Monday, May 2, 2011

53 IHeart: A Parade of Homes!

One of my blogging BFF's, Toni, from the incredibly inspirational A Bowl Full of Lemons, is hosting a Parade of Homes.  I can't begin to shout out how excited I am about such an incredible event full of insane amounts of inspiration!




I am so honored to be part of such an incredible blog party and incredibly grateful you are here to take a peek at our abode.  So without further ado, welcome!


Our ranch home was built almost 10 years ago in 2001.  Everything was done very basic low cost, and we have slowly been chipping away at it since we moved in.

We lack an entry and truly pop right into our living area when you walk through the front door:


The bookcases were a recent project to house our television components and games and books.  It was created by taking stock bookcases from Ikea, and piecing them together to create a "built-in" feeling.

To the right of the front door is a shoe cabinet to keep all that footwear at bay:


And if you gaze to the left, you will see my most favorite wall in our home... my gallery wall filled with my smiling little kidlets!!


Any area of the home that contains photos of my family, are truly my happy places!


This living room truly represents my style.  Bright, fresh and cheerful. 

I also pop a laptop at a console table to create a workspace where I can still be near my family!  It works just perfectly!


Moving from the living room right to the kitchen...


The kitchen is fairly open to the living room, which makes for great flow and conversation!  The only updates we have made to this heart of the home is painting the oak cabinetry, but many more plans lay in the future of this room!


The garage entry comes right into the kitchen, so it was important to install a command station and hooks to corral all those things that come with entering the home from sports and school days:


Across the kitchen in the eating area, we added a buffet table to house all of our appliances and a shelving system to hold our wine glasses and offer a decorative display space:


Leading down the hall, the first door on the right is a small bathroom that our little men share:


Our towel box was made from lumbar scraps, scrapbook chipboard letters and paint:



Further down the hall is our oldest son's bedroom.



The desk was built into this closet to provide ample homework and puzzle doing space!  He just loves this little zone and we couldn't be happier that it provided that little extra motivation to dig into his studies each night!


Right next door is a bedroom that is now shared by two brothers...



This month, both of the kiddo's bedrooms are getting many fun updates, so stay tuned for those, however, for now, they are still great places for our little munchkins to rest their heads!

And across the hall is mom's and dad's master bedroom!



The intent was to create a cozy and restful retreat to get away from it all.  And that it does.  The sunburst mirror was created from poster-board and a closet workspace was added to this space as well, to create the perfect zone for journaling and crafting and giving mom a place to take a moment to herself!



That completes the tour of our main level, and currently the only finished space in our lower level is our fun and colorful laundry room!


So although that completes the tour, I hope you stick around awhile and make yourself at home!  I am so grateful to have you today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Next on the Parade of Homes tour is such a gorgeous home!  Seriously, wait til you see it, you will be inspired beyond belief...  I am proud to present the home tour of La Famille.



And if you want to head back to the beginning of the incredible Parade of Homes tour, you can head back to A Bowl Full of Lemons to tour Toni's lovely abode!


Thanks again everyone and have the most lovely day!

53 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your home! Every room has something inspiring in it! Thanks so much for sharing your home with us!

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  2. Looking good Jen. Thanks for the links... off I go to spend the afternoon exploring and being inspired :)

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  3. awww, thanks jen for that lovely introduction :) BUT YOUR house!! oh my gosh...i could just sit and bask in all it's organized bliss all day!! you defined your style so well...everything is bright, clean, and cheery. love it!

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  4. You have a beautiful home!!! Thank you for sharing. It looks like many hours of hard work, but it is so worth it to have a sanctuary to come to.

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  5. I just adore your home. Every room has a purpose and personality :)

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  6. Thanks for putting your house on parade.

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  7. I want to be like you when I grow up! ;-)

    Beautiful home!

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  8. AMAZING!! I LOVE your house!! I would love to have you come decorate my house:) Where do you purchase the bowl like things that you have hanging? The boys bathroom has towels in them and your craft space has pencils/pens.

