imagine the impossibilities | home tour

1.29.2012

Every January, I start the Big Purge.  The big purge consists of cleaning out every room in the house—including the attics, garage, and all closets.  Once the excess clutter, outgrown clothes, and broken toys are bagged, removed, and donated, the Deep Clean commences.  I DESPISE the Deep Clean.  Wiping baseboards, vacuuming behind the bed, and cleaning basset hound grime off the wall is not my idea of a good time.  I started January 1, and finally finished touching up the paint in my son’s room this past Thursday.  What an ordeal!

As part of the Imagine the Impossibilities Blog Challenge, I am sharing the Big Purge on Team Skelley.  Since this is the cleanest that my house will be this year, I am also including a Home Tour.  Thanks to Michelle at The Story of the Sparkmans for giving me the heads up on this challenge. If you have not been to Michelle’s blog, you must check it out.  Michelle is a friend of mine from Tennessee and is the mom to not one, but two sets of adorable twins.  Michelle broke her leg over the holidays, but instead of letting that slow her down, she chose to use the downtime to start her own online design consulting business.  And did I mention that she is gorgeous?

Onto the challenge!

{big purge}

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I break out in a cold sweat just looking at these.  Let’s cleanse our palate with some After photos.  I just walked through my home and randomly snapped  because my house is always this neat and clean.  No I did not stack clutter in the hallway while taking pictures of rooms.  Of course not.

{after}

~foyer~

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~living room~

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I am thinking that I need accent pillows for the couch. The mantle is currently bare—after I took down the Christmas greenery, I decided to change the mantle decor, but nothing has jumped out at me. I welcome your suggestions!

[reading nook]

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~kitchen~ 

We have an open floor plan which I enjoy because I can cook and yet stay involved with what is going on the living room.  The only time that does not work is when I need to run the dishwasher.  I miss the ultra-quiet dishwasher that was in our Tennessee home.

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A bar was a Must-Have. We always congregated around the bar when I was a kid.  The kitchen bar was where I worked on homework, ate breakfast, and gabbed on the phone in the pre-cordless days of yore.

[breakfast nook]

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My oldest put his hand through one of our rattan chairs last year, hence the bench.

{Lugano bench\World Market}

[pantry]

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~home office~

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In 2010, we turned our rarely-used formal dining room into my home office. I did not even have to buy office furniture, our dining room table became the perfect place to wrap gifts and work on projects.  In this photo, my laptop & phone were elsewhere {probably on the bar}. 

{paint color:  Benjamin Moore Florida Keys Blue 2050-40\2010 Pottery Barn Color Wheel}

~master suite~

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{laelia bedding\Anthropologie}

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Have you heard of Chinese paper cutting art?  It is remarkable!  

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{basset art\Chinese paper carving artist Alex Wong}

Speaking of….

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[my refuge]

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Please excuse the next photo,  I had no natural light to work with.  This was an especially difficult photo and it just did not turn out like I hoped.

[master closet]

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The builder installed the top shelving and poles during construction.  Last year we decided to expand on the design and added the shoe shelving.

{shelving\Closet Maid Expresso @ Lowes; bins\Target; storage ottoman\Ross; Laura Ashley velvet hangers\ Marshalls- much cheaper than Amazon}

I keep threatening to put in a chandelier, ala Mariah Carey.  Total project cost: Less than $200!

~powder bath~

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 ~the boy’s suite~

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~the girl’s suite~

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{chamois bedding\pottery barn kids}

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~study~

This is The Engineer’s space, as you can tell by the University of Tennessee motif.

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[guest nook]

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{fold out bed\IKEA}

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We do not have a true guest room, so when guests stay over, we set up the IKEA fold out bed in the study.  They have their own closet and a bathroom next door {granted it is the Big Kid’s bathroom and you never know what you will encounter in there}. With a mattress pad, the bed is actually comfy!

~playroom~

[little kid’s side]

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[game room side]

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Pac Man pillows!

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And there you go!  As I was scrolling through old posts and photos, I was reminded of what a lemon our previous camera was.  Even with the Canon, this was a difficult post.  Lighting…angles…trying to ensure that the photo captured the actual look of the room…I was not always successful, but the Cotton Wife gave me valuable advice that helped.

