I am so excited to have been invited to be apart of Gina's Summer Home Tour! I have been following along for the first few days and have had so much fun peeking into the homes of my favorite bloggers.
If you are visiting from my pal Traci's blog, Beneath My Heart, or if you found me some other way......WELCOME! I am happy to have you as a guest today.
Get ready for a picture heavy post! I have a lot of rooms to cover, inside and out :)
Here is the outside of our 1938 cottage style home.
My favorite thing about my house is the (original) rounded front door. LOVE! I painted a harlequin pattern on the ceiling of the porch. It gives it a little unexpected drama when people come to the door.
When you first walk in, you are in the family room. We spend the most time here so I wanted it bright, sunny, and cheerful.
My husband's favorite thing is this little nook. So instead of covering it up, I made shutters for it and created a faux window.
My kids favorite thing is this upholstered bench. I found my 9 year old asleep on it in the middle of the day yesterday! They like to read and look out the window for dad.
I couldn't find an antique card catalog for a decent price so I built my own!
We didn't have a fireplace so I built one and added an electric insert. And the mantel is the perfect place to display some of my favorite things.
Speaking of favorite things..... We call this gallery wall our "favorite things" wall. My kids helped pick out the items. They all have a memory attached to it.
Moving out of the family room you are in the hallway, or the central hub of the upstairs. It is in the center and is more of a circle than a real hallway. All the room branch off of it like spokes on a wheel.
This is where my mason jar planter hangs. It is my most pinned, most published, most STOLEN project to date.
One of the rooms off of the hallway is the family office/mudroom. I do all my work in here for my blog and the kids do art projects and sometimes homework.
The fence picket shelves also open up into drawers for paper storage.
I don't like things stuck to my fridge so I created a giant magnet board for important papers and art. The bench I built for shoes. The wall that is not pictures has hooks galore for coats and backpacks,
Most office closets hold office supplies or craft supplies. But when you are a DIYer, they hold power tools, duct tape, and caulk :)
Next to the office is the bathroom. I cut out a fun shape to cover the existing builder's grade medicine cabinet, built a clock, and added old door knobs for the towel holders. I also stained the bead board instead of painting it the traditional white.
This medicine cabinet was in my dad's barn. It held all the horse medicine. I cleaned it up and sealed it and now it holds toilet paper above the toilet.
We got granite counter tops last year.
The last stop in our upstairs is the (tiny) kitchen and dining area. I painted it a botanical green because I garden and use fresh herbs A LOT. It reminds me of oregano and basil :)
I love the checkerboard pattern I painted on the ceiling the best.
I painted the kitchen cabinets myself.
I also added a wall next tot he fridge so you couldn't see the ugly fridge backing. It made the perfect spot for a command center! Family mantra, job charts, and a magazine rack for home work.
Downstairs we have the bedrooms, the laundry room (unfinished), a future bathroom that we are currently adding, and an unfinished space that will be another bedroom one day when I win the lottery :P
Here is the boys' bedroom. It is 21 feet long by 10 feet wide. So we put all 4 boys in there. It is divided into two spaces. The first is meant to feel like you are the size of a bug. It was inspired by a trip to the Bug's Life part of California Adventures in Disneyland. I used a few parts from an existing bunk bed and built the rest.
A trundle pulls out at night for our youngest.
With four boys and only one closet, we had to make every square inch count.
Our oldest wanted a space to himself but wasn't quite ready to leave his brothers. So the end of the room got turned into an airplane room for him.
My bedroom is like a retreat for us! It is romantic and calming :) I stenciled the ceiling in a damask pattern. This bedroom was actually featured in Better Homes and Gardens a couple of years ago.
I turned a brass light fixture into a chandelier using some beads and spray paint.
And "Our Song" is on the wall by the bed. It reminds me of when we were dating :)
I ADORE having fresh cut flowers in our home. I have a ton planted outside just so I can cut them and bring them inside. In the winter I splurge and buy them at the grocery store every now and then.
Let's step outside to another room..... My secret garden!
The book "Secret Garden" was one of my favorites as a child and I always dreamed of having one of my own. The awkward side yard that served no purpose was the perfect place to put mine. I even have a key!
I treated it like it really is a room. I even hung a mirror.
This is my happy place. I love to sit here and read, cool off after doing yard work, or open both doors and watch the kids play in the backyard. I even have a solar powered lamp.
I made some moss art for the wall. And I have a potting table.
Thank you for taking my little house tour! And remember, if you want more information about any of the rooms or projects just click on the hyperlinks. The big room reveal posts should also have all the links for each tutorial. There are a TON!
And if you are new here and like what you see, please consider following me on Facebook, Pinterest, instagram, twitter, and Google Plus!
The next stop on the tour is Jennifer Rizzo. You don't want to miss it! You are going to LOVE it!
Here is the list of all those participating in this virtual parade of homes:
DAY 1 (June 3rd)
DAY 2 (June 4th)
DAY 3 (June 5th)
DAY 4 (June 6th)
1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl
DAY 5 (June 7th)
Linky party at Gina's where you can link up YOUR home!
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Love your own...you are so creative!
You are very talented! It really impresses me that you build things and all those painted ceilings are hard work! Thanks for your lovely home tour. :)
I so enjoyed your home tour! Somehow I had missed the shelves with a surprise....love them!........and the porch ceiling! you have made some awesome investments to your home and the love shows! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you :) The shelves remain on of my favorite projects.
