Saturday, April 9, 2011

Home tour!

I'm editing this post to join the home tour from A bowl full of lemons. I don't know about you guys but I LOVED all the home tours brought to us from Poppies at Play. I had so much fun seeing those amazing women's homes without dragging my 4 kids with me and inevitably breaking some of their prized posessions. Because kids don't go for the dollar store decor. They go for the heirlooms, ya know?

Anyways, Andy is having a linky party for home tours and this is my contribution. This is kind of a last tribute for me as well because we will be moving into a bigger home at the end of the month.

So here's a picture of us. In all our glory. One kid crying the next hiding from the camera. That's the way it goes...

Here we go. This is our front door from the street. I feel a little rebellious because I didn't get the door approved by the HOA before I put it up. And if they ask me to take it down I'll tell 'em where to go.

And here's my living room. It's the first room you walk into and the place where we spend the most time (besides the back yard)

Right around the corner, we have the kitchen, dining and sitting area or "great room". I recently refinished the cabinets and LOVE how it really brightened up the space. My husband and I also installed wood flooring about 2 months ago. It hurts my heart to leave it and go back to carpet and tile but maybe someday I'll have it in my new house too.

Down the hallway and on the right is the master bedroom and bath.

Do you love my barn door on my closet? Here's a tutorial. Straight across from my room is a bathroom and a nursery

And then at the end of the hallway is my 2 boys and daughter's rooms. Here's the boys room. It's 10'x10' so I couldn't fit much in there.

Here's a tutorial on how I did the duvets at the end of their beds. And lastly my daughters room. I'm afraid she's constantly surrounded by swords and soldiers so I designed her room as girly as I could manage without puking.

As I look at these pictures I'm actually tearing up. This house means so much to me and not just because it's our first home we've owned. We bought it a month before my husband deployed for a year to Iraq. This house was my saving grace. Every time I felt sad or alone I came up with another project to do to the house. It distracted me from thinking about the war and how it separated the ones I love. It was a place for me to release my frustrations through paint and wood and fabric. But it's time to move on to a bigger house and a happier time!

p.s. I bet my neighbors will be glad when I'm gone! They won't hear my air compressor turn on in the middle of the night anymore.


  1. I love it!!! I've totally been in your boat too! We're military and I have a year left to finish ours lol! I have sidebar pics of our house at our last duty station that we finished. I still look at it from time to time and was finished!
    Check out my site. I'll definetly be following yours :)

  2. Your house looks just gorgeous, very well done up - just a beautiful home!

  3. I love your design style! Your house is fabulous! Our house has a very similar layout, and you've given me lots of great ideas for it! Thanks! :)

  4. You made an absolutely BEAUTIFUL home for your family!! I love every detail! Martina

  5. PS-- Just became your newest follower and added you to my sidebar so I won't miss any of your projects!! Would love it if you followed me back:) Martina

  6. Your home is gorgeous! I think you will have your new home looking the same in no time!
    ~Cindy :o}

  7. Happy New'll be fine :) I especially love the horizontal striped wall treatment...enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  8. I just love your home! Your kitchen is gorgeous, I love the stripes on the wall and your daughter's room is just beautiful! I am jealous - you have such a knack for decorating!

  9. your home is stunning! i think my fave room is the master bedroom, but i also love your daughter's room. how fun it will be to decorate a new home!

  10. HI there!

    I'm already a follower and find you to be ONE VERY CREATIVE woman! Loved seeing these pics of your home. You won't have any trouble selling this place, that's for sure.

    Love the striped walls in the bedroom, the bard closet door, the kid's bedrooms and the welcoming front door and porch area (just to nae a few).

    so glad I stopped in tonight.

    Starview Sonnet

  11. What a beautiful home you've made! I think that's the way it always works - get the house "just right" and then pick up and move someplace new. No doubt you will make your new home as beautiful as this one. We just moved in November, so I know just where you're at right now! But the projects of a new home are a lot of fun too. :-) Good luck!

  12. Just popping over from Poppies at Play. Love seeing your beautiful place without having to leave mine.
    Thanks for the tour.


    Gg - Notes on the Journey
    #3 (Kitchen tour from my vintage Chicago apartment)

    ps. Thank you for the sacrifices your family has made for our country.

  13. I loved your home tour! I'm a new follower, not just because I like your home, but because of how real you seemed as you described things. Best wishes on your move, and thank you for your family's contribution to our freedom.

  14. I love your tour!!! I just become a follower too. I love that barn door tutorial. It's fabulous. I'm trying to convince hubby to make one for our living room using real barnwood. With plans in hand, this may just become a reality~ ;)

  15. Your home is beautiful. I love your decorating style all the rooms are gorgeous!! Your floor plan is similar to my sister in-laws home in Arizona. What color paint did you use on your walls?

  16. Love your home. It's your wonderful individual style that make's it stand out. You'll make the next house a home too. Wish I had that sound of the air compressor next door to me! Ooohh the trouble we could get into! Just found your blog and love love it~

  17. OH MY MY MY!! You're house is STUNNING! You have a gift for style, that's for sure! Totally stick to the HOA if they complain about your door:) That made me truly Lol. I can totally relate to a home being a saving grace. Projects can really save your life. Thanks so much for really introducing yourself! It's been a complete pleasure visiting today!

    Thanks for linking!!!

    Poppies at Play

  18. What a beautiful family! The decor, too. Congratulations.

  19. Your house is gorgeous and the stripes in your master look fantastic! I'll be reading more today!!

  20. Your home is gorgeous. What really stands out to me are your attention to details. You have some wonderful accessories! I am visiting from a bowl full of lemons.

  21. Your house is just lovely! You have such a great collection of globes and I love the vintage suitcases too. So happy to have found your pretty blog via the home tour!

  22. Love your house! When my husband was in Bosnia, I did a bunch a things to our house. This time he's in Iraq but I haven't gotten much done yet - I better get busy!


  23. I LOVE your house! And LOVE your style! I found your blog through the poppy's home tour.. you know how surfing blogging is- you start one place and then end up about 20 pages away!
    So glad I found your blog!
    My fiance' is in the Army, and we will be going through our first deployment sometime around the beginning of next year. I would say I will probably be doing the same thing, and falling headfirst into working on the house to keep me busy!

    Love your blog!

    New Follower!


  24. I LOVE your house and style!!! How did you first decide that this was the look you were going for? Did you start with one room and what was your inspiration? I find myself struggling with so many ideas of what I think I will like and then end up not and I get frustrated and give up. You have some serious talent!! Keep up the good work and thank you and your husband for your sacrifice. It can't be easy. :)