Home is Where My Heart Is

That is…my new home! That’s right, we are moving to Spokane and buying a house, and I can’t stop thinking and planning for it. After 7 years of marriage, we will finally stop renting and have a place to call our own. My husband, Jerod, will be starting a new job at our old church as a college and equipping pastor, so we will be able to live near my family for as long as God keeps us in Spokane.

So here’s a picture of our fixer-upper “House of Dreams”:

Yes, the house color and the “artistic” shrubs will have to go. We will have 3 bedrooms upstairs, 2 bedrooms downstairs, two bathrooms, with a good-sized family room in the basement. The basement is mostly finished, with lots of extra storage, which I’m so excited about! The house is also in walking-distance from some good friends and my grandparents.

I couldn’t resist beginning a design board for the living room, so I’ll share that with you. My plans are a bit lofty for our budget, but I’ll try to bargain shop my way to this look.

Actual living room (there is a wood floor under that carpet):

My plans:

Excuse my photoshopping skills, I don’t actually have fancy Adobe software, just the open source equivalent, which leaves much to be desired!

A quick Design Board Rundown:

  • I’m working with the chair and sofa I already have, the sofa is similar to the picture above, and the slipper chair is the exact same. My plan is to buy a second orange slipper chair. The chair is from Target.
  • Wall color: upper left – Benjamin Moore Cotton Tail (my paints will be a low-VOC color match since I am prego and have Hailey in the house and can’t use regular paint).
  • Wall color: upper right – This is my mock-up idea of a stencil design I want on one wall (which wall is TBD). My stencil will most likely be purchased from Cutting Edge Stencils’ shop on Etsy. I’m not totally decided on the leaf pattern, they have some really cool damask stencils as well. Inspiration photo for the stencil wall from Caitlin Wilson Designs:

  • The curtains, table, and lamp are from Crate and Barrel – all pretty high in price, so we’ll see what I can finagle for cheaper. I know the curtain print and the chair print look pretty busy together, so I’ll have to wait until I get my furniture into the living room to find out if they will fight with each other or not. If so, I’ll go for a more solid fabric for the curtains.
  • The rug is from Overstock.com
  • Printed pillows: Etsy, Plum Cushion’s Shop
  • White mirrored chest: Overstock.com (This one is waaay above my price range, so I’m hoping to DIY one from a thrift store or Craigslist find!)


  1. Jessica Mulkey
    Posted April 12, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink | Reply

    So excited for you guys! Moving near family will be such a blessing. We are building a house here in Olympia, and I too have been so excited coming up with decorating ideas and such. We are going to focus on our sleeping areas first as we want to put in some hardwood on the main floor, but need to save first!

    • Posted April 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Wow Jess! I’m excited for you that you are building a house! I know – decorating takes lots of time and money, it’s ok to take it slow in my opinion!!

  2. Posted April 12, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congratulations!! (: We can hardly wait to have you move “home”!!!

    • Posted April 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Aunt Doreen! I can hardly wait either!

  3. Posted April 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Congrats!! Awesome news – bet you’re so excited and your fam is overjoyed!

    • Posted April 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Yes we are so excited to be close to my family, and at FBC! Plus I bet that means I get to see you guys more!

  4. Jena
    Posted April 13, 2011 at 7:59 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love your design board!!! Those curtains are fabulous!! You’re going to have a blast decorating.

    • Posted April 13, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Jena! Yes, I can’t wait to actually paint my walls and trim for once!!

  5. Melissa
    Posted April 21, 2011 at 10:01 am | Permalink | Reply

    Congrats! This is really exciting! It’ll be fun to be in the same town again. I drove by the house the other day on my way to b&j’s-can’t wait to see you all settled in there! đŸ™‚

  6. Posted April 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Permalink | Reply

    How bright and cheerful! A lovely home to match a lovely family. We are really gonna miss you guys, but are so excited for you! (Now that the shock is over…haha) And, hey… Now the G-Team has one more cool vacation place to go! haha Oh, yes… You be seeing LOTS of us! :o)

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