Lauren’s Home Tour: Second & Third Floor

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm for Part 1 of my home tour that I posted last week. If you didn’t catch the first part, you can read it here.

As promised, here is part 2 of my home including our 2nd and 3rd floor. In case you were wondering, yes, it does feel a little pompous to call out the fact that we have a third floor. However, that was just how homes were built in our neighborhood 120+ years ago. The plots of land were smaller (I believe that home prices were based on the width of the plot), so buildings tended to be tall and skinny, as is the case with ours.

We’ll start with the stairs leading up to the 2nd floor, because I just can’t resist that woodwork. I’m thankful that it managed to fend off a paintbrush for so many generations. The window on the left used to be a stained glass window, but sometime in the 80s or 90s it was replaced. I know this because I have completely stalked every reference of our address on newspapers.com and found a real estate listing from 1983 that mentions a stained glass window.

Vintage Eclectic Historic Home

The portrait at the top of the stairs is of my husband’s great uncle, Paul VandenBerg who was a WW2 pilot who saved his and his fellow soldiers’ lives by hanging his parachute out his bomber’s window which allowed him to land safely. That parachute was sewn into a baptismal gown that 44 or so of Justin’s family members have been baptized in. Here’s the story on my father-in-law’s blog.

At the top of the stairs, we have 3 bedrooms including our master suite and a hall bathroom. We also have a 2nd floor laundry area which I’m so thankful to have so I don’t have to trek up and down all of our stairs for clean clothes every day.

We just had our master bedroom painted a deep navy, which I adore. This is the first time in our marriage that our room finally feels “put together”. It always seemed to be the lowest priority.

Our master bathroom has a walk in shower. My next project will be to paint this bathroom (i.e. hire someone to paint it), but it leads into our walk-in closet, so it won’t be a quick task.

My four-year-old son’s room is next. His room is a collection of vintage pieces and his artwork from pre-school. His bed is part of a set of twin beds that were my grandmother’s (so his great-grandmother’s) that I also used when I was a little girl. The green chair was my grandparents’ from probably the 70s.

The duck print above his bed is a vintage textile pattern for a stuffed duck that has been framed. I found it at Indigo Rustic‘s booth at Treasure Aisle Antique Mall

I have a love affair with the wallpaper in my two-year-old daughter’s room. It’s the Watercolor Flora Wallpaper from Anthropologie. We moved to this home when she was 6-months-old, and this wallpaper was actually in her first nursery. I decided that she I loved it so much that we would also have it installed in her new room.

Last is the third floor. It’s quite roomy and is actually a second master suite, which is perfect when we have guests (and when we rent out our home on airbnb). When we moved in, there wasn’t a door leading up to the third floor, which was problematic since my husband works from home and his office is also on the 3rd floor. We could all hear each other all day long, and it just wasn’t working.

I found this old farmhouse door with lovely original hardware on Facebook Marketplace and drove an hour each way with my kiddos in tow to pick it up. It adds a lovely touch of character to this space. That floral painting was an alley find. Seriously.

Our third floor is bright and airy and feels a bit like a tree house. I have big plans to make over this room, but I think it’s still lovely as-is.

And there you have it! We also have a finished basement that is used as a playroom, but it’s not quite ready for it’s grand reveal yet! Just picture a bunch of unorganized toys and an Ikea couch!

Lauren’s Home Tour: Main Floor

If you’re anything like me, you love peeking into the lives of other people homes. It’s part curiosity (nosiness?) and part a desire to be inspired by others’ ideas.

I have a treat for you! Katie Prestemon recently visited and took some beautiful images of our home for our Airbnb listing. That’s right: we Airbnb our entire home! I can do a whole separate post on Airbnb, but the most common question we get from friends is “But where do you go?!”

When our house is booked, we go on vacation or visit family. It works out well for us, as it pays for our trips, and then some. If you are visiting St. Louis, MO or have family visiting and need more room, we’d love to host you in our Airbnb.

I just love our home, and the history of it. It was built in 1897, and as you can imagine has seen many families call it home throughout the years. I’ve had several former owners reach out to me after finding the shop online, and they have shared pictures and stories with me about their time growing up.

Here’s a shot that a sweet woman shared with me of our home from the 1950’s. You can see the shop before it was Bonboni on the left side of the picture behind the house. It looks like the garage hadn’t yet been built. The exterior looks very similar, except our sycamore tree sure is a lot taller now!

Here’s a glimpse into my home. We’ll start with the living room.

Most of my furniture is vintage or thrifted. I don’t think I have more than 2-3 pieces of furniture in our house that we’ve bought brand new! I’m always on the hunt for new pieces, and furniture gets moved around often. The beautiful wooden staircase is one of my favorite features. They certainly don’t make houses today like they did 122 years ago.

Next is the dining area and kitchen at the back of the house.

The dining area is open to the kitchen. Our island has a bar. One thing that I would like to change in our home is making the island all one height. The bar is so high for the kids that it doesn’t get used much.

Last but not least, we have a tiny powder room off of the living room. It has the World’s Tiniest Sinkā„¢(I’m guessing). I found this roll of wallpaper on clearance at Anthropologie last year, and snapped it up in a hot second, and figured for $20, I could definitely learn how to install it. (I did!) I thought I was going to have enough wallpaper to finish this room, but I ran out and have one wall left.

After lots of phone calls and emails, turns out I bought the literal last roll of this pattern ever made. Cue deep sadness. I check eBay occasionally to look for an extra roll, but so far no luck. If anyone happens to see a roll of Sketched Ikat wallpaper from Antrho, please let me know!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek inside of our home! I’ll be back soon with a tour of our other floors. You can read Part 2 here.

PS- Have you heard that I’m expanding into a collection of clothing in early 2019? The clothing will be whimsical and fanciful pieces that are ready for your adventures, whether scouting a new playground or adventuring in a foreign land. Embrace a mix of colors, patterns, and textures to create a style that is uniquely you. To stay in the loop, join the Bonboni Style Facebook Group.

Creating a Cohesive Home: Using a Color Palette throughout Your Home

My husband, Justin, fairly regularly rolls his eyes at me (with love) whenever I bring something new into the home. Not because of the cost or that we don’t really “need” anything new, but because there’s a 99% chance that it’s in my go-to color palette.

When new friends come into my home, I often hear how “put together” it feels. That’s not because everything was bought at the same store. My decor isn’t even all the same style! I shoot for an eclectic mix of rustic, bohemian, shabby, and modern. Are you ready for my decorating secret?

To create a cohesive home, I stick with the same 5-6 colors for most pieces. This allows me to mix styles, patterns, and textures to create a style that’s all my own. It brings together disjointed items and makes them look like they belong together.

Here are my go to colors. You’ll probably recognize these colors from my shop. Shocker! There’s a lot of overlap since the shop is curated from items that I love.

Favorite Home Decor Color Palette

Do you have any go-to colors? What are they?