Welcome to My 2013 Home Tour!

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Welcome to my home tour! I’m honored to share a look into our well loved, hard working home! Nothing fancy or expensive, just a lot of elbow grease, hours of Pinterest gazing and frugal shopping thrown together with many budget DIY projects.

Yes, you can have a beautiful home on a budget! Home Tour from Marty's Musings

Our home is not big, fancy or new, but as our children have begun to leave the nest we’ve worked hard to transform each space with maximum efficiency while stamping our own signature style in each room. 

I love yard sales and thrift stores, and the better the deal, the happier I am! If you’re like me, you need to find a less expensive and more practical way to make your house a home. I hope you will find some inspiration below.

The very first room I posted on my blog was my scrapbook room. Tim and I spent hours talking through the details, and I spent weeks poring over every magazine, website and blog that I could find. It’s a small room and I had a lot of stuff to organize!  


ScrapbookRoom Ideas from Marty's Musings 

Our den makeover resulted from taking up 20-year-old carpet and installing Pergo flooring. The red was definitely a stretch for us, but I love the bold color set against the wood flooring.

 From drab to fab! Den Makeover from Marty's Musings

The kitchen is my happy place and has been transformed with paint, old furniture, fabric and fence boards. 

 Frugal Tips for a DIY Kitchen Makeover from Marty's musings

 You can see part of our living room here and one of my husband’s first furniture projects with an old window. 

Living Room Makeover from Marty's Musings

Last but not least, in our latest project we gutted our entire bathroom minus the toilet and shower. DIY projects combine with thrifted decor in our most challenging project ever. 

Smal Bathroom Remodel from Marty's Muisngs

So there you have it!  A lot hard work combined with a little ingenuity, hours of plotting and planning and a desire to repurpose on a budget.

You might also want to check out my hubby’s tips in his Ask Tim posts. He’s a wealth of information for the DIY’er and handyman. Or check out my Project Gallery for more inspiration.

I’m also excited to be joining with 24 great home bloggers to share a Summer Showcase of Homes during the week of July 22-26th. If you love a glimpse into other people’s homes you’ll love this upcoming tour! Mark your calendar!

Summer 2013 Showcase of Homes

Monday, July 22
Atta Girl Says
The Happier Homemaker
Rain on a Tin Roof
Better with Age
Top This Top That

Tuesday, July 23
Mom 4 Real
Cedar HIll Ranch
Practically Functional
While Wearing Heels
French Country Cottage

Wednesday, July 24
The Lily Pad Cottage
Marty’s Musings
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Town and Country Living
Adventures in Decorating

Thursday, July 25
Good Life Of Design
A Stroll Thru Life
Worthing Court
Back Porch Musings
The Rustic Pig

Friday, July 26
Our Southern Home
The Everyday Home
Recreate and Decorate
Vignette Design

Linking with: 52 Mantels, Seven Thirty Three, Stone Gable, From my Front Porch to Yours, French Country Cottage, 504 Main, Crafty Scrappy Happy, Imparting Grace, The Shabby Nest, Serenity Now, Chic on a Shoestring Budget, DIY Showoff, I Should be Mopping the Floor, Craftomaniac, The Alabaster Jar, Skip to My Lou, The Modest Mom, Between Naps on the Porch, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Inside BruCrew Life, Chef in Training, Savvy Southern Style

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  1. Thanks for sharing your home pictures, good inspirations for sure. 🙂

  2. Nice job Marty. I love the kitchen that was what drew me to your blog. Red is one of my favorite pop colors, so I’m in on the red. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Your home is just lovely Marty! Congrats on the Home Tour feature. Thanx for partying at THT!

  4. My goodness, your scrap booking room is IMPRESSIVE!

  5. Wow – Love that scrapbook room! What a great inspiration!!

  6. Love your house tour ! I like the color theme in your dining room !

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed the house tour, Marlin. The kitchen is definitely my favorite because the colors are so happy and cheerful! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Your home is lovely! I love color, so of course I love your yellow kitchen and red sofa. Thanks for sharing your diys and inspirations!
    His blessings,

  8. Catherine says:

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful!!! The scrapbook room is to die for! And your entire home is just lovely. You have done such a great job pulling everything together. Love that yellow kitchen! Yellow is such a happy color, don’t you think? Well done! Catherine (new follower)

    • Hi, Catherine. You’re so sweet with the compliments! I do love my scrapbook room, but now I need to find time to actually scrapbook! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment. Have a blessed day!

  9. Marty, your home is awesome!
    Please join us for Inspire Me Monday and share your beautiful home with us at

    Create With Joy

  10. Your home is beautiful!

  11. My last is leaving for college in three weeks, you have given me some great ideas, but I admit to feeling a little guilty on the planning for the “next chapter”.

  12. Lovely! the baskets all lined up in the office make me smile – and I love yellow/blue combination! You have a talent for making a homey and beautiful environment.
    (stopping by from The Better Mom)

    • Thank you so much for commenting on my home tour! The kitchen has really just come together over a period of time and the scrapbook room was just such a joy to design and decorate! Have a great day!

  13. Your home is beautiful and so warm. Thank you so much for sharing it.

    • Hi, Lexie. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my home tour. I do appreciate the compliments so much. My home has been a labor of love. Sometimes more labor than love but you know how that is!

  14. I’m in love with your kitchen!
    Your house is just lovely and the fact that so much was done by hand gives it such a warm inviting feel!

    • Thank you so much, Christina. I’m honored that you visited my home! I’ve come a long way in learning how to pull things together, that’s for sure! Have a blessed day!

  15. Therena says:

    Your house is beautiful! I want your scrap booking room!!

  16. I love your home and can’t wait for all the tours. I am so thrilled to be part of this group. Hugs, Marty

  17. Thank you for sharing your home tour at Shabbilicious Friday Marty. Your home looks warm and inviting and a credit to you and hubby. Can’t wait to see the bathroom reveal.

  18. What a portfolio of things you love, your whole house speaks volumes about your eye for design, your crafty talents, and a bright fun outlook on life. That is so great that your husband is involved and such a handy DYIer himself! Great tour, love the pops of color~

    • Hi, Jenna. Thanks so much for the warm compliments about my home! It’s really more collecting things we love and investing in unique projects that mean a lot to us. And yes, my husband is wonderful and I appreciate him so much! Have a great weekend!

  19. Your home is beautiful, Marty!

    • Thanks so much, Roeshel! It’s smaller but it’s so “us” and we love it! Though I could be persuaded to move if we found a cool old church or victorian home or something! Hope to meet you at Haven.

  20. Your home is an inspiration 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop!

  21. My favorites are your bathroom and craft space! I need those in my home! I cannot wait until it’s time to work on those spaces.

    Thanks for sharing with us!


  22. How cool! Thanks for linking up your super idea! Stop by again next week and link up some more awesome projects.

    Have a great week!
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