Welcome to my house tour! As you probably know, my husband is a dental student so we packed up our little car and relocated from Mesa, Arizona to the great state of New York! He attends to University at Buffalo School of Dentistry so we are living in Cheektowaga, New York. Cheektowaga is a suburb of Buffalo. We are renting our home from a fabulous family that just finished their dental school journey.
We moved in July 2011 with exactly what fit in my car. THAT’S IT! Not a “stick of furniture” as my grandmother said. We basically had our clothes, toiletries and a few personal things. PS. we have a Nissan Rogue (a small crossover SUV) that my hubby drove across the country so most of my clothes didn’t even make the trip!
We are on a major tight budget due to my husband being in school full-time and I only work only 2 days a week. My goal was to prove that decorating can be inexpensive and anyone can do it! We did not pay over $40 for any of our furniture or accessories (with exception to our sofa and our mattress) and we did all of the furniture, makeovers and decorating ourselves.
I was really nervous about moving 2000+ miles away from “home” to a place I had never been and to a place and I didn’t even know one person. We rented our house without seeing the house or neighborhood in person. We got very lucky that everything went smoothly renting a home across the country.
Honestly, there are times that is very hard to be away but I truly love it here. My home has become a place that I love to be and making it feel like “home” has been an incredible journey (although I’ll never be “done”!) 😉 As several have commented on various posts, I am so lucky to have a landlord that respects my crazy ideas and my wanting to make their house our Home! Thanks Kandis and Josh! 🙂
Let’s have a look around! (Get ready for a photo overload!)
When you walk through the door, you step right into our living room/family room!
I have a tutorial for just about EVERYTHING in this room so check out the Living Room post here. We spend the majority of our time in this room. It is the perfect space to play and relax with the kiddos!
Next you walk through the striped hallway!
Turn left and that leads you to my craft room
! This is the only girly space in the house since I live with 3 boys but hopefully someday I’ll get a baby girl to decorate for. Until then, this space gets the girly decorating out of my system. 🙂
See the full Craft Room Reveal here
for all tutorials ‘n such! Then, right next to my craft room is our bathroom.
Behind door #3 in the hallway is our master bedroom. I love black and white and I LOVE mustard yellow! This just fits my personality perfectly and my hubby loves it too! I mean it’s his room too after all. 😉
Master bedroom reveal post here
Down the other direction in the hallway is our kitchen and dining space. We obviously spend lots of time in here too! I have a couple more little projects for this room but it is one of my favorite rooms for sure!
I updated the kitchen with paint and accessories to make it match my style and vision. I really love how it all came together. I couldn’t be happier! The full kitchen reveal post can be found here
Then, of course, our little dining room space. It took me some trial and error to see where I wanted this space to go but once the kitchen cabinets were painted, I found my inspiration and got her done! See the full post here
Finally, I’ll take you upstairs to spy on the kiddos! hehe! Juuuust kidding! Kind of. Let’s check out their airplane inspired room.
My boys love their airplane room and I do too! Its such a great place to play and go crazy! But it cleans up nicely! I love that. You can find my little boys’ bedroom / playroom makeover here
But of course, if you don’t find the boys playing in their room, you can probably find them out in the back yard! Our backyard is my current project and I’m LOVING how it’s coming along. I’ll show you soon I promise! You can’t beat gorgeous green grass and a place to play and relax!
Wowza! This post has me motivated to clean my house!!! haha! Just a little FYI to keep it real, if you stop by for a visit, maybe 1-2 rooms will be this clean. Otherwise you’ll find toys, laundry and chaos running about… and guess what? That’s how we like it! I love that my home cleans up nicely but is a place that we can LIVE IN! Kids are encouraged to run around and play, jump on their beds and have fun! I have about 2398247392 million ideas and projects to go but I finally feel like we didn’t “just move in”. And lemme tell ya, that’s a wonderful feeling!
I am so grateful to have a home that I love and fellow bloggers to inspire me to make this little rental house feel like home for the next 3 years at least.
Well friends, what do you think? What room is your favorite!??
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