House Tour

Hi there! Welcome to our home. Here’s a tour of all of our rooms, click on a room name or the pictures to see more.

Also, our house is currently for sale. 

We are located in the western Chicago suburbs in Saint Charles, IL. If you are interested, you can contact us here for more details.

beige house with white trim, black shutters

Our home was built in 1937, has 1285 square feet, and sits on 1.37 acres on a partially wooded lot. There are 2  bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a basement, and over 300 square feet in the unfinished walk up attic. The house is completely renovated, has hardwood floors throughout, many built-ins and storage, and lots of character.



by reusing items and waiting patiently, this kitchen only cost $2500 to renovate. WOW!

The projects in here included painting walls, painting cabinets, adding a chandelier from Freecycle, replacing the countertop, removing an old wall oven and extending the counter, new window/trim, adding glass knobs and pulls, installing wood floors, and replacing the appliances with stainless steel.

by reusing items and waiting patiently, this kitchen only cost $2500 to renovate. WOW!

The kitchen used to have gold flecked countertops and backsplash, 40 year old laminate tile, wood cabinets, and green appliances. Can’t picture it? Here’s what our kitchen used to look like.

Click here for all posts about our kitchen.



I love this idea! Unused living room turned mom cave. So pretty!

Our living room was an unused dumping grounds of furniture just here to fill space. We decided to transform it into a mom cave!

A lot of love and hard work went into this room! We emptied it all out, painted the trim and the walls a calming color, and added new and second hand furnishings (many that we already had). Now we have a room we actually love and use, perfect for quiet reading, work, or family time.

The living room/mom cave was also featured in the following magazines: Better Homes & Gardens, Traditional Home, Family Circle, More, and Midwest Living.

I love this idea! Unused living room turned mom cave. So pretty!

Here are all of the posts on our Mom Cave and Living Room!



I love this colorful family room! Looks like a real family lives here.

Our family room has gone through a lot of changes, maybe because we practically live in there. :)

Want every post I’ve ever posted about the family room? Here you go. (There’s a lot.)
Like our clipboard wall? Here’s the tutorial for how to make a clipboard wall gallery for under $25.

This room used to have 30 year old carpet, ceiling tiles, and paneling. Here are the before pictures!



this family created a functional foyer from scratch, love the look!

Normally the foyer doesn’t deserve a post of its own, but we built this foyer from scratch. We had a problem (no real foyer, one hot mess), dropped a part of the floor, built walls, railings, and wider stairs. This was one of my favorite DIYs to date.

It also led to us adding a breakfast bar made of repurposed floor boards which is nice to have for quick meals, parties, or art projects.

this family created a functional foyer from scratch, love the look!

Click for all posts about our foyer, including before pictures!



I am loving this fresh, simple family dining room!

The dining room wasn’t too bad before, but we painted the trim, walls, and added curtains. I love the before and after  because the before has the same furniture! It really shows the power paint can have on a space.

Click for all posts about our dining room.


Our Bedroom

I am loving this calm and simple master bedroom!


We’ve lived in our home for 4.5 years and finally finished this room in February 2014. I feel like our bedroom has always been full of things that needed to be put away and we never got around to it. We painted the trim white and the walls greige (the color is Martha Stewart “Whetstone Gray”), made a headboard (tutorial coming soon!), added all white bedding and colorful accents.

Even though it *still* frequently holds unfolded laundry, it finally feels relaxing and calm.

Here are before pictures and all posts on our bedroom.


Kids’ Bedroom

Three kids in one bedroom, yes it can be done!

We bought our two bedroom house when our oldest was a few months old, and now we have four kids! Our youngest has a crib in  our room while the older three share the other bedroom. (

The room is pretty simple due to our toy organization system. We are in the process of giving this room a much needed makeover, so stay tuned for that as well as a post with tips for organization in a kids’ room.



I am in love with this simple bathroom!

Hey, I haven’t even blogged this room yet! You’re getting a super secret sneak peek. I didn’t blog about this bathroom before, it was that bad (before pictures to come!).

We gutted this entire room and the projects include: adding porcelain tile, installing wainscotting and thick trim, adding hooks, replacing the toilet, light fixtures, sink, faucet, shower head, and mirror, painting existing built-in storage, raising the shower curtain and adding a curved rod, and painting the upper walls a medium blue.

We had rusty water so to solve it and keep our new fixtures clean, we had a whole house water filter and a whole house rust remover installed before we started the renovation. We then scrubbed off the rust from the tub and it looks new!


