Hello friends and welcome to Day 1 of the Parade of Homes tour. I am so thrilled to have Michelle from Decor and the Dog kicking off our Parade of Homes Event. Not only does Michelle have an adorable home but an adorable dog named Ike that loves to assist with all of her projects. I just love Michelle's style and always look forward to what she comes up with next. Just the other day she painted her pantry doors on a whim and it turned out so cute!! It made me want to run out and buy a gallon of chalkboard paint to do the same thing to our pantry doors. She just makes everything look so easy, I always think to myself, wow, why didn't I think of that? Thank you so much Michelle for opening up your home for us today!
Hello, Karen at Home readers! My name is Michelle. I blog over at Decor and the Dog. Today I’d like to show you around my house! Isn’t snooping through people’s houses the best part of reading blogs?
Welcome to our home! Park anywhere you’d like.
Come on in! Beware of our dog…..he might lick you.
When you open our front door, you will first see our circular staircase and the two story living room.
On your left is our dining room…
We used Photoshop Elements to make create a professional looking photo of our dog (read about the process here)…and yes, we are THOSE people who use their dog as art. I purchased the hutch from the Salvation Army and refinished it.
Straight ahead is the living room…
We spend most of our time in this room. We wanted something that looked like grown-ups lived in the house but was also super comfortable and inviting. You can read more about the living room and our plans for it here.
Looking left from the living room is our kitchen and breakfast area…(It’s dark, I don’t have an updated photo from this angle, and I need to finish this post so you get a Christmas view.)…
I’d like to tell you that I spend a lot of time in our kitchen cooking…but in reality…I spend a lot of time sitting on one of those bar stools watching Nate cook. He cooks. I clean. We’re a good pair. Our favorite things in our kitchen include the island (you can read how we added the bead board here), the microwave/oven combo, and the stainless steel hood.
Our eating area has been recently updated…
The husband figure built the farmhouse table. He does good work. I’ll keep him around. The chairs are from World Market and the light is from Barn Light Electric.
On the other side of the living room is our office…
This room is still in progress but I recently added burlap behind the built-ins and styled the shelves with flea markets finds.
As you head back to the front on the house you will find our powder room…
I love this room but I really don’t think I will ever stencil again. (Read more about the stenciling process here!)
Turning right out of the powder room will lead you to the mudroom.
This mudroom was a compromise between the dog and I. The dog wanted his own space. I wanted it to look nice. I think we worked things out nicely between the two of us.
That it’s for the first floor. Heading up the stairs you will find our master suite (on the right of the walk way), laundry room (top of the stairs), and Jack-and-Jill bedrooms/bath (on the left).
Let’s head on into our master suite. Here’s our master bedroom…
You can read about how we made our West Elm inspired Window Headboard here. We do plan to build a bed frame soon (to replace the lovely bed skirt).
Off of our master bedroom is our master bathroom and closet…
The second floor also includes our laundry room…
I wish I could tell you that it is always this clean. Let’s move on.
Upstairs we also have Jack & Jill bedrooms and a bath. We currently use one of the rooms as a guest room and one as a “craft” room. We haven’t done much with them and I asked Nate to take a picture of them before we left for the week-end…I wasn’t home to spruce them up…so you get them as is. It’s nice to see a few messy-ish rooms though, right?..like my ironing board that doesn’t fold up but I’m too cheap to buy a new one…
Now we’ll head to the basement where we still have quite a bit of work to do.
Here is our family room area. It needs help. If only time and money grew on trees…or if the Simpsons were as hot as chevron and lucite…
Next we have a guest bathroom that also needs some love.
Last, but not least, is our guest bedroom. I promise that the duvet isn’t always wrinkly.
You can read more about the guest bedroom here. You can read about how we reupholstered the headboard here.
That concludes our house tour. Thanks to Karen for letting me show you around! Check out our Projects tab for more info DIY projects that we have completed! Paint colors are listed on our House Tour tab. Let me know if you have any other questions! The dog and I hope you will stop by Decor and the Dog in the future!
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