May 2, 2011

home tour

Hey all! 
 Today I'm taking you on a little tour of my digs....
I'm joining Toni @ A Bowl Full of Lemons on her tour of homes.
Tour of homes, as in, if you've got some time to kill and a large cuppa jo, you can tour a whole bunch of great homes. 
Brace yourselves...there's a ton o' pics in this post...don't get too bored on me, k?
(sidenote: the picture above is from last summer...our house looks pretty bleak on the outside right now. Spring hasn't exactly sprung here in SD.)

Come on in :)

Our house is an oldie, but a goodie.
We house searched FOREVER to find an old home with updates, like electric/plumbing...
all that boring jazz.
We wanted our $$ to go into the pretty stuff and actually makes you feel good :)

So we found the 1932 historical home about 5 years ago,
and have enjoyed making every inch of it our own.

{Living Room}
I've been doing some changes in this room.
If you're new here, you can check them out HERE.

I pulled out my (small) birdcage and fan collections.
I'm always on the lookout for more.

Now come back across the hall to the dining area...

And then on to the kitchen....

I look out these windows a lot.
They face the backyard...which was very important to me when we were house searching.
I love to be able to watch my kids play while I'm in the kitchen.

They bring me rocks ALL the time.
I don't know how that ever got started.
But I feel bad throwing them my collection in on my window.

I saw the coolest idea in Cottage Living Magazine years ago (does anyone else miss that mag?) with this chalkboard wall idea where you mix your own paint color with tile grout to make chalkboard paint....
so this whole wall of my kitchen is chalkboard.
Whoever said you can't write on the walls? :)

Ok, now upstairs....
at the landing is our sunroom.

This room is mostly used for lounging and reading.
Books and coffee.

I use the kids' art to decorate with a lot.
#1. it's cheap
#2. it's cool
#3. it's original art...which is also cool

The boys share a room...I don't think I've ever shown you my kids' rooms...have I?
Anywho, I started doing a vintage-airplane thing in here...but they've started incorporating their love of Star Wars too.
Little bit of everything.

Their little desk was one of my first furniture projects.
The desk got a coat of green and the drawers were decoupaged with old maps.
I still love it...7 years later.

Yes...that's my baby with Mr. Pres.
We were at a rally of some sort and he pulled the ol' pick-up-the-baby-and-wave trick.
It just so happened to be my baby.
The little squirt made the USA Today and  It was a very exciting Halloween 2002!

Sister Bear's room:

Pretty much everything in her room is old or older.
The quilt on her bed is a family quilt over 100 years old.
Her pink dresser was $15 at a rummage sale...year 1892.

That wall hanging is from an antique shop for $10.
I love it's kitchy-ness.

Her closet has been converted to a mini kitchen.  We removed the door and painted the inside a fun green.
She loves her little kitchen.

Well, that's the end of the tour, folks.
But if you want to see more, you can read more about our schoolroom HERE.

And our bathroom redo HERE.

Thanks so much for coming along on our little tour.

To continue on to the next house {} click the button below.

Or if you'd like to start at the beginning of the tour and see all the beautiful homes,
click the button below.

See you,
and have a great Monday!



Minnie said...

Your home is so cozy and charming. I somehow found this tour and have been following it tonight. I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how much I enjoyed "visiting" your home, especially all the vintage and antique touches. That desk with the decoupaged drawers is great and your daughter's room was my favorite room. So sweet and pretty.

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

You have a lovely home and an adorable blog. I'm a new follower now. Thanks for sharing your home.


Alanna said...

Your home is beautiful!! So old and elegant! Absolutely stunning! You must smile every time you walk in the door. Loving this tour of houses and thanks for sharing yours with us!

Anna said...

What an amazing space you have! I love your home!


P.S. New follower. :)

Marizabeth said...

I wish I could actually physically visit your home! It has such character! It's a lot like I hope to achieve one day!

Jennifer S. said...

You have a beautiful home Alicia! Thanks for sharing it with light and airy! Love it :)

DecorandtheDog said...

Your house is beautiful! I'm in love with your kitchen! :)

Deborah said...

Alicia I adored the tour of your home!
You are such a great decorator and I love all your personal touches..that make it so you!
Im in love with your kitchen and how great to have a window like that to keep an eye out for your sweeties!!
The chalkboard wall is fantastic...spoken from a lover of chalkboard :)
Everything is perfect!!!
Your home is sunny and cheery!!

Deborah xoxo

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your home has so much personality! I found you through the Parade of Homes. I linked-up to a bowl full of lemons' linky party :D I am your newest follower!

