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Welcome to our home!  Our home is a work in progress.  Every home we have ever lived in has been a work in progress:)  Until it is done.  Then we move.  I guess you can say we are DIY addicts.  We have been in this house for 8 years now and plan to stay here until our 3 boys finish school.  It is a 1950s split level with a master bedroom addition.  Before us, it was last updated in the 1980s.   Little by little, we are re-doing all of the rooms.  
Split level home full of DIY ideas - www.goldenboysandme.com
We live in a NJ suburb where home prices are high, and taxes are even higher.  We dream of living someplace more affordable where life moves at a slower pace.  A split level style home would never be our first choice of home style, but after lots of home shopping, we realized that this was the style of house that would get us the most square footage within our home budget.  

 Entering the house through the front door, you arrive at our foyer, where there is always a Golden Retriever (or 2) with a wagging tail to greet you.   
Split level entryway with DIY wall planking and chalkboard - www.goldenboysandme.com
Our foyer opens up to our Family Room.  We remodeled this room 3 years ago and you can find more pictures and read about it here.
Split level entryway with DIY wall planking and chalkboard - www.goldenboysandme.com
I love finding ways to create a beautiful home affordably.  I shop mainly at Target and HomeGoods and only add things to our home that can withstand the daily abuse of kids and dogs.  Big hairy dogs. And 3 rambunctious boys.  I have learned, through lots of trial and error, what works best for a busy family.  Yes, I like my home to look pleasing and put together.  But the most important consideration is function and durability.  Our family room encompasses the entry level of our split level house.  We enlarged this space a few years back.  It is the most rustic space in our home and represents our family's love of the outdoors and the mountains.
Gallery wall with a winter theme on a planked shiplap wall - www.goldenboysandme.com
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Slipcovered sofa with trunk style coffee table with Pottery Barn kilim throw pillows - www.goldenboysandme.com
Slipcovered sofa with trunk style coffee table with Pottery Barn kilim throw pillows - www.goldenboysandme.com
 We carved out some space from our family room to create a small mudroom.  With 3 active boys, this may have been our wisest DIY project to date.  We used some Ikea Bookshelves to do it and you can read about our Ikea Mudroom Hack here.
Small mudroom ideas created with Ikea Hemnes bookshelves- Ikea Hack - www.goldenboysandme.com
Ikea Hack mudroom with Hemnes shelves, bead board and Benjamin Moore Labrador Blue paint via www.goldenboysandme.com
Let's head up the numbered stairs that lead from our family room to our kitchen.
Numbered stairs inspired by Sarah Richardson - www.goldenboysandme.com
Next up, is our kitchen that we renovated 6 years ago.  This is where I spend most of my time and it is my favorite area in the house.  We DIY'd all the cabinets, including the installation of our farm sink.
DIY farmhouse style sink - Rohl Shaw's Farm Sink - www.goldenboysandme.com
DIY farmhouse style kitchen with mantel hood , subway tile backsplash, open shelving and pot filler - www.goldenboysandme.com
Another project we completed on this home was removing the wall between our kitchen and living room.  We hacked some more Ikea products to create the open shelves.
Ikea hack kitchen island Billy bookshelves in diy kitchen-www.goldenboysandme.com
We recently swapped out our over the range microwave for a DIY mantel hood and replaced our backsplash.  Read more about that project here.
DIY wall planking in dining area with farmhouse style painted sign - www.goldenboysandme.com
Gallery wall ideas with wall planking, shiplap, - www.goldenboysandme.com
Target Threshold bar stools at DIY kitchen island - www.goldenboysandme.com
By removing 2 walls, we created an open floor plan on the level.  It functions much better for our busy family as one large space.
Split level with open floor plan - www.goldenboysandme.com
Living room with slipcovered Birch Lane Montgomery sofa, Ikea Hack Hemnes coffee table, Stocksund chair and Jennylund chair
Birch Lane Montgomery Slipcovered Sofa - www.goldenboysandme.com
Faux fireplace in living room with Ikea furniture - www.goldenboysandme.com
We completed our DIY Master Bathroom for just under $7,000.  I wrote a post about all the sources we used here.
Master Bath with white subway tile, pedestal tub, carrera marble, chandelier, white octagonal hex tile, shower niche via www.goldenboysandme.com
DIY window seat made from upper kitchen cabinets with blue and white patterned throw pillows - www.goldenboysandme.comMaster bedroom with shades of blue and white - www.goldenboysandme.com
Boy Bedrooms
Boys cabin themed bedroom ideas - www.goldenboysandme.com
Boys Room with gallery wall and striped duvet cover comforter via www.goldenboysandme.com
Our outdoor space includes our covered patio area and pool.
Outdoor patio ideas with all weather wicker furniture - www.goldenboysandme.com
Outdoor pool and patio ideas with black aluminum fence and in-ground vinyl lined pool  - www.goldenboysandme.com
Outdoor pool and patio ideas with black aluminum fence and in-ground vinyl lined pool  - www.goldenboysandme.com
Covered patio ideas with wicker porch swing - www.goldenboysandme.com

I love to change things with the season.  Here are some of our seasonal home tours:
 


 




Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please come back again soon.  We always have some sort of a DIY project ongoing.  Things are always changing around here!!

