Home Made Lovely- Crystal’s home tour

Welcome to Home Made Lovely!
A weekly series featuring inspiring homes from around the blogging community.
I’ve asked each blogger the same question-
“What does creating a lovely home mean to you?”
Here’s what Crystal shared…
Well hi there!  Is it just me, or is Megan’s house a hard act to follow?
Believe it or not what she has is what I am working towards.  Happy.  Fun.  Meaningful.  A house that you walk into and just feel cozy and warm and welcome.  We’re getting there.  We have a lot of hopes and dreams for our next house, but for the time being we are grateful and thankful for a happy clean and safe home that we can be a happy family in.
One of my biggest “rules” for life that I have is that I only keep things I LOVE or are USEFUL.  This applies to how I decorate as well.  You will find lots of well loved keepsakes or bold words to keep our thoughts aimed in the right direction.  I’m a big fan of power of positive suggestion.  Lots of words and phrases are tucked into all corners of my home…aimed at reminding us of all we have to be thankful for and the mindset that we should be keeping.
I’m also not a huge knick knack person…so you’ll find lots of things covering my walls instead. 🙂
Most of all…we’re little boy friendly here.  Everything we own has a nice “shabby chic” look to it…given to us free of charge by our two darling boys. 🙂  So if things look wonky or slightly off…we’ll blame them, okay?
Welcome to our living room!  Almost everything I decorate, I try to put slightly off center, just enough so it looks like I did it on purpose…so I can just hang and go and not have to worry about measuring and leveling.  I do a lot of redecorating…anything from a fresh load of laundry to a great goodwill score can set off a huge chain reaction through the house causing all sorts of moving and shifting.  My husband loves it.  😉
Almost everything in this photo was either made or thrifted. 🙂 Chairs were recovered with hot glue…photos taken by me or friends…others filled with happy words.  I do a lot of things on a whim. 🙂
I love this cozy room…with the basket full of cozy blankets and the rug that just begs your toes to curl up into it.  The huge sign was a labor of love…another visual reminder of where my (and my family’s thoughts should lie).  Happy curtains made by me. 🙂
Simple, clean and happy.  Doing my best to make a TV look attractive. 🙂 I would be happy with a tiny 12in screen…my husband disagrees with that.  FINE…keep your TV.  I hope it likes red and pink.  Moving on to the dining room…

This is aa close to even hanging as I get…and even this is off. 🙂 More happy words, photos and gifts from friends.  All things I LOVE.  We also keep our devotionals close at hand…it helps the boys to remember to remind me every morning at breakfast!

This dining table was a gift from all of Doug’s family when we got married.  It is literally the center of our worlds.  There is always someone working, eating, drawing or playing here.  We eat our meals together here and read our Bible together here.  We are a family here more than anywhere. 🙂

And thankfully…it’s right next to where I need to be a lot of the time…sewing or emailing.  We are never far from each other.

More bold reminders and photos.  🙂 Are you seeing a theme?
Maybe it’s my stubborness…but I like (or need) a lot of reminders. 🙂

There’s a lot of things we love here…each other…our boys…our Hokies and our family.
The little owl shakers are from Doug’s great aunt. 🙂 The big one is a goodwill find.

The top center artwork is one of my favorites ever…all little faces that Moses drew for me that I turned around and embroidered into a happy array of rainbow goodness.  Happy pink boxes hide lots of boy toys.  Complemented well with lots of lovely etsy art.

Happy shelves that are ever changing.  Full of happy boy faces that I love to look at. 🙂

This is my command central.  Where I work and blog and do all things internet.
It is never ever ever this clean.  The boys are always that cute though.

I have a huge collection of Starbucks mugs…this happy shelf holds a tiny fraction.  The boards on the wall there are each boys growth charts.  As we made them for each son we couldn’t help but hope that one day they would measure their own little ones on them as well.

A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen.  This is the ONE room in the house that is clean 99% of the time.  That’s probably because it’s the first room you see when you walk in.  Squeaky wheel and all.

Mail and art central. 🙂 The pom-pom fringe holds an ever changing display of boy art, cards and photos.

My favorite spot in the house. 🙂 Each year on my boys birthdays I make a collage of the previous year.  These sit just at the base of the steps and I LOVE to look at them every day.  Wonderful visual reminders of why I do everything  I do.  Heading up those steps…

…to the bedroom.  I love my bed.  Is that strange?  It’s cozy and warm.  I’d like to spend a healthy day there sometime.  The pillows and quilt were made by me…the table lamps don’t match and there is a HUGE engagement photo of us.  Every single thing here, I love.

The hands on the left are done once a year for each boy.  A fun way to watch them grow.  More etsy art, silhouettes and an over sized photo.  Just a few of my favorite things.

These shelves store jars that contain shells from every beach I have ever been to.  The Kitty Hawk photo is something that Doug and I bought on our honeymoon.  Everything here makes my heart happy and warm.

Welcome to the boys room! I wanted my boys to have a happy room…full to the brim of imagination moving art and items.  I wanted them to think of this room when they are grown and be so happy to remember it.

As you can see, our theme is boy. 🙂 Cars, travel, sports…all things boy.  Another quilt by me.

This display makes me happy…a sign from home…some Hokie love…trophies from their dads youth and more.  Putting them into the same room was one of the best decisions ever.  They love it, I love it and as a result…there was a free room in the house!

Welcome to my long awaited studio.  This room is still a HUGE work in progress.  Even though all my supplies are in here there is still a lot of settling in to do.  It’s full to the brim with inspiration and art and supplies and all things I love.  It’s nice to be in there.  I feel spoiled to have it.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed my happy little home.  It’s an ever changing work in progress.  Just like me. 🙂