Tour Our Home

Welcome! If you love getting an opportunity to peek inside someones home as much as I do, then you've come to the right place, because I'm opening the doors and showing you around! 



Before I show you around, let me give you a little background...
When we were first married, Scott and I lived in a loft-condo in downtown Denver, which suited us perfectly! We love the city and we loved living within walking distance of all our favorite things - art, theater, sports, and good restaurants. Our place was small, but 
we spent most of our free time making those 900 square feet perfect for us. But when the opportunity arose for us to move to our favorite Denver neighborhood {with room to grow}, we jumped at the chance. 




It has been an interesting experience living in a very modern, new-build home in the middle of a historic neighborhood where not everyone is happy to see houses like ours continuing to pop up. But the neighborhood has over 100 years of different architectural styles, and I like to remember that once upon a time all those 1950's bungalows were the new-builds among the 1890's Victorians. And it's that continued evolution that I believe has kept our neighborhood such a fun and happy place to be!





FLOOR PLANS

Our home is quite long and thin, making its layout a bit non-traditional. Our home is spread over four levels{yes, that is a LOT of stairs} - three above ground and a fully finished basement.





Ok, now that you have some context, let me show you around...

FRONT PORCH

I enjoy decorating the front porch for each holiday. Here's our recent spring front porch.



ENTRYWAY

Immediately inside the front doors,  you are greeted by a long entry table. The painting above the table is one that I did, but I've never really loved it and I have plans to repaint it sometime soon! {See the creative way that I covered this painting for Christmas.}


LIVING ROOM

To the left of the entry way is the living room.


Read the full entry and living room tour post for the details on our giant clock art, and how we framed our television {which we also use to display our favorite art}.



You can also read all the details about the floating photo shelves. 



Now let's head around the corner toward the kitchen and powder room. Along the way, you'll pass the narrow wall with our shoe cabinet {read about 20 other ways you can organize with an Ikea shoe cabinet}.




POWDER ROOM

As you round the corner, you get a look directly into the powder room.


This bathroom went from basic builder-beige to this modern beauty. The colors in the bathroom art were chosen to match the colors of the kitchen. {More details in the full powder room post.}

KITCHEN

Turning to the left from the powder room, you are now in the kitchen.{Take the full kitchen tour}


Although our kitchen is not open to the living room, we have created a small sitting area in front of a double-sided fireplace, which makes it a very livable space where we spend much of our family time.



When we purchased the house, there was a large, unused space in the corner of the kitchen. After considering many options, we decided to create a mudroom-like space in that corner by adding a bench and hooks for hanging jackets and bags, as well as adding additional storage.


Read about the planning process and the details of the completed mudroom space.


BACKYARD

The door next the "mudroom" leads to the backyard. We have undertaken two pretty major backyard renovation projects. The first was a number of years ago when we added a large patio between the house and the backyard. 


Take the most recent backyard tour and see the backyard before photos.


And the most recent backyard project was the construction of a retaining wall to both improve our curb appeal and allow the grassy portion of the backyard to be leveled, creating room for the kids to play. 



Read about this retaining wall project; and see the updated kids' play space



When the sun goes down, the string lights create the perfect ambiance for evenings in the backyard. Read about how to install commercial grade string lights.


Now let's head up to the SECOND FLOOR...


UPSTAIRS HALL

When you arrive at the top of the stairs, you find yourself in a big, open hallway. The railing looks down on the first floor, and the large windows are located directly above our front door. That cute black and white cabinet is pretty sneaky, because it actually provides extra storage for the adjacent bathroom.







NURSERY

To the right of the black armchair in the hall is a door that leads in to Cooper's nursery. {Take the full nursery tour.}


Painting the teal ombre stripes was a time consuming process, but so worth the impact it makes in the room! The quilt that hangs above the crib was a fun collaboration between my mom and I - I drew the animals and she worked her sewing magic.



BOYS' BATHROOM


A door in the corner of the nursery leads to a small bathroom with a nice sized shower. This bathroom also connects to the hallway, which makes it perfect for our boys to share. This bathroom still looks the same as it did before we had the kids {except for the shark toilet tank lever}, but it get a "boy-ish" makeover soon.



