At Home With Elizabeth Morrow

At Home With Elizabeth MorrowToday we are happy to welcome Elizabeth Morrow to the blog to share her home with us!
 
Love the succulents under the domeThat chair in the corner is dreamy!Lovely bedside trinketsIn love with this rustic bedroom"Our home is a little, two-story, 920 square foot craftsman home in the heart of Tacoma, Washington. Before we bought our current home, we were renting a tiny 450 square foot house which became way too cramped after living there for a year. We desperately wanted a larger space and somewhere we would have the freedom to make it our own through renovations, DIY projects, etc. We wanted (needed) something super affordable and a bit of a fixer-upper. When we saw this house we were actually looking at the next door house, and the exterior of this house was so awful we just assumed the interior was disgusting, and didn't even bother looking at it. When we finally ended up looking at it we found that the interior had been fixed up; it was just the outside that needed an overhaul. We bought it at the end of 2012 and resided the house ourselves with my dad, uncles, brothers, and cousins that winter.
 
Elizabeth Morrow's adorable home"The kitchen was the first room I decided to make my own, shortly after moving in, and it's still my favorite. We couldn't afford much furniture or anything, so the rest of the house stayed sparse for a while, but I slapped a coat of chartreuse and black chalkboard paint on the kitchen walls, and it made the whole space feel so "me." It was the first time I felt like a homeowner, after living in apartments with white and beige walls for years. It's still one of my favorite rooms in the house. One thing I've learned about myself, that I wasn't aware of before, is that apparently I love black walls. It started with painting the exterior black, then the kitchen chalkboard black, then our bathroom wall, then the bedroom, and then I just recently painted the living room wall black chalkboard. Whoever we sell this house to is going to think I had some weird obsession with black walls, which… okay, maybe I do.
 
ABM Elizabeth Home15Sweet dining nookLove this coffee cart"Most of our house is full of DIY or thrifted furniture and decor, but my most treasured items in our home are the things my grampa carved. All his life, he hand made wood things in his shop, from napkin holders to chairs, to salad spoons and forks, to flowerpots. They're all hand carved with Southeast Alaskan Native imagery, and it makes me feel like I have a bit of my Alaskan heritage here with me in Washington. He no longer has access to a shop, so I've inherited his carving tools and have been working on picking up where he left off!  One of my favorite woodworking projects so far is my coffee table.
 
Bright and lovely living spaceChalkboard walls are always a good idea"We moved in November of 2012, so we've lived here almost two years. It's changed quite a lot, especially on the exterior, because we completely re-sided the house as soon as we moved in (the existing siding was so bad our insurance company wouldn't even give us a homeowners policy until we put new siding on!). The old house is still on google streetview, and it's crazy to look at what it looked like just a couple years ago. A few weeks ago we built a fence to enclose our side yard, and we've been slowly working on expanding our vegetable garden and creating a patio entertaining space, so it's a constant process, but I absolutely love it. Growing up, my parents bought homes that needed renovation, so I constantly saw the potential in older or more run-down homes and the joy they got out of giving them new life; it's been a lifelong dream of mine to be able to renovate my own home. I've been having the time of my life doing all sorts of projects, and I secretly love making multiple trips to Home Depot."
 
Love the bold walls in this bathroom!Elizabeth Morrow and her sweet pup DustyLovely collected things on displayThank you so much for sharing your home with us, Elizabeth! You can find more of Elizabeth over on her blog Delightfully Tacky and more of her before and after home projects here. xo. 
 
Credits // Author and Photography: Elizabeth Morrow
  • Wow, so beautiful!
    I have been in love with the urban outfitters quilt since I first laid eyes on it!
    Sadly out of my price range…. but, one day!
    Also adore the shade of green for the dining room walls.

  • her home is so gorgeous!! i love her style

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • Elizabeth,

    Do you have a blog article about how you made those tassels? I’d love to try and make some of my own.

  • ahhh, major girl crush! Your house is so lovely and charming and you are just awesome!! I’m gonna now spend the rest of the morning perusing your blog, pardon me 🙂

  • lovely place!!! Such cute details! The bathroom wall is amazing!!

  • I love dark walls too! I painted the living room of my very first apartment dark chocolate, and kept the furniture sparse. It gave such a cozy feeling to the room. The pictures of your house gave me that same cozy feeling. Great job with the renovation!

  • i’m obsessed with all the chalk here! i’m a HUGE fan of chalkboard everything!

