Welcome to Home Made Lovely!
A weekly series featuring inspiring homes
from all around the blogging community.
I’ve asked each blogger the same question-
“What does creating a lovely home mean to you?”
Here’s what Danielle said…
i love this home made lovely series and am so happy to be here today!
i especially love the host of home made lovely.
i am firm believer in making your house beautiful on a budget. as a mama of two little boys i am home A LOT. i want our space to reflect our personalities and i want it to be lovely, welcoming, and also, lived in. cause it’s lived in, that’s for sure. a pretty home doesn’t have to cost much. i don’t know if i have a specific style when it comes to decorating and design but, i love a combination of thrifted goods, DIYs, repurposed treasures, and clearance finds.
we bought our first home in october of 2010. our little house is just over 1000 square feet, 3 bedrooms, one bathroom, a playroom, and a great room; our kitchen, eating area, and living room. it was quite the dump when we decided to buy it, but i had a vision, and thankfully, my husband had the skills. we invested a small amount of money into our charming little house that made a world of difference.
here are some pictures from our house before we (and when i say we i mean he) did any work on it:
….and here is it now:
our laundry room:
the laundry room may be my favorite room in our house at the moment. it started off as the half (nasty) bath and we knew it needed the boot. now it is a bright, cheery yellow with a vintage table cloth as the curtain on the big, wide window. the hoops are all made from vintage sheets and they make me very happy. the wall art is from tank and tink, and the wheatfield. the bunting is from the modern marigold. you can read more about our laundry room here.
the boy’s room:
the boy’s room is black, orange, and gray. i love this color combination. my husband painted the paper airplanes on the closet, the desk is from a garage sale, the mustaches from paint me a picture, and the orange chairs were a craigslist find. we gave the boys the “master” bedroom when we bought our house. it is much bigger than our bedroom but they need to do things like: cars, jump on beds, fly around like airplanes… so the choice was easy. you can see more of the boy’s room here.
our kitchen is the biggest change in our house. caleb knocked out a wall which made our favorite living space. i love that everything is all together and that i can be the mama who sees it all. it makes for a lovely space when having family and friends over. we bought new white cabinets, butcher block counter tops from IKEA, new lighting, new floors, new sink, new dishwasher, and i’m sure a whole bunch more that i am forgetting. also i painted one end of our cabinets with chalkboard paint. you can see more of our kitchen here.
alphabet flash card canvas
the playroom is filled with hand-me-downs, garage sale finds, and toys and furniture from mine and caleb’s childhood. the vintage chair i picked up off the side of the street for free. i love to display the boy’s artwork. it makes them happy to see us display it and that makes my heart happy. you can see more of our playroom here.
little bits of lovely:
our little “dining room”. the table and chairs were my parents, they passed it down to us… like all good parents should.
one of our living room walls. wooden frame is thrifted, canvas print is from urban outfitters, and i made the embroidery hoops. (DIY here)
paper lanterns and poms in the playroom, and some of my favorite prints in the kitchen. prints are from dazey chick.
every house needs some fresh flowers. rejoice letters are white wall letters from michaels, covered in scrap booking paper.
our family photos wall in the living room, and i made the bunting…without sewing. (DIY here)
our first christmas in our house.
our to do list is long and will probably be long for a long time. there will always be countless projects and could-be-dones, and we are plugging away at it as we can. but that’s not what we’re focused on. we’re focused on being together as a family in our sweet home. it’s not perfect, but it’s our kind of perfect.