Good morning, y’all! And Happy Monday! While you’re reading this post (if it’s early in the morning), I’m currently on my way to the hospital to photograph a birth! And not just any birth but my neighbor, one of my best friends is a gestational carrier for another friend! You can read more of their story here on my photography blog.
What better testament to the grace of our Father!
I am so thankful you’re here. I’m thankful for this time of year and I’m thankful we are able to celebrate and blog about how we fill our homes with Christmas cheer. I’m thankful for my friend, Lindsay, from The White Buffalo Styling Co., who always graciously hosts this tour!
I shared the first part of our tour last week and you can read more about it here. I’m not going to lie, I’m super excited about my first magnolia garland.
If you’re coming over from The Inspired Room, welcome!
I brought back some red this year and kept most of the whites. I tried to mainly shop the house but of course, I got sucked in to the Target dollar spot and bought a few small things to accent.
Two years ago, I added some chicken wire to this old window from our house for our cards and this year just added a small wreath and it’s been so fun to add cards as they’ve come in!
And how could I forget to tell you that we found a flocked tree on Craigslist!?! Oh my word. I was BEYOND excited! We added dollar tree ornaments and some popcorn garland and a berry garland a friend let me borrow!
I love the touches my kiddos have added in the kitchen. It was so funny; while I was trying to make Callie’s footprint wreath, the boys were dying to make a footprint or handprint so we ended up with a thumbprint wreath instead. It’s the little things. 😉
One of my favorite things, and one of the reasons I added red was because of this little Coca-Cola tray I found for Callie’s party! We hung it on the wall and it holds coffee and hot chocolate! I have to admit, I love this little corner now.
Another favorite is this O Come All Ye Faithful from my friend Alex!
It wouldn’t be right to end this tour without a picture of the nativity. Recently, I have begun helping with the children’s ministry team at our church and yesterday morning, the amazing Sunday School teacher and former Children’s Minister took us on a hunt for Baby Jesus. We went through the sanctuary and couldn’t figure out why God wouldn’t send the King of the World to such a fancy place. We looked outside but we ended in the musty basement where we found him lying in the manger.
God sent us His Son, the King of the World so that we could spend eternity with Him. And with the group of children singing Joy to the World in the basement of the church, my heart shifted to that reminder.
Then, in “big church,” my friend, along with my dad and Russ’ aunt and two high schoolers sang King of the World by Natalie Grant. This song has already been on repeat around our house but if you haven’t heard it, you have to look it up on Spotify.
“When did I forget you have always been the King of the World?
How could I make you so small when you’re the one that holds it all?”
So when I become anxious about the holiday season or worry about how clean the house is when the basketball team comes Saturday morning or when I stress about making it work financially, this reminder that He is the King washes that all away.
So COME! Let us adore Him.
Because if I’m being honest, Saturdays in the winter are my favorite day. It’s so special to watch my boys (including my husband loving on these kiddos). Because when you’re doing something you love, something God gave you a passion for, life is that much better.
Thanks for being here, friends. If you’ll head to Julia’s blog over at Cuckoo 4 Design , I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Good morning, friends!!!
My name is Amber and we have a wild, but fun, little family living in this home we affectionately call The Yellow House.
It’s come a long way from when we bought it four years ago and our latest project was the patio where I set the table today.
If you’re new here, you must know I do everything really simple (except I’m trying to plan my little girl’s birthday party and I’m trying so hard to keep it simple but it isn’t seem to be happening that way!).
So this table we set, I kept it very simple.
Using votives I found at a thrift store a few weeks ago and thrifted wine glasses, I filled them with tea lights and surrounded with eucalyptus.
Next, I pulled six white plates off our shelves, and grabbed some pumpkins that my mother-in-law gave me last year.
Using napkins I already had and two table runners from Gordman’s, I decided not to go down the center since the eucalyptus softly finishes the table.
I love how simple it turned out.
But even more, I love this area and knowing how hard my husband, Russ, worked this summer to lay every brick.
I love how excited our boys get to build a fire.
And I love how perfectly it ends a fall day.
