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My Summer Home Tour!

tatertots and jello tour

I have never posted a home tour. Why? I never think my home is ready. There seems to always be a room that needs a face-lift or things just aren’t “done”. So I was thrilled to be invited to Gina’s Summer Home Tour Series. And even though about half of my home is either in the process of a makeover or in need of one, I am so excited to join in!!

summer tour of houses

I also have to say that yesterday was day 1 of the home tour and I was BLOWN away by the homes. Seriously AMAZING and INSPIRING spaces and ideas. So be sure to check out those homes. Plus, Beckie from Infarrantly Creative’s home is the first one on the tour today, and you don’t want to miss out on all of her amazing ideas. Her craft room she just finished is to-die-for. Don’t miss it.

beckies home

And now on to my home:

tatertots and jello front porch

One of the first places that you see when you come into our home is our front hallway. This is where our Family Gallery Wall is displayed. It’s one of my favorite projects EVER! My sister Wenderful took the colorful pictures and I love the scrolly frames and the yellow spray painted table that was my grandmothers.

family picture wall

Leading off the main hall is our White and Aqua Kitchen. Before it was yellow maple and dark backsplash. We painted the cabinets and I wanted to put in subway tile, but we opted to paint the tile since it was so much cheaper and it looks good. I still want to put in subway tile at some point.

summertime kitchen open shelves at tatertots and jello

We painted the island a bluish-green and I was a little nervous that it wouldn’t work with our brown granite, but I really like it. We painted the walls Martha Stewart’s Sharkey Grey and it’s a very neutral warm grey, which is perfect since I still have brown carpet. Someday I am hoping to put all hardwood floors on the main floor of the house.

fourth of july family room at tatertots and jello

We have a family room that joins the kitchen space. It has wonderful, tall ceilings. We made over the built-in TV cabinet to accomodate a much larger TV and I painted it the same Decorator White as the kitchen.  Right now my family room is decorated for the Fourth of July.

tatertots and jello turquoise slipcover

When my sister moved, I bought her HUGE brown sectional couch. I swear it’s the comfiest thing ever! And it’s so big — two full grown people can sleep on  both ends of it. When we redid this space I had the couch slipcovered and it made SUCH a difference!! I have a slipcover in TURQUOISE:

And another in GREY. I switch them out during the year. And I am thinking of maybe having one in WHITE too.

wall of frames

Under the stairs in our family room is a little recessed cabinet. When we redid our kitchen we also painted this area white and installed beadboard. This is my favorite area to decorate for different seasons. Right now I have a fun frame wall that I created with thrifted frames and Pantone’s Emerald Green paint color.



And right off of the family room is our laundry room. I took the room, painted white, added board and batten and stenciled between each section. Then I found a chandelier on Cragislist in Rhode Island and had it shipped to my home and installed it in the center of the room. We also installed recessed lights and put them on a dimmer which makes such a difference. I painted the cabinets – the top are white and the bottom are a teal/blue. We also took out a big closet in the room and put in some lockers so the kids have somewhere to put their boots and coats in the winter. My favorite part of the room is the crystal knobs.

spring mantel and succulents

My living room is another area that I like to switch up often. It also has a mantel, which is a little more formal than the mantel in my family room. Right now I have a pretty Green, Turquoise and Wood mantelscape with succulents in mason jars.


Right off of the living room is our formal dining room which I turned into my office about 8 years ago. Recently I acquired a new office so I have been transforming this space into a homework/music room for my kids. When we turned it into my office so many years ago, we took the open wall and added studs and drywall to create a wide doorway and then we installed paneled french doors to close off the space. It gives the room a little privacy while still maintaining the same formal dining room feel, for resale value. I am in the middle of making this space over — the GIANT navy chalkboard wall is one of the latest projects in that room.

tatertots and jello hallway

Another space on the main floor is the beachy powder room. I painted it white and added board and batten and I also painted the cabinet white too. I painted the ceiling a darker teal than the walls. And my favorite part of this room is the FREE 1940’s chandelier that I scored off freecycle.com. All I did was put an ad on that site for chandeliers and someone responded saying they were redoing an old home and had a chandelier I could have. If you don’t know that site, be sure to check it out for great deals. Everything is free.
front entry hall at tatertots and jello

My younger girls have rooms next to each other upstairs with an adjoining bathroom. Hannah’s space we redid a few months ago. We stenciled one wall, installed some storage on two sides of the room and I painted her bed. We also gave her chandelier a makeover as well as adding some jewelry storage, a new Scrolly Frame Bulletin Board and a Teen Command Station.

