Main Floor Renovation in Dunwoody Club Forest

Main Floor Renovation in Dunwoody Club Forest

We are back on course with lovely home renovations for you to enjoy.  Personally I adore the house we are featuring today!  The Adkins family are some of our dear friends and I have loved getting to live vicariously through them and enjoy not only their beautiful house, but also their lovely pool and yard.  To be honest there really isn’t much to say about this house as the pictures speak for themselves.  Brandon and Kelly waited for the perfect house to come on the market for 5 years before purchasing this one.  They specifically wanted a walk-out back yard, a guest bedroom on the main floor, and a bonus room that could be turned into a craft room.  This house met all those needs!  Kelly and Brandon worked with a team of people to make this house as gorgeous as it is.  The three main rooms we thought we would show today are the family room, the mud room, and Kelly’s craft room.  So, without further ado check out the before pictures of their family room and sweet baby who also made the cut!

They worked with a designer to choose the colors and decor for this room.  I think one of the most unique features of this room to me is the wood that they put in the back of the built-in book cases.  Brandon went to a Otto North Carolina to find the wood for this project, and the effort certainly paid off.  The majority of the wall decor came from their travels around the world making it all the more meaningful for them as a family.  Kelly pointed out that many of their framed smaller pieces are actually nice postcards that they found along the way.  What a great idea!

When the Adkins purchased this house there was a formal dining room that they were able to turn into Kelly’s dream of having a craft room.  Having been honored to do a craft evening with Kelly, this room is certainly an absolute dream!  She worked with a designer, a cabinet designer and a contractor in order to make her own mini Hobby Lobby in her house! Here is what it looked like before:

And here is the most relaxing, most organized craft room that I have ever had the privilege of stepping foot in:

Next up is the mud room.  If you look back at the original photo of the family room you will see that there was a wet bar.  Brandon and Kelly removed the wet bar and opened up that area into a corridor/mud room with an external door to the driveway.  They removed the old laundry room (seen in the before picture below) to upstairs in order to create a large walkthrough mud room.  With three little boys in their family the mud room and sink were a great addition:

And here is the final product, perfectly organized in the most tasteful of ways:

I wish y’all could see this house in person as it truly is beautiful.  Brandon and Kelly, thank you for allowing us inside your home!  

Fireplace Facelift in Mill Glen

Fireplace Facelift in Mill Glen

As we head into week seven of our new normal a few people have asked for some DIY projects to be posted on the blog as many of us are entering into times of financial stress.  So today I thought I would do a short and sweet post on our fireplace which we did ourselves.  There is always a sense of achievement when we do something ourselves and I hope that this post inspires you to take the plunge and do a project in your home over the next few weeks while we are stuck at home.  Look out for our next post about outdoor projects while we enjoy this beautiful weather.

A coat of fresh paint can revitalize a room or an object.  As all my friends know, I almost always have a painting project on the go, whether it is refinishing a piece of furniture, painting bookshelves, window frames, or rooms, there is always something that can benefit from a new coat of paint.  When we moved into our house, we lived for years with our gray brick fireplace, and cabinets on either side that were somehow missing doors… literally one side had them and one side didn’t.  Where they went, we will never know!  So, as children’s lego covered the floor one night I decided I needed to replace the doors and hide the lego – there is always an ulterior motive when mom starts a project!  I then decided we needed to new mantel too and why not paint the brick white too to brighten the room?  What started as a simple project became bigger by the day, but the finished project has totally changed our living room and has become my favorite update in our home.  Here is what it looked like before (no judgment please!):

We don’t have any photos of it in progress so here is the finished product:

Steven was not completely convinced about painting the brick at first, and to be honest he had a point. The thing about painting brick is that there is not an easy way to undo it when it’s done. I’ll never forget putting the first bit of paint on and him saying, “there’s no going back now!” Way to instill confidence! I did slightly panic at that point, but he was right, I couldn’t turn back! We used Benjamin Moore Simply White for the paint color and bought replacement doors online.

Casey Libby had told me about a lumber yard up in Kennesaw that had great weathered wood and could potentially have mantels too, so one afternoon we took the kids on a little road trip to see…wood!  Funnily enough they actually had a good time climbing on it all, but I’m pretty sure the people working were pleased when we left! We took a look at the beautiful thick mantels they were selling, then saw the price and decided there had to be a cheaper way, so we looked around and Steven found the most beautiful piece of reclaimed wood. The funny part is that the random piece of wood that we found for the mantel is the thing that people seem to comment on most in our living room.  It was $80 verses almost $1000 for a specialty one, and we love its simplicity in the room.  Both Steven and I adore reading so, call us old fashioned, but we like to put books on our bookcases!  Steven had collected the majority of these old books from antique stores over the years and his grandmother gave him the collection on the upper shelves.  I knew that I could find a frame to match for my mom’s beautiful English countryside painting and voila fireplace makeover was complete. Oh and bonus, we all like it and love the white brick!

Welcome to Dunwoody Dreaming!

Welcome to Dunwoody Dreaming!


The best part about this blog is that it is for anyone and everyone.  For the family who isn’t yet ready to pull the plug on renovating their house: come, look, and see the potential of your home and dream about what could possibly be.  For the family ready to do the big renovation: we will eventually provide a list of people who you can call to get quotes and who come recommended by your neighbors.  For real estate agents: use this site to show your clients what they could do with their new home to make it fit their needs.  For service providers: we hope that your business will increase as a result of featuring your work with Dunwoody homeowners on this site.  We want to help our community become connected and share the inside of homes so that you can see what is possible.  We will feature everything from big to small renovations, from plumbing jobs, to gutter cleaning, from landscape architects to tree companies. 

If you see a need and it isn’t covered, give us time and we will hopefully add it soon!  If you have recently worked with a service provider that you love, let us know!  The directory will take time to build and develop, so in the meantime enjoy living vicariously through your neighbors and take a peek inside their homes through us.  We would love to feature your home to help others when they have a similar need.  Please share this website with your neighbors so they can benefit from it.  After all, our goal is to connect neighbors one home project at a time.  It is a team effort – Enjoy!