A weekly series featuring inspiring homes from around the blogging community.
I’ve asked each blogger the same question-
“What does creating a lovely home mean to you?”
Here’s what Lindsey shared…
Hi, my name is Lindsey. I share my life, loves, and handiwork in my little corner of the
blog-o-verse, Out Of Alabaster. When I’m not chasing around my little girl, I am busy
making custom silhouettes for my shop.
I am so flattered to share my home with you all today! Over the past six months since I’ve
started blogging and creating custom silhouettes in my Etsy shop
, I’ve had many people ask
where I learned how to ‘do’ all this creative stuff, drawing, remodeling, sewing, decorating, etc..
I never had any formal training or instruction, but I was raised in a home that purposefully
cultivated creativity and valued individual artistic expression.
One of my most vivid childhood memories is of sneaking into my parents room, and carefully
cutting out a little swatch of fabric from the verrrry corner of their brand new bed sheets.
(I was convinced they wouldn’t notice, and my bunny needed a new pretty dress!) What strikes
me the most about this memory, is that I don’t remember getting in trouble for ruining the new bed-sheets at all. What I DO remember is being praised for YEARS after the death of my
parent’s sheets for my creativity. In my childhood home, people were more important that things,
and that’s the same attitude that I try to bring into my home now that I’m a mother.
Our little house has been a labor of love, and was quite the fixer-upper when we purchased it. This remodel what I like to think of as a ‘normal person’ remodel. Nothing fancy-smancy,
just sweat, hard earned savings, and long nights of work.
My husband and I chose to re-do our master bedroom first, so that we could have a nice
place to relax and retreat at the end of our day. Having one completed oasis made all the
difference in preserving my sanity throughout the remodel process!
I know that white-painted furniture can quickly go down the country shabby-chic route, but
I tried avoid this by mixing up the space up with both vintage and modern touches, like the
bright modern throw pillows, a chalkboard above our bed, and the vintage glass lamp.
The planked walls were a nice surprise that we found beneath several layers of paneling and
old wallpaper.We white-washed the walls and then randomly brushed on a light blue for some color. Daniel hung the ceiling tiles and chandelier, and I painted the furniture, sewed the pillows,
and made the little chalkboard piece above our bed. It was a team effort!
The sweetest love-letter, written by Daniel… complete with burned edges and sealed in wax!
Because my decorating style is all about subtlety and being understand, I decided to throw in a big-horn sheep with a bow tie. I mean, WHY NOT?! His name is Ferdinand. He was a gift from Daniel’s grandpa.. Of course, he needed a bow-tie. The space seems so much more dignified now.
In all seriousness, I think the most important design advice I could give would be to not
to take yourself or the process too seriously. I’m all for mixing it up, and adding in elements
that are unexpected. If you love something, then go with it. Make it yours, and make it fun.
This mention of FUN brings us to the hallway, which is just flat-out ridiculous. I have no
excuses for this space other than the fact that I went on a late-night Pinterest bender, lost all
sense of good-taste, and decorated it like I was a five-year old.
You can read the entire post here, about the night I randomly decided to paint the mural.
I ordered the hopscotch decal from here
, but I’m betting you could easily make a similar
design with a Silhouette, or Cricut.
This hallways leads us on to the back of our house, to little Selah’s nursery. Daniel and I
struggled to conceive for four years before we had Selah, so this room is a special place for us 🙂
Praise the Lord.
This little room is filled with light, love, and rejoicing in the fulfillment of our little promise.
Selah’s room is colorful, and yet simple: the sweetest little crochet garland,
my old artist’s palate tied with a bow, tissue paper poofs, and lots of sunshine.
That’s little Selah’s room!
I’d venture to say that the kitchen is perhaps the most loved room in our entire house. It’s airy,
bright, and spacious. In some way, I feel like the kitchen appreciated that one-on-one attention,
the fact that we healed it’s little wounds and didn’t completely rip it all out and discard its eighty
years of character. The result is a nostalgic and unique space that blends seamlessly with the
rest of our home.
All of the cabinetry is original to the house, just spruced up with a little paint and new
knobs and pulls. The cabinet doors were removed to create open shelving, which displays my
great-grandmother’s china. I make a point to actually use her china in addition to our other
dishes; in fact, I feed Selah oatmeal every morning from the delicate tiny bowls. It seems to
make her a part of our everyday life, and I love that.
