Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen Tour

If I happen to mention my house is clean. This is the space I am referring to. My room might have a laundry pile as big as Mt. Everest and the kids rooms might be littered with toys, but if these rooms are clean…the house is clean. It is just how I roll. It is our living space, it is what company sees if they stop by, and it is what I see when I am hanging out in my home. Besides, I can just close the bedroom doors and voila.

I have shared with you my home, but as we have changed and updated things I haven’t given you a full on tour. We have done major things like knock out walls, gut the kitchen, tear up carpet, and refinish hardwood floors. We have done no-quite-so-major things like tear down wall paper, paint, and change light fixtures. Then we have done the fun stuff, like stencil curtains, create gallery walls, build shelves and decorate and accessorize our home.

For those of you who are new here, or just need a quick refresher. This is what we started with.

Here are some photos I snapped while the kids were napping the other day.

View from the dining room into the kitchen. Yup, that use to be a wall. The shelf/chalkboard/wine glass storage surrounds the duct work that needed to be re-routed. It is our creative solution to a problem. The peninsula has vents at the bottom too.

 

So that is all folks. Add in one bathroom, an unfinished basement full of junk and four bedrooms. We don’t have a play room, office, craft room, or any extra space. This is the space we eat, lounge, entertain in, play in, craft in, work in, etc. We try to make the most of the space we have and keep it kid friendly. If you want to check out the kiddos rooms you can click here for Quinn’s room and click here for Eleanor’s room.

I will try to include as much of the details as possible. If I miss something or you are just curious about something just ask.

The whole space is painted Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore. The couch is the Pearce Sectional in Oat from Pottery Barn. The desk is Pottery Barn (thanks to a couch delivery mishap credit). The credenza was free.

To learn more about projects:

If you are just a little curious about how we live with kids and all their junk, you can check that out here and here are my two cents on updating a space. So that is the latest and greatest over here. Drop us a line. What you’ve been working on?

 

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Megan
Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.
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  • http://twitter.com/Laura_at_HOJN HouseOfJoyfulNoise

    LOVVVVVE your kitchen! The whole layout is one of the most interesting I have ever seen. I am a huge window seat fan…..one in the kitchen?….GET OUT! Who’d think of that?! Well…you I guess. lol. LOVE IT!! If it were mine, I am afraid I’d be sittin’ and neglectin’ my kitchen duties. But, I’d take that chance, if I had room! Love the arch doorway to the living room too. Very cool home, with lots of personal design that shines. Thanks for the tour!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! A lot of choices were made based on what we had, like too low of windows in the kitchen to put regular old cabinets in. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the kind words!

  • http://www.facebook.com/beth.ager Beth Ager

    I have white cabinets in my kitchen too, but I HATE that they get dirty so fast. How do you keep them clean from little hands?

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Hmm…I guess they aren’t too bad with getting dirty. If I see a spot I wipe it down quick with a rag. Nothing fancy.

  • Steph @ Crafting in the Rain

    Absolutely lovely! That blue color on the walls is great, and I love your window seat and the long shelf with photos :)

    • Steph

      oh yeah, and I keep meaning to tell you my Mod Podge Rocks book arrived–thanks!!

      • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

        Yay! Good :)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! The blue is just right for our walls. The trees outside our windows can really change the color once it is up on the wall. The tan we had up before ended up looking like puke. Sorry…TMI?

  • http://www.facebook.com/connie.c.dortch Connie Clogston Dortch

    Like to hear how you did the window seat. Was it already there or did you add that?

  • chrissyingalt

    You have a BEAUTIFUL home! It’s awesome how much you were able to do with it, I LOVE the window seat in the kitchen and the bar top overlooking the dinning area! My favorite part is the shelf on the long wall though, I just LOVE how that looks! Great inspiration!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! We have been chipping away at making it ours.

  • Kris

    Looks beautiful Megan. Thanks for the tour.

  • jenny

    It’s all so beautiful! You’ve done a great job! It looks all brand new and fresh. The kitchen is phenom!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! It gives me the itch to find a new space and make it over. If only the market wasn’t soo egh!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=55300617 Kelsey Winter

    I love your kitchen! The cabinets are awesome and I love the window seat. It is beautiful and welcoming all at the same time!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you! I still dream of a large kitchen, stone counter tops, a farmhouse sink, a subway tile back splash and stainless steel appliances. I think I need to win the lottery first ;)

  • Heidi @ Decor & More

    Wow!! How fun, Megan! Now I can picture you in your space! Thanks for sharing!
    xo Heidi

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks Heidi. Yup, that is my space. Now picture a disaster and crazy children running about ;)

  • Debbie refreshrestyle

    I love it, the pops of color are wonderful!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! We finally got our neutral base and it was definitely time to bring in some color and some personality!

  • Shannon Fox

    Your spaces are so open, pretty and unique. I like that your kitchen has personality :) And the layout is cool!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you. Knocking out a wall has a way of making a space feel pretty open ;). Cannot imagine having kids and not being able to see them!

  • Carrie

    Beautiful space! Wish I’d seen your kitchen before renovating mine, I may have made some different design choices. ;-)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Aww thanks! If it makes you feel any better, I feel the same way. Always a could of, would of, should of.

  • Lindsay

    I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN! so pretty… your entire house is. Great job!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you! How kind :)

  • C Anthony

    wow what a pretty kitchen! I love all the bright colors you added in there. Beautiful! I am going to take a peek around : )

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! A great place to start is the ABOUT page, but you probably already knew that.
      P.S. Check out the Canon T3 DSLR camera giveaway (you can find a link on the sidebar.

  • Michelle

    So fun to find your blog. I’ve been visiting for the past hour. I’m originally from WI but have lived in AZ for the past 31 years. I love your kitchen, fun stuff.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! Always fun to meet a fellow Wisconsinian. Glad you found me. I’m sure winter in AZ is much more kind ;)

  • Erin

    You have the most beautiful home. I absolutely love everything about it! Everything!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thank you Erin.

      Sincerely,
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home