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Diy, thrifty home decor decorating ideas on a budget. Painting furniture, stenciling projects. Turning trash to treasure.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Colonial style home tour

Hi, I'm Judy from DIYbyDesign.
Welcome to our home.  We built our Colonial style house in 1999.
Since then most of the rooms have been transformed at least once.
When you come in the front door we have a two story entryway.
So what do you do with that extra space above the front door?
Well if you're get up there on a ladder and decorate.

One of the most major changes happened about four years ago when we gutted the kitchen.  We were young when we built the house and we knew our tastes would change.  We were smart enough to opt for the builder's grade kitchen and did not upgrade anything in that room.  So when the dishwasher broke about five years ago, the wheels were set in motion for a total gut job.
I love our kitchen.  It is truly the heart of our home and where we spend most of our time.
One of my favorite things in the kitchen, and the one I receive the most e-mails on, is the chandelier over the kitchen island.  It is from ABC Crystal and is perfect for the island in it's design.  This chandelier was definitely a splurge, but so worth it as it is such a focal point of the kitchen.
In the old kitchen this area had a desk that was never used.  I designed this to wrap around two walls to form a bar area.  It is such a better use of the space and makes it feel part of the kitchen now.
We also have an eat in area in our kitchen.  I reupholstered the seats of those kitchen chairs after I was inspired by a fabric I saw in an Ethan Allen flyer. 
 I found just enough fabric on Ebay to complete the project.
Next room up is our living room.  The living room is our music room and reading room, and is also often used for after dinner conversation since it attaches to the dining room.
Here is our dining room.  
The dining room gets lots of natural light and has a gorgeous view of the backyard.

Here is one side of the dining room...

Here is the other.  The color on the wall is BM Tawny Port.  
I've been feeling the urge for a while now to lighten up the paint color,
 but haven't taken the plunge yet.
Next up is our family room which is also off the kitchen but on the other side.
The color on the wall is Benjamin Moore Arizona Tan.
The house is very open and I love how you can see all the way to the front door from here.
One of my favorite pieces in the room is a dresser we received after my husband's grandmother passed away.  It was in BAD shape.  It was my first major trash to treasure project.
The fireplace received a renovation a few years ago.  We removed the basic oak builders mantle and had this beautiful mantle made by the person who did all of our moulding work.
The mudroom was renovated last year.  It was my first time doing board and batten. 
 Our mudroom is also our laundry room.  
I just love this room now.  Makes me almost enjoy doing laundry...almost.
Heading upstairs the first room you see is my daughter's newly decorated room.  She is eleven and it was time for her room to get a more tween look.
I created this style tile board inspired by Pottery Barn Teen.  The letters were plain white and I found them on clearance at Target.  I covered them with the left over fabric.
Her desk is a Craigslist find that I painted using AS Chalk Paint.  The artwork I created as well.
Just down the hall is my 14 year old son's room.  He is a big sports fan.  
I made him the #5 pillow inspired by the Restoration Hardware Baby and Child pillow and the pillow to the right of the #5 pillow out of an old hockey jersey.
The guest room has probably gotten more updates than any room in our home (I don't know why except to say that I was never really satisfied with it).
The branches and birds look hand painted but are really vinyl decals.
The lamps were awesome Home Goods finds replicating Restoration Hardware lamps 
I had seen for 5x the cost.
The chair is a Craigslist find that I completely transformed using AS Chalk Paint 
and drop cloths to reupholster.  The drapes I made from fabric from
Calico Corners.  I used flat white sheets to line the pinch pleat drapes.
Our master bedroom was updated three years ago.  The color scheme is bronze, cream and robin's egg blue.  The colors are soothing and relaxing.
We have a tray ceiling and we painted it a robin's egg blue.  I wanted a chandelier but we needed a ceiling fan.  I found this perfect solution on
In creating an elegant design I mixed high with low.  The blue pillows I made using fabric that was $95/yard.  However, I mixed it with the bronze pillows from Target.  Mixed together you would never know the Target pillows were a bargain.  
We have five bathrooms...the master bathroom...

my daughter's bathroom...
my son's bathroom...
the powder room off the kitchen...
and the bathroom in our finished basement.
If you come over during the summer, you can be sure that there
will be pizza cooking in our outdoor pizza oven.
You can hang out by the pool...
or just relax in the shade on the patio.
Hope you enjoyed the tour of our home.
Thank you Judy for allowing us in your beautiful home, and giving us some great ideas that we can incorporate as well.





