Walker House Tour: Our Living Room & Kitchen

I fell in love with our house the moment we first looked at it. In my mind, I could see where the couch would go, where we'd put our dining room table, and what rooms ours kids would occupy one day. It was more than a house on that first visit, it was already a home. 

I've slowly settled into married life in our home. Sure, there are a ton of things I'll probably change over time. And sure, most of our furniture has been handed down or bought at a yard sale. I like the charm that old pieces create...pieces that have a story are dear to my heart.




When I look at these photos, I see the stains on the stove that don't seem to ever disappear, no matter how hard I scrub. 

And yes, I still have Christmas cards up--they'll stay up year round in my house, just because I love seeing the faces of those I love most.


I see the stack of books, papers, cards, and bills that sit in the basket on our counter. Clutter. But really, that's just evidence of a house lived in.




I see the couches that were handed down to us and are, ahem, quite loved, but comfortable and worn in. 





I can look around our house and pick out so many things that I want to change, but really, when I look at our house, I see a home. I see somewhere that is lived in and not perfect, comfortable and welcoming. 

I've been reading The Nesting Place by Myquillin Smith, and more than anything, it's teaching me that a home doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful, because in all reality, the beauty comes from the quirks and "faults" that we see. 

I want our guests to come in and feel at home. To be comfortable to sit down on our couch and kick up their feet. To feel cozy and at ease. It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. 

17 comments:

  1. Your house is absolutely gorgeous! It is beautiful and looks so inviting and comfy. I love it! So you.

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  2. Your home is beautiful! I love the way you've decorated and made it look so comfortable and welcoming.

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  3. Your house is so gorgeous!! Love your kitchen!!!

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  4. Love the way you've decorated it! Looks so comfy!! I'd sit on that couch & have a cup of coffee with you!

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  5. Rachel, I love the house! It looks SO great!!!!

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  7. It looks beautiful! It looks so inviting! We're still settling into our new place and there are still boxes everywhere and we still have no pictures up and I have the itch to paint! It really looks beautiful, and you can't see any stains/smudges on the stove ;

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  9. Oops sorry about the above comment, was logged into rob's account! But I was saying that your home is lovely - I miss our well loved couch hat I was adamant to get rid of as soon as e could afford a new one

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  10. ahh Rachel I am so jealous of all your McCarty!! I want more so bad! your house is beautiful my dear!

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  11. Holy gorgeousness, do you and Andrew need a third roomie? Your home is BEAUTIFUL! Please come decorate the Haskins House for me! :)

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  12. I agree with everyone else, a warm and inviting look for sure! And, beauty has nothing to do with that. I've seen some absolutely gorgeous homes but they were not the least bit warm and welcoming. Now, not that a gorgeous home cannot be warm and welcoming but you get my drift.

    You have done a great job with the decor for sure!!!

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  13. Your house looks so welcoming and warm!!

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  14. I love your style! If I could start over I'd totally go old/vintage too!

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  15. You've done such a good job. Feels so homey

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  16. So... can I come over now!? :)

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