Don’t you just LOVE Dreamy Dwelling Home Tours?! Gorgeous decor always gets my creative juices flowing. Kristin blogs at bliss-athome.com and is so sweet to share her Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour with us! You’re going to fall in love with her amazing style!
We purchased our home in 2009. Actually, it is the home I grew up in–strange–right? It is a 1950’s 3 bedroom brick ranch. Things that are great about this house–2 big fireplaces, crown moldings, hardwood floors, well-built walls, and a basement as large as the upper floor. Things not so great: Every room needs a major overhaul. Well, we got it at a great price and memories of crackling fires in those great old stone fireplaces were going to become my reality once again. We went into it knowing that every room had to be renovated. So, if you visit my blog you will see us DIY’ing away while trying to balance the craziness of life with two energetic little boys! When I design a room for my personal space, I have a pretty solid plan of attack. I love high contrast, bold classic patterns with a modern edge, black + white, lots of texture, and a little glamour.
I am a realist though. I have two little boys, and one big boy– my husband, Dave. Let’s face it, boys are messy and rough on a home! I am seriously out-numbered!
I wanted to keep this room soothing and comfortable. We wanted it to feel like we were staying at boutique hotel away from the everyday.
The living room was just really plain. We lived it in a while before we decided how we wanted it to feel and look. It continues to evolve and I still have some tweaking I intend to do to it.
You are catching us at Christmas time, so excuse the holiday decor. The first thing you see when you enter this room is the giant stone fireplace. I think it’s pretty unique for the era of the house. I made the art on the fireplace. The chairs and table were thrifted. I just made the table over with some metallic silver paint and added mirror glass tiles to the edge.
To add some interest and color we painted an accent wall in a deep blue.
I am also a fan of what I call “classy clutter”. I love to put interesting things on my coffee table. My latest DIY, scented candles, my favorite design book of the moment, and of course a great tray.
We have a wall of windows that makes furniture arrangement a challenge in this room. We have created two main sitting areas. My husband and I spend just about every Saturday by the fire reading the paper and having coffee.
There is a built-in that my dad installed when he owned this house. I just painted the woodwork to make the stained glass pop. Most the items on there are thrifted.
The wall opposite the windows has some of my amateur photographs of our boys when they were younger. The table was my Grandma’s and actually is old Zenith TV cabinet. I just made it over with some paint and lacquered it.
The entry way has not been tackled yet. The space between the hallway and entryway we fashioned a bar cart out of an old kitchen cart . We needed a space to store items and hang our coats too. That wall I decided to stripe on a whim to define the space more. Let me just say it is tedious work painting stripes on a textured wall!
My favorite space outdoors is by our patio. We spend a lot of time out here when the weather is nice.
And we still have of plenty of spaces to remodel in our home. Right now we are working on the kitchen and dining area. It is only half way finished but we did manage to have our Christmas Eve dinner in there.
My husband also built some more coat storage by our back door that leads into the kitchen since that is our main point of entry from the garage.
I hope you enjoyed our little tour. You can follow our progress at bliss-athome.com. My thanks again to Aimee for inviting me to show you our little place we call home.