home tour

The Mr. and I have always loved making a house a home. We're big DIYers and always on the hunt for another project. I am addicted to decorating, organizing, designing and making things more efficient. Thankfully, I married a man who is quite handy, sometimes willing and always handsome (flattery never hurts, ladies).  We have tackled many a project, learned lots of lessons and clocked only one DIY-related ER visit.  That's pretty impressive for nearly two decades of marriage, don't you think?

This is our home. The first house we built (that's when my dad's background in construction came in handy!), the second was a sweet little ranch home and in 2009 we bought this house. We love it. Actually, we love the trees and the house is pretty great, too. If you don't see a room pictured below it's because Scott has it on his 'honey-do' list. We're still waiting for the money tree to bloom - a girl can dream. Our backyard is full of 50-year-old oak trees and they are glorious, especially when it's 150-degrees in July, and our neighborhood is full of awesome families. Once again we are reminded that it's never the size of the house that matters, it's the people who live in it that do.

It's highly likely I found a sale on something and have been completely inspired, so feel free to stop by anytime. Here's our home, enjoy the view!

This room started as the OFFICE, but then became the red ass Aggie NURSERY (Aggie speak for awesome). It' s the first room we painted. We are die-hard Texas Aggies and we bleed maroon. Just ask my husband, he's a former yell leader. This room was an absolute blast to transform. Here's my list of ten things every nursery should have.


Do you yell gig 'em in your sleep? Greet people with a howdy? You might be a Texas Aggie. If you're looking for inspiration for a Texas A&M themed nursery, look no further. It's all things maroon here!

I'm not sure who thought carpet in a DINING ROOM was a good idea, but that goodness got ripped out before we even moved into the house. Hello, hardwood. It's the first room folks see when they walk into our home and I hope it makes them feel right at home.



Just across from the dining room is the FORMAL LIVING turned HOME OFFICE. It underwent a major overhaul and now sees some serious homework time. It's full of great fabric, lots of color and beautiful sunlight. New favorite room for sure.
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The FIREPLACE needed some serious color injection. We ditched the builder grade tile, installed glass tile over the top and put travertine on the floor. Now, we just stare at a wall every night because we're crazy fun like that. A few years earlier, we busted out some color on the walls, added curtains and replaced broken couches with ones you can actually sit on in our FAMILY ROOM. It's the little things.
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Our GUEST BATHROOM needed some serious love. The previous homeowners really put this one through the motions. After miscalculating a quick vanity swap, we ended up doing a major overhaul and the hubs did most of the work. Now, it's a place we love to pee.
Guest Bath
The PANTRY gets a workout with seven people rummaging through the shelves. The builder-grade shelving just didn't give us what we needed, so we ripped it out, installed a new system, added storage on the wall and door and now we can finally see what's in there!
Our BREAKFAST AREA sees a lot of spilled milk, sibling fights, tender kisses, home-cooked meals and homework papers.
The MASTER BEDROOM is probably the room that gets moved down the priority list of 'to-do's'. A few years ago, we moved it to the top and with that smoke screen blue we finally found our calm. It's the only room in the house that has a toy-free policy. I forgot to take a before photo, but here's the after.
Our MASTER CLOSET had loads of space, but no functionality. Not anymore! In less than 24 hours, we purged, demoed, painted, installed shelving and put everything back, plus art. That might be a new Whitaker record.
Welcome to the hardest working room in the house, the LAUNDRY ROOM! This renovation only happened because of an oops. After installing some shelving, we accidentally nicked the water pipe, which soaked the drywall, the baseboard and the flooring. I was not sad to see the linoleum or white walls go. After some wood tile flooring, a fresh coat of aqua and better storage I *almost* enjoy doing those 12 loads of laundry a week.
You can blame the boys peeing on the floor to the GIRLS' BATHROOM renovation. Both bathrooms had carpet in them (I know, who does that!?!) and the day I stepped in wet carpet was the day the tile got laid down. We figured if we were doing one, we might as well do them both. The BOYS' BATHROOM first update was from yellow to light aqua, but after an altercation with toilet paper and our bath/AC piping, we ended up having to rip out the entire front half. That was fun. But it's so much better, and dry, now!

Boys Bathroom

The GIRLS' BEDROOM and CLOSET are a dream. When we first moved in, I took the best nap of my life in there. That room is full of giggles, American Girl and beautiful artwork by my two sweet girls. My organizing inspiration, Jen, featured the closet on her blog, iHeartOrganizing! This summer, while the girls were at camp, I took down their shelving, painted it the lightest of lilacs, and put it all back together. *swoon*
It's tough to find a theme for a BOYS' ROOM that grows with them. After searching, we finally found a winner in space. It's a combination of Star Wars and outer space with lots of room for legos, books and Johnny Football posters.

We finally turned the nursery into our TEENAGE BOY ROOM. We traded baby powder for stinky socks. Good trade. I think.


Redecorating your teenage boy's room? This sports themed room has ideas for bedding, wall hangings, functional desk space and a reading nook.

