Matt and Lisa’s House

Last summer my sister and I went to town decorating her first home she and her husband Matt had just moved into with their four darling boys.

I will tell you how we made our own art and accents that are shown in each picture.
At the front entry of their home we painted the wall inside the square of this frame with chalkboard paint.  We found the frame at the good will store. I love accenting main entrances with scrolls hung above.

Behind the front door is a rustic piece of black painted pine with an eclectic mix of iron hooks attached. A lime green lizard, an owl painted white and a horse along with a couple other non-character hooks.
At the home improvement store – I picked up these black square wall stickers. We applied them as diamonds for an accent wall in between the foyer and the stairs. Over the course of a year they started to peel but Lisa loved the look so much – we made them more permanent by painting the whole wall black over them and then peeled the stickers off. They worked like a stencil for us.
The first room you would see, if you were lucky enough to visit this fun family, is the living room.
Let me start with the canvas family photo –
I made sort of a gate or fence painted in a distressed rust color to hang the unframed portrait on. It made the picture of the family the main focus here.
Aren’t they pretty? My sister is 10 years younger than I am with tons of energy and she’s so much fun!
We found this mustard color cabinet at a local consignment store and added address numbers to the bottom of it – ’09 is the year Matt and Lisa got married.
We stole that blue chair from our mom’s house and found the ladder for free behind the good will store (scary). The wall shelf above separates the living room from the kitchen so we filled that ledge with all kinds of antiques and funky accents. Lisa has super eclectic (I hate that word but I don’t know how else to explain it) taste – she likes shiny golds and glitzy stuff but with me helping her decorate – I had to add a ton of ‘rustic’ along with it.
Vintage windows, crates, license plates, bottles, greenery and photographs are just some of the items we displayed here. I never got a great photo of the whole kitchen – we were always making food for the six+ boys or making drinks and party food for ourselves – along with doing my hair. (Lisa is an amazing hair designer.) We have huge plans for that space anyway and we are not seeking help from our contractor brother-in-law for that one. 🙂 He’s a seasoned home builder who thinks our ideas are going to cost way too much money – we’ll see. That makes me all the more motivated to prove him wrong.
I did capture the dining area, though. The large mirror is a hand made piece that I put together with a set of mirror wall tiles glued to a painted piece of plywood. It’s huge and heavy but fits the space perfectly. Notice the gold deer head on the checker wall? I gave that to Lisa this year as a gift for doing my hair. I found him at Z Gallery in SLC, UT.
Lisa loved the checkerboard treatment I gave my own personal breakfast table so we did the same to hers. You can see that post HERE.
And…of course, we made a message area on the end of the pantry cabinet for this busy family. Sheet metal and pine panted lime green and distressed. I like the hooks with hats hung there, too.
Ok…let’s go downstairs to the family room. This space is chuck full of toys so you are only going to see bits and pieces of my projects and not a whole view..k?!
The fireplace already had that cool copper piece hung above the mantel. I painted some extra plywood we had left over black and hung it behind the copper art for bigger impact.
Bi-fold doors, found for super cheap in the damaged section at Lowe’s, were painted and distressed in that same rust color we used throughout the house on other accents. They flank the fireplace. Above the entertainment center sits pictures of the cutest kids ever.
Above all the windows in the main living areas we added 1×6 pine stained in dark walnut. There was no molding around the windows so this was an easy way to make them stand out. This house sits on the east bench mountains in Utah and is surrounded by beautiful scrub oak. The wood accents on the windows could make you feel like you are in a mountain cabin as you look out at the gorgeous Wasatch front. Gorgeous views here!
Next year I will have the ultimate challenge of incorporating the biggest elk head you have ever seen into our design…..the kitchen re-no???? We’ll see! Matt hunts and brought a prized possession home. The elk’s name is Clark -you’ll meet him next year.
(I am not a fan of taxidermy but just think – Abercrombie)
I hope you found some ideas to bring into your own space here.
Thank you Lisa, Matt and boys for allowing me to leave a little touch of my own in your lovely home. Miss you all like crazy!

