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Our Historic Home Renovation Update: Finished!

Eva Amurri Martino shares her finished renovations at her home in Connecticut

Our renovation is finally done, and we have moved in to our new home! Of course the home is not new at all, but very very old– it was built in the mid 19th century and has the greatest energy.  We wanted to update a lot of aspects of the home, and make it ideal for a young family to live in.  The process was arduous– and costly– but ultimately we have truly created our dream home, and I feel so beyond grateful.  There is still a lot of finishing touches to do, and lots of decor to install– but the renovation aspect of the home is basically complete! This week and next week a lot of the wallpaper will be going up.  And if you follow this blog at all, you know how much I LOVE wallpaper! 

Eva Amurri Martino shares her finished renovations at her home in Connecticut

I just can’t believe how completely different the house looks, while still maintaining its historic charm.  We lightened and brightened every aspect of the interior, and knocked walls down to create more space– and all of it has totally payed off.  The home looks twice as big as it did when we bought it! The floors especially are such a huge difference from before. We wanted a whitewashed, beachy vibe and it’s even better than how I imagined.  I can’t wait to start decorating and making the whole vision complete! 

Eva Amurri Martino shares her finished renovations at her home in Connecticut

Since a lot of our decor was either custom, special order, or back-ordered, we are going to be waiting a while for rooms to be complete.  I wanted to give you guys a heads up that I most likely won’t be rolling out my room reveals until June.  But I promise it will be so worth it! Until then, make sure to follow me on social media, as you’re sure to catch some sneak peeks along the way.  

Eva Amurri Martino shares her finished renovations at her home in Connecticut

There will be more in depth posts on design forthcoming, but I wanted to give a huge shout out and thanks to Prudence Bailey and O Living for knocking it out of the park and creating such a magical space for our family.  I’m still pinching myself! 

Eva Amurri Martino shares her finished renovations at her home in Connecticut

I also wanted to thank my little mini cohost of this latest and final video renovation tour.  She was very excited to show you guys her new house!

Let me know if you have any renovation related questions in the comments below!

Eva Amurri Martino shares her finished renovations at her home in Connecticut

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  1. Mélanie says:

    Wow! It’s beautiful and big! You have several pieces! Your children will be happy to play at the hiding place!
    Congratulations 😉

    04.04.19 Reply
    • Elly says:

      I want your house!!

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  2. Amy says:

    Hi Eva I’ve been trying to reach you for some time to see why I’ve been removed from your Instagram. I’m not sure why and I’d love to be added back. I really enjoy what you do and have been going through my own renovation so it is particularly fun for me to read about your experience. Can you please add me back? My Instagram is dvdwife. Thank you and lots of luck and love in your new home!!!

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  3. Jill says:

    It’s so great, I love the high gloss paint. Can’t wait to see more, thanks for taking us on this journey.

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  4. Jelena says:

    Beautiful home! Love it!!!

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  5. Kristi says:

    Beautiful!

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  6. Chriss says:

    Incredible. I’ll admit I was skeptical about the whitewash flooring …but it is stunning (and a note-to-self in the future). Also LOVE major’s wallpaper.

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  7. Emily says:

    Wow! Gorgeous! Have you shared what the outside looks like? Do you have a porch? Omg so excited for you and your beautiful family!

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  8. Ali says:

    OMG, I LOVE IT.

    I hope you’ll do a full post on just the FLOORS! Would love to see before/afters and how that look/finish was achieved.

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  9. Mindy Myrdahl says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Congratulations! We have a 1903 home in Southern California but it’s no where near as cool as yours. Can’t wait to see the furnishings!

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  10. Tyler Anne says:

    Oh my goodness!! It’s spectacular!! So many special features, the nook by the kitchen, THAT island, all the bathrooms…! I absolutely can not wait to see it all decorated and furnished! Your style is Goals, for sure!! Congratulations!! Wishing you smooth settling in as all the finishing touches are happening!

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  11. LORI MANNING says:

    Love the old charm with your modern updates! Looks amazing

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  12. Dawn says:

    Gorgeous! Those floors are stunning! Good job!

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  13. Lauren says:

    What are your floor names? Also, do you have the same flooring throughout entire house?

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  14. Jen Stoops says:

    The natural light in your home is just dreamy! You guys have done such an incredible job on this reno, I never knew I could love wallpaper but you have changed my mind. Did you ever have a desire to dabble in interior design? You seem to be such a natural!

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  15. Sally Park says:

    I’ve always been hesitant to try wallpaper. But I see pretty patterns in other people’s home. Where do you get yours?

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  16. Suzie says:

    Wow! Such a transformation. Can’t wait to see the completed results!

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  17. Lauren says:

    Looks amazing! Love how you’ve managed to blend the old and new. I’m curious how you found the professionals you worked with on the reno? I’ve always wanted to redo an older home, but don’t know where to start!

