An Eclectic Family Home in Springfield, Missouri


Jay and Sarah Sandidge (Sarah writes for Lovely Chaos and A Birth Story Blog) and their two children, 4-year-old Lula and 2-year-old Diesel, have lived in this home in Springfield, Missouri for the past three years. The family fell in love with how large the bedrooms are for an old house, and they amplified that feeling of openness by taking down some walls and moving a staircase. When it came time to furnish the home, Sarah wanted it to feel lived in. She loves old things and wanted her home to be comfortable for the entire family. The resulting look is an eclectic comfortable home perfect for a growing family. Thank you, Jay and Sarah! And a big thank you to Janae at Itsy Bitsy House for the lovely photographs. –Amy

Image above: The first thing we did when we moved in was remove all the blue… blue carpet, blue wallpaper, and blue drapes! Then we painted everything with Valspar’s Ultra White paint from Lowe’s. Most of my furniture throughout the house was thrifted or found on Craigslist. I love having old, eclectic pieces that can be “lived” on, and I don’t have to worry about them getting torn up because they already are! This philosophy works great when you have small children.


Image above: The play kitchen was found on Craigslist. It is vintage and a lot of my friends have said they grew up with one just like it. We found old cheap doors at Salvation Army and cut them in half lengthwise to make the “countertops”. The whole operation has worked out very well for storing all the kids’ toys. That’s Fred you see over the play stove. No, he’s not a relative. We adopted him from a thrift store and people think it’s weird. But I think he’s cute!


See more of this eclectic Springfield, MO home after the jump!


Image above: This is our master suite. The headboard was another Craigslist find. (You’ll start to see a theme here!) It was originally gold trim with a light peach/beige fabric. I painted the whole thing myself. My husband built the bedframe and is planning to build side tables to match so it will look like one giant piece. My awesome yellow sofa, which we call “Goldie,” was purchased from a good friend who rescued it from Salvation Army.


Image above: I made the horrible mistake of buying a huge antique teak bench that just did not fit into our house. So my husband took it apart and made a headboard and foot board out of it. Then he took it apart again and made this awesome 15-drawer dresser which I don’t think we’ll ever be able to get rid of even if we wanted to.


Image above: I wanted Lula to have a dreamy, magical room that she could grow into. There are still many details unfinished, but overall I’m pretty happy with the results. The purple is Oatlands Violet by Valspar from Lowe’s. The walls and baseboard are Skimming Stone and Elephant’s Breath by Farrow & Ball matched at Lowe’s. You have no idea how many paint samples I have in my house from deciding on Lula’s room décor. If they ever start charging for samples, you’ll have to blame me! The bed came from an auction. There was this awesome place here that sold original and replica antiques from all over Europe. I’d had my eye on their sweet little beds long before Lula was a thought. We actually stumbled on the auction accidentally. It was really sad to see it close, but we got a great deal on her bed (which is a Victorian antique) and her green chair which we use as a side table.


Image above: Lula’s chair is an antique from a flea market in town. It was really cheap, but it came with a little guest! There was a mouse living in the bottom of it and we didn’t realize it until it was already in her room! My mom wanted to just throw it out, but it was the perfect chair for her room. So we left it on the front porch for a while until the mouse found a new home. Then I cleaned it really, really well! I recovered the cushion and have plans to paint the wood and make it a little more funky and whimsical. Someday…


Image above: Lula’s armoire was also a Craigslist find. I’d been looking for the perfect armoire forever and finally stumbled on this one. I fell in love instantly with the piece and the price. It was gorgeous in its natural wood, but I decided to paint it. I couldn’t possibly tell you what the color is because I wasn’t happy with the original color I picked so I made my own mix with other paints we had around the house. It’s “custom”! The armoire had been in the family of the people I purchased it from all along. So that made it kind of special too.


Image above: Diesel’s crib is from Ikea. His room used to be a lot cooler. He had an awesome teepee and fun feather mobile over his crib. But when a relative started staying with us every weekend, his room had to double as a guest room. It’s still pretty cool though!


