We weren’t quite sure how we were going to survive going from a family of four to a family of seven so quickly, so we started creating and implementing some simple systems right away. This home has now become a place for us to gather with all of the people that we love (friends, neighbors, family) and to continue creating spaces where life can flourish!
My hope is that you might discover a system or idea that you can utilize that saves your family time and energy for years to come!
This next area of our home was so FUN to create. We call it our No Barista Needed, Coffee Bar. We found it difficult to host friends once we had five kids in our care. This idea allows anyone who comes into our home the ability to make themselves right at home. I added a custom chalkboard with writing on the wall. It was so fun to decorate this space much like a real coffee shop would be.
I also added a gallery wall to one of the walls in our dining room.
Our main level bathroom is right off of the kitchen. We transformed the previous 1950’s bathroom to function a little bit better for our big family.
Now multiple kids can wash their hands at one time…it is heavenly!
We also added some birth plates and a few treasured baby pictures on the opposite wall so that each person in our family knows that they are an intricate part of it.
It was painted yellow and gray and just might be the cheeriest room in the whole house.
The final room on the second floor is where my home office is. I work full-time from home running my own business. I teach essential oil classes and write here on the blog about parenting, adoption, organization & decor.
One of the funnest projects that I have done in this room is turning an unused closet into a workable, storage space.
We finished off our basement a few months after we moved in. We really wanted to create a space that was inviting for kids of all ages!
Our inviting space for kids was so fun but we gladly gave it up when we realized that having a room for guests was what we wanted more. So we put a wall up to close in this area and created an oasis for weary travelers.
We also recently added a bathroom to the basement, right off of the guest room.
Outside you can typically find us with friends or family roasting marshmallows and enjoying time together around the fire.