I love a good home tour! I could spend all day drooling over a design book or making my way through a neighborhood house walk. So I thought, why not start a home tour series here on CKT?! We could all use a little inspiration, so I figured I would start... I'll show you mine, if you show me yours. (Thank you to everyone who has offered to show their home!)
We live in the suburbs of Chicago on a street close to town. Our house is a 1920's foursquare and possibly a catalogue home(??). I like to think of our place as our ever-changing dream home. There are so many features I love--the location, the vintage features, the open(ish) floor plan and of course, the fact that we live here. The quirks are that we have one (ONE!) bathroom and a garage (shed?) with a dirt floor. We have plans...so many plans!
I always think about New York City because if our place was in Manhattan, we would essentially be living like, well, I don't know who, but let's go with someone semi-famous. Even though we're not in NYC, I do think there is something to be said about better use of space. I'm not into tiny houses, but I do think that most people have a lot of space that goes unused. I like small, efficient space...why else did I buy a house with one bathroom? My goal is to always rethink our space and make it better (California Closet goals). This means continually going through our stuff, keeping less, and generally trying to stay on top of everything that comes through the front door (gifts, mail, packages, etc.). And someday there will be an addition that includes one or two more bathrooms; because... teenagers.
My philosophy is to create a simple space that is kid-friendly and cozy--using style to showcase art, books, photographs, plants, and light. I love a mix of old and new. All of the updates we have done on our house include: paint (walls, cabinets, etc.), light fixtures, a breakfast bar, and some wainscoting/wood walls. My biggest style tip is: never underestimate the power of a good throw pillow, or blanket!
Note: Sam's room was not pictured, it's still a work in progress.