Saturday, June 28, 2014

Show Off & Inspire-Right Up My Alley

I have the neatest guest today for my Show Off & Inspire feature.  I would love for you to meet Tracy from Right Up My Alley.  Isn't she adorable and she is the mother of 4 darling daughters.  I know you are going to love her tour today, she and her hubby have been doing tons of diy projects to their new home.  I am so impressed with his woodworking skills and her design sense.  I love, love, love the bookcases he made for their library (pay attention to the lights too, and her oldest daughter's bedroom is totally amazing (pay attention the headboard and bedding Tracy made).  There is so much to see, so settle in and enjoy.

I'm so glad I could be over here on Marty's beautiful and inspiring blog. She is so kind and full of creativity! I was flattered she asked me to feature my home. Thanks for having me.

I'm Tracy, the blogger behind  Right Up My Alley. I started blogging as a way to capture design inspirations and projects that I do in our home. I'm a stay at home mom of four girls and I'm married to my sweetheart of 14 years. We make a good team since I love to decorate and he knows a lot about woodworking. We moved into our home a year ago so there are many things to still work on but I think it's coming along. I have a love for interior design, art, DIY projects, antiques, oh and chocolate! We live in the Frederick area of Maryland. Here are some of the rooms that I've worked on. Now on with a tour!
When you come into our home we have a library room that my hubby and I built. I'm still working on more furniture in here but it's great to have a place to store all our books, games and music. 
Two of our daughters are taking piano lessons and playing on my late grandmother's piano, which is really special. Above the piano I wanted a larger scale art piece, but it was so expensive so I framed botanical prints from a book in a grid system.

In the dining room we put up board and batten for the walls to have some interest.  Most of our furniture comes from thrift stores, yard sales or things we've made and painted.

One of my favorite pieces of furniture is this console table my hubby made. Now I just need to see if I can convince him to make a farm table for us. 

In our family room I took a blonde laminated wood entertainment center and painted it creamy white (we were thinking of getting rid of it). Painting this piece gave me the confidence to paint other pieces of furniture and it certainly made me decide to keep it for a long time. This I've learned... paint makes a huge difference! 

 I recently created a gallery wall in our family room above a desk. The ferns and agates art are two crafts I made that create some beauty and meaning on our walls.

On the main level I took a closet and turned it into a craft space. I wallpapered the back wall using wrapping paper. I love this feminine small space which is also really handy for holding all those ribbons, papers, fabrics, etc.

Sometimes the hubs and I make furniture like this knock-off design console table we made for the Creating With The Stars Contest. Oh that fretwork and coral!

Off our kitchen we made this hutch from a junky thrift store base and built shelves above it.

Upstairs, our daughter's bedrooms have been coming together. In our oldest daughter's room we made this tall curvy headboard. I love how the geometric coral looks with the navy stripes in here. I also made the bedding look a bit more interesting by taking an inexpensive IKEA duvet and adding ribbon trim.

In daughter #2 room I painted a thrift store bed ($10) and a put a screen behind her bed along with making a silhouette profile of her. 

In our twins room we made a large frame above their dresser. I love how unique it looks and how it fills a large area. 

Thanks for having me over here Marty! You are always welcome to stop by Right Up My Alley to see more projects and inspirations. I would love to hear from you! Hope you all have a great summer! 

Isn't their home fabulous and full of inspiration.  I knew you would love it and get all kinds of ideas for your own home.  I would totally copy that craft closet if I had a spare closet.  Thanks so much Tracy for letting me show you off and brag a little about you.  I loved having you here.  
Now of you don't follow her blog, then you really need to run over and click that follow button, she always has something new going on and you really don't want to miss any of it.

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  1. Oh I could get lost for hours in that wonderful library room! I love the soothing colors. A truly gorgeous feature Marty!

  2. Marty, thank you for the feature! Your words totally made my day. I'm so happy to be on your blog today.

  3. Your home is definitely "right up my alley" Tracey!!! Your home is so thoughtful and oh-so pretty!

  4. Your home is beautiful. I love your style. Those red touches made my heart go pitter patter.

  5. Tracy has a lovely home! She had me with the library! : ) I wanted to make our dining room at our old house into a library/dining room since we never used our dining room. I would have loved to do a wall of shelves like hers. Such a great look. Her gallery wall looks fantastic, too. I love the framed fern fronds.

  6. What a gorgeous home! I love the colors and the overall inviting feel!

  7. I love Tracy's style and it was fun to see pics of parts of her home that I haven't seen before. She and her husband make quite the team!

  8. Another lovely well appointed home! So neat and perfect! Exactly how I have always wished my home's just not in my DNA I guess! :) I loved the place where she does her crafts etc. It's wonderful. A magazine quality home.

  9. Marty,
    This is a great series with so many inspiring ideas in one place.


  10. Tracy's home is just fantastic! I love it all, but my favorites are the desk area and the craft space. The colors and details really make a statement! Thanks for sharing, Marty.

  11. Lovely and warm, a very inviting and pretty home Tracy has. It has such a special and personal touch through it all, in every lovely room! Thanks for sharing Marty.

  12. A beautiful home featured today Marty!...Tracy has done a magnificent job in creating a most wonderful home with many creative ideas and beautiful details for her her home!!!

  13. Marty, her home is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at the little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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