before and after // hey wanderer studio

We are so excited to be sharing our studio with y'all today! Like we said last week, these rooms are ever-changing, and I wouldn't say we think this room is completely done yet. We still want to do a little decorating, this room has kind of gotten the reject decor. We do love this studio so much and it accommodates our needs very well. 
When the house was bought, this was considered a bedroom, even though it was lacking a closet. It was literally just a huge open room. We knew this would be our studio, but it needed a lot of work to make it completely functional, and that is where Richard came in. (Richard is Casey's stepdad and you will hear about him a lot in our before and after posts, so I will refer to him as just "Richard" from now on.) We were pretty set on painting this room white. It's hard to tell in the photos, but the ceiling was sponge painted white, or maybe there was just one coat of paint, and there was a wallpaper border around the whole room. The walls were also sponge painted a gray-blue color. We also figured out that the walls were actually this thin paneling whose crevices had been filled. Painting this room was a huge task. Actually, there are still place that we haven't been able to reach that need another coat. Luckily, the new beams kind of distract away from those little spots.
Richard installed these beams with track lighting. This room actually had no working lights when the house was bought, which is obviously a huge problem in a studio. We now have all the lighting our hearts could ever desire. We also just got a chandelier to hang in the middle of this room. You can never have too much light in a studio. I basically need it to be as bright as day when I'm sewing in the middle of the night.
Richard replaced these windows with ones a little bigger, and that can be actually opened.
This wall was the biggest surprise that wasn't disappointing. Behind the weird paneling was this beautiful wood wall. Richard discovered this and we agreed the paneling should be ripped off. This is such a great part of this room now, it adds so much, especially since this room would've been completely white otherwise. 
We were actually excited about this white brick wall. This room is clearly an addition to the original house.
These sliding doors didn't actually open. Well, you could open them once you removed the bar in the tracks. So maybe they just didn't lock. Either way, they weren't very functional and they were pretty old/ugly. Richard immediately knew he wanted french doors here, and we had no aversions to that! 
Now the doors let in a lot of beautiful natural light.
Photo by Hey Wanderer
Richard also constructed two closets in this room. The closet on the right houses our washer and dryer, which the previous owner had in the kitchen. What!? The closet on the left is storage for Hey Wanderer. That is also a dining room chair right there, pre-fixing them up.
Richard also installed this desk for us. It is as long as the entire wall, and exactly what we needed. The cabinets provide more accessible storage, and we have room to keep out our computers, sewing machine, serger, printer, shipping equipment, etc. It's delightful.
Guys. Renovations are no joke.
This couch was moved in here temporarily from the living room, but it's pretty nice having a seating area in the studio, so I think we will keep it in here.
Thanks so much for reading about our studio renovations! We love this room and I, Savannah, probably spend most of my time in it. To see more, follow us on Instagram and add yourself to our e-mail list at the bottom of the page!

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before and after // dining room

Okay guys. We are pretty close to being done with the house, so we've decided to start sharing before and after photos with you. We are always refining the decor and adding small details, so we kept waiting for the perfect time to share these photos. But I don't think there will ever be a time when everything is "perfect", so we are just going for it. Anyway, we will share a new post every week with y'all until we have finally shown you each room. The reason we are splitting is up is because we have SO many things to talk about in each room, and there were a lot of changes/DIYs. Hopefully we can remember everything!
The dining room might be my favorite room in the house. We originally wanted palm leaf wallpaper but they were all so expensive- like $400 a roll expensive. Then we decided we wanted a black and white diagonally striped wall. When we realized how much work that was going to be to paint, we went back to wallpaper and found this at a wallpaper store, Wallpaper and Designer Home Consignments. We were a little scared but once it was up we were in love. My stepdad, Richard (you'll hear more about him in future posts as he was the person doing all the renovations), was kind enough to hang the wallpaper for us. I think we could've managed but it would've taken us 3 times as long. 

We got the idea for the Stevie Nicks picture from combining 2 ideas we'd seen online. On Pinterest we saw a black and white striped wall that had a pop art neon pink picture of Kurt Cobain. A while ago, we saw on A Beautiful Mess that you could get a large engineer print made easily and inexpensively. We love Stevie and knew she'd be perfect for our dining room wall. Plus, she really breaks up the wallpaper pattern. The print cost $8 and the frame was about $70. 
The dining room table was a great steal and has a pretty dramatic before and after itself. A blog post on that is coming soon. 
We really want to put a rug in this room, but it has been so hard to find one that fits. We have found plenty we love, but they are either too colorful or the pattern clashes with the wallpaper and/or chair pattern. #boldpatternproblems. Anyway, would definitely take any suggestions if anyone knew of the perfect rug for this room, that didn't also cost one million dollars.
We took the door off here and added it to the doorway from the dining room to our studio. We love our kitchen and didn't see a purpose to block the view. Also, when entertaining it's just easier to go back and forth without dealing with a door. 
Even the light switch cover in this room is fabulous. We found it at an estate sale and knew it was perfect for this room. 
Ohhhh, this buffet. We got this from a friend of my family's. When she downsized, this sat in storage for a couple of years. I always wanted it but we didn't have room for it in our old house. It was built in the 1920s and restored in the 70s. There is a note inside the door telling about who built it and when it was restored. Savannah and I disagreed about the tiki bar sign above this beautiful buffet. I felt it was a little too kitschy, but it has grown on me. Also, if you haven't figured it out yet... we love plants.
We have great intentions of filling this vintage decanters with actual liquor. In the meantime they just make this room more seem a little more glamourous. 
This philodendron has grown so quickly! These are my new favorite go-to plants. They are low-maintenance and grow quickly. What's not to love?!
Also, this room was painted an awful dark red color and it looked like there was only one coat, which really made the walls look terrible. I'm so glad we wanted to paint this room a dark color, because we would've had to spend a lot of time trying to cover up the red.
I couldn't decide if I loved or hated this light fixture. In the end, it had to go because it did not go with the new dining room. 
This baby peacock chair was a steal at $5 from Old Made Good. This is a hope philodendron and so far it seems to be a little less temperamental that the split leaf philodendron (which aren't supposed to be temperamental but have been for us). 
These prints came from Castilleja and they were taken of Wille Nelson's first Fourth of July Picnic. The owner's brother aspired to be a photographer once and he took these pictures. He changed his mind about photography and these pictures went undeveloped for 40 + years. Now here they are in all their glory. 
This room is the perfect place for plants. It gets a great amount of light and the juxtaposition of the black walls and the green leaves is perfection. We found this plant stand at an antique store somewhere in Indiana when we were on our way home from picking up our new puppy, Hazel. It was $15! I saw one a few days prior in Nashville selling for $75, so I'm I didn't buy it. We DIYed the painted pots at the old house, but here are the posts we did on the blog- here and here.
This dreamcatcher is so dreamy :) It's from High Garden Tea. One of the owners makes dreamcatchers and sells them in the store. When I went to buy it she stopped to tell me how she made this and where each part came from. Love!
The palm leaf print against the black and white triangles... swoon <3

Well, that is it for the dining room. Looking forward to sharing another room with y'all next Monday!

Paint- Cracked Pepper by Behr
Dream catcher- High Garden Tea
Palm leaf fabric - Tommy Bahama
Light fixture- Schoolhouse Electric

Photos by Amber Ulmer