welcome to our home {finding fall home tour 2013}

It has been a long, long time since I have shared updated photos of our home. We are constantly changing things, switching rooms around, repainting, hanging new light fixtures, rearranging furniture … we’re sort of insane. But it’s fun and after seven years of living in this home, we are still far from finished. If I’ve learned anything from living here, it is that while it may not be our dream-of-all-dreams home, it is home and we have done our best to put our stamp on it. Sometimes that has meant big construction projects and other times it’s just taking the risk of putting nail holes in the walls. We want our home to work for us, to be comfortable and hospitable and a place to entertain our friends and family. And even though there are a million things we would like to do {ahem, tear out the carpet} or other houses that we imagine to be more our style, we are grateful for our house and truly do love where we live.

So, welcome … enjoy the tour!

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// BOY’S ROOM //





// OFFICE //





I hope you enjoyed visiting and that you leave with a few new ideas for your home. I’m all about simple, doable projects {see the tutorials page for past projects} and functional, yet pretty spaces. Our house is a constant frenzy of activity, and rarely does it look quite as nice as it does in the photos {I mean, with four kids and a dog it is simply not possible to have a photo-ready house without hours of picking up and/or stuffing things into random closets!}.

Before you go, please enjoy this free autumn essentials watercolor print I painted. Click here to download then simply print and display in your home.


 Questions about our home? Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll reply back with sources, colors, etc.

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290 Responses to welcome to our home {finding fall home tour 2013}

  1. Holly October 30, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Hi! How did you hang your turkey platter in the kitchen? I love how it looks hung up! I have a turkey platter that I would love to hang. I think it might be a little bigger and heavier than yours. Any tips on how to make it stay on the wall? Thanks!

  2. olivia November 17, 2013 at 7:06 pm #

    I just stumbled upon your site after discovering your fireplace makeover (!!!!!!!!!) and I just wanted to tell you that your home is so lovely! Also, I was feeling discouraged about the carpet in our home, but your house is incredible — and carpeted! Thanks for the inspiration :)

    • emily November 18, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      thank you! And yes, we have lots of carpet. Somedays I wish I could just tear it all out, but it’s what we have :)

  3. Angela November 29, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Emily, I have been looking for a large basket like the one in you family room beside the chair. Is it a new purchase? Can you tell me where you got it? Thanks

  4. Tina December 11, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi! Love everything! Did you make the bulletin board in your mudroom? If not where can I find something like that. It’s awesome.

  5. nicole December 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi emily!

    Love your blog and your home. I am sure you have listed somewhere…but what colors have you used in your home? I really love the richness of the kitchen and living room. The colors, while neutral are quaint and warm.

    Thank you!

  6. Kelly December 11, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    I love your home!!!! I am looking for the tiered stand you have in the guest bathroom. Where did you find it??

    Thank you

  7. juairiah December 30, 2013 at 2:58 am #

    Your home looks fabulous! I just love it!!

  8. Kristin December 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi Emily! Your house is amazing! Would you be willing to share where you got the white chair covers on your dining room chairs? Thanks!

  9. Barb V. January 1, 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    Where did you get the white sofa with all the nailhead trim. I love it. Hard to keep clean?

  10. Victoria MacDonald January 1, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Emily,

    Happy New Year! Loving your blog. I was wondering where you purchased the painting by your stairs of the flowers in the glass jar?


  11. Sherri Gordon January 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm #

    Is your sofa recovered ? Did it come with puffier back pillows and did you replace them with the pillows you liked better ? Sherri

    • emily January 3, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Our sofa came this way and did not have any pillows. These are all additions by me :) I prefer down-filled because of their squishiness and the way they hold up.

  12. Melanie January 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    Hi Emily, I was hoping you could share how to decorate with gold and silver mixed. I noticed in your gorgeous home you have a lot of silver accents but how do you also add gold? Is there a golden rule how to blend the two together? I have this dilemma in my own home, I love both silver and gold but am not quite sure how to blend the two together! Please Help!

