It's been a mini dream of mine to have a house tour on Apartment Therapy for years. Not one that I shot myself and sent in to see if they were interested but one where someone that actually works for AT came to our home to work their magic. Earlier this year that little dream snuck up and presented itself thanks to Instagram.
Kathryn, the sweet gal that shot the tour, came down from Denver on a very snowy day in April after we'd already rescheduled once due to everyone in my house getting sick the same week. I'd spent the week cleaning and getting things just so knowing I'd probably still forget something (note the burned out light bulb up top).
The night before I'd stayed up late to clean and Ruby kept waking up moaning about her head hurting. Around midnight I realized she had an ear infection and took her to the ER where we stayed until around 4 a.m. We were supposed to get up early to attend Brett's promotion ceremony that morning and then get back in time to tidy up before Kathryn arrived - all while it was snowing buckets outside. Needless to say, Ruby and I didn't make it to the ceremony.
Kathryn arrived and was instantly adopted by the kids as their new favorite person. We got a few family shots in before Brett had to take Sebastian back to school and head back to work himself. In all the fuss of running to and fro I'd not given the bathroom much attention thinking it probably wouldn't be shot being so small and unexciting. Halfway through the shoot I brought it up and Kathryn kindly shared that she actually did need to shoot it to get a thorough tour. I had a moment of quiet panic and then got to work scrubbing and decluttering the sink that all four of us share.
The regular shower curtain was in the wash so I had to think fast. I grabbed the brightest vintage sheet I could find, folded it near the top, and cut little holes to hang it from the hooks. I managed to hang a fresh hand towel and wipe the dirt off the stool just in time. I'm now really attached to this happy curtain and have given away the old one!
I could've chatted with Kathryn all day about decorating, being Colorado transplants, and her job at Apartment Therapy but the snow was getting heavier and she needed to get back. After she left I just wandered around the house marveling at how clean and put together things looked. What you'll see in the house tour is our little rental's Sunday best! Most days we have toys scattered through the house, laundry piles on the blue couch, books all over the table, and plenty of dirt on the floor. I love a clean house as much as the next gal but I also love going on little adventures, working on house projects, and making pretty messes with the kids.
We move so often that house tour photos are more than just for sharing the insides of our home with readers. They're visual reminders of what our life was like during that time - what we were in to, how old the kids were, and what vintage finds I'd discovered to fill a new space. Click through to see the full tour and interview. Kathryn did such a lovely job shooting our home on an overcast, snowy day!
Thanks for letting me share!
Note: All images c/o Kathryn Bacalis for AT.