Hi everyone! I'm Gretchen, and I blog at Boxy Colonial. I was ridiculously excited when Cassie invited me to be part of this series; she's one of my absolute favorite bloggers with one of my favorite bloghouses (I made up a word), and this is one of my favorite series of blog posts. I've found so many great new blogs to follow through it.
We moved into our house nearly two years ago; it was a foreclosure that had been sitting empty for a couple of years, so it needed a lot of love. We've made quite bit of progress, but there are still plenty of rooms we haven't even started to work on yet. This is fine, though; we have plenty of time because I'm not planning on ever moving again! Moving is hard. I've looked around the house in an effort to sum up my decorating style, and I think I have it: lots of blue, with an abundance of animals and books. Emphasis on squirrels. And dogs. And whales. Also birds. So there you have it. I'm an excellent summer upper. We live here with our four boys, three dogs, and two cats, so everything needs to be practical and able to put up with a lot of abuse, too.
As the blog name implies, our house is your standard brick front colonial revival, built in the early 80's:
I break out the squirrels right away as soon as you get in the house, with a Sharpie-d squirrel wall in the foyer (inspired by Cassie's sheep wall!):
(that yellow is the yellow that was everywhere in the house when we moved in. The line between it and the blue is us not getting around to painting the stairwell yet, not a peculiar decorating choice).
(my husband built the shoe storage bench; you can read about how he did it here)
To one side of the foyer is the formal living room that we use as a library/music room. The shelves are Billy shelves from Ikea; we splurged on the doors for them to make them look more finished and formal:
We recently moved our one year old out of a sectioned off part of the master bedroom and into his own room down the hall. We kept most of the decor the same as it had been in his old room (there's a subtle ocean theme going on), but we made a few toddler friendly upgrades. I think my favorite new thing is the photos of some his favorite toys:
We made the wooden whale for his old nursery, and it made the move over here.
On the other end of the kid age spectrum, my oldest son (he's almost 13)'s room got a tween friendly makeover last year:
We just finished our master bedroom a few weeks ago. Blue + animals and books in full effect here!
We still have a lot of spaces that we're working on.....somehow or other I'm expecting to put a lot of energy into the backyard, our master bathroom, my middle two boys' shared room, AND my dining room during the rest of this year. We'll see how well my big plans work out when it comes to the actual execution.
Thanks so much to Cassie for having me, and stop by the Boxy Colonial sometime to see what I'm up to if you get a chance!
Gretchen, thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous bloghouse with us today! Have a great day- the kids are out here the next two days! We will be coloring eggs, watching movies, and stuffing our faces with chocolate. Mmmmmm chocolate.