Home Made Lovely- Annalea’s Home Tour
A weekly series featuring inspiring homes from around the blogging community.
I’ve asked each blogger the same question-
Here’s what Annalea shared…
Hey there, Life Made Lovely friends.
I am thrilled to share my thoughts on creating a lovely home.
1. Full of love; loving.2. Inspiring love or affection.3. Having beauty that appeals to the emotions as well as to the eye.4. Enjoyable; delightful.
We recently gave this space a makeover. The hope was to up the comfort and usability factor. Not only do the littles stage sword fights and concerts up here, but now guests can be invited for a cup of tea. Or I can take a book and blanket out to porch swing. In all my free time.
(A definite theme around here, as you will see.)
Let’s head inside. . .
Can you tell I love color? Yeah, its pretty obvious. Illinois winters can be so dreary and gray. I vowed to find a way to stay sunny year-round and this yellow is a fun take on neutral.
The pair of green rolling chairs are my most favorite freecycle find to date. I heart freecycle.
I also find using brighter shades makes it easier to deal with the intense colors of kiddo stuff. With three littles, there is no getting away from it. The toys and gear are a part of the scenery and I would have it no other way.
My mom has an uber-green thumb. And she likes to give us furniture.
We benefit greatly.
Every other piece of decor in this shot was free. (theme. . .)
This is as close of a look as we’ll take at the dining room. I have an ongoing project in there that is not quite ready to be revealed. It began on Mother’s Day and was conceived a year before that. There is never a guarantee that projects will be done in a timely manner around here. When the mama has a chronic illness, the papi a demanding job, and the entire family is working through the new diagnosis of a child with special needs, life often has other priorities than our current DIY. What good would it be to work on these if it causes stress. Remember that definition? Part of a lovely home is being able to enjoy and delight in it.
That being said, we do enjoy making our home a beautiful haven.
Beautiful doesn’t mean perfect.
While not as small as our last house, this kitchen is not one of the open-floor-plans-we-spend-most-of-the-day-in-here kind. But it is a bright and cheery space due to the painted cabinets and removed upper doors.
Although we didn’t get much produce out of the potager this year, the potatoes made it! Something the squirrels didn’t ravage.
Our oldest and I made the city art over his bed together. Totally makes me smile.
This is The Attic, where we spend the majority of our days. Right now it is a bit of an occupational therapy room, complete with trampoline, scooter and balance boards, bouncer balls, and a swing chair about to be installed. Most of our indoor/in-house homeschooling is done up here. My studio (not pictured) is tucked into a little nook. The master bedroom is behind that wall. We watch TV and movies while on that sectional. (It is housed in the white cabinet just visible in the corner.)
Yes, this is our lovely & lived in home.
Few things make me happier than filling it with friends and family.
But I’ll take a quiet night with my honey.
You can find cat hair on the furniture, food under the table, and dust on the shelves.
But it is a place full of love.
It is lovely, indeed.
Thanks for visiting, folks.
And thanks for inviting me over, Heather.