Be sure to head to super talented friend, Eileen’s blog for her beautiful table at A Creative Day Blog! I can’t wait to see it!
Thanks, again, Lindsay, for hosting!
Good morning, precious friends. I am more than thankful you are here.
Unfortunately, I waited until the last minute to write this post as I was waiting for the words to come to me and then this afternoon, just thirty minutes from our small town, in the county where we live, there was a shooter that entered the playground of an elementary school. Miraculously, no one was killed, only injured, but knowing that my husband just went over safety procedures at his school the day before and that my oldest little man is with my mom at our local primary school, I just kind of walked around in a fog for a while. And when it came time to edit these pictures, it felt, well, not worthy. I already felt this way when capturing the images because fall is not really my “thing.” Normally, I’m all exclamation points with excitement but I cannot seem to muster up the words. Please forgive me and know it’s not always this way. God is still and will always be good but my prayers are so deeply with those families I cannot seem to concentrate.
Every time I put together one of these tours for Lindsay, I think, yep, this is it. I’m for sure being kicked out of the tour. I mean, y’all. The talent included is phenomonal. Each tour so different, so unique just like that of all of us. We LIVE here. We love our home and know that God brought us to this Yellow House intentionally. Of course, with any foreclosure there is still work to do but man, are we grateful.
So, today as you peek into our home, know there are so many imperfections. And honestly, there’s dishes hidden in the sink, but we love where we are. We love the people we share it with. And we love having you stop by. When I say I am so grateful you are here, I truly mean it.
(And if you’re coming over from Annie’s, hi. Thank you for coming! She’s one of those crazy talented people I was talking about…and one of the reasons I have the Velveteen Rabbit sign that you’ll see in my dining room.)
You can read our story of this foreclosure journey here and how we made over our kitchen for almost $5,000…but for now, here is where our life is lived.
Now, please visit my sweet friend, Beth. Her gifts always make me smile because of the thought she put in.
And as always, thanks so much to Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. for hosting this incredible tour (click on her link to start from Monday!). And be sure to head to The Nester and Nesting With Grace.
Have a blessed day, sweet friends. So many prayers lifted for so many this beautiful fall morning.
Good morning, y’all!!
I cannot believe it is almost August.
Except I can believe it because all summer we have been working on this
little huge project.
You see, when we started, we thought this little space beside our deck was, in fact, small.
Turns out the moment Russ laid the first ten bricks we realized exactly how big it was.
If you remember, we had a chimney separating our kitchen from our dining room and when the crew that helped renovate our house knocked it down, they saved the bricks for us!
Never knowing a patio could fill this space, we contemplated selling the bricks (and even let a few people come look at them) until one day it hit us, why not make this small space into a patio!?! It seemed like a GREAT idea! And we are so in love! And so glad we kept the bricks. But man, it’s been a HOT summer! My poor husband worked day and night to get this finished. He laid the brick, built the table, built the fire pit, built the bench at the table, built the anchor sign, planted a few bushes. He.did.it.all.
And I could not be more proud!
And more excited for this gem of a space!
So, come on in to our little patio!
(Of course, I will have a separate post to tell you all about each detail but today, I wanted you to see it like we see it. The potential, the endless days and nights and the potential to just be.)
You know my vision for this home has always been a space that is welcoming. We want our doors to be open and dreams to be shared. We want the garden gate swinging as neighbors come in and out. We want you to come over uninvited and just sit a spell. Because it is what I imagined when we moved into this yellow house.
I imagine women around this table late at night laughing (and that happened last night!).
I imagine families and children hanging out until it’s dark making s’mores.
I imagine our own family dinners watching the kids run and build blocks and drive their cars.
I imagine mornings out here for our quiet time.
I imagine birds coming as we hang birdhouses in the trees that hang over just right.
I imagine just Russ and me sitting out here under the twinkling lights talking, laughing, having our own little date night as the kids drift off to sleep inside.
I imagine us, growing, changing, crying, loving, dreaming.
I imagine it looks a lot like home.
I imagine it looks like this.