hannahs room collage

Ella has been begging me for a little room update. When she was younger she wanted a “Chinese Room”. So I painted her room a bright melon color, I made some wainscoting with sheet metal. And made a focal point on her ceiling with some Chinese Fans.

ellas room collage

My bedroom has been in the works for 3 years. I have a plan now and I am hoping to get it done this summer – yay!!!

hayleys room collage

My third, and oldest daughter has a room in the basement. We redid her room about a year ago with a Nautical and Beachy vibe. We created a planked wall with painted and whitewashed planking. Then I put board and batten on the other walls and painted them navy and white. I also added hooks to the wall next to her closet and created a little extra accessory storage. All of these changes really brightened up her room SO much. It is such a different space now and she LOVES hanging out in her new room.


Our guest room is also in the basement, next to my daughter’s room. This is one of my favorite rooms now. I painted the room the same color as the rest of the rooms upstairs – Sharkey Grey. Then I planked the focal wall. I wanted this room to kind of coordinate with my daughter’s room which is next door. Instead of planking the wall vertically, we planked it horizontally. And whitewashed the boards. I love the way the accent light highlights these planked boards at night. It’s so pretty! I also make a Beaded Chandelier for this room.

beaded chandelier

And I made a duvet out of a fabric shower curtain AND upholstered the existing headboard. Another of my favorite projects was the stenciled Greek Rug I painted for the floor. It’s such a bright and welcoming room now.

duvet out of a shower curtain guest room

duvet out of a shower curtain angle

On the outside of the house, this year I painted all of my resin pots YELLOW. And paired with my grey and white outdoor rug, my outdoor space is so happy and pretty now.

painted pots

That’s my home so far. Some of the spaces that I am working on finishing for 2013 are — my master bedroom, my girls’ shared bathroom, my guest bathroom in the basement and my upstairs hallway. I hope you will stay tuned for those projects!!

1905 logo

One thing that has really taken my attention from my home in the last year is my NEW office! It’s a 1905 cottage that we purchased last June and it’s only 4 houses away from ours. We GUTTED it and have been rebuilding it completely. And I am so excited to say it’s almost done!!! It really has been such a labor of love. Mostly because it has so much history in our area and we are so happy to be able to save it and restore it to something that I hope the original owners would love.

Here are a few pictures from this project:

1905 cottage projects

 You can find out more about my #1905Cottage here. This is a project that I am just starting to blog about. I am so excited to share more about what we have done and what we have in store for this little gem.


And I have to keep it real. I have four kids. My husband travels. My home gets used and lived in. Most of the time, this is what it looks like around here:

kitchen real life

tatertots and Jello real life

 Be sure to head right over to the next house on the tour — Chris from Just a Girl is sharing her home. And it is amazing. You will love it!!!

just a girl header

And here are the rest of the homes on the tour. Plus, you can link up YOUR home on Friday and show it off. And there are prizes too – so fun!

Complete listing of all the home tours


DAY 1 (June 3rd)

2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior

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DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
3 – Chris @ Just a Girl
4 – Brooke @ All Things Thrifty
5 – Karen @ The Graphics Fairy
6 – Emily @ Decor Chick
7 – Roeshel @ DIY Show Off

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DAY 3 (June 5th)

1 – Melissa @ The Inspired Room
2 – Wendy @ The Shabby Nest
3 – Donna @ Funky Junk Interior YOU ARE HERE
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
7 – Brittany@PrettyHandyGirl

– – – – –

DAY 4 (June 6th)

1- Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality
2- Traci @ Beneath My Heart
3-Stacy @ Not Just a Housewife
4-Jen @ Jennifer Rizzo
5-Lindsay @ Makely Home
6-Sandra @ Sawdust Girl

– – – – –

DAY 5 (June 7th)

Link Party at The Shabby Creek Cottage

Have a Happy Day! 


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  1. I loved the house tour and I especially loved the your banquette in your kitchen!!! Did you build that yourself or purchase it? Please let me know where/how I could get something like that for my breakfast room.

  2. i think my favorite may have been the beachy chandelier- thank you for posting the tutorial for that! ☺
    i’ve pinned it and shared it for all to enjoy!
    xoxo, sharonna misha

  3. carrie lim says:

    I am wondering how you made your dinning nook. We have a very similar set up and have been looking for some ideas on how to create a sitting bench sort of thing for under our window.


  4. Is the island color Jade too? Same with the laundry room?

  5. Love the frames in the family gallery! Where did you get such things?

  6. Love these house tours! And your home is gorgeous!!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  7. Susan M. says:

    We are in the process of shopping for a new bed for our daughter. Where did you purchase Ella’s bed?

