House Tour: Guest Bedroom

Welcome back to the tour of our current house! We’re hoping to sell our house this year, so a blog tour of each room seemed like a good way to remember our first home. We’ve already toured the living room, the eat-in kitchen and the office. Next up is the upstairs guest bedroom.

Many guests have enjoyed staying in this bedroom, which makes me feel like we did a pretty good job making it comfortable and inviting for our out-of-town friends and family.

The furniture is from a set I had at my Dad’s house growing up. It was my teenage bedroom suite — after my bunk-bed phase — that my Dad and step-mother surprised me with one year for Christmas. Needless to say, this furniture means a great deal to me. I’ve always loved it.

When we purchased our home, this room was very, very blue and very, very dirty.

We added the chair rail trim and gave the walls and ceiling some fresh paint. You’ll also notice the state of the floors when we bought the house in the photo above. Carpet was the best choice for us then, and we’re still loving it. I think the room is much improved.

One of the simplest updates we made to this room was removing the hanging string used to pull down the stairs to the attic. We replaced it with a wooden knob painted white. I think it really helped make the attic entrance disappear.

The drapery panels were a lucky find a few years ago. I scored them at Lowe’s for $3 each!

It took me a long time to realize why they worked so well in the room. My (then) 16-year-old cousin pointed out that the color of the damask pattern was nearly an identical match to the upper wall color. Is it just me, or are 16-year-olds smarter than they used to be?

In the interest of keeping it real, I’ll go ahead and show you what the interior of the closet in this room looks like now.

Yep, that’s it! At one time, this closet was jam packed with some of Travis’ clothes and a shelf he built for some of my dish overflow from the kitchen. (For the record, he has way more clothes than I do.) Once we decided to try to sell our home, we decluttered and put a bunch of stuff in storage. I’m hoping we’ll be able to pare down what’s in storage and get rid of some stuff when we move. I might even be able to part with some of my beloved dishes, but I doubt it. Just typing that sentence made me sad.

There are a couple of art pieces with this room that I’m pretty fond of. The first hangs outside in the hall. It’s the last thing our guests see before entering their room for the night. (It’s also the last thing we see before entering our room every night, too!)

Isn’t it fun? It was a Christmas gift from my Mom a few years ago.The door to the guest bedroom is just to the right of this fun little piece of art. It’s actually the only artwork in the hallway that leads to all of the bedrooms upstairs. The hall is painted the same color as the living room and kitchen, in case you were wondering.

My other favorite art piece is inside the guest room.

My in-laws bought me this adorable Michael Sowa Diving Pig print one year for Christmas, and I absolutely love it. I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me.My husband is on the other side of the fence and thinks I’m a bit crazy for loving this pig so much. He just doesn’t understand. 😉

Quick tip: In lui of using a bed skirt, I simply bought the quilt a size up. It just barely skims the floor — eliminating the need for a bed skirt — and looks lovely. Plus, guests are able to double it over if they get cold during the night, which has actually been known to happen. I suppose this room is just extra cold during the winter months.

Since we’re still waiting for our home to sell, I’m sure we’ll be able to have many more guests stay with us in this room before we leave. We love entertaining and having overnight guests, and this room as served us — and our guests — well for nearly four years.

Source List:

Furniture: Gifted many, many years ago
Drapes: Lowe’s, allen + roth, sadly no longer available
Quilt: Belk, also no longer available
Framed Michael Sowa Diving Pig Art: Kirklands, no longer available. However, this can easily be found online.
Hallway Art, gifted

Paint Colors:

Above the chair rail:  Cliveden Gray Morning by Valspar
Below the chair rail: Somkey Olive by Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here. I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Sow Us Your Bedroom party.

House Tour: The Office

Welcome back to the tour of our current abode! We recently decided to try to sell our house, so I’ve been taking a trip down memory lane by revisiting each room in our current home. We’ve already toured the living room and our eat-in kitchen. Up next is the office, which is actually one of three bedrooms on the main floor.

When we bought the house back in 2009, this room was sporting bright blue paint on the walls, a damaged (in more ways than one) ceiling fan, and a fancy water stain on the ceiling. Very nice!

A quick repair to the roof fixed a leak leaving us able to patch the ceiling and repaint. Did I mention that every single ceiling in this house had to be painted before we could move in? Luckily, this was the only one with water damage, but the rest were just plain gross.

