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Home Tour 2013: The Rental

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My husband and I are under contract on a home right now--we hope to close in twenty days! The process has been draining, but you can read about all that on our family blog. This post is about our rental house, which we've lived in for four years now. In fact, last spring I was so flattered to be asked to participate in Heather's lovely blog series over at Home Made Lovely. {Go check out her blog if you're like me, and love seeing into other people's homes.} She asked for a home tour and so I took these photos and put together a post to show my home and decorating style. I get my kicks peeking into other people's homes. Today you get to peek into mine!

{Note: Heather posted my home tour and it got tons of really lovely responses! Her readers are lovely. Then she switched her blog to another server and suddenly all those comments were gone. This combined with the fact that we're close to saying goodbye to this rental, I decided to post the home tour on my own blog! Enjoy the peek.}

{Also, you should know, my home is never this clean. In fact, the day I took these photos, I moved messes from room to room just to avoid them. Now that we've started packing up, it's even more chaotic around here. These photos just show everything at its best. But in reality, we live here. It's messy.}

My little family of five lives in urban Denver, in a little ranch house with a white picket fence. We've learned to make small spaces work because we love the city. It's also great being fewer than ten minutes from my husband's work. We've lived in this little white house for about four years now, but it might surprise you to know that we rent! It's a challenge when renting, to make a home feel like it's your home. We can't change the flooring or architecture, but when we moved in our wonderful landlords said, "Paint away!" and so we've made ourselves quite at home, as you'll see...

Lark & Lola House
Our rental in Spring
Many people I know wish to travel the world, and while a short trip to Paris might be nice, I'm actually very much a homebody. I think this is what drives me to put so much effort into trying to fill my house with pretty things, because I love being home more than anywhere else. I want my family to feel surrounded in pleasant things, and I want home to be a pretty place to be.
Porch flowers
When we first moved into this home, with its large porch, I was frustrated that I couldn't afford tons of big flowering hanging planters. So I made do with what I had at the time, and it turns out it's been my favorite way of decorating our porch for years now: simple vintage blue Ball jars, hung and filled with flowers.
Living room entrance
This is our living room. Most of our furniture has come from either thrift stores {like our couch and coffee table}, grandparents {like my slipcovered chairs}, or IKEA.
Chairs & shelves
The built in shelving has caused me trouble ever since day one. I redecorate it often, right now it's holding some of my milkglass collection.
Living room
The TV and stereo is about as much black as I can handle in my house. My husband works in the audio/visual industry, so I can't kick them out all together! {Well, that, and if it the TV were gone, how would I watch Downton Abbey?}
Living room collage
I love the white wash look of some shabby chic homes, but it's hard for me not to bring in pops of color all over. I love color, as you'll see. I've never been too concerned with "matchy matchy" color schemes. I just bring in what I like, purge what I don't like, and somehow it all just comes together.
Sorting books by color can be fun though. I have a thing for buying pretty and old books at thrift stores.
The great wall
Looking at this wall of our house makes me laugh, it's a good example of how I don't pay much attention to matching color, but it also gives a good look at my personal color palette. Apparently I like blues and greens. AKA, mermaid colors!
Open desk
This is my little secretary desk, where I'm typing up this post! I recently painted the chair a very pale green, though I've had it for years.
Piano top
This is another area that is constantly redecorated, the top of the piano. Right now it's pretty simple looking. I almost always have a candle burning in my home, all the day long.
Coatrack door
I love throwing fun parties, and this door was a prop for my daughter's ice cream themed party. After the party I brought it inside and turned it into a coat rack. I had plans to redo the chalkboard paint, but for now I like it as it is.
Cards & mail
This is supposed to hold our mail, but I really use it to hold only pretty mail and cards. {Why can't they make bills prettier?}
Shoe hutch
This is a little idea for those with small homes--since we don't have a foyer or a mud room or even a coat closet--I painted my grandmother's old "rabbit hutch" and now it's a "shoe hutch". First thing we do when we get home is kick off our shoes and stuff them in the shoe hutch.
Desk collage

