My House

Home Is Where Your Story Begins…

Welcome to my home. We’ve lived in this 4 bedroom house for about 9 years and I’ve loved putting my stamp on it. I have a few rooms I haven’t touched, and a few I’m in process of redoing again. You can see, it’s still a great place to call home!

 

Come on in!

My very informal entryway…

This shows the old carpet hallway and laminate in the front entry. We recently changed the wall color and replaced the carpet as well as put in new laminate. We chose a dark hand scraped hickory for the flooring. We decided to run it down the length of the hall creating a larger feel when you come in. My small entryway table got a chalk paint makeover! I used Annie Sloan Duck Egg which is my absolute favorite! I love how it turned out.

This is our powder room. I wanted it to be French inspired and have a romantic feel. The candle light chandelier adds romance and is a bit unexpected in a small guest bathroom. I just recently added the burlap ruffled valance. It was a quick no-sew project I whipped out in about 30 minutes. Burlap and hot glue! That’s all it took. I love how it turned out!

UPDATE!

I installed my very first light fixture! I upgraded the old globe vanity bar with a quaint school house light fixture. I really like the vintage feel mixed with the modern chrome finish.

We also installed new tile flooring! Good-bye old linoleum! These small subway tiles make a huge difference in this tiny space.

 

This is our kitchen and family great room on the main floor. It’s nice and open and allows us to entertain and cook all without missing a thing. We opted for a GIANT sectional, which is great for large crowds. Bad for small children. To them it screams “please jump all over me”. But regardless, it’s held up to all the acrobatics and then some.

Our kitchen is one of my favorite places to be in our home! In a few months we are planning on new flooring throughout the downstairs and cabinet hardware. I’ll be sure and update this so you can see it all complete.

I am in love with the cross (as you can see) I love everything about what it represents and it’s legacy. Jesus was born to die on a cross all so we can live! I got my first cross in Mexico on my honeymoon, and have been collecting them ever since. Every time I go somewhere special I keep an eye out for a new cross to remind me of where I’ve been. Not only is my cross wall a fun collection, but it’s a beautiful reminder of why I’m here, and what my life is all about.

My sweet rocking chair is way over due for an upgrade. I can’t part with it since it saw both of my children through many feedings, teething bouts, bad dreams, story books and just plain old snuggling. So I’ve moved it into our family room. When my daughter was 2, she decided to finger paint across the cushion with mommy’s liquid foundation and when she got a little bigger she practiced her letter A’s in ink all over the back. It’s well worn and stained to say the least. But when the budget allows, it will get a fabulous makeover!

UPDATE

We’ve done quite a bit since I posted these last. New carpet, new laminate in the kitchen, stainless steal appliances, new  curtains, paint and a few new furniture pieces. As you can see, I have yet to update the kitchen cabinets. I have the paint and hardware, it’s just a matter of time!

This is a fantastic hutch I refinished with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Here’s a link to the post I did if you missed it!

My mantle and tile fireplace surround also got a makeover! I posted on how I updated the wood and tile using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Can you tell I love this stuff????

My childhood piano moved in a few years ago. Since then, both of my kids have started taking lessons. I really love having it be a part of our home.

My beloved cross wall moved into the stairwell. I have added a few new additions and love it even more. The stairwell got a new coat of paint. It took a few tries finding the right blue. I  like the pop of color it gives to this tall skinny space!

Moving upstairs we have a “loft” area that we’ve turned into a hangout for our kids. It’s pretty much just a wide hallway. A TV and Wii set up keeps them busy with games and movies. It’s really nice to have a separate space to send them other than their rooms. I have baskets full of toys under each end table in the hall, so stuff is easily accessible, but stored out of sight when not in use. That’s a big one for me!

UPDATE

Just a few changes upstairs. New carpet throughout, new paint and a rearrange of the wall décor. Just enough to keep it fresh and interesting.

This is the kids bathroom. I went crazy with color in here for them. I love turquoise, so why not put it on the walls and the ceiling?! Taking cues from the polka dot shower curtain, I made a fun mirror collage on the wall with painted circles and round mirrors from the craft store. IKEA had the perfect colored rugs that really play up the polka dot theme in here.

My daughter’s bedroom is another favorite spot in the house. Also very bright, it suits her very well. She told me she was tired of pink. So I swapped out the baby colors for big girl cheer. The stripes on the walls are really fun, and I just love how all the art work turned out.

My daughter’s memo boards are dollar tree cookie sheets I spray painted (Thank you pinterest) I made doilies into magnets to hold all her beautiful art work that comes home daily from school. Here’s the link to this magnetic board project from crate paper blog: http://crate.typepad.com/cratepaper/2011/06/hi-crate-paper-fans-its-tara-here-with-a-crafty-dyi-summer-project-for-you-this-summer-i-enrolled-my-little-6-yea.html

I made this art out of old fence boards and embellished each one with handmade paper birds, dresses and a friendly owl. Again, very bright and bold. But they work well in her space. I found the idea on pinterest over a year ago, and can not find the crafter who originally did it! I started with her bird idea and embellished it!

My Son’s room is in that transitional period…I painted it this awesome blue with an orange stripe when we first moved in. At the time he was two. He got these great message boards. One is a piece of sheet metal and the other a piece of peg board used primarily in the garage for tools. I found both at home depot for under $10. I painted his orange and put hangers for his baskets and clips to hold art and photos. He is now 8 and at that stage where he’s got a lot of stuff (trophies, collections, books, stuffed animals, toys, AKA Junk piles) So we’ve been talking about a room re-do for him maybe this fall. He’s pretty excited about it. Did I mention his favorite show is Design Star on HGTV? Thinking about a world travel type theme, or perhaps baseball. Don’t worry, you’ll be in the loop once we get there!

The last room in our home that has been decorated is the master bedroom. (that leaves the office and laundry room untouched. Sadly they keep getting left out! ) I don’t have much to offer in my room, other than a clean, quiet space.

It was this nice chocolate brown when we moved in so I left it alone. It has this great tray ceiling that I can’t wait to get my hands on. But for now, it remains comfortable.

Our master bath has been a long labor of love. We took it from builder boring to wow! It’s soft and subtle colors are so inviting and our shower is now light and bright.

I used old fence boards along the back wall to add that farmhouse style I love so much. I then stained them with  a weathered gray stain to tie in the gray tones. This is one of my favorite updates!

I made this towel  hanger from an old tabacco ladder, some chicken wire and a few vintage hooks.

Carrara hex marble flooring replaced that ugly linoleum. So happy to see it go!

Our shower! We opted for large marble looking subway tiles along the back wall, white subway tiles on the sides and then carrara hex tile for the niches. We tied it all together with a medium gray grout.

The frameless shower door makes it. With the modern chrome fixtures, this bathroom is the perfect mix of old and new.

Our vanity will eventually get a matching makeover. I plan to paint it white, add new hardware, new sinks, frame out the mirror and install a new light fixture. I’ll update that once our budget allows!

 

So there’s a sneak peek into my home. I’m forever changing and rearranging around here. But now you have an idea of how I like to decorate and what I love.

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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