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House Tour 2015: Ty’s Room

This is the last room on our 2015 house tour. The master hasn’t been changed since the last tour- it’s on the list though so stay tuned. This room used to be our formal dining room but we are short a bedroom in our house. 4 bedrooms for 6 people just wasn’t working anymore now that the kids are older. So the formal dining room had to go and we turned it into a bedroom for Ty. He loves it. The sliding barn doors offer the perfect amount of privacy coupled with convenient functionality. 


 It was so worth the effort and the work to build these sliding barn doors to create a real bedroom for him. And the best part is that the room is unaltered so if we ever do need to sell the house this room can be marketed as either a formal dining room or even an office. We didn’t build a closet, instead Ty is using a cube organizer but I’ll be buying him a wardrobe soon. 


Ty wanted a dorm style room so instead of a bed we went with a pillow top futon that can convert in multiple ways- both sides move independently and the arms go up and down. The rug is the same one from IKEA that was in the old kids’ TV room and the butterfly chair is also from the old TV room. He has his clothes organized in the 8 cube organizer for now. 


 I love the way the doors look from the inside of his room. They’re really different and unique looking with the stain. He has the big TV stand in here with the TV and the Xbox One for his games. I was concerned about letting him have the TV and Xbox One in his room but so far he’s proven to be very responsible. He’s the only one to have a TV in the bedroom right now so I keep telling him that he should feel special.


 He’s asked for a mini fridge for his room so I think that will probably be one of his Christmas gifts this year. When he said he wanted a dorm style room he wasn’t kidding. I expect him to ask for a microwave any day now. 



The Underground Subway print came from IKEA on sale and I left the same red curtains that were in here when it was a formal dining room. They match the color scheme and he doesn’t mind them so I left them up. 


In the near future he’ll have a smaller sliding barn door that will cover the doorway into the kitchen. But for right now I bought a black-out curtain for privacy and noise. It’s working fine for a temporary solution. He’s really pleased with his room and he loves being away from the little kids. I’m pretty sure he also love the very close proximity to the kitchen!

You can see his previous room tours: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013


House Tour 2015: Zoey’s Room

Zoey just turned 5 and she’s already had her room switched 4 times in her short life. Girlfriend has learned to just go with the flow in this household. It’s a trait that will serve her well in life. At least that’s what I tell myself to justify making the poor girl move rooms so many times. And if it doesn’t serve her well in life, well at least she’ll have plenty to talk about with her therapist. Might as well get her money’s worth, right? She has been sharing a room with Mase for the last 2 years and it just wasn’t working anymore. The 2 of them are very volatile together and they just needed their own space.



This loft bed from IKEA was in the little kids’ shared bedroom and I moved it into her new room by myself while Matt was at work because I possess zero patience when I’m doing a project. I took it apart, moved it, and reassembled it in about an hour. She loves sleeping on the top bunk and having room to play underneath. Her toy buckets started out in the closet but they were dragged out every day so I gave up and just left them under the loft bed. It works well for her. I moved the rug from the shared bedroom in here and also brought the orange curtains in here.



The bedding is the original bedding from her nursery and so is the leaf canopy. I love the bright colors in here. Matt says it looks like a watermelon exploded in here. He’s not wrong.



She has a lot more room to play with her big dollhouse now and at her request I moved all of the tree and animal stickies in her new room. She loves those trees and the owls are her favorite.



She got 2 of the bucket organizers from the shared room and Mase got the other 2. She has plenty of space for her megabloks, disney dolls, disney jr toys, kitchen toys, My Little Ponies and Littlest Pet Shops. So much stuff. I found the adorable orange lamp at IKEA on clearance and I brought the pom pom poofs from the shared bedroom in here. 

She really loves her new room and feels like a big girl now that she’s on her own. Bedtime has been amazingly easy since we separated the twin terrors and I can’t believe we waited so long to do it! 