I have so enjoyed touring your home. I love it and all of the special touches you've given it!
be a sweetie,
Your home is so gorgeous! I wish I could DIY and make furniture like you do. Thanks so much for sharing.
Ana it is easier than you would think. You can totally do it. Start small and go from there!
Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Your home is so relaxing and beautiful, I feel like I could just curl up with a book and make myself at home :) You've done a beautiful job with it, Stacy!
Thank you for joining in on the Summer Tour of Homes!
That is one of the best compliment ever! Thanks for putting this whole thing together Gina :)
LOVE your house! So many great ideas. All nicely balanced. And with four boys...
Sarah @ An Inviting Home
I love how you have made your boys room work so well. We have three boys in one room and they have great fun! Your secret garden is amazing along with the rest of your house decor. A beautiful home in every way!
My boys have a blast all being in one room. We offered the office to the two older boys before I made it an office. They refused and were appalled that I would even ask. Aren't boys fun?
You are the queen of the gorgeous ceilings! I found myself thinking that was my favorite part of your home until I saw the secret garden....took my breath away! The whole place is wonderful! Lisa~
Thank you Lisa!
ashley @ the handmade home
So pretty, Stacy! I love all the touches you've put into your home. It feels so genuine and personal! And while we're at it, can you come work your magic in our garden? SO beautiful. All of it ;} You rock.
Dude! If only I lived closer :) I would love to come see your home IRL!
Funky Junk Inteirors
Stacy, what a fabulous tour! Your home is soooo photogenic! Love all the rustic touches you have throughout, like the bathroom cabinet (swoon!) and door handles in the bathroom. Your garden is so beautiful, it was a cool surprise to see indoor elements outside like the mirror. Beautiful home tour!
Thank you Donna! And thanks so much for pinning things :)
Jeanette M C
I enjoyed touring your home. I loved the special paint treatments, the flower garden, and your fireplace. I am interested in knowing how you did your fireplace. I don't have one in my home, and really miss having a mantle.
Thank you :) I will have a tutorial of some kind on my blog this summer. I have been dragging my feet on it because it is long.
Your home is so pretty and welcoming, Stacy! I love the fact that you have built or made everything yourself. Rockstar! The secret garden is by far, my favorite. It is just a perfect! (And I love the moss art, too.)
Thanks! I love hanging out in my secret garden. If you ever come to Utah you should come on over!
Oh my Stacy do I love your "Secret Garden" idea - the solar lamp "genius" and the mirror "lov'n it"! I remember your kitchen Command Center on Pinterest and have it pinned for inspiration. Love Love the painted ceilings in your bedroom and kitchen. Your home is lovely and I thank you for the tour!
Melissa @ The Inspired Room
Your home looks wonderful, Stacy! Thanks so much for the tour and inspiration! I'm always a fan of a secret garden and yours is SO adorable!!!
You have a beautiful home! I also loved The Secret Garden as a little girl and I love that you held on to that and created your own "secret" garden space for your own home.
Seriously, I love everything you have done to your house:) You are very talented!
Linda @ Home is Where My Heart is
Stacy~ Your home is beautiful!! I love the boys' room. The striped wall is cool! I also love the turquoise pops of color in your office. Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us ~ Linda
There are so many things I love about your home, I don't know where to begin! I'm very impressed with your projects!! A new follower here for sure! Thanks for sharing!!~~Angela
So fun to see your beautiful home Stacy, it's as lovely as you are!! I adore your painted ceilings, what a great way to add some extra style to a room, or porch! And I think I could live in your fabulous Secret Garden!!
Thanks Karen! If you ever come to Utah, we can have drinks in my garden :)
I love your home! I am jealous of your plants throughout your house and your beautiful secret garden, I have a black thumb but would love your little oasis! I followed your link to your command center, I have been looking for something exactly like yours! I am going to Walmart tomorrow to get my frames, thank you!
Welcome! I am glad you found me :) And good luck with your command center!
Jennifer @ Dear Lillie
Your whole home is lovely but oh my goodness I adore that secret garden!!!
Love your secret room...I am dreaming of one too. Dianntha
Do you remember what the paint brand and colors were in the family room (the yellow) and in your bedroom (the green)? Love them both!
Heather @ Beyond the Aisle
Your home is so lovely. I feel like it would be so calming and peaceful to visit!
Hi, you really inspired me.
Normally I just look to the blogs, this is the first time I write a comment, cos I couldn't stop myself :)
Most of us usually bored from our lives, houses or etc. sometimes, and we feel like only buying the new ones can make us happy.
This is what I feel for my kitchen and bedroom. When I looked at your sweet sweeet home, I decided to paint my kitchen closet myself, and paint my bedroom ceiling and walls. And add more fresh flowers of course.
From now on I'll be following you from Pinterest and from this blog as well.
Ups, I wrote too much, sorry :)
Loves from Turkey.
I NOYICED THE CLOCK THAT YOU HAVE ON YOUR MANTEL IS JUST LIKE ONE I HAVE THAT WAS MY GRANDMOTHERS? DO YOU KNOW ANY THING ABOUT HOW OLD IT IS ? All iI know about the one I have is that is a Ansonia clock . If you know any thing about it I would love to hear from you about it. Thank you. Yarlette
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