Home Tours | Indianapolis

I love visiting and touring other people’s homes, so I thought it would be fun to do various city home tours. Today’s home tours are local here in Indianapolis, and it is two mini home tours with some local DIY bloggers.

You may already know them, but if you don’t, let me introduce so you can be inspired by their decor and DIY skills!

Home Tours | Indianapolis

Angela of Unexpected Elegance

Angela is a dear friend of mine, and we’ve collaborated on several projects together and even owned a business together (for a short while). When I first became interested in blogging, I reached out to Angela and she graciously met me and gave me some great advice.

Angela’s style is comfortable, charming, and elegant.

Here is an image of her living room.

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Angela knows how to use power tools, and she created this dutch door! You can see the DIY dutch door tutorial HERE.

Angela also recently remodeled her kitchen, and she did it SOLO! You can see more on that DIY kitchen remodel HERE.

Sarah of Thrifty Decor Chick

Sarah has been blogging a long time, so she has a stockpile of amazing DIY projects. She’s not afraid of powertools and shows simple ways to add value to your home.

Sarah’s style is inviting and traditional with modern touches.

I am in love with the pendants in her kitchen. Go HERE to see how Sarah added character to her kitchen.

Sarah decorates with a lot of navy, and her family room is so inviting. I love her pillow pattern play, and you can see a little friend hanging out in the space.

Sarah pulls that same color palette into her dining room, and it works just as well in that space.

You can see Sarah’s full home tour HERE.

You can find Angela and Sarah on Instagram. Go follow their home decor adventures.

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My Home Decor Journey

I was going through older blog posts and was struck by how much my decor style has changed over the years. I thought it would be fun to share some of my home decor journey.

Designing a home you love takes time – and money. When we first moved into our home (almost six years ago), we had lots of plans for the home. Unfortunately we didn’t have the money for any big changes. We moved the furniture and decor items from our previous home and tried to make it work.

Here is how our kitchen currently looks (after our DIY kitchen renovation):

And here is how our kitchen looked shortly after we moved in:

One of my first projects in our home was painting the cabinets. I made some mistakes with chalk paint, and you can ready more about that here. However, painting the cabinets brightened the space, and we lived with the space for several years until we were at the place where we were ready to remodel it.

Our home office was downstairs, but we slowly lost the room due to the bookshelves we had built and the piano. We recently moved the office upstairs, and it is still a work-in-progress:

The room was previously our kids playroom. Now that our kids are older, we decided we needed a home office more than they needed a designated play space. We added cabinets, tiled the floor, and added new office furniture.

Here is what the space looked like before it was an office:

Our bedroom didn’t see a remodel, but it has been repainted and decorated with new decor and furniture since we moved in. Here is how our bedroom looks now:

And here is our bedroom when we first moved in:

When we remodeled our kitchen, we opened up the wall into our living room a few feet and built an island which helped with traffic flow.

Here is how the space looks now:

And here is how the space looked a few years ago before the kitchen remodel:

After we shortened the wall, the piano no longer fit against the wall, so it was moved (and painted – again).

And here is one more current photo of our kitchen:

Here is what the kitchen looked like before the remodel:

It is crazy to think how far our house has come in less than six years. Home decor really is a journey, and creating a home we love didn’t happen overnight. I think it is pretty obvious that my design aesthetic has changed since we first moved into this home.

I hope my images inspire you to realize that you can create a home you love. Please realize that as a blogger, I have the ability to partner with companies to create these spaces – it is part of my job compensation. However, I do hope you are encouraged in that I really do DIY almost everything, and YOU can create pretty spaces too!

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Navy Home Office Reveal

I am so excited to share our Navy Home Office Reveal!

I recently remodeled what was our kids’ playroom into a home office.

Now that our kids are getting older, a designated play area wasn’t really necessary, and my husband and I really needed a space to work.

 I was excited to partner with The Home Depot on decorating this room, and every beautiful item was found online. I was able to find the perfect balance of some fun decor pieces that fit my more creative spirit while bringing in the more traditional look my husband prefers.  I managed to persuade my husband that work doesn’t need to be boring and hung this gorgeous Hoppet Blue Folk Wallpaper.

It instantly brought fun into the space.

We will be building a credenza on the wall behind the desk for my computer and storage, but we wanted a writing desk in the space and this Aldridge Antique Grey Desk is even more beautiful in person.

It is simple but sophisticated – exactly what we wanted!

The Vintage Ellie Navy Rug softens up the flooring.  It ties in the loveseat and works well with the wallpaper.

I am loving all things velvet, and this gorgeous Carlotta Emerald Velvet Club Chair is stately and so comfortable and the pop of green is perfect for the office.

Although I love them all, my favorite piece in the space is this Jack Navy Blue Tuxedo Loveseat.  It is the perfect little sofa for an office, and the navy, tufted details and velvet make for the perfect piece of furniture.

 My husband always requests filing cabinets, but they are usually ugly.  I was so excited when I discovered this Aldridge Antique Grey File Cabinet – beauty and form can exist!

Our new home office came together thanks to gorgeous furniture pieces from The Home Depot! I ordered everything online, and it came right to my doorstep.  Now that is the way to shop!

Now it’s time to get to work…


Go create something!

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Living Room Update

Today I’m sharing our living room update.  It’s amazing how switching a few things up can make a huge impact!

Living Room Update

We’ve lived in our house for a little over a year now, and we’re still trying to figure things out.  Our couches were bought for our previous house (obviously a completely different space), but we’re trying to make them work. It bugged me that you could see the back of the couch when you first entered this room.  Partially because it didn’t seem inviting and also because the tear from the top seat cushion was visible (which is why I have the yellow throw hanging over the back of the couch). Family Room 2

I hosted a party a few weeks ago which required moving everything around to accommodate a large group of people.  After the party was over, I started experimenting with the layout of the room as we were putting things back together.  I moved the couches so they faced each other – it looked so inviting and set up for conversation.  Also, it brought balance to the room since there was now a couch on either side of the fireplace.  The made my symmetry-obsessed self so happy!

Family Room

I also bought a few pieces for the room.

Chicken Coop Upcycle

Although it was interesting, my chicken coup was way too small for the room.

Living Room

The chicken coup is dwarfed by my couches – which really aren’t all that large. I started the hunt for a coffee table and found this one.

Coffee Table

This was one of my biggest splurges for the room.  It reminded me of a lot of pieces from Restoration Hardware has but without the high price tag.  I found it on Wayfair. My other purchase was a jute rug since my previous rug was too small for the space. Living Room

Rearranging Furniture

Now the rug extends from couch to couch and connects the space.  I layered the smaller rug on top of my new rug for some interest.  The black edging on the rug adds interest and makes my TV (which was one of the only black pieces in the room) less of a focal point. Jute Rug

In my defense for trying to make a smaller rug work in the space, have you ever searched for an 8×10 rug?  They are expensive!  However, I found this one on clearance at World Market. I have a little bit of a problem with pillows.  I love them, but I also easily tire of them. Throw Pillows

I change them up a lot, but it’s definitely one of the more inexpensive ways to update a space. The “Let’s Get Cozy” pillow is from Etsy and the Greek Key patterned pillow is from Target.

Rearranging Furniture

Sometimes you just have to live in a space a while before you figure out how to make it work best.  I’m bummed it took me this long to rearrange the furniture!  Now, what other rooms can I do… Go create something!

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