Hello, I’m glad you’ve stopped by for today’s Home Tour! Today’s tour will be of my own home, which my husband and I built almost a year and a half ago. We had owned the lot for many years, and finally decided to bite the bullet and build on it. We went with a craftsman-style home, mainly because I love the symmetry, simplicity, and straight lines inherent in the style.
These photos are of my entryway, and the first thing you see when you walk in the front door. I would describe my home and decorating style as open, clean-lined, and happy! I love color, but I love using it in small doses as accents against a clean white background, rather than as the main statement. I have friends who really are fearless with color, and I love that for them, but for me, clean and simple works best and makes me the happiest!
This is the view you see as you walk from the entry into the living room area. All of my main living areas (entry, living room, kitchen, and dining room) are open to each other. Because our home is not large (2400 sf on the main floor), I wanted it to feel more open and spacious, and eliminating walls did that! Having 10′ high ceilings also help to keep the rooms feeling open and airy. I also opted to keep the same wall paint and flooring throughout the entire main floor (other than the bathroom flooring) to maintain an open, flowing feel to the floorplan.
I would have to say that my fireplace, flanked by window seats, is probably my favorite feature in the living room area. I love the wood trim, and I’m crazy about the shimmery penny tile on the fireplace surround. I’m not into tons of bling, but I do love a little sparkly here and there!
We brought craftsman style features into the interior of our home as well with these tapered columns surrounding the stairwell. Every other home we have built or lived in has been a two-story home with a lovely staircase going up to the second story. Since this home didn’t have that, I decided that rather than walling in the stairs to the basement, or just putting a standard rail around the opening, I would make the stairs feel like more of a feature by putting a half wall, supported by craftsman columns around it. I love the architectural detail that it adds to our otherwise fairly plain floorplan. Adding some trimwork going down the stairs helps them feel a little more important, too.
As you can see, my living room opens right up to my kitchen, so let’s head over that way.
I would definitely say that my kitchen is the heart of our home. It was where lots of the happy family time happens. And this kitchen is definitely more than just a pretty face. I enjoy baking, cooking, and having family over for dinner, so this kitchen is put through the wringer! And boy, has it proved to be up to the test. My island is huge and perfect for lots of little ones and their playdough, gingerbread houses, and cookie decorating. And I can’t sing the praises of my white quartzite countertop enough! So easy to clean, doesn’t stain, and always just sits there looking gorgeous! (Wish I could do the same!)
I went with black doors throughout my house. I just love the grounding that black provides in a room, and I really love how elegant and sophisticated the black doors are. They also help my black granite perimeter countertops fit right in. I think every room should have a little bit of black!
Let’s move on to the dining area, which is just to the left of the kitchen. I love that my dining area is flanked on three sides by windows – lots of views of the pretty wooded surroundings, which is the main reason we fell in love with this lot. I don’t love my dining table, but I’m making it work. If I had my druthers, I’d replace it with a yummy reclaimed wood table. Maybe in my next life…
As we head down the hall, we come to the offices (mine and my husband’s), the hall bath, and the laundry room/mudroom. Let’s take a look at the mudroom first.
The plans originally called for the mudroom to be a stand-alone room, connecting the main living areas to the garage. In keeping with my desire for a more open floorplan, we decided to open the mudroom up to the laundry room. It feels much more spacious, and is the perfect place to drop off muddy clothes for cleaning!
Hope you enjoyed today’s tour – have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!