House Turned Home

January 31, 2014 by 20 Comments

Ready for another Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour!?!  Tara has a beautiful blog, Between You and Me where she shares real life and the beauty of making their house a home!  I love everything she shares and am so excited for you to see her house turned home.

Home Tour-between you and me

Hi! I’m Tara from between you and me, and I’m excited to welcome you to our home today.  We bought this house almost two years ago, when it had just finished being built, and we’ve been trying to make it a little more “us” ever since. Who knows what our exact style is, but we love a clean, crisp, classic look with a mix of old and new. Pour yourself a cup of your favorite something and come on in…

Home Tour-between you and me
This knock-off anthropolgie wreath was one of my favorite DIY projects from last year! Since it’s the end of January, and we’re dreaming of snow here in North Georgia, I thought I’d put it on our front door! It might be the only thing we get to see this year that looks anything like snow!!


Home Tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

//Dining Room//

Our home has a super open floor plan…as you walk inside, the big clock and half-moon table is to your left and the big red chest and mercury lamps are to your right. Ummmm. Excuse the dirty floors.

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home tour-between you and me

Let me be Singing-between you and me signs

One of the things we’ve added to our dining room to make it more our style is the board and batten.  We found the cow art a few years ago in Senoia, Georgia and thought for sure it was an original, but I’ve also seen them online here, so I’m guessing they’re pretty much everywhere. After we figured out it was one of thousands, we knew we needed to do something to it to make it a little more original, so we made a frame for it out of some reclaimed wood from my parents’ old barn. Ta-daaaa! A little more original.

The other piece of art in the dining room is actually a sign from our Etsy Shop. It’s one of my favorite signs because it is such a desire of our hearts to be singing when life inevitably throws hardship or suffering our way.

//Family Room//

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home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

When we moved in, our mantle was very builder-basic. We put a huge piece of reclaimed wood on top of the existing mantle, and it added more depth and a whole lot of texture to the space.  We also went a little wild this year and bought two of the white chairs from Ikea. I absolutely love them, but I won’t make any bones about it…they’re high maintenance. I should wash them every other week, but I refuse to. They look beautiful, but they’re so impractical. I will say they look great for about ten minutes once a month after I bleach them and dry them and iron them.


home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

The kitchen is where it all happens, right?! It’s the heart of our home for sure. It’s where we start and end our days together.  My husband and oldest son, Luke, added the planked wall to our kitchen one weekend while I was on a trip. They even added some old shutters to each side of the window and painted them in Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams..what a great surprise for ME.

The farm table was a gift that my husband had made for my 30th birthday, so it’s holding up well ten years later! I think my favorite part of it is all the play-doh down in the crevices from years ago when the kids were toddlers.  My Jesus painting was a surprise from my husband this past summer on my 40th! It’s one of my most favorite pieces of art in the whole house!

//Master Bedroom//

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home tour-between you and me blog

We just recently started making a few changes in our master bedroom. We swapped out two bombay chests that we’ve had for nearly twelve years for two old english pine chests that we picked up from Scott’s Antiques in Atlanta. We love them…the Bombay chests were fine, and they were great storage in our bedroom for years and years, but they weren’t really “us.”

The other thing we did was purchase new bedding! We’ve been talking about changing our bedding for two years, but we haven’t been able to find a look that suited both of us. Until….the new Pottery Barn catalog came in the mail over Christmas! We saw the Indigo bedding and we it was something we both instantly loved! We had a gift card that we were able to use to purchase the paisley shams and coverlet, but we decided to go to JCPenny to purchase the navy shams and coverlet because well…their prices were crazy amounts cheaper!!

The bedskirt was made out of painters drop cloth about five years ago…it’s held up well, and lucky for us, it goes with the new bedding because it’s not going anywhere!  The signs above each of our bedside tables are from our shop..they’re actually one of our favorite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

//Our Daughter’s room//

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home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

Lydia’s favorite colors are pink and blue. Can you tell? Her room is by far the happiest room in the house.  As for the details, we made her shutters out of old louver doors and painted them a peacock blue.  We had built-ins made for either side of her large window because she has more books and more polly pockets and more littlest pet shop trinkets than we knew what to do with, so more storage was our solution to the problem! They’ll serve her well over the years as she grows.

