DIY projects, seasonal decorating, and family vacations are just a few of the topics that populate Karla Swoveland’s blog, It’s the Little Things that Make a House a Home. We asked this Tacoma, Washington-based mom-of-three and wife-to-one just what are t
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The Little Things

DIY projects, seasonal decorating, and family vacations are just a few of the topics that populate Karla Swoveland’s blog, It’s the Little Things that Make a House a Home. We asked this Tacoma, Washington-based mom-of-three and wife-to-one just what are the little things that make her house a home and this is what she had to say.


MyHomeIdeas: In 3 words or less, my decorating style is… 
Karla Swoveland: Casual, Comfortable and a little bit Coastal

Karla’s casual, comfortable, coastal style is displayed perfectly in these three trays she DIY’d from Target. See how she completed th
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The Three C’s

MyHomeIdeas: In three words or less, my decorating style is…

Karla Swoveland: Casual, Comfortable and a little bit Coastal

 

Karla’s casual, comfortable, coastal style is displayed perfectly in these three trays she DIY’d from Target. See how she completed the project here. 

 


MHI: My favorite paint colors are…
KS: From Benjamin Moore: “Wedgewood Gray”, “Templeton Gray”, and “Stratton Blue”. From the Lowe's Earth Elements Collection: “Dust Storm” and “Swoosh.” From Behr: “Cherry Tree” for the perfect red front door!

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Painterly Picks

MHI: My favorite paint colors are…

KS: From Benjamin Moore: “Wedgewood Gray,” “Templeton Gray,” and “Stratton Blue”. From the Lowe's Earth Elements Collection: “Dust Storm” and “Swoosh.” From Behr: “Cherry Tree” for the perfect red front door!

 

We’re in love with Karla’s perfectly organized gift wrapping station, where she used Stratton Blue to pretty-up the peg board. Check out that post here, and see her home’s Cherry Tree red front door here. 

 


MHI: My favorite place for home décor finds is…
KS: Target, TJ Maxx, Ikea, and thrift and antique stores

Follow Karla and her family as they venture to Ikea for a visit that can only be described as totally typical. How many of you have had a similar Ike
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The IKEA Experience

MHI: My favorite place for home decor finds is…

KS: Target, TJ Maxx, Ikea, and thrift and antique stores

 

Follow Karla and her family as they venture to Ikea for a visit that can only be described as totally typical. How many of you have had a similar Ikea experience? Read about it here  

 


MHI: The scent that fills my home is…
KS: Currently I am loving a scent called “Lemongrass Eucalyptus” from Target. You can buy it in a soy candle, or a reed diffuser. It is fresh and clean and I love how it makes our home smell! 

This scented little lig
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Home Sweet Scent Home

MHI: The scent that fills my home is…

KS: Currently I am loving a scent called “Lemongrass Eucalyptus” from Target. You can buy it in a soy candle, or a reed diffuser. It is fresh and clean, and I love how it makes our home smell!

 

This scented little light glows inside the Swoveland’s home. See how Karla used a set of old Christmas lights to make her back patio glow gorgeously, here. And don’t miss their unreal view of Mount Rainier. Spectacular! 

 

 


MHI: The sounds that fill my home are… 
KS: The sounds of my three children! They are 8, 6, and 4 years old. They laugh and play, and fight and cry (as all siblings do) and they make our house come alive! And on any given day you can hear music. Singing a
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Child's Play

MHI: The sounds that fill my home are…

KS: The sounds of my three children! They are 8, 6, and 4 years old. They laugh and play, and fight and cry (as all siblings do) and they make our house come alive! And on any given day you can hear music. Singing and dancing happen quite often around here!

 

Karla’s noisemakers children, William, Owen, and Ellison all have rooms to die for. See how she painted a sweet pink scalloped pattern in her little girls’ room here, and her son’s awesome fort bed here.

 

 

 


MHI: My favorite interior designer is… 
KS: This is a hard one for me because it is so hard to pick just one favorite. I love Sarah Richardson. She has an aesthetic that I admire and crave in my own home. I also love Kenneth Brown and Candice Olson.

Do y
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Free Inspiration

MHI: My favorite interior designer is…

KS: This is a hard one for me because it is so hard to pick just one favorite. I love Sarah Richardson. She has an aesthetic that I admire and crave in my own home. I also love Kenneth Brown and Candice Olson.

 

Do you think these designers inspired Karla’s master bedroom makeover? Regardless, it’s fabulous and was done for free! See it here.

