Friday, October 16, 1998

Our Home


Welcome to our home! Well, at least the computer version. ;) We built our home more than nine years ago now, I still can't believe it's been that long. We just used a regular builder, nothing custom, but we were incredibly pleased with the process and the people we worked with. 

I've been on a mission since the day we moved in to make our home more architecturally interesting, so I add a lot of molding and trim to our house. I think it's an easy way to add some interest and it isn't expensive if you do it yourself. 

We love our home and have no plans to leave any time soon. It's in constant state of change, I'm always tweaking something. :) Check out a few of the rooms and projects from around the house here! 

(Click picture to get to posts about each space.)

Decorating ideas: 

Fun stuff: 

Goodwill transformations:
 

All things DIY:

Staircase:


Family room:


 Big boy room:


 Book nook:
To see the how-to, click here.

Basement:
(In progress)

Dining room turned library:


Master bedroom:
(In progress)

Kitchen:


Living room and foyer:


Office:

Guest room:
(In progress)

Nursery:


Bathrooms:
(Basement bathroom)
(Powder room)

Loft:

Mud room: 
In progress

Laundry room: 
(In progress)
Backyard:
(Patio)

(Deck)

(Garden)

Fall/Halloween decor:

Christmas:


To see our 2013 Christmas Home Tour, go here

80 comments:

  1. Love your taste for home and comfort! Thanks for all the inspriation in 2009 - You don't know this, but -
    You inspired me to get off my duff and create the vision ringing in my head for so many months! I finally did it! My space off my kitchen which has been dubbed "THE CAFE" is painted burnt orange, as well as my COFFEE themed KITCHEN! With all the beautiful coffee/latte kitchen rugs and valance --- You helped me channel my inner HGTV and I just thought you should know that -
    Keep on keepin' on! I s ee you love thrifty finds - I do too! It's amazing what people will give/throw away! OMG!
    So, from my heart to yers, Thanks for everything!

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  2. I loved looking at your site! You are very talented. I love decorating too. I also love to save $$! So, I do alot of things myself as well. I am getting ready to move into my parents old farm house that my dad was actually born in! We are totally renovating it, and I am very grateful and excited to get in there. Getting ready to make many curtains and I loved the ones you did using the muslin. I am going to give that a try for our "school room." (We homeschool the kids.) Loved, loved, loved looking at your pics! Thanks!

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  4. Your house looks amazing, warm and so inviting :) I love your style and the fact that you do it frugally is even more impressive!

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  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the ideas. I found you through a google image search for ideas for a kitchen pantry....and...well!!! I am truely inspired!! Thanks:) Erin, lil' town in Iowa

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  6. So I stumbled on to your blog late one night and have been completely inspired ever since! I would say my first attempt to decorate my house was not entirely failed, but taught valuable lessons of what not to do!

    This summer I will have tons of "free" time when my husband is away in South Carolina doing his paramedic internship. So I will be using this "free" time to knock down a wall or two with the help of my father in law! By no means is he against any renovations, he just doesn't have the time to help! So thanks for the inspiration of sharing your own home with the rest of us!

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  7. You have a beautiful home, love everything you've done so far!

    Sue

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  8. I absolutely love love love your home! Its my total dream home!
    I'm trying to redecorate my home on a thrifty budget! Going for the Pottery Barn Look on a Goodwill budget! Thank you for posting such inspiring ideas!

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  9. Your home is beautiful.......I wish I had just ONE room that looked as good!
    Health and happiness!
    Angela

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  10. I'm so glad you posted the pantry door project. We have been trying to come up with ideas for our pantry and this one is perfect because I have 2 of the same doors in my basement collecting dust. I'll be sure to post my pictures. Wish me luck...lol

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  11. I love your blog! This is the first time I've visited it and I will definitely be back! Great ideas and your home is beautiful and warm. Great job!

    http://chiccoastalliving.blogspot.com

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  12. You have a beautiful cozy feeling home, and you have grate taste! I spotted a Southern Living at Home piece hanging in your family room, I have that same piece above my dining room door.

    You truly are inspiring! I'm hoping and wanting to do my living room and dining room come January, will definitely be looking for inspirations on your blog, thank you!

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  13. SUCH A CUTE STAIRWAY.. YOUR WHOLE HOUSE IS BEAUTIFUL

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  14. You are my new hero, and I don't even have my own house to decorate yet! :) But, by jove, I'll be prepared when the time rolls 'round now!

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  15. Just wanted you to know that of all the blogs I've found, yours is the BEST!
    I've actually been searching previously viewed blogs trying to find yours again and I finally found it!!!
    Now it's in my bookmark bar, so no more web crawling for me!
    I heart your blog!

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  16. I loved your whole house, but I´m CRAZY over your dining room!

