Normandie Place “before” pictures (Part 1)

I just got back from a fabulous week away with my family to Newport Beach.  We had the best time and stayed in a great little place right on the beach.  If you ever plan a trip there I would recommend checking out Doyles Beach and Boardwalk.  I will be honest and say from a design perspective it was lacking a bit and could use a few updates, but if your looking for location, this is the place!! Seriously steps from the beach and the Newport Pier.  Perfect for a family get away!!IMG_9713

Anyways, we stopped by our Normandie fixer upper and to my surprise quite a bit of demo had been done, which of course made me one happy girl!!  So since the project is under way I though it was time to share my “before” pictures with you all. Today I will take you on a tour of the main floor. I have to apologize that some of the lighting on the pics aren’t great, but hopefully good enough for you to get an idea of the house. Now remember my last post, (which you can find here), that I said the house needs lots of work.  But I think you’d agree, that’s what makes a fixer upper that much more exciting!  I know the transformations will be awesome and I can’t wait!

Lets start in the front entry, welcome!Entry

The stairwell- how gorgeous is this window?  We plan to open up the stairwell and replace with a beautiful railing.  I feel like it will draw more attention to this grand window and bring light into the entry and upstairs.









The living room, which is right off the entry- I love the windows with the shutters.  I’m planning on revamping the fireplace.  This room has a beautiful curved  ceiling in it with great crown molding.  There is a bay window that looks out to the front yard and also has french doors leading into the den.IMG_9383


Living room


The den is one of my favorite rooms.  It has the original brick on one side of the room as this was part of the add on to the house.  I plan on keeping the brick and painting  it.  The ceiling and beams will also stay but get fresh paint and stain.  I talked about dutch doors on my instagram.  (You can follow me at honest_harm to see more pictures and updates.) I love this door and I think it adds so much charm to this room.




From there we go into the dining room and kitchen.  Right now there is a wall dividing these two rooms, but we plan to open the space up to make it one big room. It is a nice size room with french doors leading out to the deck.



dining room


And here is my beautiful kitchen, well, it will be beautiful when I am done with it! It is just dated and needs lots of attention.  I think we will be adding some windows to make the room feel brighter and bigger.




The last area on the main floor is the mud room and half bath.  This area was the original kitchen.  It is a great space for a mud room and desk nook, but I can’t imagine cooking in this space. We plan on incorporating the pantry, mud room and desk/study area for the kids in this space.  It has a side door leading to the driveway and garage and also a half bath.





mud room


Well there it is! I hope you have enjoyed the tour of this 1920″s fixer upper.  I will be posting part 2 & 3 later on this week so check back to see the rest of the before’s.  I would love to get any advice or ideas, so please make a comment below and let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by!



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  1. Rise Stoldt says:

    This is so exciting Harmony. Fun to watch the progress. Can’t wait to see it live.

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