31 Days to a Beautiful Home: House Tour

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Today I want to share just a little bit about myself and give you a house tour, in case you’re new to Marty’s Musings.

I have been blogging since 2008 and what began as a record of our family/adoption/faith journey has turned into a full time job writing about our DIY projects, easy family recipes, love of thrifty repurposing and living on less.

We are a very close family, having homeschooled for the last 20 years (with three more to go!) and shared all of life’s ups and downs together. 

My DIY hubby and I have lived in our ranch style home for 23 years. Tim has learned his way around power tools and has practiced every trick of his trade (as a painting contractor) in making the most of the space we’ve been blessed with. 

Our home is modest, well loved and hard working! Nothing fancy or expensive, just a lot of elbow grease, hours of Pinterest gazing and frugal shopping thrown together with many budget DIY projects.

See how these DIY homeowners planned and converted their 1950's ranch style house into an updated home with terrific curb appeal and a fabulous front deck.

Living with 5 kids, numerous dogs and cats as well as various other critters, it’s only been recently we’ve begun to transform our space as our older children have sadly (yet joyfully for them) begun to leave home.

Walden Family Vacation 2014 - Marty's Musings 

Our home is a definitely a work in progress but we’re I’m having fun stretching our resources and creative muscles with DIY projects galore!

Our most recent project was our gray and coral master bedroom makeover.

Grey and Coral Bedroom Makeover - Marty's Musings

Except for one or two items, everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) is either a DIY project, a yardsale find or a hand me down.

And lest you think I’m tooting my own horn too much, I share all this because I am not a designer or decorator. I’m just a gal who has learned to create on a budget while spending seemingly endless hours on Pinterest, yardsaling and dreaming.  If I can do this so can you!

Since everyone loves a good before and after picture, here is a picture of our bathroom makeover.

Small Bathroom Remodel - Marty's Musings 

This small bathroom remodel was by far our hardest project. It was bad news before (as you can tell), but now it is light and bright! 

The bathrooms in our home are tee-ninesy. That’s Southern for “if you sit on the toilet your elbows touch the wall and your arms can reach the bathtub.” Way overdue for some major help, Tim gutted the bathroom and we started over!

When my son Joshua graduated from high school and went off to college, his room was my first project! This craft room has been made over a couple of times and remains a room that nurtures my creative spirit (when I can find my way around the DIY projects!)

Craft Room Makeover and Organization Ideas - Marty's Musings

You can read all about the details that went into my kitchen, the happiest room in the house.

Aqua and Yellow DIY Kitchen 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.

Home Tour from Marty's Musings; Den

This gallery wall was created by all of our family to celebrate who we are as a family unit.

Chocolate brown wall filled with the words Family Is……unique, joy, chosen, a blessing, forever, love, fun, forgiven, cut from white vinyl with Cricut die cut machine, with black and white pictures in white frames 

I’ve only shared my teenage daughter’s room recently even though it was done a while ago. Her scripture wall is one of my favorites ways to personalize a room.

Inspirational Scripture Wall - Marty's Musings

Here you can see a bit of our living room and this fabulous window table my husband built. He’s my DIY guy!

Summer 2013 Showcase of Homes from Marty's Musings

Last but not least, we’ve spent a lot of time this year working on our outdoor spaces.

Here’s our back deck after some sprucing up and deck restoration. We love to entertain and sit around our fire pit relaxing.

Wood Deck Restoration with Behr Premium Deckover® - Marty's Musings

Our front deck has been a labor of love, from conception to hiring some help to Tim providing the finish details and my decorating with curbside finds and yardsale treasures.

From Dream to Reality- Our Deck Reveal - Marty's Musings

My hope is that my 31 Days to a Beautiful Home series will motivate and inspire you to spend just a bit of time creating a home you will love and embracing the life you have been given! Just click here to view all the posts.

31 Days to a Beautiful Home - Marty's Musings

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Comments

  1. Ann C says:

    Thanks for the home tour. . Love the Family wall. Enjoy your ideas, DIY, and the choices you have made. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thanks for visiting Ann! I hope you’ll join with me these 31 days. If you’re not following by email signup is easy at the very top of my blog!

  2. Jerralea says:

    What a beautiful home! I love the family photo wall. And I love yellow and blue together.

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thanks Jerralea! The family photo wall is still one of my favorite projects! And yes, I love yellow and blue, too!

  3. Joy C. says:

    You have a beautiful home. Thank you for sharing it!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you, Joy! I hope you’ll join me for the 31 days series!

  4. Deborah says:

    I’m right there with you sister! Free, trash, traded, salvaged, or thrifted is my name/game. Your home is GOOORGEOUS!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thanks, Deborah! You now I love FREE the best! I’m so glad you’re following along the 31 days series. I’m under pressure!

  5. I’ve been following for awhile now but have never been on the house tour..thanks for sharing! My hubby is the DIY guy around here too…and he made me a very similar table out of a window…Can’t wait to see what’s next in the 31 day series!

    • Marty Walden says:

      Thank you for following Cheryl! I hope the series will inspire and possibly entertain you as well!

  6. Lisa says:

    What beautiful pictures. Is that really your craft room??

    • Marty Walden says:

      That really is my craft room, Lisa! If you click into the post you’ll see my purple wall!

  7. Lisa Simpson says:

    Hi Marty!
    I just love your color choices! They are absolutely beautiful!!! You really have the knack for decorating!!!! I also love yard sales and stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army! The treasures you can find are endless!! I read for the first time that you lost your sister 8 years ago and I am so sorry for that. I have a sister and we are very close. Not being able to say goodbye would be so sad. I love reading your blog! You have a beautiful family…

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