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  18. Stacey says:

    So beautiful! Will you have an office/workspace like at your last house? Congrats on being able to move in, renovations are so stressful.

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  19. Hh says:

    How did you achieve the white washed look on your floors? They look so good. We are having a hard time deciding on the color of the floors.

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  20. The house is gorgeous! If you ever need a Professional Organizer to help make those closed door spaces as pretty as the living spaces please reach out! I’m Bronxville based and have a bunch of CT clients.

    Enjoy your gorgeous new home!

    Kind regards,
    Maura Fitz

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  21. Edith says:

    You truly did a change, it looks bigger and brighter than before. The best is allthe light that comes in now! Is starting to look beautiful and I can´t imagine how more is going to be when finished.

    Congratulations!!!!

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  22. Natalie says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! Great job keeping its old charm! Can’t wait to see before and after pics.

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  23. Gisselle Gutierrez says:

    That playroom is gorgeous! And all of the natural light throughout the home is amazing 😍😍 We can’t get enough reno, so please keep the pics and posts coming!

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  24. Laurie says:

    “The most gorgeous thing is this… this marble”. 😍. House looks gorgeous! So happy for you all.

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  25. Lauren says:

    Love! Obsessed with the kitchen!

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  26. Nicole Davenport says:

    Eva, I am so glad you finally get to move in to your new house. I love the kitchen window and doors. What a beautiful space!! Lowies wallpaper is so precious. I can’t wait to see how you decorate. Congratulations!!

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  27. Lorrie Fontana says:

    Absolutely stunning…everything is perfection, congratulations! Is there any chance you’ll do a yard reveal? Thanks for giving us all a look inside😊

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  28. Christy says:

    I can already tell how gorgeous your home is! Excited to see the room reveals! We are almost 1.5 years into our renovation since we are doing it all ourselves ….. after work hours and on weekends 😭 (I’m a designer…..he’s a contractor) ….with our housewarming finally scheduled for the end of the month…..I know what sweet relief we will feel….and know you will as well here shortly!

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    • Oh my gosh congrats! You must be SO excited!!! xo

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  29. Caitlin Dunbar says:

    Beautiful Eva! Absolutely beautiful! You can tell it will be a happy, happy home ♥️ Can’t wait to see more details and all the new furniture. Best wishes x

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  30. Ginny says:

    The house is simply perfection, so much hard work. You and your wonderful family are sure to make many special memories there.

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  31. Raven says:

    It is SO perfect and I can’t wait to see more! Can you just adopt me? 🙂 Also – those doorknobs are to die for.

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  32. Pam says:

    I absolutely LOVE your color choices and the wallpaper is to die for. Can’t wait to see the full decorated house! You have done an Awesome Job! ❤️👍🏻😄

    04.04.19 Reply
    • Thank You! Prudence really brought my vision to the next level! SHe is so talented!

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  33. Lauren says:

    The house looks incredible! All the white, light and huge windows are gorgeous! And those floors are 🙌.

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  34. Leslie says:

    OMFG! It is gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it finished! Seriously obsessed with your bathroom tile choices and wallpaper! ❤️

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  35. Lori says:

    So amazing! Love every inch. When do you plan to start the addition?

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  36. Jennifer M says:

    Looking forward to the reveal!

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  37. Sally says:

    Your new house looks amazing!!
    How did you find your interior designer and contractor? Which one did you start working with first?
    Can’t wait to see the final reveals.

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    • My husband went to high school with our contractor, who happens to be a really popular contractor in Fairfield county. He is GREAT and the workers he uses are the best of the best! I met Prudence through my friend Julia of Lemonstripes.com. We hung out socially first, then I met with her about the house!

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  38. Susan says:

    Love the claw foot tub in guest bath! GORGEOUS! Cant wait till its all finished so we can see rest of house!

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  39. Mallory says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Can’t wait for the finished rooms!! And my two favorite parts of the video were, Marlowe and when you laughed it was captioned as [music]..lol Enjoy your gorgeous home!!

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  40. Brittany Bencivenga says:

    Hi Eva! Congratulations on your new house! Can’t wait to see how beautiful it is. I am actually trying to find the perfect shade of blue and it happens to be exact color of the blue wall in your picture. I was wondering what it was called and who is it by? If you don’t mind sharing? Thank you so much! Good luck!!

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    • Which wall are you talking about?

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      • Brittany Bencivenga says:

        Hi Eva! The picture of you holding the wallpaper sample shows a beautiful color blue wall! I actually matched the color and my kitchen is now painted that color! I wish I could show you a picture. Maybe email? Thank you so much! You’ve inspired a lot of my home decor!

