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(Disclaimer before you jump into the home tour: These photos were all taken at different times. I like to switch accessories and art around, so you might see some of the same accessories in different places! One day soon I’d like to clean and style the whole house to take some nice photos, but I’ve had so many more important things to do recently- like live my actual unstyled life. These photos are a very close representation of what each room looks like right this second, but if you want to know what my house actually looks like right now, just picture junk on the dining room table and laundry on the bedroom floor and general unstyled, lived-in, real life happening everywhere.)
I’ve linked furniture and decor where I can on the Shop My Home page, and I linked similar items for some of my favorite secondhand finds. If you have questions about sources, feel free to send me a message through my Contact form (but just know that the answer is probably, “Goodwill” 🙂 )
With so much love,
Now that we’ve been properly introduced, come on in!
We live in a 1910 craftsman home with as much charm as there is woodwork. Living in our first house has helped me learn the importance of intention, the joy behind simple tasks, and the pleasure of making a house a home. I’ve painted nearly every wall in this house, and pulled up more carpet staples than I could count. Besides fresh paint and hours of restoring original wood features, all we’ve done to this home is fill it with pieces that tell our story. The majority of furniture and decor in our home is thrifted or secondhand, but I’ll tag sources when I can. My husband and I love living in this big old house, and I’ve loved sharing the journey of discovering my home style.
I recently transformed our front porch in just six weeks for the Spring 2019 One Room Challenge! Want to follow the progress and learn more about my DIY projects?
Let’s go inside!
This blue chair is very special to me. I found it in an antique store in Joplin, Missouri, where my husband and I went to college. Every Wednesday, I gave myself an “introvert day” where I would do homework at Starbucks by myself and wander around my favorite antique stores. I usually didn’t buy anything, but once we were engaged I had fun looking for special pieces for our home. Usually those special pieces were just decor and had to fit in my dorm room, but one day I walked in to my favorite store and saw this chair. It was $75, which was way out of my budget, but I was in love. I left it behind, and decided it wasn’t meant to be. UNTIL. I went back the following Wednesday on my Introvert Day and it was marked down to $30! Score! I had $30 cash and couldn’t get it to the register fast enough. I muscled it into my Honda Accord and brought it into my dorm room. It had to replace my desk chair, and I couldn’t open my closet door all the way, but it was mine. I sent it back to Iowa with Ben the next time he came to visit me. (He was living in Iowa while we were engaged.)
Every time I see this chair, I just feel lucky to have it because it was out of the question when I first saw it. It is the perfect shade of blue/green velvet, and was the first thing to get moved into our house. I love finding secondhand pieces because they are so special and always have a story. Sure, you can score great deals at Target sometimes, but you’ll never find something one-of-a-kind.
Let’s go to the dining room!
The dining and living rooms are separated by BEAUTIFUL built-ins that store our dishes.
This is an older photo, and I’ve since painted my office that you can see to the left of the built-ins through the living room. But everything else in the dining room is current (including the gallery wall!)
We have an 8 foot farm table that was made by one of my high school small group leaders at my home church in Louisville. It is one of the first things people notice when they come into our house. It is either spotless or covered in random junk like sewing projects and board games and random things that need to be put away. There is no in between. (I’ll let you guess which one it is right now since I’m using an older photo! 🙂 )
This mid-century cabinet functions as a “bar cart” and storage for Ben’s board game collection.
Here’s a shot of the table, although I no longer have it positioned on an angle like this. This is our favorite meal, a simple charcuterie board with fresh baguette and wine.
This kitchen… What do I say? I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint almost two years ago, and it has led to some crazy opportunities. The Before & After post went viral, and has over 50,000 views. It’s been featured by Apartment Therapy, The Today Show, Country Living, Buzzfeed, Popsugar, and Better Homes & Gardens.
(what the actual heck you guys all I did was paint the cabinets) My dad and I installed subway tile this summer, and I’m still in love with every little detail. There is usually an “island” in the middle (the bottom of my hoosier cabinet that I painted to match the cupboards), but I moved it out of the way to take photos for a magazine feature.
If you’re wondering how they’re holding up, check out my update, Chalk Painted Kitchen Cabinets Two Years Later .
