If you were to just drop by (a video house tour)

I was thinking the other day … sometimes it’s tricky to understand how rooms flow together when just looking at pictures.  You’ve seen our house from every perspective I can think to show, but still it’s probably different in real life than it appears in images.

Video House Tour / jones design company

So today, I’m giving you a quick tour of our house in video form. Think of it as if you were to just pop by during the middle of the day for coffee and I was showing you around.


I hope you enjoyed your (virtual) visit!

Some things to note:

– Our house is very quiet and mostly clean during the day when the kids are at school. I function better when my space is picked up so I do lots of clearing off counters, picking pillows up off the floor and putting them back onto the couch, throwing random stuff in that basket on the stairs each morning after they leave for school. I do the same neurotic routine after they go to bed. And actually, pretty much the whole time we are home in the afternoon and evening.

– The kids keep most of their stuff upstairs and while I hound them plenty about keeping it picked up up there, I can’t promise that is what actually happens.  When they were babies we had more toys and books downstairs; now it’s pretty much all upstairs.

– I picked up a little before the video (as I would if I knew a friend was dropping by), but not like I normally would when taking photos of the house. Garbage bags of randomness to donate, storage bins waiting to be expertly organized, our bed unmade – these are daily realities and so I left them.

– What do you put in the middle of a dining room table when it’s not in use? This has been perplexing me for all of my home-making days.

– Our bathroom. Gah. I guess it just serves to remind us how far we’ve come on the rest of the house.

– The battery died on the camera at the end, hence the very abrupt ending. What I was trying to say through my rambling is that we are grateful for our house, thankful for the opportunities it has given us to host parties and small groups and have families live with us, and also the many ways it has opened doors creatively for both me and Ryan. This house is far from our perfect dream home and I could share a list of all the things we would like to be different, but 2016 is the year of renewing my mind and I’m choosing to see the positives :)

Let me know if you have any questions about anything!

120 Responses to If you were to just drop by (a video house tour)

  1. Debbie Klausing April 20, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Thanks for the tour! Since I am looking for some interesting, real brass sconces for my powder room, I was straining to see your lights in your powder room! You moved too fast! Enjoyed your sharing of your fun here me!

    • Debbie Klausing April 20, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

      I thought I wrote “home” but the dumb spell check got me again. “Here
      me” makes no sense, lol!

  2. Jacquie Young February 19, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    Hi Emily,
    From NovaScotia, Canada, I view your blog every day. I adore your style and so enjoyed your house tour video. You inspired me! So love your down to earth manner, and your ability to keep it real?. Thank you for sharing a glimpse into your home?.

  3. Melissa February 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

    Hello there! Love your home and all its sweet decorating. Very warm and inviting. Where did you get your bedroom rug with the dimonds on it? Are you pleased with it? Thanks! Bless you!

  4. Rachael January 15, 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    What a great tour!! Fun!!

    I felt a sigh of relief when I saw your bathroom!!! My bathroom has the exact same layout (especially the layout of the tub/shower!) and the only room in our house that hasn’t been touched, either!!! What would you do in that space if you could??? For some reason that bathroom and layout stumps me!! I would love a large shower instead of the tiny one and the tub- but can’t let myself get rid of a tub! I would love to update the room but don’t know how…..! Would love to see an idea of what you’re dreaming of in there!!

  5. Kelly January 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    Can you share where the beads in the entryway are from? I could barely see them as you walked past but they were hanging I think on the mirror.

  6. Sandra P January 13, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Loved the tour! Thank you for inviting us in!

  7. Kyrie January 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    This was so nice Emily – I love seeing the photos of your home, but the video helped put it all together. I really did feel like a friend dropping by and getting a little tour :) !!
    I’m curious about the U.S. map pillow in your entry and the wreathes – I think there were two made out of greenery. Did you make those? If so, I’d love to see a tutorial ;) !

    Thanks again!

    Soli Deo Gloria!


    • Cheryl January 13, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

      I love your space. It really shows your personality and creativity. That’s for sharing it gives me inspiration.

    • emily January 14, 2016 at 9:49 am #

      Thanks Kyrie. The map pillow is from Target about a year ago (maybe less). We are planning a big road trip around the US and I couldn’t resist the pillow.

