Friday, September 21, 2012

a tour of our home

In light of the Martha post, which I'm still overwhelmed by the response, I thought it'd be fun to share my home with you all. Since each of  you can't come over for the Apple Pie I made on Wednesday with a big ol scoop ((or two)) of Blue Bell, I thought I'd walk you through the rooms & walls that make up our cozy little 2 bedroom condo. 

((originally posted HERE on Heather's Home Made Lovely Tour)) 

When Heather invited me to be a part of her Home Made Lovely series I immediately felt unequipped and under-qualified. The homes featured have been nothing short of something you'd see in Southern Living or Anthology Magazine. Mine definitely doesn't fit that bill. The more I thought about this, I realized by feeling this way I was being insecure and unappreciative of the blessing of our home. You see, my husband and I are just 25 year old young'uns. He is a Church Planter and I am a blogger and a part-time Personal Shopper...needless to say we aren't rollin' in the dough. We have a very modest two bedroom, one bath apartment. We don't have a beautiful, quirky, or expansive home but we love it and are abundantly blessed

Home to me is a place where we can have friends over for cake & ice cream. It's a place that we can invite our community over for dinner and good conversation on a weekly basis.  It's a place where I can sew and blog and bake the day away on my days off. It's a place that I can rest on the sofa and watch 30 Rock with my husband and relax. Home is where I can unashamedly blast the Dixie Chicks and sing as loud as I can with my best Texas twang. It's a refuge for me when I'm overwhelmed. It's a place where color rules and love abounds. It may not be picture perfect all the time - in fact, there are shoes strewn about and there's mail all over the place most of the time. There are dirty dishes by the sink and sometimes on the table from the night before. 

But today, I vacuumed for you. You're welcome. :)


This is our kitchen. It's tiny, but much bigger than our previous one so I kind of love it. The granite counter tops hide coffee grinds and crumbs well. 


Our dining nook also has a bar that used to be our kitchen island. We hide our liquor in there ;) The chalkboard above is frequently updated with our favorite verses or sayings. The table was a hand-me-down and the chairs are vintage that I spray painted and recovered. They are falling apart, but I love them and can't seem to get rid of them! The extra seating on the side of the table is a vintage stool that I thrifted and also recovered. 

The dining room and living room are all in one space. Our West Elm Henry Sofa and Everett chair pulls all the pattern and details together for a comfy space. I painted the paintings when we were engaged and they've stayed with us! The bookshelf got moved in here recently and needs to be painted pronto. 

Our bedroom is suuuuuper colorful, as our Anthro bedding is kind of crazy and our closets are always open. I like it that way. It's like an explosion of pattern and color. One day I'll grow up and have a beautiful master suite that is all coordinated and calming. Today's not that day.

((this is my "what to wear" outfit planning station. i kind of love it))

Our spare bedroom is a trifecta of functionality. There is a bed for guests, a desk for Chase and a sewing space for me. I love that Chase's photography is on the walls in our home.

Our fireplace & mantle (mantel? I never know) shows that we bleed Texas blood. The photo is of Chase's grandparents at the cabin that we frequent in the summers. It's our favorite place in the world and we will reenact this photo one day.


What does "home" mean to you?

love.

24 comments:

  1. Your home looks lovely. The way you've styled it is sweet and pretty.

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  2. To me, home is big laughs, good food, many friends, and deep conversations. I've been blessed with a large apartment which I share with a roomie. I'm able to host many people for parties and the like. I love that anyone can come in and get a seat on my comfy couch, be handed a good cup of coffee or wine and allowed to speak freely.
    I like your home. I've been praying lately that Jesus'll let me come to Boulder sometime to spend a day (or three) with you and your life. :)

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  3. Aww so cute! I love the colors! Thanks for sharing with us.

    My blog: acolorfulcreation.blogspot.com

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  4. What a beautiful, beautiful home :) Thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. Such an inspiring post, not only because your home is gorgeous, but also because it's a great reminder that God has truly blessed us, regardless of whether our home is big and beautiful and quirky. My husband and I work for a Christian nonprofit that does community development and apartment ministry and were placed (with our two kiddos) in a fairly small two bedroom apartment. It's easy to get caught up in the fact that our place is much smaller and by measures less cool than most of our friends home, but God has placed us here in this season of life and has abundantly blessed us. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. I love your paintings and the Texas pillow! Did you make the pillow?

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  7. Ahhh miss you miss you! Love the home tour. Makes me feel like I'm sorta there. :) Love you sweet friend! -Chelsea

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  8. That looks SO beautiful! I love how much color you have in your home, I bet that makes you happy every single day!

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  9. I love how colorful & bright your home is! All of the prints that you have framed are so cute! :)

    Also, I checked out the website for the church your husband planted! I listened to a sermon he preached & it was great!! I actually live in CO, a couple hours away from Boulder, so maybe if I am ever in the area I will have to come check it out! Your ministry is in my prayers!! :)

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  10. Oh you have such a sweet and fun home! Very inviting and so many unique touches. I absolutely LOVE your dressing station. I may need to make my own version, although it would probably have to be on the inside of my closet door. :)

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  11. I LOVE the peek into your home–it's beautiful, colorful, and such an amazing reflection of you! And that what to wear station? I need one of them.

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  12. Your home looks lovely!! So many pretty things, love your dressing station! Too cute, I might need one of those! :) Have a great weekend! xo Holly

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  13. i love the little anthro pieces thrown in!

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  14. I love this and I love all the color! So wonderful.

    Home to me is a retreat. It's a space to relax with family and friends. It's a place to display things that represent and inspire us. It's a physical representation of our family filled with love and comfort and peace.

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  15. You have a really beautiful home, so neat and colorful and I adore the fact that you are so organized :), I love that.
    For me home is where sun shines every morning, in the middle of the city, the place were I live for two years now and ADORE :). And, it's hundreds of miles away from my hometown hahaha :).

    You have a really cool blog here. Do you want to follow each other, I would love that.
    Tereza
    http://drastic-plastic-fantastic-plastic.blogspot.com/

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  16. You have a really lovely home! It looks so cozy and organized!

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  17. seriously, Kim, I looove your home. those paintings you did are like my favorite things ever. :)

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  18. i love your little dwelling. it looks like a comfortable and coozy home. oh, and we have that same stove :)

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  19. A beautiful and sweet home!! Happy Autumn weekend! xo Heather

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  20. SO pretty. love your humble, cozy abode. you can tell it's full of love & life & fun! :)
    i spied my lil' print in there, too. be still my heart. thankful for people like you.

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  21. I love your home, it's so beautiful. My boyfriend and I are moving into our first place together in November and you've given me some great inspiration for a small place. Thanks!

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  22. You're home may not be "Southern Living worthy", but I'd take your house over most of the ones in the magazines any day. Love how colorful and welcoming it is. I think your "What to Wear" planning station is kind of genius!

    Also, my hubby's not exactly a church planter, in that he didn't start our church. But we are a part of a new church plant and he's the worship leader. Does that count as having something in common? ;)

    http://www.domesticblissdiaries.com

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  23. I love the small details in your home. What an inviting and cozy home.

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