Poppies at Play Parade of Homes

by Chris on April 6, 2011

Welcome to stop #11! Poppies at Play is hosting her annual Parade of Homes and asked yours truly to be a part of it. Knowing how much I love a good house tour, I had to jump at the offer! If you’re a new reader today—welcome!


I don’t show a lot of exterior shots simply ‘cause you never know what kind of weather you’re going to get in Michigan. But…here it is in the spring! Yes, that’s my husband getting ready to make out with his dog. They love each other.

colonial house

The hub of the house is most definitely this space. There’s usually a huge dog plopped in the middle of the floor and Star Wars action figures on the island, but I think you get the idea.

open kitchen

In a moment of insanity creativity, I decided to painted the end of our cabinets with chalkboard paint. The kids love it, and I love it. My husband probably doesn’t even know it’s there. :)

chalkboard cabinets

We did a lot of work to the dining room last spring, and it’s certainly one of my favorite rooms. Again, you’ll usually see an action figure hanging from the chandelier. It’s one of the first rooms that our guests see, so I’m glad it’s finished. Now our local Girl Scout stopping by or the vacuum salesman will believe that we actually eat dinner.

board and batten dining room

board and batten

My son’s room is going through a MAJOR overhaul this summer. He’ll be turning 12 in July, and as he so subtly reminded me, he’s “gonna be a man soon, Mom”. Uhhh ok. Regardless, the room is starting to look a bit young for him.

boys room

We’re kind of obsessed with the Detroit Tigers at this house. I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to incorporate that into his new “manly” looking bedroom. Hmmm….wheels turning.

boys baseball room

And lastly, the craft room. Because it is literally going through a transformation as I write this post, I’ll just show you some snippets. I reupholstered this chair and painted the dresser to feminize the room.




reupholstered chair

I guess you’ll just have to come back if you want to see what direction I’m going with it. FYI—craft rooms have a LOT of stuff in them! I wouldn’t recommend changing them if you’re not prepared for some work. Gees!

cherry blossoms print

Oh, in case you’re wondering, the dog does have his own room as well. It’s generally wherever we are.












The next stop on the tour is Melissa from 320 Sycamore! Just click on over to see the tour of her home! Have fun and thanks for stopping by!




If you’d like to see a full list of the participants, you can find them here! As a bonus, go back to Poppies at Play on Saturday for a house tour link-up! I’ll be there!



Charity April 6, 2011 at 6:42 am

You have a beautiful home! =)

Mary Catherine April 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

so fun to see the tour. Also, this is probably my favorite picture of the nemesis ever! :)

Red Door Home April 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

Thank you for the fabulous tour! Your dining room is so calm, bright and pretty. Loved how you painted the cabinet with the chalkboard paint! I imagine it is quite handy for lists, notes and a fun place for the kids to draw!

Monica April 6, 2011 at 11:51 am

Love it! It's so beautiful.

Monica April 6, 2011 at 11:52 am

Btw, I can't believe how grown up your daughter looks in that last pic. Don't you sometimes wish you could freeze time and keep your kids at this age? I know I do.

Anonymous April 6, 2011 at 11:54 am

wowee! HUGE house…are they all like that in America? I'm from the UK

Jen April 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Your house is GORGEOUS! Love your big beautiful lawn! I also love that last picture of the dog!! So cute!

Erin April 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Gorgeous home!!! I love the pic of your daughter and dog, too cute!

Southern Gal April 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I've read your blog for a while. I have to say I love this post and seeing your home from a different perspective.

Lisa April 6, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Chris, your home is gorgeous. Loved seeing all your rooms at once – I really like your style!

InMyOwnStyle April 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Hi Chris-

You have a beautiful home – so bright and cheery, but I have to say – I love that photo of your daughter and a very comfy dog. So cute!!!

My best-Diane

Colleen April 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I love your home!! Very pretty kitchen and the dining room is gorgeous!

Oh, and how about that green lawn!!! love it!

melissa * 320 Sycamore April 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Oh, don't you hate that they get older and outgrow their rooms?? Love everything in your home…

Andy Porter April 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Chris, your home is beautiful! Love your dining area and the boys room is so cute!! Everything about your place is so inviting!! Thanks so much for the tour!!

Poppies at Play

Dawn April 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Your home is beautiful! Love the zebra print rug!

By the way, the pic of your dog hugging your daughter is precious!

Sheri April 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

You have a beautiful home!

Bossy Betty April 6, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Great house and your decorating is incredible!

