House Tour – outside

If you wondered why I chose the blog name – now you know.  My house is very, very yellow.  But it’s got some personality.  You can see the climbing roses by the trellis over the window, that gets really bushy in summer.  I also like the little frilly details on the porch (I can’t remember what it is really called, help me out).

Once upon a time this was the front door.  Now it is a windowbox to temporarily hold plants until I kill them.

Yep, that is our bright red detached garage.  A big magnolia tree is encroaching on its space.

Coming through the little gate between the house and garage is our back yard.  Don’t mind the hay bale targets, we were shooting arrows at it.  Can you tell I took these photos in October?  The leaves might give it away.

View of the backyard from the opposite corner.

In addition to the one-car garage, we have a cute matching garden shed.

Our back patio with the sliding doors going leading to the kitchen.  That takes you basically all the way around the house.  Hopefully I can do more garden/yard photos one day when I am not ashamed of my yard and when there is more stuff to look at.

House Tour – the boy’s bathroom

So we’ve got 2 full bathrooms in the house, the pretty one is mine and the other still very nice one is Chris’s.  Its not big, and the tub/ shower combo is difficult to step in and out of in my opinion, but it has some nice little features.  The rag rug is from World Market and ties in pretty nicely with the art on the wall.

The previous owners left this little piece of furniture, which is handy as there isn’t much storage in here.

The clock was a wedding gift.  I think a clock in the bathroom is a necessity.  Its easy to lose track of time while I am admiring myself in the mirror.

I think I got the soap dispenser at Target.  The faucet is the same retro Kohler design with the hot, cold, waste labels as I have in my bathroom.  You can admire the granite here too.

Chris hung this poster up, it adds some color to the khaki walls and white floors.   He realized afterwards that the swirling whirlpool print hanging over the toilet has a certain humor to it.

The beadboard on this bump-out is a cute touch.  It is actually the back end of a broom closet on the other side of the wall.  The little soap dishes with the toothbrush holders built in are cute too.

So there it is, bathroom numero dos.

House Tour – living room

Its small, but its ours.

The old chair holding the lamp is a new addition.  A side table felt too bulky, so I’m trying out the chair thing.  We’ve got nice overhead recessed lighting with a dimmer, so lamps aren’t really necessary, but they add a nice vibe.

The Ikea screens are hiding our TV (shhh, don’t tell).  I’ve been switching out the stuff on the shelves and on top of the console, so various picture frames and candles are always migrating.

The window seat is where the animals like to sit and look out at the world.  I’ve got plans for some simple changes in here that I hope will make a big impact.  One of them is in the mail on its way to me right now…

As a side note, I vegged out over Christmas, but I’m back!  And now I’m surprised at how cruddy these photos are… yeah, more technical difficulties (my computer ate corrupted some of the other photos).  But things are looking up and there will definitely be more living room changes in the new year.

House Tour – the bedroom

Welcome to the bedroom!  meow.  Sorry, I talk to my cats a lot.  Its a bad habit.

The weird spotlight is actually a spotlight.  There’s track lighting pointed all different directions way up high.  It is bright and unpleasant when certain people turn on these lights when other certain people are already in bed in the dark.

What’s funny is, it doesn’t look this ugly in real life.  It is, in fact, a large blank wall.  The dresser is a piece of nice furniture from a real furniture store – probably the nicest furniture we own.  It was a wedding present from the parents.  As for the blank wall, it could maybe use some stuff on it, and I’ve had some ideas.  A wall that huge is a bit intimidating – what could measure up?  Literally and figuratively – hah.  We’ve also got 2 paintings sitting in the corner that have been there much longer than I care to admit.

The floor is laminate – the bedroom laminate floor was there when we moved in.  Nice and glossy, but easier to scratch than our neighboring laminate in the living room.  You can see how it changes color out in the hall.  More on that later.

There’s the big ole Ikea wardbrobe.  Funny how the camera makes it more translucent, in real life the glass doors blend almost seamlessly with the blue walls.  Yes, there are those paintings sitting in the corner.  Maybe one day soon they’ll get to shine.

House Tour – the kitchen

Welcome to my kitchen! Its one of our favorite parts of the house.

The chalkboard is a mirror – I painted the frame white and the mirror with chalkboard paint.  Its handy for grocery lists or Chris figuring out how strong to make his coffee.  Loss Cat is by a local Atlanta artist – he is the most famous lost cat ever.  Yet another piece of artwork that made me laugh so I had to have it.

Whoa, the cabinets are a different color on this side.  One day I’d like to replace the green formica countertops, have all the cabinets the same bright white, and put up a snazzier backsplash.  The decorative tiles were handpainted by the previous owners, and all the colors are very coordinated – but I’d like to put my own touches on the kitchen eventually.

 

It keeps going.  This is a little sunroom area with a full wall of sliding french doors that go out to the patio.  It also has sliding screen doors so we can keep cats in and bugs out.

This little nook has a futon sofa from World Market.  The rug and yellow pillow are also World Market finds.  The white patterned pillow is from Pier 1.

We stash the patio furniture cushions over here, and a folding table for when we have lots of people or a party.

And we’ve got the fire pit covered to keep it protected, that’s the weird black flying saucer.

This is admittedly our dumping ground and catch-all spot for the grocery bags.

Happy stalking!  (See the kitty stalking?)

House Tour – the office

The tour continues.  Here’s a small but sunny room, a nice place to sit in the morning when the sun is streaming through the climbing roses outside the window.