If something catches your eye and you would like to know where I found it, leave a comment or shoot me an email @ kdskelley@gmail.com.  I have a memory like an elephant and can tell you where I found practically everything in this house, and probably what it cost!  Or you can connect with me via twitter

Thank you for stopping by and thank you to Linda @ it all started with paint for co-hosting the challenge and being so lovely when I felt overwhelmed!

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Also linking up with my lovely pal Stephanie Lynn’s Sunday Showcase.  I have not done a Sunday Showcase in forever—if you are looking for a wide variety of creativity, check out her blog, Under the Table and Dreaming.

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23 comments:

  1. I am such a huge fan of this idea. So much so that I may have to steal it for next year. I love that you do the whole decluttering and then the deep clean.

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  2. I decided to do one room a month this year to cut the stress down. I love that puzzle rug

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  3. Katie, wow! What a great start to the new year! Your home is beautiful and I loved all of your pictures. Thank you for your sweet comments!

    Michelle
    thestoryofthesparkmans.blogspot.com

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  4. Great job! Where did you get your pac man pillows?

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  5. You have a beautiful house! Great flair for decorating too! Thanks for sharing you home!

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  6. Katie, I am so very impressed! What an undertaking and results are amazing. You have such a beautiful home! I love everything. Like that cool bird picture. Oh, and I do have a question. Are those chairs in the game room area comfortable? Do the boys sit in them while gaming? I'm trying to find a solution for my teen son and his buddies. Where did you get them?

    Thanks and thanks for playing along on the Impossibilities challenge! Can't wait for tomorrow's link party ...

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for linking up ... and I couldn't resist pinning your "purged" home office. Love that wall color!

      Linda

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    2. Thanks, Linda! That room's color is always a hit. When I was pinning the photos to my home tour board at Pinterest, before I was even done pinning, that pic already had 13 repins. I was shocked. People love that blue. It is very clean and cheerful and looks good in natural light and at night. I am trying to follow you over there but Pinterest is acting up- Again. :(

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    3. Katie,

      I featured your Big Purge & Deep Clean today!

      Linda

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  7. Thank you! :D

    Shary, I found them on Etsy, but the gal has since had a baby and closed her store. I just did a quick search and I did find some similar ones over there. Thanks for asking!

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  8. Wow! So many great spaces, it all looks so wonderful! I love the scrolly thing on your wall above the art in the reading nook and I am so envious of your closet. Your whole home is beautiful, what a wonderful canvas to work with! Looking forward to seeing you all linked up tomorrow!

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  9. Very stylish! I follow Michelle's blog too- its fabulous, just like yours!

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  10. Your home looks very pretty, comfortable, and tidy. You have a pretty style of decorating, I especially loved the girls room with the beautiful chandelier. Your office is very nice, too. Have a wonderful day and congratulations on meeting the challenge.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  11. Odds of me stealing your bassett art? HIGH!

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  12. Geesh... your home is gorgeous! Love the kids areas!

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  13. EVERY room so clean and beautiful...I'm envious. You have a lovely home. Love the bright and fun touches throughout.

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  14. I had to come back for another peak of the scrolly thingy. :) Your dog is so cute, I have one that chases the vacuum, vacuuming up dog hair while dog with said hair is chasing behind seems kind of counter intuitive. ;) So fun to see you all linked up, thanks so much for participating!! Karah

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  15. This is amazing! Great job, you've inspired me! Thanks for sharing your "impossibility"! <3 from your newest follower and fellow {brand-new} blogger! Check out my "impossibility" and follow back!

    ~Misty
    www.413sparrowlane.com

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  16. Your house is beuatiful!! I love the Chinese paper art too - very cool!! I think I need to do your cleaning challenge for February!

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  17. You have a beautiful house - thank you for showing us round it. Like Samantha, above, I think the Chinese paper art is fab. And I must say, the thought of deep cleaning all that brings me out in a cold sweat! Kudos to you for doing it...I think I'd be hiding under the bed, whimpering among the dust bunnies!!! Congratulations on achieving your Impossibility Challenge!

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  18. Wow - looks like we had similar challenges (I conquered my basement clutter and survived)! Your house looks fabulous - must feel great! Love the owl art and those cute silhouettes! Thanks for joining our Impossibilities Challenge party. Following.
    Kelly

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  19. What a beautiful home you have. Everything looks fantastic and that walk in closet...oooohhhh, so awesome.

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  20. What is the name of that paint color in the dining room? Just pinned it;)

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