Saturday, April 30, 2011

Welcome to the Parade of Homes - House #4

Hello! My name is Ellie, and I live with my husband in a small rented duplex in Lincoln, Nebraska. This month will mark just our second year of marriage - and even though we are many years away from owning a house of our own, I'm so thankful for the cozy little home that we have. Please come in!



The livingroom is my favorite spot in the house. I love rustic french country style, and that's the look I went for in the livingroom, with lots of drapey linen curtains, antique textiles, a casual white slipcover on the sofa, and worn, rustic wood. 


The livingroom has a mostly neutral palette, but gets a touch of color from vintage blue ticking feather pillows and antique european grain sacks... a few of my favorite things!




With the huge west-facing picture window, the livingroom turns into a bright, warm sunroom in the afternoon.



A television is not usually something you see featured on design blogs, but let's face it - if you watch TV and don't have a nice big cabinet to hide it in, it becomes part of the decor.  I hung a big antique mirror directly behind the TV to reflect light from the opposite window, and help take the focus off of the big black screen, and draw your eye to the rest of the wall.


The chunky antique wood TV table also offers an unexpected place to display one of my many vintage collections - metal flower frogs.



I know it's not a room, but my white ironstone collection deserves it's own stop on the tour!


I started with one small chipped platter that I found at an antique mall for $1.50, and I've been collecting ever since. I love the simple lines and the warm, rustic patina that old ironstone gets.



I love pieces with lots of crazing and discoloration... the darker and more beat up the better (and usually cheaper). Most pieces I've found have been under $10. 


My favorite pitcher... just 50 cents at a flea market. Needless to say, the collection is constantly growing!


Old mirrors are another of my favorite things to decorate with. I don't usually like a lot of artwork or framed photos on my walls, but I love mirrors. This shabby white full-length mirror in my entryway is one of my favorites.


Without a designated room to use as a home office, I tucked a chippy white desk behind the couch in the livingroom, and used a stack of rustic wooden boxes to hide mail, cords, computer accessories, and other clutter. Instant home office!

The office is conveniently right next to the library. Ok, ok, we don't actually have a library, either :) But with sooooo many books, there will always be at least a library wall in our home.


The dining nook also shares space with the main living space, and is just off of the kitchen.


We switched out a dated light fixture for a small, sparkly chandelier from Ikea when we moved in. It was a quick and inexpensive change that made SUCH a difference - and we get to take it with us when we leave!



I'm a sucker for pretty dishes!



The small galley-style kitchen is certainly not high tech, but it's full of character and reminds me of an old farmhouse kitchen. 


I love the simple painted cabinets. While there's nothing all that special about them, I like that they are rustic and primitive - nothing too fancy or modern. The landlord let me repaint them when we moved in, so I used a rich greenish golden paint from Olde Century Colors called "Thistle", which is a great complement to my collection of antique yellowware.


A small antique drop leaf table and a tall free-standing cupboard provide extra prep space and pantry storage, and make the kitchen feel lived in and comfortable.


Yellowware is another collection where I love to find imperfect pieces. Most of my bowls have chips and cracks, which means they were all affordable - so I can have a whole mass of them, rather than one perfect, valuable example.





A huge antique lidded wicker basket neatly hides the kitchen trash can, while keeping it right out where I need it.


A fancy antique mirror above the sink adds a touch of elegance to the rustic room... and makes me feel like I have a window to look out of while I'm doing dishes.


The bedroom is the only room with hardwood floors, which I absolutely love. They are so pretty that it makes resisting the urge to wildly rip up the carpet in the living and dining room nearly impossible. But I've been good so far :)


The rustic wood bedside table was a $10 flea market find. I love the curvy shape of the top and the dark primitive touch that it brings to the soft and bright bedroom.



Just like the livingroom, the bedroom gets almost all of its color from fabrics. A few pillows and a graphic red and white antique quilt at the foot of the bed is the perfect amount of red for me.





Remember what I said earlier about having a lot of books? The same goes for magazines! I love picking up past issues of decorating magazines at antique malls, garage sales, and thrift shops.


