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    Natalie Bradley Spring Home Tour Graphic

    Today I am so very excited to share with you my spring home tour along with a friend’s spring home tour below! It took a long time for me to finally realize what my style is (thankfully my husband loves the same style I do) and to give myself permission to create an imperfectly fabulous home that works for our family.

    I was raised by a wonderful single mom who is also a very talented interior designer, and so a lot of times I’ll think, “oh that’s not as good as what Mom would do.” Or, “is that design good enough” (as in does it look like a professional interior designer did the work)? But at a certain point, I just had to get over it. And let’s be honest, when I need help with my interiors, I can always ask Mom! That door is always open!

    More than anything, I’m so grateful that my mom unknowingly cultivated a highly creative, beauty-loving person because I got to tag along with her all those years, helping her with amazing things like The Street of Dreams (multi-million dollar homes where interior designers and builders show off all their amazing talents!), asking questions about why, why, WHY did you do that, and just soaking in her wonderful talent. (So, thanks Mom – aka Cumby’s Custom Interiors. Her website is getting a much-needed facelift right now, so I linked to her Facebook page for now!)

    spring home tour graphicMy husband, daughter and I have lived in our current home for just over two years. We purchased this ranch house built in 1972 (before either of us were born) knowing it was a major renovation project (all aesthetic stuff – it has great bones -plus it needed a new roof asap!) and our plan was actually to make it a flip house. But truthfully, we have fallen in love with our home – our very first “old” home. The quality of this home is incredible compared to the newer homes we’ve lived in. And we love it that it’s so different from all the new home trends.

    It’s four sides brick (which is almost unheard of for new construction these days), the yard is HUGE and I have really loved taking my gardening hobby to the next level at this house. We’ve done SO much work to this house and we still have a long way to go. But it’s so very much fun enjoying the process and looking forward to yet another beautifying project every week or so at home.

    One thing that’s also very different about our home is that we have a lot of family keepsakes and antiques incorporated into our home. It’s not all brand-new stuff. (A design tip I learned from my mother.) Sometimes (maybe like you?) my eyes still glaze over at all the new magazine-looking glossy homes like we use to have, but honestly at the end of the day, I’d rather have my beautiful furniture and sentimental accessories mixed in with some fabulous new things and fresh design.

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Also, I’m not a neutral kind of girl. We’re a very colorful family in more ways than one, so I guess it’s fitting that we also love color on our walls and in our interiors. Plus I’m a very creative person artist. There I said it. (Why has it been so hard to call myself an artist?!)

    I enjoy creating things for my home and to sell and share with others. From oils, acrylics and watercolors to wall art made from all sorts of papers, to handmade cards. You name it, I pretty much love to make it! (I’m finally learning how to use my sewing machine and starting to crochet too, so watch out!) And my husband is a talented carpenter and artist in his own right as well. It seems like he can make pretty much anything out of wood and is the best handy man ever! So we incorporate a LOT of our handmade items into our home.

    In other words, our home is not a xerox copy of a magazine. It’s us through and through. My hope is to inspire you to follow your own taste and love for furniture, accessories and family keepsakes, old and new!

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Also, we have done the opposite of many people. We did the bigger-is-better home thing a few years ago, and it wasn’t for us. In fact we ran screaming from that life when we “arrived” at success and realized we had created our very own version of hell (that’s a whole other story). We’ve joked that we’ve been the Goldilocks of houses, but we finally figured out a few things that were really important to us. Mainly, we no longer wanted to have a mortgage, yet we still wanted to create a beautiful, custom space just for us.

    I’ll show a few before pictures we snapped in our inspection walk through before we closed on our home in a few days. You’ll soon see that it was pretty much a hot mess. But we saw the potential there. And I’m so very glad we did!

    LIVING ROOM, DINING ROOM AND FAMILY ROOM:

    Updates include: all overhead lighting (there were no overhead lights in the family room or living room, period – it was an old school vampire’s dream!), new chandelier in dining room, paint, window treatments, added storage everywhere, painting the mantel, blinds on the back door.

    Still to do: Get the courage up to peek under the carpet and see if there is hardwood underneath (please God, let it be!), recover seats on dining room chairs, bigger area rug in family room, built in book shelves in living room, convince my husband to white-wash the fireplace (he’s not a fan) and paint the 1970s brass section of the fireplace black to blend more, add a modern(ish) sliding glass door between the kitchen and dining room, change all door hardware and upgrade all doors inside and out, considering bead board style wainscoting in the dining room, and possibly add more seating in the family room (we have a crazy big extended family).

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    This is a watercolor of my Grandmama and Grandaddy’s home in central Georgia and is one of my cherished pieces (I grew up next door).

