House Tour: Lived In

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I’ve showed bits and pieces of our house over the years and written my thoughts on whether I regret our home purchase.  I go through stages where I love and then hate our house.  I’m currently in a liking it phase, so I thought it was a good time for a house tour!


When I was thinking about this post, I decided to photograph the house the way we really live in it – no staging and no picking up allowed (well, save for the undies on the floor; generally speaking, we’re pretty tidy). 


Living Room:


Since moving in, we’ve arranged the furniture several times and gotten new accent chairs (actually, only one was new and the other was moved from another room).   This is what the living room looked like pre-kiddo:


I painted some DIY Wall Art and then took it down when I got tired of it. Nothing ever replaced it! We used to have a glass coffee table and really gorgeous floor lamp; neither were kid-friendly. The coffee table now lives upstairs in the Man Cave and the lamp resides at the Husband’s office.


We’re much more kid-friendly these days, but I prefer the look of the old space…


All the toys are still hidden behind the couch!  Here are my tips for Toy Control.  I’m big on it, as I’m sure you can tell from the pictures… I hate having toys OUT all the time.  I can deal with behind the couch.


The Husband hung up pretty grey curtains.  I was away on a business trip and returned home to this excellence!  It was a nice surprise.




Here the original kitchen tour.  As you can tell, the biggest change is that we bought new appliances!  We were forced to buy a new dishwasher because the old one died.  We lived with mismatched fridge and oven for a while, but eventually sprang for stainless steel everything.  We also upgraded the hardware (they were an ugly 1990s gold before – actually, everything in our home is!). 


On our kitchen to-do list:


New flooring (to extend into the dining room and home office)

New countertops

New backsplash


That won’t happen for a long, long time, though.


Dining Room:


(It’s kind of fun to play spot the pet in these photos – everyone makes an appearance!).  Our dining room has been awesome.  I love the purple and white walls and the purple rug.  I get a ton of compliments on this space. 


When we moved in, the walls were green, and the chandelier was gold (here’s how we transformed it with a little spray paint).  We originally had white linen chairs around the table, which looked really wonderful.  But let’s face it, white linen chairs are about the STUPIDEST purchase you could make if you have a child.  So I replaced them with wooden chairs (plus two gray head chairs). We eat in this room at least three times a day – it sees a lot of action.


Home Office:


Looks pretty much the same as it did the last time I wrote about it… We still have a chalkboard wall on the one wall you can’t see in this photo – I really love it.  It’s super fun (and kind of messy).  My desk is the messiest place in the house – I happened to catch it on a really good day.  The mess BEHIND the desk is usually on top of it.


Master Bedroom:


The biggest change with our master bedroom is that it’s now our guest room.  That’s right… we moved upstairs!  More on that in a bit.


In the master bathroom, I hung up a canvas print of baby Henry on the beach.  We replaced some lighting and some hardware, but the room pretty much still looks like the 1990s vomited all over the space.  I know we need to do it up before we can sell the house, but it’s going to come after the kitchen.


NEW Master Bedroom:


We now sleep upstairs… It’s nothing special.  We moved our bedroom to be closer to Henry (we were downstairs before).  I actually like sleeping in this room more; the other one was too bright.


Man Cave:


Still my #1 room of the house!  Nothing has been done to this space since I wrote about it last.  We spend a LOT of time in here watching TV… It’s my happy place.


The Nursery:


Looks like it did when I did the nursery tour, which is where this photo is from because Henry is currently sleeping (Side note: So proud that the nursery has been pinned on Pinterest over 2580 times!). Only differences is the rug is more stained and there’s a twin mattress in front of the crib now (to prevent hard falls if he climbs out).


Henry’s Big Kid Room:


OMG – what a disaster, right?  Consider this the BEFORE photo.  Hopefully, I will have a really awesome picture to show you guys in a few weeks!


The Backyard:


If the Man Cave is my favorite room, then the backyard is my favorite space.  Because I loooooove it after our amazing Backyard Transformation. <— Seriously, check out the before pictures.  The only thing that’s changed is we painted the deck.  There is pretty much always a kiddie pool, a hose, and five buckets on the deck at all times.


The Garage:


I’ve never showed a pic of my garage landing because – let’s face it – it’s an ugly area of anyone’s home, but I recently did a fun little project.  So above is what my landing looked like BEFORE – total disaster area.  We had a shoe rack that was ALWAYS overflowing.  You’d have to step over a million shoes just to get in the door.


