home tour

I just love our little rental home. From the start, it’s been special to us. We hadn’t planned to look at it. We didn’t realize the landlord had a heart for adoption. Everything was put in line for it to be affordable and be ours.

In college, I lived in a dorm or campus-owned furnished apartments. I tried to decorate them, but it didn’t have effects on the overall look. When I moved to St. Louis and my first real apartment, an interest in decorating really kicked in.

I like bright colors, but I’ve found that decorating too heavily with them isn’t very calming. And as a homebody, I do love a calming home. Marriage has influenced me, too. Dan has a sense of design, and I want to make our home somewhere he enjoys being.

So, here’s our little home. Almost every larger thing we have was gifted, thrifted, Craigslist-ed, or bought on sale over the last five years. It takes some time, but it’s definitely possible to do with limited funds! Feel free to leave a comment if you’re wondering where something specific was found.

Photos of our first home here.

dresser: IKEA, art: Row Boat Press, Rifle Paper Co.dresser: IKEA, art: Row Boat Press, Rifle Paper Co.

our bed + painting by Dan's mombed: Crate & Barrel, duvet cover: Urban Outfitters, side tables: IKEA, lamps: Target, painting: Dan’s mom!

the start of a room for T + Ecrib: Wal-Mart, crib sheet: made by my mom, mobile: made by Dan, blanket: made by me, rug: Amazon

my desk in the guest bedroom desk: Urban Outfitters, chair: thrifted and painted, sewing machine: Target

come visit us!wall hanging: IKEA, duvet cover: Target, side table: Urban Outfitters, rug: Crate & Barrel

full bathroom upstairs shower curtain: CB2, rug: IKEA

tons of bathroom storagerug: Target

DSC_0553curtain: made by me, side tale: West Elm, lamp: Target

Eames knock-offs lamp: Target, chairs: Overstock

DSC_0557 TV: Craigslist, entertainment stand: IKEA from Craigslist, art: Etsy

DSC_0559 table: thrifted, pig: Etsy

DSC_0565 art: Society6, candle holder: Crate & Barrel Outlet

DSC_0567 garland: Crate & Barrel, bar stools: thrifted and painted

DSC_0569 table and teal chairs: thrifted and painted, white chairs: IKEA, placemats: Anthropologie

DSC_0570 plates: everywhere, canisters: Crate & Barrel

DSC_0572 back curtain: made by me, fruit holder: Crate & Barrel from Craigslist

half bath downstairs rug: Bed, Bath & Beyond

love our porch swing pillow: West Elm, planter + plant: Lowes

DSC_0592 curtains: Target, lamp: Target

DSC_0594 hanger: vintage from Etsy, glasses: mostly Zenni 🙂

my favorite corner side table: JC Penney, art: Etsy, hanging planter: Urban Outfitters, string of pearls plant: Etsy, chair: IKEA, ottoman: Target

DSC_0616 art: Sparrow Mercantile on Etsy + lots of others

DSC_0619 planter + plant: Lowes

DSC_0622 table: Overstock, chairs: Target

curtains: Urban Outfitters, frames: Hobby Lobby and revamped by us

  • Stinking cute!!! Next time you come to Alberta (or, maybe the first time) please come stay with us and help me with my house! 🙂

    • natalie

      I would be honored! Though I can’t believe someone with such a cute little family would not have a cute home.

  • Your painted table is incredible! Can you please share the techniques or guide you use for painting second-hand furniture? I want to do something similar to my second-hand kitchen table.

    • natalie

      hi, Eliza! I’m not sure we really used the best methods, but here’s what we did: 1) bought normal “wall” paint/primer in a color we liked. 2) took apart the chairs and table as much as we could. 3) decided which parts to paint and sanded them down. 4) painted. 5) touched them up as they got scratched. I think there are sealers that might work better in preventing scratches!

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