Welcome to Merion Mill House c. 1874
Hello, friends! Let me introduce myself. My name is Erin, and I’m an old house enthusiast. I’m a mother of two young kids (a 4 year old boy and a 1 year old girl). I've been married to my husband, Jeff, for almost six years now, and we are navigating this crazy life of full-time working and full-time parenting. In between, my husband and I bought and renovated our first historical home. Please visit my blog, Millhouse Musings, to get a behind the scenes glimpse of our renovation and dive into the stories that have enriched our home. Make yourselves comfortable, and let's dive in!
The Stuff of Mudroom Dreams
Do you ever dream about the perfect mudroom? No? That's just me? Well, if you are a fellow mudroom admirer, please join me on our journey to create my dream mudroom. We unearthed many surprises along the journey of its construction (wallpaper anyone?), so come and share in my love of brick floors, subtle decor, and blending of the historic and modern.
A Farmhouse Powder Room
When we first purchased our home we knew we had a few practical hurdles to overcome to make our home more functional for our family. One of the big ones was figuring out how to incorporate a powder room on the first floor. With the help of our architect, builder, and designer, we created a powder room that really became a cohesive space with our mudroom. Read on to see what treasures we restored from the original bathroom, and how we created our farmhouse powder room.
I'm Dreaming of a White Kitchen
Growing up, the kitchen was always the center of my childhood home. It's where I did my homework while the smells of my mom preparing dinner wafted through the air. It's where my family reconnected after a busy day. It's where traditions were passed down and strengthened the ties of my family. When designing and creating our kitchen, my husband and I wanted to recreate those pivotal moments for our children. Read on to see some behind the scenes pictures of what our kitchen looked like before our renovation and in depth detail about who helped us create our perfect kitchen.
In Search of That Historical Fireplace
When purchasing a historic home, I always envisioned having a historic fireplace in our living room. When our home fell short in that regard, we realized we could still create the feel of a traditional fireplace with a modern twist. Read on to see how we went on an adventure to discover a nonexistent fireplace and how we fell in love with a marrying of the old and new in our living room. You'll see tremendous behind the scenes pictures of our work with restoring the plaster walls in our living room and thoughtful, intentional choices when it came to our decor.
Stories Shared Around a Dining Table
Dining rooms are usually the epicenter for holidays, extended family gatherings, and many more family memories. Our dining room is all that and so much more. Every piece in our dining room, from the farmhouse table to the hutch and the china it houses, was passed down to Jeff and I from our families. These pieces interweave the stories and memories of our loved ones with the new stories we are creating with our own family.
A Simple Master Bedroom
Our master bedroom serves as a (sometimes) peaceful retreat from the hectic life as parents to two pretty cute kiddos. We purposefully kept the palette of our bedroom simple and edited so that we would still love our choices many years down the road. You'll learn all about one of my favorite pastimes and how I've incorporated handmade crafts into our decor.
Inspiration Born from a Vintage Tub
It's funny how a single piece can help define the entire aesthetic for a space. For me, the vintage, clawfoot tub that serves as the focal point of our master bathroom set in motion all other decisions regarding decor and style. Our master bathroom celebrates an elevated decor while still being able to withstand the rough and tumble day to day life with young kids.