      The wreaths are fresh boxwood wreaths from Trader Joes before Christmas. They are now dried out, but I like to keep them up just a bit longer.

  8. Christie January 13, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

    I loved this tour. You do such a great job at making your readers feel like welcomed friends – thank you!

    My question is about all your beautiful boxwood/greenish wreaths. Do you make them or buy them? I absolutely love the look (and have a few cheap imitation ones from Joann’s) but have only found the real ones I love at antique stores and for exorbitant prices.

    Thanks again, your home is lovely and approachable!

    • emily January 14, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Christie! The wreaths are fresh boxwood wreaths from Trader Joes that I get each year right after Thanksgiving. They dry out fairly quickly, but I keep them up even then. I’ll probably take them down soon, but I like the green they add to our house.

  9. lindsey cheney January 13, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    um, wow there’s a lot of comments on this one! a few things:
    – i love that you showed some messy areas.
    – i’m thinking about a master on the ground floor but sean really wants to be upstairs for the view i think. but his office has always been in the master so i guess i understand that… but we’re planning on building a separate office for him… just more to think about!
    – i love your entry way. love it. all the different ways you’ve styled it over the years.
    – the office: i love that you showed the reality of your office, that sometimes function trumps beauty (although it still looks great!). its hard to swallow that as a blogger, but you have to live in your home, not just blog about it!
    – i want to connect again! come for another visit…

    • emily January 14, 2016 at 9:55 am #

      Who knew a video tour would be such fun?!

      1. I do have messy areas and the reality is that my real life friends know about these things :)
      2. I love being on the main floor. Mainly because it feels separate and we can sleep longer even when the kids are awake. Also because it means I don’t have to see the kids’ rooms/playroom/laundry room/hallway all the time.
      3. Thanks. It’s nice to have a dedicated entry space. I know that was one thing you didn’t like about your old house (although I think you did a great job of creating a space using furniture and hooks).
      4. My office. I like it better when it’s pretty, but I really do like having Ryan in there with me. So function trumps form in this case!
      5. YES! I want to hang out, too. Crazy that it’s been a year. xoxo

  10. Kendra January 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm #

    Thank you for the tour! Love your blog–so useful and full of great ideas!!

  11. FABIANA CORREA DOS SANTOS January 12, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

    Hi Emily!
    I am Brazilian and I do not speak your language, I’m sorry for my bad English. I love your blog and all the things you write it. I found your blog because of its illustrations and little things free.
    Thanks for everything, I’m always here and I love it.
    Thank you!

    • emily January 12, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

      Your english is great! Thank you for visiting!

  12. Rachel Serene January 12, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Favorite. Post. Ever.

    Your blog is the only one I read because everything you do, I love. I feel like I know you and this makes me feel like that even more :)

    Thanks for being real and for being awesome. You are a blessing!

    • Eva January 12, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

      thank you for the video! that was fun. I would like to see the painting on the wall in the hallway by the piano. I’m a painter and am working with words on paintings at the moment. Yours is really the only blog that I love so much that I follow you regularly and I don’t think I’ve seen that painting before. I’m so curious!

    • emily January 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm #

      Thanks Rachel!

  13. Jeana January 12, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    I love how even Atlas is perfectly placed for your video. I just love your home, I’ve said it time and time again, you’re my absolute FAVORITE blogger. I just love your sense of style in every way! Funny thing I realized, your office is smaller than I thought in the photos. Maybe it’s because I’ve only ever seen one end at a time, haha. Thanks for sharing!

    • emily January 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks Jeana. The office is not all the big – especially with the addition of two extra computers, an extra table and desk!

