Hello, everyone! It’s so great to start this new week with you here. Thank you so much for the visit!
I won’t be long today because I really want you to focus on this newlywed couple and their beautiful home. I truly can’t tell you how much I admire Ali and Brett. It’s so impressive all of the work they have put into their first home and I can’t help but admire and wish them many, many Blessings in this life. Please, get to know them below and make sure to follow them on Instagram. We should always surround ourselves with good people in our lives and that goes for social media as well. 🙂
Hello new friends! My name is Ali, my husbands name is Brett and we are @BARCbyBrettandAli. We were so honored to be asked by Luciane, to share our home with you all.
A little about ‘us’ … we got engaged in July of 2016. Our plan initially was for Brett to sell his house and move into my condo (not traditional, I know, but financially made sense). Not long after our engagement, our family realtor had found us the perfect home. We were casually looking because the neighborhood we wanted to move into was extremely sought after. When we saw this listing, we had to jump on it. The craziest part of it all, Brett was out of town for work, so my mom and I went to look. Brett never actually saw the home, besides a FaceTime tour, until after we had purchased it…he was sold when I took him to the basement where there was a theatre, so a pretty easy sell for any guy! That was the first demonstration of trust in our relationship!
Funny thing about the location of our home is we are 4 houses from my cousin and about 10 from my sister…so we plopped ourselves on the same street right in the middle of family! We officially called this place home in September 2016 and a year later we were married, September 2017!
Needless to say these first two years have been busy ones! Our love for all things home was one of our biggest shared passions. Which is where our HomeBunch story begins….
Let’s start with the exterior and I’m just going to lay this out there, it’s not my favorite…and the worst part is, we have regulations in our neighborhood, so we can’t change it! (Ugh!). Here’s the silver lining though, for as much as we don’t love our exterior it does provide a bit of an element of surprise as you enter.
Outdoor Pillows: World Market.
Aren’t they a gorgeous couple? They should have a show on HGTV just about DIY projects!!! 🙂
Now for the good stuff, come on in! So you will notice a trend through our home, a bit different than many of the gorgeous homes that have been featured…we do a lot of the updates ourselves and do our own customizations to make our home feel unique. Brett is an incredibly talented woodworker and craftsman! His ability to take my, often ridiculous requests, and bring them to life makes for a very fun dynamic in our household.
Wreath: DIY – Florals from Hobby Lobby.
Door Color: Benjamin Moore Cheating Heart.
RUG: Ruggable – Moroccan Collection: Kavi Rose Gold.
Lantern: Magnolia Hearth and Hand House Lantern.
Similar Fiddle Leaf Tree: Here.
Planter: World Market.
We have made some large updates in our home, as well as some smaller cosmetic ones, that have completely transformed the feel. Our home is a Five-Level Split and for those that haven’t seen that style of a home in person, the main perks for us were the high ceilings in every room and the very open layout. It also gives us very usable space, rather than a traditional setup.
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Light French Gray.
This room has seen several updates in the short two years we’ve lived here. We did a DIY update to the existing chair rail that was here when we moved in. We wanted a statement rug to ground the room and we couldn’t love our non-slip, washable…yes I said WASHABLE rug more in this room!
Wall Color: Sherwin Williams Light French Gray.
Rug: Ruggable Vintage Daisy Bordered Blue.
Mudcloth Pumpkins: you can find my DIY on our IG page – click on “DIY“.
Chandelier: Crate and Barrel.
Wall Hanging: World Market Half Moon Wall Hanging.
Candlesticks: World Market
Clear/Gold Vase: World Market
Table Runner: West Elm
Our dining table was actually the first piece of furniture Brett and I built together…on the garage floor at my condo. It was certainly worth it, but needless to say our knees were killing us by the end of it! (We’ve updated the workshop since then.)
Dining Chairs: World Market – WM- Paige Dining Chair – Natural Linen.
Buffet Table: found at a thrift store, refinished with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – similar here.
Our kitchen is one of my favorite spaces in our home. We have put a lot of blood, sweat, well no tears… but definitely blood and sweat in here!
Countertops: Marble-looking Quartz Counters.
Brett custom built the kitchen island. Our previous island didn’t allow for counter stools, so after a short discussion one evening, Brett created this beautiful piece! We decided to paint it an accent color to really make a statement and chose a rug that pulled the blue undertones out.
Washable Kitchen Runner: Ruggable.
The wall cabinets were in good condition when we purchased the home and with it being such a large space, we opted to paint rather than replace them! We are still very happy with this decision and added details to the existing cabinets to customize them to our taste!