A collection of baskets, including this antique basket from Maine that I bought on our honeymoon, sits on top of the short primitive antique magazine rack.


The chippy white dresser in the corner also serves as my make-up vanity.



The bathroom is tucked in the hallway between the living area and the bedroom. There are a total of 4 doors in this itty-bitty space, so painting the doors and trim all a soft buttermilk color (instead of the original strawberry-blond stain) makes the busy hallway look pretty and peaceful.



That's it! The house is small, but it's just perfect for the two of us. I work from home, running my handmade soap business and online antique shop, so I have my workspace set up in the basement where I can make as much of a "creative mess" as I need to, and then close the door on it at the end of the day. My work space is still a work in progress... I'll share pictures of it in the future! 

Thanks so much for visiting! It's been a pleasure to share my home with you. The next stop on the "Parade of Homes" is Organizing Made Fun. Enjoy!


The Parade of Homes continues throughout the week, so keep following the links at the end of each blog post to lead you to the next house. Want to start at the beginning? Click the button below to head to A Bowl Full of Lemons and start the tour from House #1.

62 comments:

  1. Hi Ellie!
    Such a great Home Tour! Love your white ironstone collection -- especially the darker white pitcher showing all its great age and patina!
    Your yellow ware is awesome too.
    You have such a way with your groupings and displays. So artful and pretty to look at all of your collections, Ellie.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Your red accents in your master BR are wonderful too. So many things to comment on!
    xx
    Alison
    I hope everyone will go to your Etsy shop too!

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  2. Oh my what a great house!! Love the kitchen and that shade on the desk is just awesome! I have a ton of books and magazines too and you did a great job displaying them.

    Love all your ironstone. Picked up a few pieces the other day but haven't put them out yet- would love to have a great collection like you do!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  3. So enjoyed your house tour. I would have never guessed you lived in a rental. The space looks like you are in a country farm house - so beautiful, light and bright. Love all you collections.

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  4. Ellie,

    I adore your home. You have fabulous style... love every inch of your space. You really know how to make a house (or apt) a home. Where do you get your baskets with the burlap/linen liners? I need some of those. Thanks so much for joining the tour. Im so glad I found your blog a while back. I consider you one of my "blog" friends. :)

    Toni
    A Bowl Full of Lemons

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  5. Love, love, love it all. Your collections are fabulous and love the way you have displayed it all. Very comfy and welcoming home!

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  6. Love your home. Definitely welcoming.

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  7. I'm so glad Alison of Polo House shared this tour with us all, as it brought me to your home, and now I can follow your lovely blog. I just love all your rooms, each and every one, and the pretty antique touches all around. Off to see house number 5, tami

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  8. Ellie - Your house is so beautiful. I love all your "finds" and how you put them all together. Your house looks so cozy.
    ~Heidi

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  9. I just adore everything about your home! It is totally my style and I could totally move in tomorrow! Thank you for sharing.

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  10. Ellie, everyone seems to have found your blog, excepted me.. Your home tour is beautiful... looking forward to following you.. have a great Sunday...

    Pattie
    The Shabby Chick

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  11. Ellie,

    Your home looks like something straight out of Country Living! I have looked over this post multiple times already this morning, taking in your arrangements, linens and breakables. It's all so, so lovely!

    Your newest follower,
    Erin @ Carolina Country Living

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  12. Your home is gorgeous! I love all the vintage details and that ironstone collection makes me jealous! So far my favorite!!!

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  13. I always enjoy touring your home! It is so pretty.
    I just have to comment about your TV; I think you've done a wonderful job of concealment there. It is hardly noticeable.
    Honestly, when I first looked at that photo-- I was cued in to the little oil painted bunny rabbit hanging from a string. The mirrors, table and bench combination along with the topiaries... certainly do their jobs. Until I was reading the text-- I hardly noticed the TV. It doesn't 'stick' out like you may think.
    (let's face it, we all have one, too!)
    The other thing I love about your home-- is your kitchen-- I'm just in love with your small galley kitchen it reminds me of my mom's kitchen growing up...
    Lastly-- I love your use of space. You can tell that your home is modest in size, but you've done a wonderful job utilizing and BEAUTIFYING IT. I can't help but wonder what your Landlord must think; if the need were to arise for a visit? I bet He(she) is impressed!