    • Sonja January 13, 2016 at 5:26 am #

      I thought the same! Also the dining room and living room look so much bigger in photos! Funny :-) Makes me feel better about our tiny, packed space ;-)

  14. Laura January 12, 2016 at 10:15 am #

    I always think to myself when I see your home, “I need my own ‘L’ wall!” I should let you get on that for me. ;-)
    True Confession: I’m one of those people who one of the first things I do when I open up a Southern Living is I go straight for the floor plans. I love to look at floor plans for some reason. When I was little and used to think I’d be a designer, I would draw floor plans for fun. Its funny because now as a youth minister I have drawn up floor plans for the spaces we go to for retreats and camps to help in our set up each year as we plan.
    So, I’m weird and love thinking through the layout of spaces. I love that I was still caught by surprise on the layout of some of your house. I picked up on a chunk just naturally over time. But, I never really knew where some things actually connected, like guest bath, mudroom and master bedroom. But don’t worry, I’m not some creepy person who spent time obsessing and trying to figure out your home. :-) It was fun through to take a little tour. That was very generous of you. Thank you for welcoming us in!

  15. Gwen, The Makerista January 12, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    I love this and I had NO idea your master was on the main level! For some reason I’ve pictured it upstairs all these years…yes, definitely nice to have your own space!

  16. Sarah January 12, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Love love love! I thought I already knew where everything was but some rooms were on the opposite side of the house from where I thought. And the striped ceiling in the mud room, genius! Where is the beautiful mirror in your room from? I think it was a mirror. Between the door to your bedroom and the door to your bathroom. Thanks for sharing!

    • emily January 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      Thanks Sarah! The mirror is old, old from Pottery Barn. We’re going to sell it – do you want it?!

  17. Jenny Dart January 12, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    I LOVED this idea! You’re right. So many times I get all turned around with just pictures but your video tour was wonderful. Thanks for touring me through your home while I sit at my kitchen table drinking my morning coffee. These are a few of my favorite things: window wall divider, chalkboards, open shelving, and especially your silver tray wall display. Why did I never think to do that with all my trays that I use so infrequently?! Brilliant. And I have an empty wall in my dining room that I was thinking of filling with a quilt. THIS idea will be much much quicker.

    • emily January 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

      Do it! I love the texture it gives to the wall, without being obvious art.

  18. Tracey January 12, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    This was great fun to watch and get inspiration, thank you! I would love to know more about adding trim and molding–our house has almost none and it is something I would like to change.

  19. Diana January 12, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    Thank you Emily for sharing your home. You’re right the video gives a better understanding of your floorplan. Thanks also for keeping it real-that’s the difference between a house and a home.

  20. Ellen January 12, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    I really like your house. I like the open plan space. I live in the Netherlands and most of our houses are built this way.
    I love looking in other people’s houses. You sort of get to know the people who live there don’t you think? Thank you for sharing!

  21. Rebekah January 12, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    Yay for unmade beds, Goodwill donation piles and all the empty bins! Because sometimes when people drop in there are those things. Truth. :) Your house is smaller than I imagined — and just as bright and lovely. Thanks for showing us around! I try to keep our dining room table empty (a la Nester) when not in use, but the reality is it’s pretty much always being used for something — homework, play-doh, painting, drawing, sewing, bill paying… and eating, obviously. We don’t have an eat-in area in the kitchen, or a separate craft space so the dining room is where all those things happen. When I do manage to get it cleared, there is a pretty basket with the cloth napkins we use every day in the middle. Not “centerpiece” worthy, by any means, but it keeps them handy.

  22. Rosalie January 12, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    I love the green color of the pillow on your living room couch… I’ve been looking for the right green pillow but they are always too bright or minty looking…. Any chance you’ll share where you found it?

    PS. Love your blog and your style and love love love the paper works!!

  23. Monica January 12, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Love your home! So filled with style, personality, warmth and love.?

  24. suzanne b. January 11, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    Your house is pretty and sweet, and thank you for taking the time to share it. :) I like everything you have done to make it yours.

  25. Emily January 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

    I haven’t watched the video, yet, but I wanted to chime in that I keep a bowl of fruit in the middle of the dining room table – it’s mostly got apples and mandarin oranges in it. My kids are still young enough that they eat dinner at 5 and are in bed by 7 and since my husband rarely gets home before 6, I’ll sit with them while they eat. I have found that having this fruit staring at me makes me more likely to eat it. Our bowl is a cool wooden convertible bowl/trivet thing my mother-in-law got me at the Texas State Fair a few years ago, so it’s not just a mixing bowl with oranges hanging out on the table ;)

    Now I’ll watch the video. Thank you in advance for sharing!

