House Haven Tour: Dream and Differ

Hello! I’m Jessie from Dream and Differ and I’m so happy to be able to share a peek into my home today. A big thank you to Chas for this opportunity!
Our house isn’t magazine-perfect; it’s often messy, frequently chaotic, and always a bit disorganized, but it is a haven for our family. I strive to create a cozy, welcoming atmosphere in our home, for guests and family alike. Lots of books, comfy seating, and a large table we can gather around for a home-cooked meal all contribute to make our home warm and inviting. More than anything, I want our home to be comfortable, so come on in, pull up a chair, and get cozy. Welcome to our haven!

Our living room, where we read books, play board games, and enjoy the sunshine.

Our hard-working kitchen, where many batches of cookies and pots of soup are prepared.
Our dining room, where we love to welcome family for holiday meals.
The dining table and this buffet double as our homeschool room too, so they’re functional as well as pretty!
Our master bedroom.
We converted our son’s extra closet into a Harry Potter-inspired book nook. It is one of my favorite spaces in the house!
Our daughter’s love of reading is spelled out on her desk!
One of the first areas we rehabbed after buying this house: this bathroom used to have pink fixtures and tile!

Thank you so much for stopping by my little haven! Photobucket

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The Winthrop Chronicles

Elizabeth & Co.


Liz Marie

The Golden Sycamore


My Romantic Home

The 36th Avenue

TatorTots & Jello

The Shabby Nest

Jennifer Rizzo


Six Sisters Stuff


Finding Silver Pennies

Nifty Thrifty Things

It’s Overflowing

House Haven Tour: Caught in Grace

Hi everyone! My name is Jaime and I blog over at Caught in Grace. I’m honored to be a part of A Woman’s Haven Home Tour Series.

We moved into our mid-century ranch a little over a year ago and we’ve worked hard to turn it into a place we love and can call home. We’ve ripped up carpet, torn down wallpaper, painted, updated, and renovated in almost every room of our house. I desire for our home to be a safe, comfortable place for our family to rest and relax in; a peaceful haven away from the world.  I also want our home to feel warm and inviting to whoever comes through our doors.

My favorite motto for creating a home you love is , “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” (-William Morris)  It has taken me years to find my style and know what I love. I’ve made many mistakes along the way and many poor choices in the beginning of creating a home for our family. I ended up with a lot of things I didn’t love and didn’t need. And I ended up with a home that I didn’t love and wasn’t really an expression of me. So then I went through a process of selling those things I didn’t like and replacing them with things I loved. And through that experience, I’ve learned to be much more intentional about what I bring into our home and also what I allow to stay in our home.  With that being said, I also think it’s important to remember that “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” (-the Nester)  No home (especially those with kids living in them) is perfect and my home certainly doesn’t usually look like it does in these pictures.  So remember, a home is a haven when it is full of life and love and laughter, not when it is picture perfect.

So if you’re ready, come on in!

We recently turned the entryway closet into a mudroom.  This is a much more efficient use of space for us.  The hooks make it easy to hang up our coats, bags, and scarves and the baskets are convenient for storing all the mittens and hats that come with three kiddos and these extra long Northern Virginia winters.

The living room is the first thing you see after walking in the front door.  I get a lot of questions about my couch.  It’s from the Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s.  Here’s the link.  We special ordered it in the color Vintage.  My husband made our coffee table a few years back.  And I used an old window that I found at an antique store to display some of my favorite pictures. Those side tables were originally black when we bought them, but later when I realized that I really didn’t like black furniture, I took a chance and painted them white. And now I love them.
This is the view to the other side of the room.  We found the spool on the side of the road and I painted it white and we use it as a side table.  The chairs are from Joss and Main.
  Every main piece of furniture in this picture was found on Craigslist… the fireplace mantel, lockers, and hanging chair are all great Craigslist finds.
This is my favorite seat in the house.  Every afternoon during my kids rest time, you will find me here sipping coffee and reading blogs. The little furry stool is from Target and my feet love it.
I removed a few rows of the top doors on the lockers to make open shelves and then spray painted the outside a glossy white.

