Almost one year ago we moved into the first home we’ve ever owned. My husband and I have been married for 7 years and have lived in 5 different cities during that time. Because we had to move around so often (for school and jobs) we didn’t buy a home until we settled back in Fort Worth. Needless to say, we waited a long time to call a house our own and we are still in the honeymoon phase with our cute craftsmen.
The house is craftsmen style, but it is new – built in 2011. I’ve always wanted to live in an old home, and amongst all the character that comes with it, but the area that we live in (and love) doesn’t have many older homes available. In the end, I’m so glad that we chose this house. Its newness allows us to skip the worry and cost of frequent repairs and it still has great character with features like crown molding, beautiful floors and arched doorways…and I love the challenge of adding character through decor.
So, grab a cup of iced coffee (or sangria, it’s summer after all) and enjoy the tour – come on in!
We’re lucky enough to have two entry spaces – one formal and one informal. I love having an entryway that I can style however I want without worrying if it’s functional enough. I tend to change out the decor here a couple times per season, but I adore the calming effect these sea glass bottles have when you walk in the door and the combination of textures here so much that I think I’ll keep it this way all summer…which usually lasts until October in Texas.
Remember that necessary function I mentioned? Well this is it, y’all. Isn’t function cute sometimes?
The basket is a catch-all for mine and my daughter’s sandals, my mom bag lives here, and we use the envelopes for incoming and outgoing mail. And, no…there isn’t a vase of flowers here on a regular basis, but I’ll never apologize for peonies!
The next room you come upon is the library, just a little reminder of why we call this place A House With Books…
The library also functions as our office and just got a makeover. Check out the details here!
Our kitchen…well the kitchen is beautiful, but a little on the dark side for me, so pretty soon (and by soon, I mean August) the mocha cabinets will get a white makeover. No piece of furniture, wall or cabinet can hide from my white paintbrush!
The kitchen is completely open to our living and dining spaces and this is where we do our living…
When we moved into this house the crown moulding and baseboards were dark brown, there were the darkest sun shades you’ve ever seen on all of the windows and it almost seemed cave-like. However, I knew with a little paint and decor, it would be a completely different space…
What also makes a huge difference in the lightness of our home is, wait for it…the lighting! My sweet, sweet husband did a lot of research and through trial and error he replaced all of the recess lighting with lights that were the exact white and bright we were looking for. Yellow lights make me sad…really sad.
Our dining room was a labor of love, too. I painted the chairs white (hello five coats) and we completely refinished the entire table to match. I adore our natural tabletop and will definitely post a tutorial on how we did it soon.
The rest of the house is filled with bedrooms and bathrooms, but let’s be honest, those are always the last rooms to be finished. We’ve still put our touch on them though and I love each one dearly.
Well, that’s all she wrote! There are, of course, spaces that are still a work in progress and as I finish them I’ll share them. I hope you enjoyed our mini home tour and I’m so glad you stopped by!