  • That is one huge chalkboard wall! Love it though. I thought the home was really earthy in the first few photos but it’s more eclectic! Super cool. And her hair is awesome.

    http://theflyingarmchair.me/

  • Hopefully I’m not doubling up this question, but where is that quilt from? It’s so lovely!

  • This is so beautiful! I thought that was tile in the bathroom, but red in a comment it was painted: ûber-cool! I have to start follow her blog…

  • this is literally my dream home. like.. it was taken out of my head. haha Thanks for sharing. so much loveliness.

    Kat

  • Elizabeth I love your house! Thank you for the inspiration! Where did you purchase your iPhone clock that is shown in your bedroom? I’ve been looking for something just like it!

  • Your house is beautiful, i love the chalkboard wall in the living room, it looks amazing, such a refreshing change. 🙂

  • WHAT is that amazing clock / iPhone thing? Where can I get one? I need one!

  • I love her home and the whole concept. What’s great about it (besides how beautiful and cozy it looks) is that it exemplifies Elizabeth’s style. Something about it reminds me of her blog and photos. 🙂

  • Gorgeous! I follow Elizabeth’s blog as well.. I just adore her style!!

    <3

    http://www.RitaMaesShop.etsy.com

  • i heart everything about this space. top 3: the bathroom wall, the coffee nook and the headboard. i follow elizabeth on instagram and have been a follower of her blog for years. i love her style!

  • All I have to say is…CORGI! That is all. The best. dogs. ever!

    Of course all dogs are the best dogs ever, corgis just have a special place in my heart. Our ol’lady turned 16 in February! It’s a joy everyday to have her and a heartbreaker that we know we’ll have to say goodbye soon!

    Melinda

  • Hi Elizabeth-
    I was wondering where you got the quilt on your bed? I love making quilts and that one is to die for!!

  • What an inspiring place! I live in a very small house and I find it so hard to make it work. This is only extra inspiration for me to finally do something about our small house. You can make every place your own. It’s so nice to see how the DIY projects and thrifted furniture come together.

  • Hey house looks so cosy!! I love it!

    Giveaway on my blog!
    www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • This house feels so authentically unique, it looks so different from all the pictures I use to see pictured nowadays. I’ve always dreamed of a blackboard wall, and it seems a warm place to live in.

  • This home is wonderful and sooooo lovely! <3

    http://dindaloysia.blogspot.com

  • Beautifully eclectic, loving all the geometric patterns. The little black and gold vase keeps catching my eye.

  • I really like the chalkboard wall matching the yellow in the kitchen/dining area…and all the books and world globes. Feels young and energetic! Great house!!!

  • Such a beautiful house! that kitchen is a dream!

    Sophia
    http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  • Ha, this post gives me hope for better tommorow! I hate my “renters white” walls. HATE. But some day I’ll have all my walls teal. Or black… Or orange (which is the new black, you know…) Anyway, the house is absolutly lovely 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • So cute!! I’ve always loved Elizabeth’s blog as well as ABM. Awesome to see you guys collaborate (in a way.:)

  • That gorgeous be spread quilt. I have my eyes on it. Love this home.
    Rosie
    www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

  • I’ve been in love with Elizabeth’s home for a while now and it’s so great to see more little peaks into it!

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • I want ALL OF HER THINGS! Such a cute house! Love all the chalkboard paint.

    <3 Taylor
    www.agirlonrope.com

  • I love how you have made everything so unique and personal! I don’t even know you but going through this house makes me feel like I do! You have done an amazing job! We are moving into a “new to us” home in a few weeks and I can’t wait to make it our own! I feel like you have to have lots of money to do that, but reading this has truly inspired me! Thank you!

  • Elizabeth, your home is so inspiring! Please tell us where you got that iPhone clock!! I’ve been looking for one and yours is so neat!

  • I am so excited to see Elizabeth featured on ABM! I have been following her blog and Instagram for a while now and she is so cool! She has a really honest writing style and super funky taste. Delightfully Tacky indeed! Plus it’s great to see someone who so embodies the style and vibe of the pacific northwest. Gotta love a fellow Tacoma girl!

    http://meghanmichellegallagher.blogspot.com/

  • Your home is beautiful, very eclectic. I love the mixture of woods in the bedroom. The quilt and tassels on the bed remind me of a cozy cabin in the woods, yet it still gives off a bohemian vibe. It’s exactly what I want my family cabin up north to look like. I wish the outside of your home looked just as welcoming and relaxed as the inside does. Maybe you can do that for an upcoming blog post? 😉
    Much Love, AnnCates xx
    anncates.blogspot.com

  • Great house! Tacoma is really coming into it’s own. What neighborhood are you in?

