Hi! I’m Julie, the redhead from redheadcandecorate.com.
Welcome to our Cape Cod in Lake Orion, Michigan.
I’m saving the seat to my left for my friend Miss Debbie Doo. Not sure if you know this, but Debbie & I have a lot in common. We are both from just outside Buffalo. You know what that means. We know a thing or two about making a snow man, and we can spot a bad Buffalo wing a mile away.
I can’t wait for her to get here because we are taking you on my home tour today. EEEK! Not sure why, but I get really nervous when company is coming over. I guess I just hope to make you feel welcome.
We bought this home in 2008 when we were transferred back to Michigan. This was long before blogging, but we knew we could fix her up all nice and cozy with a
little a lot of paint and determination. What we didn’t know was that all of the fixing up would be documented one day on my blog. It’s very exciting and rewarding in many ways.
BEEP BEEP! Look who’s here!! It’s Debbie! Wow, she’s fast!
Welcome Debbie Doo! Nice wheels girl. So happy you are here! Lets get this party started, shall we? Before I forget, I wanted to let you all know that I made a video tour for you as well. It is located at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!
To start out, here’s a couple photos of our home in the Fall. We have a circular driveway that is fun for our girls to ride their scooters and bikes on. The area in the middle is left to grow natural, but the rest of the yard needs a ton of weeding. Somehow we manage to keep it looking tidy, although this year I have learned that a few weeds never hurt anyone.
Here’s our porch last Halloween that I’ve been busy working on.
After I took a trip to Niagara on the Lake it put me in the mood for a beachy theme, so next week I plan to reveal the beach!
Here’s what I have so far…
My husband, Rick, and I love to work in the yard. We take great pride in ownership because we’ve worked so hard. One of the reasons we like this house is because of the abundance of perennials. From Lilly of the Valley, to Hydrangeas, the previous owners really planned and planted a lot. There’s always something in bloom over the warm months.
Our back yard looks out over a lake called Pung’s Lake. Not sure why it’s called a lake, it’s more like a pond. It is very pretty at every season. We enjoy fishing, and we are building a dock this Summer. I plan to document the entire process. The good, the bad, and even the ugly.
We better get moving because before we know it, our yard will look like this again.
But until then, lets enjoy the Summer breeze.
Before we head inside for some Earl Grey, here’s a view from the lake towards the back of the house.
We have a walk out basement so our deck is high off the ground. Lets go see, come on Debbie!
Geesh, it got dark fast!
Can you imagine having Debbie over for dinner?
Now that would be a hoot!
Lets head back around to the front so I can take you in through the front door. Be careful on these steps.
Knock Knock, let us in kiddos! Put the chips & root beer away, we have company.
(Christmas in July?)
Come on in Debbie!
Here’s our family room. This is where we watch movies, and we gather around the Christmas tree.
We are painting this room this weekend, so I am very excited for a new look.
Lets go check out my favorite room, and the heart of our home, the kitchen.
I’m going to include a before picture first.
This was before we moved in.
Here we are today after several coats of paint and updated accessories.
I made you a cake Debbie Doo! (okay, maybe it’s from the store, but I did frost it)
If you would like more information on our DIY kitchen makeover, you can find that here: Red’s Kitchen Makeover
Lets check out Dude’s room, aka our unused dining room turned redheadcandecorate.com’s office.
First, here’s Dude…
Since Dude is sleeping, now is a great time to go see our master bedroom. My second favorite room in the house. This is where I get my heating pad out and watch Housewives. Yep, I’m addicted.
For more information on how we transformed this space, please visit my post found here: Master Bedroom Makeover
Here’s our master bathroom. We stuck to a very strict budget for this room. I love it.
I know this tour can be a bit long, so I’m going to speed it up so Debbie doesn’t miss her next tour!
Powder Room (my kids laugh at me when I call it that)
Laundry Room w/ new folding nook (say what!?)
Upstairs you’ll find Daphne & Valerie our 2 baby girls playing. Okay, so they aren’t babies anymore, but to me they are 🙂
Val’s room hasn’t been photographed yet, but you can see it here through their Jack & Jill closet.
Last, but certainly not least…the basement. Our girls
play hang out with their friends down here…and I spy on them!
It’s my duty.
Before we sign off, here’s that video tour I made for you. There’s a few funny parts, including Dude.
I also wanted to announce that I am a new contributor on Debbie Doo’s.
I love to cook, so I will be cooking up something special once a month right here. I hope you will join me.
Thank you so much for coming Debbie, and for sharing your friends with me.
We need to do this again some time!
There she goes…off to her next tour.
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Love Julie’s home and what a fun post. Thanks for the tour.
Thanks for checking us our Kim! XO
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This home is perfection. She did an amazing job!
I was just checking out your potato salad. That sounds so good, and better for you. I will try it for sure. Great to meet you Val, thanks for the nice comment today!
Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions
Such a beautiful home and a great setting! I love how the outside views look beautiful even in Winter.
Thank you Kathy…When I saw the snow on the trees that Winter day I couldn’t resist getting that shot. So glad I did, because Winter doesn’t always look so beautiful…lol Thank you for your lovely comment here XO.
I love Julie’s style – her home is fantastic!
Hey Anne, thank you so much for your support. Love you girl!
Yvonne @ StoneGable
Beautiful home… beautiful property and what a gorgeous inside! I am a kitchen person so of course I was totally drawn to your fabulous open kitchen! You home has such a wonderful open feel!
Debbie… great choice!!!
Thank you Yvonne, we spend so much time in that kitchen. Hey! I’m there right now, lol. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment. Great to get to know you better!
Wow Wow Debbie Julie’s home is beautiful. It is so cozy and fun.
Thank you Kris, I love that word, FUN! I get bored w/ hotel style, gotta have some fun in there 🙂 XO
Hi Debbie! Hope you had a wonderful 4th! Thanks for having Julie AND little Red….Julie’s house is just amazing and I now love her kitchen even more – which I totally did not think was possible! Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend!
Thank you Cindy…you are the sweetest XO
Inspire Me Heather
What a wonderful house tour – I liked that it went through the seasons too, so pretty all year around!
Thank you Heather, I love that you liked it! Thank you for swinging by!!
This is absolutely fabulous! So glad you shared this beautiful home!
Thank you Daffodil Hill! My daughter’s name is Daphne and it reminds me of a daffodil!
What a fun tour! Love Julie’s home and her kitchen is amazing!! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!~Angela
Thank you for stopping by Angela! XO
Claire @ A Little Claireification
What a great tour, Debbie!! I always love seeing Julie’s beautiful home and posts.
Julie, girl, that bus is SO hilarious. I laughed my butt off when I saw that!!
Fantastic tour, ladies!! xoxo
Claire, I love ya! Thank you so much for your kind words! XO
FIRST of all – that cartoon of you in the blue chair is AWESOME 😉 …and I am LOVING your back porch!!! in LOVE!
Thanks Amy! I was laughing at that and the bus. I was feeling rather funky at the time…glad I did it though! XO
Nice Job, Julie, Never had a DOUBT, love, Dad
Thanks for coming by Dad…to have you here, is, well, beyond words! The support you give is unbelievable, and so very much appreciated. Love you Mom & Dad!
Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage
Left the window open to peek the home tour later but just the pictures are fabulous!! Still in love with that kitchen (and you cake baking skills) Miss Julie!!!! Shared on my FHC page 🙂 See ya later girls.
This home is nothing short of fabulous… I have always loved Julie’s home, blog and her skills to make you feel right at home and comfortable. Her wing sauce and an incredible story she shared when she worked at a bar drew me a long time ago. Thank you Debbie for sharing Julie’s home with loads & loads of inspiration!!!
I read your comment in the car today Lynn. Can I tell you it brought me to tears. Thank you so much. No one has ever mentioned my robbery and it is such a huge part of who I am today. I hope and pray my story helps. Thank you again, and again.
just love Julies home so welcomeing and homey thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you Linda! Such an honor to be here! XO
That was a fun home tour. Love the kitchen redo. Pretty yard and pond.Wow!
Thank you Holly!!
Oh my goodness, Debbie! That was awesome! I loved the tour today with Julie!! Thanks for the video tour, too.
I am excited to see your recipes Julie!!
Meegan, you are so darn sweet, I love ya!
What a lovely home! I love the spy window to the basement. lol!
Hi Heather! Thank’s so much for your nice comment. I know it’s hysterical, and so not planned!
What a beautiful home! I would love to have a pond (sigh), and I love Mom’s Spy Window!! I need one of those!
Thanks Amy! It works like a charm, and I think I will be needing it ALOT soon if you catch my drift. lol
Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life...
Julie is the best! Love her! Thank you for featuring her beautiful home Debbie!
Thanks for stopping by friend! XO
That was a fun home tour!!
Thank you Kris!
That was an awesome tour of RCD’s beautiful,welcoming home. Love the cute little touches everywhere, the “mini” Julie cracks me up.. Great job sista!
Well hello Sista!!!
Great home tour. Give Dude a rub:)
Awwww, thanks Jeanette! That we will 🙂
Wow Yes Redhead can Decorate!! What a Beautiful Home Inside and Out I Just Love it !!
Excellent Taste and Style and I love the Hard and Soft Scape Outside also!!
Thank you Lisa!
Julie, your home is gorgeous inside and out…your views are just amazing and I so love the transformation of your beautiful kitchen…and congrats on being a contributor on Debbie’s amazing blog….thanks Debbie for another great home tour!!!!
Thank you Shirley!