The clipboards are unfinished crafts of mine {from back when Lark & Lola did flea market/craft shows} and I keep grandma's old letters nearby because her handwriting was so pretty and no one sends snail mail any more. They make me happy when I look through them.
Grandma's painting
My great grandmother painted this and so I'm proud to have it hanging in my home. The best treasures at home are things that have been passed down within the family.
The Honey Land picture is actually a cover from a book of antique sheet music. My husband and I are beekeepers, so I loved this as soon as I saw it and decided to frame it.
Old photos & bust
My girl bust wears a necklace and sits under a cloche, and I often move photos from my old photo collection around the house. I especially love old antique photos of children and babies, even if they never look happy.
View of dining room
A few months ago we found a yellow retro dinette table at an antique mall, we loved it--and had been searching for one!--so we took it home. I'm okay mixing retro and shabby chic, so the dining room has turned into quite the hodge podge of a room.
The dining room
The cane back chairs were grandma's and I just recently painted and recovered them in oilcloth so they'd work with the retro table.
Dining room table
As long as it's pretty and appeals to me, anything goes in this house!
Pyrex display
My vintage Pyrex collection {well, part of it} is also showcased in the dining room. I've been collecting for three years's gotten a tad bit out of control.
Chest of drawers
I love this old sand toy, the little acrobat inside flips and turns when you turn the box over clockwise a few times. I like to tuck little curiosities like this around my house. Keeps things interesting, you know?
Dining room collage
From the dining room we move right into our little kitchen...and yes, I mean little.
Kitchen view
Oh! Look at that, more Pyrex. {There may or may not be some more in the basement and cupboards. Shh!}
I find these fun ceramic animal heads at thrift stores all the time {cows, geese, ducks, sheep, etc.} so I thought these little geese would be perfect for holding our aprons.
Kitchen window
Our kitchen is a small hallway kitchen, but I've had some good fun decorating this part of our home. Good thing, since I spend a lot of time in this room.
Kitchen sink & window
We painted the kitchen yellow, I like it bright and cheery, and I like to bring all sorts of color into it where I can.
Coffee tray
I keep the little coffee and tea tray at the ready, while my great-grandmother's glass cake stand holds my recipes and things up out of the way.
Kitchen tools
Next to the stove I keep some kitchen towels, and the like. The "Eat It" sign is a page from an old children's book.
Kitchen cupboard
The IKEA cabinet fits perfectly in our small kitchen, but holds a lot. I don't know how I ever lived without it.
Kitchen cabinet collage
It holds some of these things for me. As well as a mess in the lower part.
Kitchen view
It was exciting to find one of these old kitchen stool/chairs at a flea market last summer, and in pink! My daughters love to stand on it and watch me cook, and that makes me happy.
I keep some old Fire King mugs at the ready.
Goose hooks
Moving on to one of our two {very small} bathrooms...
When we were looking for rental homes in Denver, this one had me at clawfoot tub. I have spent many a cold evening soaking in lavender scented epsom salts in this bathtub. I spent hours in that tub laboring, the night before my Violet was born.
Bathroom sink
I use the small IKEA trolly to keep some bathroom neccesseties. I'm also trying to hunt down more vintage towels, because I love the way they look.
Clawfoot tub
Yep. It's the deep, wonderful clawfoot tub that makes me love this house. I use it as often as I can for baths.
Violet's room
This bright yellow room used to be my very own craft room! When baby #2 came along a couple years ago, we had to turn it into a nursery.
Violet's party
I love doily garlands. Violet loves Dumbo.
Violet's window
My kid's rooms are the only places I seem to do color schemes in my house.
Violet's cart
This vintage cart was thrifted and painted pink by yours truly. It serves many purposes at our house, but right now it's making a nice little table in Violet's room.
Violet's room
And we recently made the switch from crib to toddler bed! That's been...interesting.
Violet's room collage
My older daughter, Eisley, has a bright pinkish purple room.
Eisley's bed
We've kept much of the decor from that ice cream birthday party and used it to decorate her room.
Eisley's desk & play