All opinions are my own. Hayneedle provided the pillows, string lights and planters. For more information, please read my disclosure.
Good morning, friends!
If you’re coming over from my sweet friend, Summer’s blog, WELCOME! I am truly so thankful you are here.
Today is Day Two of the talented Lindsay’s Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours! Be sure to begin the tour over at The White Buffalo Styling Co.
My husband and I, and our three kiddos, live in a very small town, not too far south from Summer in Charlotte and about 45 minutes from Lindsay! We have actually lived in this tiny town our entire lives and this will be our third summer in what we affectionately call, our Yellow House.
We still have a LONG way to go (and have some SUPER exciting backyard projects going on right now that I cannot wait to share!) but we love this home and are so thankful for how far it has come.
You can read about that journey here and how we came to call this home ours.
Today, I am sharing what our home looks like right this minute. I did not stage it too much and left many things the way they were because I thought, why not? If you’re like me, you’d probably rather see things that are attainable and goodness knows over here with three kiddos under five, it is nearly impossible to maintain a clean house!
You will notice as you come in, our stairs are right in between our living and dining room but our front door opens wide to our living room. And this is TRULY where we spend most of our time! The kitchen and dining room are all open to the kitchen and that has been a huge blessing!
Right beside our staircase is a little nook for our bags and all of the paintings and invitations that seem to come daily! I thought about changing bags out and moving things around but this is pretty much how it stays (Oh and the hat is from The Dollar Store and the chambray shirt that has been my cover up this summer is a Goodwill find!)These three open areas are where we eat, play, and gather. Whether it is board games or wrestling, most of these pillows end up all over the floor. I debated a centerpiece for the dining room table but I always end up moving it when we eat and that kind of drives me crazy. Plus, since we are ALL home for the summer (my husband is a teacher and coach), we eat pretty much every meal here or outside! I was SO excited to hang my recent beach trip picture and love that it is in this little corner. I have slowly added more glassware to my open shelves and I have loved the change. The little milk bottles with straws were a Target dollar spot find and worth the $3. My middle little man LOVES a straw!
Since I found this table several months ago, we have been eating lunch out here almost every day! BIG changes are coming to this little side yard beside it and you can probably see the giant mud pit right in the middle of our yard! Stay tuned!
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As I searched for the words for this post, I kept getting truly giddy inside. Absolutely ridiculous, right? I am so honored to be a part of Lindsay’s Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours and after Friday’s heavy post, I was nervous about how this post would come across. But more than anything when I talk to my friend, she says, I enjoy talking about normal things.
And an office at home? Kind of normal.
If you’re coming over from my dear, dear friend, Summer, welcome. Isn’t she a delight? I had the beautiful opportunity to meet and her precious family in Greenville about a month ago and I think we could have talked all day long!
It was my dream since the day Kuy was born to stay home with him and then when we had another child, the desire grew and grew. Then, God called me to take the leap so I resigned and a week later, I found out I was pregnant!
It’s taken me all year to find a balance. Like, I really feel like we just found a routine that works for us last week. But still, I would not change it for the world.
When we moved into the Yellow House three years ago, this room was supposed to be Russ’ office. He was the one that needed a place to retreat, watch film, meet with other coaches, etc. And for three years, we tried everything to make it serve that purpose. We had a couch in here, we tried a dining room table, you name it, we tried to make it work without spending a dime.
Then, I quit my job to stay home and my tiny office next to where the boys were napping quickly became evident that it would NOT work. They were constantly walking in there, not napping, asking questions…you know what it’s like.
So we moved my office downstairs. And still, it was the catch all room.
Honestly, I absolutely hated it. This room is the pass through on the way to our guest bathroom (powder room, if you will) and it was always a mess.
But about a month ago, I asked Russ if we could use the tabletop I found on the side of the road as my desk (see it leaning against the wall in the corner).
My idea was to cut the legs down from my previous desk to make this my desk.
And it worked!
I lived with just the table in the room for a couple of weeks and tried different rugs underneath. I also tried to make my own kids table (disaster) and so my dad came to the rescue and created this adorable table and bench for the kids.