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  17. Wow your house is amazing!!!! I love evrything!!! I wish I had a playroom like yours, gorgeous! brooke
    brookedouglass@yahoo.com
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

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  18. I absolutely LOVE your sight! I so look forward to your new articles. You have awesome ideas and i applaud you on a great job!

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  19. IMPECCABLE. Thank you so much for posting your brilliant ideas for the rest of us who have great taste and style too but maybe are not as creative as YOU. Your home is amazing. Thanks again.

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  20. I love your home!!! I just started following you after seeing A Thoughtful Place featured here. Its refreshing for me to see a blog/home featuring colors other than pale neutrals and furniture other than white slipcovered sofas (not that I don't love that look but its just not happening around here). Here at my pad we have RED couches and its sometimes tough to get inspired when looking at color palettes so different from my own.
    And, can you believe that you almost have 10000 followers?!? I currently have ONE, but my goal is 100 by the end of the year!

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  21. I just wish I had your house as my slate to create on!
    Mine is a 1977 mobile home that I've been remodeling for 7 years...not much time to tweak when I'm still working on the nitty gritty stuff!
    I LOVE your blog, it's the first one I found that I followed and I've found tons of others from yours.
    Thanks!

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  22. I love the look of your foyer. Here in sri lanka we have little space for a foyer, but in my own way, I try to create one.

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  23. I love your blog so much! Your home is gorgeous as well. You have very creative and unique decorating ideas. Can't wait to see more. Hope you'll visit "Sweet Tea w/Cindy" soon. Thanks so much!

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  24. Your home is beautiful.....loving the colors!

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  25. I love it!!! Very good job, looks great!

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  26. First, I just want to say that I love your blog and check it every day! We are now in the market for new floors, and I looked all over your website, but can't find any information on your gorgeous floors. Are they hardwood or laminate? What color/brand are they? Thanks!

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  27. Found my answer! Thanks!

    Samantha

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  28. I have to say I LOVE your home, your decorating style, your home has now become my inspiration as I am in the process of decorating every room in our apartment! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  29. Your home is so beautiful, cozy, and inviting. All three things that a home should be, if you ask me. Thanks for letting us visit. :)

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  30. I love your style! Your an inspiration to someone starting a home decor blog. Thanks!

    decorandgarden.blogspot.com

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  31. I found your website from "HookedonHouses" and I simply LOVE your ideas! You have made me want to re-think my "buy-it-and-place-it" mentality!

    Thanks!

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  32. You are "right on the money" I have always used thrift stores!!! I have been treasure hunting with my mom since I was a little girl. I have friends who love my home and most importantly so does my family! Enjoyed your website!

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  33. Love the photos of your beautiful home! I just recently found your blog, and it has given me sooo much inspiration!! You are super-fun to read, very witty writer, and amazingly clever, resourceful, and creative in your home. You've got some mad skills, girl!
    I was looking at your dining room pics and it dawned on me that the textured wallpaper treatment you did on your master BR on canvas, would look super cool in the sectioned moulding areas on your DR wall. I also thought that maybe the rectangular mirror could be replaced with say, three small sunburst mirrors hung vertically in the center above your buffet between moulding? Just a thought...though it really looks great the way it is!
    Thank you for your awesome ideas, and fun posts and pics. You just plain ROCK!

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  34. Your house is absolutely stunning. I bet you let out a big sigh every time you step into your house and smile. You should with all the hard work you've put into it. I must admit I love the book nook area. I love reading and having a comfortable cute little area like that makes it a lot more fun. Keep up the amazing talent you have Sarah!

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  35. I recently found your blog and have become addicted. I feel like we are similar people, my house just isnt as finished as yours is!

    Thank you for all of your inspiration....Its making me want to get this place done!

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  36. First of all, I just have to say I LOVE YOUR WORK. My stepmom sent me your link because I am an interior design junkie and I just knew from the first glance you and I have a lot in common (that is a compliment). You have a great modern style that mixes so well with the traditional look and fixtures. Can you tell me the paint colors you used on your living room and stairway? That would be great! I currently have 5 color spots painted on my wall as I am trying to pick the best one and I really like what I see on yours. Thanks and God bless!

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  37. I love your blog! Great pics and a lovely down-to-earth style. I am definitely going to follow it from now on. I write about home decor on a budget too.. check it out when you have time. Melissa
    http://homedecoronashoestring.com/

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  38. OMG!!! Love your decorating and the sofa table is to die for!! Kudos to you! Your home is beautiful!

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  39. OMG I love your house! You took everything I wanted and made it happen. Now if you can just come do this to my house! Love Love Love! Great job!

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  40. Was wondering if you would have any recommendations for dividing colors between rooms. I have a formal living/dining right when you walk in my front door. Directly in front of the door is a small arch that leads to the open kitchen/family room. I have not idea how to blend the colors but create seperate spaces. My email is wskoff@yahoo.com. I also have floor plans that may better show you want I'm talking about. Love your home! and your design!

