Have you been enjoying all of the gorgeous homes on the
2013 Summer Showcase of Homes?
Oh my goodness, it reminds me of my House Snoopers series that takes place here every Friday.  Except it’s twenty-six homes all in one week instead of just one!
I’m honored to be included in this incredible group of bloggers who are showcasing their homes.
Settle back ’cause this is the a picture heavy tour!
We moved into our home seven years ago.  I love our neighborhood – great neighbors, lots of kiddos playing outside and a really convenient location.

It’s two stories tall with a full basement, so there’s lots of room to spread out in.  We’re empty nesters, but I take care of two of my granddaughters during the day so we actually wind up using nearly every square inch of the house.
As you tour my home, you’ll quickly see that I love color, pattern, texture and different styles all combined together.
In my foyer I’ve mixed a combination of the traditional furnishings that I already own with a few vintage pieces and a few new pieces.  It gives me an eclectic look that I love.
This is only a small piece of the area, so click here to see the whole space.
You can see that my dining room is located just off of the foyer.  I applied my same method of mixing existing furnishings with vintage and new accessories.
Part of the process was transforming my boring brown chandelier with paint and replacing the traditional shades with fun round bulbs.  Check out the before and after of the chandy and the entire room here.
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A popular project that I completed for my gallery wall was making my own convex mirrors.  They’re pretty pricey to purchase ready-made, but my version is easy and cheap and you can make them any color that you want.  Click here for the tutorial.
The dining room is one of my fave places to decorate for the different seasons and holidays.  I recently put together a vintage Americana vignette for July 4th, but one of my favorites seasonal decorations was the centerpiece that I put together this past Easter.
The living room is located on the opposite side of the foyer and I would say is the least used room in the whole house.  We just aren’t living room people, y’all.  Click here to see the entire space.
The living room is another space where I put my existing+vintage+new formula to work.  There were several projects in this room.  I made several pillows in a mix of patterns to try to distract the eye from my less-than-desirable-and-dated furniture.
I revamped the bookcases by stenciling foam core for the back and getting rid of a lot of the heavy look.  Click here to see the before and after.
To lighten and freshen up my powder room, I painted the dark vanity, changed out the artwork and replaced the drapery window treatment with an upholstered cornice that I made.
This bright and happy fabric was my inspiration for the entire color palette in this room.  I operate a custom drapery workroom out of my basement, so it’s only natural that my decorating process usually starts with fabric of some kind.
Click here to see the entire hard-to-photograph space and here to see the complete tutorial for how to make your own upholstered cornice.
The most hardworking space in our home is the family room and kitchen.
These two rooms are open to one another and function perfectly for us.  Although I’ve made several changes in this room, you can click here for the original full tour.
I recently did a makeover on our entertainment center and am so happy with the lighter and more colorful look.  Click here for a closer look and the before and after.
All of my colors carry into the kitchen, where a generous amount of counter space makes it an easy space to work in. I will say though, that I do get tired of walking around the island all of the time.  I kind of have a love/hate relationship with it.  🙂
Click here for a full tour of the room.
My laundry room is yet another colorful space and is located right off of the kitchen.  Boy, do I wish this was located upstairs where all of the bedrooms are!
Click here for the full tour.
I get lots of questions about our laundry room sink.  You can read all about our solution for getting rid of the original el-cheapo laundry sink and replacing it with an affordable, more custom version by clicking here.
The last room on the main floor is the office – the room that is screaming for a do-over.  Hopefully, I’ll get to that sometime in 2014, but here’s how it looks for now.
Click here to take the full tour.  We’ve already switched out the original massive desk, but you’ll get a better feel for the room.
All of the bedrooms in our house are located upstairs.  There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Remember I mentioned that I keep my granddaughters during the day?
I took one of the bedrooms and turned it into a playroom for them.
It’s rarely this straightened up.  Even as I’m writing this, you can hardly find an open bit of carpet on the floor to step on.
It’s a fun, bright and cheery space that was inspired by yet another fabric that I fell in love with.  There are several diy projects in here.  Click here to read more about them and to take the full tour.
Our master bedroom was the very first project that I used to kick off Worthing Court a little over two years ago.  It’s a generously sized space and you can take the full tour by clicking here.
I have a full tutorial for how to make a pillow sham here.
One of the first rooms to come together after we moved in was this guest room.  It was quick and easy because I used bedding, lamps, art and accessories that I already had.  All I had to do was paint!  Click here to take the full tour.
I’m right smack in the middle of updating the last bedroom.  I’ve completed the bedding and draperies.  I’ve added some artwork and even found the perfect nightstand after soliciting advice from all of you.
I have a couple of more projects to do before the final reveal.
When we bought our house, the basement wasn’t finished.  Pookie (that would be my hubby) spent weeks and weeks turning it into a finished space.  I think he did an awesome job and I’m so proud of him!
I have my drapery workroom down there in a partially finished space.  It’s a space that was put together exclusively for me!  It isn’t meant to be pretty, but it’s one of my favorite places to spend time in.  Maybe those of you who are seamstresses or crafters can relate.
Other than my workroom, the rest of the basement contains a kitchenette, a pool table room, a workout room, a full bathroom and a media/family room.
Once the basement was fully finished, it kind of became a dumping ground for all of the leftover furniture and other stuff.  You know how that goes.
Well…I got tired of that and decided to start working on the rooms one at a time.
I started in the media/family room and love how it is turning out.
I’m going for a rustic/vintage/industrial vibe.  It’s sooo much better than it was.  I have one more side of the room to complete and then I’ll be doing the full reveal.
The rest of the basement is far from photo-worthy, so I won’t bore you with any of that.
We also have a teensy-tiny home away from home condo on one of the beaches here in North Carolina.
It gives me yet one more place to play and try to satisfy my insane inability to settle on just one look.  😉
Click here for the full tour.  You won’t believe what we started with!
I really enjoyed sharing my home with you.  Thank you for coming by!
You don’t want to miss the rest of the homes on today’s tour.
And in case you missed any of it, I’m sure you’ll want to go back and see the tours that took place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Monday, July 22
Tuesday, July 23
Wednesday, July 24
 
And coming up on Friday.

 

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