We like to celebrate Friday's a little special around here - by featuring YOU! We've got a hot n' ready now Reader Design for you today from the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington! Our girl Brit is a fellow style mutt who is maintaining the character of her 1924 home, but mixing in some funky modern day elements making it dance with character!
We live in a 1924 home in Seattle. When we bought it, two sisters had been living here together for nearly 50 years. Many rooms were stuck in the 60s and 70s and we've been spending the last 5 years eradicating pink carpeted bathrooms, turning a second kitchen back into a bedroom, tearing down walls, building built-ins, and generally using every tool available to make our house a fun spot to raise our family and entertain.
I'm actually horrible at finding great finds in thrift stores or online, so end up making a lot of custom pieces of furniture or built-ins to really make our spaces work for us. Ikea-hack is my middle name! Our most recent project was finishing our dining room, where we paired our very traditional black table with lighter, more modern chairs, a modern light fixture, and colorful art. This room, along with every other one in the house, has got fun finds and DIY elements - including our DIY buffet!
For our kids, we really try to keep their spaces especially playful. We recently updated my son's room and also carved out an art and play area in the basement. Maybe a little color overload in those spots, but we really try to give our kids what they want and they do love color.
With two young kids, we are inspired to really make our home work for us. Function is always our top priority but making it look good is a close second. Over the years we've been working on blending our home's traditional style with brighter and more modern features. We already had a similar look in our master bedroom; we added another colorful kilim, and used beadboard for the walls and ceilings.
Overall, we hope to make our home a place where no one feels too formal, where kids, (and adults), can put their feet on the furniture and feel relaxed.
Well, that's all I feel like doing in this beautiful home! A huge thank you to our lovely hostess du jour, Brit! You can follow more of her Ikea hacking, DIYing and design adventures on her blog, House Updated, and @houseupdated on Instagram!
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Thank you guys so much for stopping by! Have a splendid weekend!