The metal crown and the little child with no face came from the Country Living Fair this past October, and the sign is a brand new one in our shop.

//Our younger son’s room//

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home tour-between you and me

home tour-between you and me

Seth is a University of Georgia fan. We live in Athens, home of the bulldogs, and his dad and I met and married here, so it makes sense that he’d be a huge fan!  He and his dad made his headboard out of reclaimed wood.  The UGA art above his bed is from a local artist with an amazing story.  The big metal super G was made by a local guy, and the sign above his pine chest came from our shop.  The bookcase is about 50 years old and we picked it up for $50 at a flea market, and the trunk at the end of his bed came from a yard sale for $5. We put some ball feet on it to make a little taller!

//Our older son’s room//

NOT. I’m rolling on the floor laughing at the thought of taking pictures of his room in it’s current state. He’s 14, and his room is in a bonus room upstairs, so I rarely go up there. When I do, I brace myself and hold my nose!  Thanks so much for letting me give you a tour of our home. Let me know if you have questions about anything you’ve seen!

Amazing, don’t you think!  What did you love about this house?!  You can see more at Between You and Me and check out her fun art (here).

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20 Responses to “House Turned Home”
  1. Diana says:

    Thanks for hosting the tour Aimee I really enjoyed it. Tara everything looks wonderful.

  2. Oh what a fun tour. I wish you would even share more. I think it would have been hilarious to post a picture of your other son’s room. after having three boys I could relate. Seriously show us more of the master and your daughter’s room. Where did you get the “beautiful” pillow and the little lambs. I love all your headboards. So nice to have a hubby sharing your love for reclaiming and having the talent to do these things.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Aimee says:

      Isn’t Tara’s house AMAZING! I, too can relate to boy rooms!!! :) Debby, You will have so much fun following her blog as she shares more and more of her home and her story!!! XO, Aimee

  3. Beth says:

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! What a cool blend of styles and neat touches in kids’s bedrooms. I’m a little partial to the UGA theme! Go Dawgs!

  4. Petra says:

    What a lovely home Tara has made – not like all the other homes out there with the copy-cat fabrics and sofas etc, she’s made it original and interesting 😀

  5. Tabitha says:

    I adore the eating areas–absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing all of these home tours…they’re so inspiring! -Tabitha

  6. tara says:

    Thank you SO much for the opportunity to spend some time on your blog!

  7. Gorgeous! Such beautiful photos too

  8. paige says:

    love tara’s warm & beautifully AND intentionallly decorated home!

  9. Donna says:

    Glad I just found your blog. Love looking at all the tours. Tara’s house is great and they are so talented. Now I’m gonna look through your blog and will be back again. Thanks!

  10. Gloria says:

    Tara, I love you blog and I LOVE your homey-home!
    I too have board and bat living room walls, but over the years, the wood has shrunk and cracked. Many repairs needed and I’ve been thinking about using wider batting and painting it all a creamy yellow. Except the trim, which I will leave light pine.
    Thanks for the inspiration! I think I’m in go-mode now!!

  11. Crystelle says:

    I just LOVE your home! When my home grows up it wants to be just like yours!!!
    In the mean time I pinned like crazy… hahahaha!! :)
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  12. Abby says:

    Such a beautiful home! Love love love it all!

  13. I love the beautiful pillow and wondered if you made it or have a pattern or know where i could get one?

  14. Kim says:

    LOVE the art above your fireplace. can you share the source?

  15. Deb says:

    Absolutely Love your home! Every little touch you put into each room is perfect : )

    So glad I came across your home tour!

    Seeking Lavender Lane

  16. billie says:

    Can you tell me where the painting of Jesus is from. I love it.

    • Aimee says:

      I love it too. I think she found it on vacation?! You could click on her site and ask her for more scoop!!! XO, Aimee

  17. Gloria says:

    Hi, I love your fireplace mantel, was wondering if you have a source for reclaimed beams. I am looking to get one for our fireplace.

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