Come take a tour of a classic colonial house, with fresh upgrades on the interior and exterior both.

I always loved the saying “fashion over function”, but why can’t you have both in a home? I feel they blend well, when thought out. I believe in designing a home that celebrates life.

Greige painted brick on traditional Colonial home
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I heard through the grapevine that someone was surprised how quickly our house sold and how much it sold for. They mentioned that they thought we had a small living room.

At first it hurt my feelings. Our living room was one of my favorite rooms in the house that we made a home. We chose deep sofas and used a lot of furniture to make it feel “cozy”. To us, it was.

It had more than enough room for a dance party with my girls, but remained intimate, which was everything I wanted our home to be. Bigger is not always better {in my personal opinion}. However, we were able to seat 11 comfortably, which also fits our entertaining lifestyle.

I know our house was not perfect, but it was perfect for us. I started this blog to share little tidbits to help you design a life and home you love that suits your lifestyle.

The Perfect Home for Us

Going back to one of my favorite quotes, “What I love most about my home is who I share it with” by Tad Carpenter, size, doesn’t really matter, it’s who you share it with – both family and guests, that counts. I encourage you to welcome guests into your home without worry of what they may think. The most beautiful element of a home are the memories you make in it.

As a blogger, it’s easy to get caught up in “likes” and comments, but I try to remain true to our style and lifestyle and create for my family, not the blog. It may not result in a significant Instagram following, but it has resulted in a happy heart. When decorating, I encourage you to do the same – follow your heart and create for you.

Just before our move, Rose of Paper Crane Photography created a tour of our home through photographs. Enjoy the latest home tour of our traditional Colonial and follow through the links for additional details and sources!

To see our current home in St. Louis, check out our Tudor Paint Colors and the full Before and After Tour.

If you’re researching exterior paint palettes, don’t skip this charming White Brick House!

Gorgeous front porch with envelope mailbox, cottage lighting & a front door with windows

The exterior

traditional entryway full of light

The entryway

A traditional dining room that blends new & old

The dining room

A living room filled with furniture and a large window
A bookshelf
A living room filled with furniture and a fire place

The living room

Custom wood floors that blend rustic with traditional

Custom wood floors

See the before and after of this DIY half bath on a budget filled with tips for a small bathroom

Half bath

A casual white black & grey kitchen
A gorgeous traditional white kitchen with white subway tile, stainless appliances & rustic wood floors
Lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner shares a tour of her traditional Colonial home full of DIY details & clever storage solutions!

The kitchen with White Kitchen Cabinets

pretty sunroom that is multi-functional

Beautiful sunroom makeover | creating a multi-purpose space to fit your lifestyleDesigning a room to fit your lifestyle | a sunroom breakfast area & office
A multi purpose sunroom that is used for coffee, an office & access to the flower & herb gardens
sunroom office that doubles as a coffee nook
A multi purpose sunroom that is used for coffee, an office & access to the flower & herb gardens

The sunroom

A traditional mudroom laundry room combo with unique storage solutions

The mudroom

Pretty basement remodel with simple do it yourself solutions
Pretty basement remodel with simple do it yourself solutions

The basement – living room | wet bar | bathroom

A dark & dreary basement space was converted to a bright & beautiful bedroom for just $300!

Basement guest bedroom

A traditional stairwell makeover, exposing the treads & risers

Stairwell makeover

Pretty, pink & playful bedroom for a little girl

Adalyn’s bedroom

Playful & pretty nursery for a baby girl

Isla’s bedroom

Ani’s bedroom

Pairing wood with neutrals - a traditional master bedroom

Our bedroom

A simple built-in closet tutorial - unbelievably easy to turn a step in closet to a walk in closet!

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  1. Your house is simple, understated and well-edited! Don’t ever live in the prison of caring about what other people think– everybody’s taste is different. I live in an old (and very imperfect) Greek revival house. Most of my friends think I’m crazy, but every morning I wake up in my dream home, and I wouldn’t have it any other way ♥

    1. Somewhere along the way I wrote a post about it – my philosophy is that it’s not any cleaner just because you can’t see it. I use fabrics that wipe down easily, eggshell paint {for the same reason} & just relax & enjoy it! It’s usually me that ends up making a mess. Lol!

  2. found your blog via 6th Street Design School. I just love your clean, but warm style. You’ve done such a beautiful job selecting the prettiest finishes. And, your walls have me wanting to paint my whole house white. lovely home!

  3. Julie,
    Love your post. You it hit right on the nail. It’s about hospitality and making your house a home. Love your decorating style and all the great tips you share.

      1. Thanks for sharing your photos. I like your carpet; I am looking to replace my light beige carpet but a lot of them seem grayish. Thanks. Could you let me know the carpet in these rooms? Thanks.

        1. I wish I could recall. I remember spending countless hours worrying if it was too light or dark, but absolutely loved it.

  4. I love your blog as well. I was just stating on my blog how I want to remain true to what I love and to believe in what I am doing. Keep moving forward. Your style and taste is immaculate!