Backsplash: Floor and Decor – Ice white square subway tile – similar here.
Faucet: Delta Trinsic in Matte Black.
Pendant Light: Wayfair.
Kitchen Cabinets: Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
Kitchen Island Paint Color: Benjamin Moore 1617 Cheating Heart.
Counterstools are from Target.
Wall are painted in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace.
Dining Chairs: World Market.
Table Greenery: Target.
Curtains & Rod: Ikea.
A 3-sided fireplace brings warmth to the breakfast room and family room.
Similar Stacked Stone: Here.
Similar Counterstools: Here.
Chevron Mirror: World Market.
Breakfast Room Dining Table: Overstock.
Letterboard: similar here.
This space has had some updates recently! This room is a bit of a hybrid between a family room and a traditional living room. Our goal with changing the furniture and layout in this room was to create more livable space. We chose a mid century modern sofa that was not only the design we wanted, but also extremely comfortable!
Sofa: Macy’s Jolene Sectional.
Accent Chair: Target.
Floor Lamp: Target.
Knit Blanket: West Elm.
White Mudcloth Pillows: RH – similar here.
Wall color: SW Light French Gray.
Recently, we updated our flooring with a consistent floor throughout the entire first level. We chose a high-end laminate because of the durability…we will be having kids in the future and puppies (lots of them, if it were up to me…though my husband would likely disagree). It’s a beautiful laminate and can hold standing water for up to 30+ hours, so perfect for kitchens!
Flooring: Floor and Decor – AquaGuard Gogh Water-Resistant Laminate – AquaGuard Laminate.
Poufs: At Home.
Per the suggestion of my sister, she recommended we go with a padded ottoman, rather than building our own coffee table. She has two little ones and they love running around our house so avoiding sharp corners was a main concern. We decided to do a narrow ottoman with two poufs for additional seating.
Ottoman Coffee Table: Target.
Upstairs we have bedrooms and then this loft space.
Chair: World Market.
Since I work from home, this functions as my office. It’s the only room in this house that’s just “my” space, so I wanted to add a touch of girly, that I wouldn’t necessarily want in the main areas of our home. I chose white furniture, added accents of rose gold and gold, and finished with a fun rug that ties it all together!
“Think Differently” Sign: HomeGoods
Similar Work Hard + Be Nice to People” Sign: here.
The goal for our master bedroom was to have a place that felt calm and serene. That had things that were special to Brett and I in the furniture and the decor. I designed the prints above our bed with lyrics from our first dance song, and had them custom made. Our furniture in this room is some of my favorites.
We decided to flip the typical dark accent wall, with one light wall as the focal point instead.
Typically the way things go in our household is I sketch up a design of what I’d like and Brett makes it come to life, even better than I planned. We built the nightstands together first and Brett built our beautiful 9 drawer dresser while I was away for work!
The colors in the bedroom flow into the bathroom to give a very spa-like feel. The tile we chose ties the two rooms together perfectly.
Vanity is painted in Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore.
Mirrors: AtHome – similar here.
The chunky floating shelves were built by Brett.
Wall Color: SW Alabaster.
Tile: Floor and Decor Florentina Gray Tile – similar here.
As I indicated in the intro, our house is a 5-level split, so this room is the first floor down prior to the true basement. We spend a majority of our downtime in here. We wanted this room to be comfortable, first and foremost, but also have an element of design.
Wicker Baskets: Homegoods
White baskets: Target
White vases and tan base: Target
Other white vases: West Elm
Eucalyptus Garland: Target
Sherwin Williams Light French Gray SW0055.
We decided to build a custom entertainment center that was functional, had storage, and also was a well designed focal point when you walk in the room.
This was one of my most nerve racking experiments. This bathroom was just about the furthest thing from our style.
Since this isn’t a heavily used space currently, we didn’t want to invest a lot money into it! Our goal is to update the counter and faucet relatively soon and at some point put in permanent flooring, but for now we love what we accomplished on a budget!
Similar Hardware: Pulls
I decided one evening to attempt to stencil the floors. It was a bit of a project and with drying time, it took a good chunk of time, but in the end this was a great decision and the perfect short term fix!
Bath Mat: World Market.
Tray: Target – Opalhouse
Mirror frame: DIY with 1x6in boards and corner brackets (easy update).
Well friends, that’s a wrap! We had so much fun putting this together and couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to showcase all the work we’ve done in our home.
Thank you again, Luciane, for featuring us on your blog and big thanks to all that read along! Can’t wait to meet new friends and find new inspiration ourselves!
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!
If I am wrong, right me. If I am lost, guide me. If I start to give-up, keep me going.
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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