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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The GIRLS' BEDROOM
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.
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.