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  9. Hi Jen, I just love your home and your blog is fabulous! I'm totally addicted to organizing too so we have lots in common. I can't wait to peek around more. Have a most wonderful day!

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  10. Oh, and what about the little organizing center (key hooks, file spaces) in your command center? LOVE that!!

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  11. Beautiful, beautiful home Jen. Where did you get those adorable "eggs" that you house washclothes in the bathroom and pens/pencils in your office?! I want some!!!

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  12. Very Nice! Love your style.

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  13. Your home is amazing! I love how organized, clean and prepared it appears! You are Great! I will be visiting back often!

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  14. Hi Jen,

    I have so enjoyed your blog since I found it a few months ago- especially all the pretty colors!

    I have a question though. It is VERY hard to believe that you have three boys, because based on what I see in your pictures, everything is in its place! I am a mom to 4 little girls, and though all of their life I've tried my best to teach them good habits, they are huge mess makers. It doesn't matter how much I eliminate the stuff itself, inevitably they will find a way to destroy a room. I do admit to slacking some after the last baby was born, but still, they are now 8, 7, 4 and 1.5 years old. We even built in a large desk area with shelves for homework and art, and it was a nightmare. I had to take all the crayons etc. and papers out of there because it was a horrible mess all of the time.

    I think the main culprit is the little one- she can climb and enjoys throwing papers and crayons :) But my oldest daughter is also developmentally delayed and she can make a mess as well. The thing that bothers me the most though, is if I put decorative items out, like on their shelves, bathroom etc. , they tend to play with them and not leave them alone.

    So how have you taught your boys to leave mama's stuff alone(the decorative parts) and actually use the organizing methods you have in your home? I won't mention that my husband needs organizing....LOL :)

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  15. I love the colors that you use in your house! It makes your house look like such a happy place to be. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Your home is so pretty and cheerful. What a happy place to live. I am loving the home tours! Have a blessed week!
    xo
    Kelly

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  17. Love all the colors in your home. came through on the parade. Ours will be going up on Wednesday, I can't wait! This is so much fun!

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  18. Love this kids rooms!!! and wow your little crafty corner is just amazing!!! Im liking up on Thursday-cant wait!

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  19. Your home is beautiful! Everything is so neat and organized (which of course I expected, but still...).

    How do you get your children to keep their rooms so neatly picked up? And also, I love the closet/desk idea, but where do you keep hanging clothes? We live in a 1960's ranch home with small closets and I'd love to do something like that in our master closet but also need hanging clothes storage and don't have spare space in another room to use for hanging, either.

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  20. LOVE EVERYTHING!! I'm copying so many great ideas from you. Where did you find the 9 photo frames on your gallery wall in your living room? Anywhere cheaper than $30 ea. at Target?

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  21. Amazing! I especially love your mom and dad's bedroom. Very calming. Everything is in its place. May you and your family enjoy it for many years to come.

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  22. Jen...your home is so colorful and fun. It certainly says a lot about your personality! I'm sure that your boys must enjoy being in their darling rooms, too! You are always an inspiration to me, and I appreciate both you and Toni for all the great organizing inspiration!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  23. You house is so clean and clutter free it is amazing that you have little ones! One question: since you made the bedroom closets into work spaces, where in the world do you habg your clothes and the kids clothes????????? Inquiring minds want to know:):) XO, Pinky

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  24. Hi Jen -- I am a big fan. Your house is lovely. I noticed that you have the pottery barn organization system in your kitchen/entry way and I'm wondering if you can tell me how deep the wall pocket letter holder pieces are (the ones on the ends, not the middle piece). The PB web page gives only the height and length. Thank you!!

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  25. I absolutely love your home. So much inspiration and love poured into it. I love your bedroom and that laundry room makes me want to redo mine with brighter colors. So fun to take the tour.

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  26. Your house is exactly my style. I love it. And I love your blog so much!!!

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  27. You know I love your house! :-)

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  28. Your house is beautiful! I wish you could come organize/decorate mine!

    I love the bedding in your master bedroom. Do you mind sharing where you found it?