 


MHI: My favorite blog, besides my own, is…
KS: There are a few: Isabella & Max Rooms – Janell's spaces are beautifully designed! House Of Turquoise – It gives me my daily fix of my favorite color with shades of turquoise in fresh and inspiring spaces! Blo
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My Fellow Bloggers

MHI: My favorite blog, besides my own, is…

KS: There are a few: Isabella & Max Rooms – Janell's spaces are beautifully designed! House Of Turquoise – It gives me my daily fix of my favorite color with shades of turquoise in fresh and inspiring spaces! Blondie N' SC – Tara's blog is not only about decor and beautiful found objects, but filled with her own gorgeous photography and thought-provoking words.

 

Janell over at Isabella & Max Rooms used this girly chandelier in her daughter’s bedroom. See it here. Just like her favorite bloggers, Karla shares the DIY projects that make her home better, like when she and her husband built this kitchen window seat with hidden storage.    

 

 

 

 


MHI: My favorite room in my house is… 
KS: Our Family Room. We have completely made it our own, from the fireplace transformation to the Board & Batten treatment on all of the walls. It's fresh and relaxing all at the same time. It sits right off our kitc
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Family Matters

MHI: My favorite room in my house is…

KS: Our family oom. We have completely made it our own, from the fireplace transformation to the Board & Batten treatment on all of the walls. It's fresh and relaxing all at the same time. It sits right off our kitchen and it is the space that we live in the most. It suits our family and my style preferences perfectly. But our master bedroom comes in at a close second!

 

See the Swoveland’s family room before-and-after makeover here  

 

 


MHI: The one thing in my house I cannot live without is… 
KS: I have to admit, my immediate thought was my husband! He's my carpenter and partner in making all of the really big changes that happen in our home. He's a keeper, for sure! But if we're talkin
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A Keeper

MHI: The one thing in my house I cannot live without is…

KS: I have to admit, my immediate thought was my husband! He's my carpenter and partner in making all of the really big changes that happen in our home. He's a keeper, for sure! But if we're talking about an object that I cannot live without, then I'd have to say my fan deck and paint chips. I consult them probably more than I should, but they are the first thing I go to when I get that urge to transform a space.

 

Karla’s husband, Will, is responsible for so many of their home’s DIY projects. See how he totally transformed their family room’s fireplace façade here.  

 

 


MHI: The house chore I despise is… 
KS: Without a doubt, folding and putting away laundry. I'm fine with washing and drying it, and I'll admit that I love the smell of fresh laundry, but if I could hand over the chore of doing laundry, I would do so happi
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Lousy Laundry

MHI: The house chore I despise is…

KS: Without a doubt, folding and putting away laundry. I'm fine with washing and drying it, and I'll admit that I love the smell of fresh laundry, but if I could hand over the chore of doing laundry, I would do so happily and never look back!

 

Karla might not enjoy laundry, but her laundry room hasn’t been neglected. See how she organized this space and her inspiration for doing so here. 

 

 


MHI: If I had an unlimited budget, I would… 
KS: Knock out the wall separating our kitchen from our living room and add a second story to our home! I love our location, our view of Mt. Rainier, and the changes that we have made to our home in the three ye
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Mountain Views Majesty

MHI: If I had an unlimited budget, I would…

KS: Knock out the wall separating our kitchen from our living room and add a second story to our home! I love our location, our view of Mt. Rainier, and the changes that we have made to our home in the three years that we have lived here. It would be nice to stay here for many, many years to come, so if money was no object and I could dream big, I would definitely make these changes happen! I would love to have an open concept space for our kitchen, family room, and living room. And if I could build up, it would be great to have an office that Will and I could share and maybe even have a bonus room for the kids.

 

It’s no surprise that Karla adores her views of Washington’s Mt. Rainier. Here are a few images that show why. 

 


MHI: If I could live in any city in the world, I would live in…
KS: a coastal beach town – not the city. I love the beach towns that dot the Pacific Coast Highway. Walking along the shore, watching the waves and collecting seashells is one of my favorite
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Dream Towns

MHI: If I could live in any city in the world, I would live in…

KS: A coastal beach town – not the city. I love the beach towns that dot the Pacific Coast Highway. Walking along the shore, watching the waves, and collecting seashells are my favorite ways to relax. Being lucky enough to live in that setting full time is a dream of mine. However, I would love to get my hands on a downtown city loft just to have the chance to decorate it with a trendy, urban feel! It would be so much fun to design a space that is totally different from our home here in suburbia!

 

Take a look at Karla’s family vacation to the charming town of Seabrook, Washington here. Seabrook is also where Coastal Living built their latest Idea House. 

 


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