  8. Dria @ Dio says:

    Your house is gorgeous! Very hard to pick just one favorite thing :) Absolutely love all the color you’ve used!!

  9. www.simplylinen.blogspot.com says:

    Your home is lovely. Colorful, fun and welcoming..I am sure just like your family. Have a great weekend

  10. I really love your house. It is exactly my style. I also love your love of chevron <3

  11. Warm, colorful and welcoming. Just like the lady who lives there. xoxo

  12. How beautiful is your entire home? I love it. And can your daughter and puppy be any cuter? I die. I spy like five things I would like to steal. ;} Kidding not kidding. Can I come over?

  13. Jen, you have a beautiful home and yard! I love your vibrant turquoise slipcover and frames. Thanks for the tour!

  14. I love those turquoise frames and the pops of color all over your home! I want that pattern on the wall!!!!

  15. Your house is fabulous Jen!
    Love all the yellow & turquoise! Such a HAPPY place filled with lots of LOVE!
    Had no idea the 1905 cottage was purchased for your office!
    That is just over the top awesome! What a great idea!
    Loved the tour!
    You are precious!

  16. Every single picture is inspiring! I love your decorating style. Would you mind to link this up to my blog hop? Our readers would LOVE to see all this! Thank you!

  17. Your home is beautiful! Now I want to paint something yellow, coral, gray….love it all!

  18. just an fyi … the link above for chris@justagirl goes to a go daddy page

  19. WOW, what a beautiful home! Thank you for all the inspiration!

  20. Love the paint color of your living room. What is it? I may want to use that in my living room.

  21. whbsblog says:

    Beautiful home, Jen! Thanks again for the tip on the Sharkey Gray, it’s transformed our home and we get so many compliments. It is the perfect warm gray. I feel ya on the master bedroom, ours has always taken the back burner and is always the room that gets its door closed when company comes. 😉 Can’t wait to follow your cottage makeover!

    • Oh yay!! I am so glad you like the color. I love it too!!

      I am hoping to get my master bedroom done this year. Maybe we both can!!


  22. I’m swooning Jen- but I think we have already had the discussion about how similar our tastes are. Oh how I wish & dream for the day when I can move my hubs taste for a rustic cabin decor to a more clean, bright & cheery feel. (although we do live in a cabin at the moment so it would be out of place) :) You home is just as beautiful as I knew it would be. I can totally relate to the feeling of it never being quite done. There are always things you have plans to do.

  23. Donna - Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Jaw drop… what comes to mind first is the word FUN! Your home is fun to look at and I’m certain a blast to live in! There’s so much colour and brightness you can’t help but feel it! Love how the colour bounces you around. My total fav eye grab was your open shelving with the SODA crate. WHY did that draw me in I wonder?! :)

    Fab tour, Jen!

    • Donna!

      Thanks so much my friend!! This was so fun but I feel like I need another year to get my home where I want it to be. I appreciate you so much! And I can’t wait to see your home!!


  24. You are hired as my personal home designer. 😉

  25. Shut up! A turquoise slip cover?!? How have I never seen that before? Absolutely beautiful home, Jen! Thank you so much for joining :)

    • haha isn’t that fun Gina! I love that turquoise pillow cover it is so bright and happy. Thanks for including my in your home tour. It has been so fun!


  26. Jen~Your home is beautiful! Great inspiration. I love all your pops of color. My favorite is the turquoise slipcover. Where did you get it? Please tell me it was really cheap!! :) Thanks for opening up your home to us. ~Linda

  27. So pretty! I love the light bright colors you use in your house. It’s inviting and fun!

    We just moved into our house a year ago and I have so far to go. I understand what you said about a home tour but I’m going to try to join in. :)

  28. Love it all. I especially love your older daughters room. I also am considering painting my living/family room in a blue/green. What color did you use in your living room?

  29. So stunning Jen!! All of your color combos are so lovely!! I adore that beaded chandelier, I’m going to have to pin that one for sure!

    • Hi Karen!!

      Thanks so much my friend. I feel like there is still so much to do before it’s ready to be shown off, but it’s so fun to see the progress. Thanks for coming by and commenting. I hope you are having a great Spring!


  30. It’s hard to believe you have anything unfinished! From room to room, your home is so happy, so pretty! And that cottage?! Dreamy!

    • Thanks Roeshel!!

      I feel like there is so much yet to be done. But it’s so fun to see the progress. I really am having such a fun time with the cottage. I adore the apartment you did for your daughter!


  31. Jessica says:

    Love. What is the color of your yellow hall table?

  32. Your home is fun, colorful and whimsical.



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