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Turning A House Into A Home

In 2009, my grandparents bought a home on their street as an investment piece. They had intentions of flipping the house – remodeling and then selling. Around that same time, I was looking to move into my own place. So, instead of selling the home, they remodeled it and rented it to me.

The past few years of renting-to-own has been a lifesaver. But it was time to move forward and take the plunge into homeownership. On February 21, 2014 I officially purchased my house from my grandparents and signed the papers to my first mortgage.

I guess I’m officially an adult now.

Home Before + After

Though I’ve lived in my house for years, it still doesn’t feel very home-y to me and I’ve been itching to improve the decor. Slowly but surely, I’m determined to bring things together and I know it’s not going to happen over night but I’m impatient.

When it comes to fashion, I’m not one of those “matchy-matchy” kind of people. Mixing prints and colors is my jam and I love a good obscure piece of clothing. But I struggle when it comes to interior design. I like to think I have a pretty good eye for design, but I struggle with blending decor without being matchy-matchy and still managing to make the space have a personality. I like to pretend my house is eclectic but really most rooms just are just a hodge-podge of items from college to present day. Nothing really seems to floooooow to me. And we won’t talk about the obnoxiously bright guest bedroom that still features decor that I’ve had since I was a teenager. (ALL THE BRIGHT COLORS. #soadolescent)

I thought I had my master bedroom decor mapped out in my head. I imagined a rustic, nautical feel with neutral colors, crisp white, and navy. A serene and soothing atmosphere with moody blue or gray walls and a DIY pallet headboard. But the more I think about this sort of design scheme the more I realize it’s… boring and not really me.

Yesterday, while catching up on one of my favorite DIY blogs Goodwill Glam, I was introduced to Swoonworthy and THIS lovely bedroom.

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I mean, I would have NEVER thought to paint my walls a dark shade much less black, especially since it’s a rather small space. But I cannot get this image out of my head and suddenly I want to throw caution to the wind and decorate my bedroom in the same diverse look. I just love everything from the dark walls and leopard print pillows to the royal blue nightstands and gold accents.

And before I knew it, I had fallen into the Internet rabbithole and created a large puddle of drool on my desk from all of the wonderful eclectic design in Kimberly’s home. Now I’m really wishing I could move in and live with her in this beautiful British space. Does that sound creepy? I mean, look at her dressing room with the hummingbird wallpaper and uber girly elements. I just really, really like her style.

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You guys know how much I love to thrift and DIY. This home has definitely given me inspiration of items to look for on my future thrifting trips. It’s time to look outside the box and get some character into this boring ol’ decor of mine.

What kind of home decor suits your fancy? Feel free to leave me links to your favorite home decor inspiration in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Turning A House Into A Home”

  1. LOVE that home!
    I always like it when people think outside the box and hang art ALL OVER a wall, who says it has to be eye level? No one cool.

    If you want any of those French ad posters, I have 5 giant ones and a few smaller ones. They don’t look that cool in my apartment and I’m not sure anyone needs that many…

  2. Oh my God, this is gorgeous. I never would’ve thought to do these things. I always worry there’s no style out there for me, that someday I’ll own a home & not know what to do with it. This gives me hope! Can’t wait to see what you do with your new place.

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