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Spring House Tour!

Happy Memorial weekend friends!  I was asked to join 11 Magnolia Lane’s Spring House Tour!  So exciting!  I always love peeking into the beautiful homes they feature.  If you’re new to my blog hello and welcome!  I’m Erin.  I live in sunny San Diego and I’m passionate about organizing, home design/decor and being mom to my three beautiful kiddos.  I’m also passionate about cherry ice chapstick but that’s beside the point. :) My husband and I finished building our custom home about a year and a half ago.  Hard to believe it has been that long!  I have been slowly decorating the house one room at a time and love putting my stamp on the place.  Here is a tour of the rooms I have shared on my blog so far!  Some of them are ready for Spring.  Some of them are just ready for a chair.. or rug.. or anything.  Ha!  All in good time.  We are definitely a work in progress around here.  :)
A peek of part of the front of our house.  I combined everything I loved when I designed our home and it turned out “Craftsman Coastal.”  At least that’s what my architect calls it.  :)  I just added plants and spruced up the front porch for Spring!
Come on in!

formal entry
This is our entry on the other side of the front door.
And a view of the formal living room you see when you walk in the house.  Which is funny because there isn’t much “formal” about me.  But long story.. we ended up with a formal living room.  :)
In these most recent pictures we just have a rug and a table in this space.
The couch just came and everything else is coming soon!
It’s not very Springy yet but will be in a couple of months.  :)
dining room table decor
This is our formal dining room.  I have big plans for the walls in this room!
But for now while I’m working on other spaces, just the table top decor changes often.  :)
I decorated our family room first and it feels good to have one room close to done!  This is where we spend all of our time.
Our kitchen and family room are all open with a dining nook on the side.  I clearly love white and grey!  It’s the perfect backdrop for any and all color and makes it easy to change decor on a whim.  Which was the goal because I tend to do that often.
Butler’s pantry – our food pantry is in the door on the right.  Organized pantry post coming soon!
craftsman-style-kitchenlemonswide-planked-wood-floors 2
My blog friends all know that I’m a terrible cook and really not a fan of the process.  I try for my family, but if it were up to me that little chore would be banned and my kitchen would remain spotless forever.  :)
stained hand rail
Just off of our family room/kitchen is a dutch door (right up there with cherry ice chapstick!) that leads to my office/kids’ homework/craft room.  I knew we would spend a lot of our time in this room so I wanted it close to the main living spaces.  I also knew this room would always be a mess (and it is!) so I love having a door to close and hide everything.
organized  office with built-ins
I took this picture soon after we moved in.  It hasn’t looked this clean since.  :)  I have some fun plans for this room!  Coming soon to a blog near you.
Our powder bathroom.  Clean and simple always appeals to me.  The wallpaper was love at first sight.
A new mirrored tray and tulips gave the room life!
green target geometric rug
Main floor laundry room.  You can see more detailed pictures here.
plantation shutters copy 2
white and black laundry room
pull out dirty clothes bins copy
The laundry room is right next to our mudroom.  I went to my happy place designing this space!
inside lockers
You can find more details on how I organize my mudroom here.
laundry room rug
My kids’ rooms are all upstairs so I wanted a laundry room close to their rooms.  My goal is to one day have them all doing their own laundry.  Just like the decorating, that is a work in progress.
pull down laundry rack
school house pendant
Detailed laundry room pics here.
organized toys
I have fun plans for my kids’ playroom but for now I’m just thrilled to have this space organized.  One of my organizing goals for this year!
yellow playroom hutch
drawers for kids toys
organized toys and games
You can find more details on my playroom here.
I haven’t taken pictures of my master bedroom or bathroom yet, but here is a peek of my tub.  My favorite spot to hang in the evenings after the kids are in bed.  Calgon take me away!  (Dated myself there didn’t I?)
I took this picture of our back yard a few weeks ago.  This yard was the reason we bought our lot and decided to build.  It was our dream to have room for our kids to run and play and to give them a bit of the small town childhood we had growing up… but in a big city.  :)  We’ve been working on this space a lot lately and pics of our outdoor furniture are coming soon!

Thanks so much for sticking with me on my house tour!  I’ll be sharing more of my home on the blog (lots more decorating and organizing in store!) so subscribe to my e-mail list (on my sidebar) if you don’t want to miss a post.  I’d love to get to know you.  :)

Thanks Amy and Christy for having me today!   Such an honor.  xo

xoxo, Erin
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101 thoughts on “Spring House Tour!

