My Home Tour

My husband and I bought this house in late 2012, and spent several months renovating it from top to bottom.  The people that sold us our house actually live down the street from us, and are wonderful!  The house used to belong to the woman's parents, who lived in the home for about 10 years.
Built in 1941, our Cape Cod Style house is located in the historic section of the Plaza Midwood neighborhood of Charlotte - about a mile from central downtown/uptown.  
If you live near Charlotte, come check out our home on the "Midwood Maynia Home Tour", May 2nd - 3rd, 2014.  Proceeds from all ticket sales go to support the Plaza Midwood neighborhood association. :) 
Check out our feature in the Spring 2014 issue of Charlotte Home + Garden magazine:


Even though we've only been in the house for a little over a year, this room just got another head-to-toe makeover.  You know what they say -- "design is never done!" :)
Can you tell I was a little obsessed with Greek Key and navy when I started designing this room? lol

The sofa, loveseat, and velvet chair are all custom pieces that we ordered from City Supply Co. here in Charlotte --- they took forever to come in, but I LOVE them!

(Can you tell that this bookcase/console behind our loveseat is an IKEA hack??)

My bamboo chinoiserie chairs that I "saved" and refurbished.

 I made almost all of the pillows myself (some of which will soon be available on my Etsy shop!), and the greek key rug I purchased from during one of their big 70% off sales for $87.... awesome.

The end tables, throws, curtains, and accessories were all things that I picked up on the cheap.
If you would like to know where I got specific items, just let me know!

The gallery wall was something I always wanted to have in our home, but it took forever to collect and custom frame all of the treasures that you see hanging there now!
Some of my favorites include: a family portrait from our wedding, a painting my Grandmother did in the 50's, a silhouette of our dog Donut, and a painting that my Great Aunt - who was a Nun - did in the early 70's.

This part of the house was a complete gut job.  The only part of the original kitchen area that remains are the windows and the floors... which I love!
Believe it or not, we used Home Depot to do our kitchen. The cabinets are KraftMaid, and all of the hardware is polished nickel.  The Carrera marble countertops came from a quarry company in South Carolina, and we actually got to pick out the exact slab that we used.


For more on the details of our kitchen renovation, click here:



See how I gave this hallway a $150 makeover here:  HALLWAY MAKEOVER



I really wanted to make use of this odd little space in our guest room, so I decided to create a cozy reading nook!



So I JUST recently re-did this room.  It's the smallest room in the house, so it was challenging.
I only have one twin bed in here right now because we are hoping to start a family very soon, and we need the space to put a crib at some point.  Down the line, the plan is to have TWO twin beds in this room (one on either side of the nightstand).


This room isn't only a place for us to put overflow guests, it also doubles (and primarily functions) as my workspace & craft room. 

Shortly after starting my Etsy business, I realized that I desperately needed a workspace to sew, craft, etc.  So I bought this desk at Ikea, added some spray paint & accessories, and now I have a creative space to work!

To see how I gave this ottoman a $50 makeover, click HERE.

And on the opposite side of the house.....

For the complete Master Bedroom reveal, click here:

This bathroom was a HUGE renovation project.  We had to knock down walls in our hallway, literally rip everything out (including the studs!), and start from scratch. 
It was a labor of love for sure.
To see more of the renovation process, click here: 

We're getting closer and closer to my vision for where I want the house to be design-wise.  Right now I'm working on:
Redoing the Kitchen lighting
Sunroom mini-makeover
New drapes for the foyer
Turning our walk-in storage room into my new Studio/Workshop
And you know how it is, as soon as you change ONE thing, you end up having to change a bunch of other things that you weren't planning on! 
The hubs calls it "pulling a thread" -  so he dreads it whenever I talk about making any changes.  Which is basically every 6 months at this point lol.
Stay tuned to my main page posts for more on these upcoming projects!
Thanks for stopping by! :)


  1. Michelle, love your home tour! Where did you get the white coral and the gold ring sphere in your living room? Love it!

    1. Thanks Jenny!

      The white coral is from HomeGoods (I see them there ALL the time), and it was $19.99. The gold ring sphere I bought from West Elm for $39, and it's still available online and in stores.

      Hope that helps :)

  2. Gorgeous home! Where did you get the white ginger jar?

  3. One more question :) where dud you get the gold quatrefoil mirror? Thx!!

  4. This is truly an inspiration! As an aspiring interior designer, I am always on the hunt for inspiration, and closely monitoring trends. I LIVE for bright, bold colors and pattern/texture blends. Your home from top to bottom is a prime example of why I fell in love with all things decor! Even better, we live in the same city :-)