Tausha April 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Love it all Chris! I totally agree with you on the whole craft room thing. I lovingly call my space the crap room. I really have sooo much stuff-if I had not hid it really well, I would think that I should be on hoarders! Love the dining room! And I am really coveting your chair recover. I know I should covet-but come on, that thing is beyond beautiful! Have a fantastic Wednesday!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking April 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Beautiful! I've got a baseball boy in this house too!

Carol Ann April 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Enjoyed the tour! And I'm adding your blog to my lengthy list of like-minded decorators to see what you come up with in the craft room. I would love to move my craft closet to a bigger space and need some ideas!

Angela April 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm

You have a beautiful home! I want to come live with you for a week and be your intern so you can teach me all your tricks! you did such a great job with reupholstering the chair in the craft room, how brave of you to atempt that.
I'll be graduating in 3mos. with a BS in Interior Design, and must say you have a natural talent! perhaps someday you'll consider this as your career??

Anyway, you've got me hooked (husband not so happy with all the ideas your putting my head)I love your blog!

-Angela from California

Lila April 6, 2011 at 6:05 pm

You have a beautiful home. I'm pretty sure the exterior of your house is my dream home. I absolutely love the huge lawn. My parents have a ginormous yard, hence why I want one. My husband just can't understand why you'd want to mow that!
Lila Ferraro

Dear Lillie April 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Your home is absolutely beautiful! This tour is so much fun!

JILB April 7, 2011 at 12:15 am

You have a great house! Loving the home tour, and your sense of humor. Your puppy is very handsome, I can understand your husbands attraction. ;) Thanks for sharing, I'll be back to check out the craft room update.

paige April 7, 2011 at 1:14 am

Ummm, can I have that precious monster of a sweet dog? I love seeing him in your posts…he brings a smile to my face EVERY single time!!!! Oh, and your house is gorgeous too!!! Love the colors you have picked out!

Sabrina C. April 7, 2011 at 2:32 am

Okay, how do you not have a single weed in that large gorgious yard????? Love you house and I to love your dog.

Cori April 7, 2011 at 4:01 am

I really enjoyed touring your home. The first shot of the exterior took my breath away. What an absolutely gorgeous piece of property.

You have done a wonderful jopb of making your home stylist and comfortable at the same time.

Really enjoyed coming by tonight..

Stsrview Sonnet

Ms.JayQue April 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

First of all let me say that I love your sense of humour and your personality..those really come through in your posts. I saved your dining room in my inspiration folder: I love everything about it. Thanks for the tour.

Elz April 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Lovely home. I did the same thing with my kitchen cabinet several years ago. We love it. I use it as a weekly menu/activities board up top and the kids draw below.

Mrs. Taylor April 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Your house is so pretty! I love that zebra rug & pillow. :)


House Queen April 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Girl…seriously? Could anything be prettier? No wonder you have fabulous ideas, decorations, etc…your entire place is STUNNING! I want to move in! Have a great day! I enjoyed the tour!!!

Kelley at My Island Wedding April 7, 2011 at 8:53 pm

wow…these shots are fantastic… i am drooling! so where are the floppy dogs and the action figures??

Traci@ Beneath My Heart April 8, 2011 at 1:58 am

Your home is stunning!!! I love your front yard! Dreamy.
Thanks for letting us visit. :)

Kristin@FavoritePaintColors April 8, 2011 at 3:18 am

So beautiful! I love your kitchen and your chalkboard on the side – it's very creative. :) Thanks for the beautiful home tour!

Jedi Mama April 8, 2011 at 3:31 am

You had me at the words "…there's usually Star Wars action figures on the island." I just found your blog, quite by accident, and that phrase will make me come back, because we live and breath some Star Wars at OUR house. Or rather, the small boy does! Your house is super cute, and I love that you were brave enough to paint the ends of your cabinets in chalkboard paint! How cool is that?! We have cream-colored kitchen cabinets, too, and there's a big end on the one that houses the refrigerator…I'd LOVE to have it done up in chalkboard paint…but I don't know if I'm brave enough to commit to it! What a wimp, huh?! Anyway, your house is darling. Thanks for the tour.

Anonymous April 9, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Visiting the house tour. You have a beautiful home but I just have to tell you the last photo captured my heart. Your child and her pup…pure heaven. Lovely picture.


Cindy April 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Beautiful. Our wood floor is dark like yours but I can't get it shiny and you always see foot prints on it. What do you use?

Beth@The Stories of A to Z April 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Uh…hilarious. I totally copied you without even consciously realizing it. Have you seen my spring mantel yet? Come look to see what I'm talking about :).

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