Summer Home Tour

When I was a little girl I would watch HGTV all day. I’d ask my parents for books with house plans and dream of the possibilities of decorating them. I shopped catalogs and cut out pieces I liked to create mood boards, and then I created space plans on graph paper. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t your normal kid. And now that I'm an adult, not much has changed. I would say that my style is craftsman/farmhouse. I get a lot of inspiration from Joanna Gaines, as well as my talented Instagram friends' home décor accounts.

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My husband and I purchased our first home a few years ago. Our little starter house was built in the 1980s. We are told that our house sat abandoned for many years. We actually bought it from a flipper, and we have continued to make updates throughout the last two years. I can remember walking through the house for our first showing. I knew then that awkward window placement was going to be one of my biggest obstacles when decorating, especially in the bedrooms. All of the bedrooms have single windows that are off center on the wall. So deciding on window treatments and placement of furniture, especially our king sized bed in our master, was a challenge. I just tried to free up the windows from the furniture. I hung the curtain rod several inches above the window to make the ceilings look higher. And I used wall décor to create visual balance, and mirrors to bounce light around the room.

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I’ve had the most fun styling my living room. It houses several of my DIY projects. When I’m sitting in there I feel a great sense of pride in what we’ve done with it. My most recent DIY project is the shiplap wall my husband and I did. Then there are the open shelves that frame the window that my dad helped me build, which add so much dimension to the room. At one time there was a chicken crate turned coffee table in there, as well as an electrical spool turned clock.  I have a booth at our local antique mall where I sell vintage and vintage inspired decor and I had intended to sell both the chicken crate and the spool clock at first but I fell in love with them. That’s the thing I like about having a booth – that it inspires me to take risks with décor that I might not have taken otherwise.

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There are lots of décor trends that I currently love! This includes all white farmhouse kitchens, open shelving, and shiplap walls, among other things. Another trend that I love is repurposing vintage pieces and mixing them with new décor. My favorite vintage pieces are my chippy, white shutters in my dining room/kitchen. I love how each piece has its own story to tell. They remind me of times gone by, of things my mom and grandmother had when I was growing up. I love breathing new life into old pieces by finding new uses for them.

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An interior décor trend that I’m not a fan of is using a lot of color or patterns, unless you’re decorating for the holidays. I mostly stick to neutrals that my seasonal décor will mesh well with, and add traditional colors each season. I think it’s still possible to create enough interest when decorating with neutrals. I recommend using different materials and textures to create interest, and layering décor with rugs, throws, pillows, etc. But that’s just me. I’m sure there are things about my house that people aren’t fans of. There are things I still want to change as well, like replacing the carpet with hardwood. But sometimes you have to be happy with what you have while working for what you want!

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The first tip I have for people who are decorating their homes is to get rid of the clutter and things you don’t need anymore. Decluttering can help you make room for things that you love! Next, If you’re decorating on a budget, which most of us are, do a little bit at a time, maybe take it one room at a time. And finally, instead of buying all new, try reinventing outdated finishings or upcycling thrifted finds with paint. Our outdated kitchen and bathroom cabinets were given a new lease on life with a refinishing kit and new hardware. I’d like to do the same thing in my laundry room soon. The mixture or old and new décor can help you create a look that is personal in houses that are full of uniform and mass produced pieces.

My favorite quote to hang in my home would have to be “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 little houses just like this.”