Carly said...

What a beautiful home! I just adore all the vintage touches and can't wait to visit your Etsy store. Thanks so much for sharing!

virginiamae said...

Yes, you have a beautiful home and an eye for photography!

nest full of eggs said...

thanks for the tour :)

Toni said...

LOVE your fan collection. Beautiful home. thanks for participating.


Sarah Kate said...

What a gorgeous and unique home you have!!! My husband and I did the same thing - found an old home that we could afford so that we could put our money into making it our own! We are just about to begin! Thank you for posting all of this. It's good inspiration!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

I just love your home, thanks so much for sharing! Came through on the parade of homes.

Amanda said...

LOVe all your distressed furniture pieces! lovely home!!

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said...

So Alicia, I knew I'd LOVE your home and I wasn't disappointed. Y'all have done a fantastic job making it warm, homey, and personal. And that closet kitchen...what a little girl's dream come true :o) Thank you so much for sharing your home!

Anna @ Blissful Whimsy said...

So Alicia, I knew I'd LOVE your home and I wasn't disappointed. Y'all have done a fantastic job making it warm, homey, and personal. And that closet kitchen...what a little girl's dream come true :o) Thank you so much for sharing your home!

Pamela said...

Thank you for the tour of your home.
It is lovely! It's fun, creative, unique and screams "happy!"
I'm a new follower..
Pamela ...French Buttons

urbancurtsy said...

It all looks so pretty, I am at this very moment pinning my slipcover...what was I thinking, I get an idea in my head and I can't be patient I have to start and finish. It made a beautiful difference in your home so I am on a mission! Miss ya girlie, I need to start posting again.

CAS said...

Loved the tour! Your home is lovely, right from the exterior throughout all that you shared. I even took a peek at your craft room -- love that! I'm a new follower.

Elsa said...

You have such a GORGEOUS home!!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Beautimonious!! I love every dang inch of your home. Also? G-Dub! Love him.

Oh, and "teach love". Perfect. :)

Wait, one more thing - Cottage Living was my FAVE!!! Boo.

feltsocute said...

We also have an old home that was chosen for many reasons - one of which was the big window in the kitchen where I could watch the kiddos play outside! I LOVE those upper cabinets - so charming and great for storage.

Heather said...

What a beautiful home! I so enjoyed the tour. And I miss Cottage Living too!

Beth @secondhand said...

Your home has a very warm feel. Love your blog. A quick question. How do you get the text on your pictures pidgin?

Melissa said...

i love a *collecting gal*...the fans & bird cages are gorgeous!

so lovely to see through your beautiful family home...there are many things in there that would go
a-missing if i was your neighbour i can assure you!!

i never knew you could make blackboard paint that way- i'm always lugging tins of bb paint home from the hardware store!!

and i WILL be stealing the desk/map idea- LOVE it!!

melissa xx

p.s- going to check out your garden shop stuff now!!!

Farmgirl Paints said...

love every inch! the map decopage LOVE. the chalkboard wall LOVE. the chalkboard...teach love LOVE. it's all so cute. so YOU:)

thetwistedruffle said...

i just loved your home tour! it's nice to be able to visualize a person walking around their house! i feel like i would be right at home there!! so cute!

Privet and Holly said...

Oh my goodness,
have to kidnap
Becky and take
a road trip to
see all this
loveliness in
person! Beautiful : )
xx Suzanne

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

You are SO much fun!!!

Blissful Blooms said...

What a wonderful place you have created for your family. Each room screams love and cozy comfort. You are adorable!!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

I heart your house, Alicia! Yes, I do :) You have great style! I'm going back to look!
Thanks for sharing with us!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

You might wake up missing a few fans, tomorrow :)

Amy said...

oh my goodness your home is gorgeous! Talk about being out of the pages of a magazine. Love the mike snow that pops up when I open your blog as well :)

T's Daily Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely home. I especially love the use of closet space as a kitchen for your sweet daughter. And the maps decoupaged onto the desk. Have a beautiful day and a wonderful weekend. Blessings, Tammy

Renee said...

Beautiful house! Thanks for sharing! Love your chalkboard... Fellow homeschooler here... I'm following you and would love a visit if you get a chance! :)


Absolutely adorable!

Kirstin said...

I'm here from Lemonade Makin' Mama. I love your home--so much character. I miss Cottage Living (and Domino) and President Bush.

Sew Country Chick said...

I just love your home! I live in an old farm house and want to spruce it up. I like the map desk and the old dress form. Actually I love everything. If only I could ever get my home clean enough to take photos of it....

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