The story of our home...

Adrain and I moved into this, our little dream house, nearly thirteen years ago, when our son was two and our daughter was two months old.  Before that, we'd lived on the outskirts of town, in a darkly wooded area.  Our home was surrounded by huge evergreens that never let any light inside, and was infested with gigantic wolf spiders. It also had two bedrooms, no garage and was about 900 square feet. Besides all that, it had moss for a yard and the steepest driveway known to man.  The upside, were the deer that frequently ate all the plants I was trying to grow and when it snowed you had to park down the hill, about a mile away.  Oh wait, I guess that wasn't an upside after all.  It was incredibly cute inside, but with the darkness, spiders and lack of space for our growing family... well, it wasn't ideal.  

The issue was, we could afford that home.  I'll never forget the day Adrain drove me past the cutest yellow and white house.  I'd always wanted a yellow house.  I took one look at it and firmly decided it was not for us, because it was brand new, and I knew we could never afford the asking price and keep me staying home with our babies.  Adrain talked finances and crunched numbers and all the while, I sat there nursing our fussy baby who had terrible acid reflux, confident that we'd be stuck in the dark spider house for life. The market happened to be on fire, the rates were at a crazy low, and our home sold at asking price days later.  Miracle of miracles we were able to afford this beautiful new home that nobody had ever lived in before.  The walls were stark, "apartment white," the trim was ugly honey oak, the carpet was cheap builder grade, the fixtures were all brass, the houses on all sides were identical and tightly spaced, and there was no window looking out into the grass-less, fence-less backyard.  I loved every square inch of it.  

Over the years we have painted every single wall.  We've ripped out carpet and replaced it with Pergo.  We've added that window looking into the backyard, planted grass, a garden, a tree, done some affordable landscaping, added a small cement patio, installed a fence, closed off the front room with french doors, changed light fixtures, added knobs, painted the kitchen, added bead board, painted all the trim white, and basically made it ours in every way possible.  Things change a lot because we like change and are always open to moving a pillow or piece of artwork to a different room or working around a current season. 

It's normally pretty clean and organized because I like to clean and organize, and doing that is one of my strengths.  I don't apologize for it, but I sure don't want you to walk away feeling like you're not good enough because of it.  Sometimes there is laundry all over the table.  Sometimes the sink is bursting with dishes.  Sometimes there is a pink ring in my bathtub because I'm too lazy to clean it and that's okay.  I just probably won't photograph those things.  But believe me, they happen. We live here and this is real life.    

This home has never been perfect, but it's ideal.  It fits our family, at a snug 1500 square feet, and is luxurious by most of the world's standards, which isn't lost on us.  We have a bedroom for each of our growing children and we've buried a rabbit and a puppy in this house. We've got hand prints in our cement patio.  We've hosted a wedding, potty trained babies, had BBQ's and birthdays and holidays in this house.  We've packed dozens of friends around the kitchen table, the picnic table out back, and the campfire pit.  We've laughed long into the night with icy drinks in our hands in the Summer and built snowmen in the winter with neighbors.  We've harvested our own produce and served it up to family.  We've laughed, cried, danced and made life-long friends here.  

And in the end, isn't that the way you write the story of a home?  Come, stay a while and see all the bits and pieces that make this space ours.

Guest Space

Paint color- Pavestone by Sherwin Williams
Bedding-  sheets, Marshall's, Bedding- Ikea & fur and blue pillows, made by me
Tile chalk board, gift
Deer antlers- Fred Meyer
Curtains- Ikea
Wood heart- made by a friend
Armchair slipcover- Ikea (chair sourced locally, years ago)
Suitcases- vintage
Tray- Target
Lamp- Target
Great is Thy Faithfulness sign- made by me
Wire table- (actually a basket from Land of Nod) topped with a wood slab from Michaels


 Paint color- Rice Grain by Sherwin Williams on top and Creamy on bead board
Shoe Cabinet- Ikea
Shelf cubbies- Amazon
Baskets & whale- Marshalls
Marshmallow sign- gift from a friend



Cabinet, trim and door colors- Creamy by Sherwin Williams
Island color- Light French Gray (200% tint) by Sherwin Williams
Wall color- Rice Grain by Sherwin Williams
Granite counters- Kashmir White
Flooring- Pergo pear wood laminate
Kitchen stools- Target
Dining table- Sourced locally
Kitchen lighting- Destination lighting
Dining lighting- Lowes/spray painted
Wood "B" by Mary of Urban Farmgirl
Family Desk- Ballard Design
Espresso Machine- DeLonghi (LOVE it.)
Mail & Key buckets- Ikea/ Decal's from Leen the Graphics Queen

 (The real deal when you paint your cabinets... stuff get's worn off.)

Living Room

Paint color- Rice Grain by Sherwin Williams
Sectional- Ashely Furniture
Ottoman- Ikea
Bookshelves- Ikea
Chalkboard- Made by me
Blue Glass lamp & chrome swing arm sconces- Lowes
Pillows- Pottery barn & Ikea
Number 4-Hobby Lobby, painted white by me
Large canvases of my kids- Staples engineering prints mounted on canvases
Various baskets- Marshall's and Ikea
Fur Rug- Costco
As for me and my house sign-Tara at Between You and Me sign shop 

Our Master bedroom

Headboard- made by me
Beside Lamps- Target
Bedding- Target & Ballard Designs
Sheets- Marshall's
Overhead Lighting- Lowes
Loveseat- Ashely furniture
Various toss pillows-  Pottery Barn, Ballard Design & Marshall's 
Desk- Ballard Design
Folding chair- Target? (not sure... it's very old) 
Bedroom Paint color- Revere Pewter
Mr. Darcy quote artwork- my shop
Clip Light, gray desk top tray- Ikea
Heart paper clip dish and birthday cake candle- Marshall's 
Pen cup- sourced locally at a boutique
Seagrass baskets- TJ Maxx, years ago?
File Tote- Amazon
Boat and Tote- LL Bean 
To Do notepad- Office Max


Master Bath
(Original post about the DIY for this arrow jewelry hanger can be found here) 
  Laundry room
Paint color- Fleur de Sel by Sherwin Williams
Shelf unit- Sourced locally

Front Porch

Exterior paint color- custom match but similar to Anonymous by Sherwin Williams
Seagrass chairs- second hand purchase, painted Sea Salt by Sherwin William, cushions made by me (click here to see the before and after)
Table- gifted to me, painted by me (posted here)


We love our backyard but it's very much a work in progress. (More Images coming this spring)

Thank you!