Thursday, January 31, 2013

Here is the final room in my house tour.  
When my husband took the job up where we live now as the fire chief we moved out of our 4 bedroom two story home and moved into this 3 bedroom little lake house ranch. Our little house is a two person nest now that we are empty nesters.  I love this house small enough to manage with all my decor change ups and big enough for comfort.

This is the last room on the tour.  Thanks to all of you who have come along for the tour and all your sweet comments along the way. I appreciate all of you and your nice comments.

Here we go the Family Gathering Place:






I love the touch of a chandelier in this room. Every room needs a little romance and bling!
My little reading and ipad nook.  The chair is from Ikea and the ottoman I have had for awhile from a shop near me called the Perfect Pear. That chair is comfy and has several pattern and solid color choices for the slipcover.  Washes very nicely too. 
After I started to post these pictures of my living room I found this chippy ladder out in the shed and begged the hubby to dig it out of the shed and bring it in and he did.  In the middle of winter in Chicago he dug out this chippy ladder for me!!! Love that man!!!  I took down the old shutter and bird house I had there and put the ladder there and I will hang my throws on it.  I moved the old shutter decor to the front wall entry.  I think I like the ladder here better.
Love the chippy fun ladder. One of my new favs in this room. You know how I love to incorporate things with history into my home.




I do love the the way the light comes into this room all day. It is a west exposure so late afternoon I have a lot of sunlight. Today was pretty cloudy and raining but the room still gets a lot of natural light.
This is an old window hung and then I added this old frame with burlap and buttons and then added a clock on top of that for the room.


New Hubby Chair. Love that we found this club recliner with the higher back for his comfort and it was a distressed leather for a vintage feel. Now he has a place to relax and watch his sports in this white world he lives in with me!!!! He loves that chair and says it is so comfy to recline in.


I love cottage and gardening so my two favorite things are in the themes throughout my home.  I love things with flowers and also birds, vintage bird houses and nests.  That chippy birdhouse on my entertainment unit was an actual birdhouse in someone's back yard.  I love that I scored that at a yard sale some time ago.  The little banner hard to read in this picture but it is burlap with the words "4 Rent" on it.
I am currently on the hunt for a nice area rug for this room.  Just have not found what I want yet.  I am thinking maybe a little pattern and maybe splash of color for the rug.  Just have to find the right fit.





This is my entry way hall in front of the living room. I re hung the old shutter and vintage bird house arrangement I made here instead of over my reading chair.  I like the ladder now by my reading chair to put my throws on.

Home is the perfect nest and I love ours. Thanks for coming on the tour of my home these past few weeks.  As I took pictures of the rooms to post I also did some rearranging of decor and a little cleaning so this was a good project for me for the month of January. I hate the winter months in Chicago I am a summer girl so this change up is good.  Hope you all enjoyed the tour.
                                         Kris :)

  Also sharing with:                              
http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com/
Jumping in at Country White's Weekend
http://thecountryfarmhome.blogspot.com/2013/02/country-whites-weekend-3-good-morning.html

54 comments:

  1. Love your place and what a great find with the ladder. I just changed my slipcovers to white, with hubby, teen boys, and critters I have a hard time keeping them white:( Mine are so hard to get off and on that it's a struggle when its wash time. Do you find yours are hard to remove? I have the JCPenny Linden Street line and all the covers are made from heavy denim, maybe thats why they are so sturdy and difficult to work with.

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  2. Hi Kris, I love your white nest! I like how you incorporate old doors and shutters into your decor. Very nice! Jean

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  3. A beautiful sea of white. Would you show that pretty flower arrangement on the wall more closely? It looks so neat. I'm with Dawn, I love the ladder!

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  4. Luv the brown of the Mr's recliner against all the white. Plus that ladder is really perfect to fill up that corner behind your reading chair.My Mr. and I worked last weekend as a joint effort to create a nice old chippy ladder. I also have a throw on it.
    Come on over ans take a peek...
    Thanks for sharing your home.
    Cheers, Gee

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  5. Beautiful Kris!! LOVE your Ikea chair and that ottoman!I know perfect pair her shop is so cute! I am actually in her old space at the mall! I LOVE her style too!Okay back to your home yes I LOVE that chandy,your tv cabinet,that door I LOVE it all girl!So pretty! So excited can't wait to meet up next week! And I am like you I don't like winter at all!I am a summer girl too.Can't wait for this Chicago winter to be over!
    xx
    Anne

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  6. I really enjoyed this post! And I love your little reading nook, I would spend a lot of time there! The ladder is perfect! All of your special touches are. I was wondering if your coffee table was made or purchased? Love it!

    XO
    Jane

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    1. Hi Jane,
      That coffee table was made by my husband. We had an old cedar piece of fencing that blocked the air conditioner from blowing on my flowers out off the deck in the summer. It was pretty ratty so we were going to throw it out and then I saw those beautiful cedar slates and said to the hubby can you make this into a table. He said yes and we found some stock legs at Home Depot and there you have it a new table. I need something square with my sectional and could not find anything I liked so this was the perfect solution. Thanks for asking. It was a pretty easy table to make and I love that I recycled something old into new!!!
      Kris

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  7. I love the new hubby chair. I truly adore every inch of your home. You can tell how much you LOVE it and enjoy all your decor changes and touches. Thanks for sharing the tour room by room.

