After retiring and downsizing, we are gradually making our builder basic house a home. Come on in and I’ll show you around. My home is a mixture of thrift, consignment and goodwill treasures that I love remaking into my own unique style.
As you enter this is the view you have of the living/dining area and straight through to the kitchen/family room. Since our home is small, it helps that the rooms are open and flow together.
As you walk in and look around this is the full view of the living room. The entire house has a neutral base with soft beige walls and carpet. This allows me to change my color scheme about every 15 minutes and I do. lol That huge mirror really doubles the look of the size of this room. It seemed quite small in our previous home, but definitely the center of attention here.
Come on in through the opening to the family room/kitchen/breakfast area. This is where we live and where family always gathers. I love being able to cook and still be part of all the fun.
The breakfast area is where we have all of our meals. The table can be expanded to seat 12 if we have the whole family here.
The kitchen is literally the center of our house and I love that it is open to all of our living areas.
As you can see, the entire house flows around it.
Some of my favorite treasures are the clocks I have in this hallway.
This is a closer look at a couple of them. All of these came from my mom’s collection.
However this one is the neatest one of all. My mom and dad made this one for me. My dad was a contractor, but my mom was just as handy, she had a lathe and did all the turnings herself.
See the two plaques inside. Love Mother & Daddy 1977.
Down the hall across from the clocks is my laundry room. This is where I have my crafting cupboard, extra fridge and tons of accessories that are special to me. The quilt blocks are ones my mom and I made years ago. (That’s the door to the garage.)
I used every every square inch of wall space to display special treasures that make me happy every time I walk in here. The little wine cabinet holds a few bottles that we like to share at dinner parties, plus I roll up place mats that I’m not using and slide them into the wine slots to store them. As I said, every square inch. lol
The next door is the Guest Bedroom. This is probably the only place where you will ever see an antique kitchen with a bed in the middle. Now these are treasured antique pieces that I just couldn’t part with, so I made them work. How about a drop leaf kitchen work table complete with curved tin flour bins as a nightstand and a hoosier on the other side.
The Hoosier makes a fabulous desk when a guest needs one. The work surface pulls out for a very generous work space.
The butter churn holds a $1 tv from Goodwill and the lawyers bookcase houses some of my dads hand tools. There’s also a few antiques used as accessories too. Works for me. To see how it all came together, check out this post.
Turn right down the hall and you come to the guest bathroom. Small, but functional. This is my most recent room redo. You can see how I pulled it together by rehabbing and shopping the house here.
Just using what I had and shopping the house, I was able to totally transform this room. The shower curtain is leftover fabric from the family room drapes and I added a favorite painting and some transferware dishes.
I gave a tutorial on how to remove a medicine cabinet and patch the wall in this post. That made a huge difference. There’s room for a towel rack by the sink and a cute picture from Goodwill. I also gave you a tutorial on how I antiqued and aged the mirror.
You can find a “how to” for the tank topper tray here. Now even that curvy tank top can be used to display some fun bathroom accessories and they won’t slide off.
At the end of the hall is the Master Bdrm and bath.
I found the headboard at Hotel Liquidators, the dresser at a thrift store and the nightstand at Goodwill. You can see the tutorials on these and other refinishing and painting projects here.
Across from the bed is an armoire. It holds our tv and has some drawers and shelves for extra storage.
This is one of my favorite finds. - -$15 at Goodwill. I re-stained and redid part of the upholstery, love it. This was a huge upgrade to the l970′s chair that was previously here. See that redo here.
A view into the bathroom from the bedroom.
As you enter the bathroom, the tub and shower are on the right and the vanity is straight ahead. The angled door leads you to the water closet and the door on the left is the walk in closet.
It’s always bright and cheery in here with all the light from the window, and I love, love, love the soaker tub.
Paint and new light fixtures are about all I’ve done in here. I left the huge mirror because it makes the room seem so much bigger.
That’s it for the tour.
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