Fall House Tour – The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Welcome to my fall house tour! I’m so glad you are here. It seems like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a seasonal house tour, doesn’t it? It feels good to be back and opening my door to invite you all in for a look around after our move into this house last year. I mean, I invite you all in all the time, of course, but I think this is really the first time in this house that I’ve set out cookies for you and shown a lot of angles of several rooms all in one post. So, welcome :).

I’m so excited to be joining in with the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours today, hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. You can check out her fall tour  (be prepared to drool over her cozy home and beautiful newly remodeled kitchen!).

To those of you arriving from the gorgeous home of my lovely friend Shauna’s (), come on in! I’m so glad to have you all here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

I started my TENTH year of blogging (!!!) this past July! If you’ve been following for long, you know fall has always been a favorite around my blog and my house. This is actually the third house I’ve lived in since I started blogging. Time flies when you are having fun, right?

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

This little house is definitely a work in progress inside and out, so we have the chaos and the cozy going on everywhere.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

While each house I’ve lived in has been unique, I’ve always kept the same basic decorating formula: keep things simple and doable. In the fall I love to bring in extra coziness and warmth through texture and and few natural touches of the season.

With that said, this tour will be more of a look at “my house in the fall” than a look at the “101 ways I decorated with pumpkins” because that’s how I roll and it’s just the stage we’re in with our remodeling projects. At the end of this post you’ll find an extensive source list of my furniture, lighting, and accessories. But I have TONS of photos to share, so let’s get started!

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

I’ll let you peek around our main living areas today, and I’ll share our bedroom tomorrow. In the coming weeks I’ll have updates on our lower level and of course, I hope you’ll follow along with our upcoming small galley kitchen remodel and the new Dutch door installation, too! We’ll start those projects in just a matter of days now so I will have lots of updates to share.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

For you regular readers, if you see a few little things around the house you haven’t seen before, it’s because they are so fresh and new I haven’t even had time to post about them yet! Rest assured, I’ll share posts and specifics about the updates in the coming weeks, so don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything. Consider this post a preview with more details to come. :)

You’ll also find a few paragraphs below with the short-version story of our home if you are new to the blog or just need a refresher about where we live.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

The brief backstory of our “white brick cottage”

We bought this small 1950s red brick house in Seattle exactly one year ago. Honestly, it was the style of house I would often pass by when I was house hunting. Houses in our price range and location were in limited supply and hard to get with all the competition. We needed to get into a house before school started for our son, so we had to look at everything just in case there was potential!

As we walked through the house, we realized it might be just what we needed in this season of our life. Not only was it a well taken care of and solid house, it had amazing light flooding through large windows, a beautiful yard and a gorgeous view of the sky, sunsets, snow capped mountains and the Puget Sound. We knew it had potential, and indeed it does.

Our goal with this not-so-big house is to keep the modest size (1500 square feet of main living space, with a finished basement below), the structure, layout and much of the character it already had (white plaster walls, wood and slate floors, brick and stone architectural elements) but give it a fresh modern cottage look with our own unique mix of the eclectic coastal farmhouse ambience we love (inside and out).

This summer we painted the exterior so now we can officially say we live in a white brick cottage! I happen to SUPER LOVE white brick houses, so seeing the painted brick every day for the past couple of weeks has already made me feel so much more like this humble house was meant to be for us.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

You can see a peek at our newly painted white brick (and our side patio progress) above.

There’s still lots to do like clean up the the new concrete, add a Dutch door to the front and this porch entrance, wrap the porch posts to make them chunkier, add stair railings and a front fence and gate. I’ll be back with updates as they happen :)

We’ll continue to add more character and curb appeal next year to the front and back of the house, but the paint alone radically changed how this home looks.

I’d love to talk more about our plans for the outside, but I took a MILLION photos of the entry, living room and dining room so let’s go back inside and keep looking around!

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Shop my house:

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage
Soon you’ll be able to see our new Dutch door reflected in this mirror. :) You can read more about my Dutch door plans here and here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Read more about our hallway makeover progress here

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

This is our pup Jack (and his sister, Lily, below). He’s a Goldendoodle and she’s a Labradoodle. You can follow them and their cousins Bella and Leo at .

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

This fireplace was one of our first little projects. It was so easy but it really made such a huge difference in this room! You can find the budget fireplace makeover details here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

We will be opening up the doorway a bit more between the dining room and kitchen and making it into an arch. You can see where the archway and new kitchen will be in the image above! I can’t wait to show you our kitchen plans :). You can read about our ‘mood’ for the new kitchen here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage
Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

This summer we added the shiplap wall and it really helped bring more character to the dining room. You can find the details and what we used for the shiplap here.

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

See my plum bedroom here

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Thank you so much for stopping by, friends! I enjoyed having you over to see a bit of our house progress. I have a little surprise for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this tour. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll enter you into a GIVEAWAY to win a set of all four of my books. I’ll even sign them before I send ’em off to the winner :). (U.S. address only for book shipments, thanks for your understanding!)

