The Nest for All Seasons DIY House Tour
So while I will be updating this tour as more projects get done and rooms will come and go and change function and change style -- well at least you know what you are getting into when you start reading A Nest for All Seasons. Here are my basics:
There has to be life.Whether it is plants, babies, animals or art -- there has to be life in my house. That doesn't mean I don't appreciate a GOOD dose of peace and quite, but a "dead" house does nothing for me. I would rather have a little bit of dirt here are there than not have plants. I would rather have sticky fingered windows that don't get cleaned than keep the boys from throwing the poor door open so hard it's hinges squeak every time. I would rather deal with a little chicken poop in the garden (and sometimes on the deck) than not have them dancing their two-legged dance around the backyard. There HAS to be life.
Rooms must function.Simple, eh? You would think so, but this can be difficult because beautiful design sometimes doesn't combine well with actual function in a home full of....you guessed it....LIFE. Creating spaces that WORK for our family and still look fabulous -- that is the constant battle.
I will not spend more money than we have.We took out a mini-loan once on furniture. When we were young and had NO furniture we bought couches and a bed and a few other things so that our house was livable. We paid that bill off as quickly as possible and have never, ever again spent more than we have in the bank on furniture or home decor. A mortgage? YES. A mortgage on lawn furniture? NO. Some of you reading will disagree with me on this one and wax poetic about the investment of good furniture and while I get your point of you, mine is TOTALLY different. Remember, there is dirt and dirty hands and chicken feet around this house and this backyard and a gardener and a DIYer and 3 rascally boys just don't fit in well with furniture that is an investment. So while reading here at the Nest, you will find a LOT of DIY, a lot of furniture found and rehabbed from the curb, some great IKEA steals (usually from the as-is section) and thrifted treasures. Clearances from major retailers sometimes show up, but for the most part -- we never pay full price for furniture and home decor. Medications? Yes. The right kind of toilet paper? Yes. Ipads? Yes -- we will even go THERE. ...but home decor and furniture? Nope. No mortgages for us tyvm.
Enough about philosophy though -- let's get to the pics! I'm going to walk you through the house room by room, giving sources for as many products as I can remember (remember, most of these were on clearance so shop for the best deals!) and then under the source list, there will be links to the full tutorials and posts for each DIY project that went into the space. Links that are not colored are coming soon!! Ready? Let's jet!
UPDATE: We have moved!! We are now living in a home with a completely different style than the house you might remember from previous years here at the Nest (and the one featured at the bottom of the page). Our current home is covered in stone from the nearby creek, wainscoting and marble from old banks and historic buildings that were torn down and more fireplaces than we could ever need. Quite different from a rancher with extensive gardens, right? If you follow along here at the Nest, you will see how I handle adapting our personal family style into this new environment -- it is a fun challenge! Keep checking back for more photos of the new house as I continue to update! For now....welcome.
The Front Door Outfitted for Christmas
The Inner Courtyard, Thanksgiving Table and Christmas Tree
Back Deck and Porch
SOURCES: Table and Chairs - Big Lots | Kid's Table and Chairs -- Lowes | Flowers - Peonies