Friday, April 20, 2012

There are a lot of new faces around here lately , so I thought it might be fun to share my entire house tour in one big sha-bang! For those of you who don't know me (yet) my name is Lindsey, and this is where I share my life, loves, and handiwork. 

Welcome to my own special little corner of the blog-o-verse! When I'm not chasing around my little girl, Selah,  I am busy making custom silhouettes for my custom silhouette portrait shop, Out Of Alabaster.

 Over the past six ten months since I've started blogging and creating custom silhouettes in my Etsy shop, I've had many people ask where I learned how to 'do' all this creative stuff, drawing, remodeling, sewing, decorating, etc.. I never had any formal training or instruction, but I was raised in a home that purposefully cultivated creativity and valued individual artistic expression. 


One of my most vivid childhood memories is of sneaking into my parents room, and carefully cutting out a little swatch of fabric from the verrrry corner of their brand new bed sheets. (I was convinced they wouldn't notice, and my bunny needed a new pretty dress!) What strikes me the most about this memory, is that I don't remember getting in trouble for ruining the new bed-sheets at all. What I DO remember is being praised for YEARS after the death of my parent's sheets for my creativity. In my childhood home, people were more important that things, and that's the same attitude that I try to bring into my home now that I'm a mother. 

Our little house has been a labor of love, and was quite the fixer-upper when we purchased it. This remodel what I like to think of as a 'normal person' remodel. Nothing fancy-smancy, just sweat, hard earned savings, and long nights of work. 


My husband and I chose to re-do our master bedroom first, so that we could have a nice place to relax and retreat at the end of our day. Having one completed oasis made all the difference in preserving my sanity throughout the remodel process!

I know that white-painted furniture can quickly go down the country shabby-chic route, but I tried avoid this by mixing up the space up with both vintage and modern touches, like the bright modern throw pillows, a chalkboard above our bed, and the vintage glass lamp. 
  The planked walls were a nice surprise that we found beneath several layers of paneling and old wallpaper.We white-washed the walls and then randomly brushed on a light blue for some color. Daniel hung the ceiling tiles and chandelier, and I painted the furniture, sewed the pillows, and made the little chalkboard piece above our bed. It was a team effort!
 The sweetest love-letter, written by Daniel... complete with burned edges and sealed in wax! 
Because my decorating style is all about subtlety and being understand, I decided to throw in a big-horn sheep with a bow tie. I mean, WHY NOT?!  His name is Ferdinand. He was a gift from Daniel's grandpa.. Of course, he needed a bow-tie. The space seems so much more dignified now.
In all seriousness, I think the most important design advice I could give would be to not to take yourself or the process too seriously. I'm all for mixing it up, and adding in elements that are unexpected. If you love something, then go with it. Make it yours, and make it fun.


This mention of FUN brings us to the hallway, which is just flat-out ridiculous. I have no excuses for this space other than the fact that I went on a late-night Pinterest bender, lost all sense of good-taste, and decorated it like I was a five-year old. 
You can read the entire post here, about the night I randomly decided to paint the mural. I ordered the hopscotch decal from here, but I'm betting you could easily make a similar design with a Silhouette, or Cricut.

This hallways leads us on to the back of our house, to little Selah's nursery. Daniel and I struggled to conceive for four years before we had Selah, so this room is a special place for us :) 
Praise the Lord. 
This little room is filled with light, love, and rejoicing in the fulfillment of our little promise. 
Selah's room is colorful, and yet simple: the sweetest little crochet garland, my old artist's palate tied with a bow, tissue paper poofs, and lots of sunshine. 

That's little Selah's room!

I'd venture to say that the kitchen is perhaps the most loved room in our entire house. It's airy, bright, and spacious. In some way, I feel like the kitchen appreciated that one-on-one attention, the fact that we healed it's little wounds and didn't completely rip it all out and discard its eighty years of character. The result is a nostalgic and unique space that blends seamlessly with the rest of our home.
 All of the cabinetry is original to the house, just spruced up with a little paint and new knobs and pulls. The cabinet doors were removed to create open shelving, which displays my great-grandmother's china. I make a point to actually use her china in addition to our other dishes; in fact, I feed Selah oatmeal every morning from the delicate tiny bowls. It seems to make her a part of our everyday life, and I love that. 
My mother's, grandmothers', and great-grandmothers' serving pieces and knick-knacks, live above my stove.They bring love and wisdom, and create a atmosphere filled with the inspiration of women who have nourished my soul. Daniel built the dishwasher stand himself, using an extra piece of Ikea counter-top. He's so handy :)
I etched the glass window looking into our laundry room so guests wouldn't be appalled at my piles of dirty laundry. Purely selfish reasons.. 
This mid-century painting of a man pounding yucca is also from my great-grandmother, a memento of the years she spent in Haiti. I cherish it for so many reasons, and I just adore the vibrant pop of color it brings! I'd encourage you to decorate your home with items that are personal to you; I find that it lens intimacy that can't be reproduced. 


Our kitchen opens right up into the dining room. This is a picture from my sister's baby shower, so there's a lovely spread of food laid out, but it gives you a general idea of the layout of the land.


We painted the french-doors red, and I feel like it's an unexpected statement that sets apart the room. The red also ties into the rug and the industrial letter 'C' above the Hoosier cabinet.
I recovered the chairs with a green-striped upholstery fabric from Ikea. There is something charming about the contrast between the modern fabric with the old-style table and chairs. Really, it's a theme that's carried out throughout the room. Bright modern colors, with vintage touches to bring it back to earth.
 This ugly furnace used to be the bane of my existence, but then I decided to paint it with chalkboard paint and use it as a menu planner! I'm all for working with the unique character of your particular home. Make your space lovable, and livable, and fun. Don't worry about making it perfect, just embrace the quirks of your home.
These little 50's housewife cookbooks make me giggle .

