Michigan House – Plans

As many of you know, Mr. LMB is getting out of the military at the end of this year. It’s going to be a huge change not only because he will be leaving the military, but also because we will be making the move from North Carolina to Michigan. We currently own a house here in NC that we are about to put on the market & we also own a home in Michigan that I blogged about {here} & {here}. In short, we completely gutted the entire house. I’m talking no flooring, no kitchen, nothing. To some that may seem awful, to me it’s probably the most fun thing ever. I just wish I was there & not doing all of this from afar. I will be making a few trips up there in the next few months so expect some updates very soon. & of course when we move home in the fall expect huge before & afters & tons of large DIY projects. I can’t wait! I have been getting a lot of questions lately on our “plans” for the new house so I thought I would share some of our inspiration photos so you can see the direction we are headed for our Michigan house. I really want you guys to be a part of every second of this journey with me, even these times where we are planning & setting everything up to get worked on. Imagine white walls, warm wood floors, white shaker cabinets, subway tile, & lots of light. Today I’m sharing the main large details about the work that will be done on the house this spring & summer.


White shaker style cabinets in the kitchen: I got so many questions about our kitchen tour the other day & why we did not have white cabinets because everyone knows I love white cabinets. Well, it’s simply because we knew that we were moving & didn’t want to take on a project like that. But, in the Michigan house we have picked out white cabinets that are a shaker style. I will be sharing the brand & type in another post.

Subway tile: We are planning on using subway tile as our backsplash in our kitchen like this kitchen from The Inspired Room & possibly in the bathrooms as well. The hard part? The size of the tiles & the color of the grout… I will need your help to decide on that! More on tile decisions later.

Stair runners: Our house is a tri-level so there is a few levels of stairs & we will have wood floors through the whole house, so stair runners will be a must like these from Young House Love.


Warm wood floors: We are doing vinyl wood flooring through out the entire house even the bathrooms & bedrooms. At least that is the plan right now. This week we have a guy going to the house to measure & estimate it all for us. We are wanting a warm wood tone to really contrast with all of the white cabinets & white/neutral walls in the house.


Gray cabinets in the bathroom: We are really wanting to add some gray cabinets in the two bathrooms. We really wanted to do two tone cabinets with white and gray in the kitchen, but for now that isn’t in the cards due to cabinet placement, so gray in the bathroom is perfect.

Wood panel ceilings-  In the second lower living room there was a drop tile ceiling. We removed that ceiling & we will be putting up wood panels & painting them white. In the upper levels there is popcorn ceilings that we may also be paneling over as well, but that will be a DIY project that will be done after we move in.



Carrera marble countertops: We are going in between carrera marble or DIY cement countertops for the kitchen and bathrooms. The winer so far is carrera marble like this one from DIY Show Off. We both love the simplicity & beauty of it. We also love how it looks with white cabinets & subway tile. 


So many other things will be happening like all new windows, trim, & doors. & it’s crazy to think this is all happening before we move in next fall. To follow along with all of our pins & planning follow my Pinterest boards {here}. & of course check back here on the blog, Instagram, & facebook for updates. So what do you think of our plans so far? Have you ever gutted a house & re-did it before? It’s quite crazy for us to be doing it so many miles away, but I’m hoping the visits home will be productive & make this seem a little more real. Leave your thoughts & opinions below!


  1. We are getting ready to do the vinyl wood floors in our house too! Such a great product!!

  2. Swoon! Makes me want to build our forever home. Were in Goldsboro, NC now, moving to Oregon soon & still a long way to go in the military so its hard to get what you really love in a rental :(

  3. SOOOO excited for you guys :) I LOVE the stair runner that you mentioned to me. VERY COOL! Everything is going to look great —-it’s a lot of brain work isn’t it? Planning and all. Gah! Sometimes me head just wants to explode because it gets so overwhelming. lol. But it’s all so exciting and super fun and the transformation and journey of it (that I know you’ll document) is going to be so fun! I need to compile all of ours …it’s really gratifying to see the changes!

  4. Sounds like it’s going to be beautiful! Can’t wait to see your progress!!

  5. I love all of your inspiration! You seriously did a great job :) And I seriously might snag some of this inspiration for our new home :)

  6. Such lovely inspiration!! I’m soo excited to see your new home!! :) We are planning to build in hopefully a year or so, and I can’t wait! You put things and colors together so nicely! Thanks for the inspiration!! :) xo Holly

  7. congrats on pending move and life changes! Very exciting!!! I am pushing for vinyl floors, my {first} husband just can’t go there…. we have 2 dogs, 3 kids…. and not a hard wood floor budget. Any of these variables factor into your decision. I really want to do this too! xo, laura

  8. dreamy! Great inspiration!