Honestly, it was not until I moved the desk under the window until a true vision came to life.
I KNEW I wanted “shiplap/plank” whatever you call it kind of wall and once that was done, I could not move fast enough.
We had a yard sale to get rid of everything in this house we were not using. Clothes, toys, rugs, shelves, pictures, pillows, all of it. I have not read the Magic of Tidying Up but I felt like I could not get rid of our stuff fast enough.
I used the ladder that I use for pictures as a plant stand. I found clearance frames at Michael’s.
Then, when all the kids were at school and Callie was napping I played with this gallery wall.
BUT, what I love about this room is that it was truly a team effort.
helped me hang hung the plank wall all by himself and I just handed him nickels (see the tutorial we used here!).
You saw the table my dad built (with the amazing little bench).
And my friend sewed these beautiful pillows for me.
My other friend, Jean Anne aka one of the absolute FUNNIEST people I know, painted this gorgeous artwork! Let me tell you, if you go to her house, you will be blown away. Maybe she will let me sneak a tour in for you! She has art everywhere. You can find her talents at JeanAnneMaynard.
And this chair? I searched online for WEEKS and visited Goodwill for a lucky Target find and nothing. I could not justify spending too much on an office chair and last Tuesday, on a whim, I drove by our thrift store here in our town because sometimes they have items sitting outside. And y’all! Sitting right inside was the little chair. I pulled the car over, jumped out and asked how much it was (it’s an expensive thrift store but that’s another story) and the sign said $5 but I thought there’s no way! YES! It was $5! I ran back to my running car, grabbed five dollars (passing the woman in line) and threw it in my car as fast I could. I did not do one thing to it (except spray it for fleas and bedbugs..hey, you never know!).
And this chandelier (that my husband’s best friend helped hang!)? I bought TWO years at a Goodwill at the beach. NINE DOLLARS. Yes. And again, I did not do anything to it.
(Oh and the little arrow was a gift from my sister-in-law! How perfect, right!?!)
This room is truly us. It is comprised of meaningful items, most of which we already had, thrifted treasures, the style WE love, and functional for our family.
I seriously walk through this room and breathe a little sigh of relief that it finally fits our home.
It finally feels good and not stressful to walk by a room that is complete.
Normal? Kind of. But further reminders to me of God’s faithfulness through the good and hard times.
Be sure to head over to Katie’s blog for the continuation of the tours and pick up tomorrow, too! I can assure you it’s time well spent.
Oh, man! Can you believe it’s FINALLY feeling like spring (well, down here in South Carolina, it is!)?!? Yesterday, I got to have lunch and meet my friend in person for the first time! Do you know Summer at Simple Stylings? YES! We got to actually meet and our kiddos hung out and it.was.so.much.fun. AND it reminded me how much I love this online world! It may seem crazy and weird to my actual friends I grew up with but it is so cool to have connections with people and share interests with people that I otherwise would have never met!
Carrie, from Lovely, Etc. is like that, too! She puts together this home tour each year and is so sweet to include all of us!
So if you need some spring inspiration, be sure to visit all of the other blogs! Mainly, because around here, you’re just going to get a simple, real life tour! I cleaned up some but I did not even move Callie’s little swing out of the way! Sorry guys! It was just too beautiful outside to be stuck inside taking a bunch of pictures!
If you’re new here, welcome! Be sure to read all about how this little house became our home and the love we have put into it.
And here she is!
We will start in the living room because that’s where our door opens when you walk into our home…
I feel like the living room is ALMOST complete. It’s finally how I envisioned it! The little coffee table used to be my desk. Most recently, we added the secretary that was my grandmother’s and my newest art from Between You and Me Signs truly reminds me on the hard days of parenting why God gave me this opportunity!
Our living room is open to our dining room (you can read how it’s almost ENTIRELY thrifted here). We truly enjoy lingering here…
One of the things that made this dream come true was tearing down the chimney between the dining room and kitchen (read how we did it for close to $5,000!). This is also one reason I chose to paint everything white—a) I change my mind all the time so I can use different colors and b) I love how bright it is!
