House Tour

Welcome to my home! As Nate Berkus always says, 'Be house proud! Your home should rise up to meet you.' I have spent the past two years working towards creating a home I love. It's not perfect, but nothing good ever is :)

So with that said, come on in! Our red door was recently transformed with some glossy black paint. I am obsessed with all things black and white these days. 

Our favorite place to hang out is the family room. We are usually working on puzzles, playing Wii, or using the hearth as stage for impromptu dance performances :) We had our pink brick fireplace/white mantle re-painted. It was risky, but worth it.  Now the dark brown brick and black mantle are more dramatic- and more 'us'.  All of our paint colors can be found here.  And find out the 'secrets' I have discovered in my journey to create a  unique home here.






See more of how I created this look by clicking here


And of course, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen too. Although I don't love cooking, I am lucky to be blessed with a husband that does. But don't worry- I can make a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies in that oven.



We decided to use our breakfast nook as a sitting area- complete with a cozy rug, wing back chairs and a sparkly chandelier. Since our open floor plan has the spaces so close together, it just didn't make any sense to me to have both a kitchen table and dining room table. The girls love reading and playing in this area while I bake. And it is the perfect spot for the Sunday paper and a cup of coffee.


Our guest bathroom is just off the breakfast nook. It is our most recent renovation. It had been a victim of 'diy old world texture'. But with the help of my husband, a contractor, and some careful shopping- it is now a space that I am proud of.




My husband's office is also downstairs. And since he works from home, the room gets used a lot. Happily, he let me get crafty with his office- painted curtains! I like his office because it houses a lot of personal memories in the form of art work. It was fun to incorporate these pieces in a masculine room that still fits in with the style of our home.



In our entry way, I converted an old dresser into a sideboard table. It holds linens and makes a great place for personal decor items and seasonal decor. The dresser was a thrifty/antique find. I searched a long time for it- so to me it represents the idea of 'not settling for a quick fix' when it comes to decor.


Our bedroom is full of soft neutrals and lots of texture. I wanted it to be neutral but still have some pops of color. I created the lamp shades on a whim and they are probably my favorite craft project to date. It's funny how that works out.


Due to the hot Texas weather, we spend a lot of time in our pool and lounging around the backyard. It is like having an extra living area. Even when it's hot, we can sit in the pool all afternoon. I am glad my husband likes to garden- because I never inherited my mom's green thumb!





Our pool has a great 'before/after' story. Click here to read about the renovations that made our pool look like 'new' again.


We recently had the carpet removed from our stair case and had hard woods put in. It took several years to make this decision! But I am SO happy with the new look of our stairs

Upstairs is our playroom/family room. I spent several days hand-stenciling the wall. It is great to have a room that can hold our girls toys but also be enjoyed everyone in the family.  I think it is important that it also has some style! Most of the furniture in this room, was 'upcycled'. For example, the tv console used to be my daughter's changing table. I love my sweet girls' silhouettes. I don't know if I will ever be able to take them down- even when they turn into crazy teenagers. They will forever be frozen in my mind at this age.


And I have my own room up here too- my crafty room. It usually doesn't look this neat :) I spend naptime in here, sewing, hot glueing and sometimes even painting a bit. I refinished an old school desk that now sits in the corner. I love having my girls around to keep me company :)




Thanks for stopping into visit my home. I hope you'll follow my blog or subscribe to receive updates by email.  I like to write about my family, things I do with my girls, decor that I love, and projects that I 'sneak in' during nap time. There are lots of inspirational crafty adventures still to come.

Be sure to check out my 'tutorials' page for holiday decor and more home projects.


20 comments:

  1. Love it all. Makes me miss my old house and anxious to buy another home so I can start doing my thing to it. :)

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  2. just took the tour! We are building a new house, should be done this spring- I am officially inspired! I love your style! thanks for sharing your home with us! - Kirsten T.

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  3. just took the tour! We are building a new house, should be done this spring- I am officially inspired! I love your style! thanks for sharing your home with us! - Kirsten T.

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  4. ive got to know where you got your big brown sectional!!! i love it

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  5. Thanks! The couch was purchased almost 5 years ago at furniture store in New Orleans. But the manufacturer is "Alan White" from Mississippi. You might be able to google is and find one near you! :) Samantha

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  6. Oh so cute! Love all the burlap and black and white!

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  7. A job well done with the interiors ladies. I enjoyed viewing the intricate and exquisite plotting and implementation of the design concept. It came out stunning.
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  8. Samantha, just took the tour of your beautiful home. I am also from the East Coast and long for Fall every year. We live in Houston also, in a older home, you have given me some great ideas. Especially the Halloween picture, I will be doing that one today, thanks!! God Bless you and your beautiful family!!!

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  9. Beautiful home! what is your main paint color - the beige one in the kitchen and master bedroom?

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  10. Hi Kristin!
    Yes all my paint colors are in one easy post http://www.craftytexasgirls.com/2011/02/paint-colors.html

    Thanks for the kind words!
    :) Samantha

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  11. You did well in renovating the living room. A brighter living room is advisable because that is the place where people gather.

    -Teinya Pheillis

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  12. Can you talk about the ceiling in your craft room? It looks wonderful!

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  13. Can you talk about the ceiling in your craft room? It looks wonderful!

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  14. Hi Sandy- the ceiling was done before I moved in, our previous owners get the credit for that project! But from what I can tell, they simply nailed 'tin tiles' to the ceiling. I love the look, seems fairly simple to do and it adds a lot of interest to the room. I have seen similar 'tin tiles' at Lowes and Home Depot.
    :) Samantha

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  15. Oh.Em.Gee, your house is BEAUTIFUL!!!

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  16. @Lindsay-- you are so sweet! It has been a work in process. I think I actually started 'decorating' it about 4 years ago! Wow, that sounds like a really long project now that I think about it. Yikes! :) Samantha

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  17. Your house is amazing -- can you come and help me with mine? You have such good taste and everything looks like it belongs in the middle of a Pinterest board or magazine spread! Can't wait to look at all your ideas!

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  18. I love the kitchen and how simple yet classy it is! My favorite is to keep to counters clean adn tidy and just use one or two of your favotire decorations. Mine recently is this fruit jar What a great house tour!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I love to hear from you and will do my best to answer questions and comments by 'replying via email'.
:) Samantha

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