Happy the Home June 19, 2012 CeCe called me several months ago for a design consult in her home. Right when I walked in, I wondered to myself why she even called, her house looked so good! Her home was so inspiring and creatively designed!I loved walking through it and I wanted to savor every minute I was in her home. I wanted to feature her home in my DIY-mom’s series because she is not afraid to get her hands dirty and get the job done. CeCe is very crafty and creative so most of what you will see, she did herself. She loves to incorporate her children’s work throughout her home as well. CeCe’s home is full of life and color and I am so happy to share it with you! Q: What inspires you? CeCe: “I am mostly inspired by white and color. They feel alive and happy to me. I like having a colorful home because it fits our kids, their stuff, and their creations. I want it to feel fun, funky and original. I’ve never had an eye for design, but years of seeing other’s homes, and having good friends with a great feel for design, it has been great to learn from. The fun part to me is not about money and what I can buy for my home but about the hunt for the creative idea and the unique items. I love Pinterest because it helps people like me see the room that makes me feel at home, and then I get to search to emulate some of the ideas for my home.” CeCe found this chair at a used furniture store and had it recovered with this amazing chevron fabric. So fun! This map is my favorite thing in her house. She saw this idea on Pinterest. She found an old map, and an old window screen. She penciled in the words “let’s have adventures together”. The screen adds a fun yet subtle texture to the map. She trimmed out the screen in a thin trim and then painted it blue. I would love this in my home, I just won’t ever make it. CeCe, when you get tired of this, I will buy it from you! I love how CeCe blends traditional, vintage and eclectic items. These two arm chairs were found at an estate sale. As shown in her living room, when you blend styles, it is okay to leave certain pieces in their original condition. It adds more personality to the space. I like the pop of orange with the blue. This cute artwork was done by her children. It is on display on her walls in her kitchen. CeCe painted the wall in her hallway with chalkboard paint, so fun for the kids. Q: What has been the greatest tool for your design style? “The Internet has been my greatest teacher. When the kids were in bed late at night I would search things like lamps…I didn’t know what kind of lamp to get for my bedside tables, should it match? tall? fat? So i looked at hundreds of master bedroom pics, and found a look I felt looked like “us” and went looking for a similar kind of lamp…it was so fun. First and foremost, there are billions of more important things in my life and lives of all people than my master bedroom lamps, but I wanted to honor God in decorating my home. so, I had no idea how to pray but I ventured out and asked God to help me figure it out, just enough to decorate, paint, and situate “stuff” in our house that would represent our family.” A close friend helped CeCe with vision of inexpensive and fun ways to decorate. She took her to estate sales,and introduced her to buying old stuff for cheap and making it new with spray paint.These chairs were used when she bought them, she painted them with spray paint and recovered them with this great fabric. CeCe found this old canvas at a junk store for $10. She painted one of her favorite sayings right over it. Such a great idea! Q: What’s left on your to-do list for your home? “There are still little projects to do and little items to find, but the bulk is done, and it was a blast. Anytime I needed an art type piece I’d first see if I could fill it with pictures of my kids, or their art work. I LOVE to see their creations daily. I read a few blogs by fun stay at home moms who do crafts and art with their kids a lot and I steal their ideas, and my kids love to find new art ideas from the internet now too…Also, our main pieces of art we wanted to be unique to anyone else.. our two main pieces are done by girls we know, one of a kind and have huge significant meaning to us. and the others I wanted to be homemade, cause its fun…” CeCe, thanks so much for taking the time to snap some shots of your adorable home. It is so full of life and truly inspiring. One of my biggest deals on designing spaces with children is creating an environment where they will thrive. You have mastered this! Way to mix things up and not allow yourself to get overwhelmed with design rules. Your home is a true representation of you and your family. I love it!