My Home Tour

I don’t know about you, but I love home tours.  I don’t care if they’re part of a fancy schmancy tour, or if it’s just someone’s house that I’m visiting.  Total stranger or not, I. don’t. care. 

That said, I have really been enjoying the home tours this week at poppies at play.  If you are nosey like me love home tours, you need to check it out.  But today is the house tour linky party, and I’m going to jump in and participate. 

For anyone new to my blog, (or if you have short-term memory loss like I do), we moved into this house in November 2010, so much of my home is a work in progress.  We have gotten a lot done in four months, but there is still plenty o’projects left.  They keep me awake at night.  Literally.  So, for the most part, I’ll stick to the rooms that are tour-worthy.

I don’t know that I’ve ever really done a formal post on the exterior of my home, so let’s start there and work our way through, shall we?

One thing I immediately loved about this house was the double-door entry.

When you come in the front door, the stairs to the basement are on your right and the dining room is on your left.
Dining Room as it is now…  The plan is to take down the wallpaper and the swaggy drapes and the chandelier (if I can convince my husband).

This is our great room, which is in the midst of a makeover.  We ordered a sectional, which is going to kick-off a big room redo in here.  
It’s been a process, that’s for sure.  I even got to the point that I taped out the size of the sectional since I was convinced it would be too big.

But one of the best features in this room is the coffered ceiling.

My Kitchen (pre move-in photos) – The plan for this space is to have the cabinets painted white, with maybe a light glaze.  I’m meeting with a professional next week to get some ideas on this project! 🙂

This is the hallway coming in from the garage, and is where our board and batten projects began.

We continued the board and batten in the laundry room, which is off the hallway coming in from the garage.

Our master bedroom was the first room we tackled in the new house.  You can read more about it here.  Quite a dramatic change from where we started, and it’s probably the most restful room in the house!  (I know, I need to get a bedskirt)

Here is our master bath.  As you can see, there is wallpaper removal to be done in here, but I need to work up some mental strength and motivation before I tackle it.
This would be our space-age looking shower.
Another room we tackled was my daughter’s bedroom.  We opted for a soft pink (Sherwin Williams’ “Priscilla”), and added this great paneled headboard, which I absolutely adore.  You can read about the inspiration and evolution of it here, and there is a tutorial here.
Our basement is also a space where we spend a lot of our time.  We added board and batten down here by the bar, along with a fun gallery wall.

This area of the basement is great for movie night (or the NCAA basketball tournament). 

My Mom Cave is down here as well.  It’s a work in progress, but has come a long way baby!  You can read more about how far it’s come here.  Here it is as it stands.

Well, that’s it for now.  There are more rooms and more projects in store, but I’m having a great time working on it so far!

Thanks for stopping by and make sure you check out all of the other tours that are out there at poppies at play!


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    A Vintage Vine
    April 10, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Just beautiful Jenny, I know you have alot you still want to do but so far you have done a lot in 4 months! The craftsmanship in your home is incredible!! I really enjoyed this tour!

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    Sunshine's Design
    April 10, 2011 at 3:36 am

    What a BeAuTiFuL Home! It looks tlike there are a lot of fun projuects ahead!

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    Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    April 10, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Hi Jenny, Your home is so very beautiful! The exterior is fabulous and I love all the architectural detail inside. I'll be following your blog as you progress on your home.

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    April 10, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Great job. It's looking beautiful. It looks like a big job to get the wallpaper removed, but sure it will be gorgeous in those rooms when you do.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
    April 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    You have a beautiful home, Jenny! Thankfully, it looks like you have a good foundation to work off of. I also love the outside of your home. The winding brick path to the front door really helps break up the straight lines of the house. When we did our patio I had them do it curvy where it met the lawn in our yard.

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    April 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Jenny, your home is so pretty. I love your windows, the ceiling in your family room, the built ins in your dining room! So many beautiful features! I have removed so much wallpaper in my day and isn't the best thing about it the difference after? It's so gratifying. Looking forwarding seeing your future projects!

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    Bonnie@Creative Decorating
    April 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous. What fun it would be to decorate something so nice!! I love what you have done so far and I understand how you have to be mentally ready to deal with wallpaper removal!!

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    Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    April 10, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Oh I just love your house, Jenny! From the first moment I saw it. I am in awe of the basement space and your mom cave as well. Just so beautiful. I love watching it all become your home.

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    April 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    You have a beautiful home and I love the outside. What is the paint color of the exterior? It's gorgeous!

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    Just B @ Love Where You Live
    April 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    You have a beautiful home, inside and out. While you've still got projects you want to tackle, you've done a remarkable job so far. You have so much space! 🙂

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    April 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Hi Jenny,
    Just popping over from Poppies at Play. Love seeing your beautiful place without having to leave mine.
    Thanks for the tour.


    Gg – Notes on the Journey
    #3 (Kitchen tour from my vintage Chicago apartment)

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    April 11, 2011 at 12:48 am

    it all looks lovely- i especially loveght your daughter's room.

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    April 11, 2011 at 1:01 am

    Hi Jenny! Oh, your home is absolutely gorgeous! Your kitchen is to die for, well, at least faint for! 🙂 Thank you so much for the tour.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

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    April 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    What a spectacular home you have!

    The porch and entry area is just to die for! I just love all your beautiful windows, your kitchen design, that fabulous media area with the BIG screen. There are so many wonderful features to your space…both inside and out!

    Wow! So glad I stopped in this morning for the tour.


    Starview Sonnet

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    April 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Your house is beautiful! The outside is gorgeous and you have so many wonderful architectural features inside! Love the coffered ceiling in your living room! Looking forward to checking back later to see that new sectional… and your newly painted cabinets! Blessings to you and your family!

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    April 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I really like the way the architecture in the dining room mimics that of your exterior entry. You entire home is so beautiful.

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    Jiza Z.
    April 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    Wow, your house is marvelous! I hope I can one day own a house like that. This is me speaking as a still fairly newly wed.

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    Andy Porter
    April 14, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    My jaw is on the floor!! Such a gorgeous home! I love everything about it!! Such beautiful moulding, paint colors accessories….everything!!

    Thanks for linking!!
    Poppies at Play

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    Lauren -HCP
    May 17, 2011 at 2:37 am

    I also LOVE peeking in anyone's home, thanks for the tour! I have been a "headboard" taped out for my boys' room that I was going to paint and then frame out with trim, but I am inspired to try your grid pattern, it looks awesome. I have to get working on my projects before company comes in the summer:-) Thanks for sharing!

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    April 29, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Your home is fantastic. Thank you for the lovely tour

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