You can see her previous room tours: 2012, 2013


House Tour 2015: Mase’s Room

Mase is pretty much the main reason we embarked on this whole room re-arrange in the first place. He was sharing a room with Zoey and it just wasn’t working out. He needs to sleep with the night light on and he needs total quietness in order to fall asleep. Zoey likes to sleep in total darkness and she hums herself to sleep. It was not a copacetic arrangement and every night was a bedtime battle that lasted for hours. I could not take another school year of the nightly battle. Plus Mase is about to turn 8 and no 8 year old boy wants to share a bedroom with his 5 year old little sister, right? When we first approached the kids about the room re-arranging they had some strong opinions on the issue. Maia wanted the largest room since she’s the oldest one upstairs. So she moved into the room that Zoey and Mase were previously sharing, Mase moved into Ty’s old room, and Zoey moved into Maia’s old room. It worked out nicely for me because I didn’t have to paint any of the rooms. Ty’s room was black and white so it was easy enough to decorate for a boy.


I kept the rug, the curtains, the bedskirt, the sheets, and the mirrors on the wall from Ty’s movie room theme. I really didn’t have to do much to turn this into a little dude’s room instead of a teen boy’s room. 


 He chose the new duvet from IKEA and I built the rest of the room around it. I love the blue with the black and white. It’s perfect for him. 


 I bought some unfinished wooden stars from Wal*Mart and had the kids paint them to match his room. I also bought the letters for his name from Wal*Mart for the kids to paint. The 2 goldfish pictures came from IKEA and were on sale. The star blanket that matches his duvet comes from IKEA as well. 


 The bucket system is from IKEA and was in the little kids’ shared room before. We had 4 of them so I divided them between Zoey and Mase’s rooms. Mase is able to fit all his Imaginext toys, cars, action figures, guns, and random other toys in the buckets and the closet. There’s no more mess or clutter in the floor of his room. I made him 2 pom-pom poofs to match his decor and we added the black buckets and rail from IKEA to hold his art supplies over his desk. 

He loves his space now and he hangs out in his room a lot now. He loves being able to have his friends over to play in his room without having to share the space with Zoey. And I’ve discovered that he’s not the messy kid. He keeps his room spotless and he’s proud of it! Bedtime is much smoother now and Mase is asleep by 9pm instead of me having to bribe, threaten, and yell to get the lights out by 10pm. Life is good.

You can see his old room tours: 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013




House Tour 2015: Family Room

One of my favorite rooms in our home is the family room- I love the colors, I love the natural light from the french doors, I love the openness to the kitchen and dining nook. I worked really hard to make this space reflect personality and fun while still keeping it functional and comfortable. The room used to be so dark and dated- lightening up the paint and changing the color scheme helped breathe new life into the space. 


This is the view from the kitchen looking into the family room. I love how I can see the TV while I’m cooking. Our family room isn’t huge but it’s plenty big enough to fit our family and all of the friends and family who are in and out of our home. 



I love that the new aqua metal TV stand that I found at IKEA for less than $60 fits perfectly into that niche beside the fireplace. It’s the perfect size to be flush up to the wall as well as low enough to accommodate our 55″ TV at eye level when you’re sitting on the couch. I hate having to look upwards to see the TV which is why I didn’t mount the TV over the mantle. 




This is our family command center and it’s the most important part of the family room. This is where we keep the family calendar, the kids’ school papers, the every day files, and all the stuff that I need on a daily basis to keep our home running smoothly and efficiently. I’d be lost without this little space. The desk has been in my family for decades so I just gave it a coat of coordinating paint to match the decor and it worked perfectly. The basket under the desk holds shoes. The two puppies are huge shoe lovers so all shoes must be off of the floor or they’ll be eaten. 




I changed up the mantle recently to add some new stuff and just refresh it a bit. I love the look of the books in coordinating colors. I found the great Ampersand at Kohl’s on clearance. The canvas picture came out of the master bedroom for a change. That aqua metal trash can holds all the puppies toys. I really love the way the mantle looks right now. 