It feels a little strange to post pictures of my restroom, but here is.. This is the only room that we really gutted and completely re-did. At one point the old potty was actually falling through the floor! Let's just saying being 9 months pregnant, and having your only bathroom torn out is a leeeetle bit of a challenge.  
Once again, I had a little fun and added lots of 'management' signage in here. Daniel likes to joke that he feels bossed around every-time he goes to the restroom!
*GASP* What is this?! Letters in the tub... it's true real people do live in this house!!
Onwards friends, to the living room! This is probably the most 'normal' space in our home. I joke that I try not to immediately scare of visitors, by using neutral colors in this room.
 I made the vintage ornament wreath that is hung above the ooold gas fireplace, it's one of my all-time favorite pieces. I wrote a little about my love/hate relationship with this wreath here
I felt like varying the colors of the frames would be a little overwhelming in our already CRAZY house, so I spray-painted all of the frames white. I also added some non-picture elements to the wall, to liven it up a bit. Some of my favorites are the teeny-tiny succulent, the pair of stylized vintage deer, and the ACTUAL key to our house. (Yes, we still have working skeleton keys on doors around here..)
This year our tree is decorate with a vintage dictionary page garland, pinecones, and cream-colored linen ruffles. I'm liking the switch-up from my usual brightly colored 'retro' tree. 
Just off of the living room is  the third bedroom, which is used as a guest room for visitors and a crafty space for me! 
 This card catalog is hands-down my favorite material possession.; it's from a local high-school that was torn down. If my house caught fire, I'd make sure everyone was safe, and then I'd attempt to drag all 500lbs of this card catalog out of the front door myself. Not. Even. Kidding.
I have a slight obsession with vintage chenille. You may have noticed that there's another chenille bedspread in my daughter's room as well. I love the knobby texture, the weight of pure cotton, and the reminisence of summers gone by that these blankets bring. 

I promise my 'desk' is never this clean. I moved a big pile of stuff so you could actually see the table! Now, you can feel free to release yourself from all of those unrealistic expectations... I love using this vintage table as a desk, because there is lots of surface area to spread out projects. The little cork boards are just place-mats from Ikea, that I cut to fit picture frames. 
A gigantic welcome wreath for our guests, and yet another use for vintage dictionary pages! You can see the whole tutorial here.

Wow! That's it; I hope you enjoyed the tour of my lovely little home. 
I feel a deep affection for our house because in many ways our little re-do helped me discover what I was most passionate about as a home-maker. I learned that I am most passionate about cultivating an atmosphere of creativity within our home. My hearts desire is that our home would be a place drenched in love, steeped with imagination, and filled with laughter and memories for years to come. 

Lots of love!
Lindsey Cazac
Out of Alabaster














19 comments:

  1. I love how your home reflects you and your personality. It can be so easy to get in a style rut and forget that our homes are an extension of us as our nest and not the latest trend.Yours is Creative and Lovely. Thanks for sharing your nest.

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  2. I love your house!!! Thanks for sharing. I'm visiting from the live.laugh.rowe blog hop.

    I'm a new follower. I'd love for you to come visit me!

    Jen @ http://queenbeejen.blogspot.com

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  3. wow! sooo gorgeous and inspiring! following from the blog hop! can't wait to catch up on your posts :)

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  4. I think I want to just move in! I would be happy just living in your hallway lol! I love that you don't take yourself to seriously in design, and you are seriously AWESOME!! That bedroom is breath taking and your daughters room is so adorable! Coming by from the blog hop!! So nice to meet you!

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  5. Holy Cow, your house is Uh MAZING! I could get so much design inspiration from everyone of your pictures. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Glad I found you!

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  6. Love how fearless you are with color! I totally live by the motto- life is too short to be neutral!
    Also thanks for stopping by to visit!
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  7. I love it... thanks for sharing. Your silhouettes are gorgeous!

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  8. what a lovely home, so unique. I love the walls in your bedroom, gorgeous!

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  9. I love your decorating!! Gorgeous bedroom! So unique and something I would love for my own house. Mixing up is an awesome way to add a personal touch :) Thanks for stopping by my blog and following! I'm returning the follow :)

    Brandi
    www.yeewittlethings.blogspot.ca

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  10. Hi, there! I originally stopped by to tell you thanks for visiting my site, and for following (I followed, too), but WOW! I was distracted, quickly, by all of your cute (CUTE) decorating! You're so talented! I'm learning to decorate in ways that make me happy - typically unconventional, and unexpected, but my house makes my heart smile. I love the fact that you've made your house to fit you and your husband's personalities. GREAT JOB! (Oh, and my husband has a few game pieces on the wall... pretty sure I'm adding bow ties! :)

    -heather
    www.stringtownhome.blogspot.com

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  11. WOW!!! I am out of words for your pictures!! IT looks AWESOME!! Did you do it all yourself, really???? Can you come over to my house and redo my bedroom too??? It's due for major, major revamping! I'm really happy you reached out and joined my blog and so now, I am a follower as well... on Pinterest and FB too! ;) Really looking forward to your posts and getting to know you! Hope to talk to you soon! :)
    S.O.S. Mom
    http://sosmom.blogspot.com

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  12. HOW COOL!! Love your blog...love your house!
    Thanks for stopping by the blog! Newest follower!!

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  13. What an adorable home you have! Looks like it would be tons of fun growing up there:)

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  14. this is breathtakingly beautiful! wow, great taste! and thanks for your lovely comment on my blog, much appreciated:):):)

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