HALLWAY

Exiting the bathroom, you find yourself back in the hallway.


Following railing to the right and down the hallway, you come to the stairs leading to the third floor {where our master suite is located}, and just past the stairs, you'll come to the laundry and linen closet...

LAUNDRY CLOSET

Down the hall, there are two sets of double doors. Behind one is our linen closet, and behind the other is our washer and dryer. Having a laundry closet instead of a spacious laundry room is a bit of a bummer, but I've managed to make it both function and stylish by adding fun pops of Kelly green, a DIY countertop, and lots of storage, including on the back of the doors



"LITTLE GENTLEMAN" BEDROOM

Across from the laundry closet is the bedroom that we used to use an exercise room, but which is now belongs to our older son, Beckett. We refer to this space as Beckett's "little gentleman's lounge." The room design is menswear inspired, including the hand painted argyle wall, which was a true labor of love! {Take the full bedroom tour.}


He loves books, so we gave him lots of book shelf space, two comfy little chairs, and even a hanging tent where he enjoys reading books almost daily! We also put a low table in the center of the room that is the perfect height for him to play at, and has two large drawers perfect for toy storage.


GUEST BEDROOM

At the end of the hall is a guest room with an en suite bathroom. The design of the guest room was inspired by our honeymoon travels in the Greek Islands. {Take the full guest room tour.}




GUEST BATHROOM

The guest bathroom was also inspired by our travels in Greece, right down to the giant quote on the wall. {Take the full guest bathroom tour.}



The bathtub in this bathroom is where we bath the boys, so we hung a rail to keep bathtub toys organized on a daily basis, but it can quickly swaps out to display more sophisticated bath essentials when guests are in town. {Read more about the bathtub toy storage.}


Up another flight of stairs to the third floor...


MASTER BEDROOM

Our master suite, together with a large wrap-around deck, takes up the entire third floor of our home.

It only took six years, but last fall we finally made our bedroom a priority and gave it the makeover it deserved! {Take the full master bedroom tour.}



We are extremely fortunate to have a stone fireplace in the bedroom, but it used to blend right in to the dark beige walls. The new, light grey walls brighten up the room and make the fireplace much more of a focal point. We enjoy having a tv in our room, but wanted it to be less of a focal point in the room. We achieved that through the addition of a large gallery wall up, over, and around the television. {Read my gallery wall planning tips.}



The new art above the bed is one of my favorite features of the room, and the trim molding frames that we built around them really make them pop!


I've always wanted to have a comfortable place to read in my bedroom, so that was an important part of the bedroom redesign. The corner between the two sliders was a perfect spot because it gets great natural light. I found the perfect chair and gave a DIY treatment to an inexpensive ottoman for added reading comfort.



MASTER BATHROOM

The master bathroom is our most recent renovation project, and I am so thrilled with how it turned out! 


Check out the full master bathroom makeover post to see lots more photos of the cement tile, new barn door, giant photo mural, and more!


I'll add photos of the master suite's wrap around deck soon, though probably not until next the spring.

Lastly, let's head to the basement... that's right, three flights of stairs down from the master bedroom.

FAMILY ROOM

I have never properly photographed the basement {bad blogger!}, but here's a photo I snapped a few years ago when we first bought our pool table. This was before we tiled the fireplace!


And here area few basement photos from last year's Christmas home tour {you can see the tiled fireplace in this one}...


The pool table is in the center of the basement family room, with the couch and tv at one end, and kids play area at the other.





UNDER STAIRS PLAYROOM


Around the corner from the kids' open play space, we created a special little hide out for them under the stairs. We fondly refer to the rock & roll themed under stair playroom as their "studio." Take the full under stair playroom tour to see how we created a magnetic ping pong wall coaster and also added lots of storage hidden in plain sight.


OFFICE

The basement also has a bathroom and another bedroom that we use as a home office. Here's a peek at the office, also decked out for Christmas.




Ok, I know that basement tour leave something to be desired, but I promise I'll get better basement photos up soon!

Since you've had a few sneak peeks of our Christmas tour, you might like to see how the rest of the house gets decked out for each holiday:

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