Unfinished Attic Space

unfinished attic, what a beautiful space!

We have a walk up attic that when finished would be an additional 300 square feet of living space. It would be perfect for a master bedroom, closets, storage, and a master bathroom. Even though it is unfinished, the old beams, exposed brick, and wood floor boards of the space made me fall in love with this home. The possibilities in this space are endless.


So, that’s our house! Here is a floor plan of our home along with all of the before pictures from when we bought it.

What do you think?


  1. Maggie says

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  2. says

    LOL – too funny! When I started blogging just over a year ago, I didn’t realize at first that the spam comments were spam. But, I love your living room. I like the accents of blue and yellow. I wish I could figure out how to turn my home’s living room into a mom cave — at this point, it just has a piano in it. The living room is long (20 feet long) and not wide (9 feet wide), and leads into our kitchen, so we treat it more like a hallway than a room. One of these days we will furnish it!

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  4. Lou says

    Those broken-English spam comments are hilarious. Especially the one that tells you to “stop doing your unappealing, annoying website.”

    Love your home, by the way, especially the ‘mom-cave.’ The height and width of the curtains really make the windows seem significant compared to the unfurnished room.

  5. Sarah M says

    I am encouraged the you have 4 kids in a 2 bedroom house. We are expecting our 4th and so I’m looking at buying a bigger house (we’re in a 3 bedroom townhouse now), but love seeing when people make what they have WORK! It encourages me that it is possible, although you probably have more land than me. We are squished between neighbors…
    Love the bunkbeds…where did you get them?

    • Doug says

      Hi Sarah – we actually got the bunk beds from a garage sale. I believe the cost was about $100. The thing we like best about them is the drawers under the bottom bunk. We definitely need the storage space, as I’m sure you can relate. Thanks for reading!

  6. says

    Is the “greige” in all of the rooms the same whetstone grey you mention? It’s beautiful and I’m looking for something similar. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Becca says

    We have very similar home. We haven’t done much yet, just paint and refinished hardwood floors. We have high iron content in our water as well. What filter for iron did you go with? Is it working well?

    I love the colors and the choices you’ve made in your house. Looks lovely.

    • Doug says

      Hi Becca – thanks for reading. The Iron was a HUGE problem for us too. We tried using the rust-removing pellets in our water softener, but that only partially worked. Then we tried a sediment filter (approx $60 for the housing and $20 for the filter every couple months). That helped a little too. Then we decided to purchase an Iron filter from a local water company. We considered purchasing the one that Sears sells because it’s essentially the same. Sears sells it for I think $800. Our guy charged $1,000 fully installed. We have to add some powder once every 2 months, but that’s it. No Iron now! Good luck!

  8. Teresa says

    I love that you are using the space so sparingly.. That’s where most of us go wrong.. we try to keep too much stuff that we don’t need! Very nice presentation!

  9. says

    My friend just sent me your link on Facebook and I am trying to round up some friends to do your 40 bags in 40 days challenge. I hope that I can get some of them to join me to help me stay motivated. I love your home and all your projects that you have done, and I can tell that you have been a “40 bagger” for a while. Hopefully my friends will soon be saying the same about me. LOL

  10. says

    Followed a link from Lisa Moorefield and found you here! Your domestic arrangements sound a lot like ours. I bought my 2 bed home when I was newly married, working in the financial industry. We now have 3 kids and they are all in that one little 2nd bedroom. We are desperate to move but our home looks NOTHING like the beautiful pictures of yours. 40 bags in 40 days has got to be a good way to keep my moving plans alive.
    So pleased to have found you.

  11. Lindsay says

    Your home is wonderful and inspiring. Do you have an area that you explain exactly what you did to paint your kitchen cabinets? That’s going to be my first home project and would love
    To see how to do it. Thanks.

    • Doug says

      Hi Lindsay – Thanks for reading. While we don’t currently have a tutorial, we plan to post one soon. Sign up for our newsletter on the sidebar so you can get the info sent directly to your email. Thanks!

  12. Kim says

    Love the clean and fresh look. We had that about 17 years ago. Now I’m trying to get back to this simple lifestyle.

  13. Melissa says

    Love your style and how fresh it looks. Starting with the 40 bags in 40 days challenge today and scheduled a Donation Pick Up to make sure I stick to it!! I have 3 kids under 5, youngest is 71/2 months.. Having a messy house makes me very anxious and takes away time from my kids, looking forward to the day when we have less and there is less to put away!!

