Our next home tour is a treat to me – as I normally am the one doing all of the writing and photos. I reached out to Kristin and asked to come take photos, and she said she would be more than happy to take the photos herself. When I opened my email from her, I was delighted to find a large blog post with details of the delightful before and afters she managed to create on a modest budget with two young daughters at home. Thank you so much for this wonderful post, Kristin!!
Hello from the outskirts of Charlottesville! We are the Sanckens, a young family with two little girls. Three main things define our home – children, color, and affordability. As a stay at home mom, I’ve had to get creative with our one modest income. Most of our furniture pieces are hand-me-downs or have been picked up at yard sales – with a handful of pieces from one mad dash to Ikea last Christmas. It’s a hodgepodge, but a loveable hodgepodge.
What we love most about our home is that it’s nestled on five quiet acres in the countryside of Albemarle County. We wanted a place where my husband could garden and our kids could run around with plenty of space, and we found it! However, when we bought our home 2 years ago, it was an homage to the 1970s. In order to fully appreciate the amount of blood, sweat and tears we’ve put into our little piece of heaven, I’ve included before and after pictures of several of the rooms.
The U-Fab pieces we have in our home – all curtains – have been splurges. They were fabrics I simply couldn’t say no to! We saved for months to buy these pieces I now treasure. The next U-Fab project that we’re saving up for is reupholstering an amazing wingback chair I got on Craigslist for $50.
For all of you mommas of young kids out there who may be looking at these photos and thinking to yourself, “my house will never look like that! My kids are tiny tornados!” Let me reassure you, that our house doesn’t look like this either! I cleaned one room at a time and photographed it over the course of a month! Cleaning your house with young kids around is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. It’s never really done. So without further ado, welcome to our humble abode.
The basket on the ground is a necessary parenting hack for our hector-collector five-year-old who would fill the house with pinecones, rocks and sticks if we let her. The basket is her “nature basket’ – for her various nature collections. She can bring things inside if they fit in the basket, but anything that overflows her nature basket has to go back outside.
It was the vision of Interior Designer Tamara Lacy of Interior Concepts (http://interiorconceptslc.com/). We love the way it turned out.
My husband has an infatuation with stainless steel appliances, so that’s what we have. The only down side of stainless steel is that it’s not magnetic.
We didn’t have the money to rip out the paneling and replace the dry wall, so we opted to go the cheap route and paint the wood paneling. A friend of mine, Christy Baker, owns her own paint business called Pigment (http://pigmentcolordesign.com/). She came over one afternoon and helped me trouble shoot colors for our bedrooms and the office. She suggested painting the wood paneling Benjamin Moore’s Classic Grey. Being the color genius that she is, she was right on the money. It brought this room from a dark man cave into the modern era. My husband and I added the art wire from Ikea and I painted a canvas to hang above it. The futon and curtains are hand-me-downs that we made work for this space.
The giant vinyl wall decal was ordered from JaneyMacWalls on Etsy. The bed is a trundle bed and was a steal from a local consignment sale for only $80! Add the cute flower quilt found on Overstock.com for $60 and that’s one cheap but good-looking bed!
Forgive the lack of symmetry in our photographs over the mantle. We have been meaning to put up a third photo to the left of our wedding photo of our younger daughter, but it hasn’t happened yet! The poor, poor second child.
Our master bathroom was another major renovation. When we first bought the house it looked like a place where abnormally large spiders and millipedes go to die. Tamara Lacy of Interior Concepts also helped us with the renovation of this bathroom, in addition to the kitchen/living room.
It was tricky to get both renovations done within our tight budget (notice no high-end counter tops), but the esthetic is now much more pleasing.
Before we had kids, we loved to travel. We bought art or mounted photographs from everywhere we went. Elsewhere in the house are pieces from when we lived in Minnesota, our honeymoon to Italy, and a special Christmas trip to Israel.
And this is why we love it here, the view from our front porch of our daughter’s little playhouse as the sunsets behind it. So from our little piece of heaven to yours, be fabulous!
Can you believe Kristin’s amazing budget friendly renovations? We love every space and how it all functions for a young family who wants great style on a budget. I also particularly love how Kristin shopped small via u-fab and etsy for those final touches that really make the spaces shine, and you just can’t put a price on that view. Thank you so much Kristin for the photos and the blog post!