Hello, my wonderful friends! How are you in 2019? Did anything happen? Did a switch turn on, bringing more Light into your heart during this first week of this New Year? It’s been terribly cold, gloomy and dark out there. The weather is miserable and it’s easy to feel the winter blues insistently knocking on my door, but I am not opening it… instead, I decided to take a small break during the Holidays to do what I love the most in life; which is spending time with my family and work whenever I feel inspired. I took a small break and I am finally feeling like myself again… nothing makes you feel more centered than being able to slow down and hear your own thoughts, and that was exactly what I did.
During this New Year, I certainly hope to continue to listen to what’s inside of my heart and that goes to what I want to share with you here on Home Bunch. I have to be completely honest with you guys. I am tired of cold homes, everything looks the same these days. Although I will always bring the latest trends to my readers, one of my main goals this year is to share homes that feel more like real homes, homes that have character and feel loved, and that starts with this year’s first “Beautiful Homes of Instagram”. Please, get to know Erin from The Heart and Haven. She’s someone that will inspire you to transform your current home into your “home-sweet-home”!
Hi, my name is Erin @theheartandhaven and I’m a home renovator, home décor enthusiast and mother. I have always enjoyed staring at all the pretty things, but I never realized how much joy I would find in creating them until my husband and I bought a 1950s fixer upper about five years ago.
My husband and I are high school sweethearts from the Jersey Shore. We dated long-distance throughout college and upon graduation, we decided to move across the country to start our life together in Los Angeles. I worked in television before deciding to become a stay at home mom when I had my first son. I now have two boys, ages 7 and 4.
After getting married, we purchased a newly-built, builder-grade condo in Los Angeles and while the finishes were not exactly my taste, I was excited to just have a place to call our own and honestly never thought about changing anything. Two years after having my son and really craving some private outdoor space to have him run around, we searched our neighborhood to find a house. We found a corner house only a few blocks away on a beautiful, wide tree-lined street. It was custom built in 1950, and nothing had been updated since then. The house was head- to-toe covered in orange wood (floors, ceilings, walls, you name it!). The bathrooms had parquet linoleum, the staircase had scrolling wrought iron and each room had ceiling fixtures hanging so low that it made the 8 ft. ceilings feel much smaller. Having no reno experience under my belt, I still felt that this 2400 sq. ft. house had potential. Thus began our renovation journey, and we lived through all of it! I don’t think I knew what my style was when we started renovating our home and decisions often had to be made quickly. There are some things I would change, but I have learned so much throughout this process. And five years later, I think I have found my casually modern, beachy-boho style through decorating it , and it has truly become a passion of mine.
Our kitchen was the last major renovation. After living in what felt like a wooden cave, I wanted our new kitchen to be light and bright. We took down the wall that separated the kitchen from our playroom to open it up. I had always wanted an island but, due to building codes, the island would have been very small. So, I adjusted my vision and was able to have the counter space and seating area by making it into a peninsula instead.
Peninsula measures 6 ft x 4.5 ft. and counters are Salt White Marble.
Paint Color: Valspar Mountain Mist.
Kettle: Crate & Barrel.
“Let’s Stay Home” sign: Here.
This pink kitchen runner is one of the cheeriest pieces of home décor I own. I paired it with the wallpaper to make our kitchen more playful.
Kitchen cabinets are Maple, painted Benjamin Moore White.
Canisters: West Elm.
Marble Clock: Sur la Table.
Cabinet Cup Pulls: Hickory Hardware.
While it might not be the most picturesque faucet, I love how we can turn the faucet on and off without dripping on our marble counters. Definitely a functional win!
Kitchen Faucet: Faucet, Moen Motionsense Chrome.
Kitchen Sink: 33” Farmhouse Fireclay Sink.
Kitchen Towel: Kate Spade.
When choosing the pendants over our peninsula, I didn’t want to compete with the chandelier in the nook. These cone pendants with their antique brass interior echoed the glam of the chandelier without overwhelming the space.
Barstools: Serena & Lily.
Lighting: Visual Comfort – 15 Inch Wide.
Utensil Holder: West Elm.
I loved the idea of a breakfast nook and wanted to make it feel special, so I went with wallpaper and a statement chandelier. I think the wallpaper adds so much personality to this otherwise all white kitchen. I then paired it with a more rustic feeling table and chairs to contrast the crisp, geometric design.
Wallpaper is from Serena & Lily in Denim.
Chandelier is Visual Comfort.
After taking down the wall between the kitchen and the playroom, this is now our view. Since this is the room my sons hang out in the most, it had to be functional for them but also flow with our kitchen.
Sofa is from HD Buttercup
Window Treatment throughout home are plantation shutters by American Vision Windows
The barstools had to become part of the design for the playroom because of the open concept, so going slightly more coastal in this room with the oversized beach print and using blue accents in the room helped tie things together.
Paint color is Valspar Mountain Mist.
Some might think a white sofa and children do not go together. And they would be right! However, I love the crisp look of a white sofa so I chose a slipcover that can be removed and washed.
Sofa is from HD Buttercup.
Rug: Pottery Barn.
Not fancy or even perfectly styled, but that is mom life! This media center holds all the extra toys and books and games.
