Welcome to Home Made Lovely, a special home tour series.
hi i’m Jaime!
i have a blog called Raising up Rubies & i’m wife to a handsome hubby and mama to two crazy sweet girls … between family life, my etsy shop, and blogging, i’m one busy girl.
so so excited to be over here!
and really so honored that Heather asked me to share my home with you all
cause i love Heather’s home and i love her … i was so blessed to be able
to meet her at whatever craft weekend this past summer and she’s legit guys.
the real deal.for serious.
aaaaand since i’m a firm believer of the notion that your house does not have to be equipped with expensive pieces or things to be a home, i love to encourage and share what we’ve done over time and on a budget with other people! re-purposing, re-using or just tinkering around with things is really the way i brighten up our space. i want our home to feel like a place of rest for my family and for the people we welcome through the doors … making it a place to stay a while.
we moved here 7 years ago and have been in project mode ever since.
the house had so many great things about it that were already done …
but much had to be repaired or just redecorated to make it feel like home for us
and we’ve done that slowlyover time
it’s a home we’ve invested in
and made memories in
it’s a place we really feel will be ours for forever
whatcha waitn’ fer??
thought you’d never get here … come on in
this loveliness is the first thing you see when you walk into our front door
yup! my studio.
so it’s usually super messy, but it being the first area people see when they walk in,
keeps me on my cleaning toes…
two years ago, my hubby helped me turn our formal living room into a space i could call my own … enabling me to live out my dreams of having a craft space, along with a place to manage my etsy shop.
he & my dad built the huge eight-seater table from scratch
and over the past two years, i’ve tinkered, added and re-arranged and spray painted
everything in this room
a hundred times over … its really my happy place
everyone else kinda likes it too. heehee.
lots of storage and organization helps me keep things under control
(most of the time)
makes for some eye candy at the same time right?
i scored this huge vintage green filing cabinet at goodwill for forty bucks!
and i never find anything good at goodwill (ha) so it was a good day that day!
the tiered organizer came from pottery barn a couple summers ago
definitely my most asked question about my studio…
“wear’d i get the metal pen holder thingy…?”
our kitchen has a built-in office area … a central location for homework research,
managing household stuff, and where i work everyday!
a few years ago we painted all the kitchen cabinets & laid ceramic tile for the counter tops
it was a huge undertaking, but so worth it in the end. it brightened up this space and made it feel like it was ours.
we eat most of our meals at the island … the table at the other end of the room sometimes gets neglected. unless the girls want to watch cartoons and eat cereal on Saturday mornings!
we spend a lot of time in our kitchen … as most families do
it’s an area that gets a lot of use and love when we entertain and have people in our home … it’s a spacious place to make fourteen batches of Christmas cookies in one day or host my besties for our annual holiday cookie/craft night … which is coming up in like 4 weeks?!
i’m never ready for Christmas.
this is the “school hub”
ya know where the endless black hole of school papers congregate…
the recylcing, shredding, lunch menus, permission slips and artwork that could potentially bury us to death if i let it… and if we didn’t have some sort of system in place!
are we the only ones?? who have an obscene amout of paper that comes through our house??
please tell me no.
i love you already.
the dining area leads into our family room
which doesn’t really look like this anymore
it got painted white this summer and is waiting for some built in shelving units to magically appear … then i have 18 globes in the basement that i want to put on those shelves.
someday … do you tackle things all at once? or do them a little at a time?
we do both. sometime we’re all gung-ho.
other times we just get to things bit by bit
our laundry area is on the landing at the top of the stairs …
it’s a fun little space … and soooo convenient.
even though it’d be better if i had to climb ten flights of stairs for one load of laundry cause i like to eat cookies. cookies are my nemesis.
(see previous kitchen pic)
i keep our detergents in glass jars right next to the machine
along with dry erase markers for chore charts and magnet letters to write each-other notes
thinkin’ of spray painting those letters gold … should i? can’t decide
our master bedroom is a little romantic sanctuary for us (wink wink)
(unless there’s seven loads of laundry unfolded on the bed)
it’s just a place for us to relax and unwind at night
like a little mini-getaway
when we really can’t getaway and we want to
(again with the wink wink)
the dresser was another goodwill score!
(ok, so i’ve had two good days at goodwill. i lied)
i spray painted it with a silver metallic color and laid a remnant of lace over the top
and sprayed over that with a cream color …
end result is so pretty
my biggest little’s room gets so much sunlight and then i went and painted it yellow…
it kinda screams gooooood morning.
which isn’t what she wants to hear when it’s time to get ready for school
she’s a spunky kid so there’s always some plan being hatched in her room
which usually involves her little sister
for her birthday last year the hubs surprised her with a built-in craft corner
complete with desk & shelves
she wants to be just like mom
my littlest little loves elephants
i think she’s growing up (sniff) and will soon want a change
but for now it’s her happy place
it’s just like her … she’s so happy and full of funny
she makes us laugh and has such a tender-heart
she likes to draw
loves to draw
she’ll make pictures and then cut them out and put them in random places
i love it.
i love the random.
sometimes random is good for the soul.
going through these pictures … realizing God is so so Good
all the time. He is Good.
He has brought so much blessing into my life … through my husband and my children
making our house into a home is the best job i’ve ever had
wouldn’t trade it for anything.
cept maybe the huge pile of junk sitting in the basement
anyone need some junk??
see. i knew i loved you.
thanks so much for taggin along with me today!!
stop by and say hi anytime pleeeeese
much love ♥ and thanks Heather!