My Summer Home Tour 2014

June 4, 2014 AT 8:55 pm 46 Comments

Hey Y’all!

I am so excited about participating the Summer Tour of Homes again this year.  This fabulous tour is hosted by Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage. 


It has been fun taking sneak peeks into so many beautiful homes!  Have you been joining us on the tour this week?

Today is Day 4 of the tour, and it is time for me to share my home with you.

For those of you that are new to my blog, WELCOME!  My name is Traci, and I am the mom of four precious boys.


And I am married to my DIY Partner in Crime, Cy.  We have been renovating every home we have lived in over the past 17 years, and we are currently renovating our 1970’s home. 

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Let’s start the tour in our kitchen, the heart of the home.

When we moved in the house three years ago, it was my least favorite room in the house, but now it is one of my favorite.

Here is the before…

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Here it was three years ago after we renovated it..

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(Yes, we finished the renovation the week before Christmas!)

And now here is my kitchen today…


We gave this kitchen a major over-haul, and did it all ourselves!  You can check out the entire renovation with all the before and after pictures HERE.


My favorite part of my kitchen is the open shelves.  They are pretty, and functional, at the same time.


The butcher block counter tops were from IKEA.  Cy installed them.  You can read about that HERE.


We did a makeover on our kitchen table last fall to make it a little bigger to fit our family around it.  It is an aged zinc table top.


We have loved this table.  I love how big it is and how easily the metal top cleans up.


Our den has also had a big over-haul.  Here is our fireplace before

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And here it is now.  We painted some of the brick, and my husband built a surround around the rest of the ugly brick. Smile


I looked for a long time in our old pictures and found this view of our den three years ago…

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We had already started renovating the den in the picture above.  The white door above led to a bedroom, the other doorway was a bathroom, and then there was another small bedroom to the right of the bathroom.

We blew all of that out and added a two story addition to our home.

Now it looks like this…DSC_0782

It’s hard to believe it is even the same space!  I love how open it now feels.

I recently just completed this side table makeover.

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If you head upstairs, you will find two bedrooms and a full bath.  My two oldest boys share a room, and we just recently built industrial shelves in their room.

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Those shelves have been one of my favorite projects in our whole house.  I built a set of shelves for each side of the boys’ room.

My oldest son sings and plays guitar, so this is what his side of the room looks like…

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If you want to see how we made these shelves, click HERE or on the picture above.

We are still working on my youngest two boys’ room. I hope to get to that room next month, and I will be sharing the transformation on my blog.

We are still in the middle of finishing the boys’ bathroom. This is what it looks like right now…

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We will be DIYing concrete vanity tops, and I will be sharing them on my blog soon.

If we head back downstairs, you will find my office.  This used to be an 11×11 bedroom, that we turned into an office/craft room. 2014-03-06 14.36.07 My husband built window seats and desks around the room.  I repurposed some old cabinets and built new doors for them to create more storage. 

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We also turned the standard closet in the room into a craft closet.  I love this space, but I wish it would stay as organized as it is in this picture!  Smile  Right now, it is a mess!

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To see how we turned our closet into a craft/closet, click HERE.

Now for my favorite part of my house right now, OUTSIDE!  I am loving this warm weather, and I have been sprucing up our back patio for summertime!

This week, I just posted about the outdoor serving station that I just created with my new console table from Birch Lane. You can find that table HERE.


We are all about sweet tea in the summer time!


Our back patio is covered, which makes it nice for sitting outside to eat.  We love eating outside during the summer.



We have a small tool barn in our back yard. 


We added some new doors and window coverings last summer, and I put some flower baskets under the window. 


I cannot get enough of pretty flowers during the summer! Smile


We have a lot more projects still to complete in our home, so I hope you will follow along on my blog.

Next stop on the tour is the fun and creative home of my friend Lisa from The Pennington Point.  Click HERE to take her home tour.

If you would like to view my previous tours, click on the buttons below…

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Here is the updated links from the entire Summer Tour of Homes! Enjoy!!

