Come on a Tour of My Home!

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I am over the moon to be joining 24 other DIY bloggers on a Summer House Tour!  Throughout the week, they’ve been taking their readers on tours of their gorgeous homes – and today it’s my turn to share with you.

We had our home built in 2008 and absolutely love it.  We picked the floor plan, the lot, the exterior stone, and most of the interior finishes.  After living in a home that needed more early 1990s updates than we really wanted to make, we were thrilled to have a home where we only had to change the things that we wanted to change – not the things we HAD to change because they were falling apart!

Since then, we’ve been slowly tackling our builder’s beige walls and transforming our home into our dream home.  My family members share a love of pattern and color (on his last day of school, my 7 year old filled out an “All About Me” worksheet declaring that his favorite thing about his bedroom was that it was colorful), so we’re taking a ‘no holds barred’ approach to transforming our home.  Let me show you what I mean.

Master Bedroom - Home Tour via

The first big room that we transformed was our master bedroom.  My husband, Tom, thought I was nuts for wanting to paint two walls in dark grey and white chevrons, but he went along with the plan.  Turns out, it looks awesome!

Master Bedroom - Home Tour via

Master Bedroom - Home Tour via

Master Bedroom - Home Tour via

We’re actually so happy with this room that we haven’t made that many changes since we finished it.  I’ve added an orange pillow to the bed..and a jewelry wearing vintage chalkware dog to the top of the dresser.

Master Bedroom - Home Tour via

My projects from the Master Bedroom can be found here:

Next, we’ll move down the hall to our Powder Bath.  This was a fun one.  As soon as we moved in, we knew that we wanted to get rid of the pedestal sink that was in this room.  We searched for something nice to replace it, but nothing felt right.  So, I ended up building a vanity out of  a friend’s old kitchen table.

Powder Room - Home Tour via

I stenciled a feature wall and hung a set of old shutters on the adjoining wall as a focal point.  I love that they look like a piece of art!

Powder Room - Home Tour via

My projects from the Powder Room can be found here:

We’ve redecorated most of our upstairs space.  My favorite transformation has been my home office.  In fact, my favorite spot in the entire house is right here.

Office - Home Tour via

I created that wall with pine paneling that I stained in a few different colors.  It was actually a really simple DIY, but it makes a ridiculously awesome statement.

The rest of the room completely reflects my personality – from the blue walls, to the mid-century modern desk, to my collection of vintage dog themed Paint By Numbers.

Office - Home Tour via

My projects from the Home Office can be found here:

I have two children – Zack, 7 and Emma, 2 – so we transformed our upstairs loft space into their playroom.  I painted stripes on two of the walls and used “built-in” bookcases to creatively hide an eyesore in the room.  Plus, they are great for toy and book storage!

Playroom - Home Tour via

Playroom - Home Tour via

Playroom - Home Tour via

My projects for the Playroom can be found here:

Zack’s and Emma’s rooms have received the Lindsay treatment, too!  When Zack was about 3 years old, he and Tom went to visit Tom’s parents for the week, and I stayed behind to work on his room.  It was the surprise of a lifetime for our little boy!

Boy's Room - Home Tour via

Boy's Room - Home Tour via

I mentioned to him earlier this week that we should probably start thinking about redoing his room since he’s getting older.  He was so upset!  He loves it, so I’m going to leave it as is until he’s ready for the change.  The room isn’t quite as tidy as it once was – it’s littered with Lego and has Minecraft and Phineas and Ferb posters on the walls – but all that matters to me is that he’s happy.  There’s no reason to make him grow up too fast.

My projects from Zack’s Room can be found here:

The last stop on our tour today is of Emma’s nursery.  When I was pregnant with her, all I wanted was a nice, serene room where she would sleep all night long.  Like Zack’s room, it’s probably almost time for a change, but I’m going to hold off as long as possible.

Girl's Nursery - Home Tour via

Girl's Nursery - Home Tour via

Girl's Nursery - Home Tour via

My projects from Emma’s Room can be found here:

WHEW!  Congrats if you made it this far.  You’ve probably noticed that there’s some big rooms missing – like the living room and kitchen.  Well, those are still builder’s beige…but I’m hoping to get to those very, very soon.  We’re just pretty slow workers, because we make our room transformations a family activity.

Now, hop on over to the last stop on the tour at Sawdust Girl!  Sandra is AMAZING.  Just wait until you see her closet.

Please do stop by the other House Tour participants listed below.  There are some GORGEOUS houses, y’all!  And a big thanks goes out to Gina for putting it all together!  If you are a blogger and want to do your own house tour, link it up to the linky party that Gina is hosting on her blog on Friday so that we can all see!

