Friday, August 29, 2014

~carnation cottage~

If you follow me on instagram, you know the story.
If not, I'll fill you in in a nutshell.
My recently single sister just bought her first home on her own.
I am so proud of her.
It's tiny, around 1000 square feet, but perfect for her and her 2 young kids. 
It's a 1920's farmhouse with a huge yard and amazing view. 

2 days after she got the keys she left for a vacation for Mexico. The day after she returned she would be starting back up to work.
{she teaches 2nd grade}
So, as a housewarming gift, and surprise, my mom and I got the keys and went in while she was on vacation, painted the whole place, and decorated it.

There is still more to do, but here is what we got done in the week she was away.
{before pictures coming soon!}

The kids share a room for now. 
We bought the bedding at Ikea.
Everything else was gifted to her.

For her sons night table I covered a thrift store bench in cream grain sack and painted the legs white. 
I filled a old crate with toys.

I like that the bedding matches in pattern, but not in color.

The dining room features this great canvas that I found at a local craft store marked down from $174 to $30!!! It's huge and I couldn't leave without it. It may be my favorite thing.
A old milk crate holds glasses and bottles of water.

A friend gave me this giant frame and all it needed was a little spray paint.
I left it blank so she can decorate it however she likes.
The dresser came from my house and will serve as much needed storage.

My mom and I searched everywhere for a round table and I happen to stumble across this one at the last minute. I had to re-read the price tag several times before I realized that yes, it said $14.99!
I got a bunch of mix matched vintage {but sturdy} chairs at M and M antiques in Monroe Wa, a must see store if you live in the area.

I painted the dining room Fieldstone by Ben Moore.

I set the table with white ironstone and flowers from the farmers market.
The ironstone was a thrift shop find as well.
I still can't get over that the whole set up only cost a little over $125.00!

Her backyard has fruit trees galore, so as a nod to her being a teacher, I picked some branches off one of the apple trees and decorated with books.

The living room was painted the custom grey green I used in my kitchen on the island and pantry doors.
I made the life is good sign and the frames.
My mom scored the giant bench at a thrift store and it holds the kids toys.

My dad even got involved.
He came over and mowed her lawn and brought his old picnic table and umbrella for her.

Her backyard is the best.
It's like a football field and at the end there is flower fields for miles and behind that a walking trail.
I saw deer grazing and the neighbors chickens would come visit me everyday.
So peaceful and beautiful.

As more progress is made I will be updating you.
We were able to be there when she came home from vacation to see her reaction. 
She loved it and we were so happy to be able to do this for her.



Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

You are such a good sister!! The home looks so beautiful and I just love that you made the house look amazing with so little money! Your sister and her kids must be so thrilled!

Shabby Sheshe said...

Melaine!! It's beautiful! Your amazing.

Cassie Bustamante said...

gorgeous home! i love the mix of chairs especially!

Sister Patty said...

She is the luckiest sister EVER!!! Wonderful job, Melaine!

Anonymous said...

What a special gift to give your sister, I love it all! [email protected]

AntiqueChase said...

That is the best gift ever! So Sweet!!

Little Farmstead said...

You brought out the charm of each room! Love the cow painting and how you mixed the charcoal dresser with whites. Best wishes to your sister and her children for a wonderful new chapter!

shabbykelly said...

wow!!! Bravo!!! that is awesome!!!!

Acorn to Oak said...

Wow! What a cool thing to do for your sister and her kids! And, how much fun you and your mom must have had! You did so much in that short amount of time and it all looks great! Your photos are great too! I love it and I bet your sister does too! Great job! Wow! :-D

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful home. You did such a wonderful thing for your sister. I love it. Made my eyes fill with tears.

amy of studio four corners said...

a perfect gift of love...

Stacey said...

What an amazing gift!! Her home looks wonderful. I bet she is/was so surprised. ;)

Anonymous said...

This is so thoughtful of you and your mom, this truly is what family and giving is all about. I love what this act of kindness is showing your children. You and your mom work well together (and dad too), it is so pretty! Jeni

Cynthia said...

loved everything you did!!! What an amazing family she has!!!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

love the dining room color with the white and blacks in the room.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

What a WONDERFUL surprise!! You guys did an amazing job...looking forward to seeing more!

