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We’re painting something again today! Who’s surprised? Anybody? Nobody? We’ll be back with the goods tomorrow, but in the meantime we thought this house tour was so charming and creative that we had to share it. It’s a great example of a someone buying a house and just going for it, without being even a little afraid to make it theirs. And if there’s one thing that we’ve learned in this whole home-making journey of ours, it’s that the more personal you make a space the less it might appeal to someone else (like your mother-in-law, the mailman, or your handsome pool boy) but the more it can feel like “you” – and really, that’s what matters most. So stamp your house up baby. Leave your fingerprints all over that thing.
But on with the tour! First of all, how sweet is the exterior of Laura’s house in Reno?
Here’s Laura now, with her dog Emma. She’s also the mother of three kids, so you know, she’s not busy at all.
When you enter her home she has a wide foyer area with a curved wall, which is where Laura and her husband Dan got creative. Yup, she made shelves from old secondhand chairs that she painted a soft seafoam green color (Seacliff Heights by Benjamin Moore) and hung right onto the wall (after chopping them in half). I love the little potted plants that are resting on each chair-shelf. Here’s more on how she did that project.
Speaking of creativity, check out her dining room. Yup, the entire wall is filled with shutters that Laura painted in a bunch of soft beachy tones. Isn’t it amazing? As for where she got them all, many came from the Habitat For Humanity ReStore, thrift shops, and Craigslist. I’m also a HUGE fan of both the light fixtures and the chairs (which she found on ebay). It’s such a cool personality-filled room that she made all her own. And that table is actually an old conference table from a nearby university.
The kitchen is another classic-meets-creativity example, thanks to traditional white cabinetry and subway tile mixed with playful hanging pendants that Laura and Dan made from Home Depot lamps. I love that they don’t take themselves – or their home – too seriously. And the industrial bar stools (which were once science stools at the same university as her dining table) are another fun touch.
Laura decided that closing off this doorway made for better flow so she casually hung some secondhand window panes to subtly divide the space while keeping things airy. I love that colorful bench too. She picked it up at a thrift store and spray painted it Lagoon by Rustoleum and then glazed it for a less-new look.
Laura also added height and a breezy and cozy vibe to their bedroom, thanks to sheer curtains from Ikea that she hung from the ceiling for a makeshift canopy affect.
Their master bath has awesome tile that mimic’s Laura’s childhood 1920′s home. I love it with the extra thick black counters and the white cabinetry.
Laura would love to take the subway tile all the way up the wall behind the tub to the ceiling, but in the meantime she added a really cool old ladder that she found at a thrift store for a couple of bucks and a few hanging plants.
Thanks so much to Laura and her husband Dan for sharing their gorgeous home! I hope you guys were as inspired by their fearless approach. And of course you can check out more about every project and room here on her blog. But before I get back to painting, let’s play the favorite part game. Mine’s the shutter wall in the dining room. Especially with those gorgeous glass pendants hanging down in front of it. Me-ow.
Holy cow you guys, I’m crazypants excited to share Bonnie’s sweet vine covered barn in Santa Ynez, California. It’s a home with some much happiness and charm squeezed in, I think anyone who drops in would feel right at home. So let’s drop in, shall we?
Here’s sweet Bonnie to welcome us. I wish we could have crashed her in person to meet her ourselves, but her photos were too good not to share, so this is one of our more rare “virtual” house crashings. Let’s step inside, shall we?
Her office area is set up right near the entryway, and everything from the desk and chair (both from Ikea) to the cool ladder in the corner (also from Ikea) is inviting. Bonnie is also a fan of handmade art (she has some from Katie Daisy and Jen Ramos in this shot) and she loves making quilts, which can be found all over her home. She also has a love of secondhand finds, so everything from her couch to the metal chair, the shelf, the vases, and even the bicycle sign hails from a thrift shop.
Over in her living area she has more secondhand furniture (like the desk with the turned legs, the chair, and the coffee table) while the quilts and pillows are all handmade by Bonnie, and she even DIYed the driftwood wind chime while the rug’s from Ikea.
Don’t you love all the light flooding in through those large windows and doors? And I really like the casual not-trying-too-hard vibe that all the different quilts and fabrics give off. So layered and cozy. The storage cubby behind the sofa is from Ikea, by the way.
Here’s Bonnie’s crafting nook with a thrifted desk, chair, and cubby. On the wall she has more art by Katie Daisy, and a few drawer shelves that she made herself.
Over in the reading nook there’s a bookcase and hanging screen from Ikea along with that awesome thrift store bird house and a pillow from Target. I love the mix of all that white with some pops of color in the books (and even the fruit) along with some great layered texture (in the hanging screen, the bird house, the spotted pillow, and that sweet woven basket).
As if I wasn’t into this house enough, Bonnie has a painting desk. A PAINTING DESK! Does that sound heavenly or what? It’s a thrift store score (as is the chair) and the fact that she has that gorgeous view out the window while she paints? Yabba dabba do. (let’s bring that back along with cowabunga)
Her bedroom is just as sweet and airy as the rest of the house, and Bonnie even found the materials for her headboard at the dump. Doesn’t sound romantic, but the girl knows how to work a pallet! She also handmade the quilt and some of the pillows along with creating that cool NEST art above the bed. She also made the stag art that’s hanging from her headboard. Layered and lovely, no?
Outside is heavenly. Seriously, there’s an angel-ish “ahhhhhhhh” soundtrack that goes along with the view (or am I the only one who hears that?). The table and chairs are from Ikea and then Bonnie handmade some seat cushions for them. She also DIYed the hammock and planted that dreamy Wisteria (the purple flowering vine that’s creeping around her pergola).
In the ever-esteemed words of Liz Lemon: I want to go to there.
And as if Bonnie hasn’t shared enough by letting us poke around her home, she also made a free printable for you guys. So be sure to check out her site and learn more about her Roost Tribe and grab that free printable here (it’s available in four colors).
Thanks so much to Bonnie for sharing her lovely house! It’s hard to pick a favorite part, but if pressed I’d have to say the pergola full o’ wisteria and that sweet little painting desk, just because it makes me want to break out the brushes. How about you guys? What’s your favorite part?
Psst- NO. SLEEP. TILL. HOUSE CRASH! (name that song). There are dozens of other houses to snoop around in here.