My Friend’s Gorgeous Home

Hello!  We just got back from a 2 week adventure to the Wild West.  The West was the destination the adventure was taking our 4 young children 4,000+ miles by car!:-)

familycarfunNobody was smiling by the end of the trip!

We started in Ohio, then Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho and back.  It was a crazy adventure but worth every minute of the time we got to spend with my husband’s side of the family (and the $1500 + we saved by driving).

 

Now comes the adventure of getting the kids immediately back to school and getting back to a routine.  Never a dull moment!:-)

 

I have a real treat for you today!  My friend, Erin, kindly agreed to let me take pictures of her home and share them with you.  Erin’s home has inspired me in so many ways and I’m excited to pass the inspiration on to you.

 

I would describe Erin’s decorating style as simple, classic, timeless, beautiful, elegant, and comfortable.  Whenever I’m in her home I feel at peace and tranquil and like I want to stay there ALL day (don’t let that scare you, Erin).:-)

 

Even though Erin’s budget is well above my own I have found several ways to cater her amazing taste to my much smaller budget.  I will share some budget friendly options in the ‘Tip’ sections as I take you on the tour of her home (or if you just want to look at pretty pictures skip the tips).:-)

 

Let’s begin!

 

Entry

 

Stairway

 

 Erin's Entrance

 

Tips- To get the elegant look of her stairway paint hand rails on your stairway espresso or black and the spindles white (like I did, HERE) 

 

Living Room

 

Home Tour Living Room

 

Living Room Vignette

 

Home Tour Living Room Chairs

 

Home Tour Entrance

 

Tip- Much of the art in Erin’s house was bought on www.art.com.  Then save money and frame it yourself!

 

Family Room

 

Erin's Family Room Full Shot

 

Green Chair

 

Window Treatments

 

Mantel

 

Firsplace Surround

 

3D Basketweave Surround

 

Family Room

 

Comfortable Family Room Couch

 

Gallery Wall

 

Tips-  You can find inexpensive drapes, Here (it’s an older post so some of the drapes may be discontinued but you will still be able to see what stores I shop at for inexpensive drapes).  You can find wooden blinds  like in Erin’s family room for a good price at Lowe’s.

 

Kitchen

 

Kitchen Final Shot

 

Erin's Kitchen

 

 

Erin's Kitchen Fridge

 

Marble Countertops

 

Kitchen Barstools

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Sink and Valance

 

Hood

 

Sliding Glass Door Wood Trim

 

Erin's Kitchen Table

 

Tips- For white cabinets, paint them like I did, HERE.  The white subway tile is super inexpensive at Home Depot.  Install the backsplash using my tutorial, HERE.  Inspired by the cornice over Erin’s sliding door, I made my own cornice with a tutorial found HERE.

 

Master Bedroom

 

Master Secretary Desk

 

Master Bedroom Sitting Area

 

Note:  Sorry I didn’t get a photo of her bed.  I think I couldn’t because the sun was so bright from the two windows planking it (OR I was so enamored with the secretary desk in her room that I forgot).:-)

 

Master Bathroom

 

Master Bathtub

 

Tip- Frame fabric as inexpensive art as discussed, HERE.  There are some amazing vinyl tile options that are easy to install that I discuss, HERE and one that I installed, HERE.

 

Tween Girl’s Room

 

Girl's Tween Bedroom

 

Tip- Buy an inexpensive brass chandelier off of craigslist for $7 and spray paint it like I did in my daughter’s room, HERE.

 

Girl’s Room

 

Girl's Pink Bedroom

 

Sitting area

 

Girl's Bed
Girl's Dresser Vignette

 

Girl's Room Desk

 

Tip:  Upholstered headboards are all the rage.  DIY an upholstered headboard like I did for $20, HERE.  I love how she had the bed skirt made in the same fabric.   Google how to make a bed skirt and you can find a tutorial that will help you achieve the same look!
The adorable circle tree art could be replicated with scrapbook paper, modge podge, and a canvas similar to what I did, HERE.

 

Boy’s Room

 

Boy's Room

 

Boy's Light Fixture

 

Bedding and Book Holder

 

Boy's Room Desk

 

Tip-  Create a kid’s desk out of shelving for under $20 as shared, HERE.

 

Powder Bathroom

 

Powder Bathroom

 

Tip:  Install your own chair rail like I did, HERE and paint the bottom a high gloss white with a foam roller to get a professional look. I LOVE how she used a large scale picture for the bathroom wall by the way.

 

You know how much I love before and afters so I had to share some of the befores with you!

 

Entry Before
Living Room Befores
Great Room Befores

A Kitchen Before

Big difference, right?  I’m amazed at Erin’s vision for her home and admire her keen eye for design!  What is your favorite room or feature in Erin’s home?

 

It’s hard for me to choose but if I had to pick it would be her two story family room with the 3D basket weave fireplace stone surround as well as that comfy linen couch.

 

I hope you felt inspired by this post! Have a wonderful week!:-)

 

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22 thoughts on “My Friend’s Gorgeous Home

  1. Kathy

    What a lovely, dreamy home! Just gazing at the photos transported me to a very happy, peaceful place! And your light, sun-infused photography showed the rooms off beautifully, Tamara.

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