Cray loved seeing his little artwork up there and we use our open shelves so much there’s no way anything stays dusty. We use those dishes on a daily basis! Plus, I love that I just moved things around and did not buy anything to “update” our house for spring. The little cake dish was my latest purchase and I actually plan to use it for a couple of photography sessions I have but good enough reason to stick it on the shelf, too! I’m loving the blush pink this year!
Another little blessing is our fresh flowers. I knew we were trying not to spend money this month but I REALLY wanted some flowers and low and behold, my mother-in-law dropped off the flowers that are in my kitchen! It truly is the little things that remind me of God’s goodness and sense of humor. (The ones in my living room were leftover from my church! It’s my other secret to fresh flowers…other people’s leftovers!)
Thanks so much for stopping by today! I know we are far from perfection and you saw some little kiddos sneaking in some pictures but that is who we are and why we do this. This home is truly what we love but more than anything, we want others to feel loved when they gather. Years ago, I took a spiritual gifts class and I seriously laughed when mine was hospitality. I had no idea the stirring God would put in my heart years later for others to simply gather. I am so thankful for our family and friends and I am so thankful for you! I hope you, too, leave here feeling moved to use what you have to make your own house a home and to invite others to share in that.
Be sure to visit the other blogs in the tour today and this week! There is SO much talent here and girls with the most genuine hearts to follow along with each day (oh and there’s a giveaway! You can check it out at the bottom of the page!)!
Should I participate? The tour starts with my dear friend, Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co. and the talent throughout is absolutely phenomenal. I mean, seriously. Amazing. And if you’re coming over from Eileen’s blog, isn’t she just a breath of fresh air? (P.S. Lindsay, Eileen and I are actually only about thirty minutes apart! It was so fun to actually meet in person a few months ago!)
But even knowing that these peers are my friends, will MY home be up to par?
I really want to use red this year but it seems a lot of bloggers are using red and what if someone thinks I’m copying them?
What if my home isn’t perfect by Thursday? I have a newborn. How can I get this done?
(And of course, when I somewhat finished, it rained for three days with intense fog so the lighting was terrible for photographs!!)
Last year for Christmas, I stuck with my blues that I love, love, love but for some reason this year, I wanted a cozier feel. I needed more warmth, I guess.
And let me tell you, there’s nothing like bringing a baby home to a decorated house for Christmas.
But then as I sat here all week, I kept wanting to change things around! Which we all knew would happen…
But I didn’t. Because I love, love, love my tree and even kept a few blues.
And I maybe spent $30 between fresh garland and wreaths (a must), some fake berries for 50% off at Hobby Lobby and those adorable skis that I’m kicking myself for only getting one set! I also grabbed some $3 mugs at Wal-Mart on a whim one night because they were red and blue. The perfect mix.
I used red the very first year we lived here so I kept it in a separate box and this year I started with all whites and then barely mixed in red with a few small blues.
Anyway, all of my questions about what the heck I was doing were thrown out the window when I read my first devotion of the Advent season.
And I was reminded again how much it truly isn’t about me.
It’s not about my tree or my mantle or if someone else used red and I did, too, it’s about the cross.
It’s about the stable.
It’s about family.
It’s about the sacrifice of a young mother that labored intensely so that we could be set free.
And a week shy from my own labor (that included medication), I recognize this all too well.
I imagine Joseph wasn’t just waiting expectantly to cut the cord and catch baby Jesus. I imagine him pacing and asking and talking fervently to God. His brand new bride is delivering the Messiah.
That would change the world.
In one night.
In one stable.
Under one star.
That led us all to a place where perfectly decorated homes are the least of our concerns.
Because He is sovereign.
So, come, let us adore Him.
In every moment of this holiday season.
Be sure to head to some of my very favorite bloggers ever over at DIY Playbook.
