New Home Tour – Part 2

In part 2 of our home tour, we’re moving on up to the second floor.

First up, Andrew’s bedroom. This was the first room in the house we painted so we could get everything set up for him.

Across the hall is another bedroom. This is currently a guest room. Excuse the frog tape container on the floor 🙂


As we go down the hall, we’ll come up to the bathroom.


Next, is the 3rd bedroom. We are currently using this bedroom while we wait on getting some work done on the master bedroom.



Through the door to the right, we move into the master bedroom/bathroom area.

Below is the master bathroom.



Lastly, here is the master bedroom/office. We have plans to put hardwood in here so we have already pulled up the carpet.



Stay tuned for some exciting transformations 🙂


New Home Tour – Part 1

Welcome back to Home by Grace!

I never knew how stressful moving from one house to the next is (especially with a not even 1.5 year old just learning to walk) and you never realize how much junk you have until you move. It’s been a busy past few (or several) months.

We closed on our new home on Thursday, July 2nd of 2015. That Saturday, we left for vacation for a week so really didn’t do much until mid-July. After vacation, we cleaned the house and prepped for painting a few rooms – the two rooms we were planning to sleep in and living room were our priority to get us in. Since we were staying with my parents, we didn’t have to rush too much but also were excited to get in as soon as possible.

Here’s a tour of the house prior to moving in.

Exterior – front



This is our side door entrance. Pretty much the main one we use besides the garage. Straight ahead is an eat-in kitchen area. To the right is the kitchen and to the left is the staircase leading up to the master bedroom.




Eat-in area/living room

This is probably my favorite room in the house. I love natural light and the windows let in so much!


Downstairs half bath


Living room with fireplace


Living room/Playroom

The family renting the house before we bought it was kind enough to let us store some of our larger pieces of furniture in one room. Here it is! 🙂


Dining Room

P1050541Part two of the tour will cover the second floor. Stay tuned! 🙂

Home by Grace is moving!

Awhile back, I had mentioned we had big goals for 2015. Well, one of our goals was to sell our house… and we did! It was a great first home and we’ll miss the many memories we shared there but the timing seemed right to put it on the market to see what would happen. We had great success with over twenty showings the first weekend and six offers that same weekend.

I have been MIA for the past month and half to two months because I had to focus on getting the house ready for showings and then packing. Currently, our stuff is still in boxes and we are in the process of purchasing our next home which should allow me to share a lot more projects, so stay tuned! 🙂

Here are some of the photos from our listing.

Front Exterior

home sold

Kitchen/Dining Area

kitchen dining area

kitchen dining area

kitchen dining area

dining room kitchen area

dining room kitchen area

Master Bedroom

master suite bedroom

Master Bathroom

master bathroom


nautical nursery bedroom

nautical nursery bedroom


home bathroom

Living Room

home family room living room

home family room living room

home family room living room


home office


laundry room bathroom home

Back Exterior

house exterior back deck

Front/Side Exterior

house exterior

Here is a final photo of us at our first home.

home sale family front of house

home sale sign

Dr. Seuss 1 Year Old Birthday

Recently, my son turned one and I can’t even tell you how fast that first year went by. If you have kids, I’m sure you can relate. Even if you don’t, it seems time goes by faster as you get older. Anyways, we had a small family birthday party for him. We kept it relatively simple with easy crock pot foods like pulled pork and salads and I wasn’t even going to do much decorating or have a theme. Well, the designer in me ended up having way too much fun with it. Originally, I was going to go with a nautical theme to go with his nursery because he’s a little young to pick his own theme. But, the Monday before his birthday (which fell on a Saturday), I was reading to him Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s and it clicked then and there. He loves when I read him that book and also Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?. He always has a big smile and bobs his head with excitement as I’m reading it while he turns the pages to look at the fun illustrations. That was it! A Dr. Seuss birthday was going to be the theme.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

I wanted to make it colorful to go with the colors in his two favorite books rather than just doing the traditional red, white and blue.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

I made most of the decorations including this banner.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area on vintage window wall hook

These tissue fans were one of the few items that I didn’t make and you can find these at Michael’s. These are so cool because they fold back up so you can save them for future parties.

