ten on tuesday: home edition

I love home. A house is one thing but a home is something completely different. Growing up our family moved all over the world but each place we lived felt like home to me. The moment the boxes arrived my mom and dad set to work rebuilding our sense of home and comfort. And it always worked. Even now as an adult I continue to feel a deep sense of belonging when I’m at each of my parents’ homes. They’re just set up to invite you in and make you want to curl up with a cup of something warm or a glass of something iced and stay a while. I want our home to be that way too. Whenever I choose something new I always try to consider if it makes our home more comfortable, warm, or inviting.  I want my home to say “come in! you’ll love it here!”…and I hope one day my children will say that too.

I am certainly not a decorator or a style hound but I do love spinning our little cocoon. Thought I’d share a few bits and pieces of it with the blog today since I’ve been loving it especially much lately.

1. My favorite spot in the house these days. A vintage leather chair I picked up at an antique store in N’ville over my mom’s birthday weekend…pillow from Pottery Barn…wall collage from Etsy seller suzannaanna



2. A close up…the red album was a clearance goodie from PB several years ago. It says “No one ever takes a picture of something that they want to forget”. Brent and I had big plans of taking pictures of all the crazy things we see on the side of the road. You know, misspelled signs, crazy church marquees, that sort of thing. Of course, we never did it so instead it’s filled with good ol’ family snapshots. At least it’s not empty like it was up until last week!


3. Little bits of goodness in our family room. We have two living spaces – one on either side of this wall – and I end up calling both of them the “living room”. If I tell Sarah that something is in the “living room” she’ll look at me in her exasperated three year old fashion and say, “which living room?”. So I’ve started trying to call them the “yellow room” and the “blue room”. But then I feel like I live in the White House.



4. One of my favorite views – standing in the “yellow room” into two other rooms full of color.



5. Where I spend a large chunk of my time. 50% maybe? A lot.



6. Close up of my little hanging friends. I found those at Ikea last spring on a 30-minutes-till-closing-time shopping spree in Orlando with Amy. My original plan was to hang three in this space but I ran out of hardware. It’s just as well since it gives Heather, Dawn, Wes, and other neighborhood ramblers a peek hole to talk through!



7. The “retreat”. It’s part of our bedroom and the site of much PBS/Comedy Central watching.



8. I was called out a few weeks back for never showing any pictures of the orange band of paint in our kitchen’s tray ceiling. So here you go. I love the punch it adds.



9. And I just recently discovered that these three chincy little white vases (also acquired during our Ikea spree) are perfect for holding Sarah’s bazillion watercolor brushes. And paper flowers made at school.



10. And, finally, our hallway. Letters purchase from etsy sellers KristinemaysKuber and Poshdots.



Welcome to our home!!!

(Anyone else want to play? I would LOVE to see what you guys have going on! I’m nosy like )

meganApril 21, 2009 - 12:17 pm

Oh my gosh! I adore those hanging thingies in your kitchen! I wish we had Ikea around here. And it was cool to see a good view of where you shoot and where your windows are. Thanks for sharing!

KellyApril 21, 2009 - 1:20 pm

THANK YOU! I’m nosy too and LOVE looking at everyone’s homes. After three years in our house I still feel like kids playing house. We don’t have any style and I feel like we just throw stuff up on the walls. I’m not in love with any of our decor… I want to change it all 🙂

Thanks for posting the esty sellers for the family letters. I’ve been searching your site for them recently without luck.

MandyApril 21, 2009 - 1:54 pm

Your house does provide that “come in, take your shoes off and stay a while” vibe.
Love your choices of color. I think I’m afraid of color…love color, but always afraid I’ll hate it once it’s on the walls.
Anyway, lovely home!

j.j.April 21, 2009 - 1:57 pm

love this post! i will definitely play…in the near future…something about spring, cause i have had the same sentiment about our home lately. i just love it. stay tuned! and what a good idea for the watercolor brushes, of which we also seem to have a TON!

McGeeApril 21, 2009 - 2:56 pm

I will play – but I need to clean the house first!

Tina RApril 21, 2009 - 4:38 pm

Love it all! I reeeally need some inspiration…we don’t have much on our walls after 6.5 months of being in our new house. I’m ready to make it “home” …Can’t wait to see what others share too!

KatieApril 21, 2009 - 5:59 pm

I love seeing pictures of peoples homes! Thanks for sharing! You’ve down a beautiful job, and such great ideas!

