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Our Finding Fall Home Tour 2013

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Welcome to our fall home tour! If you just came from Gina’s house over at the Shabby Creek Cottage, I am so excited that you are here and if you are new to our blog, we are a crew of four generations all living together under one roof. There are nine of us total and our blog is where we share our insane living arrangement, home renovation projects and anything DIY related. By the way, I am Jessica! The Finding Fall Home Tour is comprised of 16 bloggers and Better Homes and Gardens sharing fall inspiration from all over the country. I told my grandfather we would be having guests visiting today and he needed to be on his best behavior. He just stared and rolled his eyes at me when I told him you would be here virtually. He turned 84 yesterday and he hasn’t quiet grasped the concept of our blog.

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Lets get started with the home tour!

We have a few exterior doors in our home and this is the one we use 99% of the time. This covered outside space is located right off the main driveway and leads to our foyer.

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Welcome to our foyer.  I don’t think we have ever entered through the front door! ha

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

We have a couple TV rooms in our house to accommodate everyone but this is our family room where me, my husband, kids and two dogs hang out.

Fall Home Tour 2013

We chose a lavender and gold color scheme for fall and I think it is my favorite room right now. Lavender and gold are not your traditional fall colors but by mixing in painted pumpkins and other fall accessories, I think it allows you to venture away from tradition. The natural tan burlap drapes are the ones I made last winter for under $7 a panel. These drapes are probably one of the best DIY projects I have ever done. They coordinate with everything!

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

This wood and brass lamp, compliments of Wayfair, coordinates with our existing tripod floor lamp on the other side of the room. I absolutely love how it looks next to our couch. I love that Wayfair, they send me the best stuff to display for all of you! I have a thing for dark wood paired with cream linen. I love the contrast!

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

I found the feather down patterned pillows in Home Goods and was so lucky to find four of the same pattern. The owl pillow is also from Home Goods and fits perfectly in our blue club chair. Don’t laugh but this chair is referred to as the “eating chair”. Some of you may be saying to yourselves, “she lets her kids in dogs in this room?” Everyone eats in this room but if it’s my son and he is having something really messy, he sits in the “eating chair”. ha. The dogs do not get on the furniture but they are obsessed with this rug and our largest dog loves to plop himself right up against the couch.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Our living room is VERY lived it. It hardly ever looks like this unless of course, you are visiting. *wink

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

The bookcase in this room, behind the couch displays the DIY lacquered boxes I made last week along with lavender + gold autumn accents.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

I wrapped the chevron pattern paper around the shelves to add texture to the space. Decorative wrapping paper can work wonders for shelves or a hutch backdrop.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

On the other side of the family room is our back door that leads to our covered porch. The space tends to be a catch-all for coats and shoes so we recently added coat hooks, a storage bench and recently turned the shelving area in to a office + storage area for school work and notices. It currently serves as my built in “office”. Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Gourds are an easy and inexpensive way to add an autumn touch to a space.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013Painted pumpkins are also a great way to add color to a space. We painted these with chalk paint and added a fun autumn sign to our sofa table.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

fall home tour 2013

fall home tour 2013

Our family room is open to our mudroom area which essentially leads to our kitchen.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Our kitchen was recently taken from dreary dark cabinets from 1970’s to a modern white space. All with a little paint. These pictures are courtesy of Woman’s Day Magazine.

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fall home tour 2013 Would you like to see where we do homework, eat our meals and build lego’s? Our dining room  is open to our kitchen and serves multiple purposes.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Our dining hutch houses all the kids craft and homework supplies. I usually have baskets inside the hutch that are visible but I decided to display the white pottery for fall and put the baskets behind the closed doors.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

I decided to remove the yellow paper backing from the hutch and keep the gray and white color scheme for fall.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

I  swapped out the charcoal and sand stripped curtains and added these gold geometric printed curtains. I love how they coordinate with the wingback chairs.

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Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Better Homes and Gardens is also touring with us today as well. Be sure to checkout the BHG pinterest board where all 16 of us bloggers in the tour along with the BHG team, will be pinning fall inspiration.

Four Generations One Roof Fall Home Tour 2013

Thank you so much for stopping by to see our fall home tour. It was a pleasure to meet you and I hope you will visit again soon. The next stop on the finding fall home tour is The Old Painted Cottage.

