“Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.”
–Henry van Dyke
Welcome to our home! I’m so glad you stopped by! I have loved decorating, then redecorating, our haven for the past few years, but it’s not always been that way for me. (You can find out more about my story here.) It’s a small home with our bedrooms across the hall from each other, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
So, please….Come on in!
As you enter our entry, you’ll immediately see one huge great room that entails our family room, the kitchen and the dining room! When we bought this house in 2003, there were lots of walls, but being the do-it-yourself-ers that we are, our desire was to make our small home seem as large as possible.
One way to do that was to tear down these walls! The kitchen was actually completely enclosed, but my hubby and I removed the walls that divided our kitchen, dining room and family room. Now, it’s a large, open space, and we love it that way! Here are the “after” pics…
Those striped drapes that you see in the dining room are actually khaki drapes from Ikea that I taped off and painted white. It was such an easy project that I finished within an hour or so! After they were dry, I clipped some $3 twin-size, white flat sheets (from Wal-mart) to the back as a liner. So easy…and so inexpensive!
Our dining table and cane-chairs set was actually a thrifted find that we purchased and refinished. To find out how we did it and the lessons we learned along the way, click here. 😉
I love our diy, rustic chicken feeder turned plate rack…as seen in the pic below. It was such an easy project that took just a little patience. Click here for that post, if you’d like to learn how to make your own.
My sweet hubby and his dad built and installed this window seat. Because finding fun fabrics at yard sales is one of my favorite things to search for, I have a whole collection of pretty patterns! Needless to say, I’ve recovered the cushion several times. 😉
(To find out more about our kitchen remodel, click here.)
Looking from the kitchen into the family room, I can cook supper while I watch the kids complete their homework. It’s a win-win for our family! 😉 This white, vintage spice rack is another diy project that I completed and blogged about. Click here for that post.
We found our white sofas on Craigslist a few years ago, and they’re holding up so well! I usually bleach our slipcovers about once a quarter, and the white looks so pretty and brightens our family room perfectly. If you were wondering where this antique trunk came from, well….I bought it at a yard sale for $25!!! And those pointe shoes you see above the books were my mom’s when she was a teen….Now my 11-year-old daughter is on pointe and has been dancing since she was 4! 😉
This gallery wall was compiled using thrifted and vintage finds along with some fun, new accessories. To find out the elements I used for this project, click here. 😉
Straight down the hall from our family room is the guest bathroom. Our children share this bathroom…or at least, they try to share. Lol. We recently remodeled this space, and it’s amazing what a can of paint can do to transform a room!
Below is how the bathroom used to look…before we painted the walls AND floors a bright white!! It’s so much brighter, isn’t it?!
So, here’s how it looks now! So fresh, and we LOVE it!
To see more detailed shots, and to learn how we painted over our laminate floors in the guest bathroom, click here.
Next, you’ll see our master bedroom. It’s been freshly painted with a diy and thrifted headboard. You’ll also see our Ikea dressers found on Craigslist, and then I quickly gave them a little extra pizzazz. Click here to find out more about those dressers. To see the before and after pics of our headboard, click here.
And below is our chalk-painted dresser that I picked out with my daddy on my 16th birthday. I treasure that dresser. Also, it’s the day I failed my driver’s test. Boo! But don’t worry, I’ve since recovered and am now an amazing driver. Hee hee. 😉
Keep walking through our bedroom, and you’ll come to our completely-renovated, farmhouse-styled master bathroom! This room is my favorite spot in the house. It’s bright, airy and has everything a farmhouse-loving girl could ever want…shiplap, marble, burlap, subway tiles and white, white, WHITE!
Below is the “before”…
And here’s the “after” phase of our bathroom! We love the new look….It feels like a total retreat! The best part about this makeover is that it only cost us $6,000 total!
Ever since I published our bathroom remodel, it’s taken off! I’m pleased to tell you that it’s since been published online at CountryLiving.Com and featured on other bloggers’ websites….and our entire home was published in one of my all-time favorite magazines, American Farmhouse Style! (Oh, and did I mention that our dining room was featured on the front cover?!!!! Yes!!) I’m so over the moon with all this attention that our home has received this past year! 😉
To see more detailed shots and a breakdown of our expenditures, click here.
Lastly, here’s the view from our back porch. A few years ago, my wonderful honey and his dad spent several days building the roof over our patio and installed fans (because we all know how hot Georgia weather can be!!). Didn’t they do an amazing job??!
This porch is another well-used part of the house. With the gentle breeze blowing through the trees and the birds chirping on the budding branches, family meal time on our farmhouse table is just heaven on earth.
This old, farmhouse cane chair was half-off at one my fave thrift stores in our area. At only $5, I didn’t even think twice about buying it!
This vintage, wooden bar cart is one of my favorite estate-sale finds of all time! It only cost me $5, and I think it’s just beautiful. The old wood and the rusty handles have the perfect amount of patina. 🙂
I love how the sun peeps through the trees when the day’s almost over.
Back to the hallway inside….We love having our rooms across the hall from each other. This poem says it best:
“Love grows best in little houses,
With fewer walls to separate.
Where you eat and sleep so close together,
You can’t help but communicate.
And if we had more room between us,
Think of all we’d miss.
Love grows best in houses
Just like this.”
Thanks so much for stopping by our little home!