My SIL Angie (formerly of This & That) has an impeccable sense for design (remember the dollhouse?). I've always admired that she knows what she likes, and isn't afraid to take a plunge with decorating. While I find myself questioning, Will I like that in three years?, if she likes something, she'll go ahead and do it! Whether it's paint, furniture, or accessories, she's so confident and decisive in her choices, and I think it shows in her home. And even better, the majority of her decorations are DIY projects that she's done without breaking the bank.
Angie and my brother Andy recently built a house, and my family was lucky enough to spend Canadian Thanksgiving there while I was visiting last month. I of course begged her to let me share their house with all of you, to which she graciously obliged. She said she was happy for an excuse to buy herself some flowers :).
Today I'm sharing some of the main floor of their home... I hope you all find it as inspiring as I do!
Come on in...
The curtains are from Ikea, and Angie painted the gray stripes on the wall. She also made the coffee-filter wreath and the "work hard" sign out of an old palette.
I love the pop of color that the painted door gives the entry. Off through the doorway on the right is a bathroom and office/craft room.
On the way into the main area sits this awesome cabinet from 1890 which I'm fairly jealous of. And I love that Angie left it's natural wood finish.
Let's head into the main area, shall we?
First, the living room. The wall color throughout the main floor is a light gray, which gives the perfect opportunity to add pops of color with accessories.
I love the gallery wall, and how the TV just sort of blends in, without being a focal point in the room. I think that's a hard thing to accomplish with big TVs (and one I wish I could accomplish in my own house).
The fireplace is one of my favorite features of the house. Angie painted the stone white (not something most people would dare do to new stone, but I think it goes so well with the room). She also added the board and batten above the fireplace - and with no help from my brother, FYI :). On the mantle is a mirror that was originally a part of this antique dresser that Angie painted.
On either side of the fireplace are two old window frames, and Angie made the curtains behind the couch with Ikea fabric (you can see the copycat curtains I made for my sister's house out of the same fabric here).
Behind the living room is the kitchen and dining room. The painted pantry door adds the perfect pop of color, doesn't it?
Angie found the dining room map at Ikea. The map comes with the canvas stretcher bars to frame it, which I think is so great!
I think she chose the perfect tiled back splash for her kitchen. She also added contact paper to the back of the cupboards which make her white dishes look so fresh!
And there you have it! Thanks a million times a million to Ang for sharing her home with us today. If you have any questions, please ask!