Home Made Lovely- Emily’s Home Tour

Welcome to Home Made Lovely!
A weekly series featuring inspiring homes from around
the blogging community.  I ask each blogger the same question-
“What does creating a lovely home mean to you?
Here’s what Emily shared-
hello everyone!! i’m emily from Blueberry’s Blog.  i love Jesus.
i am married to my love, Brandon, i am the mother to our two beautiful children, Emerson , age 3, Gemma,  10 months, and a step-mother to Branson, age 10. i blog about our life and my journey as a daughter of the King.  i’m so super honored (and to be honest) a bit flabbergasted to be here today.  Home Made Lovely is probably my favorite series in the whole blogging world.  seriously, i love thursdays because i know that another amazing home is going to be featured on Heather’s blog.  i just about fell off the couch when i read Heather’s email asking me if i would be interested.  YES!
What does it mean to create a lovely home?
for me, a lovely home is where we do life. and just like life and family, it’s always a work in progress, always striving to improve. our home is just that. i do my best to keep it clean and put together, but i also live with the reality that i have small children and i want them to be comfortable in every room. if i had to label my decorating style, i would call vintage eclectic. almost every piece of furniture and decoration was either thrifted, found, or given to us.
our home is from the 1920′s and has required a lot of work to get it to where she is now. luckily i married mr. fix-it, he has done everything from installing new appliances to knocking down walls and re-routing plumbing. i take over with a paint brush when the last tool has been put away. it’s a fun little system we have.
two small things – 1. i cleaned but did not hide for this tour. we have small children and so you will see toys and  probably a little hand print that i missed. & 2. i am not a professional photographer, please be kind.:)
  so without further ado, welcome & please come in…
the first room you enter in our home is our dining room, so let’s start there.
i found our lovely table and four white chairs on craiglist for $50.00. major steal. i refinished the top of the table to it’s natural wood. the brown chairs were found on big trash day down the street. a little fabric from ikea was the finishing touch on the chairs. i am still looking for the perfect rug to go under our table.
work in progress folks.
 i am a huge fan of wall collages, as you will see from room to room. the white table was
found years ago at a clearance furniture sale. the picnic baskets are used for storage, i.e. bibs.
on the right are my precious babes.
(yes the one picnic basket says deviled spam…i plan on painting them eventually)
i adore this light. $9 at ikea. does it get any better?
the two matching shelves are spice racks and the third shelf is a vintage silverware drawer.
i painted all three white and had the mister hang them. the pretty metal art is the metal
scroll work from a screen door. art is found everywhere! i love this wall.
below my lovely wall sits a vintage child’s chair with a vintage prune box hiding our winter
hats & gloves. the metal tins hold our kiddie art supplies. the white wooden shelf was from
an old grocery store and i got it for super cheap!
 ah my yellow hutch. this was originally in my dad’s basement holding my brother’s
old air soft guns.  i asked if i could have it, he said yes, and i painted it yellow.
to the left of the dining room, you will enter our living room.
and as the name says, this room gets lived in! we spend a lot of time in this room so i wanted it
to be open and comfortable. our couch, rug, and yellow chair were craiglist finds. i’m still looking
for a coffee table. we got rid of our original coffee table because it was a hazard for kids learning
to walk (it was glass). i’m just waiting for the perfect one. it’s out there waiting for me too, i just
know it. the gorgeous elephant painting was done by my husband.
i love this wall. bits & pieces of my favorite things.
(and no, my plant is not dead, just droopy for some reason today, guess it’s camera shy.)
this is probably my favorite corner is in our home. this chair is so comfortable. it is vintage but
was in brand new condition when we found her at salvation army. the wooden table was found
in big trash and the suitcase was a quarter at a yard sale. i painted the lampshade originally for
our bedroom but it fit much better here.
that lamp is my favorite lamp in the house. i found it at the local antique shop
and it was one of the few splurges i’ve allowed myself to make recently.
i used some twine and mini clothes pins for a photo display of my kids. 4/12 is our wedding anniversary and the photo of us is from our honeymoon in Jamaica. and i love the doors. love.
our tv stand was another craiglist find. the starburst clock was a christmas present to myself.
let’s head to the kitchen now.
we have done so so so much work in the kitchen. we painted all the cabinets, replaced all the appliances, re-surfaced the countertops, and tiled the floor. i have changed the wall color twice
and i am finally in love with the look of the kitchen.
(umm…i just noticed the mixed veggies on the counter,
i was feeding gemma lunch while snapping pictures, whoops!)
i made the curtains from a flat sheet from target and couldn’t be
happier with how well they turned out and complete the kitchen.
the dry sink was my great-grandparents and i am so honored to have that now.
now down the hall to emerson’s room.
the artwork was done by us. the left by me, the right by my husband.
the vintage prints were found in mint condition at salvation army.
welcome to emerson’s room.
i had so much fun transforming emerson’s nursury into a big boy room. it revolves around him.
i let him help pick out his bedding and decorated solely on what he loves. trains, dinosaurs, cars, trucks, and books.
 
(side note – i was never supporter of tv’s in kids rooms, but my boy loves his disney and veggie tales VHS tapes and we don’t have a VCR in our living room so i folded – amazing how that happens huh?)
this was my first successful wall collage. i find myself lost just staring at this wall,
reminiscing in the memories and emotions it holds.
up next is the play room. this room is in our basement so there are no windows,
which means no natural light, so forgive the less than stellar photos.
we love this room. i worked many a late night painting the alphabet wall.
it made my day when emerson started looking at it and saying the alphabet.
we love our chalkboards.
the prints were from vintage books and scrapbook paper.
i still have to finish their little kitchen nook, it needs some pizzazz.
there are 3 more rooms in our home that i would love to show you, but unfortunately they are not at a touring state.  one being gemma’s room. we are finishing half of the basement for her room, so her crib and dresser are still in our room. my step-son’s room is currently a holding area for the rest of her room furniture and decor. i will make sure to give everyone a tour on my blog when they are finished.
i hope you enjoyed our home! i am so grateful for it and the opportunity to share it with you! thank you for such a great series and for asking me to join in heather!
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