When You Walk In (House Tour Part 2)

When we bought this house, the basement was unfinished.  When I got pregnant with Wyatt, we decided to tackle the project and we finished it right before he was born!

Still, for a long time we let the downstairs sit empty, but when I was pregnant with Clarice and decided I wouldn't be continuing to work, I saved all my pennies to decorate this basement family room.  This is the door we most often use to come into our house.  It's also the door that guests most often use.  I wanted to make sure people were walking into more than just an empty room.

A few months later we repainted and got the rest of the furniture.  Two years later, I'm still happy with it.  If I had to do it over, I might just go with a more adventurous couch color (my tastes just keep getting more colorful), but the rest would stay mostly the same!

I took these pictures two years ago, and the only things that have changed are the purses hanging by the door, and the piano-mantel, which I update periodically.

We mostly use this room for the occasional movie, and Derek works down here on the days he works from home.  Just in case you are wondering: the square prints on the chicken-wire bulletin board are from Artifact Uprising and Parabo Press.  The rest is a miss mash of stuff from Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Target, and Ikea!

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The text signs are particularly special to me (from House Of Belonging, in case you are wondering).  The one above the blue cabinet has my favorite verse from the hymn "O Glorious Day".  I wanted more on our walls that symbolized who we are as a family and pointed us back to Christ.  This hymn verse communicates the Gospel and refocuses us on eternity, and I love that it's hanging on our walls now!

"One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door,
Now He arose, over death He has concurred!
Now He's ascended, My Lord evermore!

Living He loved me, dying He saved me,
Buried He carried, my sins far away!
Rising He justified, freely forever!
One day He's coming!  O glorious day!"

The second sign on the piano appealed to me because the quote spoke directly to my heart.  The reason we almost moved is that this house is very small for our big family, and we go through periods when we feel discontent.  But this quote reminds me, whenever I look at it, that there are good parts to living in a small house too.

I recently learned this quote is from an old country song called "Little Houses" by Doug Stone (oh, I miss that good ole country music!).  I looked it up on Spotify, and it's super-sweet, and almost feels autobiographical for me.  We moved into this house as newlyweds, and brought all our babies home here, and even though it feels small, it's full to the brim with noise, and laughter, and love.  So I've come to love our little house over the years.

"Love grows best in little houses, 
With fewer walls to separate,
Where you eat and sleep so close together,
You can't help but communicate.
And if we had more room between us,
Think of all we'd miss.
Love grows best in houses just like this."


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Emily Powell said...

I love this space and all the natural light!

Natalie@She Builds Her Home said...

Beautiful! I love how everything is so bright and airy! Would never have guessed it's a basement. I love the simplicity of everything but how it all makes a statement-you did a great job of choosing intentional pieces.

Michelle said...

I love that blue chest!!!

Bekah said...

Oh my goodness. SO beautiful and welcoming! Also - I don't think I remember seeing pictures of you from your long hair days. Love it! (Love it short too!)

Laura Darling said...

Well this is adorable! I love the prints over the couch! I want to do something like that over the couch in our living room! They are so pretty. We've only been in our house 2.5 years but I already feel like I would go with more color if I had to do it over again. I went with a gray scheme for our family, living, and master bedroom, and now I want to repaint them all a color!

Sarah said...

I love it all! I love all the canvases and pops of minty green. Text signs have been jumping out at me everywhere lately and I finally bought one. Seeing all yours makes me want even more!

Elizabeth said...

Can't remember if I actually wrote this yet or not: I really like your style! I like how you end up with something that looks stylish, but lived in. And you manage to use pieces from popular stores without having it look cookie-cutter. "Curated" is what the designers would probably say. :) And I want to get more scripture up in our house, too.

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