This Colorful Home’s $250 Kitchen Refresh Isn’t Even the Boldest Room in the House

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Name: Misty Buehlmaier, my husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat
Location: Fort Gratiot, Michigan
Type of home: Ranch style house, we live by a horse farm and lots of trees
Size: 2200 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: The story of getting this house was a whirlwind! 2010 was a crazy year because of the recession, and this house had been on market for awhile. When the price was finally low enough for our budget, we decided to go look at it! Within 10 days we bought our forever home; it was meant to be.

This is the only home my kids can remember. My daughter was 2 and my son was only 7 months old when we moved. Now that the kids are older we love chatting in our library and playing music together in our dining/ music room. We’ve done renovations and budget-friendly refreshes, our kitchen refresh only cost $250! I love thrifted pieces and pairing them with modern textiles. Bright colors and bold designs are what gives our home energy and life. I couldn’t imagine being in any other home.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic Modern Vintage

What is your favorite room and why? I love our library. It was a labor of love for my husband so he could have a room to read and relax in. I created a faux fireplace and placed books in it as a DIY, and it’s my favorite part of the room, well that and my purple sofa!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I found a gorgeous marble table at a resale store for $200! Also, a vintage rug at an estate sale for $20! My ultimate best find!

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t be afraid of color; it brings joy and happiness to your spaces and home. Enjoy the process; it takes time to create that home.

Don’t try to keep up with everyone else; listen to your gut and what you love. If you love it others will love it because of your enthusiasm about your home. You are unique and your home wants to be, too.

This submission’s responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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