Home Tour


Welcome to our cozy little home!

Our 1980โ€ฒs ranch home is 1644 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. Although our house is small, we love the location and feel lucky that we have wonderful neighbors. Our property sits a football fieldโ€™s length off the road and backs up to a 7,000 acre state park, so there’s plenty of room for our three boys and our dog to play.

I recently added our home’s paint colors and I’m working on a resource list for each room.

Paint colors- Simplicity in the South Home Tour

1. Sherwin Williams Rivulet SW6760, 2. Sherwin Williams Silver Strand SW7057, 3. Behr Gray Morning 490F-4, 4.Benjamin Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60, 5. Sherwin Williams Tidewater SW6477, 6. Behr Gobi Desert 710-C3

More details of each room will be added to the room reveal (and rooms in progress) page as we continue to make updates.

All of the updates we have made to our home have been on a real-life budget. If possible, we try to find ways to work with what we have or figure out how to do home improvement projects ourselves to save some money. I love shopping thrift stores, repurposing things I already own, and copying high-end looks on a budget. Life’s too short to be in debt!

Currently, we are working on the kitchen and our covered back porch. We are also planning on building a small workshop this year. Hopefully, we can build it completely from items found on Craigslist and the Habitat for Humanity store. (I’m still trying to convince Mr. Simplicity on the workshop, so wish me luck!) 

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The Family Room/ Sunroom

My style has evolved over the years, but I would describe it as mix of casual, coastal and vintage-cottage-classic. I love mixing textures and neutrals but adding just a touch of color.

With the help of some family and friends, my husband added our 22′ x 18′ family room when baby #2 came along. I can’t imagine our home without this light-filled room!

Wall color: Gobi Desert 710c-3 by Behr.

We have used this color in the family room, kitchen and living room. All three rooms can be seen from each other, so it helps the rooms flow well together.

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The Living Room

living room

Wall color: Gobi Desert 710c-3 by Behr Board and Batten/ Wainscoting Color: Custom Color Match to existing trim color -Sherwin Williams Proclassic Latex in Gloss. The existing trim color was Behr’s off-the-shelf white. Coffee table and antique tool chest color: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and sealed with Annie Sloan’s Dark Wax

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The dresser by our front door changes with the seasons.

Dresser paint color: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White that I tinted with a small amount of gray. Sealed with Annie Sloan’s Clear wax.

 decorating for the seasons by Simplicity in the South


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 The Kitchen 

We are currently working on our kitchen, but this is where we have our drop-station and dining area. I hope to reveal the rest of the kitchen this year.


>Click here to find out how to make the vintage “Refreshments” sign above the drop station<

Wall Paint color: Gobi Desert 710c-3 by Behr

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Laundry Room

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>Click this link to see details of the laundry room<

Paint color: Gray Morning 490f-4 by Behr

The laundry room sits on the opposite side of the kitchen. The wainscoting was one of my first carpentry projects.


>Click here to see how I turned our bifold doors into french style doors<

Here is our kitchen circa 2001 in all of it’s golden sponge painted glory! Directly below the clock you can see a peek inside the laundry room.KITCHEN BEFORE


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Our hallway board and batten project was just completed in March of this year.

Board and batten hallway with gallery shelves.

>Click here to see all the details of the hallway<

The wainscoting, doors and trim were painted with Sherwin-Williams Proclassic Latex in Gloss.

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Guest Bathroom

turquoise and red bathroom Vintage-Inspired Guest Bathroom Reveal

In person, Sherwin Williams Tidewater 6477 looks very similar to the sample below. It is a light turquoise but has enough grey undertones to keep it from being garish. It reminds me of the color of a Tiffani & Co. box, but lighter.

Sherwin Williams Tidewater 6477


Vintage inspired guest bathroom reveal by Simplicity in the South


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Our Master Bedroom

I love how changing paint colors can transform a room! Our master bedroom has been painted five times, but I think I’ll put the paint brush down for a little while, at least for our bedroom.

master bedroom dresser

>Click here to see the details of the master bedroom<

Wall color: BM’s Gray Cashmere  2138-60 color matched and mixed with Sherwin Williams Duration Matte. This color is a blue with gray undertones. It changes with the amount of light in the room.

The nightstands and dresser were painted with Sherwin Williams Proclassic Latex Enamel in gloss.



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Master Bathroom {In Progress} 

Older homes usually have tiny bathrooms. I’ll be sharing how I keep our bathroom organized soon.


