“Hello” from Danville, California.  I am Angie Rose and I am new to Home Love Stories, but have been a follower of Melissa for about the last 6 months or so. I absolutely connect with everything she has written and posted.  In fact, it has given me confidence to trust my gut on what I love and what I want to surround my home to make me and my family happy!! I have recently done a remodel on my home and The Inspired Home has truly inspired me. My brain is bursting with so many interesting, fun things that I have learned and experienced to post.  I am a little nervous to “put myself out there”. I have thought to myself for the last year or so that I have so much valuable, credible, information that I have learned with regards to home, lifestyle, nutrition, pets, etc. in my 52 years.

My husband and I work at home doing real estate investing, we are both real estate brokers that work under our own brokerage company. We also buy distressed homes to fix up and sell.  So we are always dealing with all different aspects of homes and the real estate market. 

A big part of my life, besides, my work and family are my 3 dogs (Daisy, Bentley and Angus). I specifically remodeled our home to be pet friendly.  They are a big part of our life and bring so much joy. As I continue to post more stories, it will become apparent how much a part of my life they are.

Since it is fall I have to mention something with pumpkins!!! This pumpkin art piece was in Yountville, California (Napa Wine Country and near The French Laundry). When I was there I visited the winery Nickel and Nickel-very farmhouse rustic feel. I will have to share pictures on another story….

Happy Fall, my favorite time of year and my birthday month!!. I am looking forward to sharing lots of fun things with you all.

Welcome To My Home and the start of my #LoveYourHomeChallenge

As I finish up “Love The Home You Have” I see that I may have a long process ahead of me to cultivate contentment and love for my home, but that is not going to stop me!  I am excited to begin the #LoveYourHomeChallenge today!

Yesterday as I was standing outside watching my kids play, (which I am extremely grateful and blessed that I can be home with my kids every day, and that we have a home where we can go outside and play and ride bikes!), I dug through unused items in our garage, items that were being saved for a future garage sale no less, and I made a lovely welcoming display for our front door.

Since these are items that I was getting rid of, what difference did it make if they were going to get weathered?  And so began this journey of seeing my home in a new light, learning to use what I have in new ways, and ultimately loving the home I have.

My Beach House Remodel

Home Entry
This is a full shot of our entryway, living room & gallery wall.  

Front Doors 
Solid Pine Knotty Adler Custom Doors with wrought iron grills.  Mexican Tile Border from Latin Accent Tiles.  #frontdoors


For our entryway, we add large pine front doors ~ My favorite part of the remodel! Rug from Anthropologie. Foyer tile from Tabarka Tile. 

Sunburst Mirrors ~ Ballard Designs & World Market.  Lamp Homegoods.  Cabinet Pier 1.

Gallery Wall

A collection of old and new photos. #gallerywall

Dining Room 

Chandelier Aiden Gray Home. #chandelier


Family Room

Our den is a large open space and connects with our new kitchen. Features slipcovered white furniture (the ONLY way to go with kids!) #slipcovered #den #familyroom

Living Room
Slipcovered linen sofa.  Rustic accents.  Area Rug ~ West Elm

New Kitchen 
Backsplash is Tabarka Tile, white custom cabinets, butcher block island top, marble countertops.  Stools from Home Decorators.  #kitchen #remodel

Built In Subzero frigerator, Lighting over island from Park Hill Collection.

Farmouse kitchen sink from Kohler. Pendant light Currey & Co.

Eat In Breakfast Area


Filled with cottage armoire photos & beach knick knacks.  Diamond jute rug from Homegoods.

Master Bedroom


Master Bathroom
Sign from You & Me Signs (etsy store).  Mirrors Ballard Designs.  Sconces Cyan Design.

Linen Pom Pom Curtains ~ New Arrivals, Inc.  Wooden Curtain Rod ~ Anthropologie.  Chandelier ~ Cyan Design.
My Daughter’s Room

Jack & Jill Bathroom

Guest Bathroom

New Laundry Room

I did shiplap walls in my Laundry Room ~ Love them! Tabarka floor tile & laundry sink from Kohler.  Custom cabinets ~ handles from Anthropologie.

Sign from House of Belonging (etsy store).

Land of Sunshine Sign from New Arrivals, Inc.



