Home Tour

We moved from Illinois to North Carolina in April of 2016 and into a new home in July 2016.

Welcome to our 1946 little stone cottage!

She is a fixer upper, just like every other house we’ve purchased, so there’s tons of projects to do and not everything is photo ready. If you want to take a little home tour to see what looked like when we moved in (the good and the bad), you can check it out here. I even did a little video, here.

I’ll share more room photos once they are completed so it may take a while.

Thanks for visiting our new home!

There’s quite the story about how the house came to be ours. Check out what it took to get the house of our dreams, here.

Our Illinois home:


My husband and I moved into our house in June of 2013 and spent almost 3 years trying to make it our own. I’m so happy to share the results of what we were able to accomplish.

First some quick facts about our Illinois home…it’s a brick ranch house built in 1956. We have almost 1200 square feet of living space with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom, a full basement and a detached garage. We’ve lived in 10 homes since we got married almost 30 years ago and this is probably one of the smallest. It’s been a challenge learning to live in a small space, but I’ve had so much fun decorating and redoing our rooms to fit our lifestyle and taste.

Home tour of a small 50's brick ranch | chatfieldcourt.com

Since it’s the most used room in our house, we’ll start with the entryway, living room, dining area. The front door was one of the first things to get painted when we moved in and I still love the color.

spring wreath 2

I tried to add a little interest to the plain and flat interior of the front door and I think I was able to achieve just that.

The walls in this room have been painted two times since we moved in. I’ve also painted the media cabinet and completed my first (and probably last) upholstery job on a favorite chair.

TV gallery wall using nature prints and Potterybarn frames | chatfieldcourt.com

TV gallery wall, in the living room, using nature prints and Potterybarn frames | chatfieldcourt.com

In the master bedroom we painted the ceilingwalls and trim and added crown molding.

Home Tour | www.chatfieldcourt.com

The first room to get done after we moved in was our small (and only) bathroom, with nearly every surface getting touched by my well used paint brush.

Home tour bathroom | www.chatfieldcourt.com

The hallway is another project that has been crossed off of our to-do list. It’s too small for furniture but my most treasured family pictures are on display.

Home tour hallway | www.chatfieldcourt.com

 The last rooms we’ve completed are our 2 guest bedrooms.

The first one we redid was the blue room with built in bookcases.

Home tour turquoise guest bedroom | www.chatfieldcourt.com

Home Tour guest bedroom bookcase| www.chatfieldcourt.com

The nightstand redo was my favorite project to do in this room and I spent no money on it. You’ll never guess what I used to makeover this piece.

Home tour turquoise guest bedroom nightstand | www.chatfieldcourt.com

The second guest bedroom is our latest redo. This room was the toughest to date, with the building of a new platform bed and a plank wall, but we love how it turned out.

When we moved in, the outside of our house was in worse shape than the inside so we have been very busy fixing up our deck, hanging outdoor lights and working on the front and back yards. We still have so much to do but we are enjoying making this house into our home.

Home Tour back deck lights| www.chatfieldcourt.com

Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. Monday,May 5, 2014 / 4:11 pm

    OH you’ve done such a beautiful job making your house a home !
    We moved into a reno last December – still struggling with daily work – almost finished the kitchen
    Good luck with yours – I’m sure it’ll turn out gorgeous if the rest of your home is an indication 🙂
    Visiting from My Uncommon SLice of Suburbia

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 5, 2014 / 5:30 pm

      Hi Suzan and thank you so much for the lovely comment. I’ve seen the beautiful work you’ve done on your reno and look forward to seeing what else you have in store (always something great!). I really appreciate your visit.:)

  2. Monday,May 5, 2014 / 8:53 pm

    Your home looks great! The slate tile with the unfinished edge next to the mirror in the bathroom is so unique – I love it! Good luck with your kitchen re-do.

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 5, 2014 / 11:34 pm

      Thank you Vickie! The previous owners installed the slate in the bathroom. 🙂 I can’t wait to do the kitchen. It’s going to take some time but I think I can make it look good and not spend a lot of money. Hope you come back to check it out.

  3. Shirlee
    Monday,May 5, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    You have done so much work in such a short time. I love your clean (as in not a lot of “stuff”), relaxed style. I’m all about uncluttered comfort, although it’s sometimes hard to achieve during renovations 🙂 Have you found a new colour that you’re happy with for the living room?

