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

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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.

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  2. 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!


    1. 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.

  3. 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~

    1. 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!

  4. 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!

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

  5. 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)

    1. 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!

  6. 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”.

    1. I popped over from Homemaker on Dime and sure enjoyed your home tour. Thank you for sharing it. I really like the prettyness of the yellow and blue kitchen – so fresh and lovely. And I love red, so a the red couch was terrific too. Stop into the Small House if you have the time!
      Small House / Big Sky Donna / White Oak Studio Designs / SW Michigan
      Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations
      Blog: http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com
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    2. Hi, Jennifer. Your comment made me remember how hard it was when my oldest son went to college. He left and his older sister got married 6 weeks later. Boy, was it a hard few weeks! I have several posts under our family tab (parenting adult children) where I share my grief and journey through it. I will say that my scrapbook room was so much fun to design and decorate that it did help distract me! I’ll be thinking about you when the time nears!

  7. 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)

    1. 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!

    1. 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!

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  9. 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!