home made lovely- ruth’s home tour

A weekly series featuring inspiring homes from around the
blogging community.  I’ve asked each blogger the same question-
“What does creating a lovely home mean to you?”
Here’s what Ruth shared…
Hi there! I’m Ruth from over at GraceLaced, my online home where I share about grace in the everyday, through life with my 5 boys, a pastor/headmaster husband, and the little corner of the world I’ve been given care of. I’d love for you to visit me there…but today, I’m pleased to show you around my real home. There are few things that give me as much joy as showing hospitality, so it is my pleasure you to welcome you today…please make yourself at home!
A home is living. It is not merely a space to hang your hat or lay your head, or store your stuff. It’s a dwelling…a place where those you love desire to “dwell,” or linger and tarry. I have five boys between the ages of 9 months to 9 years. While many assume that I might opt for furniture slipcovered in camo, or that I might choose to store all decorative objects out of reach until all babies are grown…we’ve always known that our home is not simply utilitarian, but a context for experiencing beauty, contentment, creativity, and extending hospitality.
Last year, we turned our formal dining room into a library and music room. We truly believe that our kids will follow us in what we find valuable and admirable. We wanted to prioritize books and music in our home, and a library was a perfect way for us to do so. I am an artist…so you will find lots and lots of my personal artwork adorning our walls.
The Preacher has a soft spot for old books. I love that they add character to any room.
The family table is perhaps my favorite spot in the whole house. It’s actual a terribly cramped space, but I love it because of what it represents and what memories are made there. Our huge dining table is the epicenter of meaningful conversations, adventurous culinary discoveries, and years of breaking bread with friends and family.
I homeschool our boys three days a week, and this is how it usually looks at the table.
Just keepin’ it real, folks!:)
I found this lovely antique china cabinet on craigslist several years ago…for a deal!
I recently found this leather couch on craigslist after our old one went into retirement. The linen settee is from World Market. I couldn’t resist its multi-colored buttons and tufting…isn’t she cute? I found the coffee table on craigslist for $25, then purchased glass for the inset top, and used lovely Anna Maria Horner fabric under the glass for a pop of color. Again…more of my artwork: etching based on a childhood photo; acrylic painting of dogwoods.
I love to decorate with succulents and terrariums.
They are such low-maintenance plants that deliver such style satisfaction!
The Preacher built me a simple mantle last Christmas. I’m so enjoying the increased space to
decorate and redecorate! The “Virtus (virtue)” hoop art was inspired by a lesson learned while homeschooling one day.
 
I have a penchant for storing unsightly things in unexpected objects:
vintage suitcases store special letters, cords, and dvds.
We remodeled the downstairs powder bath last year. I love it so much! We turned an antique sewing machine treadle base into a vanity with a stained and distressed vanity top.
I stenciled the wall with muted teal paint…
…and tiled the floor with travertine and river rocks.
Let’s head upstairs! Yes, another painting!
The older boys share a room and the younger boys share a room.
I will not lie: training the boys to keep their rooms clean is a daily exercise in discipline.
The upstairs loft is technically the schoolroom, though we’ve been schooling at the dinner table since Number 5 is still napping a few times a day. Again…this is how it really looks most days…and worse!
Number 5, the baby, had quite the nursery remodel,
thanks to my last minute desire to make this fifth pregnancy special and unique.
I did this 8 months pregnant…it had to be easy.
I painted birch trees on the walls, and made some simple hanging yarn balls.
This is the master bedroom. It is such a large room that we’ve used part of it for a home office in the past. I’m currently using the other side of the bedroom as my studio space for sewing and crafting. The Preacher is so generous, isn’t he? I love to repurpose furniture. The slipcovered bench at the end of the bed used to be our bonded leather ottoman coffee table. I sewed a linen slipcover for it, and now it is soft and lovely!
The beautiful quilt was handmade by The Preacher’s parents.
What a special gift! I turned the scraps into bunting…
The Preacher’s childhood desk and family entertainment cabinet is now repurposed for my studio space. These cabinets house all my fabric, supplies, and unsightly tools.
I made a clutch for myself with leftover quilt fabric, but decided to pin it to my burlap-covered bulletin board for pocket storage. It’s fun to discover all the creative ways you can find storage when you repurpose everyday items!
Lastly…if you come over this summer, you will find us outside enjoying the backyard with the boys. The sound of water, the shade of an arbor, the ruckus of boys playing war on the playset…
…and conversations around the firepit…that’s where you’ll find us.
You are very welcome to stop by. We always have room for one more.
Home is living; it’s where love resides. Is it any wonder that home is where the heart is?
Thanks, Heather, for featuring my home today! I so enjoyed having you.

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