DAY 1 (June 3rd)

1 – Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
2 – The Nester @ Nesting Place
3 – Mandi @ Vintage Revivals
4 – Beth @ Home Stories of A to Z
5 – Ashley @ The Handmade Home
6 – Kristin @ The Hunted Interior

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DAY 2 (June 4th)

1 – Beckie @ Infarrantly Creative
2 – Jen @ Tatertots and Jello
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 
4 – Marianne @ Songbird
5 – Lisa @ The Pennington Point
6 – Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage
7 – Brittany @ PrettyHandyGirl

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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
6 – Sandra @ Sawdust Girl


Filed Under: Decorate Your Home

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. Julia @cuckoo4design says:

    I’m so in love with your office and your playroom! Just found 4 vintage paint-by-numbers landscapes too and can’t wait to use them.

  2. Love your home! So fun and full of energy!

  3. Oh my goodness! The turquoise and yellow frames… I repinned those sooo long ago and there was no source. And now here you are! I’m currently working on a copycat of it, I love the look :)

  4. You have done such a wonderful job with decorating and putting together your home. I am in love with the master bedroom! I really like how you incorperated the zig zag design. I can’t wait until we are able to purchase our home in the spring. I want to have character in my living space, but it is hard when you are renting a place that is disliked so much. Your work is very inspiring. I am pinning this 😉

    Thank you for sharing your post!

  5. Oh. My. Gosh. I know I have seen bits and pieces of your house before, but having it all in one place….unbelievable. And you didn’t even show the part I love the most which is your entryway. Girl you are a master at color and lines. I am in awe. Lisa~

    • Thank you, Lisa! I need to non-beige that entry way before I can show it off. But I have to replace the floors before I can paint. But I have to convince Tom that I need to replace the floors. What a vicious cycle!

  6. Oh Lindsay! Your home is soooo striking! I adore the unexpected turns everywhere you look. The bold but beautiful take on your bedroom, the cozy, reclaimed wood wall in your office.. right down to the jewelry on your quirky little dog. :) Your home is so FUN! If 50 magazines don’t fight for you to be in them, they are sleeping at the wheel!

  7. Such a fun home tour, Lindsay! I love your funky and fearless style. My favorite room is your office. LOVE, love that herringbone wall! You’ve made your home pop with personality!

  8. Lindsay, I couldn’t get enough of your amazing wall treatments – you are very talented! The pine panelled wall – wowee! Love your collage of colourful frames in the master. Thanks for the tour!

  9. This was SO worth waiting for…………I’ll be following your blog now to keep up with the next projects. That shade of blue/turquoise is such a stunner. You must think you’re in the wrong house when you head into Emma’s room. :)

    • Ha! Yes, it does feel weird. My first baby NEVER SLEPT so all I could think about was a quiet calm place where maybe my 2nd baby would. And you know what? She’s an excellent sleeper – even at almost 3 years old! I do see a bright green, antique 4 poster bed in her future, though. 😉

  10. What a beautiful home you have Lindsay!! Love the dark gray walls in your bedroom with that pop of chevron! And that jewelry wearing dog is the best!! The loft playroom is pretty great too! Thanks for the tour, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the lovely photos of your home!

  11. You have done a fantastic job on all of your projects! I love how bold you are – your little boys room is fantastic and your little girls room looks like a princess’s room!

  12. Your home is awesome! Love it!

  13. Oh my word I LOVE your home!

    I love looking at all the homes that are crisp white and look like they belong in Better Homes and Gardens, but they make me feel like my house is “wrong” because it’s full of green and orange and bold colors. I am so happy to find a house that’s colorful and bold too.

    I love your motto about not taking your home too seriously. 😉

  14. GORgeous!! I loooove your style! So glad I recently found your blog : )

  15. Lindsay!

    Your home is so so pretty. I love the different wall treatments and the colors. It’s so fun to see it all in one place. Beautiful!!


  16. Hi!! I just found your blog and LOVE your house tour. You have such great style! Would love for you to join my design in your home link-up. I feature my favorites every month!!

    XO Samantha

  17. Have to say I love every room! Of coure the herringbone wall is the most fantastic though! Thanks for the tour!

  18. WOW I have the exact bedding set for my 2yr old son that I bought at a consignment sale when he was 6 months old. He is ready for his big boy bed and I have been searching the net and thinking for months on what to do to his walls. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for your inspiration!!! He would LOVE it if he had cars on the wall! I am SO excited to get this started this weekend. You have an AMAZING home…I am so envious! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!

  19. What color blue did you use to paint their playroom?

  20. nice job! love the layering of the empty frames… and {i think?} your charcoal bedroom. ours is charcoal, too, and it’s definitely one of our favorite color choices in our home!
    xoxo, sharonna misha

  21. Where did you get the bulldog that’s holding your necklaces? I have two real bulldogs and would love to have this in my home. Thank you!

  22. I really love the chevron wall, would love to try something like that myself, but it will probably come out skew! Also mad about the drawer unit with the thin hairpin legs – just beautiful!


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