Wall color: Custom color. It’s a perfect light gray with brown undertones. I used Sherwin Williams. I had to mix 3 different paint samples together before I came up with the right shade. It is similar to Sherwin William’s Silver Strand. 

Code on top of the paint can: BAC COLORANT 0Z 32 64 128 B1 Black – 13 1 1 R2 Maroon – 1 1 1 Y3 Deep Gold – 12 1 1

shelf and baskets over the door

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Two Youngest Son’s Shared Bedroom

Laminated world map. Boy's shared bedroom by Simplicity In The South.

>Click here to see all the details of our boys’ shared bedroom<

Boy's shared bedroom by Simplicity In The South. Bookcase and art wall.

Wall color: Haze by Behr ICC-22

Paint for chalkboard wall: Krylon’s Chalkpaint. This paint goes a long way. I only used 3/4 of a quart for this wall. The back of the bookcase is painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence.

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Our Teenage Son’s Bedroom

This is our teenage son’s bedroom. He’ll be going off to college soon, so his office-in-a-closet may be used as my craft closet one day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Organized office in a closet by Simplicity In The South.

>Click this link to see our teenage son’s office in a closet<

Wall Color: Same Custom light grey-brown as the master bathroom.

The planked walls are whitewashed with craft paints and paint samples in gray, white, and blue. The tutorial is found >here<.

Code on top of the paint can for the wall color:

BAC COLORANT 0Z 32 64 128

B1 Black – 13 1 1 R2 Maroon – 1 1 1 Y3 Deep Gold – 12 1 1


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Welcome to Simplicity in the South

Front door color: Custom color. I used Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel Oil Base Satin.

Code on top of the paint can: BAC COLORANT 0Z 32 64 128 W1 White – 35 – 1 L1 Blue – 12 1 1 R3 Magenta – 2 – – Y3 Deep Gold – 7 – – You can also use this color match using Sherwin Williams Color Snap App myPalette

 DIY bubbling rock water feature

Bubbling Rock Water Feature

I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you will find something that inspires you.

Find out a little more about our family, my favorite decorating styles and what got me started in decorating and DIY on my About Me page.

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  1. Hi Tricia…I absolutely adore your home. I do a weekly home tour series and would love to feature yours sometime. If you are interested just let me know. micmanno@aol.com. I would not be until January 18th.
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  2. I have one question: Can I move in!?

  3. I am a new follower! (and a fellow southerner) And, your home is gorgeous!!

  4. Hello..I was Googling looking for a chicken stew recipe and found your blog. Love the house… you are a very talented young woman. I too live in the upstate and am a transplanted southerner. I love where I live! I look forward to visiting often.

  5. hello coming to you from australia, found you via pinterest.. love your style and I only have boys also so love your boys rooms! happy new year.

  6. LOVE The plank wall! Now looking for somewhere to do in my empty nest!

  7. Awesome Home! I love your choices, we have very similar styles. I love your repurposing projects throughout. I’m in the process of upgrading to a bigger home and I can’t wait to decorate the new house. My husband and the 5 kids, not so much….they just want to go swim in the pool. lol

    Beautiful tour again, thanks!

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  8. tricia
    Love your site. I would love to try so many of your ideas. I sure I don’t have the energy you do all that work and kiddos too. You rock girl!

  9. Your home is amazing. Your living/dining area and that wall of windows with the view out back is unbelievable. One look at that and I’m sold! Love your sons’ rooms!! Especially the boards in your teenage sons room! I actually have that pinned from a previous visit here!

    I think your starter home is a keeper!

  10. I have to say that your home looks so comfortable and inviting. You’ve done a beautiful job.

  11. Where did you find your extra long shower curtain? JM

    • This is the same curtain that I bought: http://amzn.to/XGQVs7 . I had to hem it by 2 inches, but the pleats make it really easy to look neat since I’m not the greatest seamstress. I’ll warn you, it took forever for the wrinkles to fall out. I was afraid to iron it.

  12. Amy Morrison says:

    Just found your blog through iheartorganizing & I love it!

  13. Hi! I’m a North Carolina girl obsessed with home related diy and renovations. Your blog is great and your house is gorgeous! I’ve done tons of renovations on mine, but am just starting to share them on my blog. I’ll definitely check back for more inspiration!