I made the One Fish, Two Fish sign, the Mr. Brown cutout and the pinwheel using a fellow blogger’s tutorial 🙂

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area with candy table

Again, I made most everything here but did not write the poem — Pinterest find! — designed it though.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area with birthday sign and happy birthday to you book

Probably the most fun I had was making the tissue paper pom poms! I went to several stores trying to find these to purchase and finally came home from Michaels with a Martha Stewart Tissue Pom Kit only to find out it’s just a bunch of regular tissue paper that you can buy anywhere. Back to the store those went! I bought a giant package of tissue paper at HomeGoods and used this tutorial to make my own.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area with tissue pom poms

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

I included the last page of Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? on a sign because I would read this to him when he was first born and this was his favorite part. I think, mostly because the way I would read it to him in a silly, fun kind of way.

dr seuss birthday party decorations in kitchen dining area

Here’s the birthday boy in anticipation of his cake!


Not really sure what to do with it…


that seems about right! 🙂


Simply Neutral Decor

I don’t know about you (but I’m feelin’ 22 – ha! jk that Taylor Swift song popped into my head while typing that). Seriously, though… I don’t know about you but I cannot wait for Spring! I feel like I just mentioned that in my previous post but really the snow scene is getting old and I’m sick of being cooped up. (Coop-ed! Haha that’s an inside joke between my husband and I because our little beagle pup’s name is Cooper and we often call him Coop for short.) 🙂

Anyways, I’ve been cleaning and organizing a lot around here so am keeping things pretty neutral around here with my decor.

dining area room, striped curtains, home decor

These pinecones add a natural touch.

large sugar pine cones in a white wood crate on a vintage white wood chest with striped curtains

I added a boxwood wreath and twigs for more natural elements…

vintage window wall hooks with bar butcher block table, home decor

vintage white window wall hooks with boxwood wreath

and faux cotton stems because… well, just because I love them! I’ve been seeing them a lot on my favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper. That Joanna Gaines sure does have fabulous style! 🙂

wood crate with faux cotton stems

Winter Grey

This month has been crazy! We’ve gotten around 6 feet of snow in the last month. I’m so glad we’re halfway through February because we’re that much closer to Spring!

As if there wasn’t enough grey outside, I decided to change out our curtains in our dining area with grey and white stripes. I’ve been really liking the striped curtain trend I’ve seen in several retailer’s catalogs lately. Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, West Elm to name a few. They looked beautiful. But price… well, not so much. I was wandering the aisles of HomeGoods one day and spotted these beauties! There they were at a much more reasonable price and looked just as good as the ones at the other stores.

dining room, striped curtains, rugby stripes, vintage, decor

What do you think? Here’s a photo from my Fall Home Tour with the plain white curtains. I like how the grey and white stripes give a little extra added interest to the space.

dining room, vintage, decor

2015 New Year’s Resolution

Get organized!

Okay, so this may not be as much of a New Year’s resolution as it is a necessity. I had been putting off cleaning out our closets and cabinets for awhile now. To give you a taste of just how bad it was, this is our master bathroom closet…

master bathroom closet

It’s actually kind of embarrassing. So much stuff. Some necessary, some not. Just a lot of junk! I’d like to excuse it as “well, I worked at CVS so we had to really know our products” which we did but there’s just too much junk in there and it’s just plain messy.

I have been going through all the closets in the house and throwing stuff away that was either expired or unsalvageable, setting things aside to sell or donate, and organizing it. Here is what our master bathroom closet looks like now.

master bathroom closet

master bathroom closet

We have big plans for our home in 2015 so we have motivation to clean and organize. I’ll leave you hanging with that because I’m not able to share what those plans are yet which is what I meant when I said it’s more of a necessity than a New Year’s resolution. 🙂