I hung up an over-the-door shoe racket and – TADA! – huge difference for $10.  I also hung up some Command wall hooks for my purse and Henry’s backpack so they actually have a ‘home.’


It’s the little things, isn’t it?


So – that’s our home tour!


What is your favorite room of your house?  What room do you want to do a major overhaul to?



  • Laura @ She Eats Well August 6, 2014, 4:24 pm

    I loooove house tours – maybe I am nosey :). Your nursery looks so good, I have always loved the wall art in there. I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment in SF, but I really love our open-space living room. It’s cozy and where we relax and watch TV nightly. So jealous of your spacious backyard!

  • Kelly August 6, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Wow, your house is cleaner than if I picked up mine and then posted photos, lol.

    • Caitlin August 6, 2014, 4:29 pm

      self-confessed neat freak. just don’t look too closely at my floors. or come over when i am less than 6 months post-patrum.

  • ericadhouse August 6, 2014, 4:52 pm

    That nursery is gorgeous!

  • Traci August 6, 2014, 5:13 pm

    I love the arch in your office! I hope I live in a house with lots of arches one day. And I always enjoy home tours, in general. I really enjoy my music/art studio where I am at right now, but I’m not too attached to anything because I’m renting and won’t be here another full year.

  • helen August 6, 2014, 5:17 pm

    Is that a Plan Toys dollhouse? My daughter will be two in January and I was hoping to save up and buy a nice wood one for her Christmas gift.

    • Caitlin August 6, 2014, 5:18 pm

      It’s Melissa and Doug! It’s alright. I would maybe spring for the one you’re looking at if I had to do it again.

  • Kaella (KaellaOnTheRun) August 6, 2014, 6:04 pm

    Wow, what an awesome idea for the garage landing! I need to do this! I’m constantly tripping over our shoes!

    I love our living room/kitchen/dining room. It’s open concept and where we spend most of our time. I would like to upgrade our couches someday. We have leather now and I want something I sink into!

  • Rebecca August 6, 2014, 7:19 pm

    I love our basement living room. We reno-ed it several years ago, and even though it’s not perfect, it’s my favorite. It’s where I spend most of my time, when I’m not in my bedroom or on the upstairs couch.
    I’d love to update my bedroom. We painted and carpeted it probably 10 years ago, and it’s still blue. (Seriously. Blue walls, blue carpet. Light blue.) But now it’s gained a second dresser (for when I move out; currently it’s storing my winter clothes and extra shoes because my room is the only place the dresser really fits) and I’m sort of sick of the layout and stuff. I rearranged the stuff on my dressers and bookcase a week or two ago, and that helps, but I need to get better about cleaning up after myself, and the color is starting to annoy me. Also my carpet is kinda stained from various oops-es. And my closet is tiny.

  • Melissa August 6, 2014, 7:53 pm

    Very nice. Is the sofa from West Elm? I am currently considering buying a similar one.

    • Caitlin August 6, 2014, 9:11 pm

      Yes! Their microfiber fabric is amaaaazing.

  • Katie sB August 6, 2014, 8:42 pm

    You have a beautiful house. I love the decor. I’m so jealous. We live in California in a house like that would be crazy expensive here!

    • Caitlin August 6, 2014, 9:11 pm

      Advantages of living in the south AND in suburbia!

  • Aimee August 6, 2014, 9:18 pm

    Random question – why don’t you just let Henry stay in that room and put the baby in the other room? You could still transition him to a toddler bed, but he will still have the familiarity and security of his room. And honestly, the baby won’t know or care!

  • Sabrina August 6, 2014, 9:37 pm

    I love the bedding in the guest room and the dresser in the big boy room!

    And that canvas print is beautiful.

  • Jasmyne @ Hot.Healthy.Sexy. August 6, 2014, 11:03 pm

    Aw such a cute place! I love how the purple rug ties in with the walls :-). Wow your house is so clean and put together…i’m impressed, le sigh I should do a walk through of my house to tidy up a wee bit lol. 😀

  • Keri August 6, 2014, 11:20 pm

    I love the nursery!! And really, since we made the decision for me to be a SAHM we also had to put off buying a house. It’s embarrassing at times-raising a baby in an apartment, but the house will come & this time in my life is going quickly. I know one day I’ll work again & have a home to come to; for now I’ll dream & live vicariously through house tours like this along with others on Pinterest.

