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

Christmas Home Tour Part 2

Welcome to part 2 of my Christmas home tour! If you missed part 1, you can check it out here. For this half of the tour, I will be showing you our second floor living space including our kitchen and dining area. I kept everything a little more neutral here using a lot of champagne accents with just a few touches of red.

As you walk up the stairs, I added garland with lights, ribbon and champagne poinsettias to the banisters.

banister, garland, poinsettias, lights

On the back of our front door (which is at the landing area since our house is a split), I have a simple pinecone wreath that I picked up from Homegoods last year. I like how it matches so nicely with the poinsettias.

pinecone champagne wreath

Enter into our dining area and I added a couple of trees.

christmas decorations, blogger home tour, kitchen, vintage window with hooks

christmas decorations, blogger home tour, kitchen

This is our German twig tree that I got as a Christmas gift when we first were married. I wrapped it in pip berry garland and burlap. Then, added champagne poinsettias from Michaels and champagne ornaments from Dollar Tree.

german twig christmas tree, champagne ornaments and poinsettias, burlap ribbon, pip berry garland

To the right of the tree, we have our vintage wood chest and our leaning bookcase from Crate & Barrel that was a wedding gift from my sister. I kept the color scheme to silver and white with some pops of red and a few greens.

crate & barrel leaning bookcase, white milk glass, wood crate, antique silver, vintage chest trunk, wire crate, sugar pinecones

Our vintage chest you may have seen before for my fall home tour. I kept it simple and added some greens to the wire crate.

vintage chest trunk, wire crate, sugar pinecones

Next, we have our butcher block table with our champagne pencil tree from Hobby Lobby.
hobby lobby champagne christmas tree, target mercury glass mason jar, vintage silver tray with crate & barrel beaded pinecone ornaments, old diy vintage window, hunter boots

I placed boxwood clippings in a vase with champagne ornaments from Dollar Tree. The small silver tray is actually an antique butter dish that I placed a few beaded pinecone ornaments from Crate & Barrel on. The mercury glass vase which is from Target has a sprig of berries in it for a touch of red.

hobby lobby champagne christmas tree, target mercury glass mason jar, and vintage silver tray with crate & barrel beaded pinecone ornaments

Over on a side table, I matched up this chalkboard sign with a vintage-looking seltzer bottle (I say vintage-looking because it’s from Homegoods 🙂 ).

vintage seltzer bottle, christmas decor and chalkboard sign

On our kitchen table, I played with a few different arrangements. First, I had this vintage looking seltzer bottle . I placed it on an antique silver tray with mercury glass ornaments and a sparkly stem from Michaels.

vintage seltzer bottle, christmas tree, mercury glass, antique silver tray

But then, I decided to just keep it simple with this red bowl of mercury glass ornaments I’ve collected over the years from Homegoods, Pottery Barn and an adorable local shop called The Vintage Retriever.

crate & barrel red marin bowl with mercury glass ornaments

In our kitchen, I kept it simple with some greenery on top of the cabinets and a few touches of red.
espresso kitchen cabinets with stainless steel appliances

Hope you enjoyed part 2 of my Christmas home tour!

Wicker Chair Makeover

I had been looking for a wicker chair that wasn’t too expensive for some time when I finally came upon this one while driving.

It had missing wicker in a few small spots and the red color didn’t quite fit in with my decor but it wasn’t anything I couldn’t take on.

Here’s the original wicker chair. Not terrible but certainly not great either.

old vintage wicker chair diy

See the missing wicker?

old vintage wicker chair diy

It took some brainstorming to figure out what I could use to replace the missing wicker pieces. My first thought was skewers but those are usually too thick. Then, I thought of those little sticks that you get beef teriyaki on from a Chinese restaurant but they would either need to be really cleaned or I’d have to find a place to buy them before any beef touched them. Finally, I found some oil reeds from one of those little scented oil jars from the dollar store and I thought these look like the perfect size!

hot glue gun, scented oil reeds

What do you know? They were exactly the right size and are very flexible for weaving through the wicker so I just weaved ’em through and hot glued them in place.

old vintage wicker chair diy

Next, I wanted to paint the chair to get away from the red. I used Wal-Mart’s cheap 97 cent cans of spray paint as a primer so I wouldn’t have to use all the good stuff for just the base coat. Then, I went over it with Rust-Oleum American Accents 2X Ultra Cover in Canyon Black for the final coat.

Wal-Mart black spray paint

Here it is! It’s a little shiny-er than I would’ve liked because I accidentally used Gloss instead of Satin for the final coat but it’ll do for now.

Eventually, I’d like to get a cushion for the bottom but I’ll have to keep my eye out at HomeGoods come Spring when they’re in season.
Have you ever used something like oil reeds for a project?

old vintage wicker chair diy, vintage shutter with boxwood wreathe and antique blue mason jar

Fall Home Tour

Well, it’s officially Fall here in New England and has been for about a month now so I’m a little late in posting this but you’ll have to forgive me; still trying to figure out this whole mom thing. 🙂

Fall is probably my second favorite season following Summer. I love the changing colors on the trees; beautiful reds, yellows and oranges. I love how you can bring so many things from outdoors to decorate with; acorns, wheat, twigs, pinecones. Most of all, I love how it’s the season of pumpkin and apples but mostly pumpkin (pumpkin EVERYTHING!). Pumpkin coffee, beer, bread, butter, soap, candles… you name it. Did I mention beer? My favorite of all, Shipyard Pumpkinhead! I remember the first time I had that delicious brew. It was my sister’s wedding in October of 2007. So good! And it’s brewed in the beautiful city of Portland, Maine. Okay, I’m getting a little side tracked here.

Let’s begin the tour!

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

I love mixing natural with faux elements in my decorations. While this wheat isn’t real, I mixed it with dried lentils in the bottom of the vase.

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season, lentils, vase

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season, lantern

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season, chalkboard

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

I love the look of this vintage wood chest that my husband found for $20 bucks at the Brimfield Flea Market this past September. I think it was the find of the day!

I paired it with a vintage wire basket, sugar pine cones from Crate and Barrel and a twig pumpkin from HomeGoods.

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season, sugar pine cones, wire basket

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

This butcher block table provides a nice little fall vignette. To see how I transformed this piece, check out this earlier post.

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

autumn, home, pumpkin, vintage, decor, tour, fall, season

Well, that completes my fall home tour. Hope you enjoyed it!
Next season to decorate for is Christmas. While Summer is my favorite season. Christmas is my all time favorite for decorations!