  14. Tricia, your home is so pretty! Oh, that front door! It is so fun and welcoming. I really love your kitchen drop station too. I’d love to feature this on my paint color blog. You woudn’t have to do a thing, just let me know if you’re interested!
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  15. Wow, your home is absolutely gorgeous! I definitely need to subscribe… count me as your newest follower:) Thanks for sharing it!
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  16. Megandvd says:

    I am so curious as to how long your curtain rod is in the living room. I am in need of a very long curtain rod and would love you to email me where you found this rod. Thank you!


  17. Hi Trish,
    Your home is amazing. I had no idea a basic ranch could have so much charm and warmth. I have found more than a few inspirations. I love what you have done to the place. You have very good taste.

  18. Hi Tricia,
    I found your blog through Pinterest and I am in love with your home. You have such great taste. I absolutely love every room. You have given much inspiration and I hope to share it with you soon!
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  19. Hi Tricia,
    I would love to know where you bought your curtains and rods for your sunroom! We have a wall of windows in our new home and I’d love the same look! Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah! I just sent you an email with all the details. I’ll write a post soon so you can pin it to a Pinterest board. That way, you can go back to the post later. Thanks for asking and I hope the email helps!

  20. Hi-I just found your blog and love your style and colors. Thank you for sharing your paint colors…that is so helpful. I too am a southerner born and bred. We are almost neighbors…I live in central NC just east of Charlotte. We are in the process of restoring, redecorating, repainting, re-everythinging the 1910 farmhouse that I grew up in. It is in good shape for the age. It is a work in progress as the money become available. I will keep checking back to see what new inspiration I can get from you.

  21. Wow! I love your style and what you’ve done with your home! I really admire that you work full-time, take care of a family, and still do so much diy! I found your site through addicted2decorating.com and loved your batten and board project….will be visiting again!

  22. Chris McDermott says:

    Love you house! Have a question about the hallway – can you tell me about the ceiling light fixture? I am looking for a lantern-like fixture for an eight foot ceiling. Your light fixture looks perfect.

  23. Symanthia says:

    Hi new friend! Your home is a magazine! I love it! You have done an awesome job in creating your home!
    I still wait on my dream home.. for now I just dream ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi, Symanthia! I’m blushing! It’s funny, but I was showing pictures of one of our rooms to my husband one day and he asked if that was our house. I promise, it’s nothing like a magazine in real life. There’s usually a path of toys and unfinished projects on the floor. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for coming by! So glad to meet you today!

  24. Tricia – beautiful blog and terrific pictures. The sunroom has such warmth and clearly offers casual, understated elegance to your home. Thanks for the inspiring story and pics.

  25. Recreateanddecorate says:

    Your home looks wonderful! Job well done!

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  28. Tricia – what a wonderful job in creating beautiful rooms via paint and decor. Love the pictures – stunning!

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  32. I like the simplicity of your house. It saves a lot of space. I want something like this for my new house, because it’s very relaxing without any mess.
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  33. I love that you have taken a normal average house and made it extraordinary. This is exactly what I have been looking for. You show how to work with what you’ve got; it’s realistic and attainable. I would love to see more details of your kitchen and master bath before your’re done with them. I can’t afford to update my kitchen and bath, so I’d like to see what someone with talent does with a kitchen and bath while in transition or while waiting. I have literally zero style or decorating skills, so I need help. Thanks so much for sharing. Your creativity is inspiring!

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  35. MAYRA O says:

    Just curious ๐Ÿ™‚ Where does your son store all his clothes if his closet was turned into an “office”?
    I bet my son would love to do that but I dont know where I would put all his stuff without looking too clutered. thanks!

  36. Could you please share with me where you got the curtains in your sunroom? I also have Behr Gobi Desert paint, and am having difficulty finding a color that I like. Thanks so much!

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    Hello, Tricia…I love your home and your decorating ideas. Are you able to share where you purchased your living room curtains? I have been looking for the perfect ones and absolutely love yours. Thank you for sharing your ideas…

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  57. what color is your kitchen table with the white chairs? your house is darling, I love alot of your ideas.

    • Thank you so much,Karan! The kitchen table is painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. Instead of using the wax, I sealed it with 3 coats of polyurethane.

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  61. Jennifer says:


    I have a paint color question. I am thinking of using BM Gray Cashmere in my living and dining room (adjoining) and I am shooting for look of a warmer grey with a hint of blue to it. In your master, I see the look I am aiming for. I have questioned this paint color since some photos online show almost a turquoise color – a very blue/green look) and I don’t want that for a LR/DR. What do you observe about this color in your home ?

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