  26. Laura January 11, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    Loved it!

  27. Jodie January 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm #

    Love this! It gives it so much more life to really see the flow instead of just snapshots room by room. And I think my favorite part was that you had LIFE in such a pretty home–bed unmade, trash bags of donation stuff, etc. And I think the office is my favorite room. I just pictured what our bedroom wall would look like if I stenciled it like that!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:14 pm #

      That stencil is my favorite. Still love it after all these years and it gives the room something special without screaming. Thanks for the comment.

  28. Alicia January 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm #

    Wow I really enjoyed coming to visit! ;) Thanks for the tour. I definitely have a better idea of the flow and layout now. You have done an amazing job putting your stamp of creativity on your home. Love it!

  29. Melody January 11, 2016 at 5:39 pm #

    Thank you for the tour!! I love the striped ceiling in the one room – great idea!! Where did you get the open shelves in your dining room? I like the “X” design on the support. You’ve done so much work in your house. Melody

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

      The shelf is from World Market – called the Emmerson Library shelf.

      • Melody January 12, 2016 at 2:56 am #

        Thanks for the reply! I love World Market!

  30. Lynda Ramage January 11, 2016 at 5:38 pm #

    You are brave to have all the white with the children! Loved the tour and thank you for sharing. I think we all love to see what others do and create, and your home is special. Keep on keeping on……….Blessings from S.C.

  31. Babette January 11, 2016 at 5:24 pm #

    Thank you for sharing, Emily! I loved seeing your home from that perspective! It made me feel so inspired that slowly I can turn my home into what we love. It has come along way but we have a ways to go. I have been following from the beginning and just love that you are so genuine. Love the piano and want to tackle my own!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  32. Erin January 11, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    That was so fun! Thank you! What is it about walking through someone’s home that is just so interesting? :)

  33. Anya January 11, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    Hands down one of my favorite posts, Emily!!! Your home is absolutely beautiful and it reflects your heart so well – I LOVE all of the personal touches you guys have put on a ‘builder grade’ home to make it look warm, inviting and unique. AND I love that you were willing to post a video with an unmade bed and donation bags in the hallway…it’s a ‘real-life’ moment in an incredibly gorgeous home!! Thanks for sharing!!

  34. Sharon January 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    Thanks for the tour! I never realized that your kitchen was open to your living room until now. I’m glad you showed us your master bath too, because I think we all get the idea in our head that everyone else’s homes are “perfect” and that they’ve redone everything. I appreciate your honesty and it makes me remember that upgrading a builder basic takes time. :)

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:21 pm #

      I love styled photos (I like styling them and the finished product), but I also long to be viewed as ‘normal’ with a regular house that we live in. Some of that is lost in all of the pretty photos. Glad to add a piece of reality with the video. And we absolutely do not live in a perfectly finished home. So many projects we could still do (and most of them we will likely never get to!).

  35. Sally January 11, 2016 at 4:53 pm #

    Thank you for the house tour.

  36. Chris Reed January 11, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Thank you for the tour. Can you tell me how you use the turning display from Pottery Barn in your entryway? I have one and put some family photos on it but they don’t stay on very well and I’d love some other ideas on what to do with it!


    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

      We have had that display carousel for so long and I just don’t use it! When I did stationery, I used it to display that. Now it just sits empty in that little nook :)

  37. Debbie January 11, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your home with us! I love what you’ve done with the place, especially lovin the “L” wall, such an original idea! Love it! Thanks again!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

      Thanks Debbie!

  38. Jamie January 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    Super fun!! We use our home here in the desert similarly — frequently hosting, working creative jobs from home, and such. I especially loved seeing your balance of “camera ready” with some “reality” left in place for good measure! It left me feeling “ooh” and “ah”, but welcome and comfy at the same time. Well done, and thank you bunches for sharing! I might have to copy you and make a video to share like this one day. :)

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

      Please do make a video! They are fun to watch!

