When I wrote out the list of Show and Tell prompts last year I had no idea that we would be in a new house. It's crazy how much things can change in under a year! (In our case about 3 months! hahaha)
I'm not quite ready to do an entire house tour yet, but today I"m going to show y'all a bit more than I have and hopefully next week I'll be ready to share the rest.
So... come on it!!! Our porch area is summery and patriotic right now and I love the red, white and blue.
Jack Bauer is ready to give y'all the tour :)
So this isn't taken from the front door, but it gives you an idea of the entry way of the house.
This little utility mat has been a lifesaver this summer (and it's under $5!). Our garage still has extra furniture and other miscellaneous stuff that needs to get organized and such and so we haven't been coming in through the garage much which means shoes constantly gather at the front door. I like that this keeps them contained but still accessible.
To the left of our front door is the dining room...
The table was in our previous house and our first home before that. The buffet was also in our old kitchen and the rug used to be in our family room. We had a lot more red throughout the decor in our previous house and in this house I wanted to keep it a little more contained so using this rug was the perfect way to do just that. The rug is originally from Pottery Barn and I'm eyeing these curtains but am holding out a little bit because I've convinced myself I'll find something amazing at HomeGoods one of these days :)
I've talked about them numerous times, but I have a love affair with Sid Dickens Memory Blocks. I started collecting them when I was pregnant with Luke and since then Dave, my parents, friends and in-laws know that these are my love language and so my collection has grown A LOT.
They're expensive, but so special and I love that when I look at that wall I remember special occasions and milestones in our lives.
Sid puts out a Spring, Fall and small Holiday collection every year and "retires" tiles at the same time. The values of the tiles go up when they're retired and there's a pretty large collectors market for them as well.
I typically buy mine locally at a shop on the McKinney Square called Ambrosia (I worked there part time in college and on the weekends before I had kids... pretty much I worked on Saturdays when Dave was working and I spent my paycheck on Free People and Sid Dickens - hahaha).
They're not as hard to hang as you might think, in our old house I just used a level and large nails. This time around I bought a couple packages of Sid Savers which actually let you adjust the tile a bit in all directions once it's on wall (since they're all handmade there can be variances in the size just a bit) and they're on there really securely.
I LOVE the buffet piece that's up against the Sid Dickens Wall, but since it's a distressed white finish and the table is cherry so I've tried to work in some white pieces to tie it all together.
The plant is actually a preserved herb and yes, those are real Oreos in the jar :) My kids LOVE the Golden Oreos and this is just an easy spot to keep them. The tray is one of three in a set I picked up from HERE.
Here's the room about 6 weeks ago...
... and now! (Again... wish I had the lens that the realty photographer use!)
On the wall opposite the window I put this bookcase (sans a shelf) and I just noticed that 2/3 of my apothecary jars are empty. Ooops! I have big plans for these jars for back to school... but that's still a couple of weeks away for us.
The bottom two shelves house a few serving pieces, placemats and napkins.
And the upper shelves have black and white pictures of the kids, glass jars, etc.
This room gets lots of use... this is where we do puzzles and the boys love to work on Legos down here as well.
The light fixture is pretty formal and I'd love to change it out sometime down the line, but it's pretty and it matches so it's at the bottom of the to-do-list.
Can you spy Mason rigging up a monkey launches on the stairs? hahaha
The double doors on the left go into the kitchen.
This little corner of the front hall has a sign from Vine and Branches, a Homegoods lamp (y'all... this is solid wood and GORGEOUS!!! For sure a favorite find EVER!) and a fiddled fig that I picked up at Home Depot and am attempting to nurse back to health. The basket that it's in I picked up at HomeGoods as well.
I originally got this sign to put out at Thanksgiving, but I love it for every day.
There's a teeny tiny hallway in between the front hall and the family room that houses this little bench and mirror.
The bench I found at HomeGoods (see a theme here?) and it has three removable baskets on the bottom which is PERFECT because each of the kids have one and I throw things in there that need to go to their rooms and at bedtime (or before) they take the baskets up and put their things away.
Mason's basket yesterday...
... and GG's.
There's also a closet under the stairs (the door is opposite the mirror/bench) that is a hot mess right now. hahaha
The bench from our old living room (full of Duplos), GG's dollhouse, pool bags, the vacuum, etc. The kids LOVE playing in here which is weird, but fun :)
The living room is a room that totally intimidated me at first, but that I have ended up loving.
The chairs and side table are from our previous family room and the rug is from our old office (I'm not 100% sold on the rug, but it's great for now).
The window treatments were from the previous owners and the shelf is from Weirs.
I LOVE decorating shelves... it's weird, I know. When I worked retail in High School and college I had a chance to work with some amazing designers and merchandise stylists. I got to help style displays and storefront windows and eventually got to go shop for display materials and create my own displays. I think my experience in visual merchandising carries over into how I decorate... layers, levels, angles and visual interest.
I have some of our favorite pictures on display alongside some special mementos...
... preserved boxwoods, candles and books.
The boxwoods are part of a set I picked up HERE.
The doorknob is from a dear friends grandmother's farmhouse, the little moss bird was a gift and the birds nest was one that Luke and I found years and years ago and it's housed inside a cake stand that I won at a school auction.
These photo books from our pre-children travels are a favorite for all of our kids to flip through. "But why didn't weeeeeee get to go, Mommy???" ;) The drummer statue we picked up in the Dominican Republic...
... and the little red clay pot is a school art project. Can we talk about how PRESH the boys school photos are??? LOVE!
The very bottom shelf holds more scrapbooks and a basket of books that are great for reading a chapter or two at a time. Lots of parenting books that I like to flip through on a daily basis :)
The hallway on the far right has a linen closet, bathroom and the office (I'll grab pictures of those spaces soon!).
I'm not quite ready to show the family room, kitchen, master, office and such... but I will as soon as I get a few other things finished.
And if you missed it, I shared about the kids rooms and playroom in these posts...
Hope you enjoyed the partial tour :) Link up below and show and tell us about your home! I can't wait to look through and see everyone's different styles and personality come out in their decor!
Happy Tuesday, Friends!