Thanks so much for all your encouraging and complimentary words about the home tour on Stephmodo's blog. It was thrilling, and humbling, to be a part of. Your kind comments, as always very much made my day! As promised, here are some other pictures that you didn't get to see of the house.
I love the high beams and drafty feel of our kitchen. I can't wait until it warms up just a bit and I'll leave the windows open. Does anyone know where I can find a good deal on a Tolix stool, or even a knock off? By good deal I mean, dirt cheap. I'd like to plop one under the end of that island. I know that this kitchen is by no means amazing. Those are country cabinets, and laminate counters (yes), but it's white, and bright, and functional, and makes me really happy. That's really what makes it shine, right? Ideally, if we ever bought this house, I'd plop a black industrial pendant over that island and kitchen sink, switch out the hardware for something more linear, and get stainless steel appliances.
This room we spend so much time in. Obviously it's where we eat, dance, craft, occasionally blog, and has a great view of the backyard. Would you believe it if I told you the most expensive thing in here are the set of bowls in the center of the table? It's true. They were a splurge from a favorite shop of mine in Utah, Alice Lane. Table, chairs, and rug are all from Ikea. Mirror is from Homegoods, and when I saw it I knew I couldn't leave without it. I love the white on white. The bird prints were a steal hand-me-down from my sister in law for $15, and are from Pottery Barn. The armoire, funny enough, was in Tate's nursery when she was a baby, and is actually a wardrobe. It's stocked with dishes, and also Tate's craft supplies in the bottom. I assume it will just keep moving around in each house. At some point I plan to re-stain it.
Around the corner from this fancy cow, is this little vignette (which I'm still trying out). The top is an etching from Italy, given to us from Wyatt's parents. The bottom is a watercolor, also from Italy, given to us from my parents. I think I'm liking the bright colors of the middle mixed in with the subtle tones of the other two, but the verdict is still out. The middle canvas is a giclee of the original, which Wyatt's recently late grandmother painted, so it has a very sweet sentiment to us. I love having art like this around the house. I dream of having a room full of books, with walls layered in art.
Something about chairs and decorating. And books. And dishes, if we're including kitchenware. But we're not. I do love a neat chair though. If ever I wonder what to do with a certain corner or nook it seems a little chair is always perfect. I like having all different styles of them too. We've had this now since we've been married, so 8 years. It was one of the first pieces I bought with "our" money, and it's from a thrift store. I spent $30 on it. I love it to pieces. It sits right in our entry, and is perfect for taking shoes off on, draping jackets over, or sitting pretty.
I think this room especially is proof that your whole house doesn't need to be purchased all at once. It can still have a cohesive feel, and a good flow, and develop organically over time. The things I have in here are all from such different times in my life, all different "design periods". I still loosely follow trends, of course. But I try to stick with classics, and really I just buy something if it strikes a chord or has special meaning to me. If I really love something it'll work in my home because that is what my home is for. For things I love.
ps- that green couch, with my feel up on that gray coffee table is where I hit publish each time I post, and it's such a great little spot. It's got a killer view straight into the backyard, which is a gentle hill and nothing but trees and squirrels and deer.
I told Wyatt, I don't know that I ever want to live close to my neighbors again. I thought I didn't mind it, because we always had in past (usually we could see into our neighbors house), but this is so peaceful and private. I feel so spoiled now with all the open space.
I'll be sharing, one last time, a little more of the kids rooms too in a couple days. If you want to know sources of things, or ask any questions about the house itself, or how I arranged something, please ask it in the comments, and I'll make sure to answer in the comments also. That way everyone can read the comments to learn more about where they might be able to find something.