    • emily January 3, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      This is a fun question and I guess I haven’t really thought much about it other than that I like both gold and silver so I go with it! Is there are rule? I’m not sure. I used to think black and brown could never work together either, but I do that all the time too. Maybe just go with what makes you happy is the best rule to follow!

  13. sammi January 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm #

    WOW, your home is beautiful and such an inspiration……..I love your letter “L” collage and I hope you don’t mind that I am going to use it for my dining room wall, I have a huge wall and it is blank and just waiting for an idea like yours! My last name starts with “L” and I have framed the letter and have bought a couple of other “L’s” not knowing “WHAT” I was going to do with them and now I know!!!…….. Thanks again, for sharing your awesome talent in decorating…..

  14. Liz January 9, 2014 at 7:58 am #

    Hi Emily!

    Love your blog, you’ve inspired me in so many ways. My question is, where did you get the grey curtains in you daughter’s bedroom?



    • emily January 9, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

      The curtains were made by me – with fabric I found in the apparel section of Joann’s a few years ago. It is taffeta-like, but was super inexpensive.

  15. Kim January 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm #

    Hi Emily, I love everything about your home! Where did you get/what pattern are the nice brown and white dishes in your dining room and the glasses? Thanks!

  16. Brittany January 10, 2014 at 11:04 am #

    Oh my word, everything in your house is perfection! As we are in the midst of setting up and settling in our first house, these pictures have given me so much inspiration! Thanks for sharing!
    One thing that particularly caught my eye (and made me swoon!) was that floral mason jar watercolor/canvas that was at the bottom of your stairway! SO. GORGEOUS. Mind sharing where you acquired that lovely piece of art??

    • emily January 10, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      The painting is from World Market! It is such a pretty piece – I hope it works for your new home!

  17. Courtney January 10, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Love the kids silohettes on your stairs…guessing you made those since you are an artist?? If so, is this a service you offer?

    • emily January 12, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      I did make them and will put a tutorial up soon about how to make them as well.

  18. suzie January 15, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    AMAZING!! everything i have dreamed of:)

  19. Angel January 18, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Love love your home office! I’m a graphic designer as well, crafty, creative and a mom of two boys. We are building a house and I’m already designing my office, yours is giving me inspiration. Question I hate seeing my computer cord and I want a fun desk, do you have the outlet up high so it plugs in behind the desk? Also love all the trays on desk and storage containers etc. where did you score those from? Thanks for sharing!!

    • emily January 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      The outlet is behind the desk down at the normal outlet height. We have a cord bin attached to the underside of the desk {from ikea} that holds a powerstrip with all of the cords plugged into that. The power strip cord is the only one plugged into the outlet.

      As for the trays and desk organizers on the desk – a few are vintage silver pieces from the thrift store, some are vases and the scissors are held in a small planter from ikea.

  20. Mjtd January 25, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

    Okay, I have your same couch as yours and was searching for ideas of what kind of pillows to use. Love yours! So fun.
    Can you please tell me where your daughter’s bed is from?

  21. Mary Jo January 27, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Do you know the name of paint you used on your kitchen cabinets??? Love them
    I know you used Texas leather for walls love that too!

  22. Darlene Bavaro January 28, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    I just love everything and it flows nicely with the rest of the house! I really like your office, could you tell me where you got the wire rack for the folders. Thanks!

    • emily January 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm #

      The wire rack is an old magazine rack my mother in law found at a thrift store.

  23. Jessica February 6, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Love everything! Do you mind sharing your gray wall color?

  24. Kelly February 7, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Hello Emily! I would love to know where you found your dining room light. Currently, my dining room is too formal for our lifestyle & I would love to entertain in there more. Your light would be a perfect fit with my vision.
    Thank you!!

    • emily February 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      Our light fixture in the dining room is from Restoration Hardware. We actually bought it at the outlet store, but you can get it online as well.

  25. Robbie Zeller February 20, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Good Morning Emily!

    I think that your fall bedroom is so lovely and I am curious about the orange poppy hanging over your bed. Would you be willing to tell be a bit more about it? Where it is from and the size? Thanks so much!

