With two little ones in tow and three more precious kids just joining our family (you can watch our story here) we packed up our belongings and moved into this home in February of 2012. We gained enough bedrooms to fit all of our beds and a place that all seven of us could call home.
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, so that you can have more time to simply love more.Welcome to this place that we call home…there is never a dull moment in this house!
After years of staring at plain walls our living room has underwent some fun DIY projects. We put up a plank wall in the hallway and created a chalkboard, guestbook wall for guests to sign. “The Dock” in the corner is a functional addition to contain our cell phones and the fun grandfather clock is from Ikea.
I painted some DIY striped curtains for the living room. It felt like a big undertaking to create but years later I still enjoy how classic and crisp they look.
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.
We also turned a practical need, of not having a pantry, and created one over time that is not only functional but looks mighty delicious as well! I keep all of our staple items in here and can then quickly and easily glance this way each week to see what we are low on before I head to the grocery store.
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.
The first room that you come to upstairs is the boy’s room.
Our next stop is the Master Bedroom. I really wanted to create an oasis to retreat to. While going on dream vacations are great…I wanted to live every day in a space that felt like we were on vacation. Some paint, a few curtains and a place that beckons come and rest.
At the end of the long hallway is the girls’ bedroom.
It was painted yellow and gray and just might be the cheeriest room in the whole house.
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.
Outside you can typically find us with friends or family roasting marshmallows and enjoying time together around the fire.
That about wraps up our tour! I hope that you were able to find an idea or system that might work in your home. You can find more ideas that we’ve shared about here.