My Favorite Place to Come Home

After growing up in this California Central Coast bungalow, there is nowhere else that feels more like home. Besides my sweet parents being there, I know I can look forward to helping pick fresh veggies from my dad's garden, family hot tub and wine nights, bluegrass pickin' and now a growing number of cat friends  (they have slowly been adopting my parents, making fears of becoming cat people increasingly more realistic...).

I wanted to do a post on this beautiful 1910 home, not only because it is the sweetest home-y house I want my grandchildren to grow up in, but also because seeing my parents slowly renovate it from a complete mess inspired my love for design and for bringing old crumbling things back to life! 

Here's a few pictures I wanted to share with you that I hope will give you some good ideas, especially if you are looking to create a home with a country garden that works with the old and charming feel of this house! :)

 

Let's start with the outside:

The cheerful sun here made it hard to capture the peaceful outside of the house! 

The cheerful sun here made it hard to capture the peaceful outside of the house! 

The backyard has a sweet little playhouse backing up to a waterfall and lawn surrounded by different plants and herbs.

The backyard has a sweet little playhouse backing up to a waterfall and lawn surrounded by different plants and herbs.

Both chairs and the couch were found at an antique store and reupholstered with cheerful cool toned fabrics.

Both chairs and the couch were found at an antique store and reupholstered with cheerful cool toned fabrics.

I have seen this fireplace have many different looks- I love how my mom used a lot of birch logs this time and added a pretty spring wreath to tie it into the green color scheme in the living room. 

I have seen this fireplace have many different looks- I love how my mom used a lot of birch logs this time and added a pretty spring wreath to tie it into the green color scheme in the living room. 

This kitchen used to be a broken-looking sun porch and it was my mom's dream to make a big open kitchen add on. It is naturally the hangout for anyone visiting the Powers' house! 

If you look around the house, you'll notice tons of repurposed items like this crate used to store tea and sugar! 

If you look around the house, you'll notice tons of repurposed items like this crate used to store tea and sugar! 

I never would have thought of painting the staircase charcoal gray, but I LOVE the contrast it gives to the dining room! 

I never would have thought of painting the staircase charcoal gray, but I LOVE the contrast it gives to the dining room! 

I hope that was a fun little tour of the house I grew up in for you! If you're young and think your  dream house will never happen, just remember that even if you don't have a lot of money to start with, being patient and making changes and renovations slowly will pay off! 

 

If you grew up in a house that you watched grow as you did, please share!