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  41. I love your style!!! It's exactly the look I'm going for. I have unknowingly saved some of your photos to my own computer scrapbook (your foyer, powder room, and back staircase) because I loved them so much. It wasn't until just now when I looked at all the photos of your home here on your site that I realized they all came from the same home. That being said I am now a devoted follower. You are my inspiration.

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  42. I love your blog! Your home is lovely and such an inspiration!

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  43. I love your site! I am a new visitor & follower from Rhoda's. Your home is beautiful & I love that you LOVE color :) I enjoyed your "this chic" page!

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  44. Just found your blog via interest...seriously awesome.

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  45. Hey I just love your site. Makes me want to live in the States!!!

    Getting excited about your Christmas blogs......

    Joni x

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  46. Love your Blog and am thrifty myself. I have referenced your kitchen and island post over and over. I do have a question. I am extremely visual and while I decorate also, I need help for my own kitchen. We just recently had hardwoods put throughout the house in a gunstock oak finish. It warms up our home beautifully. We also are having a custom gourmet island built in a distressed black finish and I am DYING to do a butcher block top. I got a sample today and it is a light maple color. Our main kitchen cabinets are an antiqued cream. I am totally goin for the French Country Kitchen. My concern is: Will the light maple block on a distressed black cabinet on gunstock (warm) oak flooring with the antiqued cream cabinets be odd looking? I wish the block was a little warmer in color, but alas it is very light. HELP! Any help you could give would be so appreciated! Thanks for listening to me ramble!
    Kelly

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  47. You are amazing and so is your home. I hope to one day have a home like this! You are a definite inspiration:)

    www.ashantico.blogspot.com

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  48. WOW!

    I l.o.v.e. your amazing home! It´s absolutely stunning and inspires me.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  49. Love everything in your home. You should really post pictures of your new hardwood floors and other projects that have been done on the "My Home" section for easy reference. I Love keeping up with your blog

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  50. Can you please tell me what color is in your kitchen? LOVE IT ! Looking to repaint it in our living room / kitchen area. Thanks so much.
    Carol

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  51. Wow! What a home. I will be using you as inspiration to make my house a home too.

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  52. You are very talented. I love all of it. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Your House is ADORABLE! i love all your cute accessories and your kids rooms!....you gave me some great inspiration for when I'm a mom, to decorate my House! So Thanks so Much! (:

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  54. Hello, nice to meet you. Your blog is amazing, love your house, congratulations.

    Flavia

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  55. Very nicely done! I loved looking at your pictures. It is very warm and inviting.

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  56. wow,really beautiful dining set! :) very rich in color.

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  57. I love your house! I can't wait to own my own house instead of renting... I am going to go NUTS fixing it up to be perfect for my little family! Your house makes me sad and excited all at once. Mostly jealous. Lol.

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  58. I love your style, I REALLY like the reading nook...I would love to create a nook like this for my boys, I this actually a closet? You are an inspiration!

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  59. Love everything! Can you please tell me where you got the candle holders that are on the Ikea table behind the couch? I have the exact same table!

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  60. Love your blog. Your bar chairs would look so cool in my house. I've been doing a few things myself but between 3 kids, corporate work I don't get to everything. I've only just started my blog so still getting there. Your style is lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  61. You're website is absolutely inspiring...I love all your little ideas for spaces...can't wait to try them out myself!

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  62. You have a beautiful home. I am now inspired to do something with my home.

    Any ideas on how to situate a sofa in a small family room with three walls that all have either floor vents, a fireplace, or a door at each wall?

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  63. Love your blog. I love your ideas and sense of decor. I'm your newest follower

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  64. I absolutely love your home. You are so talented, keep up the GREAT work.

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  65. I love every corner of your house especially your book nook and the color of your dining room.

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  66. What an absolutely stunning home!! I love your style....and your blog! I've recently started my own Home/garden/décor/mom blog. So far it's teeny tiny but I hope one day to be as big of an inspiration to people as you are! stop by sometime www.athomewithshana.blogspot.com

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  67. You have amazing taste! I wish you lived here (in Southlake, TX) so that you could help me out with my rooms. I love everything you have done to your home. Where did you get the beautiful rug in your family room? Thank you so much - keep up the great work! Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy! I have a link to that rug in this post: http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2012/06/rug-giveaway.html

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  68. I'm praying that one day I'll be blessed with your talent. Your home is inspiring

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  69. I really love your home! You have a really good sense of decoration and design!.. I hope some day I can have a house like yours! :)

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  70. I can't find the link to your basement storage under your tv. I would love to have storage like that in my living room. Any suggestions?

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    1. Here you go!

      http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2013/03/basement-toy-organization-check.html

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  71. what a beautiful home you have!!!!

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  72. You have a beautiful home and I love your style. It looks so trendy and comfortable. I've saved you as a favorite!

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