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A Mini Home Tour

People ask me all the time where I got some of the things they see in my photos I post. I decided to make a mini home tour post giving you the links of where to find some of our things!!

One of the first things we did to the exterior of our home after we built it was add garage door brackets. We still need to remove the original handle and fill the hole, but you can see what a difference they make! Loving that carriage house look, and its a super CHEAP and simple upgrade that makes a big difference! You can get the kit here.

My husband is the ultimate Pinterest master WHEN I can borrow him to do things! I stumbled upon Whitney Hansen's GORGEOUS DIY electric fireplace blog, and fell in love!

He started with building the sides first.

Then he moved the tv up and then framed in the fireplace. Our TV is on an adjustable tilt wall mount bracket which is really nice we can tilt it downwards, if you are purchasing one be sure to get the one that fits your TV size as they are based on weight. We used wooden panels to go with our farmhouse look! We have a bunch left over to use on our bedroom project (turning a huge Victorian fireplace mantel into a head board. we will use the panels to go in the open space!)

Okay and I have to give you all a sneak peak at my massive mantel! I am refinishing it with a shabby chic distressed white look. I found this at a local thrift store for $99!!!!!!!!!

Here is the look I am going for, instead of doing the tufted upholstery, I want to put the planks there! Ok anyways, back to the fireplace....

Buying the right type of fireplace is very important. You have to make sure that the vents face outwards and not upwards or behind. We use our fireplace as back up heat on a generator when the power goes out. It does a really good job at keeping the living room area warm. It has different heat settings, as well as the option to just have the fire without the heat for looks. It is SUPER cozy we use it almost daily during the winter/fall nights just for looks! It is recessed so it is perfect for this project as it has a ledge that sits back after you make the hole to place it in! You can find our exact fireplace here, it is 50" long, and we did this to be the same size as our television.

Behind one side of our couch, I bought a 60" crown molding mantel shelf. The shelf is notched on the top which makes it perfect for picture frames so they don't slide off! They come in many different sizes!

Our couch throw pillow covers came in a set of 4. (I wasn't too fond of the yellow and black, so I have that one put away in a closet.)

Although not exactly the same, here is a link to a similar "home" throw pillow you see sitting next to our pup!

We tried several times to add a coffee table, but it just was too bulky and hard to move around for the kids to play. I found this tufted ottoman, and it as the ultimate jackpot! It opens up so you can store extra blankets, remotes, etc.... and we added a tray to the top, so if we want to set a drink down we can.

It took me a while to find a nice big rug that wasn't too busy, but nice and bold! I really like the grey with the teal and navy. You can find this same rug here.

The tray on the ottoman works out well, it is also nice because you can move it around as needed!

I love the saying "There's no place like home," I found our wall hanging at a local TJ Maxx years ago, and it works perfect as there is a plug behind it and it covers it well. Here is a link to a similar one.

I probably should have posted this with the DIY farmhouse kitchen table post but sense we are talking house decor it fits here as well I suppose! I was so sick of looking at the builders grade pendant covers over the island and didnt want to spend a fortune replacing them! I found these at our local Michael's for $5 each! I brought them home and my husband drilled the holes in the top to fit the existing fixture! I can NOT find these exact ones anywhere now!

These are the closest ones I can find!

You will start to feel like apart of my family here soon... I can't take a picture when they are all home without one of the babes, my husband, or the dog modeling for me. LOL. Here is a picture of our farmhouse table put together. The ENTIRE set up (including the seating) was done for less than $450!! Here is the post with info on how!

Our entry way table needs some work, right now it's currently decorated partly by my 4 year old daughter lol.

The lamp came in a set, which I used the others for our Master Bedroom and guest room.

The flip calendar is a hit. My babes love changing it every morning.

Our unicorn piggy bank, that found it's way from my daughter's room!

A sneak peak of our play ground in the background! Want to see more? Head over to "Our Playroom" post to get the DL on all the goods!

For years I always had a small "door rug" by the front door. I am not sure why I never thought to put a big one there! Now we have a 5x7 rug, and it's great at designating the shoe, coat removal area vs. trekking it through the house!

I can't find the exact rug online, and I am not sure where I picked it up (thinking TJ Maxx or Ross..) but here is a very similar one if you like this pattern!

Same goes for the signs by the door, I am not sure where I got it, but if you like the quote you can find a similar one here!

The family rules sign on the shelf you can a similar one here!

This little 24" shelf with pegs works out awesome for hanging our coats!

I always love displaying the kid's latest and greatest works! I have this display sign next to our kitchen table, so they can also share with our guests!

I haven't paid too much attention to my office yet, aside from my desk area. There are two things everyone always asks me about my Salvador Dali Clock and my Chair!

Here is the link to my clock (which you can hardly see on my shelf in the back)

Here you get a sneak peak of our tree fort! Check it out now, over on my DIY Tree House Swing Set Post its a double decker and has all kinds of new stuff!

We will end on the back deck. Again, another Hubby win!!! He designed and built our deck, and figured out a way to save space when it comes to table and chairs! He made this awesome counter height bar that over looks the back yard. The kids LOVE LOVE LOVE eating dinner here, and it's awesome for adults while the kids are out in the yard playing. He also built out a place for our grill so it too wouldn't be in the way of the main deck area. You don't lose a lot of deck room as you would with a typical table and chairs set! We got these bar stools, and my husband, who owns an auto body shop, cleared the wood so they are weather proof!

Hoping one day this overlooks a nice pool and spa!

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