Hi, I’m Tricia and I blog at Simplicity in the South
. This is where I share DIY projects and organization ideas with my readers. I’m delighted to be a guest on Jen’s blog today for Style House! Jen was one of the first bloggers that welcomed me into the community when I started my blog. I can only imagine that she would be just as gracious to guests into her own home. I was so relieved when she told me that her beautiful home and family were unharmed after the hurricane this week. I hope that all of you and your families are safe and sound as well.
Even as a little girl, I was passionate about decorating. In fact, when I was sent to my room for getting in trouble, it was hardly punishment. I would spend my time rearranging my furniture or decorating my dollhouse. Our family moved several times while I was growing up and my favorite homes were the ones built in around the 1920’s. I loved the hardwood floors, wainscoting, tall moldings and all the other details that newer homes don’t have. When my husband and I married fourteen years ago, I moved into the 1980’s ranch home that he had bought a month before we met on a blind date. It was a package deal. With him and the house, I also inherited deer skins on the coffee table, a gun rack hanging beside the bed and all sorts of manly tchotchkes.
It was hardly the 1920’s cottage craftsman that I had dreamed of, but that has not held me back from turning my dream into a reality with the help of a little DIY know-how and determination.
The turning point in how I viewed our home came in 2006 when we thought we had to sell it for our growing family. Although there were tons of homes on the market, we could never find THE ONE that had privacy and a large yard for the kids to play in like we have now. It was then that I realized that I needed to appreciate what we were already blessed with. When we took it off the market, I decided to make our home comfortable for us and how we live, and not to please potential buyers.
Soon after my turning point, I overcame my fear of power tools and my husband overcame his fear of his wife changing everything in the house. These shelves were my first building project!
My style has evolved over the years, but I would describe it as mix of casual, vintage-classic, and uncluttered. I love mixing textures and neutrals but adding just a touch of color. I swoon over the color blue!
This is what welcomes you when you walk through the front door.
It makes me smile every time I pass by!
Our favorite room of the house is the family room. My husband added this room when baby #2 came along. Our property backs up to a 7,000 acre state park, so we get to enjoy having tons of privacy in our back yard and a great place for the boy’s to play.
Our laundry room is super small, so it has to stay super organized.
Having a smaller home has forced me to come up with ways to make spaces work double duty. This is our oldest son’s bedroom that has an office-in-a-closet.
Our two younger boys share this bedroom. It was a lot of fun to decorate!
Our master bedroom is one of my current projects, so I’d love for you stop by Simplicity In The South
to follow along on the progress!
As much as I like to trade the ceiling fan to a chandelier, it’s a necessity in the south!
Thank you again, Jen, for inviting me over to your blog! I’ve enjoyed sharing my home with your readers!
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