Blogger ashley said...

I love your home! So pretty! I have a question about your outdoor patio...If you don't mind me asking - how much did the pizza oven cost and the pavers? We are looking into doing an all paver patio with this set up --- and a firepit. Wanting to spend 10k or less.


February 24, 2012 at 9:33 AM  
Blogger A Whole Lotta Magic said...

Love your daughter's chandy!


February 24, 2012 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Love the kitchen and that chandy. Also what a nice outside area.

February 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

I just love everything. Your kitchen is one of my favorites. Every room is stunning and the colors are so wonderful. Beautifully decorated. Hugs, Marty

February 24, 2012 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Carla said...

Beautiful. I love the high end mixed with the bargains. Great inspirations. Thank you for sharing your home.

February 24, 2012 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger Formerly known as Frau said...

Gorgeous every room and your outside space is awesome! Thanks for inviting us into your home!

February 24, 2012 at 9:56 AM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Judy has a beautiful home Debbie! LOVE that kitchen and gorgeous chandy hanging over the island! Thanks for giving us the tour.

February 24, 2012 at 10:00 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

What a beautiful home! I love her kitchen. I know she must be so happy to get an whole new kitchen like that. I like her daughters bathroom too. The stained glass window in it is adorable! Love the outside area as well. How lucky to have a pool and outside kitchen area. That is truly paradise.

February 24, 2012 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a great tour!! Love the fan/chandelier combo in the master bedroom! Perfect for Texas heat!

February 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

Love the kitchen what beautiful chandeliers. Really the whole house is beautiful. I wish I could have an outdoor kitchen space but not ideal for Northern New Jersey weather. Great use of the backyard space though.

February 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM  
Blogger Shannon Fox said...

So many pretty details... the whole home is gorgeous! The covered cabinet style fridge was a fav feature though. What a wonderful place to call home =)

February 24, 2012 at 10:23 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Judy, you truly have a gorgeous home! Your kitchen is beautiful. I think the attention to detail throughout the whole home is what makes it a showpiece.

February 24, 2012 at 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful home! I love the kitchen and patio area, especially!

February 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

Love Judy's home, and am an avid reader of her blog. This is the first time I've seen her entire home in one big tour. Gorgeous from start to finish! Thanks for sharing.

February 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Maria Elena said...

Judy, what a wonderful tour! Your home is gorgeous! Every detail is so beautiful and your outdoor space is amazing! Thank you for taking us into your home!

February 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

such a pretty home. Thanks for sharing it! I particularly loooove the outdoor space. Our yard is a blank slate, so I'm drawn to outdoor spaces right now as we get ready to landscape it.

February 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Being a former Florida girl I am drawn to her patio..It is beautiful...Love the pizza oven...Her entire house is stunning...Thank you for presenting this to your readers....Have a great weekend.

February 24, 2012 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger At The Picket Fence said...

Judy, this was so fun getting the full tour of your gorgeous home!! You have created such a warm and welcoming environment and I am really wanting to come hang out on your new back patio and have some pizza! :-)

February 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Judy's home is just so beautiful! Thank you for sharing it, Debbie! I loved following along when she did her daughter's room ~ I'd be happy in there and I'm a lot older than 11! The kitchen is fantastic! I love the cabinets and the chandelier. I actually love all of Judy's chandeliers!

February 24, 2012 at 10:38 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

What a gorgeous home.Love that mantle re-do too.

February 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Judy, Your home is just Lovely! Every room is delightful and the whole house flows so well. I'm jealous of your outside area and I'm in love with the fan/chandy idea!
XO Cindy

February 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Wow, wow, WOW!!! What a beautiful home! LOVE the SIZE of the dining room. LOOOOOVE the kitchen, it is gorgeous. Of course the outdoor area is TDF!!!! Lucky girl. I am envious of her sewing abiloities, wish I could do that to make pillows, drapes etc. Thanks so much for shring this. XO, Pinky

February 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Calypso In The Country said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous home! I follow her blog but never looked at all the rooms together like that. I will just die for that kitchen - and that is my dream backyard!

February 24, 2012 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Ange said...

Beautiful home, Judy has such a great eye! Thanks Debbie for sharing Judy today! :)

February 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Sonny G said...