Gray bins are from IKEA – similar here.
Media Center: Pottery Barn.
Knobs: Restoration Hardware Dillon Knobs.
African Wall Baskets: Etsy.
Both the desk and window-seat are IKEA hacks. I upgraded the desk by swapping out the hardware and I made the IKEA Kallax bookshelf-turned-window seat feel more custom by adding a bench cushion.
Rattan Mirror: Pottery Barn.
Bins found at Target.
Our sectional is actually a recliner and the chaise lifts up for hidden storage. I love how functional it is for our family.
While there is still updating to do to this room, we recently removed the metal stair railings and replaced it with a wooden banister. Painting and staining the banister was a beast! But it was well worth it.
Stair posts are Benjamin Moore Super White and stain was a custom mix.
Artwork on wall by @sarahcnightingale.
Sofa: West Elm.
Wall paint color is Benjamin Moore London Fog.
Rug is discontinued – similar here.
Seagrass lidded basket: here – similar.
Choosing a split-faced stone for the fireplace is still one of my favorite design decisions.
Chair: West Elm.
Moroccan Leather Pouf: here.
Fireplace Sconces: Pottery Barn.
Believe it or not, farmhouse style was my first love.
Shelves are IKEA and I spray painted the brackets Rustoleum Hammered Copper.
Grid Photo Frame: McGee.
Walnut Frame: McGee.
Brass Bells: McGee.
Rustic Vase: Here.
Artwork on top by @sarahcnightingale.
Others items mix of flea market and HomeGoods finds (including bottom baskets) – similar baskets: here.
Coffee Table: here.
I love earthy elements and this rustic dining table is the perfect combination of form and function. With all of its raw imperfections, the kids can be as rough as they want with it and I don’t mind.
Dining Table & Bench: West Elm.
Wooden Candle holders are locally sourced.
There is a casualness about my design style which is probably why I gravitate towards word art. And I love the boldness of this black and white piece.
Artwork by JaxnBlvd.
The white wishbone chairs help to bring a lightness to this space which doesn’t get a lot of natural light and the chairs’ low profile makes this small dining space feel bigger. Paint Color is Benjamin Moore London Fog.
Floor basket: Pier 1.
This was a fun IKEA hack that I did for my 7 year old’s room. I took the IKEA Kallax shelf unit, chose two different color doors and then spray painted the letters. Wall color is Valspar Ghost Ship.
Pillows by Tonic Living – similar here.
Shelf and baskets from IKEA .
These fern decals make this reading nook a lot of fun for my four-year-old. And while I would have loved a hanging chair, I didn’t think it was practical for my boys so I opted for this caged freestanding chair instead.
Decals by Urban Walls.
Chair: World Market.
Elephant Side Table: Serena & Lily.
Rug: here – similar.
Prints by Society6.
Adding board and batten was a game changer in this room. It instantly made the guest bedroom feel loftier than its standard 8 ft. ceiling height.
Leather Bed: CB2.
Duvet Cover: here.
Nightstand: West Elm.
Paint color is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
Candle Holders: Crate & Barrel.
This small bathroom was the first major renovation we did when we moved in. There was literally a treasure chest inspired toilet box in here and, much like the rest of the house, tiles and walls were orange-brown. Having no prior design experience, I went with timeless marble and this little bathroom still makes me happy.
Bathroom wall paint is Behr Sterling.
Faucet is Kohler Bancroft.
Hand Towel: McGee.
Wood pot from HomeGoods.
Floor Tile: Wayfair.
This is our only bathroom upstairs, so it was important for us to keep a separate tub for our kids. Paint color is Behr Light French Gray.
Paint Cabinet Color: Benjamin Moore Simply White.
Tile is Ceramiche Caesar Porcelain Tile in MORE Manhattan – similar here.
Vanity: Pottery Barn.
Art Print from Serena & Lily.
Crytal knob by Emtek.
Stool: Serena & Lily.
I love having a neutral bedroom that I can easily switch up by swapping out pillows and throws.
Blue quilt from HomeGoods.
Full Length Mirror: here – similar.
Rug: Lulu & Georgia.
Bench from RJ Imports – similar here.
Duvet Cover: Anthropologie.
Wall Basket: here – similar.
Stripe vase from Crate & Barrel.
Faux Stems: Crate & Barrel.
Paint color is Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.
One of my favorite things about this house is the amount of closet space. Our master has a his and hers closet. The smaller one behind that door is the his, of course.
Ladder is from Crate & Barrel.
The wall art here was an easy DIY. I put mudcloth scraps in black frames to give this corner a boho chic look.
Side table: here.
Dresser: Pottery Barn.
Chair is from IKEA – similar here.
Pillow: Serena & Lily.
Hanging planter is from Homegoods – similar here.
Baskets: Serena & Lily.
Thank you for shopping through Home Bunch. I would be happy to assist you if you have any questions or are looking for something in particular. Feel free to contact me and always make sure to check dimensions before ordering. Happy shopping!
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Lead me in Light and Love”.
Have a wonderful day, my friends and we’ll talk again tomorrow.”
Luciane from HomeBunch.com
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