Welcome to my home! A special hello to y’all visiting from Marianne at Songbird!
We built this room ourselves on a wing and a prayer since we had no idea what we were doing. Even though the room is small, I worked and worked until I found an arrangement that would give all 11 of us a place to sit comfortably.
I used to wish for an entryway, but then I decided that the porch could be my entryway. Making the most of what I have is my favorite pastime. Below you can see a chair I painted and recovered, a clock I made from an abandoned bird cage stand and some lockers I painted to use for the kids’ school books.
All of our furniture is from flea markets and hand-me-downs. I take what I find and remake it into what fits our home. I’ll paint anything….like our piano!
Many of the small details in my home are from my etsy shop, Shop 24.
Just through the living room is the dining room/school room.
The black table is for eating and the white table is where we homeschool with the added benefit of having plenty of extra table space when we have guests for dinner…which is pretty often.
The long buffet behind the black table serves two purposes. The kids can use it as a desk during the day and we can serve food from it at mealtime. I try to get as many uses out of one thing as I can.
My big chalkboard wall is constantly changing. I can draw anything on it depending on what mood I’m in….and I can be moody. So it changes often.
Even though we don’t do sports (you wouldn’t want to see me do sports, I run like a chicken) I used a sports theme for the summer. It makes us want to get outside and play!
The other side of the room is the school space.
I use the giant white board for school and to write a new Bible verse every day that we try to memorize. I also sometimes write lists or chores on the board. You can read more about how I keep my homeschool area organized!
Around the corner from the school area is our little study room.
I enclosed part of the porch to create this teeny room. But don’t measure its usefulness by its size….we couldn’t do without it! The kids can go in there to read or work on their computer or do some quiet school work. They can close the door and concentrate. Perfect!
And the letters on the wall are not supposed to be a word. I’m just slowly gathering all of the kids’ first initials as I see them at flea markets. It takes time to find nine vintage letters.
On the other side of the dining room is our kitchen. We built the kitchen all by ourselves on a shoestring budget. Two ranges, two microwaves, two fridges….it’s perfect for a large family!
In the picture below you can see my kids’ lunch area, my stained glass that came from an old church and my beige chalkboard wall (next to the electric range) where we keep a running grocery list. Gotta stay organized!
If you go out the kitchen door you step onto a deck that leads to our pool.
It’s a simple, above ground pool. My son and I built the deck and we built our own outdoor furniture so I can sit right there and work on the blog while the kids swim.
I love sitting out there. What we lack in expensive luxury, we make up for in peace and tranquility.
Before we go back inside let’s walk around to the front of the house where we have an outdoor eating area, the “Pavilion.” I found the old sign at a church bazaar and hung it there and the name stuck. I put the eating area in the front because that’s where the evening shade is, and I am a shade kind of girl. We eat out there as much as possible.
We had our 25th anniversary party out there a couple of years ago and it was a beautiful evening!
The rest of the house is bedrooms and bathrooms. With 9 kids in a small house I have to get creative about bedroom spaces. My 19 year old daughter sleeps in an enclosed porch area. We made it to also serve as a guest room.
This girl is a bit of a minimalist. All she wants is a cozy place to sit and some beach things around her and she’s happy.
Two of my boys share a little western themed room complete with horse in the barn that I painted myself.
And two of my teen girls live in a finished out attic.
Even though they can only stand up in the middle, they are so happy to have their own space that they don’t care one bit. And every single thing in this room was free except the wood we bought to build the shelves. We found the headboards in someone’s trash and just painted them!
Below the girls’ attic bedroom is the master bedroom. It’s my oasis on a hard day of homeschooling, laundry and painting furniture (which I am usually doing all at the same time).
I do most of my work in this room. I sit in my recliner and work online after all of the kids are in bed.
My bathroom is another place I like to hide occasionally.
For some reason the kids don’t think to look for me there, so when I need a few minutes to myself I sneak in the bathroom with a book and a Diet Dr Pepper.
That’s it for my summer home tour. It’s been great having you visit and I hope you’ll come back again soon!
Be sure to check out the other amazing home tours! Next is Angie at The Country Chic Cottage for another look at a house in the country!
DAY 1 (June 3rd)
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DAY 2 (June 4th)
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DAY 3 (June 5th)
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DAY 4 (June 6th)
DAY 5 (June 7th) – Link Party at The Shabby Creek Cottage
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