My mother’s, grandmothers’, and great-grandmothers’ serving pieces and knick-knacks, live
above my stove.They bring love and wisdom, and create a atmosphere filled with the inspiration
of women who have nourished my soul. Daniel built the dishwasher stand himself, using an extra
piece of Ikea counter-top. He’s so handy 🙂
I etched the glass window looking into our laundry room so guests wouldn’t be
appalled at my piles of dirty laundry. Purely selfish reasons..
This mid-century painting of a man pounding yucca is also from my great-grandmother,
a memento of the years she spent in Haiti. I cherish it for so many reasons, and I just adore
the vibrant pop of color it brings! I’d encourage you to decorate your home with items that
are personal to you; I find that it lens intimacy that can’t be reproduced.
Our kitchen opens right up into the dining room. This is a picture from my sister’s baby shower,
so there’s a lovely spread of food laid out, but it gives you a general idea of the layout of the land.
We painted the french-doors red, and I feel like it’s an unexpected statement that sets apart
the room. The red also ties into the rug and the industrial letter ‘C’ above the Hoosier cabinet.
I recovered the chairs with a green-striped upholstery fabric from Ikea. There is something
charming about the contrast between the modern fabric with the old-style table and chairs. Really,
it’s a theme that’s carried out throughout the room. Bright modern colors, with vintage touches
to bring it back to earth.
This ugly furnace used to be the bane of my existence, but then I decided to paint it with
chalkboard paint and use it as a menu planner! I’m all for working with the unique character
of your particular home. Make your space lovable, and livable, and fun. Don’t worry about
making it perfect, just embrace the quirks of your home.
These little 50’s housewife cookbooks make me giggle .
It feels a little strange to post pictures of my restroom, but here is.. This is the only room that
we really gutted and completely re-did. At one point the old potty was actually falling through
the floor! Let’s just saying being 9 months pregnant, and having your only bathroom torn out
is a leeeetle bit of a challenge.
Once again, I had a little fun and added lots of ‘management’ signage in here.
Daniel likes to joke that he feels bossed around every-time he goes to the restroom!
*GASP* What is this?! Letters in the tub… it’s true real people do live in this house!!
Onwards friends, to the living room! This is probably the most ‘normal’ space in our home.
I joke that I try not to immediately scare of visitors, by using neutral colors in this room.
I made the vintage ornament wreath that is hung above the ooold gas fireplace, it’s
one of my all-time favorite pieces. I wrote a little about my love/hate relationship with
this wreath here.
I felt like varying the colors of the frames would be a little overwhelming in our already
CRAZY house, so I spray-painted all of the frames white. I also added some non-picture
elements to the wall, to liven it up a bit. Some of my favorites are the teeny-tiny succulent,
the pair of stylized vintage deer, and the ACTUAL key to our house. (Yes, we still have
working skeleton keys on doors around here..)
This year our tree is decorate with a vintage dictionary page garland, pinecones, and
cream-colored linen ruffles. I’m liking the switch-up from my usual brightly colored ‘retro’ tree.
Just off of the living room is the third bedroom, which is used as a guest room
for visitors and a crafty space for me!
This card catalog is hands-down my favorite material possession.; it’s from a local
high-school that was torn down. If my house caught fire, I’d make sure everyone was safe,
and then I’d attempt to drag all 500lbs of this card catalog out of the front door myself.
Not. Even. Kidding.
I have a slight obsession with vintage chenille. You may have noticed that there’s another
chenille bedspread in my daughter’s room as well. I love the knobby texture, the weight of
pure cotton, and the reminisence of summers gone by that these blankets bring.
I promise my ‘desk’ is never this clean. I moved a big pile of stuff so you could actually see
the table! Now, you can feel free to release yourself from all of those unrealistic expectations…
I love using this vintage table as a desk, because there is lots of surface area to spread out
projects. The little cork boards are just place-mats from Ikea, that I cut to fit picture frames.
A gigantic welcome wreath for our guests, and yet another use for vintage dictionary pages!
You can see the whole tutorial here
Wow! That’s it; I hope you enjoyed the tour of my lovely little home.
I feel a deep affection for our house because in many ways our little re-do helped me
discover what I was most passionate about as a home-maker. I learned that I am most
passionate about cultivating an atmosphere of creativity within our home. My hearts desire
is that our home would be a place drenched in love, steeped with imagination, and filled
with laughter and memories for years to come.
Lots of love!