HOUSE TOUR

Welcome! Me and my posse hold down fort in a late 1940′s all brick home. We love the character of our house! All brick, arched door ways and nice and cozy. It wasn’t always like this though. We have worked hard to make our house ours. We have changed just about everything in it. It has been quite a process.

Our home has a living room, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and one bathroom on the main floor. The upstairs is a converted attic and it holds two more bedrooms. Our downstairs is unfinished, jam-packed full of stuff and that is where the laundry is. Yes, there are days (lots of them) that I wish for a first floor laundry with lots of organization, a two car garage (attached would be nice) and lots and lots of closet space. LOTS! Some day those things might all happen, but at the end of the day we turned a house into our home. It is easy to get caught up in “it” all. I have to remind myself that a cozy home full of toys and laughter and craziness beats a big empty house any day. Living on one income isn’t for everyone and it is proving very difficult. I saw a quote by Oscar Wilde that said, “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” While our savings account may be practically non-existent and our house isn’t the biggest or our car the fanciest–there is VALUE in what we do and how we choose to live our life as a family. I have to remind myself of that often.

With time, love, creativity, elbow grease, trial and error and a little bit of money home can become you!

This page is a work in progress. Here are some of the most current pictures of our home. Enjoy!

We have done major things like knock out walls, gut the kitchen, tear up carpet, refinish hardwood floors, cut down trees and dig up our backyard. 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 more inspiration be sure to check out our project gallery.

 FRONT ENTRYWAY

FOYER BEFORE

Front Entryway Makeover with Old Sewing Table

FOYER PROGRESS - IKEA HACK

Find out more about the front entryway here.

 

LIVING ROOM

Blue, Green & Yellow Living Room with DIY Stenciled drapes, Pottery Barn Pearce Sectional and a mixture of hand me down items.

Blue, Green & Yellow Living Room with DIY Stenciled drapes, Pottery Barn Pearce Sectional and a mixture of hand me down items.

Blue, Green & Yellow Living Room with DIY Stenciled drapes, Pottery Barn Pearce Sectional and a mixture of hand me down items.

For more information on the living room, click here.

 

DINING ROOM

TEARING DOWN WALL BETWEEN KITCHEN & DINING ROOM

DIY Watercolor Art Kitchen Shelf Vignette with Fiestaware

Stenciled No Sew Faux Roman Shade for Dining Room

 

KITCHEN

BEFORE KITCHEN

Moen Kiran Spot Resist One Handle Pulldown Kitchen Faucet #MoenDIYer

 

ELEANOR'S ROOM

Eleanor's Room

Big Girl Room Reveal- Full of simple and affordable ideas

For more on Eleanor’s nursery click here. To learn more about her big girl room click here.

 

QUINNS ROOM

Quinn's Room

Hutch to Headboard Boy Room Makeover

Boy Room - Red and Gray, Chalkboard Door, Basketball Hoop, No Sew Fabric Bunting

For Quinn’s full room reveal and lots more info, click here.

 

MASTER BEDROOM

Master Bedroom Progress with Mismatched Nightstands

For the details on our very in-progress bedroom, click here.

 

BASEMENT

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

Basement Organization: Craft Room, Work Room using #TRINITYproducts #spon

For more information on the MAJOR project of cleaning out and organizing our basement click here.

 

 FRONT OF HOUSE

FRONT OF HOUSE BEFORE

 

House Front

 

BACKYARD

BACKYARD BEFORE

BACKYARD - PROGRESS

BACKYARD - PROGRESS

For the deets on our backyard, click here.

Hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

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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  • Chlorens

    I love your room make overs!  I especially love the Wisconsin decor. 

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

      Thank you! We are mad grads raising a future Badger (fingers crossed).

      • Rachael Butler

        I LOVE your style, and colors! Y’all have simply done amazing!

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

          Thank you Rachael. What kind words. So nice to hear :).

  • http://profiles.google.com/melissa.a.macgregor Melissa MacGregor

    Your house is adorable!!

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

    Thanks! We had a lot of fun with Quinn’s room. Glad you like it.

  • http://twitter.com/RUaDSarah Renewed Upon a Dream

    Your home is beautiful!  You’ve done a wonderful job :)

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

      Thank you very much.

  • Lll

    Love your house. I also love Fiesta, nice collection! I am wondering where you found the fabulous green chair in your baby girl’s room?

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

      My parents got it for me from Target when I was in high school. Sorry, probably not the news you were hoping for.

  • Angela Hunt

    I love your kitchen after!!! Very nicely done!!!! And I still LOVE LOVE LOVE the Badger bedroom!!! Super cute :) :) :)

  • http://twitter.com/SimplyAKM Ashley K. McCardia

    this whole thing is amazing!

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

      Thank you :)

  • Steph

    It’s all beautiful, but I LOVE both of your kid’s rooms!! Great job :)

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

      Thank you! Kid’s rooms are so fun, because you can take big risks.

  • Kristen Stevens

    love it all! Beautiful home

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

      Thank you!

  • Shar Russell

    New follower for about a month now…..Oh my how I love it all! Especially the kitchen. Your dishes are in the same color scheme of my family room and I’ve been desperately trying to figure out how to tie the kitchen and dining room in without it looking like a carnival spit up in here. I’m super crushing on your dishes. Please tell me where they came from or where I may find something similar.

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

      The dishes are Fiestaware, which you can find at JCPenney, Kohls, Boston Store, etc. They are made by Homer Laughlin. Hope that helps.

      • Shar Russell

        Thank you :) I’m so excited and inspired!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/wendy.pinnixboyd Wendy Pinnix Boyd

      You can find alot of Fiestaware on Ebay and I’ve found pieces at our local Goodwill store for .50-$1 per piece. Love the colors especially turquoise and orange :) Good luck!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amy-Kann/100002947238565 Amy Kann

    Lovely home! Wonderful use of space. On the wall in dinning area the spoon and fork, where did you find them? I love oversized and shiny things!

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

      Target & our Target still has them. Thank you and best of luck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/wendy.pinnixboyd Wendy Pinnix Boyd

      I just saw the fork and spoon at Home Goods this past Saturday on their clearance racks – $12.99 each. I purchased a wooden set at Goodwill (thrift store) for $2 each and spray painted them shiny silver :) Good luck!

      • Anissa Hutchinson Carlisle

        I have the HUUUUUGGGGGEEEEE ones from Pier One. I think I’m the only one in my world tht likes them!

  • http://thebrickbungalow.blogspot.com/ MeganSloan

    Lovely home!

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

      Thank you

      Sincerely,
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • Krista thehappyhousie

    What a lovely home – I see so much fresh colour and I love it – I see so much I like that I think we have some similarities in our styles. I even have a giant fork like that… I really enjoyed my tour today!!
    Krista

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

      Thank you Krista! It was so nice to have you stop by here on the blog and on Facebook.
      Sincerely,
      Megan Bray
      Balancing Home

  • Delia songthatdoesntend

    Hi Megan. I love your home. It’s simply beautiful. I hope to get inspiration from your blog to help decorate mine :-)