We moved into our mid-century ranch a little over a year ago and we’ve worked hard to turn it into a place we love and can call home. We’ve ripped up carpet, torn down wallpaper, painted, updated, and renovated in almost every room of our house. I desire for our home to be a safe, comfortable place for our family to rest and relax in; a peaceful haven away from the world. I also want our home to feel warm and inviting to whoever comes through our doors.
My favorite motto for creating a home you love is , “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” (-William Morris) It has taken me years to find my style and know what I love. I’ve made many mistakes along the way and many poor choices in the beginning of creating a home for our family. I ended up with a lot of things I didn’t love and didn’t need. And I ended up with a home that I didn’t love and wasn’t really an expression of me. So then I went through a process of selling those things I didn’t like and replacing them with things I loved. And through that experience, I’ve learned to be much more intentional about what I bring into our home and also what I allow to stay in our home. With that being said, I also think it’s important to remember that “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” (-the Nester) No home (especially those with kids living in them) is perfect and my home certainly doesn’t usually look like it does in these pictures. So remember, a home is a haven when it is full of life and love and laughter, not when it is picture perfect.
So if you’re ready, come on in!
We recently turned the entryway closet into a mudroom. This is a much more efficient use of space for us. The hooks make it easy to hang up our coats, bags, and scarves and the baskets are convenient for storing all the mittens and hats that come with three kiddos and these extra long Northern Virginia winters.
We spend a lot of time in this part of the kitchen sharing meals, homeschooling, coloring, and painting. When we moved in, the the bricks were red, so I gave them a few coats of white wash to lighten things up. I love the added character and texture of the brick walls.
My coffee bar is one of my favorite things in our house. Part of my vision behind this area was creating a happy, inviting space that encouraged people to stop by, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and sit and chat for a while. I found the buffet on Craigslist and decided to go bold and paint it a deep turquoise.
Although we weren’t quite been ready to tackle a full bathroom renovation, we wanted to give the kid’s bathroom an affordable update. We ripped down the out-dated brown wallpaper, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, updated the vanity, mirror, and lighting, and added in some fun pops of color with towels and accessories.
I found this piano for free on Craigslist and painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint. The little cubbies hold my kids nature collection.
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