Yep, the floor is red, painted plywood.  The walls were a bright marigold yellow when we first moved in.  We changed it to a pale gray right away.  In fact, the previous owner asked us at the closing table if we were going to paint that room.  Turns out the yellow was brighter than she wanted too.

Here we see a little cheapy rug from Ikea that I know you’ve seen before if you like internet house tours.  Its called Gislev and it can be yours for only $20.  I like it well enough, and for only $20 I was willing to take it home.

Ok, I gotta admit that there’s so much Ikea in this room, the Swedish chef could be our roomate.  He’s not.  We’re also not going to talk about the 2 Volvos we’ve got parked outside.   (No offense Sweden, I obviously love you and your exports).

Desk, boxes, lamp, chair, little square frames – all Ikea.

Original artwork by our friend Keith Cooper!  The chick with the bunny ears was in an Easter basket from my mom the other year and he’s stuck around.

I’ve had those frames for way too long and have put nothing in them.  I have some square postcards that almost fit, but not quite.  I need to make some original artwork for them since nothing else will physically fit in there.  Chris’s Star Wars Legos and other assorted tchotchkes on display.

The book case came with the house, it is essentially built into the wall with trim around the bottom.

We have a big blackout roller shade to pull over this window if anyone is crashing on the sofa/futon and needs some darkness.

Facing the window is our futon from – you guessed it – Ikea.  In my defense, that pillow and the curtains are from World Market.  Here again is my homemade postcard display thingy.

See how it perfectly fits into the little nook?  Like, just barely fits in.  I measured the space and knew it would be the perfect squeeze for that space.  The futon pulls out to be a nice little bed, so this doubles as our guest bedroom.

And there is my tiny green carpeted hallway that leads into my bathroom.  The problem with this being a guest room is that I have to walk through it to get to my bathroom and my walk-in closet (the door for the closet is across from the hall window).  Also the cats’ bathroom is in the laundry room back there.  So in a sense, the whole office is just a hallway for me.  Since starting the blog I’ve spent a bit more time in here though.  Tis a pleasant little room.  Bork bork!

House Tour – the girly bathroom

Welcome to the first in a series of “these are photos of my house” posts. And why not start with the place where I start every morning – the bathroom. Er, powder room. That place where I get so so glamorous.

We’ve done very little to this room. When we moved in the former owners had taken the mirror, so we added this round mirror from Ikea. That’s about it – I already liked the wall color.  I love the look of pedestal sinks, but there’s no counterspace for all my stuff.  I keep it in that little travel bag on top of the toilet.  It doesn’t seem very permanent, but it works for me.  Maybe one day I’ll add a very shallow medicine cabinet above the toilet.  The little shelf is there of course, but I don’t like to clutter that up, and it is pretty narrow.  Check out my classy Kermit the Frog toothbrush cup.

There’s the door into the little hallway. Yes, there’s green carpeting in that little space.

I also love these classic fixtures.  They read Hot, Cold, and in the middle, Waste.  That doesn’t stop me from leaving the water running when I brush my teeth sometimes.  I’m not super crazy about plastic soap dispensers, I picked up the glass dispenser at Target and haven’t looked back.  I think its classy.

I NEED a clock in the bathroom. I’m still always late of course. I also found this at Target. I searched Etsy for a real vintage one and couldn’t really find quite what I wanted. Lo and behold, Target has exactly what I’m looking for and only $14.

This window looks out on the street, so I gots to be careful to close the curtains. The little dresser thing is also from Target, we bought it when we first moved in. It doesn’t fit quite perfectly, but it helps with storage space and the cats love to perch there to look outside and watch me wash my face. Those little weirdos. In the future I’d like to replace it with something similar but shorter, or maybe a little stool or bench.

I picked up this earring stand at Urban Outfitters, you can find it here.  Its even got a bird on it!  Now I see all these cute earring holders on Pinterest that hang in a picture frame on the wall.  That would save me some space – and keep it out of reach for naughty kitties.  So while this is really cute and charming, I might consider doing something different in the future.

On the wall opposite from the sink and toilet I’ve got 3 things crammed into one tiny space – a decent closet, a small vanity counter with a big mirror, and a very narrow shower. Like, wow its really challenging to shave my legs in here type of shower. One day I’d love to rip out the vanity and shower and replace it with a clawfoot bathtub – I’d keep a shower head in there too. I think it would ooze charm and fit right in. A girl can dream…

Even though there is a drawer there, I don’t use it. I keep all my makeup in another bag there on the counter, which is overflowing with products I don’t use of course.

Isn’t this sugar bowl the cutest? I found it on Etsy in a search for depression glass, I use it wrangle jewelry and such. I love me some vintage depression glass. I don’t look for it any more to stop myself from going on buying binges.

This is the door to my laundry room. You can see there is an abrupt change of flooring, from pretty white and pink to that industrial orangey brown. The door leads to the backyard, and we do have a neighbor on that side too so I gotta close that too when I think of it.  Or make sure my unknown neighbor isn’t hanging on the back porch when I get out of the shower.  Helloooooo.

I do like my pink and white floor even though Everything shows up on it. Its not very modern, but that’s why I like it. The little round white bathmat is from World Market. The blue mat was either from Bed, Bath, and Beyond or Target, its been 4 years so I can’t remember which. They get dirty from muddy dog paws sometimes, nothing a little laundry action can’t handle.

Well, that’s the thrilling tour of my bathroom! Thanks for dropping by!