I could write 3 pages Judy but I think two words will say it all..

Totally Fabulous~!

February 24, 2012 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Beautiful! I am a DIY by design follower as well. Nice to see it all together.

February 24, 2012 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger Allyson McGuire said...

That patio is incredible! I would pretty much live out there! Thanks for sharing!


February 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Deserae said...

Gorgeous home! Love,love,love the beautiful!
Have a great weekend!

February 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger camp and cottage living said...

A beautiful home! I think I liked the bedrooms best of all!
And that is definitely a patio to die for!

February 24, 2012 at 12:22 PM  
Blogger Val said...

Wow - she has such a stunning home. Truly beautiful!

February 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

GORGEOUS HOME! What a beautiful space. I love the kitchen and especially the chandelier in there. It is a wonderful family house and you can tell how much love has gone into making it a real HOME! xo Diana

February 24, 2012 at 1:03 PM  
Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Thanks for sharing this home with us, Debbie. It is absolutely stunning, and I don't believe I've seen a more beautiful chandelier in a kitchen. I was just thinking how wonderful to have that outdoor space to entertain during the summer.

February 24, 2012 at 1:21 PM  
Blogger Linda Leyble said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous and more gorgeous. You did such a wonderful job - each room tempts you to see the next!

If you have a spare moment, do something wonderful with your tray ceiling in your Master. Prime real estate for something - clouds, a pattern? Just a thought.

But I love everything you did! Beautiful.


February 24, 2012 at 1:29 PM  
Blogger Cottage and Broome said...

Rally love how your kitchen redo turned out, wonderful. I'd love to have the brick pizza oven in my backyard, Laura

February 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Curtains in My Tree said...

I hope you realize how blessed you are to live in a house like that.

love the inside kitchen and outside kitchen

February 24, 2012 at 2:52 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Thanks Debbie for inviting me to do this tour of my home. It was loads of fun to put together and I very much appreciate all of the kind comments. Have a great weekend!

February 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Alison Meade said...

Wow your backyard is my absolute dream! I hope one to do have something just like that!

February 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Queenie Believe said...

A truly beautiful home, congratulaitons!!
Have a great day,
Always, Queenie

February 24, 2012 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Goings on at the Glenn's said...

A gorgeous home. I love the decor above the front door. Reminds me of my mother's house before she had to move. And what a fun thing to look at as you come down the stairs.

February 24, 2012 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

I so enjoyed this tour of Judy's lovely home. It really is stunning, inside and out! If I were to move in, I wouldn't change a thing! Love it! Thanks, Debbie!


February 24, 2012 at 4:31 PM  
Blogger DaCraftyLady said...

your home is beautiful...but what is a mudroom? I love the entrance and the new kitchen make over...and your patio area is fantastic...

February 24, 2012 at 7:25 PM  
Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Wow!!! What a stunning home. I enjoyed my tour very much!

February 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

That chandy in the kitchen is amazing! The whole house is amazing!
Thank you for the tour.

February 24, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

I would kill for a kitchen like that! So much beauty...inside and out. I'm sure it's a real home for all.


February 24, 2012 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Audrey said...

Debbie, really enjoyed the tour of this home. Thanks for presenting it. Just so well decorated in every way. I have been wanting to add a chandelier to two of my ceiling fans, so glad to know that it can be done.
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

February 24, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an incredibly gorgeous house. I'm especially impressed with the guest bedroom and the decor over the head of the bed. I've been looking for something to so in my room and I now have a great idea. Thanks.

February 24, 2012 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Ruby Jean said...

Oh what a LOVELY home.... I LOVED looking at all the special touches that were added throughout her home... Thank you for sharing such a LOVELY tour..

February 24, 2012 at 10:44 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Judy has such a beautiful home! He kitchen has always been one of my favorites! Thanx for the tour.

February 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Savannah Granny said...

Beautiful home from top to bottom. Thanks for sharing. Ginger

February 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful home! I've seen many of these photos, but it's nice to get a sneak peek into other areas of the home!

February 25, 2012 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Well this place is amazing so well done..just love it!

February 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Helen's Decor said...

Beautiful and loved seeing it.
Thanks, Helen

February 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger Debbie said...

It's just beautiful to me! I love the kitchen the best of all.

February 28, 2012 at 8:24 AM  

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