    • Kristi
      Monday,May 5, 2014 / 11:55 pm

      Thanks so much Shirlee. I have never been one to collect lots of “stuff”, it’s just more to clean. 😉 I hear you about having a mess while renovating. I’ve had paint and other tools laying around for 10 months and it’s driving me mad. I’m almost done painting the living room and I think I like the color, but I’m still not sure yet. I appreciate your visit.:)

  4. kathy
    Friday,January 15, 2016 / 7:57 pm

    Love what you have accomplished in your home,I know what it is like my husband and I have spent the last seven years updating ours and still have things to finish. Loved the shelf you have in your spare bedroom if you don’t mind me asking where did you buy that? Would like something like that for my kitchen. Thanks for sharing and I hope I hear back from you. I signed up for your e-mails enjoy your website.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 16, 2016 / 3:52 am

      Hi Kathy, welcome! I’m so glad you found your way here. Wow seven years working on your home, that’s great. It’s a never-ending job isn’t it? The shelves in the guest bedroom were actually made by me, for under $50. I used a piece of barn wood and bought some plumbing fixtures from the home improvement store for the brackets. You can read the post I wrote on them here…http://www.chatfieldcourt.com/barn-wood-industrial-shelves/

      Thanks so much for signing up and if you ever have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me directly. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. kathy
    Saturday,January 16, 2016 / 7:37 am

    Thanks so much for your quick response I appreciate it. Now I’am going to do some investigating into doing a shelve for myself. Hope it goes well, we also share living in the midwest region, so shopping should be rather easy to find the pieces, (hopefully). Thanks again Kristi.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 18, 2016 / 4:23 am

      No problem Kathy. I think you could do this project and I would love to hear about it when you do. Thanks again for visiting.

  6. Lisa House
    Friday,January 29, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Beautiful home. I am jealous that your bedrooms are so big…we live in a 3 bedroom, 1bath 1300 sq. ft. home and the bedrooms are teenie. Why have you moved so often, if I may ask? We downsized from 2400 sq. ft. that we lived in for almost 30 yrs…the moved was a nightmare…so much stuff to sort/purge. I wish you luck in your future endeavors.

    • Kristi
      Saturday,January 30, 2016 / 2:53 am

      Hi Lisa! Actually, the bedrooms are quite small, we can only fit a bed in the 2 guest rooms and the master is a little bigger, but not much. The pics make them look bigger than they are. LOL Our house is under 1200 sq. feet and the smallest one we’ve ever lived in, so it’s been a challenge. Almost all of the times we moved was due to my husband’s job, you have to go where the work is. A few houses ago we went from 3200 to 1300 square feet so I know just what you mean when you say it was a nightmare. I didn’t get rid of my furniture before we moved so it filled every nook and cranny in that little house. Thanks so much for stopping in and for your kind compliment. Hope you have a great weekend!

  7. Friday,February 17, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Your home is amazing and has so many fresh ideas for me and now I would love to have you stop by and share on Friday Features, Im sure y readers would enjoy getting to know you!!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,February 18, 2017 / 2:20 am

      Thanks so much, Karren. I appreciate you stopping.

  8. Anne Horning
    Friday,February 9, 2018 / 10:28 pm

    We recently completed renovating the small home I grew up in. It’s a 1200 sq.ft. Red brick, formerly 3 bedroom, 1 bath home south of Atlanta. We eliminated the smallest bedroom to build a larger bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The very small existing bathroom was incorporated into the master bedroom closet to make a large walk-in closet. Removed a wall separating the kitchen and living room/dining room for a more open concept. I love my little house! After seeing your powder room addition in a closet, the wheels are turning! We could really use a second toilet so I will be investigating to see if we can make that happen somehow. I love your renovations and enjoy your blog posts. Here’s to living in small houses and making them home, sweet home!

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 11, 2018 / 1:04 am

      Wow Anne, it sounds like you’ve done a major reno. It all sounds wonderful and I’m sure you are enjoying your new space. It certainly takes some creative thinking to fit all the pieces together in a small house. I’d love to have a walk-in shower but, for now, I’m happy with my second toilet. Best thing we’ve done so far. All the best to you in your “new” and improved home. Thanks for stopping in and sharing. 🙂

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