Welcome to Open House Sundays where we get a personal invitation to tour through a different blogger's house every week!
This week's tour is courtesy of Laurel from The North End Loft. Laurel & I became good friends through following each other's blogs. She has been super supportive and inspirational too. Laurel's kitchen renovation was the one that really made me rethink my own kitchen and remodel it for the 2nd time in 4 years.
Laurel lives in a Craftsman home - my favourite style - and I know you'll enjoy this tour of her beautiful home!
Hello! I'm Laurel from The North End Loft, and I'm so happy to be here today at Design Dreams by Anne. For years I've admired Anne's wonderful design talent, DIY abilities, and fearless gumption to tackle even the most challenging projects around her home, and I'm honored to be part of her Open House Sundays Series. Thank you for having me, Anne!
My husband and I live in a 105 year-old craftsman style cottage located in The North End National Historic District of Boise, Idaho. This is what our cottage typically looks like this time of year with a light dusting of snow. When the weather is nice during the other seasons we love to sit on our front porch and watch the world go by.
Our front door opens right into our long living room, and here we've created an entryway with an antique dresser and chair, an inherited hutch, and a cupboard repurposed from our old kitchen.
On the other side of this room is our cozy front sitting room. We recently redecorated our home with neutral colored walls and furniture, and I'm having fun easily and affordably changing the accent colors for the seasons and holidays.
Just beyond the entryway is our dining room. This was once a seldom used formal room, but since removing a wall separating it from the kitchen it's become a favorite and well used space that better suits our more casual lifestyle.
When we recently remodeled our kitchen, we used the cottage two doors down from ours - built by the same builder and still with its original kitchen - for guidance and inspiration. The 100 year-old china cabinet came from the dining room wall that was removed.
Beyond the kitchen is an addition we built twenty-five years ago, doubling the size of our home. My husband and I did most of that work ourselves, even digging the foundation. When I say I've primed and painted miles of walls in my lifetime, I'm really not exaggerating!
After our youngest daughter flew the nest, I converted her main floor bedroom into my studio where I can be found blogging, painting furniture, fiddling with thrift store treasures, and making holiday decorations.
Last year our small master bedroom went from deep red paint and wall to wall carpet to light white walls and original hardwood floors. What a breath of fresh air that was!
And our master bathroom went from hunter green faux marble Formica to white subway tiles and spa-like quartz. Sometimes we feel like we've walked into a home belonging to someone else (and we're not leaving!)
Our guest room was the first room to be decorated in neutrals, and we loved it so much we decided to carry it over into the rest of our home.
We try to make good use of every inch of space in our small urban garden, so we squeezed in a garden shed, a small lawn and deck, a potting bench, and even a few raised vegetable beds (because there's nothing as good as a homegrown tomato in the summertime, even in the city!)
I hope you enjoyed this tour of our little cottage, and thank you again, Anne, for having me!