fargo’s fixer uppers

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If you’re just joining our little corner of the digital world, this blog post is here to catch you up on the transformation of our home over the past three years and how we became known as Fargo’s Fixer Uppers.

My husband, Matthew, and I own a dated 1990’s four level split in Fargo, North Dakota.  I document all of our own home updates right here on the blog but this post will give you a quick snapshot of our projects to date. Matthew is a contractor and owns On Point Construction and I am a creative freelancer and independent self-taught interior decorator and designer.  Needless to say, we make a great team!

I want to start with our most recent project, our basement family room.  When we first met our house she was definitely a pretty girl but a little lipstick and mascara never hurt anyone.  And when it came to our family room update, we gave this girl a full makeover day at the home remodel spa.


Family Room BEFORE

And . . . after!

IMG_8532IMG_8535Family Room AFTERBuilt In BEFOREBuilt In AFTERIMG_8539

As you can see, we repurposed the half mirrored wall into a built in entertainment center featuring some stunning century-old reclaimed wood, shiplap and a board & batten feature that wraps the entire room.  We also shiplapped the ceiling and had the surround sound updated and reconfigured.

The prior built in that used to house the television is still home to the theater and sound system but is now hidden by a custom barn door (also constructed of reclaimed wood).

Built In BEFOREBuilt In AFTERIMG_8517

We added barn inspired lighting to the built in, updated the carpet with a low pile diamond pattern and I decorated the entire space with my dream Pottery Barn pieces. (Check out my Instagram Story Highlights on my Instagram page at @_grace_1972_ for videos of the remodel process and the transformation reveal I filmed at Christmas time. At that point I didn’t have my Pottery Barn furniture just yet but was excited to show off the transformation!)

Our other most recent update that I just love is our laundry room. It is right off the family room and once that room was done I just couldn’t stand the laundry room one more minute. And so, in just a few short days that space went from this . . .

Laundry BEFORE

. . . to this!

Laundry AFTER

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Matthew constructed the counter top and floating shelves from reclaimed wood, painted the cabinets, updated the pulls, installed a new sink, subway tile back splash and porcelain tile flooring.  I love doing laundry now and honestly walk around the house looking for laundry! (Who am I?)

A few more quick before and afters of our home that I’ll share include the kitchen, living room fireplace facade, all of our oak trim, and our sun room:





Kitchen BEFOREKitchen AFTER


Sunroom BEFORESunroom AFTERstairs-beforeIMG_7552

Right now our current project is adding board and batten to our great room/main floor living room. I love how the board and batten turned out in our family room so much I am brainstorming several places to add it.

It runs down the hallway between our family room and laundry room right now and really adds character and interest:


The above photo shows the wallpaper from Serena and Lilly I picked out for the gallery wall feature for photos of our daughters.

Below is a photo from Christmas that shows our large builder grade sheet rock (naked) wall followed by a mid progress board & batten feature update:


The above photo is from mid project because if you look closely you’ll see we’re missing a vertical board right behind the chandelier.  It has since been installed and the last coat of paint went on this weekend.  Now all that is left to do is style the wall, stay tuned for photo updates of my design for this wall.


And of course, if you’re local to the Fargo area and have a space or two that you’re looking to update, we’d love to help you transform your own house into the home you always knew it could be.  Follow Matthew and his On Point crew on Instagram and check out his client story highlights for tons of before and after photos:

Matthew Mehl Headshot
Matthew Mehl | On Point Construction

On Point Construction

Instagram: @onpointfargo

Email us today for an in-home estimate: onpointfargo@gmail.com

Thank you so much for stopping by my design blog and thank you for following along on our fixer upper journey!

Peace, Joy & Blessings, 



If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.

Psalm 91: 9-11



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