Don’t you just LOVE Dreamy Dwelling Home Tours?! Hollie from I’m Busy Procrastinating is letting us tour her perfectly built Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour!!! I’m so excited for you to take a walk through this beautiful home…you’re in for a total treat!
I’m Hollie from I’m Busy Procrastinating.
Welcome to the Craftsman Bungalow we built in 2007!
When I left my full-time non-profit job in early 2011, I started blogging to motivate myself to complete all the projects that are circling around in my head. (I can be a bit of a procrastinator, as you can probably tell by my blog name!)
My husband and I are so proud of the Craftsman bungalow we built in 2007. Since we couldn’t find a vintage-style house in the school district we wanted to live in, we found a gorgeous wooded lot, and built one instead! Our goal was to construct a home with features from the 1920s, but with modern amenities. We love being tucked away on a wooded lot, yet the interstate is just five minutes down the road, so we get the best of both worlds.
It was my job to painstakingly select each and every detail of the home, from the rafter tails and porch columns, to the windows and mantle design. I drove around several days checking out exterior details on vintage bungalows, and spent many hours poring over books and websites researching interior and exterior choices common for the 1920s era.
The brick mailbox mimics the Craftsman-style columns on our front porch, and lets people know from the street that our windy driveway is going to lead them to a house that’s a bit different than the rest of the neighborhood! We love our Craftsman bungalow, especially that it’s so different from the typical new home in our area. However, we went through three different house plans before we wound up at this point! Read more about it on our House Story page.
On the inside, we tried to keep the permanent fixtures traditional to the 1920s time period. Probably our favorite parts of the house are the Craftsman-style trimwork and doors. The changeable decor is a mix of vintage, modern, industrial and classic. Come on in!
Our favorite room is our living room. When we moved in five years ago, I was into a coastal look of soft browns, blues and whites. Unfortunately it went too far in the brown direction, so I’ve been slowly brightening it up over the past year or two. While I still have quite a few coastal accessories around (decorative coral is my cryptonite), I’ve been transitioning the room to a turquoise/black/white scheme with punches of other peppy colors.
As you can see in the photo above, the front door opens directly into the living room and kitchen. We’re a casual family, so we didn’t see any need for formal rooms at the front of the house.
Because our kitchen cabinets are white, and our living room sofa is black, I’ve been bringing more and more white into the living room to tie it in with the kitchen. I’m also trying to bring in more blue to the kitchen. A few months ago I switched from wooden saddle stools to blue industrial stools for the island, which is where we eat most meals.
My husband and teenage son thought I was a bit wacky, but I like doing something a little unexpected! For more wacky design, let’s head into the dining room.
I love my vintage letter R’s! (My last name is Rich, lest you wonder why that letter in particular.) I’ve had one of the R’s for years, then I got a wild hair to cover the dining room walls with more. I sourced them from Etsy and Ebay. I’m still trying to decide whether to collect more, or whether to install board and batten on the lower half of the wall and move all the R’s up higher. Decisions, decisions!
In the dining room, I mixed the vintage R’s, a table made from iron and reclaimed wood (which I had glass cut to fit), and sleek modern chairs. We used to have a matching traditional-style dining set, but this combination suits my style much better.
The last room on today’s house tour is our master bedroom.
The chocolate brown walls make the room cozy and balance out the softer textures and colors of the bed and nightstands, helping to balance masculine and feminine. The white, red and turquoise furniture pieces were all painted by me. One of my hobbies is taking a piece of unwanted vintage furniture and bringing it back to life with paint. As a matter of fact, I have 10 pieces in my basement workshop waiting for a makeover … if only I’d quite procrastinating!
Remember before Pinterest and blogs, when you were mainly exposed to design ideas in magazines? Years ago I had seen an installation of ceiling medallions on the wall above a sofa in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. I had torn out the page, but hadn’t thought about it again until I came across the image online. I knew it was the perfect solution for the large wall across from our bed, to help camouflage the TV.
I hope you enjoyed the tour! Decorating is a passion of mine, so it’s always fun to share my home with other people. And, of course, I love peeking into other people’s homes too, so Aimee’s Dreamy Dwellings series has been a lot of fun!
If you’d like to see more of my house, including lots more photos, details and sources, check out my House Tour page or Projects page. Or catch up on my “Crushing On” series to find out what products, colors, or designs are making me swoon. Hope to see you at I’m Busy Procrastinating soon!
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