Here’s the opposite corner looking all warm and cozy and less magazine-ready. We usually just use lamps in here, and I love how cozy it is.
This mustard yellow chair was on the side of the road for our town’s junk day.
I wrote a whole post about it because that stuff doesn’t just happen every day.
From the kitchen, we go to the mudroom! I don’t have any pictures of it- and there isn’t anything special about it. Soon, I will have photos of the basement stairs that I am “updating”. By “updating” I mean I’m painting the walls and adding some cute hooks. I’m using contact paper from Dollar Tree as wallpaper. The panelling has been primed and just needs to be painted.
Next to the basement stairs is our “Airplane Bathroom”. We call it that because it is approximately the size of an airplane bathroom!
One day I might paint the linoleum floor in here. Ben and I joke that I should do a dramatic “before and after” post for this bathroom. Or try to do as big of a renovation as possible for $20. It could be done.
The laundry room cabinet is Duck Egg Blue by Annie Sloan (same as the kitchen).
The Office + Sitting Room
This room used to have a desk, but then I found this tufted leather settee for $20 on Facebook marketplace and snatched it up faster than you can say “indistinguishable from the $2,500 Schoolhouse Electric tufted leather settee”.
My office has had a black accent wall for a while now, but I recently painted the other walls sage. The color is Early Riser from Magnolia Home paint. I LOVE IT. I want to paint everything this color now. It is the perfect complement to our woodwork.
That’s it for the first floor. Let’s go upstairs!
Speaking of the stairs, they are my biggest unfinished project. I started stripping and refinishing the wood in July 2016. I worked on it for a few days, then got frustrated and stopped. I picked it up again this Spring and worked on it for a few more evenings… then got frustrated and stopped. I’m finally happy with the paint color I chose, although it is pretty similar to the new color in my office. If I have enough paint left over after we paint the bathroom, I might give the stairs a coat of the same color.
Here is the progression from red paint… to mostly stripped and testing the turquoise… to mostly stripped and testing the turquoise and ripped up carpet… to stained wood and turquoise paint and hardwoods… to where it currently is. Stained wood, sage paint, and hardwoods. I finished staining the wood on the landing (pictured here), and everything is painted sage, but I still have to finish stripping, sanding, and staining the wood coming down the stairs. Refinishing wood is no joke, you guys.
At the top of the stairs is our bathroom! It currently has an accent wall in the “Early Riser” Magnolia paint that I painted from a sample tin. We plan to paint the whole bathroom this color and eventually replace the floors with the cheap wood-like laminate that clicks together.
(These photos were taken at different times, so I’ve switched rugs around.)
This room has been so much fun to put together. I was going for a vintage bed and breakfast vibe with modern touches. We took up the wall to wall carpet a few months ago and it COMPLETELY changed this room. I knew it would make a difference, but WOW.
Small Guest Bedroom
This room is pretty small and simple. A twin bed. Hardwood floors. Gray walls. That’s about it. There aren’t any sheets on the bed in this photo, but I promise we give our guests sheets! I’m planning to style this room soon before we have a house full of guests, but it usually stays simple and sweet!
I recently finished this room for the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge as a Guest Participant. The full Before & After Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom post contains links to all six weeks of the challenge at the very beginning! The first step to the transformation was painting a moody accent wall.
I sewed new pillow covers with fabric from Mood in New York City.
We bought the basic Ikea Tarva dresser and gave it new life with walnut stain and modern hardware!
But my favorite part of this update was the transformation of the attached sunroom…
Master Bedroom Sunroom
This room has three walls of windows and beautiful original hardwood floors, but the damaged wood trim and dated wallpaper made it feel sad. I completely transformed this room with the power of paint, and a hand-painted mural!
This mural cost $10 in acrylic craft paint, and I spent four days sketching and painting. I shared more about the sunroom transformation in my Cozy Eclectic Master Bedroom Before & After: One Room Challenge Week 6 post.
I’m looking forward to pumpkin and mums season! This is a photo from last fall. I love pumpkins that aren’t bright orange, and I found a patch last year that has toooons of unique colors! We will have to make a trip once fall actually arrives.
Here are the posts for a few of my favorite room transformations we’ve completed!
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