Eisley's reading corner
I love all things girly. Love doll houses. Love dresses. Love it all!
Eisley's wall
{Our third child is a boy, he will get a cute vintage themed nursery in our new house. I already have it planned out in my head.}
The ABC garland was a pack of flashcards I strung up, I think they're cuter this way. Also less messy.
Eisley's room collage
Her little roll top desk is a favorite find of mine, as well as the retro play kitchen.
Eisley's wall collage
Finally, we've arrived at the master bedroom! It's hard to tell, the walls are gray like the living room. I love gray walls, but our house doesn't get enough light, so I went with a light gray which is hard to pick up in photos.
I'm in love with the yellow chenille bedspread I thrifted a few months back.
The bright colors of vintage suitcases cannot be ignored, I've actually travelled with these!
Vanity & bath
I had been on the lookout for a vanity for a long time, when last summer I came across this one at a yard sale for only fifteen bucks. I snatched it up, took it home, and showed it some love. It's been a lovely part of our bedroom ever since. I've decorated around it with silhouettes.
bedroom collage
I'll be honest, some days I don't make the bed until almost dinner time, but when the bed is made, everything in this room is right. I love this room.
Bed pillows
Hopefully my vintage jewelry box collection never gets as large as my Pyrex collection...
Jewelry boxes
So that's our cozy little rental home! Thanks so much for stopping by and having a peek. Soon we'll {hopefully} be working on a home of our own. Stay tuned for home owner posts and DIY projects we will foolishly take on.
It looks way cuter in the summer when the peonies and roses are in bloom, and when the trees are full of bright green leaves and our bees are buzzing around.


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  1. I absolutely love your house!! My boyfriend and I are looking for our first rental home together. I hope we can create something as homey and wonderful as you have. I can't wait to see what your new house looks like!


    1. Rental homes are a challenge! There are a lot of upsides too--like when something goes wrong and it's not YOUR plumbing bill ;-)
      Good luck to you! I'm so glad you found inspiration here.


  2. I am in love with your little rental house and your eclectic vintage sherbert-color decor. Adorable. And I envy your cute little vintage stool in kitchen and your vintage jewelry boxes - wish now I had kept similar ones I had in my youth, but 'dumped' as I got older... yikes, what were we thinking?? Can't wait to see your new home!

    1. "Sherbert-color decor"...I LOVE that. I know what it's like to get rid of something and regret it later. Sometime I'll have to post about the time I let my parents sell my great-grandmothers 30-some skeleton keys all mounted on a board and framed like art... I'll never forgive myself!

      But onward and upward ;-) I just keep working at the decor and you should too. It's never finished!


  3. Heather,
    Every single time I visited your house I left with a sense of whimsical wonder at your incredible decorating skills. Visiting your home was truly a transforming experience into a brighter, prettier world and I don't know that I've seen better.

    1. Colleen,
      I know you have fabulous taste yourself, so your sweet words mean a LOT to me, thank you!


  4. What a quaint and lovely little home you have! I adore your decor too!

    1. Thanks, Amy! We're moving into a new home this week, so it's re-starting everything, top to bottom. But I'll have fun doing it. ;-) Thanks for the super kind comment!


  5. Ok, you win. You have the CUTEST house in Denver. I love the way you have everything decorated. Your time, effort and care are so obvious in every room.
    Good luck with your house! You're so close.

    1. THANK YOU Melissa!!! You're so kind! I always marvel at your posts, so that means a lot coming from you ;-)


  6. Heather - Thanks for the tour. I've loved looking at pictures of your home for the last year now. Everything is so cheery and sweet. You have inspired me many times with your great ideas. I can't wait to see what you do in your new place. I sure hope you will blog about it as you go!

    1. Kaytee,

      That's too sweet! I love your posts on Instagram also! I'll be sharing a lot of updates on the new home, though I don't expect it to look "pretty" for a while ;-)
      Thanks for the lovely comment!


  7. The place is really nice! Thank for sharing! The pics are very beautiful!

  8. I have been reading your posts regularly. I need to say that you are doing a fantastic job. Please keep up the great work. Homepage


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