What would our house be without a TOY CLOSET? After one-million trips to Goodwill and Target we finally cleared a colorful path for the toy storage.
What was once the worst feature of our house, is now our functional and pretty SIDE YARD. I can actually find the kids instead of losing them in the weeds.
The GARAGE may be the project that took the longest (four years!) but boy, is it functional. The organized goodness was featured on iHeartOrganizing. Woot!
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... and welcome to life at Team Whitaker where I share life as it happens: big families, carpool, Catholicism,Texas Aggies, prematurity, DIY/organizing projects, sanity checks and the occasional glass of wine at 10am. You get real Kathryn. Unedited, honest and a little sassy. It's a Texas-sized honor to have you here! Contact me at teamwhitakerblog@gmail.com


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  1. Katrina on February 3, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I’m just wondering, as we begin preparing to bring another little one into our home, do you keep the nursery a nursery? And move the next youngest to a “big kid” room? I guess we always thought Bryce’s nursery would stay his room but the other one is a mile, actually just a bathroom, away. Figured I’d ask a pro’s advice 😉

    • Kathryn on February 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

      We’ve always had a nursery (go figure). We move the “big” to the new room and keep the nursery a nursery. We know how the system works, everything already has its place and it was just easier to keep it there. Plus, we have it as the smallest room in our house for that reason. It’s typically the closest one to our bedroom, too. Although when we moved, that hasn’t been quite the case. I digress. It was fun to decorate a big kid room and my kids all had their own room until Clare came along, now they all bunk up (girls in one room, boys in the other), with Luke in the nursery. Hope that makes sense!

      • Alison on December 6, 2016 at 1:05 am

        I frequently read your blog, and especially enjoy your home remodeling projects! Katrina’s question (and your response) are now a little outdated by 4 years… and a baby. 🙂 I was wondering if you’d be willing to address the question again in a blog post at some point.

        What specifically dictates who gets their own room, and who shares? Do your children have a say in the arrangements, is it a whole-family decision, or is entirely based on parental choice? For instance, it seems that Will was moved from the “boy room” into his own room, and Luke has since moved in with John Paul. How has JP handled the shift from sharing his sleeping space with a teen, to sharing it with a pre-schooler/elementary age child? That seems like it would be a pretty big shift in “room culture”! Do you plan to move Gianna in with her sisters in a year or two, or will she keep her private room? Do you have children who enjoy sharing rooms and children who prefer privacy? If so, does that have any bearing on the division of rooms?

        If you find an opportunity to share your thoughts on room sharing and shifting in a family with growing children, I’m sure a lot of people would love to hear what you have to say!

  2. Katie@NFP and Me on March 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    I love all of these but goodness the dining room is my favorite!! Beautiful!!

    • Kathryn on March 18, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much! Admittedly, that was my most favorite room to do. We’ve made some great memories in that room and they all involve laughter.

  3. dweej {House Unseen} on April 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Your house is totally gorgeous! Oh man. Love it!

    • Kathryn on April 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you, very much 😉

  4. Bobbie on August 20, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Just came to your site from twitter!

    I am loving that Aggie Maroon office! You have a beautiful home!

    • Kathryn on August 20, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Sitting in it right now 😉 Welcome to the party, Bobbie!

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  7. Barbara Hughes on May 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I just came upon your website…on iheartorganizing.com. I love it! I, too, am a mom to 5 blessings (under the age of 6, including 2 sets of twins). We are a Catholic family that finds joy in everything because every day is a gift. We live in Illinois, but I went to college in Texas. I am not an Aggie, but a Horned Frog! I love Texas though 🙂 Your blog is awesome and inspiring! Thank you and God Bless you and your family! I look forward to reading all your blogs going forward (and catching up on lots of previous ones too). Your family is precious!

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    It’s so cool that your blog has a before/after section for home improvement projects! The diningroom and breakfast room transformations are the most dramatic, in my opinion. Great job!

  12. Jen on February 4, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I just love your mantle picture of Jesus on the cross. You mentioned you received it from friends before they moved, but do you know where they got it? My husband is a pianist and he’d love something like this for his music space. Any help would be so appreciated! Thanks!

    • Kathryn on February 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Jen, looks like it was a local artist here in Austin, on 6th Street. I don’t think there’s another one, unfortunately.

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    I’m keeping a link to this page at the top of a to-do list of stuff for our own house. Whenever it seems overwhelming or I feel like cutting a corner, I’m coming back here to remind myself what a job done right looks like. Phenomenal work. I can’t even list a favorite, because every single one of those rooms looks great!

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  17. Kate on May 11, 2016 at 12:56 am

    What a gorgeous home – seriously wish homes were made like this in the uk – american architects seem to build a much more functional home for mommies than uk ones – the pantry literally I’m in love with!

    • Kathryn on May 14, 2016 at 11:22 pm

      Oh, thank you so much! We have loved making our house a home.

  18. Susanne on August 30, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Always appreciate your sharings through Blessed Is She. Just hopped over here and fell in love with your guest bath shower curtain. May I ask where you found that beauty? All of our sons are grown and time for a little girly in that ‘boys’ bath redo 🙂

    • Kathryn on August 30, 2016 at 8:41 am

      So kind! We found it at Bed Bath & Beyond.

  19. Nora on September 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Love the guest bathroom! Quick question for you: how high are the ceilings in there, wondering if you need high ceilings to paint them dark like you did? Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Kathryn on September 21, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you! Our ceilings are 9-feet and I think that height lends itself well to a dark paint color, especially in such a small space. Although, the crown molding brings the height up a big and provides a light contrast between the ceiling and walls. Hope that helps.

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