This DIYed, Colorful House Is the Complete Opposite of Boring

This DIYed, Colorful House Is the Complete Opposite of Boring

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Name: Tina Bousu and family (including four kids and four dogs!)
Location: North Colorado
Size: 4,500 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years, owned

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This house is essentially our dream home! We have a large family and had quickly outgrown our starter home and this neighborhood and home were so far out of anything we ever thought we could have. I was half seriously looking at homes in the area for sale and this one came up. It was way out of our price range at the time but I couldn’t help but dream. Turns out it was a foreclosure and didn’t sell; fast-forward six months and the price had dropped so much that it was in our price range! After a hellish three-month closing we’ve lived here happily ever since.

Editor’s note: Does this home—or headline—sound a bit familiar? We featured Tina (of the blog Eclectic Twist) and her incredible house in a house call earlier this year… but we needed a longer look AND already things have been updated. Enjoy!

During the last seven years since we moved in, I have touched every single part of the house. It was all brown—I mean EVERYTHING—and brown is my least favorite color. So I began by slapping paint on every surface! I was so eager to get rid of the brown I painted the master bedroom what I thought would be a soothing blue. Turned out to be a really awful, uncomfortably-close-to-neon, blue. My husband still gives me grief about it!

We’ve done everything from installing faux wood beams on the 20-foot ceilings to aged metallic walls to reclaimed wood ceilings to ripping out carpet and bamboo and installing hardwood across the main floor and a full kitchen reno. It was all DIY (except for some of the heavier stuff for the kitchen like electrical, plumbing, and gas).

We’re a homeschool family so the kids and I spend most of our time at home. And there is never a shortage of ideas or projects I have swirling around in the noggin! Between schooling, sports activities, and my out-of-the-box ideas there’s always something going on.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Colorfully Eclectic Boho Chic Maximalist (I know that’s a mouthful!)

Inspiration: Nature, all styles-vintage, anything Indian and Moroccan.

Favorite Element: The 20-foot ceilings and all the windows! I don’t like tight spaces so the brighter and airier the better.

What is your favorite room and why? This is a really hard question! That might sound lame but I really do love several spaces. I’ll say the family room as that is where we spend the most time (and it has the high ceilings and windows).

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Make it old! I have always dreamed of living in a really old home with all the character and quirks. That’s the only thing missing here is the character, which I am working on bringing in!

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Modern Alice in Wonderland or modern Mad Hatter. It’s all fun, different, and a lil’ crazy around here!

Biggest Embarrassment: It doesn’t really embarrass me, but I REALLY want to do something about all of the deep honey-colored woodwork. I haven’t figured out what exactly yet though.

What friends say: OMG where did you get that? How do you come up with all of these ideas? I’ve never seen anything like that! And that it’s like a fun cool museum because there’s so much to see. (We have four kids and four dogs so definitely NOT a museum!)

Biggest Challenge: The entire main area (kitchen, bar, dining, hallway, family room, and entry) is all open, so it made it difficult to do anything other than a neutral on the walls in any of these spaces. I chose to paint the whole thing Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore. It reads a soft gray and in the darker hours it’s a bit warmer.

Proudest DIY: Probably the kitchen. I designed it from scratch and sourced every single one of the materials. We tore out the old kitchen, installed the reclaimed copper hood, the hardwood flooring, the light fixture, and the reclaimed boxcar countertops in the bar. It was a five-month project, a labor of love.

Biggest Indulgence: Our kitchen range. The one item in our home (including all furnishings) I didn’t purchase at a discount or on sale. I, of course, ordered a custom color combo that wasn’t available so I had to wait almost six months for it to come in from Europe. That was/is my biggest splurge item. But it’s SO worth it!

Best Advice: Forget about trends, forget about what people tell you to do with your space. March to your own beat! And never underestimate the power of a statement! Be it a pop of color, a wall or a furniture piece.


Entire main area is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore
Metallic wall in bedroom — Modern Masters Metallic Effects Bronze with Blue & Green patina
Wall Mural in dining room — Anthropologie
Faux greenery in schoolroom — Amazon

Ottoman — World Market (discontinued)
Rug – World Market
Lamp/Mirror — LampsPlus
Vintage Mexican cabinets – Flea Market
Tray, thumbs up – HomeGoods

Ottoman – Marshalls
Blue chair, pillows, pink throw, side tables, swing chair and orange lamps – HomeGoods
White lamp – West Elm
Rug – The Elegant Nomad
Antique doors – Arhaus
Moose – Zgallerie
Suzani – La Boheme House of the Wishing Trees
White Floor Lamps – Opalhouse, Target

Mural – Enchanted Forest, Anthropologie
DIY dining table
Acrylic chairs – Stack Chairs 4 Less
Faux fur rugs and sheers – HomeGoods
Mirror – Anthropologie
Rug – Anthropologie
Drapes — IKEA

Drapes – HomeGoods
Fruit bowl – Pottery from Flashpoint Candle
Range – La Cornue Cornufe
Stools – Restoration Hardware Outlet (recently DIY’d by me!)
Light Fixture – Home Depot
Paint Palette Cheese Plate – West Elm

Canopy Bed – Anthropologie
Bedding – Anthropologie
Throw pillows on bed – HomeGoods, Anthropologie, Etsy (cactus pillow from Loom to Linen on Etsy)
Wood root console – HomeGoods
Lavender sofa, vanity mirror, pots, lamp shades – HomeGoods
Deer painting – Copper Corners
DIY brass floor lamp
Mirrored side tables – Tuesday Morning
White side table lamps – Flea Market

Thanks, Tina and family!

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(Image credit: Tina Bousu)