Today, this angle of the room room looks way better.

The “new” ceiling fan was originally in the master bedroom. We actually lived with the old fan (which didn’t even work) in this room until about a year ago when we decided to upgrade the lighting in our bedroom.

Our office serves a dual purpose. It is first and foremost an office, but it can also function as a guest room in a pinch thanks to a futon.

The futon is extremely comfortable. We should know since we spent our first two weeks in this house sleeping on it. Travis’ parents slept on our bed during the first couple of weeks in the new house. They graciously offered to move in for a few weeks and help us renovate. The very least we could do was make sure they had a decent place to sleep.

Above the futon is a frame collage that I absolutely adore.

Most of the art was either free (see source list below) or DIY. A few of the frames were depersonalized once we decided to try to list our house for sell. Below is a collage of some of the original art that was switched out. Please excuse the extremely poor photo quality as these were taken on my then phone a few years back.

The “art” shown above includes a favorite bible verse, a couple of our engagement pictures surrounding our last name’s initial, and our wedding vows via Wordle. Some other DIY art that made the cut and was able to stay in the room: a map of our current city and a DIY letter/number project.

The other side of the room contains all of the office functions.

This is the spot where I blog, pay bills, shop online and occasionally pick up some freelance work. I painted the wall behind the desk a cheery green. I once had an office with green walls, and I found it so energizing and refreshing that I decided to bring the concept home. The rest of the walls are painted a muted color, but there are pops of green throughout the room in the artwork and pillows to tie it all together.

The bookshelf was also depersonalized once we made the decision to list our house for sale, but I really like how it’s turned out. Pretty on the top and functional on the bottom. The box on the second shelf from the top holds our wedding mementos; you know, the sprig of crystals from my bouquet, extra invitations and programs, a candle that burned during our reception, etc. I would love to eventually stack another box on top to squeeze even more hidden storage into this shelf. The books on the top shelf are all from McKay. I don’t think any one of them cost more than $2 or $3, and several were less than $1. And, again, all the art is either free or DIY.

The only item hanging on my green wall is a DIY French memo board. (Sorry there’s no tutorial for this project, but there are tons online!) The ribbon is velvet which ties in to the black velvet design on the fabric. This is one of my DIY projects that I’m most proud of. It’s nothing too fancy, but everything came together beautifully. You may have noticed that this fabric was also carried over to the bottom of the drapery panels framing the window. Of course, this board was once full of personal mementos and photographs, but it has been depersonalized. I actually think I like it better this way!

In the interest of keeping it real, behold the interior of the office closet.

At one time, this closet housed all of Travis’ work clothes and was quite full. Now it merely holds extra paper and luggage along with a couple of other miscellaneous items.

I love this room. Every detail came together beautifully to create a pretty and functional room for our family. It will be important that our next house also have a functional (and pretty) office space, because I’m planning to pursue more freelance work opportunities in the near future.

Free Art Source List:

I’ve listed below a few of my favorite sources for free art. I’m always adding more to my Pinterest Board “Printables,” so be sure to follow me there for new free printable art and other printables.

Room Source List:

Desk: Walmart, Better Homes and Garden Autumn Lane Writing Desk
Book Shelf: Walmart, South Shore Gascony Collection
Side Table: IKEA, LACK
Futon: Walmart, Mainstays Mission Wood Arm Futon (This is similar to the futon we have)
Computer: iMac
Printer: Amazon, HP Photosmart 6510 All-In-One Printer
Frames for Collage: Michales,
Lamps: HomeGoods
Pillows: HomeGoods, Walmart, Hobby Lobby

Paint Colors:

Main Room Color: Khaki Shade by Sherwin Williams
Accent Wall: This was an oops can of paint. The brand is Valspar, but I couldn’t find any identifying markings to know what the paint color is. Sorry! It reminds me of a granny smith apple in person, if that helps at all.

We still have a lot more rooms on the tour of our current house. I hope you’ll join me as I continue showing you the home we have loved for the past three and a half years.

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.

House Tour: Kitchen and Dining

I last took you one a tour of our first home’s living room after writing about the decision to sell our home. We’ve had a lot of showings but still no offers on the house. In the meantime, we’re continuing to enjoy all the things about this house that made us fall in love with it, including the kitchen.