Monday, June 2nd

The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Nester
At The Picket Fence (Vanessa)
Thistlewood Farms
The Inspired Room

Tuesday, June 3rd

The Handmade Home
My Fabuless Life
Finding Home
In My Own Style
The Hunted Interior

Wednesday, June 4th

Inspired By Charm
Jennifer Rizzo
Madigan Made
Makely School for Girls
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, June 5th

Jones Design Company
Beneath My Heart
The Pennington Point
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Southern Hospitality

Friday, June 6th

At the Picket Fence (Heather)
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Home Stories A to Z
Live Laugh Rowe


Favorite “Pins” Friday {Home Tour Style!}

June 7, 2013 AT 8:37 am 3 Comments


Happy Friday, friends!

I hope you had a great week!

Today, I thought I would do something a little fun with my Friday post.  You know how this week was the “Summer Tour of Homes?”  Well, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite pin from each home with you.

Below each pin, I will have the link to each blog that you can click on and view the entire tour of each home if you desire.

I have loved taking a peek into each blogger’s home.  I hope you have too.


Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage



The Nester @ Nesting Place


Pink Wall Little Girls Room @vintage revivals

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals



Beth @ Home Stories of A to Z



Ashley @ The Handmade Home


Kristin @ The Hunted Interior


gray and coral bedroom

Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative


duvet out of a shower curtain angle

Jen @ Tatertots and Jello


Girls bedroom

Chris @ Just a Girl


entryway decor

Brooke @ All Things Thrifty


Karen @ The Graphics Fairy


Navy and Coral Room

Emily @ Decor Chick


barn patio makeover

Roeshel @ DIY Show Off


grey and white kitchen makeover

Melissa @ The Inspired Room


Wendy @ The Shabby Nest


Pallet wood night table in bedroom via Funky Junk Interiors

Donna @ Funky Junk Interior


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Marianne @ Songbird


Lisa @ The Pennington Point


A great home tour with a vintage eclectic feel.  Come see one bloggers home plus links to even more great home tours for inspiration!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage



Brittany@ PrettyHandyGirl



Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality



Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife


Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo


Lindsay @ Makely Home


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Sandra @ Sawdust Girl


Gina, from Shabby Creek Cottage, is hosting a Summer Home Tour linky party today on her blog.

You can go link up your own house tour, or just browse through all of the wonderful homes linked up to the party.  Just click on the button.

More fun!!!





House Tour (Part Two)

October 6, 2010 AT 11:56 pm 12 Comments

I told you I would show you some pictures of the second house I toured while visiting my in-laws in Georgia.

But first, if you didn’t get a chance  to vote for my back patio makeover yet, I am shamelessly asking you to take about 30 seconds of your time to click on over to and vote for me!  :)

I would really love to win the $150 gift card to the home improvement store of my choice, plus I promise there will be a little “thank you” prize for my readers as well!

Click HERE to vote.  And a big fat hug to you all!

Now to the tour…

The second house my sweet MIL and I visited was called LINKS Greenhouse.

This house was supposed to be made very environmentally friendly.  (However, when we asked the hostess, she couldn’t really tell us why it was so “green”.  Go figure.  Time to hire a new hostess.)

Here are some of the pictures I took:

(I will only be commenting on my favorite parts of the house.)

The Exterior…

The Dining Room…

(Ladies, we could sooo make this painted wood mirror!  Any takers?)…

There was a beautiful grass cloth on the walls.

The Living Room…

The Kitchen…

Calling all DIYers!!! You could definitely make this stunning flooring!  It’s just square tiles surrounded by 4 inch wood planks.

The Landry/Gift Wrapping room…

The Home Office…

The Upstairs Outdoor Living Space…

The Downstairs Den…

(LOVE the dark wood on the steps!)

The Downstairs Outdoor Living Space…

Complete with a fire pit for roasting marshmallows!  See the beautiful lake between the trees?  My boys would love living here!

The Home Theater Room…

(This room is just too stinkin’ cool!)

Of course, I had to put my feet up and catch a little Top Gun action.  Oh yeah, baby!

I was loving the board and batten in the downstairs hallway.  Storing this idea away for future projects.  (wink.)

A Downstairs Bedroom…

My favorite downstairs bedroom…

The Hallway leading to the Master Bedroom…

This closet cracks me up!  It’s the size of my son’s bedroom!

And I had to take a picture of the beautifully manicured driveway…

Thank you for joining me on this tour!

Have a blessed day!

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