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.
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!
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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