Home Tour

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

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! 



Welcome to this place that we call home...there is never a dull moment in this house! 


The first room on our tour is one of my favorite rooms in our house, the sunny porch. And a space that mommy will often visit first thing in the morning before the kids wake up.



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. 




The dining room leads into the kitchen. We haven't done much in here.




Since five kids live here we wanted them to help decorate the house too (and find a place to put their many creations that come home!) We turned one of the walls in our breakfast nook into an art wall. I love watching it change over the various seasons and months. Each of the kids have a certain number of pieces hanging up and then they can choose to switch their pieces out whenever they bring something home from school or church that they want to keep. The old piece goes into the garbage (sometimes we'll also take a photo of their favorite ones for memory sake) and then they get to enjoy seeing their new piece of artwork during the many hours that we spend in this space on a regular basis. It keeps the paper clutter down and the smiling faces up!


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!


As you come upstairs the outdoors are there to greet you. We wanted to keep this hallway wide open for kids to roam so using a wall stencil became the perfect solution to warm the space up and bring it to life!


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.


All 3 of our boys share this space.


Our next stop is the Master Bedroom. This was the very first room that I painted when we moved in. I really wanted to create an oasis to retreat to at the end of the day. 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.



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.





Also located in the basement is our family room. This is the place that the kids gather and play and where we gather every Saturday night for family movie night (one of my favorite family traditions!)


Our shelving unit from IKEA works great for organizing all of the toys, children's books, activities and games in our house. The kids each keep their personal toys & treasures (rock collections galore!) up in their rooms. And all of the items located in the family room are considered "sharing toys". When a new item comes in at birthdays or at Christmas the kids choose something to remove and donate to create the space needed. We've determined that having this many games, children's books and toys is plenty for our family. The kids know exactly where things go when it is time to clean up, which means that more time is left for playing.



Under the stairs is a play house that contains a play kitchen and a little gallery wall of its own.




Whether little visitors come over to play in the kitchen or big ones come over looking for a fort to dodge Nerf bullets shot by the people hiding behind the couch...this little house is a precious reminder of how great it is to be a child.



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.

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30 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your kids artwork on the wall in your breakfast nook. Where did you get the hooks/wire to hang them?

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    1. The wires and hooks are all from IKEA. We started out with two and then added a third one to gain more room. We love them!

      ~Sarah

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  2. Greetings from UK! I really love your use of yellow/grey colour scheme. I am in the middle of decorating my hallway the same! Looks great x

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    1. Emily,

      I love the UK! :-) The yellow & grey color scheme is great...let me know how your hallway turns out!

      ~Sarah

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  3. Love the coffee bar and the pops of color that you use. LOVELY!

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  4. I'm in looooove with the coffee bar :) Hope I can fit a mini-version into my kitchen soon!

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    1. Lizelle,

      It will be totally worth it! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  5. your grandparent suite is the coolest thing ever. we have a finished walk-in basement too and it's got me thinking.. love the decor, it's warm and family friendly. what an awesome home to grow up in!

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    1. Thanks Jasi! Walk out basements are so great for all of the light that they bring. I love not having a dungeon feel.

      ~Sarah

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  6. Hello from "down under"! What a fabulous cosy home you have - celebrating all of your children with items for all ages! You should be very proud of yourselves. LOVE the grandparents suite too!

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    1. Petra,

      Thank you, I have always wanted to go to Australia! I am thrilled to at least have someone visiting from there. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  7. Hi Sarah,

    I found your blog through Emily A. Clark's link up party. My posts are #'s 108 & 110. Your home is lovely! Fresh, bright, family centered. It seems like a home filled with love and happiness. I would love to feature your coffee bar and dining room on my blog (thirdandpatterson.blogspot.com) tomorrow. I will surely link back to your post.

    ~Megan

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    1. Megan,

      Aww, thank you so much...we love our home and all of the life that happens around here. Thanks so much for the feature tomorrow and for stopping by, your posts are adorable! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  8. Oh my sweet friend, your house is just beautiful. I have the biggest smile on my face as I scroll through the pictures. You're just wonderful :)

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  9. Such a beautiful home! I love your decorating and you have such a amazing family. God bless you.

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    1. Thanks Rita, we feel extremely blessed!

      ~Sarah

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  10. I really love your idea for the "headboard" in your master suite. I've been looking for an inexpensive way to create the illusion of a headboard without actually purchasing a big bulky piece of furniture. Thanks for the idea :-)

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    1. Laurel,

      Glad you like it! It also works great for hiding single windows that aren't centered on a wall. ;-)

      ~Sarah

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  11. Okay, I am absolutely in love with your home! Adding you to my Bloglovin' feed now =)

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    1. Thanks Kristin! So fun to have you following along. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  12. Your home is such a stunning place. It really looks like love grows there. We are on the journey of making out house a home too, your ideas are inspiring and happy. And who does not love happy! Looking forward to many more blog posts from you :) Big wave across the ocean from South Africa! KB

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    1. Kammi,

      Thank you, it is a joy to create a "happy place" to be in each day and I must say that I love South Africa! A big wave back! :-)

      ~Sarah

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  13. Wow! I love every room! I only have 3 boys and I can't believe how there is not a thing out of place!

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    1. Thanks Emily! Everything is in its place because these pictures were taken one room at a time and updated over a long period. With five little tornadoes roaming around I'm sure our homes look very similar. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  14. I looove your master bedroom. It looks like a hotel room. ;)

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    1. Thanks Lynn! My best vacations have been spent right here at home. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  15. Oh my gosh I love your coffee station!

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