Fall House Tour – The White Brick Cottage

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Welcome to my fall house tour! I’m so glad you are here. It seems like it’s been FOREVER since I’ve done a seasonal house tour, doesn’t it? It feels good to be back and opening my door to invite you all in for a look around after our move into this house last year. I mean, I invite you all in all the time, of course, but I think this is really the first time in this house that I’ve set out cookies for you and shown a lot of angles of several rooms all in one post. So, welcome :).

I’m so excited to be joining in with the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours today, hosted by Lindsay of The White Buffalo Styling Co. You can check out her fall tour here (be prepared to drool over her cozy home and beautiful newly remodeled kitchen!).

To those of you arriving from the gorgeous home of my lovely friend Shauna’s (The House of Silver Lining), come on in! I’m so glad to have you all here.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

I started my TENTH year of blogging (!!!) this past July! If you’ve been following for long, you know fall has always been a favorite around my blog and my house. This is actually the third house I’ve lived in since I started blogging. Time flies when you are having fun, right?

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

This little house is definitely a work in progress inside and out, so we have the chaos and the cozy going on everywhere.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

While each house I’ve lived in has been unique, I’ve always kept the same basic decorating formula: keep things simple and doable. In the fall I love to bring in extra coziness and warmth through texture and and few natural touches of the season.

With that said, this tour will be more of a look at “my house in the fall” than a look at the “101 ways I decorated with pumpkins” because that’s how I roll and it’s just the stage we’re in with our remodeling projects. At the end of this post you’ll find an extensive source list of my furniture, lighting, and accessories. But I have TONS of photos to share, so let’s get started!

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

I’ll let you peek around our main living areas today, and I’ll share our bedroom tomorrow. In the coming weeks I’ll have updates on our lower level and of course, I hope you’ll follow along with our upcoming small galley kitchen remodel and the new Dutch door installation, too! We’ll start those projects in just a matter of days now so I will have lots of updates to share.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

For you regular readers, if you see a few little things around the house you haven’t seen before, it’s because they are so fresh and new I haven’t even had time to post about them yet! Rest assured, I’ll share posts and specifics about the updates in the coming weeks, so don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything. Consider this post a preview with more details to come. :)

You’ll also find a few paragraphs below with the short-version story of our home if you are new to the blog or just need a refresher about where we live.

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The brief backstory of our “white brick cottage”

We bought this small 1950s red brick house in Seattle exactly one year ago. Honestly, it was the style of house I would often pass by when I was house hunting. Houses in our price range and location were in limited supply and hard to get with all the competition. We needed to get into a house before school started for our son, so we had to look at everything just in case there was potential!

As we walked through the house, we realized it might be just what we needed in this season of our life. Not only was it a well taken care of and solid house, it had amazing light flooding through large windows, a beautiful yard and a gorgeous view of the sky, sunsets, snow capped mountains and the Puget Sound. We knew it had potential, and indeed it does.

Our goal with this not-so-big house is to keep the modest size (1500 square feet of main living space, with a finished basement below), the structure, layout and much of the character it already had (white plaster walls, wood and slate floors, brick and stone architectural elements) but give it a fresh modern cottage look with our own unique mix of the eclectic coastal farmhouse ambience we love (inside and out).

This summer we painted the exterior so now we can officially say we live in a white brick cottage! I happen to SUPER LOVE white brick houses, so seeing the painted brick every day for the past couple of weeks has already made me feel so much more like this humble house was meant to be for us.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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You can see a peek at our newly painted white brick (and our side patio progress) above.

There’s still lots to do like clean up the the new concrete, add a Dutch door to the front and this porch entrance, wrap the porch posts to make them chunkier, add stair railings and a front fence and gate. I’ll be back with updates as they happen :)

We’ll continue to add more character and curb appeal next year to the front and back of the house, but the paint alone radically changed how this home looks.

I’d love to talk more about our plans for the outside, but I took a MILLION photos of the entry, living room and dining room so let’s go back inside and keep looking around!

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Shop my house:

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Soon you’ll be able to see our new Dutch door reflected in this mirror. :) You can read more about my Dutch door plans here and here.

white hallway - built ins with black hardware

Read more about our hallway makeover progress here

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This is our pup Jack (and his sister, Lily, below). He’s a Goldendoodle and she’s a Labradoodle. You can follow them and their cousins Bella and Leo at instagram.com/Doodlesathome.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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This fireplace was one of our first little projects. It was so easy but it really made such a huge difference in this room! You can find the budget fireplace makeover details here.

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Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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We will be opening up the doorway a bit more between the dining room and kitchen and making it into an arch. You can see where the archway and new kitchen will be in the image above! I can’t wait to show you our kitchen plans :). You can read about our ‘mood’ for the new kitchen here.

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Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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This summer we added the shiplap wall and it really helped bring more character to the dining room. You can find the details and what we used for the shiplap here.

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Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

Click through to see a fall house tour of this small white brick cottage with eclectic coastal farmhouse style.

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Plum bedroom

See my plum bedroom here

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Thank you so much for stopping by, friends! I enjoyed having you over to see a bit of our house progress. I have a little surprise for those of you who made it all the way to the end of this tour. Leave a comment on this post and I’ll enter you into a GIVEAWAY to win a set of all four of my books. I’ll even sign them before I send ’em off to the winner :). (U.S. address only for book shipments, thanks for your understanding!)