  39. Chris Reed January 11, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    Thanks for the tour! Can you tell me what you usually do with the turning display from Pottery Barn in your entryway? I have one and usually have some 4×6 and 5×7 family photos in the racks, but they don’t stay on there very well. Just looking for more ideas… Thanks

  40. Laura January 11, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    Emily I love this house tour! Your home and your style both are fantastic! Thank you for sharing.
    Is there somewhere on your blog you tell us about the bench seat at your kitchen table? I want one in my house and would love to know more.
    Thanks again!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

      The bench at the kitchen table is from CB2 a few years ago. I made a slip cover out of ticking stripe fabric that is easy to pull off and wash as needed. It’s great to have a bench to just pull up rather than chairs.

  41. Stephanie January 11, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

    Thank you so much for your tour! It was great to see around and get more inspiration from your beautiful home :)

  42. Michelle January 11, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    Love it!!!! Thanks for showing it to us!!!!!

  43. tricia January 11, 2016 at 2:29 pm #

    I’ve tried to picture your lovely house as a whole, putting the photos together in my head. This is great!

  44. Kathleen W. January 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for sharing your lovely home ! We too have a builder basic home that we have put our own stamp on and are always finding new ways to make it more “us”. I thoroughly enjoy your blog.

    Best Wishes in the new year !

  45. Kelly Hasegawa January 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi Emily,
    Thanks for the lovely tour. It was nice to see a walk-thru video. Your pictures are always gorgeous but it gave a better feel for the actual space which isn’t as large as I had imagined.

    I love the fact that it is always a work in progress – that’s REAL life! I’m always thinking of things I could do to improve a space – not necessarily do a total re-vamp. I love the hanging glass in your entry, with such a large table (including leafs), it could seem like your table is in the middle of the hallway but that glass really extends the size of your dining room. Baskets for stuff you collect are a great idea (Slamwich is a great game, isn’t it?) and make it a lot safer on the stairs. My next project I’m envisioning is trimming out my peninsula that extends from my kitchen counter and doing a trim work feature in my kitchen eating area which is a huge expanse of wall. Grid pattern I think.

    Looking forward to what you are working on next.


  46. Amy C. January 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    How fun! Loved that. Thank you for sharing! And I have to ask about that script-style large (print?) across from your mudroom. What size is it & wherever did you get it (or did you make it??)? I would totally ask about that if I came over.

    And if I came over, I’d ask you about paint colors for us, cause that’s what’s happening in our house right now. Sherwin Williams Tidewater vs. Glimmer vs. Lighter Mint for a little girls room? Heavily leaning towards the mint, but would love your thoughts!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

      The big print is the Doxology by Lindsay Letters: http://lindsayletters.com/products/the-doxology-canvas

      Paint colors are always tricky and pretty individual based on lighting, windows, use of the room, etc. A minty green sounds darling for a girl’s room! My one piece of advice would be to go lighter and grayer on the paint samples than you think. Pastels can be a little overwhelming with too much pigment :)

  47. Becky Kopitzke January 11, 2016 at 1:40 pm #

    Ohhhh…. I’m drooling. So, so pretty. What a beautiful environment for working at home. Next time you’re going to show us the kids’ rooms, right? ;)

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm #

      um … maybe :)

  48. Dustin Mitchell January 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm #

    I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful home. I’ve never know anyone to have open visible shelving for serving dishes and stuff like that. That was really cool. You have great style :)

  49. Ellen January 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    Where did you get the couch? And why the l wall and not j? Guess I missed that. You are real.

  50. Norma January 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    Hi Emily

    Enjoyed the house tour!

    Great ideas including the old window room divider.

    How did you hang the silver trays please?

    Wishing you a wonderful year ahead.

  51. Tiffany January 11, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    So much fun! I loved the video and your tour. Definitely felt like we were about to sit and hang out!

  52. Whitney Shortt January 11, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

    Love love love the hanging window and also the shingled fireplace! You guys have done such a great job of adding character to your home and it’s definitely encouraging to see. My husband and I are looking for our first home, and although we’d love an older home, we’ll see what happens. I’ll be keeping this video in mind as we look to help me keep an open mind. :)

    Whitney Shortt

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:26 pm #

      We are so quick to write off builder grade homes, too. They just don’t have the charm that older homes do and sometimes those updates (molding, floors, architectural interest, windows) can be costly. We’ve done our best to make smart updates in our home and we’re very happy with the before + after. It feels good to know that you can take a basic shell and add in the charm, so keep your options open!