MONDAY: The White Buffalo Styling Co. | House Seven | Bliss at Home | Mimosa Lane | Swoon Worthy | Claire Brody | Nesting with Grace
TUESDAY: The Makerista | Simple Stylings | Amanda Katherine | The Sweetest Digs | Iron & Twine | Style Your Senses | Dream Green DIY
WEDNESDAY: Hunted Interior | Cuckoo 4 Design | The Chronicles of Home | Go Haus Go | Chic Little House | Burlap & Lace | My FABuless Life | Desert Domicile
THURSDAY: Rain on a Tin Roof | Michaela Noelle Designs | Dwellings by Devore | A Creative Day Blog | Restless Arrow | DIY Playbook | Julie Blanner | Craftberry Bush
FRIDAY: Inspired by Charm | withHEART | Dimples and Tangles | SG Style | Brittany Makes | Place of My Taste | Primitive & Proper
Through the journey of the yellow house (you can read the entire story here!), we learned so much and I am so grateful we chose to style these spaces over time.
I thought it may be helpful to have all of these transformations in one place so this isn’t technically a “post” as it is an update!
And a little peek of the nursery!!
GOOD MORNING, friends!! Can you believe it’s the first day of fall? I have to admit. I love summer. I mean…absolutely cannot wait each year for summer. But this year, I am ready for fall nights! Maybe it’s the leggings and sweaters I’m really ready for…;)
Today, I am BESIDE myself excited to be a part of Lindsay’s tour! Her inspiring blog, The White Buffalo Styling Co. is FULL of so much goodness! She’s the host of this incredible tour (so make sure you start there!) and has put together a pretty darn amazing group of bloggers. I’m still trying to figure out how I factor into this equation with our simplicity!
If you’re here from Hammer and Heels blog, aren’t you just blown away? Another beautiful tour!
If you’re new to Restless Arrow, welcome!! You may want to read about our crazy foreclosure journey. I still cannot believe I get to live here and now, that I am living my dream as a stay at home mom it makes it that much more surreal.
Needless to say, being at home with my two boys does not afford a lot of home decor that I can change too much! We live here. And I mean, we truly live here.
So, hopefully, you’ll leave a little inspired and know that you, too, can do this on a budget!
Welcome!!! (P.S. If you love my necklace as much as I do, go check out Beige and Barn (y’all, I used to COACH this girl! She is crazy talented!)
One thing that absolutely sold me on this home was that you can see our staircase when you walk in. It just feels traditional and like you’re at home.
On this door, I just hung a simple grapevine wreath where I normally hang my Christmas wreath. Very, very simple.
When you enter our home, our living room is immediately to your right.
It’s pretty open to the dining room and our kitchen so we try to tie everything together with soothing whites, grays, blues and greens. I don’t tend to decorate heavily for fall. You’ll notice some cozy blankets, a few thrifted and/or spray painted pumpkins, and some fall flowers.
Our dream for this home is that should anyone walk through that door, they immediately feel comfortable. I truly want people to walk in and want to sit on the couch and stay a while. You can read more about our vision here and why we chose these couches.
Let me tell you about all of my flowers that helped it most feel like fall! Y’all! They were free!! Our church had an event last week and after church Wednesday night, they were about to throw them away! I couldn’t run back to church fast enough!
The gardenias are courtesy of my mother-in-law and I absolutely LOVE how they make our house smell!
Since our TV is over the mantle, I tend to decorate this little dresser. Using the top of an electrical spool, I painted this pretend clock. I would like to order a clock kit to make it actually work!
In our dining room, the simplicity continues. Our dining room is filled with mostly thrifted furniture and pieces to fill our china cabinet.
I painted stripes on our table a few months ago and since we eat most every meal here, I chose not to set the table yet! Simple apples fill this little planter I found at Target this spring (and yes, it was full but two little boys I know kept sneaking apples as snacks!)!
That theme continues into our kitchen with thrifted items filling our open shelves. (You can read all about our kitchen makeover and how we did it for almost $5,000!) And more free flowers filling up my counters! (I’m not gonna lie..I’m pretty excited about the flowers I stuffed into this thrifted basket!)
They perfectly speak fall without spending a dime!
