Welcome to my previous cozy little home!

Our 1980′s ranch home was 1644 square feet with three bedrooms and two baths. Although our house was small, we loved the location and felt lucky that we had wonderful neighbors. Our property sat a football field’s length off the road and backed up to a 7,000-acre state park, so there was plenty of room for our three boys and dog to play.

before and after the 80's rancher exterior

I recently added our home’s paint colors.

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!

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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

living-room-bookcase Simplicity in the South

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 

This is where we have our drop-station and dining area.


>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. 🙂

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.

Click here to see the final home tour with even more pictures from the 80’s Wood Rancher with even more pictures!

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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