  1. Thanks for the tour, Erin! It was fun seeing the tour all in one spot. SO looking forward to seeing what else you have done or have up your sleeve. Your house is gorgeous and so is that view from the backyard. :)

    1. Thank you sweet Jeanne! Your comments always put a smile on my face. :) I’m so glad to finally have all of that in one spot! I’ve been needing to do that for a while now. Enjoy you weekend! xo

    1. Thank you Trish! Most of my countertops are quartz (kitchen, laundry rooms, etc.) My powder bathroom is Carrara marble. Thanks again! So glad you stopped by. :)

  2. I cannot get enough of seeing your beautiful home! I am absolutely in love with the deisgn. I love the layout, the flooring, walls, ceiling, and of course the back yard.

  3. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home! We live in the Bay Area, but I dream of a huge yard like yours!

    1. Thank you Laura! Our last house that we were in for 11 years had a yard the size of a postage stamp so I know exactly how you feel! xo

  4. I ❤️ that you painted a dark color in between the wood on your coffered ceiling! I am definitely going to do this in my new custom home . We are breaking ground soon and I have already taken so many of your ideas! ❤️ your house!

    1. YEA! Thanks Jennifer! I’m so glad my blog has been helpful! Good luck building your home! It’s quite a process. I had a love/hate relationship with it all. ;) xo

  5. Hi Erin, I love your blog and read it regularly as we are starting a big remodel. I’m wondering specifically about the surface leading to your front porch and the front porch itself. Is it flagstone, bluestone, stamped concrete? We are debating pros and cons of bluestone vs. stamped, stained concrete and I’d love your two cents!

    1. Thank you Kristy! The surface leading to the front porch (our driveway) is pavers and then the porch area is flagstone. I’ve loved it all so far! For me it was more of a look I wanted. We had stamped concrete in our last house and I didn’t love how deep the grout was. My kids couldn’t ride their bikes and scooters over it so that’s why I went with pavers in the yard. For the porches I just loved the look of the grey flagstone. Not sure if that was much help? Good luck with your remodel! So exciting! xo

  6. Erin….my floor is FINALLY in. I think it is exactly the same as yours, and now I ‘get it”. You told me “it’s not ‘that hard’ to keep clean!” So, how DO YOU keep it clean? I am in a love/hate relationship so far…

    1. Ha! Oh my word.. I know. The dust definitely shows! I use Bona – have you heard of it? I bought the Bona mop and cleaner set together at Target. You just spray it ahead of where you’re mopping and mop up the mess! I keep the kitchen/family rooms pretty clean regularly and just let the rest go for longer. I do have some cleaning help too so that makes a big difference. I knew the floors would be high maintenance so I’ve had to train myself to not let the dust get to me! :) But Bona is great to quickly mop over a room and make the floors shine!

    1. Thank you so much Christy! I was honestly so flattered and excited that you two asked me to be a part of your tour! It meant a lot to me so thank you thank you!! I’ve had so much fun catching up on your amazing blog! xo

  7. I always love a good house tour and this one did not disappoint! You have fantastic style, I love how your finished spaces (namely the family room) have enough linens and decorations to feel homey and colorful but the actual floor space isn’t overly cluttered. It shows you might just be a real person who has real kids ;-) lol!

    Also I hadn’t realized that you guys put in a bike track/sidewalk around the backyard! My husband and I have been talking about that and how great it’d be to put one in our next yard. Do your kids use yours a lot?

    1. Hi Amanda! Thank you so much. SO sweet of you. And yes – we’re definitely a real family with kids running wild! My throw pillows are usually a fort on the floor. :) My kids LOVE our bike path. They seriously use it almost every day! They ride their scooters and bikes and I’ve even jogged on it several times! I’m going to do a post on it at some point this summer. I’d definitely recommend it! xo

    1. You are the sweetest ever Shannon! Thank you thank you! Hope you are enjoying the long weekend! Countdown to the end.. ;) xo

  8. Hi Erin! Discovered your blog through a Pintrest post and I’ve just lost hours of my morning “touring” your home! You are adorable, your family is precious and your home is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing all of your ideas…you’ve definetly given me some great ideas for my own home. I too, am a PotteryBarn, Restoration Hardware addict! I will definetly be visiting here often! Thanks!

    1. Hi Lisa! You just made my day! Thank you so much! I’m so happy you found me! Sounds like we have much in common. :) Thanks again for your sweet comment and enjoy your Memorial Day! xo

  9. It’s beautiful! And, now I have a name for my style – coastal craftsman! . What is the stone that you used on the exterior?

    1. Thank you Katie! I’m not sure what the stone is called? We found it on a house I’ve always loved in my mom’s Utah neighborhood and just used the same. Sorry I’m not more help on that one!

  10. Being a Californian (Bay Area) myself, I have to say I’m disappointed with how green your lawn is! Your home is beautiful, but your lawn is terrible considering the drought we’re in!

