Welcome to the Spring Open House: The Heathered Nest

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Today we bring back our Spring Open House series {You can see the homes from last year HERE}. You’ve already seen her featured several times as a favorite via our Pretty Preppy Party and we loved her rooms so much we invited her to kick off our Spring Open House. So, without further ado…Here is Heather from The Heathered Nest.

 

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Welcome to the nest.  The Heathered Nest.   It is quite a big honor for a new kid on the block (not to be confused with subject of a certain Bop magazine poster I may or may not have had hanging in my bedroom from ages 9 to 39 11, NKOTB) to be a part of this tour with such heavy hitters in the blogosphere.

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

We live pretty far out in the countryside, but you’re almost there.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Yep, right through those trees…

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

You found us!  Welcome home.

 

We bought this house in the country almost two years ago, and it’s been non-stop renovations ever since…if you want to see some unfathomable BEFORE shots, you gotta check out our blog.  Built in my favorite decade to have lived through, but not one I particularly want to continue living in…this place was totally 80’s…like, grody to the max.  (But my KNOTB poster fit in perfectly).

As my teen crush Jordan would have said…or sung…”step by step” we’re making this place ours.  And we’d be thrilled to take you on a little “spring” house tour.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

This is our foyer.  It’s filled with thrift store and craigslist finds.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 
That burlap settee was one of my first upholstery projects.
 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Here’s the dining room.  Sadly, it’s never used.  I know.  We eat as a family, always…just crowded around the kitchen island.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

But I love this room.  It’s drenched in natural light.  Took A LOT of “hangin’ tough” and prayers to get it to this point after having found termite damage (WORST experience ever…more painful than childbirth).  But, eventually we were able to turn lemons into lemonade, which is fitting for this very colorful space.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

We have a small powder room on the main level of our home.  And it’s a showcase for this 1940’s cast iron sink, which happens to be my favorite item in the whole home.  I found it on Craigslist, and after being re-furbished, I think it’s an absolute treasure.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Welcome to the family room.  Still kind of half-baked, but from where it started, it’s come a ways.  The floors have been re-finished, fireplace, walls and trim painted, faux beams installed, ceiling fan booted and chandelier teed up.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

It’s another space in the house that has a lot of light throughout the day, and that makes me happy.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Down to the basement we go…

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

where we recently finished an entire overhaul.  You gotta go check out the BEFORE shots of this dungeon…then when you see these AFTERS I can say/sing “Didn’t I blow your mind this time” ala NKOTB at you.  And if you say “no”, well stop the tour here, cuz I ain’t got nothin’ else that will impress you.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

We overhauled the bathroom down here, which has been dubbed “Napoleon’s throne room”.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 
It’s our guest bath.
 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

And it’s next door to our guest bedroom.  If you are inclined to stay awhile, this will be your room.  The guest room was one of the first overhauls in this house, but it’s still one of my favorites.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

We added a large window in this space.  Before, there was absolutely no natural light in here at all.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

The kids will definitely want to show you their rooms.  Our daughter’s space is still a work in progress, but it’s coming along.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

And as long as she has her piggy blankets and her books, she’s a happy kid no matter what.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Our oldest son is a train aficionado.  This is his space.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

And our youngest, Sweet Cheeks, he loves mud and bugs, and all things out-of-doors.  And this is his quarters.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

The project we completed most recently was our kids bathroom.  We finished it in six weeks, with a $2000 budget, and came in spending about $1850.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 
And we all are thrilled with the results.
 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Slowly but surely, we’re getting rid of the “wrong stuff” and giving this place the “right stuff” (get it?  another AWESOME NKOTB song reference…can’t help myself).

 

For our family though, having relocated out here to the country from a much more urban scene…the real draw for most of the clan is found outside…where those kids will run for hours, get dirty, explore, make wishes blowing on dandelions, and enjoy that age old pastime of just being kids. It’s a beautiful life.

 

Beautiful, Colorful House Tour from Heathered Nest at 11 Magnolia Lane's Spring Home Tour!

 

Thanks so much for stopping by the Heathered Nest.  Don’t be a stranger, you hear?!
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Don’t you love her? For more, be sure to check out her darling blog 🙂 and come back, we’ll have more homes in the Open House series over the next few Spring weekends. You can follow our Pinterest Board HERE too!

 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
XO,

 

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Comments

  1. Such an amazing home!! I dream every day of getting back to the country and having a home like this would just be the icing on top. Gorgeous.

  2. Good grief! I can’t decide what I like the best… the BARN DOOR! Those BEAMS! The TOILE WALLPAPER! The TREE SLIDE!!!! How fun. What a great homey home. Thanks so much for sharing!

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