A Blogger’s Easygoing “House Homemade”

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Blogger’s Easygoing “House Homemade”

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Joel and Jessica Nickerson and their two daughters
Location: Denton, Texas
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years Lived In: 8 years, owned

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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

Inspiration: Using what we have. Creating a warm and inviting home for my family. Sharing those ideas and DIY’s on my blog House Homemade and on Instagram so that others may do the same.

Favorite Element: When we first moved in, I pasted dictionary pages to the dining room wall to cover outdated wallpaper.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?


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

Narrow entry table — hand-me-down
Rug — great grandmother’s
Door hanging — DIY
Wall art — DIY

Rug — Overstock
Chair fabric — Fabric.com
Chair — Pier One but thrifted
Side tables — garage sales
Sofa — Rooms to Go
Desk — Craigslist
Plant baskets — thrifted
Curtains — Wal-Mart

Light tutorial DIY
wallpaper tutorial DIY
table: 15 years old Ethan Allen
vanity: antique shop
white junior chairs
bamboo frame DIY

Lower cabinets — Behr Village Square
Uppers — Behr Swan Wing
China cabinet built in — SW Evergreens
Sink light — Home Decorators
Cabinet hardware — Cup pulls, cabinet pulls, knobs

Denton Print — Jude Landry
Furniture — hand-me-down and thrifted
Quilts — antique
Throw pillows — Ikea
Rug — Overstock

Headboard — DIY
Blanket ladder — DIY
Rugs — RugsUSA
Bedding — Homegoods then dyed
Fabric for chair — Fabric.com
Curtain fabric — Fabric.com
Sheet sets — Target
Feather art frames — DIY

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!

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