This Fixer Upper’s Total Renovation Resulted in an Eclectic, Light, and Lovely Home

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Name: Suiki Sparks and my husband, Felix
Location: Lufkin, Texas
Type of home: House
Size: 1,538 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, own

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My husband and I reside in East Texas. We purchased our first fixer-upper before the pandemic. Initially, we were terrified at taking the risk of purchasing a home in such horrible condition. The house needed a new roof, HVAC system, foundation work, and whole gut job. After many discussions and weighing options, we took the leap, purchased the home, and immediately started renovations. My husband and I are pretty frugal so we made sure to budget and plan mini projects over a two-year period. Things were a hot mess for a minute. I would not even go barefoot in the house for over a year. It was gross!

There were times when I questioned whether or not the juice was worth the squeeze with this house. I mean, a total gut job was completely overwhelming and stressful. As I look around today, I am happy with the decision to purchase our ranch-style home. This has truly been a labor of love. This house has given me so much more than just a roof over my head. This house has been my passion, pride, and joy over the years. We are not completely done with this project as of yet. But, I am optimistic and look forward to many more adventures at the Eclectic Milieu Bungalow.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, ethnic, light, clean lines, and ever changing.

What is your favorite room and why? A bedroom that we turned into a tiny great room. Our living room would be a close second. These rooms are the most photographed rooms in our home.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I am an avid thrift and clearance shopper. I purchased a silver planter on clearance at Homegoods. I LOVE IT!

Any advice for creating a home you love? I would say collect items for your home over time. In my opinion, this method ensures a well-curated home. Trend or not, if you like it DIY it or buy it!

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