Hi, hi! Today is going to be fun — it’s house tour time!
When Aaron and I bought our 1930’s ranch bungalow in 2015, it was all wallpaper, popcorn ceilings, and carpet (even in the bathrooms!).
But we were up for the challenge — we wanted a fixer-upper. We’d always been captivated by the prospect of renovating a home ourselves and creating a deeply personal space — and this was our chance!
It took about four months to get it move-in ready. And believe me when I say it was the hardest work we’ve ever done — we did almost every bit of the renovation by ourselves in the heat of the summer. But it was a blast!
The house has come a long way since then, but we still have lots we want to do. For a while, I put off blogging our house tour because it wasn’t “finished”. But you know what? It may never be “finished” and that’s a-okay! Here’s to letting go of “finished” and enjoying the journey. :)
So let’s get down to the tour: in this post, we’ll look at our entry, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, and family room. We’ll save the master bedroom, office, and backyard for another post.
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Ready? Let’s jump in!
Ah, those red tiles. At first I wasn’t sure what do to with them. I couldn’t find any inspiration on Pinterest because they aren’t really “in” right now.
But then it hit me — they add a ton of personality and uniqueness to our home, because they aren’t “in” right now.
So we decided to embrace them, and now they are one of my favorite features in our home. Instead of downplaying the orange-y red color, I decided to repeat the color in a few other spots — like the rug and the little terra cotta planter. To me, that repetition pulls the room together.
I’m sure that surprises no one, since I’m the girl who likes to match her shoes and bag. :)
We’re always drawn to the sitting room in the afternoon and evening because the sunlight pours in and warms the whole room. We intentionally kept this space TV-free, so when we’re in here, we love enjoying good conversation and listening to records.
Currently, our favorite records are Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, The Search for Everything by John Mayer, Stardust by Willie Nelson, and this wonderfully nostalgic, Old Hollywood romance album called Music, Martinis, and Memories by Jackie Gleason.
Also, in case you’re wondering, the paint color in our home is Pure White by Sherwin Williams. And all the curtains throughout the house are the Lenda curtains from Ikea.
CACTUS PRINT and ALOE PRINT by Laurel and Pearl / RUG by Ikea / LEATHER CHAIR by CB2 / SHEEPSKIN THROW by Ikea / RED STRIPE CHAIR by CB2 (old) / SOFA (old) / COFFEE TABLE (old) / BROWN THROW by Target / PILLOWS (antique – similar and similar) / CACTUS (old – similar faux cactus)
I’ll be honest. The dining room doesn’t get much use — we either eat in the family room or out on the patio. So we’re thinking of painting it a dark charcoal and turning it into an intimate library, where we can display all of our favorite books. The space is small and would only fit two comfy chairs, but I think it would make for a sweet couples space.
If we went that route, the ultimate dream is to add a fireplace one day. You know, keeping in line with the whole cozy vibe. Maybe one day. :)
RUG / CHAIRS (antique – similar) / TABLE by CB2 / LIGHT FIXTURE by West Elm
CHEST OF DRAWERS by West Elm / POTTERY (antique) / BUFFALO PRINT by The Animal Print Shop / BLUE LADY PRINT (antique)
MINI CACTUS by Target / WHITE PLANTER by West Elm (old) / CONCRETE PLANTER (antique) / SILK PLANTS by Ikea
The kitchen is where most of our money went in the renovation, but we love the way it turned out! I’m possibly the only person in the world who feels this way, but I prefer a closed kitchen over the popular open concept. So this little galley kitchen is just my style.
People often ask me about our floating shelves. I’ll give you a quick run-down of how we did it:
Before we installed the tile backsplash, we first installed L brackets to the wall. Then we installed the subway tile backsplash, tiling over the L brackets. And finally, we attached the shelves to the L brackets. We attached the bottom shelf with the brackets on the bottom, and the top shelf with the brackets on the top — so you can’t see the brackets from eye level.
CABINETS and COUNTERTOPS by Lowes / HARDWARE by Atlas Homewares / RUG (antique) / FAUCET by Delta
CERAMIC MUGS by Canvas Home // I love these mugs because they look like classic tinware, but they are actually ceramic, so they are dishwasher + microwave safe.
WHITE BUD VASE (old – similar) / CHEMEX / SALT CELLAR (old – similar, similar under $10)
This room is where we do most of our eating, hanging out, and Netflix-ing. We love spending time in here because it’s the room that sold us on the house — all those windows?! YES and YES.
You’ve probably been picking up on this: I don’t like clutter, but I wouldn’t call myself a minimalist in terms of my approach to designing a space.
Instead, cozy is my guiding word.
The best way to add a little coziness to any room? Antiques! As you’ve probably noticed, our home is about 50% modern stuff and 50% antiques. It keeps our space cozy, grounded, and full of character.
SOFA by Ikea (old – similar) / COFFEE TABLE by Article / STRAW FLOOR SEATS by Ikea / SHEEPSKIN THROW by Ikea / WOVEN LAMP by Ikea / STRIPED WOOL BLANKET by Pendleton / BLACK PLANTER (antique – similar) / LARGE PILLOW by Wayfair / SMALL PILLOW (old)
WOOD TRAY by Crate and Barrel / MARBLE COASTERS by Wayfair / MINI CACTUS by Target (similar) / BERGAMOT CANDLE by Target
CHAIRS (old – similar) / RUG by CB2 (old – similar or similar) / CENTER TABLE (antique) / LAMP by Target / POTTERY (antique) / WOVEN PLANT BASKET (antique – similar) / CHEST (antique) / PILLOW (antique)
SILK PLANT by Target / WOOD PLANTER by Target
WOODEN PLANTER (antique) / SILK PLANT
And there you have it!
Now it’s your turn! You know my guiding word is cozy — what’s your guiding word when it comes to designing your space?
See you next Thursday — we’ll be talking summer reading lists and I’ll share my current favorite books.