    1. Wow Lauren. That was harsh! Especially since we just pulled out a huge section of grass in our yard a few months ago to put in a low water garden area and are now getting ready to tear out another section in the back to put in artificial turf. We are very well aware of and concerned about the drought. We follow all of our local water restrictions and only water three times a week, going down to two times a week on June 1st.

      1. I think bloggers should be receptive to constructive criticism (you are, most aren’t), but as readers we need to be mindful of how we convey our concerns, alternative ideas, and/or other-than-glowing-review opinions.

        Feedback, when done kindly/professionally, can lead to some great ideas that may not have been considered before – and isn’t that dialogue one of the key benefits of blogging? Lauren could have asked that question a lot differently. Maybe, “Wow! How do you keep your lawn looking so spectacular within the parameters of our water restrictions?” Advice could have been exchanged, and presumptuous shaming could have been avoided.

        But. Miss Erin. Don’t feel obligated to justify yourself to someone who can’t engage in a polite manner. You owe us nothing.

        1. Casey my husband and I were talking about this very thing after I received that comment! I couldn’t agree more. I welcome constructive criticism when it’s done politely. We can all learn so much from each other. Thank you for such a wise, thoughtful comment. I wish everyone on the internet could read it! xo

  11. I love your house! Its so beautiful and calm. Can you tell me what grays you used? Hoping to repaint some rooms in our house!!

    1. Thanks Meghan! I’m going to write a post soon with all of our paint colors, but the main color throughout most of our house is “Seattle” by Frazee. My favorite grey. :) xo

  12. Hi Erin! I have fallen in love with your floorplan. Is it 100% custom or did u start with an existing plan and customize where needed? Would love to get the plan name and info if possible.

    1. Thank you Erin! It’s completely custom. Sorry that’s no help to you! I had an idea of how I wanted things laid out so I explained it all to my architect and he sketched it. Then we spent about 6 months tweaking and fine tuning it. Have you checked Pinterest for house plans yet? SO many fun options on Pinterest!

  13. Your house is beautiful! Where did the mirror that is above your fireplace come from? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

  14. Your home is so beautiful! And I love that there is a now a name for the style that I love as well… “Coastal Craftsman”! Brilliant!

    Don’t let other commenters harsh comments get you down. It amazes me that people take the time out of their day to be negative in a forum like this towards someone they don’t know at all. And for the record, I live in a drought area as well… taking care of your lawn (like aerating it, feeding it, and creating low-water areas… all things that I’m sure you are doing) means that you can use significantly less water and still have green grass! Having a healthy lawn does NOT mean that you are a water-waster by any means! Sheesh! :)

  15. Gorgeous home – I love all the soothing greys and blues. I’ve heard designing / building a home can be really stressful, but it sounds like you really had a lot of fun with the process!

    1. Thank you Shannon! Oh my word – it IS so incredibly stressful. I had fun too and enjoyed a lot of the process (felt grateful we could do it!), but definitely hard and stressful and not something I would want to do again for a long while. :) xo

    1. Thank you Melissa! I can’t remember the name but that rug is from Restoration Hardware! It comes in lots of colors and I got the grey. :) xo

  16. Hi Erin! Had to pop over and check out your home tour! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us and I look forward to seeing more and more as the weeks and months go on! All of your photos/rooms are absolutely stunning and I especially enjoy your organizing skills:))

    1. So fun to hear from you on my blog Bree! Means a lot to me that you stopped by. :) I’m also so flattered that you like my home! Such a huge compliment coming from talented YOU! I love everything you do Bree and I’ve loved getting to know you! Thanks again sweet friend. Enjoy your weekend! xo

  17. You’ve created such a lovely home, Erin. And it is so nice to see all of these pics of it in one place.

    A question, what is that open-looking space in the background behind the pool and the shrubs? Is it on your property, or is it land that might one day be built on by neighbours?

    1. Thank you Jamie! That is such a kind thing to say and it means a lot! Some of that open space we own (to the black fence that you can’t see very well in this pic). Then everything beyond it is open space. Most of it can’t be built on but there is a section to the left that is developed. It’s a ways away though which is why we fell in love with this lot. No homes behind us which is very rare in So. Cal! :) xo

  18. Hello. Hopped over to your blog from A thoughtful place. Your home is stunning. You have a new follower :-)

  19. I love the drum pendant light over the smaller table. Could you please tell me where that came from?

    1. Thank you Justina! I’m trying to remember! I have it written down somewhere and I’m going to do a post with a source list soon! Sorry I’m blanking on that one right now!

