Everyday Life in our house (a home tour before 8 a.m.!)

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Hello, fellow small-living enthusiast! Are you ready for a little home tour? 

It is September, and we have enjoyed living in our darling Green House for about a year and a half now. It’s hard to believe how fast that time has gone. I have loved every second this home has given us. I’ve given you little glimpses of the house here and there and here, but it’s been difficult for me to share a full tour because many parts of the home still seem unfinished. But we’re all about loving the imperfect and in-progress here, and so I’m opening the doors a little bit to share with you what our smallish life looks like in the Green House… before 8 a.m. 🙂 

We recently invited Meg from Margaret Koning Photography into our home for an early-morning everyday life photo session. She documented our routines and rhythms beautifully and authentically. The full walk-through of the morning is over here at the Colorado Springs Moms Blog. I’d love it if you would pop over and take a peek. 🙂 But keep reading here because I have more pictures and thoughts that I want to share with you, dear faithful readers. 

<Click here to read the full post about what life looks like in our family Before 8 a.m.>

Home Tour

Come on in to the Green House! When you step through the door of our home, this is generally what you see. Remember how we knocked down that half-wall? Our vintage kitchen table now sits where that wall was. 🙂

everyday life in our house home tour

There are people. Lots of people. 🙂 The back door is open, there is laundry on the table and somebody scooting around on the floor. This is normal life. 

Our main living area is one large room. This “living room” has withstood about 23 different rearrangements and two different rugs (there is currently no rug, because I can’t make up my mind what I want it to look like). It now looks like this, with a wonky gallery wall (disproportioned, also, because I can’t make up my mind what I want to hang there!) and a portable A/C unit. It feels like “us.” 🙂


home tour living room


Our entry wall always looks like this: 

home tour entry wall

I have lofty dreams about making it a white-washed pallet wall, but for now it remains simple. Practical. Plain. 🙂 Below the hooks sits Dan’s wonderful handmade bench that I am still in love with which houses our shoes and generally a couple toys or wayward items of clothing.


Zoom in on our kitchen, and this is what it looks like everyday. Peanut butter on the counter, a mug waiting to be filled with hot water, and dishes drying. Also, I love that window over the sink. The morning light which fills our home rivals the light which beams from my kiddos’ smiles. It is amazing, strong, bright. All heart eyes!

home tour kitchen


If you’re standing down the hallway, this is what you see looking into the main living area. We have not installed the baseboard trim in the house nor put closet doors back on, so we use curtains to cover some of the closets. I like the soft look the curtains bring. 🙂

home tour hallway


Kids’ Room

Come into the kids’ room, and you might recognize some items. 🙂

home tour kids room

home tour kids bed

home tour changing table

We still use that old Ikea shelf as a changing table. It does the job fantastically. (Those diapers in the picture, by the way, have covered four babies’ bottoms for 6 years and they are still going strong. We recommend cloth diapering.) 😀


Rest of the House

The bathroom is one room which is purely functional. I suppose, if any room must be “purely functional”, the bathroom should be it. 😉 An entire wall houses everyone’s towels. It’s pretty basic. Which is totally ok.

home tour bathroom


A teeny peek into the master bedroom.

home tour master bedroom

Lastly, our “guest bedroom” and study/computer room. We use the Murphy bed every single day for nap time. It is one of the reasons this home is so easy for us to live in, because this room provides another quiet spot for separate activities.

home tour study room


That’s what our home looks like for now. It is a work in progress. We love it as it is, and I’m sure we’ll love it more when it feels more “completed”. We continue to overflow with thankfulness to God for providing exactly what we needed and wanted. 🙂

Next I’ll share a little tour of what our backyard and garden look like! Stay tuned. 😉

If you have any questions or post requests, go ahead and comment with what you’d like to hear about! 

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  • Dawn
    September 15, 2016

    This is so much fun to see! BEAUTIFUL pictures, they will be so fun to have forever…everyone says this time goes so fast and I’m just now starting to feel like they are right 😉

    • Evelyn
      September 16, 2016

      Hi Dawn! I know, I’m the same way– just realizing what a blur these past 6 years have been and only feel the years going faster!! 🙁 Thanks for peeking in and commenting!

  • Rachel
    September 15, 2016

    Love this so much. What a beautiful home and family.
    And my gallery wall is wonky too and front hall is a work in progress (that I haven’t worked on in a year!).

    • Evelyn
      September 16, 2016

      Yay, I’m not the only one with uneven pictures on the wall!! 😉 Thanks for commenting, Rachel!

  • Catherine A. Stadler
    September 15, 2016

    Thank you for sharing precious family time with us! Your home is lovely and warm, and the kids are adorable! This brought back many sweet memories for me. Mine have all flown the nest!

    • Evelyn
      September 16, 2016

      Thanks for reading & commenting, Catherine! Sweet memories indeed. 🙂

  • Jo
    September 15, 2016

    Yay Green House!! It’s so perfectly lovely.

  • Linda
    September 15, 2016

    My grandfather always said all you need besides a roof over your head is a bed to sleep in and a table to eat at. I love simplicity and choosing family over stuff.

  • Dawn
    September 16, 2016

    Lovely family, lovely home!

  • Jaime L.
    October 10, 2016

    These photos are awesome! I miss your beautiful home.. It’s perfect in every way! LOVE.LOVE.LOVE IT. And what’s more, I adore the overwhelming peace and love that resides in your home.

    • Evelyn
      October 19, 2016

      Thank you sweet friend! Miss you xo

  • Leli
    November 8, 2016

    I love getting a look around your house and to see your cute kiddos. I admire you so much! What an inspiration you are! Leli

  • Amy@MoreTimeThanMoney
    November 9, 2016

    So inspiring to see real people, really living. Thanks for sharing. What I’d love to hear more about making it work with one bathroom. We all want to be in there at the same time!

    • Evelyn
      November 9, 2016

      Hi Amy! Thanks for commenting! Yeah, we kind of have the same bathroom pile-up problem, but so far we’ve managed to take turns for the most part. 😀

  • Jesse Danson
    March 4, 2017

    Thank you for the glimpse into your home! It’s so fun to see your family living in it and making sweet memories! 🙂

  • Andrea Thorn
    May 3, 2017

    Just now discovering your blog…& loving it! My own 2 homeschooled children are now grown, but like you, we chose our family over newer cars, prestigious jobs, or a bigger house. Our extended family thought we were nuts for depending on God, living like ‘paupers’, and to this day, critical of my choice to stay home instead of going to work full time. Homeschooling ‘back in the day’ prior to computer / blog / minimalist age wasn’t easy, but we had do much fun, even when it was difficult. Though we don’t have grandchildren, our relationship w/our daughters, homeschool memories, and enduring friendships are worth far more than any THING. My own mom (w/dementia) now lives with us, but I work outside of the home. She has a companion for 4 hours per day, and then my sweet hubby comes home to his home office to do his job. Times are still not easy, but thanks be to God for meeting our needs more than we could’ve ever imagined.
    May God continue to bless you and your family as you bless others through your words of encouragement. just me, AT 🙂
    P. S. LOVED the Olive Tree idea; my Mama is from Greece and they made a living with their olive trees!

    • Evelyn
      May 3, 2017

      Hi Andrea, oh what a sweet and beautiful perspective you have! Thank you for your encouragement– you are an inspiration to me! … and PS… we don’t think the corner in our bedroom has enough light to sustain an olive tree (saaaad!), but I’m looking into other options. 🙂 They are so pretty! Thanks so much for commenting. Hope to hear more from you!

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