Lauren @ Bless'er House said...

Wow! What an amazing gift and a beautiful way to start a brand new life. You deserve the best sister award!

Dona said...

So very thoughtful of you and your parents! I'm always interested in how homes receive their names...and I love 'Carnation' House! Sweet memories from my first date with my DH so many years ago!


Wild Oak Designs said...

Absolutely darling!! Love it and done with love from family! Perfect!

Judy said...

what a precious gift to your sister from your family...the gift of time and love.

now about her's gorgeous! but of course i wouldn't expect anything less from you are such a talented lady.

i can't wait to see more of her home...thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

So jealous!

Your an awesome sister!

And that cow, I want!

Great job looks beautiful!!!


Becki said...

Having been in your shoes, I know this blessed you as much as it did her.
Lovely gesture. Her place is darling.

Unknown said...

You and Mom and Dad did an awesome job in record time, and now if ever she feels lonely or sad all she has to do is look around her and know that she is loved. "There is only one happiness in love and be loved. May your family enjoy happiness.

Unknown said...

You and Mom and Dad did an awesome job in record time, and now if ever she feels lonely or sad all she has to do is look around her and know that she is loved. "There is only one happiness in love and be loved. (George Sand)
May your family enjoy happiness.

Laurie said...

Great job Melanie. Everything looks amazing. I'll bet your sister was surprised and is now enjoying her new spaces!!!

AndeM1 said...

What a wonderful surprise for her.... so glad you are sharing with us too!!!!

Wendi P said...

I have three daughters and pray they each will be as loving a sister as you are! So sweet!

Anonymous said...

This story makes me feel good about humanity in general. What a kind, caring family!

Unknown said...

Wow that is awesome! Just Beautiful!

Anna @ A Good Home said...

What a wonderful gift for her! And what a great new place she has. I hope she and her kids enjoy it for years and years to come.

Framma said...

Such a wonderful thing to do! If I did this for my sister I would be afraid she wouldn't like it.....she is super! But I love it!! Great job!!

Anonymous said...

What an incredible gift and it is so beautiful. A perfect place for a fresh start.

Betsy Cobb Gordon said...

What an incredible gesture! She's blessed to have such a supportive and creative family.
May her new chapter with her children be everything she deserves.


Cheryl Ann said...

It's nice to see a blog from "home". I recently moved to Nashville from Lake Stevens. Your generosity is so sweet! Love your kind heart! I enjoyed those Monroe shops too...much better prices than Snohomish. Your sister is a lucky young woman to have the supportive family y'all are! Great job on setting up a homey welcome for your niece & nephew too.
Cheryl Ann

Donna said...

Wow! What a blessing her family is to her. Anything you decorated would surely be a treat! Wishing her and kids the best!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful gift from a very caring family. And that table for $14.99?! Did I read that right?! Fabulous!

Unknown said...

Love. All of it. So wonderful of you. Where did you find the coffee table?,

Twinkle Terrior said...

LOVE EVERYTHING !! Your design talent is amazing - looks so great yet a true feeling of love and home! MY FAVE -is the cow canvas. I've been looking for one in that budget.... It will be a sweet abode of happiness oxox

Kaye Swain said...

What a sweet thing to do. And what great ideas you've shared. I'm sharing this on my Facebook page for first time homebuyers. Great tips! :) Thank you!

Melaine Thompson said...

Actually, my first grade teacher believe it or not, gave it to us for her house :)

BaileyWife said...

That COW!! $30?? So jealous...and happy for your sister to have you and your parents to do this! What fun I'm sure it was! ~Kim

meaningfulspaces said...

So thoughtful and you all did a beautiful job. Did you make the Hello Sunshine print above your nieces bed? If so how and if you printed it what font? Thank you.

Anonymous said...

The home looks beautiful! I'm sure it was amazing for her to come home too!

Jen Widner said...

How loving and what an amazing thing for your sister to come to!!

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