MarciApril 21, 2009 - 6:12 pm

Beautiful home. You have amazing light and it totally has the come in and stay a while feel. Definitely a family friendly home and I love all the little details. I’d love to share ours but it’s a toys r us nightmare. We have a 2 story house so that means 90% of the toys are downstairs and bedrooms are upstairs. I’m wishing we would have gotten a ranch so that my 3 year old could have a lot of her toys in her room and still play without me worrying about her being upstairs by herself.

nickiApril 21, 2009 - 6:25 pm

I love every square inch of it…the colors, the detail and especially the come in and stay a while feel :-).
I wish I had more walls, does that make sense?
We have a very open house and more and more I am wishing we had more separated rooms.
Love it, I want to see more!!! 🙂

AmyApril 21, 2009 - 7:19 pm

As soon as I saw those hanging frames I thought about that shopping trip! I need to put mine to good use. . . maybe in the nursery! I also love the kitchen colors. . . that orange is so you. What are the framed pictures in your Family arrangement? The tree and then the dots. . . looks like the tree is Sarah’s footprint for the trunk? Was it a school project?

heather in ohioApril 22, 2009 - 5:49 am

What a beautiful, welcoming, warm home … thanks for sharing. I love being nosy and if I blogged, would invite you to view my space too. 🙂 It’s so fun what you can learn from seeing how people decorate their homes.

KarenApril 22, 2009 - 7:21 am

Hi Erin. I love your place!! Both your home and your blog 🙂 I’m a loooong time lurker and you’ve totally inspired me to start my own blog and become a bit more serious about photography. The blog part has been a success, the photography, well, that consists of me using my fancy camera in auto mode **gasp**. Just a quick question for you – all of a sudden when I visit your blog I can’t see the top of your first post because your drop down menus are covering it up. Any idea why that would be?? Thanks for sharing your home with us!

tara pollard pakostaApril 22, 2009 - 10:25 am

I love decorating ideas!
your house is awesome!
if i could afford to actually decorate/paint/buy furniture
i would LOVE to do my house up. for now the walls are boring white.
we need to pick ONE room and just get it done!!! we have so much to do!
living room/dining room/family room/foyer/kitchen/office/ 4 bedrooms/loft.
there is so MUCH possibility but NOTHING DONE! how do you even start?!
yours is VERY COZY! i just LOVE the colors!
the only thing that i did that i LOVE is hang my girls artwork framed in my kitchen! it’s so homey in there now! our problem in this house is NOT alot of wall space cause it’s so open and full of windows. makes for great light, but no wall space!! UGH! dilemmas! thanks for sharing! show more !!!

JennyApril 22, 2009 - 11:18 am

I think your home fits the description “come on in, you’ll love it here”. I think anyone would love visiting. For your trip to Dayton, two activities you might want to add to your schedule – a trip to Ikea (in between Dayton and Cincinnati, about 40ish minutes from base) and a trip to the Pottery Barn/William Sonoma outlet about 30ish minutes from base!

nickiApril 22, 2009 - 11:38 am

In regards to Jenny’s comments…I love both places and know exactly where they are 🙂 wink wink

erinApril 22, 2009 - 11:43 am

Thanks for the comments you guys! I can’t wait to see some of your homes!

Jenny, it’s SO funny that you mention that b/c I’m already planning to load the kids up and haul them to the PB outlet…it’s so amazing! I had NO IDEA though that there was an Ikea there now. They must have built that since I left. I’m definitely adding that to the list. Now if I can just convince Brent that we need to take our truck instead of our little car…


BethanyApril 22, 2009 - 12:38 pm

LOVE this post! How fun it is! I too am “nosy like that” and love to take little peeks inside the homes of others! Yours home is so warm and welcoming looking! LOVE your use of color!!

I love that quote too…how true that is!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!!

adminApril 22, 2009 - 12:54 pm

Oh Nicki…YES! Let’s go together! I’m emailing you right now. =)

LanaApril 22, 2009 - 1:32 pm

Love Love Love this post.. thank you for sharing.. Now as for the Yellow room I am loving the yellow.. I had yellow in my last house in the bathroom and am craving it again.. which yellow sis you use if you could share.. love it.. you house is wonderful.. The details you are truly talented in that department as well..

berniceApril 22, 2009 - 6:11 pm

What is the name of the color in your kitchen? I LOVE IT!!

NickiApril 22, 2009 - 6:16 pm

I love your home!!!! I noticed the bag in your work area. Is that the 6 million or 5 million? I am trying to decide on which size to get for my new D700.

KimberlyApril 22, 2009 - 6:29 pm

I’m always up for a visit to the PB outlet in Ohio! LOOOVE IT!

JenniferApril 22, 2009 - 8:02 pm

Your home is very ‘homey’. I wish mine was! And I like checking out other people’s homes too – you get the best ideas that way!! I love how you caught rainbows from the infamous crystal in the yellow room!! 🙂

jessica leighApril 23, 2009 - 5:45 pm

girl you are awesome!

i’m so tickled to see the orange…………..

what color is that green???

your house is beautiful!! i can’t wait to have color in mine!!!!!

heatherApril 24, 2009 - 10:02 am

i love it all, I love your colors too, I have such a terrible time choosing them! Would you mind to share them? especially your bedroom color, love it! My house always seems to look like next post, counters filled with the morning chaios, love your blog!

LizNApril 24, 2009 - 4:27 pm

And RAINBOWS! I see RAINBOWS 🙂 I can’t tell you how much I LOVE seeing them in your HOME.

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I love your yellow walls, what shade is that? I want to repaint our living room and I’m on the hunt for the perfect shade of yellow…

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