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    1. Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for being the sweet you and I appreciate all the help you gave me by featuring me on your blog. That helped me to really get started in blog world and now I just adore you and your blog. You are so funny and caring and it comes across in all your posts. I love to see what you are up to next!!!!!
      Kris

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  8. I love all the inspiration in your home ... it's so charming and you've done a wonderful job photographing it.
    Thank You!!!

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  9. Love all the white and cottage style in your home! My husband is a fire Lt, so I know what you mean by providing a place for your husband amid all the white and ruffles! LOL!

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  10. Just lovely, Kris! You have a beautiful home and I've enjoyed seeing it. You've got lots of great ideas.

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  11. What a great tour Kris, this has been fun! A very warm welcoming home, all kinds of inspiration here. Thank you!!

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  12. I have enjoyed the tour of your lovely home so much! I love that ladder behind your reading chair! Old pieces like that are favorites of mine too! Everything is so warm adn inviting and cozy! Looking forward to seeing what you're up to next! Lend me some of your energy, will ya? LOL Hugs, Leena

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  13. I have loved the tour of your home- It is just so calm and serene looking. I love what you have done with your lake house- It is perfect- xo Diana

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    1. Hi Diana,
      Thanks for always being so sweet and nice with your comments. I am pretty new in this blog world and learning as I go along so it has been nice to meet bloggers like yourself that are kind and helpful. Thanks for being sweet you.
      Kris

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  14. So pretty but I still don't see how you can do white! Our house it would be a mess by sundown! Charming, I hope you can share your post Sunday!

    Many blessings....Brooke
    creativecountrymom@gmail.com
    http://creativecountrymom.blogspot.com/

    This week I am starting a new link up party called "Sunday Open House". I hope you will link up this lovely post to share with my readers.

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  15. I have enjoyed the tour. You have given me loads of inspiration. Love all your flowers and birdie stuff. I have several ladders around my place-I love them. They are fun!! Thanks for sharing. ~Susie~

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  16. I can't tell you how much I love your home, it just looks perfect in every way! You use items so creatively, how in the world do you think of all those different ways to do that? This house should be in a magazine if it already hasn't been. LOVE IT!!!

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  17. I can't get enough of your house--all the chippy paint and white and ruffles...I love it!

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  18. Your home is absolutely charming and I appreciate all the hard work you put into photographing everything to share with us! I love the placement of the ladder behind your chair. I have an old ladder that I keep moving from place to place, but it's never quite right. Someday I'll figure it all out. :)

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  19. Your living room has so many wonderful architectural elements that I LOVE!! The whole room looks comfy, friendly, and inviting.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Thanks Mary Alice. It looks intimidating with all the white but it really is a comfy place to be. The sectional slipcover is made out of 12 oz denim and it washes really nice and comes out softer with each washing. I don't wash it much as it is a pain and takes about 3 loads to do the whole sectional so I try to avoid that. I just throw a blanket on the part my basset hound likes to get up on. I guess I did not show the ugly dog blanket that is usually laying on that part of the sectional!!!!
      Stay warm and have a great Friday.
      Kris

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  20. Love the ladder in this room...it looks awesome there!! I have so enjoyed your home tour. Your home is just beautiful!! You have given me the white bug...got to get my paint brush out and get to painting some of my pieces white.
    ~Cindy

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  21. You really do have the sweetest husband! Love the ladder! So happy your man has his own comfy chair now, I think the leather looks great with the white!!

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  22. I've been looking for a ladder like that for a few years, and here you had one right in your shed. It looks wonderful there. I just never tire of pouring over pictures of your cozy, beautiful home. So much to enjoy!
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

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    1. Hi Liz,
      I don't want to tease you but I have a twin of that ladder still out in the shed. I got them because my husband is going to build me a summer trellis in my garden with them so I threw them into the shed until summer. I really would love to find an apple pickers ladder where it goes from small at the top to larger on the bottom steps. I saw one at the flea last summer and passed it up. I really regretted that. So I am hoping to find one before summer when the hubby makes my outdoor trellis and takes my pretty ladder from the living room!

      Kris

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  23. love the reading corner, kris:) and the entry is just adorable! it's a challenge fitting everything into a smaller home, but, you do an awesome job of it!