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Would you like to go together? I am headed there right now! I’ll see you over there and then after that, I’ll be headed to Karen’s at The Graphic Fairy who is also sharing her decorated fall home today. By clicking on the Fall Home Tour button below, you will be taken to the home page of the tour over at Finding Home Online where you can view the entire schedule for all the tours.

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PS. Special thanks to Laura at Finding Home Online for organizing this fantabulous event and Better Homes and Gardens for joining in the fun! *New to the blog, “Our Home Tours” page. See our other seasonal home tours here:

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Meet Jessica

What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.


  1. Jessica – your home truly looks amazing! Thank you so much for being part of the tour! My wish is someday meet that Grandfather of yours – seems like he may be where you get your wit from! πŸ˜‰

  2. your home looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I love, love, love your painted pumpkins. Your house has such a beautiful color flow. It is SO hard to get color right…Thanks for the tour!

  5. Love.


    Oh wait….love. πŸ™‚

    You are a rock star. πŸ™‚

    πŸ™‚ me

  6. I love the gold patterned dining room curtains. Gold and lavendar is a perfect fall color scheme! Reminds me of mums and colored trees at dusk. Lovely!

  7. Norma Jean says:

    Thanks for letting us visit your lovely Fall home! It was fun seeing your non-traditional fall color scheme. BTW,
    I think I am falling in love with your grumpy grandfather! Heeheehee.

  8. Love the pumpkins on your table, where did you get them?

  9. Everything looks so beautiful Jessica!! I always love your projects, but it was so nice to see your entire home! You’ve done an amazing job on it, it all looks so lovely and inviting! And that “eating chair” cracked me up, I think we need one or two of those around here!!
    Thanks for the tour sweet friend!

  10. Serious, serious gorgeousness!! Jess your home is unbelievable and I absolutely love how you did fall “your way” with a color scheme that works for your home but still totally embraces the season. Well done lady!!

  11. Your Fall home tour is amazing, Jessica! Had I spied those pillows at Home Goods, I would’ve scooped them up in a heartbeat! I love that you wrapped your shelves with the chevron paper (such a cool idea)! I *want* your awesome wingback chairs, too annnnd your painted pumpkins. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Your home is lovely and so welcoming. I would have never thought about using lavender, but I love it!

  13. What a great idea! I love the decorating ideas, especially the way you are using the one shelf area by your back door. I’m thinking of coverting a closet in a similar way, but haven’t decided. I’d like an office nook to myself, but don’t want to commit a whole room. Still want to shut the door on it when it’s messy!

  14. Michele in IL. says:

    wow, this is spectacular! Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. Jessica, your fall house tour was a real treat–thank you for sharing, such a lovely home and so much creativity!

    Now, a down-to-earth question: what is your secret to keeping your white couch upholstery so clean with all the kids and dogs, and this being your main family room? It doesn’t look like a removable slipcover in the photos, and I am headed toward a new couch soon, and would love white upholstery, but have pets, etc., coming in from outside.

    Thanks so much,

    1. Thank you! Each cushion has zippered cover so you can wash them. I was them inside out on delicate and air dry. I also vacuum the couch regularly πŸ™‚

      1. That was my question, too! Good to know, I’ll be looking for removable covers then.
        Thank you for the home tour, everything looks beautiful!

  16. Paqui LladΓ³ Pons says:

    What a lovely and amazing tour of houses!!! And i still haven’t seen them all! Plenty of

    ideas for my home. My brain is already working in projects for the future. All of you

    inspire me and encourage me to be willing and able to acomplish them.

    thank you all!!

    (from the other side of the World: the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean sea)

    Thank you,

    Paqui (spelled Paki)

  17. Jessica, I love your home! It’s very warm and cozy! That is so cool that you have 4 generations living under one roof. How you make it all work is incredible. So much wisdom for your kids to learn from.

    1. Thank you Sandy! Some days are more interesting than others but for the most part, it’s all good:)

  18. Your home is lovely. I don’t have as many generations under my roof as you do, but my Mom lives with me. May I ask where you got the leaf table runner on your dining table?

  19. What a beautiful, relaxing home. The very best part of the ‘tour’ was the family picture at the end. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing – started my day with a smile.

  20. I love your home and your decorating style. πŸ™‚

    I’m looking for something to put my t.v. on and love your drawer unit. Can you tell me where you purchased it? It looks perfect for what I need.


