You guys are in for a treat today! One of my long-time friends (I met Lindsey in junior high!) is here to share her very personal and colorful home with you! As soon as I saw this before/after photo on her Instagram, I instantly begged her to share her home here on the blog. Take a look–
"I've always wanted to live in an older home with a lot of character and a fun exterior color. We shopped around for months praying for the right one, but couldn't find anything that felt right. Renovating was not on our radar, so when we changed gears and bought our 100 year old home in an auction, I had a hard time seeing the potential. But, we couldn't get over an undeniable peace that let us know it was "the one". So, we moved forward. I was a little bit excited, and a lot freaking out! Luckily my husband was confident in it and saw something I didn't!
"When we began renovating, we knew we wanted to start with the exterior. The chipped, old paint was an eyesore, and to feel better about our purchase, I needed to see a BIG change right away! It was so exciting and very intimidating choosing an exterior color. I mean we were painting a whole house!!!! We definitely felt the pressure! We have a neighbor with a blue house and another with yellow, so we knew we could get away with having something colorful. Perfect! Since the original color appeared to be somewhere in the green family, we decided to stick with that, but go much bolder. Bright, clean, and welcoming were criteria for our ideal color choice. I was so nervous when they started painting, and I remember driving up to the house for the first time when it was done… it was just SO BRIGHT and such a drastic change! But we love it!
"We knew from the beginning we wanted to paint all of the walls white (who knew there were a million shades of white to choose from?!!!!). We wanted our home to feel light and bright and also allow us to incorporate some bold colors throughout. Also, one of our favorite things to do is host parties, so we wanted a blank canvas that would always allow us to decorate accordingly.
"One of my husband and my favorite things to do together is get coffee and stroll through flea markets. Oddly enough, it seems like we never find the good pieces when we go together. He travels locally for his job and passes through small towns, which from our experience seem to have the best treasures, for the best prices. When it comes to hunting our vintage pieces, he is usually the one that hits the jackpot. Plus, I get bored with our decor pretty quickly, and I love to change things up. So this allows us to do so affordably. Out with the old, in with the… old!
"Painting the stairs blue was a spur of the moment, last second decision! We were originally planning to paint them white, but decided this would be a good area for a punch of color! We chose Behr's Dark Cobalt Blue in high gloss. From our experience, many paint brands market as "high gloss", but this brand gave us the glass effect we really wanted! This color choice was actually a compromise, as I wanted to go with an even brighter blue and my husband wanted something darker to contrast all of the white. I think this compromise ended up working out in our favor!
"Much like the rest of our house, we kept the kids' rooms simple. We chose the crib as the statement piece and decided to go with a bold, gender-neutral color. We used Olympic Icon's Acorn Squash. It's washable and zero VOC, two things that were important to us in choosing paint for our kids' furniture.
"The yellow door in our kitchen is actually the same color of paint we used for Matthews's crib. This wasn't something that we did before we moved in or something we planned. Haha, the yellow door is a rainy Saturday project we just did on a whim! We had the paint and the time, so we just went for it! Now that I think about it, most of our statement pieces/areas weren't planned at all, but just sort of happened!
"When it comes to juggling my style with our kiddos and dog, I've learned to compromise with certain things to keep the look I love but also keep things safe. Matthews is getting to the age where he can be told not to touch and he will mostly listen. However, Polly is now entering the stage where she's into EVERYTHING. So it will be awhile before I get to have exactly what I want, where I want it. Thankfully, places like Ikea and Target have allowed us to find items that are fun for the kids and also line up with my style. Cute toys and storage is important, you guys! 😉
"When renovating our home, we felt it was really important to keep a balance between details of what makes it "us", while also maintaining the historic integrity and character. But most importantly, we were given the advice that this is our home, or sanctuary if you will, and so the decisions should be based on making a space that creates sweet, happy memories, rather than worrying about what others think."
Thanks so much for sharing your space with us, Lindsey! Follow Lindsey's Instagram here. xx- Elsie
Credits//Author and Photography: Lindsey Key-Clouse.