Thank you SO much for hanging out with me today! The tour ends here but picks up tomorrow so DO NOT MISS IT! I promise…it’s so worth it!!
Thank you, again, Lindsay, for having me!
If you missed a day, here’s the full line up!
The White Buffalo Styling Co. (start of tour)
Y’all. Did you just read that title?
This is yet ANOTHER dream come true.
Let me back up. I met Lindsay years ago and I fell in love. Her sweet, kind personality just draws you in completely. Then, one day perusing blogs last year, I saw this adorable familiar face on Young House Love and discovered that this friend that I haven’t seen in YEARS had a blog! And not just a blog! A WILDLY successful blog!
I have followed Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co. and have obsessed over BSHT for the past year or so and I.am.amazed. yet again at the talent and ability that each of these ladies possess!
I’ve also secretly dreamed of being a part of it so when Lindsay asked me, after I picked myself up off the floor, I couldn’t say yes fast enough!
So, if you’re new here, welcome! If you’re visiting from Shannon’s blog, Burlap and Lace, don’t you just love it so much!!?
I am truly so thankful for you and just like anyone who enters our home, (and like our preacher says every Sunday), I am DELIGHTED you are here!
Come on in!
We bought our foreclosure three and a half years ago and completely gutted it.
Unfortunately, we spent all of our money on the not so fun stuff like sheetrock and windows and electrical so that left our decorating budget at around $0.
So for the past year and a half that we have lived here, we have worked tirelessly to make it a home that we love and hopefully, that welcomes many!
I enjoy thrifting desperately and the idea of repurposing something we already have makes it that much better!
We bought these two white couches from IKEA and we LOVE the white!
Our home lends itself to an airy, open feel and I love that the whites and soothing blues tie everything together seamlessly.
I have quickly also become obsessed with fresh flowers! I have a secret, though. My hometown florist lets me have what she throws away! Don’t tell! (Or if you live in my hometown, sorry! 😉 )
Obviously, the easiest way we freshen up for spring is with fresh flowers from the yard or the florist! There’s just something about fresh flowers that makes an entire space seem happier.
Like most of our home, our dining room is almost entirely thrifted (Oh, also we are NOT about perfection as you may can tell!). You can read about dining room and imperfection here!
Our kitchen was also a total gut job as we ripped out everything, including the rotten floor. You can read all about that here!
We are so grateful for this space and we are reminded everyday what a special opportunity we have to open these doors to so many that we love.
Whether it be the basketball team on Saturday mornings or our friends for a small brunch!
I cannot tell you what it means to me that you spent time with me today!
Continue the tour at one of my ALL-TIME favorites (that I may or may not stalk on IG, she may not know it though…) Iron and Twine! She has the most beautiful twins!
And to catch up from Monday:
Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Spring, friends!
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What does it mean to love your home? For me, I loved this house for so long that I never even dreamed we would actually be here.
And now, it’s our home.
I firmly believe that your home tells a story and fully describes and indicates who you are as an individual and as a family.
So when Taylor from the incredible Porch.com asked me to participate in their series, #loveyourhome, I jumped at the chance because we are absolutely in love with our home.
But to us, we aren’t in love with our home for the aesthetics.
We are in love with this kitchen because of the people that enter it. The preparedness that goes into each meal. The labor and the toil behind the meals and the prayers over orange juice. The potential that we saw so many years ago as I imagined meals here, conversations lingering.
This is what I dreamt of so long throughout the exhausting but rewarding renovating process.
Celebrating the everyday.
I didn’t want this house just because I loved the way it looked. I thought it was beyond adorable but more than that, I saw our lives here.
And as our lives grow and change, our stories evolve, too, on the white couches (with washable slipcovers) as they envelop bodies as memories are made, wrestling matches are had, and movies are watched. Because here, we are not about perfection.
And if there is a need to get away to put these stories into words, I so often sneak into my office and import these pictures and type about these memories.
But, this story for us wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t start here.
In this Word, with His guidance.
Memories to us are made in the home but they’re more about the people we share it with.