When we moved into this house, the kitchen was the original 1960’s kitchen, complete with linoleum floors, water-damaged cabinets, and floral wallpaper. It was in desperate need of a floor to ceiling renovation, so within the first few months of moving in, we had the kitchen completely gutted and re-done.  For years, I had been dreaming of a white kitchen with open shelves, subway tile backsplash, butcher block countertops, and a farmhouse sink, so it was fun seeing my dreams finally take shape and come to life in this house.

We spend a lot of time in this part of the kitchen sharing meals, homeschooling, coloring, and painting. When we moved in, the the bricks were red, so I gave them a few coats of white wash to lighten things up. I love the added character and texture of the brick walls.

My coffee bar is one of my favorite things in our house.  Part of my vision behind this area was creating a happy, inviting space that encouraged people to stop by, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or hot chocolate) and sit and chat for a while. I found the buffet on Craigslist and decided to go bold and paint it a deep turquoise.

Although we weren’t quite been ready to tackle a full bathroom renovation, we wanted to give the kid’s bathroom an affordable update. We ripped down the out-dated brown wallpaper, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint, updated the vanity, mirror, and lighting, and added in some fun pops of color with towels and accessories.

My sweet little girl’s bedroom.  I found her bed at an antique store and her dressers on Craigslist and then I painted them.

My two boys share a bedroom.  (Although, since taking this picture, we’ve taken the bunk beds apart and done a little rearranging).

The stairs down to the basement were originally covered with carpet and I was thrilled when I peeked under the carpet one day and discovered the hardwoods underneath.  After ripping up the carpet and cleaning the stairs up a bit, I painted the risers white and added the numbers on them for a little fun.
Our basement room…

I found this piano for free on Craigslist and painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint.  The little cubbies hold my kids nature collection.

And finally, our guest bedroom. My husband made the shutter headboard for me and I painted and distressed them.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed our house haven tour!
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House Haven Tour: Along the Dirt Road

Hi! I am Kelli from Along the Dirt Road. I am so honored that Chas invited me to share our home with you. Thanks so much Chas!

Our farmhouse is our little haven off of the beaten path. It’s a place of love where I only take décor in a seriously thrifted sort of way. It’s a place where my husband Ricky and I raise children, veggies and chickens. We also feed a couple of spoiled goats and a few dogs and cats too. We are so thankful that our home is a place for kids to roam and friends to linger. Come on in and pull up a chair. We are so glad to have you here!















Thank you so much for joining us here at Along the Dirt Road. It was a joy to share our home with you.


House Haven Tour: The Wood Grain Cottage

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I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to be here today. BIG thanks to Chas for featuring our home on her Haven Home Tour series. What an honor! This is such a wonderful series! Our home is absolutely our haven. We’ve built our home from the ground up and chose every detail along the way. Even with that, we’re in the process of injecting a bit more of our personality and style. We love DIY projects, we love wood grain and we love cottage style- hence, The Wood Grain Cottage. I’m a firm believer that there’s no place like home, so I’ve made it my mission to make our home the happiest place around. It is, after all, our haven and escape from the everyday world. .ENJOY. the tour! The kitchen is most definitely the heart of our home and the place where I spend the most time. <img class="aligncenter size-large wp-image-4885" alt="Kitchen | The
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Our entry way:

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Our in progress breakfast nook, complete with the addition of a built in bench and plank wall:

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Since we love DIY projects and they make our house feel more like our home, here are a few of my favorite projects:

Herringbone side table, which currently resides in the dining room:

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DIY stackable fruit crates are a kitchen and pantry staple!

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The breakfast nook plank wall and built in bench completely changed the breakfast nook.

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Thank you so much for joining me on our home tour! I hope you enjoyed it and that you’ll stop by and say hi!

BIG THANKS to Chas for having me!


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2012 House Haven Tour Recap

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Creating a personal haven for myself and my family brings me JOY. I love everything about decorating our home to share who we are as a family. I love creating a cozy little haven for our friends & family to enjoy when they visit us. I have gathered so many wonderful personal memories from sharing my home throughout the years with those I love. Christmas parties, backyard barbeques, or small intimate dinner parties have all given me moments I will cherish.

