We are happy to welcome Stacie Bloomfield as our next "At Home" guest! "My husband and I moved into this 1970's ranch house in 2009. We had just relocated to from Springfield, MO to Northwest Arkansas so that my husband could begin working on his PhD in Mathematics. We actually purchased this home from my mother-in-law and over the years have worked to make it our own! Our house has low ceilings and is dimly lit (hardly any windows) so we installed skylights painted our living room walls white so that the light would reflect and brighten up the house! We knew that we would only live in this house for a short while, so we have made small improvements here and there to suit our taste. My husband and I love to cook, so 3 years ago we renovated the kitchen. The dining room sits between the living room and kitchen, so we decided to go bold with white wainscoting and chalkboard walls! I am an illustrator, so we have really enjoyed having guests visit and draw on our walls :)" "We have always gotten a lot of comments on our chalkboard dining room! I know that chalkboard walls are everywhere now, but we have had them for 5 years and have never regretted them :) Every person that has ever visited our home has written on them. It is like a giant scrapbook of the past 5 years! Aside from that decor element, the most unusual item in our home my giant octopus illustration that we have hanging over our couch! I love to draw inspiration from quilt patterns, favorite animals, and carefully curated color palettes. This piece is a personal favorite & is definitely an attention getter.""We have been in this house for 5 years. When we moved here, I was 5 months pregnant with my daughter, Violet, and my husband was just beginning his PhD program in mathematics! Since we did purchase this home from a relative, we have worked hard to transform it into a place that both my husband and I could be comfortable in. My husband has been a student most of our time here, & we have tried to affordably transform our home. Most of the decor has either been thrifted, gifted, our DIYed. I have a very colorful aesthetic, and my husband is very open minded to whatever ideas I would like to try out! We renovated our kitchen ourselves. And with some of the rooms, it was amazing what a bucket of paint did to really change the mood of the house. Our house is happy and light. Peaceful, but with a sense of humor! We have one of my etchings of Albert Einstein hanging on our bookshelf, and he always makes me smile!
This home has housed so many memories. When we purchased the home it was just my husband Nathan and me. And now that we have 2 daughters running around, we have tried to keep our home kid friendly and childproofed. Thinking about all of the amazing experiences we have had while living in this home is bittersweet. We are relocating to Edmond, OK this summer, so I am so happy to have a chance to photograph and capture our house!" "We are always in our living room! My husband likes to perch in the houndstooth armchair that I upholstered and grade papers, while my kids are usually dancing on the rug or coloring in their notebooks. I have a separate studio for Gingiber, but utilize the dining room desk for editing photos, listing products, and answering email. Our house has a fairly open floorspace, so we never feel too far from each other. And every morning my husband and I wake up and cook breakfast for our family. It is probably my favorite part of our day. Sometimes it is crazy to think about how fast the past 5 years has gone by and how many changes we have experienced. When we moved here I was a coffee shop manager dreaming of making a go at illustration, while Nathan was just about to embark on 5 years of grad school. It seemed like it would be an eternity before we would ever move again. And now here we are, packing boxes and soaking up all of the precious memories that our home had to offer. I only hope that the next owner enjoys it as much as we have!" Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home with us, Stacie! You can find more of Stacie over at her site Gingiber and her Etsy shop! xo.