      • Erika January 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

        Emily, thank you for the tour! I watched and my jaw dropped near the end when you said it was a builder grade home. We are looking for a new home and keep going back and forth because we love the charm and detail that older homes bring to the table. However that charm comes with a premium in my market and we are really wanting more square footage not less, LOL. Seeing this inspired me that we have more options than I had imagined.

  53. Laura January 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm #

    I loved your house tour, Emily! Beautiful home as always, and thanks for keeping it real. This really did help picture it better and it totally felt like you were just giving me a tour as your friend. I totally pictured your piano in a different spot. I LOVED all your wreaths in your windows and around your house. Are those some of the ones you have tutorials for? January is always a tricky month for decor for me, so your lovely, classic ideas helped.

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

      Thanks Laura!

      The boxwood wreaths are leftover from Christmas – fresh from Trader Joes – now all dried out, but I just can’t bear to take them down!

  54. Janelle January 11, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

  55. Amanda L January 11, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    Yay! Thanks so much for taking us on a video tour- I’ve followed your blog since I first saw Audrey’s nursery design post (I forget where it was linked but this was years ago!). I love that you’ve made this house your HOME and added special personal touches and upgrades throughout. Very inspiring!

  56. Susan January 11, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    The best!!! Even better in real life. Thank you so much for the peek! And I totally understand not venturing upstairs. Lol.

  57. Annie Pape January 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    LOVED seeing your home! You are an amazing designer to share EVERYTHING with us. Your home improvements are encouraging to see especially your before and afters, but it really gives us (me) great ideas to pull from as I embark on home shopping. I already have pulled your paint recommendations, Revere Pewter and going to take the plunge into gray. I come from deep taupe roots, but inspired to transform a new home in a hew town!

  58. Lisa January 11, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    Thank you, Emily, for this fun tour! I love your home and style, and this DID help to put the layout in perspective. I didn’t realize your master is on the main floor–we are definitely considering this in our next home.

  59. Nadine Zygowiec January 11, 2016 at 12:18 pm #

    Thank you for posting this and showing us the reality of the day to day… it is a beautiful home amidst the trash bags, the bins, and the unmade bed! I love that you kept it real and that everything wasn’t just staged.

  60. Christie January 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Thanks for sharing your home, Emily! I loved seeing it “in real life” after seeing pictures on the blog for the last few years! Can I ask you a quick question about your family room rugs (the previous grey World Market one vs. the newer Crate and Barrel one)? We’re in the market for a new one, and I’m trying to decide what to go with that will work for three young kiddos and two large dogs. Do you feel like they were both up to that challenge, or do you prefer one to the other in terms of maintenance and upkeep? Thank you!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

      Great question. I loved the feel of the cozy wool rug, but the shedding just drove me crazy. I think if I were to buy another wool rug, I would not go the cheap route. The new crate + barrel one is SO great for kids and dogs. Not cozy to sit on (and I’m kinda a floor sitter, so I have to put down a blanket or pillow first). I would definitely recommend the new one.

      • Christie January 12, 2016 at 7:14 am #

        Thank you so much, Emily! We’ve had jute and sisal rugs over the years, so we’re sort of used to the ‘rough’ texture. The wool one looked so cozy, but it’s good to know about the shedding!

  61. Libby January 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    Beautiful, beautiful home sweet home, Emily!!! You have certainly created a lovely home that does not at all look builder grade. Love the hanging window, the striped ceiling mudroom, your gorgeous, open kitchen, your very unique living room/fireplace, your sweet silhouette pictures up the stairway, your fun “L” wall…Really love it all!!! You have done a fabulous job!!! Thank you so very much for being so real and genuine to open up your amazing home to all of us!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 1:54 pm #

      Thanks Libby! That is so kind of you :)

  62. Shelley Krupa January 11, 2016 at 11:56 am #

    Hi, Emily! Thanks so much for the tour. It is always so much easier to see it from a walk-through perspective than to try to get a feel for where each part fits together. LOVE it all. :)

    I am wondering if you would share where you got the sweet little deer hanging in your office shelves? Love it.

    Thanks again for sharing your lovely home with us!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      Isn’t that deer the cutest?! I found it last year at our local nursery. It doesn’t have a company name on the back, so I have no idea where it came from.