  9. Oh my goodness, Liz! GORGEOUS! Can I move in?! : ) Seriously though, these are stunning and great inspiration! Can’t wait to read along as you guys finish each project! xo

  10. i just have to tell you — i adore your site! i love your taste and it has really inspired me to finish decorating our house. we bought an old fixer upper, renovated two floors and i have just been in a sort of stand still… not hanging anything, not committing to any major decorating purchases but i love how cozy and comfortable and familiar the spaces in your home feel. i also love your carpet! i mean, who really LOVES carpet but a lot of us have it and it’s encouraging to see that you can have a lovely home even if you don’t have gorgeous 10 inch plank reclaimed wood pinteresty floors throughout your entire house.

    in short – thanks :)

  11. Your new home plans are amazing! I’m so excited for you! LOVE your inspiration (hey – especially that dreamy bathroom. lol!) Seriously, I love every thing you have in mind but most of all I just love your style. Looking forward to following along!

  12. Beautiful inspiration! I love an all white kitchen and lots of natural light.


  13. Gorgeous! I’ve been pinning a ton of similar-ish photos myself since we’ll be redoing our “new” home after we close tomorrow!!! The hard part will be settling on what I want since I love so many different styles and colors. Ahh. I’ll be sharing plans and asking opinions on my blog too. I might have to ask you ladies on FB to give me your advice/opinions as well. Have fun!!

  14. How fun and exciting!!!!

  15. Wow! Sounds like quite an undertaking but you have some great plans in place. I love the white cabinets…wish I could have those in my kitchen. The wood floors/white contrast looks awesome and I really like that style too. We’ve had pergo-like laminate in most of our house for about 7 years after a wood floor refinish gone wrong. We listened to the local Home Depot flooring guy who ended up knowing nothing about refinishing oak floors…live and learn I guess! We really like the flooring though and my husband installed them so it was pretty affordable. We didn’t gut our kitchen or bathroom and regret it VERY much so I definitely think you’re on the right track. It’s super embarrassing to admit but our tiny little kitchen is still waiting to be finished! My son was a baby when my husband last worked on it (wainscot paneling on walls, new sink and faucet, and ceramic tiled counter) he is 9 now. I have paint and mosaic tile just waiting to be used. That’s really bad, I know! We have a problem with peeling paint on the ceiling and I have thought about using wood panels also.

    My quest for motivation found your blog and I love seeing all the work you’re doing…you have a great sense of style. Does making all these decisions naturally come easy for you or is it difficult? I definitely have a hard time and drive myself crazy in the process!! lol Btw…we live in Michigan but would rather live somewhere warmer. Can’t wait to see all the new changes at the new house! Good luck!!! :)

  16. Hey Liz! These inspiration photos are gorgeous! I love the dark wood floors. Actually, my jaw dropped when I read this post, because it sounded exactly like me. My fiance is in the military, and he’s getting out in September. Once he does, we are moving from Georgia to Michigan (!) We own a house here in Georgia that we are remodeling and trying to finish up really fast in time to sell, and we’re house searching up in Michigan right now. Anyway, I just couldn’t believe that we are in such similar situations, and I just had to share. Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

  17. Congrats Liz on moving to God;s country. I, with my brother, own a home center on the West side of the state. I have contacts with many independent lumber/hardware stores across the state. If I can be of any assistance please let me know. I love reading your blog your style is close to mine and love looking for inspiration for my own projects!!!!

  18. I love all your choices for the new home, you have such great sense of style. I’m very curious regarding your choice for the vinyl wood flooring. We went with a laminate product throughtout our downstairs due to our open floor plan, kids, and our ever drooling aging Labrador and have been so disappointed in our choice.

  19. Gayle Moore says:

    I couldn’t help myself…I must comment on your wanting marble in bathrooms. I clean house for a family that has high end finishes all over the place, including lots of marble. They are very beautiful for awhile, then someone will use hairspray, leave face cream, nail polish remover, etc…then guess what, all that money you just spent on that beautiful marble is down the drain, they look terrible. And yes, I mean face cream. Totally etched a vey bad spot that is not removable in beautiful bathroom marble. Just wanted you to know and maybe rethink that decision. If you are careful and so are your guests then go for it because they are beautiful. Have fun with your big project!

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