Our Little House

Our home is a labor of love.  We spent countless hours renovating, organizing and decorating to make a house built over a century ago work for our modern family.

Our home was built in 1907 and sits on 7 1/2 acres.  It was owned by the same family until we bought it in 2008.

Before we even moved in, we began making the house “ours” and six years later, our remodeling/redecorating is still not complete! 

A farm and two little boys slowed down the progress for us, but our home has come a long way and we’re happy to share it with you! But first...

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Check out these before and afters, and then take a look at the posts at the bottom of this page to see all the projects that got us to this point...

before and after kitchen

Before and after kitchen wall

before and after dining room

before and after dining room wall

before and after living room

before and after bedroom

before and after entryway
before and after mudroom

before and after porch and bay window

We’ve taken a century old house that was literally fallen down, and made it into a home for a modern family.  And as with every other renovation in America, it was harder than we thought, cost more than we expected, and took longer than we hoped.

But in the end, it was so worth it. Because when we take a second to look around, we realize that we’ve saved a piece of Iowa’s history.

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And check out the blog posts featuring the renovation and decor in our 100 year old farmhouse!


  1. What a GREAT house! I can't wait to see the transformation!

  2. OMG - Our houses are virtually the same!!! The floors, the woodwork, the walls. I'm so glad you commented on my blog - I've enjoyed looking at your photos and comparing them to my 100-year-old farmhouse. I'm your newest follower. :)

  3. just beautiful!! the more I explore your blog the more I love it :) the house we live in was built around the same time it's wonderful living in an older house isn't it?! you guys have done wonderful things for that home!

  4. Wow, seeing the before pictures with the 1970's paneling gave me a flash back to our 100 yr old farmhouse. Why, why, why did everyone do that to their houses. You've come a long way baby! The house is looking great. Glad I found you, I'm your newest follower.

  5. What a beautiful home you have with so much history and charm! You and your family have worked so hard on yours and made so many wonderful improvements! I love feeling like we are caretakers of these historic buildings.


  6. Your home is just so charming! Your Pintrest projects are what drew me in, two of them have already made it to my hubby's "to-do" list! :)

  7. Wow- what a gorgeous old home! You have been doing a fabulous job remodeling it!!

  8. I've enjoyed browsing through your blog! Love that you are in an old house- me too :)