This is the view from the family command center. We bought the new U-shaped couch in May and it’s amazing. It’s like sitting on a cloud. We had the leather couches in here for 5 years but they were starting to look worn and weren’t as comfortable anymore so we moved them into the living room. I was skeptical about the dark chocolate brown color of the couch but the corduroy fabric adds the perfect amount of texture. I just bought the new rug a few weeks ago on sale for $31 at Wal*Mart. I don’t buy expensive rugs for this room because the puppies spend most of their time in here and I don’t want to have to stress about a rug. This way when they ruin a rug that costs $31 I can just throw it out and buy another cheap one. Life is too short to stress. 




I love how colorful and fun this wall is when you first walk in the room. That door on the top leads to the garage, the door behind the baby gate is my new second pantry. We had to put the baby gates back up because the puppies just cannot be unsupervised. They create havoc no matter where they go so for now keeping them contained on the hardwood floors seems like the best plan. I’ve had most of this decor up since the last house tour but I just bought the 2 amazing owls at Target last week. I love owls, if you can’t tell.



This is the view from the baby gate. Those french doors lead out to the back deck and the hot tub area. I love those doors, they let in so much natural light during the day. I spend a lot of time in this room so I wanted it to be visually appealing and really comfortable. I think I achieved both objectives. 

You can see past family room tours: 2009, 201020122013


House Tour 2015: Outdoor Spaces

It’s been 2 years since I did a house tour and almost every room in my house is different now so I figured it was time to do a little update. We spent a lot of time working on updating some of our outdoor spaces this year- from mulch, to pine straw, to decor- we worked hard so we could enjoy our outdoor spaces. 


 We still have to get some trees trimmed back, as evidenced by the giant tree limb in the middle of the picture! I also recently updated our front porch so I’ll be sharing that in the next couple of weeks. We also worked hard in the back yard. It’s not done yet but we got a great start. We added pine straw, a brick divider, and a rock fire pit.


 We need to buy some more pine straw to cover the area behind the tree and back near the shed and I need to spread it out a little more towards the back of the yard but it’s so much better than it was before. We used the fire pit a few times and the kids enjoyed roasting marshmallows for S’mores since I won’t let them roast marshmallows over my gas fire pit. 

I forgot to take anew picture from the playground up towards the house so this one will have to do. It’s looks mostly the same but with fresh pine straw, and we redid that brick divider. The gazebo section is where the hot tub is built into the deck.


The deck part was the area in need of the most work. It had been neglected for years. Matt and I replaced a lot of old boards, re-stained the whole deck, and purchased a lot of new decor to help spruce up the area. I had a very strict budget of $300 to redo the whole deck. Thankfully we got the table & chair set for free from my sister when they moved so my budget was realistic. I shopped the sales for the outdoor rugs, chair cushions, lanterns and trays. My dad built the tables, benches, and bar for us. The fire pit was our biggest expense and even that was on sale for $129. My total came in right around $280! And the whole space has been transformed into something I’m excited to use and not embarrassed to have others see when we entertain! 




This is the view standing on the upper portion of our deck beside the French Doors leading into the family room. This is my absolute favorite feature of our house- the hot tub. It’s one of the main reasons we bought the house. There is nothing better than sitting in the hot tub with the jets going while sipping a margarita at the end of a long day. 




 This is the large section of our deck looking from the hot tub area. We have the deck separated into sections: the hot tub, the dining area, the grilling area, and the entertaining area. My dad built those amazing benches as well as the wooden bar and the wooden tables that you see. He is so awesome. I need to have some cushions made for the long benches but that will have to wait until the puppies grow out of their chewing on everything phase. 



 I love our entertaining area. The gas fire pit was on clearance at Target, as was the outdoor rug and the chair cushions. When we have outdoor movie night we set one of our smaller TV’s on the bar with the Roku. It works out really well and the kids love it. 

You can see the previous home tours for our outdoor spaces: 2009, 2012

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