I have to share some faces here:
Mom (see her house HERE), Lisa, Me, Shauna (her hubby is the builder – I have yet to feature her amazing home) and Ryan. You can see his house HERE.

Shauna, Brent (my older brother – you can see his house HERE) and Lisa with burgundy hair – no longer that way.

Lisa, Me, Shauna and Ryan.

A goofy picture of us three sisters posing as Shauna (the one in the middle) – for some reason she never looks normal in pictures – it’s a family joke. These are 2012 photos – Utah summers are the best!
We have another brother not shown here – he lives in AZ – he is so cute – and single 🙂 If you are hot and so super nice – let me know…just kidding. I am not a match maker – just nosey about your home decor.


A special thanks to my readers. My silly blog reached 5 million page views today. Almost two years old and I’m still loving this fun hobby. At home I feel like I’m just talking to myself all the time – numbers don’t really matter but it’s nice to know somebody has read my ramblings. I gotta come up with a great way to celebrate.


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Arthur Bryant

You did great in designing even if you didn't seek help from your brother-in-law who is a contractor. You have a fine taste in design, so it's no wonder he thinks your idea will cost a lot. I admire you for proving him wrong. With a creative mind like yours, a fantastic renovation doesn't have to be expensive. Keep sharing with us your wonderful ideas! Arthur @

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Christine Vandormolen

Your Family looks so fun…they are lucky they have you help decorate!!! btw you look like your Mom!


Holly you have the midas touch. I love everything, looks so cozy and homey.

For My Love Of

Amazing taste! The home looks like a happy place to be. I am especially fond of the checkered accent wall with the gold deer head. My Fave!XO,

chateau chic

Your sister is so lucky to have you come and work your magic in her home! Love the checkered wall! So many great ideas, Holly.It's always fun to see pictures of the family!Mary Alice

Patti @ Pandoras Box

I just love that black and white wall and especially the treatment you did on the dining table!


another lovely tour, holly:) love the harlequin, and the gate with the pictures and esp. the great family pics:) 5 million hits?!–big congrats!!


Holly your sister's home is just that a home, but a beautiful home. You did such a great job assisting her. I love what you did with the portrait and that harlequin on the wall turned out fantastic!! Lots of inspiration here. Thanks for sharing this and can't wait to see it again next year.Cynthia

Shirley@Housepitality Designs

Love your sister's house….you two did a wonderful job and love the black and white checkerboard/harlequin design…love the way you accomplished that look!..Isn't decorating with sister fun…I love doing that too!…and congrats on the 5 million page views….how great is that!!!!


What a cute house. They look like a fun family. xo Laura

Christine Graves

Love it, I think my fav it the black diamond wall…You guys did a great job!XO,Christine

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest

Great job! I love the harlequin accent wall!

Ornate Splendor

Wow! What a great job you did with decorating your home. Everything is beautiful! Love that the black and white diamond wall was done by painting over the black diamonds and taking them off! Cheers, Catherine (newest follower of your decorating adventures!)

Shabby chic Sandy

Your family looks like so much fun! I love that family portrait on the gate–that is awesome! I need to copy that 🙂


Wonderful outcome – You did a great job there and it works for a busy, active family. Great budget friendly ideas, too! Your family is all just adorable-especially love that baby- xo Diana


So many unique touches! Love everytbing, have to do the chalk paint in a frame!!

Jil~Say It With Roses

Wonderful pictures…I enjoyed the tour of all the decorating. You are a better woman than I….the moose would have to live in the garage or maybe the basement….but that might be a tad scarey! lol!So nice to have met you and your blog!♥ Jil

Gee Singh Newbanks

Touches of Holly all over the home. Beautiful! But I must say, Ia m curious as to how you will incorporate the Moose head… Hmmm :-)Luv family photos!Hugs, Gee