    Enjoyed the tour, Pat

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  14. I think your home is everything a home should be! Cozy,welcoming, interesting, and filled with your personality! You've accomplished a lot in two years! It doesn't matter the shell may not be yours, all that matters is you've turned it into a very wonderful place to live! We were married 13 years before we owned our own home, but I loved decorating every place we have ever lived!

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  15. Ellie,
    just found your blog and love it! Your style is lovely, so cozy and warm! It just goes to show that it doesn't matter where you live, but how you live there! I am your newest follower and would love for you to visit me.
    Rebcca

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  16. Your home is absolutely gorgeous - obviously pulled together with a lot of love! Thanks for sharing.
    Susan

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  17. Nicely done, Ellie! What a great tour. Your home is beautiful. I love your collections of ironstone, flower frogs and yellow ware. Thanks for letting us in! Oh, and your Etsy shop is definitely my favorite! :)

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  18. You have a beautiful home..amazing that you are a renter but such a great way to show others that you can still have style and make things pretty, whether you own it or not! I bet your landlord is very happy at all you've done! Very nice...I'll be a new follower of yours!

    Becky B.
    www.organizingmadefun.com
    Organizing Made Fun

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  19. **New Follower**
    You have a wonderful home! :)

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  20. I am your newest follower! Your home is lovely with all of its creamy-white prettiness! I am enjoying the home tour so much. I found out about the tour through Jennifer's blog, Old Painted Cottage.

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  21. Your home is TDF I am loving every inch of it. I'm a new follower. Stop by some time.

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  22. So nice that your landlord lets you paint, beautiful choices. My Granma had a mirror above her kitchen sink as well, my sister has it now, I love to imagine all the people who have looked into that mirror over so many years. The view out your picture window is amazing.
    Susanne.

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  23. Wow Ellie! You sure have made this house into a home, and in such a beautiful way! I love it all, and especially your fabulous ironstone collection!! But all if it is simply elegant and charming! What great style you have!

    I am slowly adding in white, and love to see it mingled with rustic pieces, and darker shades! The contrast can be so striking!

    I have to go see the rest of homes now! But I have a feeling yours will be my fave!!

    Thanks for the tour!!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Becky

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  24. This is so nice! Love your color scheme & your dishes.

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  25. Simply lovely! and those bookshelves in your living room!!! LOVE

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  26. You have a beautiful home - don't think I could find my favorite element because there are so many!

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  27. Thanks for sharing your home on the tour. It is one of the most charming spaces I've seen. I would say your landlord is extremely lucky. I'm a new follower.
    CAS

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  28. Your home is beautiful- I love that you've retained the original 1950s windows, cabinetry, etc. I really love the soft, muted colors with the pops of red- you have great style! I'm a new follower :)

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  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE your style!! Your home is so welcoming and beautiful! Just became your newest follower would love it if you followed back. Martina

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  30. My heart goes pitter patter for a tiny cottage. Your home is so cozy...I just love everything about how you decorate. I love how each room flows into the other with the creamy colors and linen textures. I recognize those curtains!!! Ikea, right? I bought them for our bedroom, but now they are in my son's room and my art studio. We put the white in our bedroom. I love those linen oatmeal ones, but for some reason they made our room look darker and smaller. The white brightens and opens it up. So far your home is my favorite on this tour. ox One more thing...most of my relatives are from Nebraska. My Great Grandma, Nora Pearl, had 15 children in the Scottsbluff, NE area which made me the cousin of practically everybody!

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  31. What a lovely home you have created. I can't believe it is a rental! Looks like you've lived and loved there forever. Such soft soothing hues, too. Very pretty. Sweet vignettes everywhere, and I adore your use of mirrors ~ I collect antique mirrors and also sell them on eBay so of course I'd notice those!! :0)

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  32. Home is where the ♥ is - and yours is CLEARLY here. What a special environment you have created in your home. It appears welcoming, calm, comfortable and practical - all at the same time. Definitely MY kind of home. You make it appear so effortless to achieve.