  • Laura@SneakersandSpatulas August 7, 2014, 8:50 am

    My favorite rooms in our house are the master bedroom and our living room. We redid both rooms and I love how they turned out! All three bathrooms in our house look like yours, like the 90’s threw up on them! We’re hoping to get nice year end bonus money to re-do the master bath!

  • Ellen August 7, 2014, 9:08 am

    Your house is very picked up! My favorite room is our familyroom/den area off our kitchen which opens up to our deck and back yard… It where we hang out most of the time and all of the toys are in there and the tv. My dad just built us built in bookcases which I love and it has a really beachy/cabin feel. Its real obvious what part of the house we use all the time, kitchen and familyroom…and which rooms we never use…dining room and living room, by the amount of mess. WE want to over haul our second floor porch area, connected to my son’s soon to be bedroom and make it into a toy room.

  • Elizabeth August 7, 2014, 9:21 am

    I am completely in love with your living room. The purple rug is to die for!!

  • Julie August 7, 2014, 9:29 am

    I love your house, Caitlin; thanks for sharing! LOVE the purple dining room! Your office is awesome, too. Your house has lots of character – love the arched doorways & big windows! Kristien did a great job w/ those curtains!

  • Amanda @ Living on Grace August 7, 2014, 9:42 am

    um, your house is immaculate.
    you should have told us it was staged just so the rest of us wouldn’t feel bad 🙂

    • Caitlin August 7, 2014, 1:13 pm

      hahah sorry.

  • Stephanie August 7, 2014, 10:01 am

    I was wondering what over-the-door shoe rack and clips you used in the garage? I NEED to do that in my front entrance, but can’t find anything that fits over an exterior door..

    • Caitlin August 7, 2014, 10:39 am

      I had to use a over the rack towel thing for the shower and then hang the shoe rack on that. It didn’t fit with just the clips!

  • Chelsea August 7, 2014, 10:07 am

    Your house is lovely! We are in the market for a new house, and I love seeing how other families change their space to suit them. Very nice!

  • Michelle August 7, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Hi! I was wondering why you had put your bedroom downstairs originally? Does the upstairs have two bedrooms and the third is on the main floor?

    • Caitlin August 7, 2014, 2:23 pm

      It’s the legit master – the biggest room and it has the big bathroom with the walk-in closet. There’s the master down and then upstairs is three rooms + the man cave.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed August 7, 2014, 12:38 pm

    Love the house tour! We are just starting to work on our new house so we’re doing lots of cleaning, painting, and wallpaper removal. Decorating our first “adult house” is so exciting but it also makes me kind of anxious! I want it to look so nice… but I know we’ll blow through our cash more quickly than I want to haha.

  • Ashley August 7, 2014, 1:38 pm

    Such a beautiful little space 🙂 *well, not so little*

  • Zulkey August 7, 2014, 2:08 pm

    We may or may not be under contract for a new place ourselves right now. Like with your house, there’s been a lot of jerking around. What I love about it is that it’s done because I’m not trying to remodel anything. However the people who currently own it are architects/designers with perfect taste, so I am trying to brace myself (if we get it) for it looking a lot less nice if/when we move in. In the meantime, we were so proud of our paint colors in our current house but our realtor said (nicely), “Yeah, you’re gonna want to paint it all white when it’s time to sell.” Ah well. I think home purchasing is one of the most stressful things out there.

  • Kathy August 7, 2014, 9:59 pm

    That man cave does look like a cozy little hideaway! My favourite room is our master bedroom. It’s been completely renovated so it’s exactly how I wanted it and it is a peaceful haven that looks out onto a 3rd floor deck. When the trees are full, you feel like you’re in a tree house. Least favourite is the bathroom, by far. The one room we haven’t touched yet, chipped tile, cracked sink and a construction lamp…yech!

  • Amanda @ Lifetotable August 8, 2014, 8:19 am

    I just purchased a house in central Virginia after living in a 1 bedroom for 4 years! I knew it would be a lot of work, but I am literally paralyzed at the decorating aspect! It is so overwhelming and so many options. Maybe after we paint it will be easier and I can hang up our pictures.

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