I also love seeing how other people share their personality through their home! Out of this love came my desire to host House Haven Tours here at A Woman’s Haven. I wanted others to see and share that love also. I have been truly grateful for everyone who shared their home with myself and my readers. Every time a fellow blogger accepted my invitation to participate I was overcome with gratitude and I couldn’t wait to receive their tour post.

I have always said A Woman’s Haven was a place for me to gather the things that inspire me in the hopes that it may inspires others. I hope this will continue in 2013!

For now I would like to give you a recap of all of the beautiful havens that were shared in 2012.

Here goes….

Amy’s House Haven Tour
Visit Amy @ A Nest for All Seasons

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Heather’s House Haven Tour
Visit Heather @ The Lovely Cupboard

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Michelle’s House Haven Tour
Visit Michelle @ The Emerald Cove

Heather’s House Haven Tour
Visit Heather @ {Twenty} Something

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Kari Anne’s House Haven Tour
Visit Kari Anne @ Thistlewood Farm

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Angela’s House Haven Tour
Visit Angela @ The Simple Things

Amy’s House Haven Tour
Visit Amy @ The Blissful Bee


Alicia’s House Haven Tour
Visit Alicia @ La Famille

Holly’s House Haven Tour
Visit Holly @ Life as a Thrifter

Jamie’s House Haven Tour
Visit Jaime @ Raising Up Rubies

Jenna’s House Haven Tour
Visit Jenna @ Paddington Way

Kelly’s House Haven Tour
Visit Kelly @ The Lily Pad Cottage

Rita Joy’s House Haven Tour
Visit Rita Joy @ Harbour Breeze Home

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Allison’s House Haven Tour
Visit Allison @ The Golden Sycamore

Amy’s House Haven Tour
Visit Amy @ The Happy Tulip

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Maria’s House Haven Tour
Visit Maria @ Rusty Hinge

Angela’s House Haven Tour
Visit Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

Now isn’t that a talented group of ladies!!! I am also honored to say four of them our fellow Michigan Bloggers! Isn’t that fabulous?

Take some time to visit each of their blogs. I am sure you will leave feeling as inspired as I have from following them.

Would you like to be included in the ongoing House Haven Tour Series? If so feel free to send me an email at I would love to hear from you!

Happy 2013!!

House Haven Tour: Number Fifty-Three

Hi everyone! I’m Angela from Number Fifty-Three. Welcome to my home!
I’m passionate about decorating on a budget and transforming dated thrift store purchases into something spectacular. 
My home is my haven because it is filled, not only with the people I love most, but with items that are full of history and have special meaning to me.
We have a large open entry/living area with a huge, off center fireplace.  I’ve tried to curb the awkwardness of this layout by adding in this great settee, that I got in a trade with my Mom, and black hutch, filled with some of my favorite thrift store and tag sale finds.

Here’s the view of the entry from our living room. That gold chair you see peeking in the corner was a $25 thrift store find.

It is possible to get the look you want and still be frugal! Our old couch got an update with a white (washable!) slipcover and a $5 ottoman from Savers was modernized with new fabric.

I made the wreath from bittersweet vines that I found in my neighborhood. I kept the rest of the mantel really simple by using white pumpkins and antique books.

This is my second revamp of my 1990s dining room hutch.  I think the black is so classic and highlights more of my thrifty finds.

I did an accent wall in my dining room by simply tearing pages from an old English Literature text book and randomly sticking them on the wall with double-sided tape. The sideboard, which I found on craigslist, holds some of my candlestick collection.

Here’s another corner of my dining room.  The painting was under $10 at the thrift store and the chair is a family heirloom. I love the mix of colors in this area!

Lastly, here is a peek at my master bedroom, which I have slowly been updating.  You can see that I have a thing for collections!

A mix of silhouettes; some thrifted, some made by me and all unified by painting the frames, adorn one wall.

I recently painted this old wooden chest in a modified chevron pattern to give it a fun update and to add extra storage to the room.
Thank you so much for touring Number Fifty-Three and a great big thank you to Chas for letting me share my haven with all of you!