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 front door and garage door were both 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 and more 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, a gold tufted bench 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 and always seem to changing up!

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. 

Our master bathroom was completely remodeled with new tile, paint, fixtures, and a stand-alone tub. 

Which somehow led to me needing a chandelier in our closet...

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.

The girls love spending time in the tree house too. It's nice for them to have their own space :) 

We 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. This staircase was the perfect place for a 'black and white' gallery wall.

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.

My oldest daughter had a room makeover this year-- for a new coloful 'tween' feel

My little girl still has the 'shabby chic' style with blue, white and pink. 

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.

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