We have a large, eat-in kitchen directly off of the living room. The main kitchen area is closed off from the living room, but the dining area is very open between the kitchen and living room. In the photo below, you can just glimpse into the dining room from the living room.

Once you walk into the space, you’re greeted by a table on loan from my in laws. They purchased it at an auction for $17 and completely refinished it. I’m thinking if they haven’t asked for it back in three years, maybe they never will. Maybe?

Dining Table

Above the table is a DIY art project I blogged about awhile back. After three and a half years, I still love it.

When we moved in, this space featured an overscale light fixture that we immediately replaced with a newer fixture with a smaller profile. It’s not that the original light fixture was bad, it just completely dominated the entire room. Plus, we weren’t big fans of the brass.

Happily, the giant brass fixture found new life in someone else’s home. I always love when that happens.

I’ve recently discovered how much I enjoy creating different tablescapes for holidays and events. Before we depersonalized our home to help it sale, we almost always had the table set. I haven’t blogged about many of them, but I’m sure I’ll do better in our next house. For now, all of my table linens and different dishes are packed away in storage.

Below are a few of the tablescapes I’ve created.

The tablescape on the left was our table set for Christmas last year. The top right photo is one of my very first tablescapes created for the Fourth of July. To read more about that tablescape, click here. The bottom right is a tablescape I created when I hosted a brunch a couple of years ago. To read more about planning a brunch menu, click here.

Beyond the table, is the rest of the kitchen. It’s been my playground since I’ve mostly taught myself to cook in the few years we’ve been here. I’ve also had the joy of learning to can in this space. (For a full tutorial on canning beans, click here. For a full tutorial on canning homemade spaghetti sauce, click here.)

Anyone who knows me well will tell you that this is where I spend the majority of my time. We were fortunate that we didn’t have to make any major changes to this space when we purchased the house since I was still very much learning to cook for the first time. This is my first “grown up” kitchen, and it’s been a fabulous space to grow and learn in.

Below is the kitchen when we moved in back in 2009.

We’ve obviously made some changes to the space like new appliances and lights, but this space has remained mostly unchanged.

Decorating above the cabinets was a bit of a challenge for me, but I really love how they turned out. It only took me about a year to get it right. Please tell me I’m not the only one with difficulties when it comes to decorating above cabinetry.

The baker’s rack has been depersonalized, but it still adds a lot of function for us. The basket on the bottom holds all of our grilling gear. When we have guests over, I love placing yummy, homemade desserts here.

We’ve been very happy with our LG appliances. We’ve purchased them slowly over the past three years as our budget allows. The oven was actually purchased at the beginning of this summer. It’s by far my favorite appliance. This girl never wants to be without a warming drawer again.

I would be remiss not to mention one of my favorite renovations in our house. A couple of years ago, I convinced the husband to turn a coat closet directly off of the dining room into a pantry. It’s been one of the smartest renovations we’ve made.

This kitchen is definitely the heart of our home. Here’s hoping we find another one that’s just as functional for us in our next house!

Source List:

Dining Table and Chairs: Auction
Dining Light Fixture: Lowe’s, Portfolio 3-Light Brushed Nickel Chandelier
Pot Rack: Lowe’s, Portfolio 2-Ligth Chandelier (Ours is in brushed nickel, but it doesn’t seem to be available on the website.)
Kitchenaid Stand Mixer: Empire Red
Rugs: JCPenny’s (These are no longer available. Boo!)
Fridge: LG (This model has been discontinued.)
Microwave: LG (Also no longer available.)
Convection Oven with Warming Drawer, LG
Dishwasher: LG (This is also no longer available.)

Paint Color: Autumn Fog, Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.

We’re Selling Our House

When we bought our first home, we knew we would only call it home for three to five years. When I lost my job a month before my husband finished school, we knew the time to move closer to our family was near. I spent about a month preparing our home to go on the market, and then we listed with an agent.

This is where we’ve called home for the past three years.

We have loved fixing up and living in our first home for the past three and a half years. We bought our house as a foreclosure just months after our wedding. The honeymoon was over as soon as we realized there wasn’t a surface in this house that didn’t need something done to it. Travis’ parents took several weeks off from work and moved in to help us renovate.

Over the next few weeks, I plan on pulling together a house tour of our very first house so we can remember not only our first home, but also this season of life and all the blood sweat and tears (literally) that went into making our first house a home.

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