My Dream Home

Creating your dream home - take the home you have & make it into the house you love!

It seems I’ve been spending a lot of spare time this month plotting & pinning my dream home. Well, my plans to make the Tudor into my almost dream home! I’m sharing an inspiration photo for each space of the overall look I’m hoping to achieve. I’ll be doing this on a far tighter budget than some of these fabulous designers have & within the constraints of our existing home challenges, but I look forward to creating a home I love & hope you’ll come along with me for the journey! I am so thankful for our home. While it’s not my style, it’s shelter for my family, more land than I had ever dreamed of & located in an incredible neighborhood. Like most, there are features of my home that I’m not so in love with. I plan to minimize the negatives & highlight the positives. Please feel free to join in the conversation along the way by telling me about your design dilemmas in the comments & I’ll do my best to promptly respond with ideas!

Now off to the tour…of my imaginary dream home.

Add a bench to the foyer for an inviting entrance.

This foyer, designed by Lauren Liess, is bright & inviting. It’s not over styled & the bench in front of the stairwell welcomes guests. It’s much more modern than my plans, but a great concept!

Beautiful sink & ornate brass mirror for a half bathroom

I am in love with this sink! Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s the perfect fit for our half bath.

Wood cabinets in kitchen with copper & brass

In a world where everyone is painting cabinets white, I plan to retain the existing wood cabinets, updating them with brass pulls & copper accents. Since we have an excess of cabinets & soffits that make me cringe, I plan to remove some upper cabinetry to open up the space. Better Homes and Gardens nailed it, didn’t they?

Neutral living room designed by Rachel Halvorson with an oversized chandelier

Our family room currently lacks character – it’s just a couple windows & doors leading to the screened porch. I plan to add beams, stain the doors & add an oversized chandelier. We already have the sofa showcased in this photograph. I look forward to create an intimate seating area by adding chairs & side tables. This space was beautifully designed by Rachel Halvorson.

Gorgeous neutral living room with pops of colors & soft botanical prints

In the living room, I’m still having the debate over wood or white – so I’ll wait until I can commit. This room featured on Ballard Designs blends neutrals with soft pops of color beautifully.

Master bedroom vignette. Bright & beautiful decor paired with soft, neutral linens

When we married, I was so anxious to purchase a bedroom set – that matched. Now, I want anything but! There’s that awkward phase during & after college where you collect pieces out of necessity. I want to find pieces that speak to me, so I’ll be replacing our furniture piece by piece, as I find furniture I love. This image really speaks to me – the neutral linens & botanical prints allow the flowers & bedside table to make a statement. It’s a gorgeous pop of color that I cannot wait to add!

luxurious master bathroom with sparkling tile floor, marble tub & crystal chandelier

I tend to prefer a more traditional & relaxed style, but this stunning master bath in Veranda is irresistible! It’s the perfect moment to go glam. The shimmering tile floor, marble tub & dual chandeliers are luxe!

Lauren Liess Domino Magazine bedroom

It’s slightly over styled for my taste, but I love the basics of this guest bedroom. A small desk & side chair double as a bedside table & somehow, Lauren made that dark ceiling fan feel current.

Beautiful bathroom with claw foot tub & subway tiled walls

The girls bathroom will be shared by guests, so I want to find a balance of child & adult friendly. The chevron pattern of the wood floor is everything! However, I plan to use hexagon tile. We’re going to reconfigure the girls’ bathroom to make it more functional. Moving the bathtub & toilet will open up the space & make the space more accessible. Floor to ceiling subway tile is a brilliant way to prevent water marks on the walls & adds a lot of interest!

Gorgeous home exterior with window boxes, verandas & pergolas

Our existing garage doors are not-so-charming. I’m considering adding pergolas to soften the lines of the home. Window planter boxes are a must! They add a lot of charm, without a lot of effort. We’re also updating all of the light fixtures with copper lanterns. {Image via Traditional Home}

We’ll also be updating the sunroom, laundry room & mudroom. It’s going to be a busy year! I look forward to making small alterations to transform the Tudor into our dream home!

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  • I absolutely love the foyer and family room inspiration, and think it is so thoughtful that you are offering design advice.

    Our main issue in our house is the lack of natural light. Our foyer, hallways, and even our great room seem so dungeon like and very dim. Although I have added lamps and light shades to attract light, our foyer/hallway drives me crazy with no windows. Any suggestions?

  • Regina says:

    Hi! I really enjoy your posts! Thanks for your generosity in offering advice! We bought a ranch house that was built in 1994 that we are updating. All of the finishes were done in golden oak. We had to replace the baseboards and some trim so we chose wide boards and painted all in incredible white by sw. The great room had wainscoting that is stained oak. It is a nice stain so we left it. All of the walls are painted elephants tusk by bm. We have a full height stone fireplace made of stones from our property. All floors had to be replaced. We chose a med/dark mix for contrast. We have not touched the kitchen yet. The cabinets are quality oak but stain is a little bit golden. It is a small kitchen with a center island. I thought I would paint them white but I’ve waited this long because I just don’t think that fits the character of the house. We sit on beautiful acreage and I think it is more rustic than traditional. I’m leaning toward refinishing the wood cabinets in a more natural stain. Any suggestions? I live in the kc area. :). Thank you!!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Regina! Can you believe I just moved from KC? I would consider lime washing them! It tones down the golden appearance & gives them a rustic, yet soft appearance. I recently pinned an example on my creative kitchens board on Pinterest. I think it would be far easier than sanding & staining, while that would be beautiful too!

  • Regina says:

    Julie, thank you so much for your response!! :). I have considered the lime washing! Do you have a good resource for how to do that DIY? Do you think that will have a Belgian look? I really love the better homes and gardens picture you have referenced with the warm chestnut stain. I can’t wait to see the changes you make to your stl Tudor! Do you have any favorite places in the kc area that you want to share with me? 🙂

    • Julie says:

      As far as sources? Old Wilson Place Antiques, Blackwells {great for china, glassware & silver}, & Mission Antique Mall. I rarely had the opportunity to scour the West Bottoms. Of course Nell Hills is also great for accents! I don’t have a source for liming, but am thinking about doing ours…I just can’t decide yet! I think it will be fabulous. Keep me posted with what you decide to do!

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