Poppies at Play ~Home Tour

  Welcome to our home. I'm joining the 2nd annual Parade of Homes at Poppies at Play.

We live in southern Ontario, Canada in a home of 1900 sq.ft. plus approximately 600 sq.ft. of finished basement. It is a builder home in a small town subdivision and we are the original owners. We are working on making it reflect our family and our casual lifestyle, on a budget. Our home and decorating is a work in progress. Since we have many projects on the go unfinished  I decided to share rooms on our main floor. I hope you enjoy the photos (there are certainly lots!):

Our kitchen is a work in progress (HA! most of our home is!). We are adding board and batten for some architectural interest. The colour of our kitchen, family room, hallway and entry is Stone House by Benjamin Moore CC 120.

I am searching for a large pine buffet and hutch but we are using shelving in the meantime to store extra small appliances etc.

Our family room shares a cathedral ceiling and skylights with the eat in area of the kitchen. I bought an IKEA couch slipcover and it fit fairly well on our non-IKEA sofa. I sewed the other slipcovers.

Our living room has been emptied and is being prepped for painting. Still working out a plan for this room, so stuff is just sort of piled about.

We love the Mennonite furniture and simple white fabrics and dishes in our dining room. I collect vintage linens, especially crocheted pieces, and store them folded on top of the hutch, and in a dish inside. 

Our front porch changes with the seasons, but this is a simple summer look.

Our backyard and patio is not very large, but we love having space for dining, relaxing and gardening. There's even room for bunnies and our puppy!

Until very very recently our yard has looked more like this, though.

But, we are enjoying a nice warm weekend with no snow left! Hopefully it will last.
I hope you enjoyed the tour and I would love for you to comment. I hope to 'see' you at Andy's Parade of Homes party at Poppies at Play.


  1. I love all the beautiful photos of your yard! You have done an awesome job decorating your home!
    ~Cindy :o}

  2. Your home looks fabulous . I love your colors and your so good at accessorizing. Everything looks wonderful. Your linens are gorgeous. That ladder is such a great idea and so cute. Great yard and the flowers are wonderful. I also loved that shelf on the fence. Great idea. Hugs, Marty

  3. Thanks for sharing the color,I have similar colors,my kitchen is Delaware putty,Living room,Late Wheat. Both Benjamin Moore.
    I want a new dining room color and like this allot, it would flow nicely.
    Loving the old mason jar with the spoons :)

  4. your home is beautiful, elizabeth! the gardens are gorgeous!!! and i love your white sofas and ottoman!

  5. Great decorating! Love the pops of teal and turquoise here and there. I really like it!

  6. Your home is lovely. I too am trying to take my builders grade home and turn it into 'mine.' It's an ongoing process isn't it? Especially on a tight budget...
    We seem to collect the same things, linens, and white pitchers, mason jars...you have good taste!

  7. What a fabulously lovely home - everything is so pretty with your mix of vintage and new decor - so love that style! We built our home almost five years ago & feel like i'm really making it my own within the last few months too - it's so fun to share in bloggerville!xoxo, tracie
    ps - still loving that white bread box!!! can't find one anywhere...

  8. Your home looks so warm and comfortable! And I love the outside areas too!

  9. Your home is just beautiful! I love how you have decorated it and the colors! Outside is as pretty as the inside!

  10. You have a beautiful home! Love the mennonite furniture and vintage linen. Enjoyed the tour. Diane

  11. You have a lovely home, thank you for sharing. Your outdoor spaces are lovely, so much color. :)

  12. Just popping over from Poppies at Play. Love seeing your beautiful place without having to leave mine.
    Thanks for the tour.


    Gg - Notes on the Journey
    #3 (Kitchen tour from my vintage Chicago apartment)

  13. Hi Elizabeth, thank you so much for you lovely comments on my post. I love love love your home. So glad I found your blog. There is so many details I love in you pictures - way too many to list. And your bunnies are adorable. Looking forward to my daughter getting home from school to show her.


  14. Wow...you have a beautiful home!! Looks like pictures out of a magazine...love it!

  15. Beautiful home, I love your collection of blue jars!

  16. Oh WOW!!! Your home is so AWESOME!! I completely adore it!! Your living room is my favorite!! I'm glad to hear that the ikea slip cover fit pretty well. I've considered that myself, but wasn't sure. Your attention to detail is perfect! You have such a welcoming home!!

    Thanks so much for the tour!!
    Poppies at Play

  17. You have such a beautiful home, Elizabeth. Your outdoor area looks so nice and comfortable!


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