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October 12, 2015

a home tour

a home tour...but not really.
just a tiny peak into how our home is lived in. 

i've mentioned before that i like things clean. i like them in their place. i'm not a fan of clutter or knick-knacks everywhere.

but then my best gals got older. their toys have expanded from four small bins in our great room to an entire play room plus an explosion upstairs. how does this even happen?

over the past year i've had a few of you comment that you would love to see a house tour. my immediate thought was...uh, no. 
no, because the thought of getting my house just so and then going through the effort of snapping pictures didn't sound like my idea of yay! for the blog!

but then...it was a magical morning. the sun was coming up. my girls were playing on the floor together. i had had at least 48 cups of coffee. like i said, magical. 

the way the light was shining through our windows i realized that this was how i wanted everyone to see our home. totally lived in. the lighting was terrible, but this was my favorite time of the day.

so i grabbed the camera and snapped some pictures of our great room // kitchen. by far the rooms we spend the most time in.
there are toys everywhere. the pillows on the couch didn't get appropriately coiffed. i was definitely still in my robe. but like i said...it is my most favorite time of day, and the girls were being so good. i seized the moment.

there are still so many projects to complete. i need to finish touch-up painting our baseboards, the crown molding on our kitchen cabinets still isn't up, i've purchased cabinet pulls...but have yet to install them, sawyer's room never got decorated (and i'm already looking forward to making it an office when she starts sharing a room with kaye)...but none of it matters. granted, it drives me nuts every day, but i'll get around to that stuff eventually (four years from now). in the meantime, i'll keep picking up the 2000 toys in our living area and keep dusting daily. but i'll always look forward to those magical moments around 7 in the morning.
18 comments on "a home tour"
  1. I love all the open space! Also that light fixture over your kitchen table is gorgeous!

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  2. You have a beautiful home! Mess making is one of Owen's favorite things, and some days I try to follow him around and clean-up, but honestly we're both happier when I just leave it and spend my time making the mess with him!

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  3. I love the wide open floor plan, those types of spaces are my favorite. I don't have any little ones yet but I do have a 6 month old Boxer and man is he a little terror. He has a toy box, which he knows exactly where it's located, and by 8:30am it's knocked over and his toys are spread all over the living room, dining room, and kitchen. I don't bother trying to clean up until atleast 1pm, on most days. He usually gets tired around 1pm and finds his way back to his crate for a nap. That's when I clean up and enjoy a clean house (atleast for 2 hours).

    -Ashlee Michelle
    www.makeupandmodifieds.blogspot.com

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  4. Your house looks so pretty and homey!! Love the way you have it decorated and (super random) I love the doors!

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  5. Wow, so pretty! Love the banister...railing...whatever you call it so little people don't fall over the ledge. Love those big open windows. And if that's what you consider a mess with toys...I'm in trouble!

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  6. Beautiful! Loving your chairs and light fixtures! xx

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  7. I love your floors. My first choice was acacia flooring too, but our installer said no-can-do because of our climate. I begged every which way, but he's the expert. We went with hickory in the end. Anyway love it!

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  8. I love the set up of your great room, imperfectly coiffed pillows and all. :)

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  9. Beautiful home! Love your highchair too, who makes it?

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  10. Love how open it is - perfect for obstacle courses;) But seriously. Your home is homey, and lived in and gorgeous. It was custom made for you by your man, and that makes it worth so much more than anything else. Whether it's spic and span and Pinterest worthy or not. Here's my question. Do all of these people with Pinterest and blog worthy homes and pictures - do they actually live in these homes? Allow their children to play in these homes? What's going on there? I don't understand. Because let me tell you - I could clean my house top to bottom and put every toy away. And in the time it took to go and grab my camera, Caleb will have destroyed it all over again.

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  11. Typically I love to read home tours because it gives you a sneak peek into another's life. But, as soon as I'm done admiring, I end up feeling a little jealous and sub par. This post, on the other hand, left me feeling pretty good-not at all deflated. Mostly because you're just so honest about the fact that your house doesn't always look so perfect! Your home is GORGEOUS by the way, but so "real" at the same time!

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  12. I love that this is authentic and real and you showed your house and you experience it - lived it. That's so much better than perfectly pristine and staged any day!

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  13. Truly "living" in a home is the best part! We have been in our house for 12 years and I'm convinced it will never, ever be completely "finished". As soon as it gets close I know it will be because all my babies have drifted out on their own and that just sounds quiet and a little sad. Hopefully I will have lots of grandkids to visit.

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  14. I love it. And I'm excited for the day my girls can share a room too!

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  15. I love all the wood floors. I want a home of just wood floors & area rugs. Someday...someday...

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  16. Your open floor plan is dreamy!!! I wish my house was as clean and tidy as yours, le sigh:/

    XO Chelsea | East Willow Grove

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  17. You need to come decorate my house. That is all. I loveeeeee all the beautiful light you have (good job farmer!). Those floors too!!!

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  18. So beautiful! It's so open and the floors are gorgeous. Every good home is lived in :)

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