        04.08.19 Reply
        • Omg love it!!!! Yes email me! Hi@happilyevaafter.com

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          • Brittany Bencivenga says:

            Thank you so much! I will definitely email you a picture tomorrow! So excited to see what you think!

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          • Brittany Bencivenga says:

            Hi Eva! Our kitchen is still under construction but I sent you a few pictures in an email! Enjoy! Thank you very much for the inspiration. Ttys!

            04.09.19
  41. Isy says:

    Thanks for showing us your beautiful home! I fell in love with your new house in your first video but now… just WOW! Congratulation! I’m so excited to see it with all the furniture and all the decoration! So hang in there, it will worth it! xxx

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  42. Ursula says:

    Where does the secret staircase lead?!

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  43. Tash says:

    Oh it’s so dreamy!!!!

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  44. I don’t think we can wait until June to see the full reveal! It’s too exciting!
    The house already looks and sounds absolutely magical and so perfect! And Marlowe is just the cutest princess ever!
    Xoxo

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  45. Taylor says:

    Amazing! Can’t wait to see all of the wallpaper you’ve chosen!

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  46. Trixie says:

    I’m wondering about your landscape design! Also, what about your office and garage space? I’m very interested in how the kids feel and what their initial reactions are! I’m excited, basically!

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    • We are doing a full landscape renovation and it is going to be BANANAS!! So excited. My office is separate from the house this time around. And we are building an addition to the home which will be ready mid-summer and include a garage, kyle’s office, and a gym!

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  47. Glenda says:

    When you reveal the home in June, can you do before / after pictures? That would be awesome! All the best to you and your beautiful family! xo

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    • Yep! I always include before and afters because they are MY fave part of room reveals too! So crazy to watch the transformation . And I promise you that the transformation with this house was MEGA.

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  48. Kerry Wilson says:

    Looks incredible and will be so worth all of the stress and craziness of moving around this last month or so. Good luck with the move-in!!!

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  49. Darla says:

    Wow!! Thanks for sharing. Really can’t wait to see the rest (most specifically your bathroom and the playroom!), but love love love what we’ve seen so far.
    Top three favorite parts:
    1. Cozy daybed nook. Can’t wait to see it in action!
    2. The guest bath! Love the chic black tub and just the whole look. That whole guest space is awesome.
    3. Love the high gloss ceiling in the playroom!
    Best of luck on the finishing touches! Can’t wait to see the rest xo

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    • Yay, your favorites are MY favorites!!!! xoxo

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  50. Kim says:

    Love your gorgeous house! Can’t wait to see it all decorated! ❤️

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  51. leonie campion says:

    lLooooovvveee love love it congratulations you and kyle has youre own bathroom yayyyyyyyyy why didnt we all think of that

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    • Hahaha I know, it was something that wasn’t on our “musts” list but now I can’t imagine not having it!

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  52. Calley says:

    WOW! Blown away it’s so gorgeous! I’m absolutely love the playroom windows. And I need Marlowe’s wallpaper 😍❤️ Well done guys! I can’t wait til June to see it all styled and together

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  53. Federica Notari says:

    love the house ! and the reno made it so much better 🙂 could you post a floor plan ? always feel like floor plans give me a better understanding of how the house is set up ! curious hahah 🙂

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    • We don’t post floor plans for security reasons!

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  54. AGN says:

    Nice! Looks so fresh! Where is the light in the guest room from?

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  55. Vanessa Beeler says:

    Thanks for sharing with us! It’s beautiful and the transformation is so fun to see! I love how you incorporated small things from your previous home into this one too 💙

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    • There were a few things I just wasn’t ready to be done with yet! And I didn’t want to force myself away from them if I wasn’t feeling it 🙂

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  56. Claire says:

    Oh Eva, this is gorg!!

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  57. Alison Bourne says:

    Gorgeous home! Thank you (and Marlowe) for the tour!!!

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  58. EP says:

    I thought your old home was beautiful but wow, this house is so special! Obsessed with the high gloss. I have been wanting to paint some things high gloss for a long time and people always think I’m nuts. I have to say, though, that the video kind of gave me motion sickness. I’m really looking forward to the official reveal pictures. 🙂

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    • Thanks! I know, I can’t wait for the full reveals, they will have professional videos with them also!

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  59. IC says:

    Eva, thanks for sharing your beautiful home.. its stunning!!!

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  60. Brooke says:

    It is looking gorgeous! What paint did you use on the kitchen cabinets? I’m stuck in a sea of whites!

    04.08.19 Reply
    • My favorite white is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

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  61. Robin says:

    That wallpaper ceiling is amazing and so beautiful. I love when people do something other than plain white on the ceiling. Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait to see more.

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  62. Nati says:

    No questions, just wanted to tell you what a huge inspiration you are and how much I enjoy all the content you create! And also, your kids are the cutest, ever! 🙂

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