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

>> Be sure to head to the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour,  Enjoy! <<

SOURCE LIST:

Living Room Sources:

Gray nailhead wingback chair

 (more similar rugs here)

 (more leather sofas here)

Daybed pillows: gray & white hex pattern – HomeGoods ( / ), navy & white – 

 (small space drop-leaf dining table, on sale)

 in Bali Abaca

(and more similar style dressers)

Fringe blanket on leather sofa: HomeGoods

Rattan nesting tables – Ross

with 

Blue glass gallon bottle –  (mine was thrifted for my DIY Lamp)

 (behind leather couch)

Fireplace paint details

Gray and white crewel pillows (HomeGoods, )

Dining Room Sources:

 in Bali Abaca

(on dining console)

 with gray ombre wood beads ( and )

above dining console

Rattan dining shelf – thrifted (see more rattan furniture here)

(out of stock but similar available)

 (and more similar)

 (antiqued taupe)

Entry Sources:

 front door

 (painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey)

White Barnlights: / Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light / White Finish / Flush Mount / Mounting Finish: Same as fixture (white) / No Cage

Guest Room Sources:

Mirror – Ashley HomeStore

Outdoor Sources:

above garage

(matte gray)

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

Fall House Tour - The White Brick Cottage

>> Be sure to head to the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour,  Enjoy! <<

Creating a Life We Love

Creating a Life We LoveThis post is in partnership with , an artist, author and lifestyle brand.

Hello, friends! A year ago, before we actually moved here, we imagined creating a room just like this. We dreamed about having a place where friends and family could come stay with us to enjoy the city or just spend time catching up! But this is more than just a room to us, it’s symbolic of why we have a need for a guest room in the first place.

Creating a Life We Love

 

It was over eight years ago that our life as a family began to take an unexpected turn.

Creating a Life We Love2009

Eight and a half years ago, my husband’s job ended. In 2009 after a stressful year of unemployment and uncertainty, my husband and I moved with our son Luke (our girls’ little brother, yes, they all three have the same parents and we are still married, in case that was confusing, ha!) from our hometown of Portland, Oregon to Washington to start a new church.

Creating a Life We Love

We moved to a peninsula in the Puget Sound area, about three hours away from Portland, extended family and from our girls. Courtney was finishing her senior year of high school and Kylee had just gotten married and was in college. Luke was partway through second grade, just a little guy.

The move brought a dream to life for my husband and it was worth the sacrifice in many other ways. And while the move was made with intention for the good of our family and we were excited about it, in other ways the transition was very difficult on all of us.

It was especially hard at first knowing that because of the move, our three kids would no longer live in the same city. The impact the move made on our family just about broke this mama’s heart. Being away from their eight year old brother broke our girls’ hearts too, so within just six months of our move they did something many siblings would never consider. They did something I would have never asked them to do. They (along with my oldest daughter’s husband Lance) willingly left their lives, friends and even changed colleges and plans to move to Seattle to be closer to us and most of all, to be closer to Luke.

Creating a Life We Love

Living in Seattle, they were then just over 1.5 hours away so every weekend for years and years they boarded a ferry to cross the water to our house to spend time with their brother and come to church with us. Our kids sacrificed so much to nurture their close relationships as siblings and for us as a family. I’m so proud of their selflessness, devotion to family and their maturity.

In more recent years as the kids graduated from college and got full time jobs, life was even busier for all of us. My youngest daughter Courtney started working with me full time at Onerror two years ago. As our business grew in new directions, we struggled at times to find ways to work productively with the inconvenience of living in different cities.

Last spring as Luke was finishing up eighth grade, we sensed a change was brewing for our family. We had just four more years with him at home full time before he’d head to college. Part of creating a life you love is adapting and adjusting to the new seasons. You find ways to adjust and continue to nurture relationships in a new period of life. After much prayer and consideration, we decided to do something we hadn’t imagined when we first moved to Washington. But, we were so confident it was the right choice for all of us.

Creating a Life We Love
Ten months ago, we moved across the water to Seattle to be closer to our kids. It wasn’t easy (is a move ever easy?) to leave behind our home and all the changes and challenges that accompanied relocating, but it was worth it to bring our family closer together. We are so grateful to be here.

Closer proximity has definitely changed many things for the better. Now instead of minimum 1.5 hours each trip for any of us to get together, it’s a quick ten minute drive. We can easily have spontaneous family dinners, be in the same room for daily work, have more time to play and even can help each other out at the spur of the moment. Our kids have more sibling time for watching movies, going to church, playing with the dogs and just enjoying time together.

Creating a Life We Love

We can’t predict life’s ups and downs. Life often brings unwelcome or at least unexpected changes, but change can offer us opportunities for refining how we want to live. We can’t expect to create a perfect life, but we can create a life we love. We are trying to live it as fully as possible in the season (and city) we are in.

We are looking forward to more family adventures this summer and have already enjoyed hosting family from Portland in this pretty guest room. That’s why this guest room means so much to us. It’s not just a room, it’s a connection point between where we came from and where we are. It’s a tangible reminder of pursuing relationships, finding joy in the journey and chasing dreams. We may have left our hometown, but we know this guest room door will always open for the people we love.

Creating a Life We Love

The brand believes everyone has a right to “Create a Life They Love.” In pursuit of that philosophy, they have become valued for the connections they encourage with their expressive painting and heartfelt, hand-lettered messages. From greeting cards to gifts, and from home to fashion, Kathy Davis products are sold in over 60,000 stores nationwide.

How are you creating a life you love? I’d love to hear your story in the comments!

 

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