Geneva House Tour – Part 1

We’ll be moving in just two short weeks from our house in Geneva and I’m sharing a few photos of our first home together as a family. I haven’t really shared too much of my own home in the past since I really never felt it was “done” or “ready”. But since we are moving, I guess it is finally DONE! Sadly, we are really going to miss this home.

We'll be moving in just two short weeks from our house in Geneva and I'm sharing a few photos of our first home together as a family. I haven't really shared too much of my own home in the past since I really never felt it was "done" or "ready". But since we are moving, I guess it is finally DONE! Sadly, we are really going to miss this home.

My sister-in-law, a very talented photographer and blogger, Nicole Regan, snapped a few pics last week and I’ll try not to overload you too much with photos! So I’m sharing just a snippet of each room. Stay tuned for more!

Let’s start with a little tour of the downstairs… Come on in!

This is our front entry which is also shared with the main living space. Let me assure you, it doesn't always look this neat! Maybe in the summer but there are usually dog leashes, diaper bags, coats and many more hats that fill this space quickly.

This is our front entry which is also shared with the main living space. Let me assure you, it doesn’t always look this neat! Maybe in the summer but there are usually dog leashes, diaper bags, coats and many more hats that fill this space quickly.

This is our front entry which is also shared with the main living space. Let me assure you, it doesn't always look this neat! Maybe in the summer but there are usually dog leashes, diaper bags, coats and many more hats that fill this space quickly.

This house is over 100 years old and I've often thought about what it has looked like in the past. I love the white painted brick fireplace as the focal point in the living room. It really brightens up the room and is a perfect place to display photos, artwork, flea market finds, candles and holiday decor.

This house is over 100 years old and I’ve often thought about what it has looked like in the past. I love the white painted brick fireplace as the focal point in the living room. It really brightens up the room and is a perfect place to display photos, artwork, flea market finds, candles and holiday decor.

This house is over 100 years old and I've often thought about what it has looked like in the past. I love the white painted brick fireplace as the focal point in the living room. It really brightens up the room and is a perfect place to display photos, artwork, flea market finds, candles and holiday decor.

Our living room, the center of our home, has changed a million times since we moved in. I’m always moving things around and switching up accessories seasonally. Can’t help myself…

Our living room, the center of our home, has changed a million times since we moved in. I'm always moving things around and switching up accessories seasonally. Can't help myself...

Our living room, the center of our home, has changed a million times since we moved in. I'm always moving things around and switching up accessories seasonally. Can't help myself...

This room is cleaned up for photos today but since this is our only living space and we have a toddler, you bet it is covered in toys most days!

Our living room, the center of our home, has changed a million times since we moved in. I'm always moving things around and switching up accessories seasonally. Can't help myself...

Our living room, the center of our home, has changed a million times since we moved in. I'm always moving things around and switching up accessories seasonally. Can't help myself...

Our pup, Emma, loves the camera :) Dogs make the best photo props.

Our pup, Emma, loves the camera 🙂

As renters, we didn't want to invest in a lot of pieces since they may not fit well in our next home. You'll find a lot of thrifted and hand-me-downs in our house.

As renters, we didn’t want to invest in a lot of pieces since they may not fit well in our next home. You’ll find a lot of thrifted and hand-me-downs in our house.

The dining set was a hand-me-down given to us from my mother-in-law. I painted it a glossy black (leaving the top wood though) and put this cow print on the seat cushions. It took a weekend of sanding, priming and painting but fits our style much better now. Little secret? The fabric on the seat cushions are meant for a kids halloween costume. It was so inexpensive and I honestly didn't think it was going to last more than a couple weeks without tearing or staining. It was really only meant to be a temporary fun "fix" until I chose a different fabric. To my surprise, it has held up very well for over a year!!! Love it or hate it, it was worth every penny.

The dining set was a hand-me-down given to us from my mother-in-law. I painted it a glossy black (leaving the top wood though) and put this cow print on the seat cushions. It took a weekend of sanding, priming and painting but fits our style much better now.

Little secret? The fabric on the seat cushions are meant for a kids halloween costume. It was so inexpensive and I honestly didn’t think it was going to last more than a couple weeks without tearing or staining. It was really only meant to be a temporary fun “fix” until I chose a different fabric. To my surprise, it has held up very well for over a year!!! Love it or hate it, it was worth every penny.

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We have this tiny little room off the dining area (behind that baby gate ;)) which also connects to the only bathroom downstairs. It's a small space, but we really wanted another room for a TV and sofa to relax. Since this was so small and really boring, we went pretty bold here!

We have this tiny little room off the dining area (behind that baby gate ;)) which also connects to the only bathroom downstairs. It’s a small space, but we really wanted another room for a TV and sofa to relax. Since this was so small and really boring, we went pretty bold here!

It is really hard to photograph this tiny room but I’ll be sharing a few more photos in another post. Here is a little peek….

A mix of navy blue walls, zebra rug, eclectic items and a TV way too large for the space. I tend to break those "design rules" in my home. It's one place I can experiment and play!

A mix of navy blue walls, zebra rug, eclectic items and a TV way too large for the space.  I tend to break those “design rules” in my home. It’s one place I can experiment and play!

A mix of navy blue walls, zebra rug, eclectic items and a TV way too large for the space. I tend to break those "design rules" in my home. It's one place I can experiment and play!

And lastly, a glimpse into the downstairs bath….

And lastly, a glimpse into the downstairs bath....

And lastly, a glimpse into the downstairs bath....

And lastly, a glimpse into the downstairs bath....

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little house tour post. We have loved living here and will really miss Geneva. Wish us luck with the move! Packing starts NOW.

Samantha Regan

 

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