From the moment I laid eyes on our home, I loved the outdoor curb appeal with its stone and brick facade, wooden garage doors, and luscious landscaping. However, what I didn’t love was that the inside of our house looked like all the other homes on the block. Same builder grade lighting, flooring, cabinets…..you get the picture. Over the past five years, my hubby and I have been doing DIY projects to make our house a home. We still have a few projects on the list, but it has definitely come a long way. I hope you enjoy the tour and find some inspiration along the way.

The Foyer

Stairs leading up the “Marshmallow Room” which is my version of a man cave. Why is it called the Marshmallow room you ask? Marshmallows have been a favorite food of mine since I was little, so I decided to call this little oasis upstairs that consist of a sitting room, Zebra art gallery, and home gym my Marshmallow Room.

The Marshmallow Room

Home Gym/Zebra Gallery

Over the years friends & family have given me zebra art as gifts.  My collection has grown so much, that I decide to hang my zebra pictures in my home gym and make a gallery of the art so to speak. It makes working out an enjoyable experience. 🙂

Home Office

As you come back down the stairs, the Home Office is the first room visitors will see off the entry. I love all the natural light that fills this room and this office has a lot of storage space, which is ideal for this OCD girl.

As you walk past the office, there is a room off the kitchen that is supposed to be used as a formal dining room. Do people still use  formal dining rooms?? I don’t have a need for one since the kitchen is large and open, so I turned this space into a sitting room. It’s a cozy space to read a book, or have a quick chat with a neighbor. 

The Living Room

Once you reach the end of the entry hallway, you enter into the Living Room/Kitchen area. I love the open concept of this space. It’s nice to be able to be in the kitchen and see what’s going on in the Living Room. The living room and kitchen were one of the first DIY projects we tackled after we purchased the house in 2011. The original floor plan had a pony wall going right down the middle of this room. I will be posting before and after pictures of the kitchen under the DIY tab.

Function and form come together with this built-in shelving we designed and built from scratch.

The kitchen is the heart of our home and one of my favorite spaces. We did a total DIY remodel of our kitchen last year. I will be posting before and after pictures under the DIY tab.

The Kitchen

The kitchen cabinets and island were painted with General Finishes milk paint. This paint is one of my favorite products on the market. It goes on smoothly, dries quickly, and doesn’t have an odor. Watching paint dry is a thing of the past!!

It’s all in the details! A Custom range hood and antique fireback from the Netherlands are the focal points in the kitchen.

The house has three guest bedrooms for friends and family to stay.

Guest Bedrooms

The Zebra bedroom is a special room because its basically a replica of my childhood bedroom growing up. My parents gave me the daybed for my 13th birthday, and its still as comfortable as it was then. 

Guest Bedroom

Master Bedroom

This sitting nook in the master bedroom looks out to the backyard, and is a favorite spot to curl up and read a book.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour of our Texas home. It is still a work in progress, but we enjoy the journey!

Jamie