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  24. Kris, not only is your home totally charming but so are you. As I read how you described your rooms, it's easy to see that you love your home and thoroughly enjoy decorating it. I use an old apple ladder for quilts and throws out on the screened porch and love it. Yours, next to your reading nook, is perfect! Will your husband being enjoying the Super Bowl from his good looking leather chair? xo

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    1. Hi Lynn,
      Thanks so much for your very sweet comments always. Yes the Mr. will be enjoying the super bowl in a reclined position!!! He will watch but wishes his beloved Chicago Bears would be in it. I saw an apple ladder one time at the flea and passed it up and ever since have regretted it. I love the way they go smaller to larger in the steps makes them adorable. I bet your looks cute on your porch.
      Kris

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  25. Hi Kris,
    I wanted to tell you that I absolutely enjoyed my visit to your lovely home. I cannot wait to see what you post next. I have a suggestion for you - I would love to see the different magazines and books that you use for inspiration, or maybe some favorite blogs and Pinterest boards. Thanks for the great tour.
    *Hugs*

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  26. Kris I wanted to thank you for taking me into your beautiful home, I have enjoyed my time with you here so much! I am just so taken with your vision, the creativity in the unique accessories and the way you use them and the little pieces of history you share your home with! Any room could be the cover of a magazine... truly, any room! You and your hubby made this little cottage into a beautiful home and something to be very proud of! You can see and feel that this has truly been a labor of love...
    Hugs,
    ~ Pendra

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    1. Pendra,
      Thank you so much. You are always so sweet. This little cottage has been a labor of love for my husband and myself. I have the decor vision and he has the tools and ability to make my visions come to life. I am so lucky to have a handy man husband. We do all the work ourselves otherwise this little cottage would not be what it is. Thanks for coming along for the tour.
      Kris

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  27. It is all so lovely. We downsized and have never regretted it. We have no grands yet, and when we do, it might be an issue, but we will cross that bridge then. I love having less to clean and more time on the beach.

    Love all your tweaking.

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  28. Well, do I have to say it again????? Probably not, but I will anyway.
    I LOVE IT ALL!!!

    I think the ladder behind your chair makes it look more open.....good choice....=)

    and of course love all the old shutters, and white everywhere.

    thanks for the lovely home tour.

    blessings
    barb

    PS still not sure how you live with all that white. love the looks, but it would never survive at my house.

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  29. It looks fantastic!! I think this is the only time I've ever seen a sectional that looked cottagey and cozy. It's amazing. Plus all the great touches. I really struggle with accessorizing, and you just are so good at it!! I'm taking notes!

    ~Angela~

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  30. Simply gorgeous, I adore white and love how you have arranged the rooms especially your little reading area. Beautiful and so very romantic!

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  31. I just found your blog via The Creative HomeAcre Hop. I am in love with your home. I would love to have you share at Restyled Sundays, I am your newest follower!

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  32. Love the ladder and your chair and ottoman look very inviting!! Wonderful touches Kris... I'm most in love with your old doors!! :)

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  33. Love the all white...the kids in my nest prevent me from decorating in all white but I love it! Absolutely lovely!

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  34. Another beautiful space!! You put a room together beautifully and each space is filled with fabulous eye candy! Loved the tour!

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  35. I just found your blog and spent the day looking at all of your post...Lovvvvvve it. You and your husband work great together...love the laundry room make over. I also love the pillows you have on the couch and the script print. Did the lady that made your slipcovers make them also? Please let me know. My name is Vera Lauterbach and my email is...vlauterbach1@hotmail.com....thanks so much...

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  36. So much to look at in your blog. Look forward folowing you.

    Have a nice day

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  37. Something I just realized about what I love about your home...you use silk flowers and they are absolutely gorgeous on how you have them. They look real! I was telling Mom about one of your mailboxes on a post with the flowers coming out...I have so many mailboxes and am definitely making my own for my porch. Once again, I am in awe of your home. Love the two spaces flipflopped...works perfectly!

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  38. Love your fabulous house, each decor and each sweet corner is so pretty and lovely. I'm happy to follow and if you want to see me my address is http://shabbychiclife-silvia.blogspot.it

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  39. Just loved your tour and this room is gorgeous. So inviting and cozy. Love all the details.
    Happy Decorating. Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  40. Happy Country Whites Weekend! Thank you kindly for embracing your country whites and sharing your charming room at the party.
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  41. OK! So glad you got linked up! Your room is wonderful. I never get tired of looking at it.
    Thanks for joining Country Whites Weekend and inspiring others! You have lots of "Country Charm". . . .

    Blessings from the Farmhouse,
    Dru

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  42. Hi Kris, another amazing place. Your living room so beautiful white.
    I love the way you decor .
    I love the white sofa.
    have a nice weekend

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  44. Hi Kris,
    I just go from room to room and sigh. Each room more beautiful than the last. I just love, love, LOVE your gorgeous home! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Just amazing!
    Big hugs,
    Patti

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  45. Oh SO beautiful! Love EVERYTHING about your room. Having only just found your blog, I'm off to become a follower, and look at all your other projects.

    Judi in the UK

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  46. I'm new to your blog and am now in love with your style!! The chippy ladder to put your throws on is exactly what my living room needs but I didn't know that until I read this so thank you! I look forward to seeing more of your inspiration.

    Judy

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    1. Hi Judy,
      Thanks for becoming a follower. I appreciate that very much. I love to use the ladder for my throws so glad you are going to do that in your living room. So much cuter than throwing them in a basket or laying them on the couch. Thanks for your sweet comments.
      Kris

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