Name: Joel and Jessica Nickerson and their two daughters
Location: Denton, Texas
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 8 years, owned
Jessica has filled each room of her home with unique finds, DIY elements, and vintage pieces to create a warm and welcoming environment. On her blog, House Homemade, she shares her passion for creating a cozy home and demonstrates how to recreate her favorite DIY pieces. She recommends shopping around your own home and switching furniture between rooms to keep your spaces fresh and interesting (which she does quite often in her own home).
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Thrifted, collected, easygoing
Favorite Element: When we first moved in, I pasted dictionary pages to the dining room wall to cover outdated wallpaper. It's light and bright and still one of my favorite things. Also, the chest in our living room was a beautiful $40 Craigslist score. I love the warmth it brings to the room. We use old books as doorstops. I just love the charm that they add and they're a great reminder to not take things too seriously.
Biggest Challenge: The TV can only go on one wall so it kind of limits the possibilities for the living room layout. Also, it's so hard to do DIY projects with kids around. We did so much in the couple years before having kids. Since then, big projects have been few and far between.
What Friends Say: Most people that come over regularly comment on the things that I changed since the last time they were over. I'm always moving stuff from room to room or from sofa to sofa. Nothing stays the same for long. Shop the house. It's the cheapest way to freshen things up.
Biggest Embarrassment: We patched the ceilings ourselves. Someday we'll pay to have the seams disappear but it's one of those things we probably notice more than others would and it's not really a priority. Also, one time during a DIY in our kitchen, I stapled my finger with a staple gun. There was a big arrow that said exit here but if you're holding it wrong, you can't see the warning... just saying.
Proudest DIY: We ripped out most of the walls in the living room which made a huge difference. It resulted in more sunlight, an open floor plan and a bigger space to work with. (also, it caused the patched ceilings from the answer above) Biggest Indulgence: We don't really indulge. We work hard to live below our means. So, maybe, eating ice cream on the sofa after the girls have gone to bed?
Best Advice: Ending up with a home you love takes time. (And money.) Don't rush into purchasing things or changing lots of stuff at once. Figure out what parts make you happy and what parts you want to change. Also, I buy or DIY things based on what I love, not really based on trends. If I love it, it makes the cut.
Dream Sources: Anthropologie has some amazing goodies. I love browsing West Elm and sometimes even PB Teen. Is that weird?
PAINT & COLORS
Living area, kitchen, hall — Sherwin-Williams Aesthetic White
Entry way — Sherwin-Williams Snowbound
Girls room — Sherwin-Williams Pink Shadow and Tricorn Black
Guest bath — Sherwin-Williams Alabaster
Master bedroom and bathroom — Sherwin-Williams Accessible Beige
Floors — stained concrete
Sconces — IKEA
Towel Hooks — IKEA
Hand Towel Hook — IKEA
Tall Shower curtain — Amazon
Shower wall tile — Floor and Decor
Shower floor tile — Floor and Decor
Rug runner — RugsUSA
Closet Curtain Hardware — IKEA
Curtains — Wal-Mart
Thanks, Joel and Jessica!