I just fixed up my porch for the summer, which inspired me to fluff up the rest of the place. I’ve been so excited for you to come for a visit.
I painted a houndstooth rug to make guests feel welcome, and so we could easily wash the chicken messes off. Chickens are soooo charming, until they poop on your porch.
Come on through the screen door and sit a spell…..
I made the coffee table with a furniture dolly I found at a flea market, some galvanized pipes and the glass top from my old coffee table! It’s happiness disguised as wood and metal.
I think I’m in love.
It’s always nice to see things from another angle.
My painted piano is one of my favorite pieces in the house.
This summer I went with an outdoor theme….birds and bugs and butterflies. I was going for a look of “kids exploring the summer season”.
I carried that theme into my dining room/homeschool room, which is open to the living room through 2 wide doorways.
One of my girls found a speed limit sign at a resale shop and snatched it up for me. She knows just what I like!
A turn to the left and you see my chalkboard wall. We change it out seasonally. (And in case you’re wondering….the table is a ping pong table with a vinyl tablecloth over it.)
I recently added the gorgeous shutters to the dining room from blinds.com and I love them with a passion. We added trim to them, like we did in my bedroom. Come back soon ‘cuz I’m gonna show you how we did it!
The long desk is where my kids use their computers (that’s what the little cabinet below holds) and do schoolwork. It doubles as a buffet when we have parties or holiday meals.
Oh! And did you see the lights we made?!
The chalkboard wall is full of painted jars and leaves and things the kids might bring in from their outside adventures. I spray painted the mason jars….eeee! Cute!
I keep all of our school supplies in these baskets. It’s great to have everything right there when we need it.
Back in the living room you may have noticed a ladder…..lots of people ask what’s up there.
It’s a loft where 2 of my boys sleep. But even more importantly, it’s where we keep the Legos. 5 boys and many years worth of teeny, tiny, overpriced, messy….oops…..sorry….I’m getting off track.
There’s a bed on each end of the room with storage in between. I actually got quite a bit of storage in there considering the room has serious limitations.
The loft has only one real wall, so we built shelves to fit along the entire thing and boxes to fit on the shelves and voila! Lego storage.
The wood on the floor is the door…..so fun! And there’s a little round window in the wall. It’s a really cute room.
I used these fabulous metal cabinets from IKEA across the other side of the room so each boy has one for his personal stuff. On each end we built a shelf that faces the bed so they have a place for their nighttime needs like clocks and books and pieces of trash.
Then we built a shelf in the center to hold all of the manuals and instructions that my boys insist on keeping. The whole thing makes one long surface on which the boys can create Lego masterpieces.
Through the kitchen and out the door, you get to the luxurious poolside lounge. Last year’s cushions didn’t survive the Texas weather, so I had to change it all up. I have some plans to improve it even more, but this is what it looks like right now….come back in a couple of weeks for an update on the cushions and throw pillows!
I found these turbines in my neighbor’s trash one morning when I was walking. You can bet I grabbed them up and carried them home!
It’s such a great place to hide from the kids….oh, um….I mean relax.
On the opposite side of the yard is my husband’s office. The kids and I surprised him in February with a front office makeover while he was out of town.
The last space I want to show you is my little office. It used to be my son’s Lego room, but as you saw, we moved all of that to their loft bedroom. Then it was a place where the kids could study, but they didn’t really use it much. Now it’s my office. Things change quickly around here. Don’t blink or you’ll miss something.
The chest under my desk-table is filled with special things for the boys to play with when they are hanging out in there with me.
It’s where I sit and try to think of something eloquent to say.
Well that’s all folks! Thanks for stopping by!
You can see last year’s tour featuring other rooms in my house HERE.