  20. You have a beautiful home! My husband and I are native San Diegans transplanted to Portland Oregon and currently building our own custom home. I am dying to know the paint colors for the main floor, the exterior, as well as the light fixture in the entry, family room, and powder room… thank you in advance for sharing :)

    1. Hi Camellia! Thank you! Congrats on building! So exciting! Our exterior paint color is a bit custom – it was “Capricorn” by Frazee but then my painter tweaked and darkened it a bit! Our entry/formal living room color is “Seattle” by Frazee. The entry light is an orb light from Restoration Hardware. They discontinued the chrome orb I have, but they have lots of other orb options! Family room light fixture and the powder room lights are all from Jeremiah (Craft made). :) I hope that helps! xo

      I hope that helps! Good luck with everything!

  21. Very beautiful home!! Can I ask what paint color and brand you used on your white trim and cabinets? Thank you!

    1. Thank you Rebecca! I wish I could tell you! My cabinet guy gave me several white options and I just picked one. It was a custom mix from his shop. Sorry that’s not much help!

  22. Your home is absolutely stunning! I found your blog via Instagram and I am so glad I did! Looking forward to more gorgeous photos and inspiration.

  23. Where can I find the paint colors you used in your home? I love everything! You have such great style and I just love it all! Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much Laura! I really appreciate that. I need to write a post on all of my paint colors but haven’t yet! Our main grey we used throughout a lot of the house is “Seattle” by Frazee. xo

  24. Good morning Erin, I just came across your blog via Pinterest. You have a truly amazing home! Can you please share the name of the floral Robert Allen fabric shown with the coral and Duralee navy fabric swatches?

    1. Hi Aime! Thank you! So glad you found me. :) I don’t know the exact name, but I ordered it through my designer/friend and you can order it through her too if you’re interested? Shoot me an e-mail if you are and I’ll send you her contact info. (

  25. Gorgeous Home! We are building and I’ve used your home as an “inspiration” so thank you! Do you happen to remember the name of the quartz you used for your kitchen (the white and dark grey color)? Also, in your 1/2 bath is that real marble or quartz that looks like marble? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kristine! Thank you! And congrats on building! So exciting. :) The white quartz on my islands is “organic white” – Caesarstone. The dark quartz around my kitchen perimeter is “raven” – Caesarstone. And yes – real marble in our half bath. I have marble in that bathroom and our master and love it, but I’m SO glad I didn’t put it in my kitchen. :) Hope that helps! xo

  26. Hi Erin! Can you please tell me, where you got your curtains on both living rooms? thanks! Jane :)

  27. Hey Erin! I fell in love with your beautiful home and am so blown away with all of the gorgeous design decisions you made. I’m interested in building my own home but I’m a little hesitant because of the amount of work involved. I was wondering if you could give me a rough estimate of how much it cost you to put together your home, how you went about finding a lot, and how many rooms/bedrooms/bathrooms you ended up going with? Thank you so much for your help!

  28. Absolutely stunning! Looks comfortable, elegant, fun and relaxing! We have very similar tastes! Keep the photos coming!

  29. Hello Erin!
    Your house is beautiful…I’ve enjoyed looking at it! We have done a custom build once before, but we are considering doing another one. The flow of your home seems comparable to some of our designs and wishes. I know you’ve mentioned possibly doing a rough drawing of your floor plan in the past. Is that something you could still do perhaps? I was trying to really understand how the foyer, stairwell, mud room and office flow. I would be so appreciative!!!! Thank you and enjoy your Christmas season upon us!

  30. Beautiful home! Love, love your “You make me happy when skies are gray” and “enjoy the little things” signs! Do you remember where you got them? Thanks!

    1. Thank you Kristen! The “You make me happy” sign was from Tai Pan in Utah and the “enjoy the little things” was from an etsy shop called House of Belonging. :) xo

  31. I am in the process of building, and I love everything about your house and I was just curious what the flooring that is used in the mudroom? and the light in the mudroom?

  32. Erin, your home is BEAUTIFUL! I’m having so much fun scrolling through and admiring all the pretty! My husband and I are about to build and we are doing 5 panel interior door, just like the one you have in your mudroom. Does that lead to your garage? We are struggling to find an exterior door in the same 5 panel shaker style as our interior doors. Is yours an exterior or did you use an interior? Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to your reply!

    1. Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! So happy you like my home! Yes! That door leads to our garage. We had those 5 panel doors made custom! Same with our exterior doors. Always an option if you can’t find what you want! xo

  33. Hello. I love your home! I wish you could come to Massachusetts and decorate my house. Anyway…Can you tell me the name of the wallpaper in your powder room? I also wanted to know what you used on your master bathroom floor? I need to redo one of my powder rooms and my master bath. I love your plantation shutters. I have them in my house as well. Thank you.

  34. Hi Erin,

    I just got a dutch door and want to paint it black and was wondering if you painted your doors black or if you stained them?

    Thank you,

  35. Sorry if someone has already asked or you have already posted this…..what is your floor? I cant tell from the picts if its tile m, hardwood or what. Its beautiful.

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