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Sunday, June 17, 2012

A House Tour Of All House Tours!

Editor's Note: Jessica's guest post may or may not be an attempt to appease me...I've been threatening to pack up my family and move into her gorgeous home! 


Hey all you HouseTalkN readers, I'm Jessica from Stay at Home-ista. I was so excited when Kerry asked me to share with you. If she were here I'd be happy to have her house-stalk me; although I'd probably just invite her right in:)


Here's my quick story. I'm a Harvard-trained architect, now staying home with 3 small children (all under the age of 5 (I also have a love of parenthesis!)). I was lucky enough to be able to buy an empty plot of land, only 2 miles from where I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I designed and built our dream home. Throughout the process I acted as the Project Architect while my husband acted as the general contractor, so I probably know more about every nook and corner of our house than I would ever need to know! Now I'm in the decorating stage, spending my days mommy-ing, blogging, baking and occasionally craft-making. I'm putting my passion for design, food and family to work. I built the dream, but I still live in reality.






I have finally cleaned up my Living Room enough to be able to take "proper" pictures of it, you know, ones without children racing through the frame or a pillow fort on the couch.





Out those big doors is our deck.




We actually eat breakfast and dinner in our Dining Room everyday, so it's well used and usually has a high chair pulled up to it! It's very June Cleaver of me, but I love the family meals and when you see my kitchen you'll understand why I'm happy to cook everyday!




This is "my" Library. I'm still working on the styling of the shelves, most of the time I start, then just throw everything up there, toss the toys on the bottom two shelves and promise to try again another day.




Now for my absolute favorite. The Kitchen. I even have an organized spice drawer, kitchen clock, hidden trash, and a pantry. Then for my mommy-ing side we incorporated a morning launching pad, and redone family command center to help me keep track of all the goings on.



I've been working on our gallery wall that goes up the stairs to the bedroom level. Our entry also houses my mom's piano, that I grew up with. Too bad none of us play (yet).





The loft has an awesome 8' high deer decal (I have a *small* love affair with decals). And I know it also appears that I have a love affair with deer as well, if they giant, glossy deer head over the living room mantle means anything. I'll either have to work it out in therapy or get my big brother to take me hunting...




My Master Bedroom is a serious work in progress. So far I've spruced up the bedding (although I've already made changes since I last took a photo!) and added art above the bed. In case you can't tell they are a series of photographs of Paris, all using the color yellow, I'm kind of in love with them.



The Master Bath is pretty much an all-marble room. Which is awesome until I'm trying to wrangle three wet kids out of *my* tub, then it gets slippery. And I did have dreams of relaxing in a bubble bath here with candles, music a good book, a glass of something... Guess how many times I've been in my own tub? Just once, and it was with the baby. Not exactly what I had been dreaming about.



Then we have some kid bedrooms, our Little Girl's Butterfly Bedroom, although now we've done a Nightstand Switcheroo, so she has more space for all her hoarding collecting.


Our Little Boy's Room has been through quite a few changes in the last few months, we took out the crib, gave him a big-boy bed with construction machine bedding, and we're still working. Here it is still "in progress" and "in use"!




The Pink and Teal Nursery. What can I say? The baby is only 7 months old so she can't ask for any changes yet:)





Click here for a post with paint colors for each room. I hope you all stop by real soon, I'll have a glass of wine ready for you!

Jessica




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29 comments:

  1. Love Jessica--she is just as lovely as her home is. Thanks for sharing this.
    On the other hand, I am available to curse at any time you deem necessary.

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  2. <3 <3 <3!!! I just added her blog to my favorite posts on Pinterest!! :D

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    1. Do you see why I must move in with her asap????

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  3. Very nice. What a great view. I would love to cook in that kitchen, too. Just awesome!

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    1. I would like to drink coffee in that kitchen!
      Thanks for popping by, Barb!

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  4. Loved the house tour, your kitchen is fabulous!!!! I'm vising from the Monday Link up Party.

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    1. Thank you, Marsha! Isn't that kitchen to die for???

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  5. Great house tour, visiting from You're Talking too much.

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    1. Welcome to HouseTalkN, Judy! Thank you for popping by!

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  6. Thanks for having me! I'm working on my guest room this summer so it will be available for your visit:)

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    1. Packing my bags NOW!
      Thank you so much for guest posting, Jessica!

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  7. Ack! Absolutely gorgeous! You are truly "living in a dream!" :)

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    1. Beyond the house, the views make me swoon every stinkin' time!
      Thank you for popping by, Meredith!

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  8. I love Jessica's blog and of course every inch of her home is drool-worthy!

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    1. She is as fantastic as her house, huh?
      Thank you for popping by, Kelly!

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  9. Kerry,
    I don't blame you for threatening to move in with Jessica!! Her house rocks and she's fabulous too!
    Kelly

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    1. I just had a drink with you...a small version of you! Wish you were here!

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  10. Love this house. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Okay, so I'm loving this home and most especially the kitchen and her master bath. I've got to somehow talk the hubby into letting me remodel our bath!

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    1. Let's save our pennies and just move in with Jessica!

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  12. LOVE the kitchen! and all of it is beautiful!
    recreateanddecorate@yahoo.com

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  13. Kerry, thank you for sharing Jessica's house! I'm in love with all her blue! It also made me miss San Francisco. I lived there for 4 years prior to moving back to Texas. Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday. Hope you will be back next week. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  14. Jessica's home is beautiful, and she sounds just delightful. Thanks so much for sharing her lovely home with all of us.

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