Happy Thursday! I am making the loooooong drive back to Maryland today- did I mention it was in my new to me car? I purchased a used Ford Flex the day before I left for this trip! We’ve broken it in well, and filled it up with lots of sand and memories. Anyhow, while I am driving back, I wanted to share with you an amazing home tour that is so very beachy and cottagey and colorful and just perfect for this week! Although Krista from the Happy Housie lives in Canada, her happy home could fit right in along the east coast. And not only is her house happy, but so is she- she’s got such a warm disposition! I know you will love not only her happy home, but also her happy self! Enjoy!
Hello readers of Primitive and Proper!
I’m Krista from The Happy Housie and I am so excited to be here today sharing my most recent house tour. I am a huge fan of Cassie’s blog – I love her creative and collected style and awesome DIY projects. Isn’t her kitchen absolutely swoon worthy?!? Needless to say I was beyond thrilled and honoured when she asked me to share my house tour over here!! Like I said, I blog at The Happy Housie and I called my blog this because I think of myself as a “housie” (think foodie but for houses – aka, a total house geek). I love sharing all kinds of DIY projects, decorating, crafting, and even a little organizing now and then (when I find the time to actually get a little organized…). We bought our house, which is situated on a lovely freshwater lake in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, just over three years ago. It had lovely bones but was a pretty blank canvas to begin with. We have been slowly working our way through it adding character to each room. We still have many major projects left to go (including our soon-to-be-tackled-disaster-of-a-kitchen) but so far we have redone the bathrooms, laundry/mud room, added paneling to our bedroom and our boys’ bedroom as well as to the entry/hallway. Most rooms on the main floor have been painted (despite the promise I made to my husband when we bought the house that “I love it so much I don’t even need to paint” – ya right) and we have about 17 gallery walls scattered throughout our home… My favourite projects usually involve upcycling some old piece of junk that I managed to sneak into the house by freshening it up with a lick of paint. I also have a slight obsession with DIY envelope pillows and change them out about 47 times per year. Okay, perhaps slightly less often then that – but several times a year at least. Without further ado, come on in!! Welcome- I hope you enjoy the tour! Our small entry hall was updated and given some character with DIY Board and Batten. I love my brightly chalk painted entry table and vintage (free) chair…. as well as the collected gallery wall items always bring a little smile to my face. You will quickly see that we are big fans of color around here and switch it out according to the season. Right now I am loving pink and yellow for summertime. From our entry hall you can head left to our living/dining room, go straight ahead to the kitchen and deck, or turn right and head down a long hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms. Let’s head into our living room. My favourite feature of this room is the vaulted ceiling and the big windows that let in tons of natural light. We have a mostly neutral backdrop in our walls, furnishings, and rug so that I can switch up the colors in the pillows and art seasonally. Most of the items in our living room gallery wall were thrifted – though the large painting is by my brother-in-law (talented, isn’t he?!). The “A”s are for our last name and I got both of them at Home Sense (like Home Goods). The large one was on clearance but an ugly color so I just gave it a coat of white spray paint. The oars, newel posts, window frame and oil painting were all thrift store finds, and the coffee table was bought on Craigslist and painted with Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal. We used the same color on our front door, and one swatch down (Colorado Gray) is the color on the walls in our entry hall. The color inspiration came from the broken chunk of oar you see hanging on the wall. These DIY envelope pillows were made with some fabric that I ordered from Tonic Living, one of my favourite sources of online fabric. I have a super simple tutorial for making these pillows that literally takes minutes. We turned an old dresser into a media cabinet and then I made a large wooden sign to hang above the TV space. The lamps, cheese barrel/side table, and coffee table-turned bench under our window were all thrift store/garage sale finds as well. From the living room you can head straight into the dining space- it is really just one big open room. I found the waterski at a garage sale a couple of weeks after we moved in… and the broken oar on the window wall washed up on our lake beach. My absolute favourite part of our dining room has got to be the old church pew running along the back wall and I am forever indebted to the dear friend who gave it to us… after I asked her for years if I could buy it from her she finally gave in and just gave it to us (she had two and didn’t want to move them to their new hometown). The wall behind is another gallery with a mix of vintage thrifted and new pieces. I always like to have something on our table for décor… On the wall opposite the pew we have a large cabinet that acts as a faux Mantel for me. Right now I have a casual display for summer, but I change it up even more often then I switch our my envelope pillows. We made this out of an old china hutch – you should see the hideous before! Our dining room leads into our kitchen area… this room is soon to undergo a big renovation. It looks O.K. in this picture but if you get much closer, scary things are lurking below the surface. Trust me. From our kitchen we go out to our deck… our favourite space to hang out this time of year. I shared all kinds of thrifty ideas for decorating your deck a couple of weeks back…
So Krista felt like she was sharing way to many pictures, so you will have to check out her blog for so much more. She recently made over her bedroom, and it’s stunning in coral and aqua! Head on over to check it out! And now wish me luck as we embark… homeward bound!