A Tour of My Parents’ House

 

Two years ago my parents bought a fixer upper, it was a huge project and I promised you that I would share the afters…

Here’s what it looked like when they bought it.

This house was a complete gut job. They put in a new roof, windows, plumbing, walls, kitchen, bathrooms, flooring, lighting, siding–they even enclosed a carport to add a family room and put electricity in the little shed in the back so dad could have a writing office (his first book comes out this summer!)

Even though their last house was bigger the layout was really odd and it had a teeny tiny kitchen and tiny, tiny family room. So when Emily and I came over with our families, people ended up on the floor.

Ikea kitchen with Ballard lighting.

This is the “carport room”. It has a closet so it counts as another bedroom, but mom and dad use it as a family room since the main family room is tiny.

So, big news: my parents just sold their house!

Yep, these are the MLS photos. The house sold the first day it was on the market with 8-10 offers!

They started to realize that although it’s easier to care for a smaller home, there wasn’t enough space for family to spend the night comfortably and that’s important to my parents. Their siblings all live in other states and all the grandkids still love to spend the night with them even though they are older.

So, they bought a bigger house for their family–and it’s brand new and they are fixing up nothing. I promise to have a tour for you “in a few weeks.”

I’m still amazed at what Mom & Dad accomplished in just two years and it really encourages me in my own house that WE CAN DO THIS. And you can do it too.

PS, if you like their house, I learned everything I know about decorating from my mom and I’m teaching it all to you in the Cozy Minimalist Decorating Class (it’s on sale with the Homemaking Bundle for just $29 for a bunch of home resources that will blow your very mind). If you don’t like my mom’s house, let me assure you, I don’t know her or why she decorates the way she does, so you should come learn from me instead in my Cozy Minimalist Decorating Class that’s on sale for the next five days with the Homemaking Bundle!!

 

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One Room Challenge Week 4 :: That Chandelier

Welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge visit week 1, 2 and 3 if you need to catch up.

One of my favorite ways to add big dose of form and function to a room is with the lighting.

If you have to have lighting, why not make it spectacular?

As a Cozy Minimalist, I want to take full advantage of every item I put in a room and get the most style and impact out of each piece. When it comes to lighting, I’ve learned what to use by using all the wrong things.

In the past I went for small, unremarkable lighting because that felt safe. Especially in a smaller room.

Now, in every room, I like for lighting to be the star of the show. Especially in a smaller room.

And because the One Room Challenge has amazing sponsors, I was able to get my dream chandelier, the queen mother of all other chandys:

 

via Lamps Plus

Meet the star of our show.

This back porch isn’t fancy, but it’s got the highest ceilings in our house, a dark feature wall and doubles as our entry way for us out here in the country. I’ve had my eye on the Arteriors Whitewash wood chandelier  since we bought this house and I finally had the perfect spot for it. It’s the ideal companion for the rustic pretty porch where we want warm welcoming light and some approachable style.

Here she is off on a dark rainy day.

Here she is lighting the way.

The white whashed sticks against the cedar wall are such a lighthearted, quirky combination.

And, when you are buying a light fixture you are going to walk under, it’s important that you like what it looks like from underneath. It’s kind of like a big firework.

Once the lighting goes up, I always feel like I’m past the halfway point with a room.

Here’s where we’re headed…

 

The next two weeks are the most fun of the ORC because you can watch everyone’s room quickly coming together now that a lot of the groundwork is finished. This is the best part! Check out everyone’s room:

Centsational Girl | Chris Loves Julia | Christine Dovey | Dwell With Dignity

| The English Room  | Glitter Guide | House of Brinson | House Updated

| J+J Design Group | Lark & Linen | Abby Manchesky

Nesting Place |Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Pink Pagoda |

Rambling Renovators  |  Erica Reitman | Sketch 42 | Suburban B’s |

Erin Williamson

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

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PS, if you and your house don’t seem to be getting along right now, you’re gonna love the Cozy Minimalist Decorating class–it’s open for the next few days, click here to find out more

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One Room Challenge Week 3 :: The Cedar Wall

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ORC Week 2 :: Prepping All The Things {The Boring Part that I Hate}

Well, it’s week two of the ORC (catch up on week 1 here) and I can promise you, this is gonna be the worst boring-est week of the entire process. It’s all that slow-moving, behind the scene stuff that feels like it takes five forevers but has to be done so you can move forward. […]

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One Room Challenge Spring 2017

Finally! I’m so happy to get to share that I’m joining the One Room Challenge (ORC) this year! I’ve been keeping up with the ORC for years and have thought about joining in as a guest, but this time around Linda invited me to be one of the featured bloggers and we’ve all had to […]

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