Newlyweds Nest in an Easygoing '70s Ranch House

Newlyweds Nest in an Easygoing '70s Ranch House

(Image credit: Chelsea Daffinson)

Name: Chelsea Daffinson, my husband Brion, two dogs Harley and Stella and a whole lot of plant babies.
Location: Marietta, Georgia
Size: 1800 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

We were previously renting in Historic Marietta when we had the realization that we were paying rent equal to a monthly mortgage payment. This 1,800-square-foot, 1973 home caught our eye and, while we were hoping to buy a starter home, we found that this was going to be our forever home. The best part is the house is located next to the Kennesaw National Battlefield Park. We love the outdoors, specifically hiking with our dogs, and this was a big selling point to us.

While I loved the style of the single-story ranch and the vaulted ceilings, I hated the original tan paint color of the living/dining space. However, I knew that was an easy change. When we moved in I made it my priority to paint the walls white to bring in light to the space. I also love how a crisp white wall can be a great canvas for a variety of decorations. The only space we didn't paint white was our bedroom, which we wanted to be warm and inviting. We hope to also paint our guest bedroom, bathroom and spare room, which is currently my niece and nephew's playroom, but we don't want to rush into anything we don't love 100%. I think it is important to live in a space for a little while to get a feel for it before running to paint everything all at once.

My husband built this shelf above our guest bed to hold my ever growing plant collection.
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Our living room is a long rectangle that we split up into three areas. This end is home to our office and my many plants, which I inherited from a family member who shared my passion for plants. Most of the items were inherited or second hand in this photo.

Most of the items in this photo are second-hand finds.
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Brion and I both love being creative and working with our hands and so DIY projects are a great way for us to utilize those passions. Our first project was replacing the folding pantry doors with a barn door system and DIY barn doors. We also removed the horrible pantry system and installed shelves to better utilize the tight space. One of my favorite DIY projects we completed was our master bathroom vanity. I found a beautiful dresser from a local flea market and fell in love with it immediately. I was able to order a custom countertop online via Home Depot and my husband was able to reconstruct parts of the vanity to accommodate the countertop. It is so dang pretty and I love it.

We've also updated a few pieces of inherited and thrifted furniture in various rooms by mostly painting them. I do try not to paint furniture often as I really love embracing the natural wood color, if it is salvageable. Speaking of furniture, you may have noticed I mention that most of the furniture/décor that I find is second hand, thrifted or was on clearance. I have a really hard time paying full price for furniture (and many other things) when I know I can find it on clearance, at a thrift store or online via Craigslist, OfferUp or LetGo. Brion does not mind this at all as he is a huge saver.

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My new favorite update is of a photo I took at Antelope Island in Utah with a thrifted frame and two DIY'd sconces. One of our dogs, Harley, seems to always find her way into my photos.

(Image credit: Chelsea Daffinson)

We fell in love with the vaulted ceiling when we found this home. We love when we can fill this space with our friends and family. My husband built the large dining table and most of the other items in this photo are second hand, on clearance or made by us.

(Image credit: Chelsea Daffinson)

My husband and I love to cook together. When we aren't cooking, we are usually doing some sort of update to our home. The island was a Craigslist steal and we gave it an update with new paneling, paint and a butcher block countertop. We also made and installed the barn doors to our pantry. I couldn't decide on a rug to put on each side of the island so, instead, I threw a large rug under it. I love the color it brings into the room.

(Image credit: Chelsea Daffinson)

We painted our master bedroom darker to make the space more warm and comfortable. We have really paired down what we own and try to only keep items that truly bring meaning to our lives.

(Image credit: Chelsea Daffinson)

It is really important to Brion and I to live a life of balance. Balance in the food we eat, the things we own and the moments we make. Our style represents the balance we strive for along with our easygoing view on how we want to live. This home layout allows for us to be creative with the potential it offers yet selective on what we add to it since it has limited storage space. We want our home to be a comfortable yet organized space that is balanced and full of love (oh and of course filled with a lot of plants).

Thanks, Chelsea!

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