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Welcome to our home. Mr. B and I fell in love with this Craftsman Cottage the second we pulled up to the curb – the gray, shingled and board and batten exterior reminded me of houses on Cape Cod and the front porch just felt like home.
As you walk through the front door of our house you see our great room – half dining room, half living room to the left and our home office/playroom through an archway on the right.
The office is my transition zone – half office, half play room. I’m never sure how to best use the space and it’s never looking top notch, but it is what it is.
At the bottom of the stairs, just off the living room and between the living room and the kitchen is our breakfast nook. We recently installed the banquette seating to add softness and color to the room.
The Kitchen was my labor of love in the summer of 2011 – when we moved in we had dark “walnut” cabinets and beige (that read pink) laminate counter tops. It was fine for awhile, but it wasn’t my dream kitchen. So lots of DIY white cabinet paint, a Silestone counter top install, a DIY subway tile backsplash installand some curtain sewing later, I had my favorite kind of kitchen – bright and white.
This is what our kitchen looked like when we moved into the house in 2007:
Upstairs we have a laundry room, three bedrooms and two full baths.
The master bedroom is on your right as you get to the top of the stairs. Learn more about the DIY Upholstered Headboard.
If you exit our bedroom and look to your right, there’s a small laundry room:
Across the landing from the master bedroom, next to the laundry room, is the Board and Batten Nursery.
When we were expecting Thomas, I was craving a simple brown and white nursery. We wanted this room to be gender neutral and themeless while working with the overall craftsman cottage feel of the house, so we chose to install board and batten two-thirds of the way up the walls, and painted the top third Behr’s Chocolate Swirl. A dark wood crib, an antique dresser for a changing table, and the rocking chair my mom rocked me to sleep in rounded out the furniture – very simple, but very me circa 2010.