      1. Thanks.
        Next I’ll need to find a husband- a handy one πŸ˜‰


  21. I love your colors for fall! Lavender and Gold –beautiful! What a great picture of the entire family!

  22. Hello I was wondering where you got your dining room chairs?? I love them and want some exactly the same!!!

  23. I do think the reupholstered chairs are cute too… but I actually meant the 6 black windsor style chairs!… where are those from?

  24. Thanks for the tour…I love your home. I also love the contrast of dark woods with light walls or trim. The coffee table in your family room is so neat! Did you make it?

    Thanks again,


  25. I am crushing on the curtains in your dining room! Where are they from?

  26. Such a pretty home! Sorry to keep bugging you, but I REALLY REALLY like your windsor black dining chairs! Can you tell me where you got them?!! THANK YOU!!!

    1. Oh sorry, I think I replied to your email last week? Sorry if it didn’t come through! They are from the Seraph in Sturbridge, Ma πŸ™‚

  27. Gorgeous and a beautiful family portrait!

  28. Beautiful home! I love the wingback chairs in your dining room. You do such a great job with mixing colors and patterns. So inspiring!

  29. Jessica-Thanks for the home tour. Love the colors you’ve used. Two questions: 1) what color grey did you use for your kitchen walls. I’m having a heck of a time finding the perfect grey; 2) do you have a tutorial for the gorgeous dresser in your foyer? Love the color! Is it chalk paint with dark wax?

    1. Hi, do you mean the walls in the dining room? They are cobblestone grey by Benjamin Moore πŸ™‚ The dresser was actually purchased at Home Goods last year. It’s a teal/green with a dark stain/wax appearance.So many have emailed about that dresser. I think you could probably get the color by using the Benjamin Moore Wythe Blue with a dark wax over it. Palladian Blue (by Benjamin moore) is also pretty but more of a lighter blue. Good luck πŸ™‚

  30. Hi! Love the fall tour! I really like that blue club chair…do you know where it’s from? Thanks!

  31. Please tell me your paint colors. They are perfect!

  32. I love all of this. Love your blog. Going to make the burlap curtains for my boys bedroom.

  33. Love your style and color scheme. I have to ask where you purchased your white sectional – it’s exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks!

  34. Love the purple and gold color theme in the family room, good choice with the white. Also love the owl, he adds some whimsy.


  35. Thank you for being such a generous source of design ideas…do you happen to recall the brand of the curtains you purchased for your dining room? I saw in the comments feed that they were purchased at Home Goods. Thank you so much!

  36. What is the paint color on the walls of the dining room? I love it!

  37. Would you mind telling me where you got your dining room rug? Material? Has it held up well to spills, etc.?

    1. It’s from Target! It does have sisal in it so it does fray a bit. Overall though, it has held up well. I usually just spot clean the spills with water. πŸ™‚ Pottery barn also makes a similar one that is an indoor/outdoor rug that is actually ideal for our dining room. It happens to be in another room right now πŸ™‚

  38. Please share the color of your familyroom walls! I love the color!!!

  39. Where is your beautiful table runner from?

  40. Jessica…I am so loving your home. it’s like a breath of fresh air! Just the perfect amount of color and pattern and personality. Your dining table looks so cute and festive for fall, I am looking out for those sweet pumpkins!

    Jane xx

  41. Jessica you house is absolutely breath taking. I have to ask, what color did you paint your living room walls? It’s exactly what I’m wanting to paint my kitchen.

  42. Hi Jessica!! I absolutely love your taste! We just built our house and are in the process of buying new furniture. I am dying to know where you got your sofa from? Thank you!

  43. Your home is beautiful! I have always loved your style. A tip (if you need it as I am not sure if you already found a solution or just like the look) is for the family room. To cover the knots in the wood that are bleeding through is to get BIN shellac primer (In the red can). Just paint the BIN on the knots a few times (3 or four coats per knot) and paint as usual. We had beams with exposed wood flooring and it had A LOT of knots and we used this. It has not bled through (It’s been 2 years). I hope this helps!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I know exactly what you mean, they drive me crazy!! ha. I love BIN and you are right, it works great. I actually repainted and BINNED those painful knots in December ;). Yay!

  44. So nice, 4 generation living under one roof, I love that table lamp that you have.

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