Holly’s Home Made Lovely


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

Hello Friend! Welcome to our home, thanks for stopping by. And thanks to Heather for inviting me to share a little tour of the place we call home!

Who is ‘we’? That would be myself (Holly) from In the Fun Lane, my husband, Sean, and our daughter Wren. It sounds totally cliche but we have put years of blood, sweat and tears into our house to make it a home. And money… of course. Which is why the renos have taken years! The two most important things to us in this journey of transformation have been 1. that our home reflect us and who we are and 2. that everything is budget friendly. Because like most young families, money doesn’t grow on any of our trees!

Let’s start the tour!

This is our foyer. We still have some work to complete in here (new stair treads and railings) but I love the skylight which makes it bright and happy.

The biggest renovation we tackled was our Kitchen. It was a big old 80’s mess and it took a lot of restraint to patiently wait a few years until we could manage the renovation. But we did it all ourselves about 2 years ago and it immediately became my favorite room in the house.

I am really happy we lived with the old kitchen for a while so we could get a good feel for how we would use the new kitchen and where we should move things to. We did some major changes (I have shared the hideous original space on my own blog, but I’ll spare you the nightmares) and felt confident in the direction we went when it was time to start the demo.

We chose to use the Martha Stewart line of cabinetry at HomeDepot. I have done my share of Ikea kitchens in the houses I’ve flipped and I am really glad we decided to spend just a little more and go with these ones instead. The final product has a lot of extra detailing that I was wanting (the corbels on the island, baseboards, etc.). To keep the budget on track we did use a lot of inexpensive elements from places like Ikea (the sink, shelves, etc) and we found our appliances at a showhome that was closing for a fraction of the price of new ones.

We added a larger window which brings in so much more sunlight.

Right off the kitchen is our family room. This was one of the first rooms we tackled, removing what felt like miles of old wallpaper. A board and batten treatment on the walls was one of our first experiences installing trim and I love how it adds so much interest and detail. So simple, cheap and easy!

I love white (obviously!!!) but I believe every room should have a couple unexpectedly fun elements so it doesn’t feel too sterile or serious.

We added a slip covered thrift store couch to the old kitchen nook for a bright, sunny spot to catch up on emails and read.

On the other side of the kitchen is the dining room. We used to have a kitchen nook when we renovated it became used a reading nook so we actually use our ‘formal’ dining room every day. I just don’t think many people need or use two dining areas much these days so it made sense for us.

We made the light fixture (full tutorial here) for well under $100 to accommodate a poorly place light fixture.

The dining table was a $50 thrift store find that I painted. I get a major thrill out of transforming thrift store items and this is one of the coolest I’ve come across.

Our formal living room is not always so formal, but it is always fun.

At any given time there is usually some sort of fort, or in this case igloo, set up. The thing I love most about decorating with thrift store/inexpensive items is that even if they look ‘high end’ nothing is too precious. The pair of end tables we have as a coffee table were only $20 finds we painted from a thrift store and I can always do a quick touch up if a little scuff or scratch happens during a Barbie frenzy.

Wren’s bedroom is probably the most colorful room in the house. As an only grandchild on both sides of the family she gets a lot of little gifts/trinkets from everyone so she loves to display them and keep everything up in here even though we have a basement playroom.

Her bed was a Salvation Army purchase I painted up and put her name on. I am always amazing how with just a little work it is so easy to make something otherwise unremarkable into a really special piece.

Her antique vanity is one of those unexpected fun pieces I adore! I found it for $140 at an antique mall and just adored the kind of poorly painted birds on the panels.