  14. says

    The attic space is awesome! I rent a house now, but my husband and I are looking for a home of our own. We love walk-up attics! I want to turn one into a craft space where I can go crazy and make a mess, but no guests will see it!

    I’m loving your blog. We just started spring cleaning this weekend. Next weekend was scheduled for decluttering, but your 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge has inspired me to start tomorrow! I’m going to have to blog about it and link back to you. Thanks!

  15. says

    Wish that spammer’s name wasn’t Maggie; boo. I have to laugh at the crazy spam comments I get on my blog too. I kind of wonder what the point of spam is.

    I found you through a friend who is doing the 40 Bags in 40 Days. I love the idea! I’m behind the game, but so desperate to simplify our life and home. Thanks for the inspiration and great tips!

    Love the character of your home and what you’ve shared here!

  16. says

    Hi! I love your style!! I used to live in Geneva and I think I know right where your house is! (we live in West Chicago now) I love reading your blog. Maybe we’ll bump into each other sometime! I’m always shopping in St. Charles/Geneva. :)

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  18. says

    Incredibly cool transformations you have wrought upon this home, Wow !~! We have lived all our married life in small spaces: houseboats, studio apt with teen and dog, 450 sq ft now in retirement and I have so much respect for others who are capable of being happy in a reasonable amount of space. My sister raised her brood of four in Moscow in 800 sq ft–all the kids in one room in built in bunk beds; Muscovites were surprised that only one family lived in All That Space !~! I love that you are not complaining and instead are making a beautiful home for your growing family. I hope it sells soon and that your dreams for your next space come true.

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  20. Christina says

    My hubs and I own a Tudor Revival that wasn’t kept up very well by previous owners…but it’s livable.. this is our first time with home ownership so there is always hesitation, and self doubt involved in DIY projects…this site is a great inspiration for getting our place to have good bones so that I can decorate and switch things up as time and needs change. Thanks!

  21. Connie says

    Besides the family items that I hold, I have things from when my children have moved out and then had to move again , but had to store items here, I also hold items from my mother’s house after she died. Girl Scouting was a large part of our lives and still have large amounts of items ready to be used by others. When people clear their areas, they bring it to me. and I accept it. *sigh*
    I’ll have to make it 35 bags/35 days -as soon as I get over this bronchitis, but I’ll work hard!!
    LOVE the challenge idea.

  22. Brenda M says

    Love all the things you have done with the house, we are going to be re-doing things in our very small house. It is funny we had 3 others living in our house when the kids were here and now hubby and I can barely fit. lol What has happened? I know we are NOT using our space wisely.

  23. Nikki says

    I came to your blog last year, right before 40 bags in 40 days. I used to think I needed to buy a bigger house to accodate my growing family.After, I found your blog, I realized that I can utlize the space I have, and get rid of things we have but dont need.
    My Husbands job took us from Pennsylvania to Flordia.We moved before school started in August to get settled in. Since we moved with our saving account and credit cards, we had to downsize from a 2000 sqft home to a 900 sqft apartment. Its a learing process.

  24. CJ says

    Your home is really beautiful and inspiring. I want to paint my kitchen cabinets (they are laminate over pressed board?). Not looking forward to that job. But all the awesome work you did on your lovely home gives me hope for myself. Thank you for the blog.

    • says

      Hi CJ! Thank you for the kind words. We’ve painted similar cabinets for our laundry room! They’ve held up so far, however, we did have to use a certain type of paint; we bought it at Sherwin Williams. When you do decide to tackle it, I’d talk to someone in store and see what they recommend. (Not an advertisement, just speaking from our experience on what we used.)

      Best of luck to you!

  25. Dodie says

    I just wanted to thank you for keeping up the pics of your old home. I live in a modest 1961 house, and I am only the third owner. To say it needs a lot of work, well, your before is my current state. lol. I’ve been here nine years. The reason I’m saying thanks is that the progression over time is really helpful and the modest amount you spent makes this something that is reasonably obtainable. I was so afraid that when you bought your new house you would take down the pictures and posts of the old house, and I’m so glad they are still here. Thank you. There’s nothing new with moving forward, I’m hoping your new place has more bedrooms and bathrooms for you all, but I’m so glad this is still here and being treated with respect. You and your family should be proud of what you have accomplished. <3

  26. Brenda says

    Your house is BEAUTIFUL! We have a 2 bedroom/1 bathroom house and seeing yours gives me motivated. Thank you for sharing!

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