>> Be sure to head to the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tour, Cuckoo4Design! Enjoy! <<

SOURCE LIST:

Living Room Sources:

Gray nailhead wingback chair

Linen wingback settee

Blue and white patterned rug (more similar rugs here)

Brass floor lamp

Rattan daybed

Leather sofa (more leather sofas here)

Gray linen curtains

Gray trestle coffee table

Wood mirror over fireplace

Gray velvet pillow covers

Daybed pillows: gray & white hex pattern – HomeGoods (similar / similar), navy & white – McGee & Co

Dip-dyed wood stool

Round pedestal side table (small space drop-leaf dining table, on sale)

Woven wood shades in Bali Abaca

Framed botanicals

Gray/navy dresser (and more similar style dressers)

Leather Moroccan pouf

Fringe blanket on leather sofa: HomeGoods

Rattan nesting tables – Ross

Copper wire basket with Plush Pumpkins

Blue glass gallon bottle – similar (mine was thrifted for my DIY Lamp)

White cable knit throw blanket

Wood and metal industrial console table (behind leather couch)

Fireplace paint details

Gray and white crewel pillows (HomeGoods, similar)

‘Coffee’ mug

Goldendoodle dessert plate

Dining Room Sources:

Navy pattern dining room curtains

Woven wood shades in Bali Abaca

Navy white and gold swirl lamps

Seagrass rug

Galvanized metal trough (on dining console)

Dining chandelier light with gray ombre wood beads (similar and similar)

White and rattan round mirror above dining console

Clock

Rattan dining shelf – thrifted (see more rattan furniture here)

Copper striped candlesticks

Bird botanical canvas (out of stock but similar available)

Moscow mule mugs

Slipcover dining chairs (and more similar)

Glass cabinet (antiqued taupe)

White and wood metal stool

Entry Sources:

Hanging basket with flat back front door

Proverbs Sign

Entry hook rack

Wood chevron cabinet

Seagrass entry runner

Built-in baskets

Hallway black hardware

Round mirror over entry cabinet (painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Paris Grey)

White Barnlights: Barnlight Electric / Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light / White Finish / Flush Mount / Mounting Finish: Same as fixture (white) / No Cage

Guest Room Sources:

Gray upholstered bed

Tassels blanket on guest bed

Mirror – Ashley HomeStore

Outdoor Sources:

Outdoor lantern above garage

Basket on front porch

Black lantern on front porch

Side porch light (matte gray)

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Signature Style – My Dutch Door Plans

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I‘m pretty sure I’ve said the words Dutch door on this blog nearly a million times in the past year. DUTCH DOOR DUTCH DOOR DUTCH DOOR. I’m not sorry though because soon the Great Dutch Door Transformation is soon going to be a big game changer here at this house.

You see, our house is a very very very fine house (as they say in that song). But I didn’t want just a fine house, I want it to be more than fine. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It’s not ever going to be lavish on my budget. It’s not going to win the award for the most dreamy house you’ve ever seen on all the internet because WHOA, some people live in some seriously dreamy homes. But I just want this little house to feel like home to me. And to me, a home has character. It has personality. It has charm.

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While we didn’t have many handy dandy charm points as a built in advantage when we moved in, we do have a great blank slate. And blank slates are full of possibilities. As I mentioned the other day, it’s the Dutch door that is actually helping to refine my design decisions, not only helping to set the tone for my kitchen remodel, but really the whole house.

If your home doesn’t have a particularly stand out feature that is memorable, it really helps to pick one design element you have or can add to your home that is going to be YOUR THING. Claim it as your signature look, your starting point for other design decisions.

I have written before about the significance of having your “signature style” piece. You might have a signature staple in your wardrobe, perhaps a really unique or eye-catching watch or a classic set of earrings you wear almost every day.

I actually LOVE the idea of a signature piece because of its simplicity. Just like that signature piece of jewelry that becomes your go-to, your signature style piece at home lets you relax a little with all of your other design decisions. It simplifies everything, but elevates everything else around it all at the same time.

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Think about how you could incorporate a signature piece into your home. I have lots of different elements I incorporate into my home so a unique style isn’t limited or defined by just one thing, but I think when you can identify at least ONE THING that can stand out about your home, you can run with it and make that element a key part of your home’s personality.

For this house, the signature style is going to be set right as you enter the house with the Dutch doors. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a door to be a signature style setter. Yours might be a great buffet piece, a standout rug, a unique table or any number of special features that make a splash on the look and feel of your home.

There are many styles of doors to choose from and any of them could have helped set our signature style piece, but we are selecting Dutch doors because they make sense. They inspire the image of this house so it will have the character it deserves.

Dutch doors have a fantastic personality, but they are humble about it. Dutch doors are unassuming, but still so very charming and unique. They aren’t pretentiously showing off on the outside, but they show off real character inside and out. They aren’t closed off or snooty, but rather they are effortlessly open and inviting.

I think a Dutch door sums up perfectly what this house wants to be, which makes it the perfect signature style piece.

In case you’re wondering about what our paint colors will be, our brick house will soon be getting a fresh coat of soft white paint (exact color still to be determined). The Dutch door in the kitchen will be a shade of blue, inside and out. The front Dutch door color will either be the same blue, or might be a similar color as the inside of our old front door and our old kitchen cabinets (see many of my paint colors listed here). Stay tuned for this little brick house to start showing off her more spunky side!

What is your home’s signature piece?

PS. I’ll share more details about our specific Dutch doors in an upcoming post.

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