Friday, October 4, 2013

Show Off & Inspire - Down To Earth Style

Today I get to Show Off and Brag a little about Holly from Down To Earth Style.  She is such a cutie and you will love her elegant shabby style.  With tons of DIY and Creativity, she has turned the home they are renting into a dream.  You will definitely find inspiration in every room, so grab a cup of coffee and enjoy, you are in for a treat.

Show Off and Inspire?
I don't know if my house can live up to that much but here is what I have to share at this cute blog: A Stroll thru Life -
where Marty is always inspiring.
Down to Earth Style
I am Holly, I share my home decorating and DIY projects at
Down to Earth Style.

My family and I moved to Virginia just over a year ago so we have spent a year here trying to make this house HOME to us.

The front porch is a fun place to drink coffee in the morning and I love to change it up for holidays.

So come on in!

Here is the entrance to our home and where we use this foyer table I made with an old window and deck pillars. It is really skinny and has hooks for keys,

The chalkboard is functional for kids backpack storage and my notes to help keep me organized.

Our foyer leads into the kitchen and breakfast nook.

Our breakfast nook is painted white. It's the center of gathering for our family. An old, sturdy workshop table that was handed down to me.

I would love a white kitchen like our last house but for now - I have white and black accents in a cherry color kitchen.

I have been giving it some more white accents recently.

I framed in the fridge with white painted wood.

I also took stock cabinets out in exchange for white open shelving next to the sink. For the cabinet above the microwave, I used contact paper to cover the wood frame and built a box for the top to make the kitchen look two toned with staggered (looking) cabinets. You can go HERE for more details.

Beyond the kitchen is a "would be" formal dining room but since we have school aged children at home - I made this area into a Homework Room and Craft Space.

It works for eating, drawing, games and projects, too.

This is our family room and it is open to the kitchen, also. It is a cozy place to lounge around in.

A basket of blankets, tag sale furniture that has been painted and a huge slip covered sofa make it easy to live in here. Everything can be washed and used.

Let's go up our painted staircase and hall.

My husband and I replaced the worn carpet here with vinyl wood.

Luke's room has task lights from the garage as reading lights and.....

 an industrial night stand that was so easy to make.

Here is where Ben sleeps...
He ended up with the old wood and chicken wire art on his wall. My kids don't have fancy spaces but their bedding is super comfy!

My bedroom, on the other hand, has a little more style.
(my - meaning the husband and I)

Industrial ~Shab is the latest, but you can see other versions of my bedroom HERE.

We have pictures of the kids all over the place.  We waited a long time for them and know our time will pass too quickly together, so I really try to cherish every day.

This is a room that we call the music room. I don't have musical talent but my boys do, thankfully.

Thank you for taking our home tour and you are welcome to stop by here anytime to see what is happening in our real life - or at least in my own creative part of life.
If you would like to see our previous home you can click here.
Marty, this is one of my favorite places to visit. Meeting new bloggers and peaking into their homes is so fun.

Didn't I tell you that she is amazing.  Wow, she has so many fabulous ideas and so many projects that I know you will want to add some of them to your own home.  Such a warm and inviting place.  Thanks so much Holly, this was a real treat.  Be sure to pop over and follow her, you really don't want to miss any of her posts or projects. 

I am linking to the following parties:

 Imparting Grace for Grace at Home, My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
             Stuff and Nonsense for Friday's Unfolded  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
 The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home , Chic On A Shoestring Decorating for Flaunt It Friday
 Finding Fabulous for Frugalicious Friday, Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Linky Party
 Tatertots and Jello for Weekend Wrap Up Party Friday
 Redoux Interiors Friday Party,Classy Clutter for Spotlight Saturday
Pieced Pastimes for Saturday Sparks Linky
It's Overflowing for Overflowing with Creativity Sat.

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  1. Thank you for letting me "show-off" at your place. You are a sweet blog friend to many. xo

  2. Lots of character to this home! Thanks for sharing, Marty.

  3. Hola que bonito bloc, me ha encantado, yo tengo uno hace poco al cual te invito a verlo .

    Me gustan tus fotografías son una maravilla
    Muchas felicidades por tu bloc


  4. Your farmhouse vintage style is simply beautiful and cozy Holly! Thanks for the tour Marty!

  5. Everything looks wonderful - glad you both shared with us!

  6. Hi Marty,
    I love Holly's style and her beautiful home. She is such a sweetheart too. Thanks for the tour.

  7. Whenever I need an inspirational pick me up, I turn to Down To Earth Style. Thank you for featuring Holly so I could find you here. Can't wait to enjoy your future posts. New follower! YAY!!

  8. Ahh Holly just has the coolest style ever. She can decorate and is so creative. Thanks for sharing Marty!

  9. Thanks for sharing you fantastic home with us at TTF!

  10. Holly's home is the best! Great tour.

  11. such a gorgeous and cozy home holly has created! i love all the rustic elements!

  12. you have such a beautiful home, holly! full of charm and creativity!

  13. Your home is beautiful and full of so many creative ideals. Love your kitchen.

  14. I love Holly and her blog. She has so much inspiration...and energy!! I love her creativity. Best of all, her love for her family always speaks loud and clear!
    Mary Alice

  15. Holly, your home is really have so much talent for making simple things become useful and beautiful! I didn't know you were do you manage to make these changes? I would be hard pressed to leave this gorgeous home behind. I just LOVE all of the changes you have made!

    Thank you, Marty, for sharing another great Blogger's home!


  16. Thanks for sharing Holly's fab style Marty. I luv, LUV her style and can never tire of peeking in her home. Every time I do, I see something else I want to copy!
    Just beautiful. Luv her rendition of Industrial Shab!
    Hugs, Gee

  17. Thanks for sharing the tour of Holly's home, Marty. I love her style and she always has so many great ideas.

  18. Thanks for sharing Holly's beautiful and cozy home. She is so fun and sweet and it is reflected in her fresh, creative and ever changing home and style. I often wonder when she sleeps, I've never seen anyone come up with so many new and exciting projects! I also think if anyone stands still too long... they will get a new makeover! hehehe! She has been an inspiration to me as I have purchased a home recently and have used many of her fun ideas in my own décor. I loved one of her projects so much... she mailed it to me and I proudly display it in a place of honor in my home! I am so happy to see other's recognizing her talent! She is simply as sweet as she is creative!! Thanks again for sharing her and her beautiful home!

  19. Thank you for sharing Marty. There are so many great ideas at Holly's lovely home. I especially like that she has taken a seemingly plain and mundane modern track house and created a lovely cozy home with personality and style. Bravo!

  20. Thanks for the tour!! Love your style!

  21. I so love Holly's home and her beautiful blog...thanks for this treat today Marty...have a wonderful weekend!

  22. Down to Earth Style was one of the first blogs I ever read. I love Holly's style and her home. Thanks for featuring her, Marty.

  23. Holly's home is amazing - I love how friendly and interesting it is. Thanks for sharing it.

  24. Beautiful home! I'd love if you'd link up to The DIY'ers.

  25. Hi Marty, who doesn't like Hollys Place??? Love her blog! Thanks for sharing

  26. What a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing!