Notes from Home – Episode 7 {Update Home Tour}

I’m so excited about today’s episode of Notes from Home!!

Today is the 2 month anniversary of the day we closed on our Tennessee home!  

We have done SO MUCH in the past 8 weeks, but we still have a lot more to do!  Sometimes thinking of all of the projects we have ahead of us is overwhelming, so I thought it would be a good idea to stop and look back at how far we have come!  And that’s what we are going to do today.

We are going to compare our first home tour in Episode One to what the house looks like today!


Looking back over the last 8 weeks, we have:

Torn down the wall between the sunken den and dining/living room… 


We repositioned the stairs into the sunken den…

We removed the sliding doors connected to the MIL suite to the left of the fireplace and the window to the right….



We gutted the kitchen…

Installed a new header beam…


We installed new drywall on the walls, and repaired & painted the ceiling…

We busted down a wall and moved the corner of the sunken den back…


Then fixed and repaired that corner…

And the renovation “icing on the cake” of  these rooms was that we had GORGEOUS new hardwood flooring from Twenty & Oak and installed by City Tile…

We love our new hardwood flooring!  It’s called “Biscuit,” and you can see it HERE.

Here is sneak peak of what it looks like now…

(You can see MORE in this week’s episode!)

I’ll be sharing a more detailed post about our new flooring on the blog tomorrow!

WHEW!  That is a lot of reno in 8 weeks right there, y’all!  And that is not even all of it.  Cy has installed new plumbing and electrical in parts of the house.  We’ve painted all of the bedrooms and hallway.  Cy cleaned up around the property AND re-did the crawl space too!  My man has worked NON-STOP for 8 full weeks, and I’m not even including the Kentucky reno.  YOWZA!

I don’t know how this man does it all, and keeps a smile on his face while doing it, but I sure do love him!!!

He’s actually on his way back to Kentucky today to work on our reno there.  I’m going to try and do a little organizing around the house while he is gone.  

Okay, now let’s get to this week’s episode!!!  I hope you enjoy it!


Have a blessed weekend!






*We partnered with Twenty and Oak in our flooring installation.  They have been a JOY to work with!





  1. Love what you are doing in your new home.
    I look forward to Notes from Home each week.
    I vote for the black railing to go behind couch and around corner.
    Have a blessed weekend!!

  2. Oh Traci! I love these updates! When my sweet husband & I married 36 years ago we lived in a “fixer upper” with very little funds for fixing things up. But we scrimped & paid as we went & built a foundation for a beautiful life together ( we were 19 & 20….such babies. )

    We lived without a kitchen for over a year & while it wasn’t ideal…as you said…we were grateful. There was a fridge in the living room & a toaster oven, electric skillet & crockpot which we couldn’t plug in at the same time without an electrical problem! All dishes had to be carted upstairs so we could wash them I. The bathtub!

    Enjoy every moment & hugs to your sweet amazing family! God Bless! 💕

  3. What a joy it is to watch this all come together! This brings a big smile to my face and I just can’t hardly wait for the next installment!

  4. You and your sister Cyndi are so fun and creative— I look forward to both of your blogs each day and week!

    Your new home is gorgeous! You are such hard workers!!!!

    I would do a knee high wall around back of couch — with a farm style flair to it 😄

    Love your wood floors!!

  5. Wow! I cannot believe all the work that has been done in 8 weeks. I look forward to seeing the progress each week. I think black railings would look really good.


  7. I can’t believe everything y’all have gotten done already. I like the knee wall idea behind the couch, but how will you work around the window that comes right up to the corner? The black railing would be nice too and wouldn’t block the light from that window. How do you make these decisions all day?! Can’t wait to see what you choose.

  8. I’m loving the video series. You and Cy are so cute with each other. I love that you keep the outtakes in. 🙂 I agree that you don’t want it to look like a boxing ring. But I think you might miss the open feeling if you go to a knee wall after living with everything so open. From your kitchen it may not bother you but when you’re in the sunken part your knee wall isn’t going to be knee high. It will be knee wall plus the depth of the sunken area so you’ll be looking up at it. I don’t think I’d like that. Is there a third option?

  9. I love the idea of the black railing behind the couch. Great job and I am enjoying watching the things you are doing. Can’t wait for the next posting.

  10. What a huge progress you’ve made in such a short time!!!
    I wouldn’t built a reiling behind the couch it looks more spacious without and I’ve concerns that a black reiling in the entrance area maybe makes that space more narrowing….

  11. It is looking so good! I seem to be in the minority but I’d definitely go with a knee wall behind the sofa. Black railing would be too much black railing to me. But I know whatever you choose it will be beautiful.

  12. Have you thought about a breakfast bar behind the couch? I always want more seating when company arrives and with additional counter space people could eat and watch TV. Certainly wouldn’t want anything spilling onto people or the couch so there would have to be a small back splash of some sort. Love the floor! You guys are so fun to watch!

  13. Wow!!!!!! Can’t believe all you’ve done in 8 weeks. How do you do it? I wish I had half your talent. Do you two ever sleep? LOVE your Friday videos. Your son does such a great job. Blessings to you all.

  14. Love it all!I vote for the black railing behind the couch; or, what about putting a narrow table with a couple of stools on the floor above the couch? You would have an “extra layer” of friends and family sitting there for TV/Game nights.

    1. I love the idea of extra seating, Peggy! I was wondering if maybe I could turn the knee wall into some type of “bar top” for people to sit, eat, and watch tv?

  15. Traci, I love the black top that you had on in the video. Would love to know where you bought it! You always look so nice! House is really looking good!

  16. Traci, I love, love what ya’ll are doing in your new home. I look forward to your notes from home. What a fabulous idea. Although I think your husband should of been a contractor lol…. he’s so talanted.

  17. I like the idea of a partial wall to be used as a bartop! Maybe shiplap. Y’all have done a fantastic job. You always look great! Loved the black top you had on in the video. Would love to know where you got it.

  18. Love love love. This renovation. The floors are spectacular I look forward to Friday’s so I can see what ya’ll have a accomplished. It is looking so good. Keep up the good work I’m liking the continuation of the black railing around the sunken family room. Can’t wait to see what you decide

  19. You are so spot-on in your design talent I’m scared to suggest anything, but I’ll woman up and just go for it! LOL. I put in an offer on a home that has a step-down to a living room. Never having lived in a house with split levels, I’m not sure I will like it, but I do rather like how they divided the kitchen from the living room by putting two base cabinets in matching the rest of the kitchen cabinets, connected by a shelving unit. They topped it with a wood countertop and have a couple of standard height stools on the kitchen side, so you can eat or work at the counter overlooking the living room. I thought it would be great for my laptop and my cookbooks can be stored in the bookshelves below, far enough away from the cooking area to avoid grease or spatters. I dare not walk away from the kitchen when I’m cooking, but this feature will keep me connected to any family members hanging out in the living room. I can still watch TV, work on my laptop or have a snack. I think it will come in quite handy.

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