Renovation Respect

By Kate Riley March 3, 2014

Matt and I are in the process of buying a fixer right now and there is a Story To Be Told about that which I shall save for a later date when it’s all finalized. As a result, our conversation in the evenings over a glass of wine has turned to all things related to tile removal, drywall, electrical work, and plumbing. Romantic isn’t it? I think so.

I’m collecting all kinds of inspiration on the subject and I spied this amazing home renovation over the weekend, it took the owners three years to complete their labor of love. I’m not sure which issue of Country Living this appeared in, I’m a subscriber but I must have missed it in print. It’s one of the most impressive before and afters I’ve seen in a long time, taking this Mississippi historical home from ramshackle to radiant.

country living house before

country living home after



foyer before

foyer after



attic before

boys room red and white quilts


Read the full renovation story and see more pictures from the transformation here !



  1. Can’t wait to see how you hook this up! I know its going to come out beautiful! I strapped in for the ride and awww!

  2. How exciting, but I know there are always apprehensions as well. It will be fun to follow along with you during the process. I am doing a little kitchen reno and that is enough for me to do. I can not imagine an entire home. You are a go getter and very talented so it will be beautiful when it is all finished,

    • Thanks Kathy Sue and Michelle, and Kathy Sue I want to see pics of your kitchen reno!

  3. That is crazy how awesome that place looks. As much as we love DIY, after renovating our second property this summer it almost put over the edge! It wasn’t the renovations themselves it was all the stuff that popped up while renovating. I am so happy with how it turned out, but it was quite the journey. I know what ever you do will be beautiful!

    • Ha, truth Jennifer!! It’s like having a baby – so painful you swear you’ll never do it again and then whoops you do because of the beautiful result ! We said we’d never do a full home reno again a few years ago but of course here we go again… slightly different strategy this time. :)

  4. Ditto times ten!!! We have been in our remodeled foreclosure for six months and just today I rode by a series of homes in need and my wheels started turning…;)

    I cannot wait to see this project! Everything you touch becomes stunning!


    P.S. You asked for these pictures months ago (when you posted about laminate countertops) but I was too nervous to post a link in the comments. Here it is…as the story goes, we ran out of money and chose laminate but we couldn’t have been happier!

    • Amber I LOVE your hood, bravo and those countertops look really fantastic, I’m a huge fan of the marble laminate patterns! Gorgeous reno girl!

  5. I love love love these stories! My husband and I are in the process of restoring a 1902 house that my husband’s father grew up in. It was sold 10 years ago and has since fallen into serious disrepair. It’s totally a labor of love, and the family connection makes it all worth it! :)

  6. What a gorgeous transformation!! Looking forward to following along with your fixer upper! We have been working on our labor of love for the last twelve years!

  7. This will be a fun adventure to follow you on! Can’t wait to see all of your ideas become reality!

  8. Kate, lol! I love how you compare it to having a baby–so true! After painting my kitchen cabinets white in our first place I swore I would never do it again but sure enough I did it again when we moved to our new home. The long term payoff is just too great! So fun that you and your hubby get to take this romantic adventure together.:-). As you know renos come with lots of ups and down, feel free to email me on down days and I will pump you up with lots of encouragement!:-)

  9. I remember that article…..and I also remember reading that those people had what seemed unlimited funds. A beautiful house though, and so great to see so much reused instead of new! Good luck on your renovation!

  10. I’ve been remodeling an old cottage for four years… It’s far from done as I do things one at a time budget and time allowing. It’s a lot of work, but also a lot of love for old buildings. It’ll be fun following your progress.

  11. Well, this is just plain weird. I was at our local YMCA on Sunday at my daughter’s swim meet waiting for my daughter to swim. I grabbed a few old Country Livings from their bookcase to kill some time and found this house in one of the issues. I think it’s from a 2011 issue. I was so captivated by the transformation, I may nor may not have “swiped” the magazine from the Y and taken it home with me :)

    • Wow Kelly, that’s funny! Glad to know it was featured in print, even if it was a few years ago!

  12. While I was reading the article, I nearly fell off my chair. I live in New Iberia, LA and my husband used to work for Mac’s son, Barrett. As a previous poster said, it seems that they have unlimited funds, yes, they do. However unlimited their funds may be, the transformation is astounding and inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I love this, and can’t wait to see your story unfold with your fixer upper, becuase it always pains me to see beautiful old houses crumbling on the side of the road! If I have the funds some day, I will totally spend them “rescuing” homes.

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