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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly
Welcome to Creating a Beautiful Life on Less, a special home tour series

Today we have a home tour by Holly. She's a cute mama to four adorable littles. She also happens to be my sisinlaw. I am so excited to have her here on the blog today!

She is here to share her tips and tricks for creating beautiful on less.

Let's get to it...
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 Hi! My name is Holly and I am Danielle's sister-in-law (we married twin brothers, cool right?)! No, our husbands are not identical! (We get asked that all the time.) My husband and I live in a small town with our 4 kids and we have a small farm in our backyard! We love our country lifestyle and I love decorating our home with homemade items and finding all sorts of ways to never waste and reuse all kinds of things. I am excited that Danielle asked me to be a part of her home tours!  

 Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly


Here you can see how you are greeted upon coming to our home! My husband recently poured a sidewalk leading to our front door that we were all able to put our hand prints in, which I love! At one time, we had 3 different swings in our tree like a big merry-go-round! The kids love playing in our front yard and I love to give the vibe that a family lives here :)

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly
This is our entry when you come in our home. The large painting was done by my grandmother before she passed away and I so cherish it! The frame for it was made by my husband out of some old barn wood from a friends barn they tore down. We kept the original red paint on it because it looked so cool! My husband hung it so high because he is very paranoid that something will happen to it! Haha... But it gave me a spot for photos of the kids so that's okay :) Oh, and the shoe tree we bought at The Container Store (everyone asks me about this) and it is one of the best things we've ever bought!

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

This is the view from our entryway. It opens into a great room that we have divided up into our dining room and living room. The gray trellis wall along the whole back was lovingly hand painted by my sister when we first moved in (I was pregnant and she's very artistic). She was a trooper, it took her a few days to complete it! We get so many compliments on this wall, I love it!

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

As for this wall, I am working on this area still! I have some ideas but need some money to complete it, so for now it is occupied by this TV stand that was originally made by my husband shortly after we were married and painted red. He made it out of MDF board, which is great for painting and only cost us $20 at the time. But after we moved here, I decided to give it a more rustic look by repainting it an antique white and I cut up a pallet for the boards on top. I loved the color of the pallet already so I just sealed it with an orange oil sealer. The couch under the window we got for $30 from a yard sale and the china hutch my husband made as a wedding present to me. (He's very talented but he will never say so!)

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

This is my mantle that I am obsessed with! In Las Vegas (where we moved from) you rarely see fireplaces/mantles so I have really loved decorating this for each season! Plus, it's really the first thing people see when they walk in so I want it to always look nice and festive! My sister painted the horse portrait for me and I painted the frame turquoise. I crackle painted the mirror (used to be some weird ugly print) and that is a permanent fixture on the mantle. The topiary I decided to make myself because they are ridiculously priced (in my opinion) and easy to make. And the frame with the kids picture I painted with chalkboard paint so I can change up the pattern if I choose. 

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

To the right is the section we use for our dining room. This gorgeous table originally belonged to my husband's sister and, through a long story I won't bore you with, has ended up at our house! When it first arrived here, it had a big spot where nail polish remover had spilled on it. So I sanded it down and re-stained it. The bench is great for squishing lots of kids on!

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

This piano area was one of the first areas I focused on when we moved in. I had a sit-down with the kiddos and they helped me come up with the rules for our house (I may have helped them a bit, they came up with some interesting ones!). I cut up another pallet and used stencils to paint the letters on. I then distressed it with a palm sander and sealed it with the orange oil sealer again. The piano I painted with homemade chalk paint using baking soda. The hubs told me it looked like it might glow in the dark before I put the antiquing glaze on! Haha... I decorated the black keys with patterned washi tape. It's so much funner to play a colorful piano! Trust me!

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

This is my boys room. Pretty simple right now. My oldest tells me I care about decorating and organizing because I'm a girl and boys don't care about that stuff. So, there ya go. The bunk bed we got for free and it was pretty beat up looking with stickers on it! But I lightly sanded it and used homemade chalk paint again. I love how the dark wood shows through after I distressed it! The boys also have a roommate named Spikey. He is a young sulcata tortoise that will move to the yard once he outgrows his tank. 

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

This is my oldest daughter's room that she will share with her sister once the baby is sleeping better. I taped off the chevron pattern when we first moved in. I love this wall! And it only took a quart of paint with some left over since it is basically half a wall. Also, if you have textured/orange peel walls like us, I learned a helpful tip! To get a straight line, smear caulking over the tape edges before painting and you will get super clean edges!

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

This is our master bedroom that we share with our little princess for now! I made the headboard out of an old door I bought at a yard sale. I painted it and added table legs bought from Home Depot. It is for sure one of my favorite yard sale finds! I love having homemade things in our room that mean something to us. The frame on my husbands nightstand was the first Father's Day gift our oldest gave him. The painting on the upper left was painted by a friend as a wedding present. The pot on the shelf was made by my husband's oldest sister and the candle next to it given to us by my dad. And my hubby's tie organizer was another Father's Day present from the kids a couple years ago.


Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

Before heading outside, here is a peek at our basement. Not much decorating has happened down here yet, but the kids love to play down here. And I love it too because it doesn't mess up our main living area! When we were putting an offer on our house, we asked if they would leave the table tennis and the projector down here. My husband did NOT want to ask this, he thought I was being a little crazy! But they said YES! So those were things we did not have to buy and made it easy on the wallet to fill these rooms with fun things for the kids (and us).
Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

And now, if you're not sick of reading my ramblings, we will take you outside! Here you will meet our furry friends, Patrick and Carmel, the horses, Chex, the pony, and Bacon, the pig! This structure is typically called a "mare motel" (although all our animals are boys). It was put in by my husband and brother when we first moved in. We got the roofing tin for cheap from a neighbor! Thank goodness for my handy husband, huh?

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly
This is our chicken coop (and 3 of our little chicks posing in front of it). I again will brag about my talented hubby because he built the hen house out of scrap wood we already had lying around without using any plans or anything! So, it cost us very little to make. And our chickens we raised from babies, at which time they only cost us $0.99 each. Chickens will eat pretty much anything, so we give them leftovers, yard clippings and they scratch around for bugs! And we are now using a neighbors incubator to hatch our own new batch of chicks as our flock has dwindled down due to various conditions.

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly

This is our most recent DIY project. We finally have our splash pad up and running! Living in the hot desert, it is a necessity to have water to play in during the summer if you want to experience the outdoors! This project was the biggest undertaking we have done together, but it has come together so well! And we saved a TON of money doing it ourselves. This is an unfinished picture because we still have to install the slide we got for this area and stain and seal the concrete. But we are greatly enjoying this new addition in our backyard!

Creating a Beautiful Life on Less Home Tour with Holly
 Lastly, here is all the various seating we have put in our backyard. The wicker chairs I painted and reupholstered a few years ago. The pallet sectional is the newest addition. Let me tell you, it was so easy to make! After the hubs used his circular saw to cut them in half for me, I went to the hardware store for some L-brackets and went to town! My sister helped me by sanding it down. I was going to sew the cushions myself, but after finding a sweet sale at World Market plus a coupon I had, it ended up being cheaper to buy them (no complaints here!). And my wonderful brother put in this awesome fire pit for us! Hooray for s'mores and dutch oven dinners!

I hope you enjoyed touring our home!

-Holly 


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Isn't her home too cute?!
I love all the fun little touches throughout Holly's home. 
My favorite is the mantle....Oh and the pallet seating outside. I heart it!
Keep up with Holly on Pinterest!


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Have a fantastic day lovelies!
XO Danielle

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12 comments:

  1. Amazing! I had no idea you make your own splash pad. The new sidewalk is so sweet and the seating group around the fire pit is great!
    Danielle, I am really enjoying your home tour posts.

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    1. I am so glad you are enjoying the home tours. I am loving them as well!

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  2. Very cute!!!! What would so cute in her bedroom would be pics of the family in her door head board she could change out.Love the splash pad.Never seen one and I live in the desert here in Ca.Gotta look that one up.

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  3. I love this! This house looks better than mine and we have stuff sitting around everywhere we wasted money on. I also love the idea of the splash pad!

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  4. I feel inspired just from looking at all the DIY's here. The hand painted pink chevrons are awesome, and the grey wall looks like wall paper at first. Wow!! I really enjoy the chalk paint too, if there is a recipe or rule of thumb for making your own I'd love if Holly could share the recipe? Thank you for sharing!!!

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    1. Hi Ashley! Thanks for your compliments! The chalk paint is very easy. I really kinda eyeball it, but I would say for a quart of paint, a half cup of baking soda should do the trick. Put it in a container, mix with a little water to make a paste and then add your paint. Adding water to the soda prior to the paint prevents the soda from clumping in your paint :)

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    2. Thank you! I've always wondered how people make chalk paint.

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  5. Lovely! I would also like to know more about how you made and used chalk paint. I have a project in mind for my own home, but I would love some tips first!

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  6. Very nice! Frugal, creative, and very comfortable and homey. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I want to compliment you on your house Holly. It's just so cute and homey inside. The outside area is off the charts. What a great place for a kid to roam. Who wouldn't love farm animals, their own private splash pad and a great family outdoor living area to roast marshmallows in. I'm seriously going to use your pallet sectional idea. The result was amazing at just a fraction of the price you would have paid retail. Well Done...you have a wonderful home.

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  8. Enjoyed your home tour. Please share how you made your own splash pad. I had no idea this could be a DIY project.

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