I love this room, too, because it reflects our children.
And their personalities and what they have created.
The story of our home began almost five years ago and the story will continue as we grow, our children grow, and as our hearts grow beyond what we could have even imagined when we first laid eyes on this yellow house.
So I couldn’t just choose one space. It would be like tearing out the page to a book.
And without opening the book, you don’t know the entire story.
And you can never judge a book by its cover.
I am so honored that today one of my very close friends is sharing our home tour! This is a huge honor because I LOVE Summer’s style so much! She has been such an inspiration to me and I have loved getting to know her! One of the great things about blogs and social media!
Be sure to check out her amazing projects and beautiful style at Simple Stylings!
And if you’re visiting from her blog, we would love for you to follow along with us! It would mean so much! I’m so glad you’re here!
Good morning, y’all!!
It’s Tuesday which means it’s finally time for my very first home tour! To make it that much better, it’s for my absolute favorite holiday, CHRISTMAS!
If you are coming from Aniko’s blog, is she not amazing? She sure is a hard act to follow with her beautiful photography and stunning home!
But, this would not be possible without Carrie…a huge thank you for putting this all together! Make sure you visit her gorgeous home, too!
Come on in!
Two years ago, my husband and I began renovating this old, abandoned foreclosure. We affectionately call it the Yellow House. It wasn’t always this open but I hope this tour gives a feel of the layout!
As soon as you walk in, our living room is on the right. There are so many little details I want to tell you about and simple DIY projects that truly take no time and thrifted details that tied it all together!
These four windows are actually from our second home and one of my favorite additions to our wall. Where our wreath is hanging is an old picnic table top I found on the side of the road! And the little lighted tree used to be gold but since I like to reuse items, yet change my mind, it was nothing white lights and a coat of spray paint couldn’t easily fix! (And the yardstick star was SUCH an easy DIY! You may have seen a few floating around the blogosphere!) Russ’ sweet grandmother made our stockings a couple of years ago. I love our little initials hanging on them to signify each member of our family!
A few years ago, I started putting our Christmas cards on a little ring. I love seeing how our family and friends have grown (and I had to frame Kuy’s very first Christmas card! It is one of my absolute favorites!)!
So at the end of the season, I’ll take these Christmas cards, punch a hole and add them to the ring!
This is actually an old window from THIS house that I nailed some chicken wire to!
Most importantly, though, I want you to feel at home, too. That’s one of the reasons I dreamed about this house for so long. I wanted it to be a place where friends and family gathered. Of course, that’s possible anywhere, but for some reason, I felt called to this Yellow House.
Adjacent to our living room, is our almost entirely thrifted dining room (have you sensed that I LOVE a thrift store find!?). As you can see, my only true splurge was satin ribbon and real pine garland and a few real wreaths. This is our first year with an artificial tree but I still wanted that sweet smell of Christmastime!
After Thanksgiving, I actually cleared off the table because I felt like there were little details everywhere else that wanted to be noticed.
Like this beautiful Willow Tree nativity…(I have little hands at my house so it has to go on an unreachable surface.)…I love that this little vignette isn’t overwhelmed. Just a touch of pine and Mary holding her beautiful baby.
One of the things I loved most about this yellow house was the potential for an open floor plan. By knocking out the chimney, our dining room is now open to the kitchen. Again, simple details like little ornaments, jingle bells, and my boys’ handprint wreaths add that tiny pop of blue yet Christmasy feel.
Those simple touches continue throughout the house. A wreath in the bathroom and our bedroom, garland on the stairs, my boys’ handmade ornaments tree (that Kuy hung himself), and a simple advent calendar (printable from DIY Mommy!) hung on a crib spring with which we read a scripture each day.
Oh, how I wish you could do that with us! I can’t tell you what it means to have you here! Thank you so much for stopping by to visit our home.
I hope you’ll stop by the others’, as well. I love seeing each family’s personality reflected in their home!
It was a blessing to spend time with you today! Merry Christmas!
For inspiration every day this week, be sure visit these incredible blogs!! I am so, so honored to be alongside them!