Home Tour: Making My House a Home

I've been wanting to do a home tour post for about two years now, seeing as we moved in our new home almost two-and-a-half years ago. But, along with many other things I've learned about being a first-time home owner is that, making your house a home takes some TLC. Houses are bigger than apartments and putting a personal touch to each room takes time--and a waiting game with my bank account. For me, I knew I liked a clean Restoration Hardware-esque feel to my design style, but I also knew that I wanted to incorporate some personal and eclectic elements that were reminiscent of who we are and the things that we love. I also knew that while I love whites and creams, I still wanted the house to have a masculine chic-meets-mid-century feel to it.

Also, since I'm trying to gauge who's reading this blog (or if it's just my mom) and what kinds of things YOU like to read about, I'd love for you to leave a little comment! Especially if you have questions about where anything in this post is from. If there are any requests as to where I got certain things, I'll do another post outlining those things specifically.

I still have many design plans floating around in my head to finish it off, but I did want to share with you our stand-still progress that will at least hold me over for a bit longer, until I can purchase a few finishing pieces. For example, the wall below is what will eventually be a full-blown gallery wall composed of art, hand-painted literary quotes, geekery, and a small bookshelf with our favorite classic novels--among a few other odds and end pieces I've got floating around in my brain. Nonetheless, for now, I love the beginnings of it so much that I was ready to share. It's just very telling of some key interests that make up who we are.

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The hutch above actually normally has a TV on it, but someone is currently borrowing our TV and I was really digging the temporary setup and mid-century vibes inhabiting the blank space. Maybe the TV will find a new home when it returns in another space in our house...2014-07-17_0045

Cozy creams here, with a bit of an architectural vibe. This isn't a full shot of my coffee table, but it's one of my most favorite pieces in my home. It really brings together the space.2014-07-17_00482014-07-17_00382014-07-17_0046

My newest and most favorite addition to our living room is the white shag area rug above. There is just nothing that pulls together a room and gives it a nice cozy feeling like an appropriate area rug. 2014-07-17_0050

My dining area was a little more difficult to photograph, and as all home owners end up having regrets about certain choices in the building process, mine here would be the choice of lighting in my dining area. But, it does it's job, so I really cannot complain. We chose more industrial-styled fixtures for the bar area over the high counters and that's more of the feel I would choose for the dining area if I could go back in time. It also made getting this shot a little frustrating for my clean-cut tendencies. But, despite that, after adding the area rug under my table, my dining area feels complete to me.2014-07-17_0051 And just because I felt it appropriate to end this post with a little Star Wars for the super geek in my house...

I hope you loved a little peek into parts of my home!

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