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    My new favorite chair from Pier 1!

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Starfish and seashell collections from many, many, many vacations.

    KITCHEN:

    Updates include adding bead board, all new lighting (and removed the huge florescent light fixture that was in the center of the room, painted cabinets, updated vent hood, paint, and a lot of cleaning!

    Still to do: Redo countertops (I’m so over granite it’s not even funny – plus I discovered it emits radon and now I really don’t want it again!), new sink and fixtures, new kitchen table and chairs that fit the space better, change all door hardware,  upgrade all doors inside and out, and anything else I may come up with!

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    In case you’re wondering. No, we do not own a microwave and don’t ever intend to. Yes, we are weird and we’re okay with that.

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

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    This is a pixie my Mom made for my Grandmother when she was little. I’ve begged to have it since I can remember, and last year I was given this cutie pie! The painting on the right is mine. I love it so much … (I never knew a bowl and some oranges could be so freaking hard to paint!)

     

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    We are head over heels for our colorful everyday fiesta pattern , but what I really adore are these tomato canisters that were actually a wedding gift to my parents from my Aunt Sweetie and Uncle Everett (can you tell we’re a southern family with those names?). They divorced when I was little, but I’m glad the family held onto these super fabulous (now considered vintage) kitchen accessories!

     

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    How cute is this vintage penguin egg holder? My floral designer friend Maggie from European Floral Design gave this to Reese last summer.

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    MASTER BEDROOM:

    Updates include: new window treatments, fixing the 8 million holes in the floor and walls, painting everything, and new closet door hardware.

    Still to do: Add trim at ceiling, update ceiling fan (no chance for chandeliers in this hot-natured family living in Georgia!!), change all door hardware and upgrade all doors, and new bedding and throw pillows (I’d really like to make those too!).

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Oil portrait by local Athens, Georgia, artist Katherine Schuber.

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    MASTER BATH AND POWDER ROOM:

    Updates include: all new lighting in both, adding proper ventilation, paint, and cleaning like you would not believe.

    Still to do: Add trim at ceiling, new doors and hardware.

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Left and top right images are from our master bath and the bottom right is in our powder room. All the artwork are pieces I’ve created (and sell).

    REESE’S ROOM:

    Updates include: updated ceiling fan and paint.

    Still to do: Add trim at ceiling, find a large area rug we love, frame Reese’s artwork and hang, finish renovating her bathroom (needs new sink and tile in shower).

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    I did a project with Reese when she was 4 in our last home and had her put her painted foot prints on the top of her step stool and paint images that made her happy on the sides. She still enjoys using this stool to get in and out of her bed! (I love projects like that!!)

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors

    Reese’s room is full of vintage and sentimental pieces. Her books on the dresser were my mother’s and my aunt’s growing up, then mine, now hers (so over 50 years old). That sweet little lamb is actually a wind up toy that plays music and was mine as a child. Reese has painted several pieces of pottery including this “horse of a different color” (and the lady bug at the beginning of this post) and she likes to accessorize in her room with it! The dolls were mine as a teenager actually. My mother gave them to me because of my love of dolls, and each has importance, like the one on the left – she’s on the dance team as was I. And the Barbie house was mine growing up too. It’s somewhat of a replica of my Grandmama and Grandaddy’s home that I grew up next door to in central Georgia. I love it that Reese has such an appreciation for these things!

    And it wouldn’t be a complete tour of my home without sharing some of my spring garden with you…

    Spring Home Tour Collage, Natalie Bradley, DIY Home Interiors, Spring Home Tour Garden Collage

    Thank you so much for stopping by! Let me know what you think below in the comments. 😉  I can’t wait to share some more home projects and ideas with you soon!

    And now please make sure you visit my friend at The Robin’s Nest and her Spring Home Tour!

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    10 Responses so far.

    1. <3<3<3 this post. My designing mission is to make their homes a reflection of their character, not mine. You have certainly accomplished that mission with beautiful interiors! Thank you for the compliments as well! It's good to know that you soaked up some "design knowledge", even as a child, accompanying me to many design opportunities. Inspirational!

    2. Lory says:

      Thanks for coming up with the thought to do a Spring Tour Natalie. 🙂 Looks wonderful! I especially love your kitchen island.
      Hugs,
      Lory

    3. Peggy Noe says:

      Love the home tour Natalie! Love everything!

    4. Jane says:

      Hi Natalie. Love your home and the lovely color. I’m a color gal too. My bedroom is purple!

      Jane

    5. Amanda says:

      You have a beautiful home! I love how you’ve mixed the old with the new. It looks amazing!