Ellen’s Home Made Lovely

Welcome to Home Made Lovely, a special home tour series.

Hello there! My name is Ellen and I blog over at sweetwater. I love this tradition Heather has created and I’m so thankful she asked me to share my home today!

I live in South Carolina with my husband,Tom. Together we have three children: two boys and a girl, ranging from 11 to 6.

The truth is that I didn’t really understand how to make home stick. God has been so faithful to show me that all good things begin in Him and that He has a good plan for my family and where we rest our heads. Just like any other person, I still feel insecure about our home from time to time. But! God has truly shown me what makes a home really lovely. I breathe it in when I first walk in the door after a long day away. It’s the smell of my people: cut grass, lavender soap, peanut butter and apple pie. I see it stretched out from bottom to top of our two-storied cottage. It’s the little reminders of my people strewn about: paper clippings, milk mustaches and animals with antlers. This is a lovely home to me: my heart-houses and everything they love and our story together.

Our foyer is small but packed with my favorite table and our reading bookshelf.

Over the summer I got to share with the women at my church about a beloved passage in God’s Word: Psalm 16. I was sent home with this sweet little print all framed up.

Our family room is front and center, and we put it to good use with lots of living. This room gets the absolute best morning light.

The black armoire holds winter coats, hats, gloves, ball caps and baseball paraphernalia.

The dining room is just through the den. I have the privilege of using the dining table and buffet my grandmother used. My mama grew up eating at this table and I did, too!

Just on the other side of the dining room is our bedroom. We moved our room downstairs this fall. So far, we’re really happy! This little study was never really well used and I love giving it the chance to reach its full potential (Bonus! As a book lover, I am so happy waking up to a wall full of books!). My daddy built the awesome headboard for me.

There is a small full bathroom attached to our bedroom. It got a little overhaul when we moved everything downstairs. A few years ago, I promised myself that I would hang real and meaningful art any way I could. One thing I love to do is elevate my childrens’ artwork to the level it deserves by framing it, hanging it, enjoying it. My girlie made the animal triptych in art class.

I went back and forth about whether to include our kitchen in this little tour. In the end, it seemed like the best way to honor what God has done in my heart. There are several things that I would change about our kitchen if I could. It isn’t perfect. The cabinets don’t close all of the way. Each of my appliances is a different finish. I have peacock greenish-blue tiled countertops. But. I don’t want to waste my time in this house avoiding things that aren’t perfect. God promises that He meets us in imperfection and I want to live that out with every ounce of my being.

This kitchen is truly the heart of our home and it rivals the den’s morning light with it’s beautiful afternoon sunlight spilling in. I love to think of all the afternoons my husband has spent sitting on a stool and detailing his day while I cooked and cleaned. I love to think of all the things that have been created at our old table. I’ve tried to pour my heart out all over this room and that is what I see most when I walk in over and over again, day after day.

Thank you, Heather, for inviting me to share my home with your readers!

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  • Kristin - February 7, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Ellen, I think your home is very lovely, imperfection and all! It has character and emotion and all things that a home should be. Most importantly, it holds the ones you love. This resonated with me so MUCH: “Just like any other person, I still feel insecure about our home from time to time. But! God has truly shown me what makes a home really lovely.” I feel the same way, thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • […] I have the sweet privilege of sharing my home (or at least the downstairs portion) at Life Made Lovely. Heather is one of my favorite bloggers. Her faith story is truly a miraculous telling of how God […]ReplyCancel

  • Erin @ Blue-Eyed Bride - February 7, 2014 - 5:33 am

    I love this house. It looks warm and inviting in photos and it feels that way in person. I love all of the character and thoughtfulness that went into every room.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - February 7, 2014 - 6:04 am

    What a lovely and meaningful home! I love all the artwork and that you showed us your kitchen. I have lots of imperfection in my home too and love to see how others make lemonade from lemons. Ellen, we are “neighbors” as I live in Lexington, SC. :) ReplyCancel

  • Amy Woods - February 7, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Your home is lovely! Thank you for sharing. I have many things that I’d like to upgrade in my home, but the Lord has blessed my family to own our home and His love fills it! That is what is most important afterall. God Bless you and yours!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah May{Handbags*and*Pigtails} - February 7, 2014 - 7:21 am

    You do it right, Ellen- all of it.
    Love,
    MeReplyCancel

  • stephanie - February 7, 2014 - 7:28 am

    This home is so lovely! I am going to be late because i keep going through the photos:) so much beauty to see! I feel like this home has so many personal details/belongings. I don’t know if this sounds weird, but its almost like it home has a heart and a soul. I will be back many times to look at each detail again:) Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca M. - February 7, 2014 - 8:19 am

    Having seen this home in person many times, I can only state how much more beautiful it is in person! The photos show the heart well. :-) ReplyCancel

  • creole wisdom - February 7, 2014 - 8:45 am

    I love this home! The pleated ottoman in the living room is darling, and I love how you’ve incorporated older art pieces with new.ReplyCancel