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  33. Happy to have found your blog on the home tour. Wow, you have a warm and cozy home. Love all the attention to detail and how you've used color. Beautiful!
    :) ~Michelle

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  34. Oh I love your home! The way you have put colours together and your vintage goodies ... Can I move in too?

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  35. Beautiful! Love the neutral palette.
    I'm house #23 on the parade :)
    xo
    Mindy

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  36. your home is gorgeous! sooo much inspiration here! so many special touches! I'm your newest follower. nice to meet you!

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  37. You have a very cozy, welcoming home, great job. Thanks so much for sharing with us on this Parade of Homes. :)

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  38. You are the perfect tenant. Your landlord should be over the moon to have you there. Great use of space and your style of decorating is just beautiful. So serene and peaceful. How wonderful that you are able to work from home making sensational soaps. Fantastic! Wishing you all the best, Tammy

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  39. You have managed to make that place look like an old farmhouse!!! I LOVE everything you have done...it sings :)

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  40. Ellie ~ I am late posting this and am trying to catch up. Your home is absolutely lovely. Soooo comfy and cozy looking. I love, love, love everything.
    (((Hugs)))

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  41. I love your house! It is just very simple and sweet! I am your newest follower.

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  42. what a beautiful home! It looks so warm and inviting, so happy I stumbled upon this tour of homes :)
    I am happy to be your newest follower!
    creativecarmella.blogspot.com

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  43. Ellie, your home is so sweet! I love the simplicity and the way each room flows from one another in color. Bravo!

    Becky

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  44. Ellie, I think I might have talked to you at the Brass Armadillo, you bought the large long old ironing board, the day I was there and I asked you about it. I am thrilled if this is you, your home is just wonderful. Loved looking at all your collections and finding your blog. Great Job! Jan Goos

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  45. Your home is so pretty! I just "pinned" a bunch of your beautiful photos.

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  46. Your home is absolutely gorgeous! Very Hampton-esque! I loved every one of the photos, great job!

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  47. It was such a great home tour through your photos. Everything are just so beautiful. You managed to keep all the antique collections beautifully. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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  48. I stumbled upon your blog after following links from Pinterest...and I adore your home! Your collections are beautiful, and you have made such a great use of your space. Thanks for the tour!!

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  49. I rarely find a blog tour of a house where I love everything. However, I can honestly say I LOVE every thing in your pictures! We are kindred spirits! It's so nice to "meet you" and get to see your lovely home. It makes it all the more special to me, because you have made your rental, your nest still. Life is too short to wait for some day. Good for you! Have a great night!

    warmly,
    debbie

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  50. I just wanted to let you know how much you've inspired me! My husband and I won't be buying a house as soon as we expected, which made me sad because I never thought I could 'do' anything with the space we have now in our apartment.. I definitely think that I can do plenty of things with all the "old stuff" (as my husband calls it) now, rather than having it in storage until we have more space.. and I truly have your home to thank!

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  51. What a beautiful home! You have shown that a rental property can completely become homely and personal. Well done you!

    http://cocoandmango.blogspot.com.au/

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  52. luxury houses

    I really like the easy coloured display cases. While there's nothing all that unique about them, I like that they are traditional and basic - nothing too elegant or contemporary.

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  53. Beautiful! Your home looks so peaceful and comfortable. I love yellow ware and ironstone too. I really love the impact of your groupings of ironstone! I do so love it when the ironstone is chipped and crazed and discolored. I have a big platter like yours that I got for $4 at a antique flea market. It was probably white at one point, but has aged and crazed to a taupe brown. Love it! Thank you for sharing your home!

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  54. I love your decorating style! I can imagine how excited you get everytime you spy something new that matches your collection. I really like the way
    you have put it all together. Really lovely home. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  55. Hi Ellie....love your home...it reminds me of the home I had before marriage..��.....can you tell me anything about the tall wicker basket in your kitchen? The one that hides your garbage can......I have that exact basket. I picked it up at an estate sale in Natchez, Ms. years ago. I was wondering what it's original purpose may have been which may explain it's height.

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