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!:-)
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).:-)
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)
Tip- Much of the art in Erin’s house was bought on www.art.com. Then save money and frame it yourself!
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.
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.
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).:-)
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
Tip- Buy an inexpensive brass chandelier off of craigslist for $7 and spray paint it like I did in my daughter’s room, HERE.
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.
Tip- Create a kid’s desk out of shelving for under $20 as shared, HERE.
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!
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!:-)