  • melony - February 7, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Wow, this post has me really contemplating. Our house is very old and very small (820 sq.ft, 1903, 5 of us) and i rarely talk about it on my blog as well. Your home looks lovely to me. I feel like we could sit at each other’s kitchen table and share how God is growing us in relation to our home. I am so thankful that you shared your kitchen. I am struck by the beauty of design in each space. I am encouraged in my own struggles with my home….encouraged to see the beauty that is here …and the beauty that is possible here.ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - February 7, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    Your home is so sweet – beautiful – and filled with creativity!
    It looks as if it’s truly a home and well loved. Thank you for being brave to show the real thing. Such a great metaphor for what God calls us to be as His children. So lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey @ Piecefully Home - February 7, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    I adore the chandelier in the dining room!! and your living room is so inviting, i love how you strung the twinkly lights. :)

    and this is so true: “But I don’t want to waste my time in this house avoiding things that aren’t perfect. God promises that He meets us in imperfection and I want to live that out with every ounce of my being.”ReplyCancel

  • Ellen S. - February 7, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Ellen (what a nice name!) your house is wonderfully happy. Thanks for letting us peek in!ReplyCancel

  • stephanie - February 7, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    I had to come back and look at these photos again! I have another comment:) Please, do not EVER feel insecure about your home. I live in a new build in Phoenix and as much as i have tried to make it my own, it will never have a fraction of the character that your home has. This home is so full of character and i absolutely adore it!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - February 8, 2014 - 11:30 am

    This is probably my favorite home that I have ever seen on this blog. Real and beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • melodee - February 8, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    wow! I just love your whole house, even (especially) your darling kitchen! love your cheerful heart, as well!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - February 8, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    What a sweet home! Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Katie - February 8, 2014 - 5:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing your home! It looks like a wonderful place to raise a family, and I love all of the little personalized touches. The amount of sunlight pouring through your windows feels so homey and welcoming. The living room’s layout looks perfect for socializing, and that mantel vignette? Perfection.ReplyCancel

  • Christen - February 9, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Sweet Ellen, your home is one of my favorite places. It’s cozy and so full of warmth! But mostly it’s filled with Jesus’ love…love you dear one!ReplyCancel

  • Gary Etheridge - February 10, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Love this blog, especially the beautiful tables. Thanks for sharing a window into your world.
    GaryReplyCancel

  • Rachel - February 10, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Ellen, I love your house and style!! come help me with mine! lol!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - February 21, 2014 - 8:54 am

    ellen! i absolutely adore your home!
    everything is just so lovely….and i love your heart.
    xo
    maryReplyCancel

  • vicki - February 25, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    The way you talk about your home and the way you live in it is so loving and down right touching. This was such and enjoyable read, so lovely on the eye. Your home is more than beautiful, it has heart.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - March 3, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    This has been my favorite home tour. A home tour has never made be get teary eyed, but this one did twice! I love the verse you have framed. I cherish that verse as I think on God’s perfect work in my very imperfect life. I also appreciate your desire to have peace in imperfection. Lovely home indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Flower Patch Farmgirl - March 15, 2014 - 7:26 pm

    I love every single thing about this post (esp your heart). And I think those countertops are seriously RAD.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - March 16, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Your home is so charming, it looks well loved and lived in. Just perfect.

    JaneReplyCancel

  • Kristine - March 16, 2014 - 11:14 am

    I love your beautiful home, and I cannot stop thinking in my head as I look at the beautiful pictures that I love the imperfection, which reminds me of how God can take us, imperfect as we are and that we are made beautiful through the gift of His Son! When I look through pages of magazines at the “perfect” homes, I get a feeling that I don’t measure up and my heart feels weighed down. When I look at the pictures of your home, I can almost hear the laughter around the table as your family comes together and makes memories- I feel happy and lighthearted “walking through” your house! Thank you for sharing!
    -KristineReplyCancel

  • Deana - March 16, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    I think your mix of vintage and modern is lovely. And best of all you reminded me of heist really matters – the people inside. God bless.ReplyCancel

  • Pam - March 17, 2014 - 10:09 am

    I am here from Nesting Place. Hi Heather. I think this might be my first time on your blog. Ellen you have inspired me on this day. I am always critiquing or comparing my home and I need to stop. Thank you for your encouragement. I have that same sink and so many days I want to rip it out and install a farmhouse sink! I am trying, with God’s help, to love my house right where it’s at because truth be told, we’re not in a position to renovate but that shouldn’t stop me from respecting my home and the shelter it provides us. I love your family room.ReplyCancel

  • danielle - March 17, 2014 - 10:31 am

    I also have a house that is not exactly what I would like it to be…yet. I also have cabinets that won’t close in my kitchen. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. It’s not only beautiful because of the careful way you have decorated it, but also because of your beautiful heart that is thankful. You inspire me to love all of my imperfect home as well.ReplyCancel

  • tara - March 17, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    seriously beautiful home.ReplyCancel

  • Hannah Beth Reid - March 18, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    I really appreciate your attitude about not worrying over little things about our homes and just enjoy it as it is, loved and lived in…thank you!ReplyCancel

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