One thing you need to know about me is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE decorating my home. It definitely reflects my style, and luckily, my husband has similar taste, so we don’t clash too much! I am definitely a minimalist and don’t like our space to be cluttered or too busy. I like it to be appealing and soothing to the eye, and clean lines. I’ve always wanted to post a tour of our home, so I thought now was a perfect time for “My Home Tour Part one”! I will have to put our basement in another post, because there are simply too many pictures.
My Home Tour Part One
My taste in a nutshell is modern/traditional. I am happy to report that I’ve found my “contentment” wall colors! haha My husband can attest that I love to paint. I’m that weird person who finds it relaxing, and I once painted the kitchen in our last home, 3 times! We had brown wood cabinets and it’s just difficult to find a modern color that compliments that, when the lighting wasnt that great in there. This home, that we had custom designed, was sure to have white cabinetry. It’s the center of the home and without a doubt, the most used room. We have a ton of natural light in this house, and along with the white kitchen cabinets, it just looks nice and bright.
There were several things that were a must when we built this home, and since it was our first, we knew we were bound to make some mistakes and have a few regrets. We wanted the most for our money and as everyone knows, any little upgrade costs an arm and a leg, just about! We made a list of things we absolutely wanted, and secondary wants, and we ended up having to cross a lot off our list! We wanted an extended length 3 car garage so my husband could get his truck in, large laundry room, large closets, split bedroom design, open concept, a tornado shelter, and a central vacuum system. Going back, I really wish we could have had 2 sinks in the kids bathroom, because lets face it, when you have 3 children that are all 2 years apart, it gets pretty chaotic! I also wish we would have made the kids rooms larger. They are pretty small, which doesn’t allow much besides their bed and a dresser in there.
We insulated the master bedroom wall and our youngest daughter’s wall to keep some of the sound out, and we chose solid core doors which makes a huge difference as well. The tornado shelter, in our basement was a no-brainer, because we had the space already underneath our front porch. There are 3 cement walls surrounding, and a cement ceiling above, with a solid core door, so we feel pretty safe. We definitely use it every single year, during “tornado season”! Especially when you have children, you want to feel that you can protect them, and the weather here in the Midwest is crazy, to say the least!
Our tastes change throughout the years, and I do wish we had a different colored granite, but again at the time, our budget was stretched so tight, that it would have been another upgrade to move to a grade up. We also chose some cabinet pulls that are small bars, which we catch our clothes on CONSTANTLY! Next house, we definitely will not have these. They look cool, but I’ve torn a few clothing items, and the kids will get caught climbing down from a countertop(when they shouldnt be up there in the first place)! Lastly, I would have liked if we had grey cabinets in our bathrooms, just more of a modern look, I feel. We’ll know more of what we do and don’t want in our next house, for sure.
The idea of creating a focal wall is something I had wanted to do, but had no idea what to do with such a large wall. I saw these 3D wall panels online and really wanted to incorporate them on the wall. Its been one of the best design choices, ever! We have gotten so many compliments on this design! My husband was quite hesitant in the beginning, but now loves it, as well! I purchased them from Ebay.
Home Tour Part One
We were lucky enough to get to restore some awesome low profile rocking, swivel chairs that were my grandparents. They add such great character to the living room.
Here is a close-up of the Phillip Jeffries faux grasscloth:
I am obsessed with grasscloth and knew I wanted some texture in the master bedroom, so I finally decided on faux grey glass cloth. Its washable, neutral, but provides enough detail that it adds a “wow” factor in itself. Now if I could only find a different bedroom suite, because this espresso color shows dust right after I clean, and shows every little nick and scratch! In our youngest daughter’s room I purchased a stencil for her accent wall. My eyes were crossed by the end of it, but it was worth it! The accent chevron wall in our other children’s shared room, I did by free-hand…….yes, …………free-hand! It was exhausting, but it looks pretty darn cool, I think! I free-handed the letters of their name as well on the other walls. Since it’s a small room, I had to get creative on creating a reading nook, so my husband built some book shelves and I purchased pillows for it. When our youngest daughter acclimates better to her toddler bed, we will probably move her in with big sister and move our son to her old room, and make his room more “manly”
If you have any questions on where I purchased something not listed above, please leave me a comment below and I will be happy to respond!
Faucets Purchased at www.faucetdirect.com
Lighting Purchased at www.lightingdirect.com
Other great sites for furniture & Home Decor-www.wayfair.com
I mentioned above, that I love to paint, and the wall colors we have in one of our kid’s bedrooms, our living room, and master bedroom are : Benjamin Moore Ozark Shadows lightened 50%, accent wall where the tv is in our living room is: Benjamin Moore Steel Wool , Master bath is Benjamin Moore Alaskan Skies, laundry room is Benjamin Moore Tranquility, kid’s bathroom is: Benjamin Moore Tranquility.