main house was super bright and beautiful and we liked the idea of having the guest quarters away from our private rooms. Long story short, we ended up falling in love with it and bought our first house!

We have so many plans and dreams for this place! It’s going to be such a beauty once we’re done with our projects list. To give you a good idea of what we’re dealing with, let’s take a peek at the before photos I took after we closed.

The Outside  //  The house consists of three parts – the old main house (far right), the ell or breezeway (middle) and the barn (far left). This is typical to New England colonials and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

House of Menig - New England Colonial Before