  63. Lesley January 11, 2016 at 11:54 am #

    Very nice; are you thinking about moving? ;) This virtual tour is the way to house-shop! I love what you’ve been able to do with the downstairs rooms, and to be able to fit SO MANY around your dining table makes homekeeping so rewarding, I think. Drop a strip of burlap on that table, fringe the sides and ends, and keep a large bowl of clementines on it (this time of year), maybe small bowls of almonds too. Pretty AND functional! Thanks for adding this extra to my blog reading, really makes a difference

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

      Great idea to put a bowl of oranges on the table!

  64. Natalie January 11, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    What a fun tour! As a long time follower it was fun to see the flow of your home. So welcoming and lovely. I just adore your style.

  65. Kim B January 11, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    What a fun treat. It is neat to see how the house flows. Now off to dream about adding trim and other details to my house.

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      We were so surprised by how much adding trim and framing out the doorways changed the house. It’s the little things!

  66. Meg January 11, 2016 at 8:28 am #

    This is a fun tour! I’ve been a reader for a few years and I love seeing your home. I love how you’ve stuck to a “look” and I’m ALWAYS inspired by your plants. I kill everything, but I never stop trying!


    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      Doesn’t the green just add life?! I kill things too, but I’m getting way better. Keep trying!

      • Marijoy January 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm #

        Yes the green ferns and pillow are such a lovely pop! I’m wishing for some more of the black and white striped towels. :)

        • emily January 11, 2016 at 1:53 pm #

          The towels are coming :) They should be here in March.

          • Sandie January 11, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

            Can you share where you got them or can I order 2? They look beautiful.

            Also, I’m interested in the throw on the chair in your living room. White with black/grey wide stipe. Can you share wher you found it?

            Love your blog AND your mother-in-law. She’s a dear friend.

            Thanks and blessings~

          • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:28 pm #

            I will add the towels to my shop when they come in. We sold out last fall in a matter of minutes and I’ve been waiting on the manufacturer to have more in stock.

            The throw on the chair (with the window pane stripe) is an alpaca wool throw. I have a big stack of them in various neutral colors (a few with the stripes, a bunch without) that I’ll be adding to the shop soon, too!

            I love my mother-in-law, too :)

  67. Julia January 11, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Your house is beautiful and I love that you left it “lived in” for the video!! I always love visiting your site and get so many neat ideas from you.


    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks Julia. Sometime soon I’ll show a tour of the upstairs and you’ll really see how lived in the house is!

  68. Melinda January 11, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    Thank you for the tour of your lovely home! It does help so much to see the flow. I actually thought the pantry was pretty exciting because, with the open shelves, I was concerned about storage. That little butler’s pantry hallway is wonderful:) So good to have beauty and function and children working together in a home!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:29 am #

      It is so nice to have a big pantry. The open shelves keep everything visible – and if we were really wanting to tackle a project, we would add in more storage in there. But it functions well and I do like having most items in big glass jars.

  69. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul January 11, 2016 at 6:32 am #

    Your house is stunning!

    Her Heartland Soul

  70. Donna H. January 11, 2016 at 6:27 am #

    Hey…what a great idea! As a person who loves to see floor plans and “match them up” with the photos of various rooms, this was super fun. Strangely enough, I always pictured your living room as just to the right of your front door. And the master bedroom upstairs. So there you go! i learned something new. Thanks and enjoy your Monday!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:30 am #

      Isn’t that funny how different things look than what we imagined?! I went to a blogger-friend’s house for the first time and was all mixed up when actually standing in her house! Thanks for commenting!

  71. KC January 11, 2016 at 6:06 am #

    What a wonderful idea! I loved your virtual tour Emily! Thank you so much for sharing.

  72. Katy McGuffey January 11, 2016 at 5:43 am #

    So fun! I felt like I was stopping by a friends house to casually have coffee and we were talking about your house! You are so real and down-to-earth and I love that, and I love your home! I totally appreciate it, especially the spaces that are unmade because, having four kids of my own, I totally understand the every day. Thanks for sharing and being “real” with us!

    • emily January 11, 2016 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks Katy!

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