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34 comments:

  1. You have a fab home. I love it. I am sure your boys have had an awesome bringing up.

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  2. So enjoying your website and all your projects. I'm wondering if you can tell me where you got your "Librarie" sign. Wondering if that is something I can find somewhere? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much! The library sign is from Target last Fall.

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  3. Beautiful makeovers and I completely agree with you about wanting to live some place where the pace of life is a bit slower & away from the rat race.

    Amelia

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    1. Forgot to add I'm a new follower too:)

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    2. Thank you so much, Amelia, for commenting AND following!! I really appreciate it :)

      Have a great day!!
      Courtney

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  4. I love your home - it feels very warm and inviting even through photos! I especially love the master bathroom! I am in the early stages of planning a renovation of our master bath and would love to know what tile you used for your shower floor...is it the same hex tile that runs through the rest of the bathroom? Thanks so much!

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  5. Courtney, I am in love with the Labrador Blue in your home! I get so many questions from readers on what the Modern Family blue paint color is :)
    I'd love to feature this on Involving Color. Let me know if you're interested!

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  6. Your home is STUNNING! Your details,accessories & colors are so comfy,cozy & charming! My favorite Holiday Tour I've viewed!!!

    Paige.Rose
    www.TheQuaintSanctuary.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow, thank you so much for the compliments! I really appreciate it!!

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  7. I just found you from Pinterest and I'm enjoying "touring" your home, especially the Fall Tour. Your home is really lovely and so inviting. I really like your kitchen/dining area and how you opened it up to the living area. Looking forward to continuing to find more gems throughout your blog.

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    1. Welcome! I so appreciate your letting me know that you found inspiration from our home!!

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  8. Your home is beautiful, Courtney. I love your style! ~ Nancy

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  9. Can you tell me the name of the paint color in your kitchen? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi. The paint color in our kitchen is Castle Path by Behr (Home Depot).

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  10. Lovely home and blog. I follow several blogs but I have to say that I think yours is numero uno. God has given you a gift.

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    1. Wow! Thanks so much, Vicky. You just made my day :)

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  11. Your house is beautiful! It is so warm and inviting! I love how you infuse color with accessories. Can you please share with me where you purchased the hanging candle sconces over the master bed? They are so charming! I've been searching forever for some to place over my fireplace. Thank you!

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  12. I just LOVE your home! Can you tell me what color paint you have in your living room? I just bought similar curtains ;)

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    1. Thank you!! Our living room is painted Castle Path by Behr paints.

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  13. Hi, I love everything about your designs. Where did you get the basket that is in your coffee table in your living room? I love baskets like that and I'm trying to look around for some like that. Thanks.

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    1. Thanks so much, Leeann! The basket on the shelf under our coffee table to the large round beachcomber basket from Pottery Barn. Hope that helps.

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  14. Your house is beautiful, I absolutely love the bathroom redo. Could you please tell me the paint color that you used in there?

    Thank you

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  15. What a beautiful home - I found your blog on Pinterest ~ I'm looking to use Nautical Farmhouse in my husbands office/TV Room.
    Came across your home, and I love it.
    Have a wonderful evening.
    Rose

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  16. OH,MY GOD YOUR HOUSE IS SO BEAUTIFUL, YOUR STYLE IS EXACTLY LIKE MINE AND WHAT I LOVE. ALTHOUGH I AM MANY YEARS OLDER THEN YOU, LOL........I LOVE FALL AND I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED VERMONT AND ANY PLACE IN NEW ENGLAND,FOR 16 YEARS STRAIGHT MY HUSBAND AND I WENT SOMEWHERE IN NEW ENGLAND DURING THE FALL SEASON.....I JUST FOUND YOUR BLOG, BUT THE FUNNY THING IS I POSTED A FIREPLACE ON MY PINTEREST PAGE A FEW WEEKS AGO THAT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE SOMETHING SIMILAR BECAUSE WE ARE PUTTING IN A GAS FIREPLACE AND NOW I SEE ITS YOURS..........KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK HONEY. YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL HOME.........

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    1. What a lovely comment, Elaine! Thank your for your kindness. Best of luck with your new fireplace.

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  17. You have such a beautiful home. I was wondering where you purchased the slip covers for your ikea stocksund chair? It's in a white color and I have been dying to find a lighter one since Ikea doesn't offer it.

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    1. Thank you, Catherine! Ikea had made a white slipcover for the Stocksund chair when it first came out. Unfortunately, they seem to have discontinued it :( You can try Comfortworks.com. They sell slipcovers and they are made in a variety of colors/fabrics. The Ikea sofa in my family room is covered in a white slipcover by them.

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  18. I love your space! It's beautiful! Can you please tell me where your beige sofa is from?

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