  • Such a lovely home. I really like the black chalkboard walls too. Thanks for sharing.
    She Adores Vintage

  • Oh my good God! Your home is a indie heaven. Everything about it is perfectly unique and mysterious and has a mystical aura of peacefulness 😀

    Iesha.x

    http://secretlifeofanirishteen.blogspot.ie

  • Everything about this home is amazing! Love the tribal-style prints!

    –soulalien.blogspot.com

  • this is such a gorgeous and eclectic space! so fun and gorgeous!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • What a gorgeous and stylish home, it’s really amazing!

  • The bathroom wall is so cool! And wow the tassels on the bed look amazing! I have some on my wall but I think I just might move it to my bedframe! 🙂

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • I love everything about this home, including the black siding. All of the rooms look so cozy!

  • I like the chalkboard cupboard & wall. They truly spice up the entire ambiance. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  • I love the looks of rustic charm. So sweet! I love Delightfully Tacky too, such a great blog!

    Sincerely,

    Laurali Star

    http://www.thesecretsurprisinista.com/

  • So cute! Such an eye for detail!! Lilly xx http://alittlelilly.blogspot.nl/

  • Hello from one Elizabeth to another! This was so great to read/see today. I grew up in Tacoma and now live in Seattle but we are seriously looking at moving back to T-town because housing prices are much better and we’d be more likely able to afford a little home that has some space for art making (me) and photography (hubby). Tacoma has a vibrant arts scene and is a great city that many don’t seem to realize. Congrats on your wonderful home!

  • I’ll be sharing the Winne on the blog again soon! I did some renovations on it and my BFF is living in it and she has the cutest bohemian style that perfectly fits the Winne’s vibe.

  • It’s just chalkboard contact paper, so it’s totally renter friendly! I did it in our old kitchen at our rental and it was a perfect way to customize the house without it being permanent 🙂

  • It’s handmade! I’ll be posting the DIY on my blog next week!

  • That bathroom paint took forever but it was so worth it! The tassels on the headboard were left over decorations from our wedding that I handmade! The pallets looked a little boring on their own and the garland was the perfect addition!

  • Love the new look of the exterior…And hi-fi from your neighbor – Seattle!

    xo

  • Thank you! We’re pretty excited about the transformation the house has made in the last year. The house was vacant for about 3 years, so it’s fun to revitalize a part of the neighborhood that was just an overgrown empty house! We’ve been working on the yard and garden this summer so hopefully it’ll be done soon and I’ll share that transformation on the blog shortly!

  • What a great post!

    Rxx

    www.peppermintdolly.wordpress.com

  • yeayyyyyy elizabeth!!!!! i was so addicted to the RV travel blog she had before she got married. BEAUTIFUL home 😀 <3

  • Very nice and interstice home. Love the eclectic style, and there’s certainly so beautiful details. Some of the details reminds me of some Serbian traditional elements, those carpets, for example. I definitely love bedroom the most.

  • love it! It just looks soooo cozy!

    Before and afters just get me… every dang time.

    🙂

  • This home is soooo wonderful.
    Cosy and eclectic.
    I love it!

    Greetings & Love
    Ines

    http://eclectichamilton.blogspot.de/

  • What a unique and beautiful home! I love the feel of it.

  • It looks gorgeous! If anyone has a spare moment I just posted a DIY on my blog that I think you may enjoy.
    simplyeasierliving.blogspot.com
    Thanks
    Laura

  • I love your house Elizabeth, it’s so full of character! I keep scrolling up and down looking at all the details 🙂

  • The curb appeal of your house is unreal. Could it be any cuter!? I also love the chalk board touches in the kitchen!

  • If it’s possible to fall in love with a house and a home, then I probably just did.

  • Such a gorgeous home! The kitchen is my favourite, those kitchen cupboards are so inventive.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

  • I love her home! It looks so cozy and inviting!
    Jordyn
    Pretty Lovely

  • i REALLY love her vibe. great post.

    – christina www.cityloveee.blogspot.com

  • I love Elizabeth’s home (+ her blog)! Such a great feature. I never get sick of seeing her photos!

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