The DIY Home...

I recently came across this lovely North Carolina lake house featured in Country Living and wanted to share, as the home offers lots of inspiration for touch ups and add ons that won't break the bank. 

Owner Emily Knotts had a small budget to redo the home. For the kitchen, she added a coat of fresh paint and removed the upper cabinet doors. This instant open shelving created a nice dimension and interest to the space. 

I've come to really love the natural color drop cloths sold at Home Depot (@$10 each). I recently used them as backdrops for a set I was shooting on but they also work great as curtains, tablecloths and as used here, upholstery. For the pendant, owner Emily Knotts used a $4 socket and $20 garden lantern to make this impressive piece. Lighting is one aspect of the home that really doesn't have to cost a lot- just takes a bit of ingenuity as you can craft a light out of just about anything...

Emily decoupaged this lampshade (via Target) with pages from her dictionary. For her incredible barn style look, she combined salvaged doors she found at a yard sale with casters and industrial piping to create an inexpensive sliding track entryway. 

Many of the incredible pieces in the home, Emily found at Cline's in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina, which Bryce and I visited a little while back. Wherever you live, it's a great idea to seek out that amazing salvage yard or antique shop close by and let that be your home base for ideas and great finds. Learn more about Emily's impressive DIY home over at Country Living, here. 


Photos: Lucas Allen/ Country Living      Content: Sweet Peach