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- Revere Pewter
Abstract artwork- me
Curtains- Ikea
Lamp- Lowes


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- Coming soon
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

Living Room

Paint color- Rice Grain by Sherwin Williams
Sectional- Ashely Furniture
Bookshelves- Ikea
Reading chair- Tuesday Morning 
Chalkboard- Made by me
Chrome swing arm sconces and lamp- Lowes

Large canvases of my kids- Staples engineering prints mounted on canvases
As for me and my house sign-Tara at Between You and Me sign shop 

Our Master bedroom


Headboard- made by my husband
Beside Lamps, drapes and curtain rods- Target
Bedding- Marshall's
Bedroom Paint color- Revere Pewter

Master Bath
(Original post about the DIY for my arrow jewelry hanger can be found here) 

My Teenage boy's room
Original blog post with more details here. 
Paint color- Fleur de Sel, sherwin williams 
Sign- Between you and me sign shop, etsy
guitar blue print- etsy 
lockers- sourced locally via antique shop
camp blanket pillow- made by me
desk and shelf hardware- lowes


Laundry room
Paint color- Fleur de Sel by Sherwin Williams

Outdoor spaces
 We love our backyard and it's very much a work in progress.

Thank you!