My Maltese, Harley :)

Our home is located in Atlantic Beach, Florida a couple of blocks from the beach, in the “Oceanwalk” subdivision.  Oceanwalk is a beach side community with over 250 homes and is only a bike ride away from the Beaches Town Center ~ a collection of shops and restaurants.  
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Sunroom: Our Comfy Spot

Greetings from Minnesota!

My husband and I start each day in our sunroom, It’s our favorite room in our home because of the natural lighting that seems cheerful even on a gray day.

This is our #comfyspot with our favorite wingback chairs, that we purchased for our former home fifteen years ago. 

My grandpa built the rustic green potting bench many years ago. This shelf contains memories of our grandparents: framed photos and kitchen paraphernalia. 

The top shelf displays a few of my favorite children’s books about flowers,, a few plants, and souvenir sea shells from past vacations. These remind me that winter won’t last forever!

Finally, I keep a Burlington picnic basket stocked with dishes and a blanket, hoping that I can convince my husband to take a break from work and relax. The small basket holds our bird identification book and a pair of binoculars. Do you watch birds? We started marking the pages so we remember which birds we’ve seen before and which ones are new to us. The glass jar hold more cookie cutters – mine and my husband’s grandmothers. I love cookies, especially Molasses Crinkles from Betty Crocker. My grandparents used to dunk them in coffee and even had extra cookies to dunk and feed to their dog!

The Clark Family Moves In

i just moved to the neighborhood! Hi everyone! My name is Crystal and I am a stay at home mom who also teaches some fitness classes at the local YMCA  and loves to bake! I have been married to my wonderful husband 7 years this summer, and we have 2 amazingly silly kids that are lots of fun. This is house #3 for us, and we have lived here almost 2 years. We started out in a 400 square foot ‘studio apartment’ home, then had the opportunity to move into the two bedroom house next door when our son was 1 year old. (Sometimes I miss the days when I could lay in my bed and hold hands with my son in his pack and play!) We lived right on the main highway of our town, so my husband was always looking to move us to a more family friendly location. When he first took me to see this house, I told him it was one if the dirtiest, darkest, saddest houses I had been in! BUT it was off the highway, had another bedroom for our new daughter, and had an awesome fenced in backyard. My carpenter husband (handy I know!) had an initial vision for this house that I couldn’t see, but now I am so grateful for his leadership and how he really thought through how our family wanted to live. We ended up ripping out the ceiling and all the walls in the living room the week before we moved in, and lived in the construction site for about 5 months before it was safe to bring our couches back home! (Sometimes the construction is slow going when it is your husband and you aren’t paying him!) We have done a lot of work to this home, and I can make a before album when I figure that out, but for now I am so blessed to have found this blog and community as I start to really decorate and make this house our home. 🙂 

Gallery Wall

Hello all! This is my first post here on HomeLoveStories, and I’m super excited to be here! 

So I’ve been in the process of adding items to this gallery wall for almost a year now. Everything (minus the plate which was purchased and added to the wall today) is a DIY project. I feel like I’m moving at a snail’s pace with this wall, and I probably am. Obviously with the blank spaces it’s not done yet. However, every time I see this wall now that it’s coming together it makes me smile, and proud to have created this spot in my home.  #makeitpretty

serendipitous decor

My favorite corner is my cozy couch in my dining room.  

The natural light is great under this window. 

We are a family of 5, so we don’t need to sit on the couch at meals. Somehow, having a view of a cozy couch sort of makes the room feel more comfortable. 

I had the idea to put it here when we were unable to fit it up the stairs to our play room/media room. :) But, as it turns out, I really like it here. 

Sharing Myself: Inside and Out

Welcome to my home. I don’t live here alone so it is also the House of Compromise. No Crystal Chandeliers. No Pink. No Purple. But it is mine. And his. Together ours, which is the best place to be.

The Red Arrow gives a sense of direction and a place to hang your coat and hat. Come on in!

Comfortable seating with plenty of pillows is a must.

The living room includes a place on the sofa for the cat. The coffee table is not decorated…it is always buried in never ending reading material and current projects.

Dining room hutch and buffet open to living room on one side and the kitchen on the other.

Dining room table. We live here. It’s laundry day. 

The kitchen. It bothers my husband more than me that it still looks like this after owning the house for 3 1/2 years. The counter-tops are laminate that’s torn in places and all the edging has come off. The only reason it still looks like this is because I cannot decide what I want. Refinished or new cabinets? Granite (yawn), marble (expensive), quartz (1000‘s to choose from), or concrete? And then there‘s the back splash….