  26. Tsianina February 21, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    Master bedroom paint color???? Love it!!!

  27. Melissa March 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Just stumbles upon your blog and can’t stop reading! Love the stag head above your fireplace. Tried reading through all the comments but didn’t come across where you found it. Love it!

    • emily March 3, 2014 at 11:10 am #

      Welcome! The stag is from restoration hardware.

  28. Kelsey March 25, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    Love the house! I know the accent color in the master but what is the color on the other walls in the master?

    • emily March 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      The walls are bedford gray (martha stewart for home depot)

  29. Melissa Love March 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Where did you find the chalk board in your upstairs playroom? Love it!

  30. Kim April 3, 2014 at 4:39 am #

    I’m wondering where you purchased the pendent lighting for the boys room and for the kitchen? I’m in the process of purchasing lighting for a home we are moving into and it’s overwhelming out there!

    • emily April 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm #

      The boy’s light is from potterybarn kids, the one in the kitchen is a cheapy from Home Depot!

  31. Kathy May 7, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Hi Emily,

    I just fell upon your blog and absolutely adore what you do. Beautiful home! Could you tell me where you purchased your fancy couch? I have a chair similar to it and would love to find something to match it. Thank you!!

  32. Paulette June 10, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Hi! Your home is beautiful and I really enjoyed browsing through your website. I found your website during a google search for chalk with a point. Thanks for the tips on which chalk to buy! I’m particularly interested in your ampersand decoration. Where did you find that?

  33. Katie July 3, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    Hi Emily,
    I have followed you for awhile now and have always loved your decorating sense. We just bought a new home and I often check back to your home pictures for ideas and inspiration as I am decorating. One piece in your home that I can’t get out of my mind is your entry table–the glass one, I just love it. Where did you get it, is it a recent purchase?
    Thanks so much!!

    • emily July 6, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      The glass table is from Pottery Barn about 7 years ago.

  34. Brooke July 16, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    Hi Emily, Just stumbled upon your site and LOVE your home and sense of style. Where did you find the floating shelves in your kitchen, specifically those brackets? Thanks!

  35. Heather October 5, 2014 at 12:13 am #

    I love your house and my favorit is your chalk art of the Seahawk schedule. Can you please make a printable of it?

  36. Nikki Francis November 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi. Can I ask where you purchased the orange/tangerine throw and pillow in your bedroom?

    • emily November 20, 2014 at 9:26 pm #

      The throw is from West Elm.

      • Nikki November 23, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

        Also, are the curtains in the living room from Ikea as well? If so, what color/type are they?
        And if you had a shorter window in addition to the bigger ones in the living room, would you still go all the way to the floor with the curtains or make them shorter?

        • emily November 24, 2014 at 10:00 am #

          Yes, the velvet curtains are from IKEA. Not recent purchases, but I think they still carry them. Small windows are tricky – we have three in an upstairs bedroom (previously audrey’s nursery) that I made simple roman shades for in the same material as the long curtains on the larger window. Maybe you could try that?

  37. Lisa K. November 21, 2014 at 1:42 pm #

    Ok. I adore your style! Your home is just so lovely and your clothing style is adorable. I just found your wonderful blog through your pinterest clothing posts and I couldn’t have found a more wonderful blog! Thank you for sharing your talent for decorating and your eye for style with those of us who are much more challenged! Yippee! Making this rainy day much, much better!
    -already a huge fan,

    • emily November 24, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      Thank you Lisa!

  38. Madeleine December 10, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    You have a gorgeous home. Where did you find the painting that is propped on the table in your entry way?

  39. jennifer millar December 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    i heard about your site while listening to NASH fm in NYc today and they were speaking about how to take kids Christmas lists and simplify…with 4 wishes…how can i find that on this site

  40. Carly March 17, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Hi! Would you tell me where you bought your laundry room cabinets and shelves? Thanks!!

    • emily March 17, 2015 at 8:59 pm #

      The cabinets came from our kitchen when we remodeled and I painted them white. The shelves are just pieces of wood from the hardware store – also painted white.

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