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  29. It's a lovely and so well organized home! Congratulations!! :-)
    Marcia

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  30. Beautiful home Jen, as always. I have to admit, it's been a while since I "toured" your home, so it was a nice refresher! :)

    Absolutely LOVE how bright and cheerful it is!!!

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  31. LOVE your bright and cheery laundry area and how you wallpapered inside your bedroom closet craft space. Very clever!

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  32. OMG, your house is absolutely beautiful! And so personal. I adore it! Want to come decorate our house??!! :)

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  33. I just love your house! I've been following for a while and can't wait to see what you do next. You have the best ideas for organizing!

    Lori : )
    Thrifty Decor Mom

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  34. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your style -- so fresh, hip and ORGANIZED -- a total dream!! I absolutely covet the lamp in your master bedroom -- any chance you bought it recently, and if so, where? Thanks so much!

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  35. Love all the color in your home. I especially love the use of the closets as desk areas. Your crafty closet makeover is dreamy! And your laundry room is fun and cheery! Thanks for sharing. Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

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  36. Your place is so cute...love the closets made into desk spaces! You have been so creative with everything! Great job.

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  37. I absolutely love your home! So bright and cheerful. The use of all the nooks and crannies gave me some great ideas!

    Thanks for giving me yet another great blog to follow :-)

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  38. I HAVE to know where you got the red/orange airplane hanging in your son's room. I would love to have something similar!!

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  39. @amy lou

    The airplane was a Pottery Barn kid's clearance find awhile back. I would keep your eyes pealed there, they frequently have airplane room decor and it typically goes on clearance for more reasonable prices.

    Thanks so much!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  40. Where did you get that buffet?? I have to have it!

    Laura

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  41. Hi Laura!

    The buffet is from HomeDecorators.com. They don't have the same one any longer, however, if you ever find one you love, just remember it's ok to switch out the hardware to make it your own, like we did. Made all the difference. Best of luck in your search!

    xoxo,
    Jen

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  42. I love the shelves and buffet! Where did you get the shelving? Did the wine glass holders come attached, or did you attach them yourself?

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  43. @Anonymous,

    The shelves are LACK shelves from Ikea and the wine glass holders are from Amazon.com. Those details are here: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/10/october-featured-space-kitchen_07.html

    Thank you!

    xo,
    Jen

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  44. LOVE THE BATHROOM SHELF - WOULD YOU SHARE HOW YOU MADE???? WOULD LOVE TO TRY THIS FOR MY BATH THAT WAS JUST REMODELED. THANKS

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    1. Here is a link to the Bathroom Shelf tutorial: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2010/07/july-featured-space-bathroom-weekend_27.html

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  45. Hi there....

    I am wondering where you got the striped pillow in your oldest son's bedroom? I'm looking for exactly that for my son's room! Love it!

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    1. Hi there!

      I found it at IKEA a few years back. :)

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  46. Can you tell me where you got the organizer for your entry from the garage to the kitchen? it is EXACTLY what I am looking for, for that same space. I don't even know what to call it when I search for it online. You have your keys and paper drop stations...

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    1. Hi there!

      It is from Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/daily-system-white/?pkey=e|white%2Bdaily%2Bsystem|1|best|0|1|24||1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

      I have since found similar, less expensive options at Target and Bed Bath & Beyond.

      xo,
      Jen

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  47. Jessica ShortridgeAugust 17, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Did you make the White mail/key organizers?
    And what are those round holders made out of that are hanging in your closet work area that are holding pens and pencils? I absolutely love them!

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    1. Hi Jessica!

      The white mail station is from Pottery Barn: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/daily-system-white/?pkey=e|white%2Bdaily%2Bsystem|1|best|0|1|24||1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-NoMerchRules-_-

      The cups in the closet are from IKEA, but they have since been discontinued.

      xoxo!
      Jen

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  48. Did you use a stencil for the clothespins in the laundry or are they vinyl decals? Where did you find them?

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    1. Hello! They were vinyl and I found them on Etsy years ago. I am guessing there still may be sellers that offer something similar.

      xo!

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