Ellen’s Home Made Lovely

Welcome to Home Made Lovely, a special home tour series.

Hello there! My name is Ellen and I blog over at sweetwater. I love this tradition Heather has created and I’m so thankful she asked me to share my home today!

I live in South Carolina with my husband,Tom. Together we have three children: two boys and a girl, ranging from 11 to 6.

The truth is that I didn’t really understand how to make home stick. God has been so faithful to show me that all good things begin in Him and that He has a good plan for my family and where we rest our heads. Just like any other person, I still feel insecure about our home from time to time. But! God has truly shown me what makes a home really lovely. I breathe it in when I first walk in the door after a long day away. It’s the smell of my people: cut grass, lavender soap, peanut butter and apple pie. I see it stretched out from bottom to top of our two-storied cottage. It’s the little reminders of my people strewn about: paper clippings, milk mustaches and animals with antlers. This is a lovely home to me: my heart-houses and everything they love and our story together.

Our foyer is small but packed with my favorite table and our reading bookshelf.

Over the summer I got to share with the women at my church about a beloved passage in God’s Word: Psalm 16. I was sent home with this sweet little print all framed up.

Our family room is front and center, and we put it to good use with lots of living. This room gets the absolute best morning light.

The black armoire holds winter coats, hats, gloves, ball caps and baseball paraphernalia.

The dining room is just through the den. I have the privilege of using the dining table and buffet my grandmother used. My mama grew up eating at this table and I did, too!

Just on the other side of the dining room is our bedroom. We moved our room downstairs this fall. So far, we’re really happy! This little study was never really well used and I love giving it the chance to reach its full potential (Bonus! As a book lover, I am so happy waking up to a wall full of books!). My daddy built the awesome headboard for me.

There is a small full bathroom attached to our bedroom. It got a little overhaul when we moved everything downstairs. A few years ago, I promised myself that I would hang real and meaningful art any way I could. One thing I love to do is elevate my childrens’ artwork to the level it deserves by framing it, hanging it, enjoying it. My girlie made the animal triptych in art class.

I went back and forth about whether to include our kitchen in this little tour. In the end, it seemed like the best way to honor what God has done in my heart. There are several things that I would change about our kitchen if I could. It isn’t perfect. The cabinets don’t close all of the way. Each of my appliances is a different finish. I have peacock greenish-blue tiled countertops. But. I don’t want to waste my time in this house avoiding things that aren’t perfect. God promises that He meets us in imperfection and I want to live that out with every ounce of my being.

This kitchen is truly the heart of our home and it rivals the den’s morning light with it’s beautiful afternoon sunlight spilling in. I love to think of all the afternoons my husband has spent sitting on a stool and detailing his day while I cooked and cleaned. I love to think of all the things that have been created at our old table. I’ve tried to pour my heart out all over this room and that is what I see most when I walk in over and over again, day after day.

Thank you, Heather, for inviting me to share my home with your readers!