Image above: The wallpaper in Diesel’s room was purchased from Urban Outfitters. It’s the desert chevron wallpaper. It’s supposedly self-adhesive, but that’s a little misleading! It was quite a bit of work to hang, but I think it was worth it.


Image above: The little turquoise and orange book shelf beside the guest bed was another flea market find that I spray painted to match the colors in his room. The toy box was made by my husband. I stenciled “You are My Sunshine” around the box. It was originally made for Lula, but now resides in Diesel’s room.


Image above: The dresser which we use as a changing table was also used by Jay’s mom to change him on as a baby. Kinda special. And Diesel was actually born in his room, which will make ever moving from the house a little difficult for me!


Image above: As I’ve mentioned, we like old things. So of course I wanted an old piano. We found one for free on Craigslist, but it sounded awful even after several tunings. So Jay gutted it and put a new keyboard inside the shell instead. Sounds pretty good now!


Image above: We reclaimed our metal kitchen cabinets from the basement! We had them sand blasted and powder coated and then completely rearranged and renovated our kitchen. We bought butcher block from Lumber Liquidators for our countertops.


Image above: Almost all of the furniture in our living room was thrifted, flea marketed, garage saled… you get the picture! The bookcases are from Ikea and the little round metal side tables are from Urban Outfitters. The big rug was from a Pottery Barn outlet and was thoroughly doused with Scotch Guard before we brought it in. The rocking horse was mine when I was a little girl. Other than that, I don’t think there’s anything new or sacred in our living room! But we like it that way. Cheap furniture means I don’t get angry when Diesel stabs my turquoise stool with one of Jay’s tools! The only sacred thing in the living room is my cream furry pillow from Anthropologie that sets on the little settee. My kids and husband can do anything they want with the other pillows, but that one is off limits!


Image above: Everyone loves our “private” door which we salvaged from a high school reno here in town. It leads up our new staircase (which used to be a coat closet) to our master suite. So it’s pretty fitting!

  1. Jenn says:

    I love all the colors in this home, and especially love how everything is stylish but still functional and cozy. well done, ya’ll! <3

  2. Preeti says:

    So much love love this place!! beautiful interior.

  3. Liss says:

    I’ll join in on the love train. One of the things which struck me is how textured your home is. Even in that very first picture – there’s what, like seven white things but they each have a different texture – of course I love to touch things so I like getting a sense of what your home literally feels like. It feels pretty cozy and playful. Also, thank you for taking “vantage point” shots. It’s so nice to get a sense of how your home is arranged and flows together, instead of only the “pretty magazine vignette” shots (I mean I love those too).

  4. gail walker says:

    Super adore this home! Thrift on!

  5. angie says:

    most beautiful ever

  6. Jovana says:

    Thank you for sharing your lovely home! I think it is absolutely perfect. ❤❤❤

  7. Gabrielle says:

    Beautiful home! What a lovely space for children to dream and grow. I’ve never been inspired enough to comment but this house deserves loads of compliments. My favorite space is the purple ceiling bedroom. Where was the chandelier purchased? Thanks for sharing this magical place.

  8. No words to praise all these, just an awesome piece I can say and I loved the all. Thanks for sharing this.

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  10. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Krysta says:

    Beautiful home! What color is the green behind the piano? I love it!

  12. Eileen 2 says:

    It´s fun to see your courageous and fiscally savvy mix of thrift and used pieces from various eras. It works wonderfully well. Inspiring. Fun. Energetic! Tell us more about the perfect door salvaged from a school. Did you have to save it from the landfill? I love repurposing.

  13. Janet says:

    Tell us how to scavenge as well as you do. The chairs, the charming baby picture that sits above the toy kitchen, that black sliding door, and those wonderfully modern looking gigantic letters! I need a primer on scouting out stuff. Your are gifted, too, with that purple ceiling.

  14. Simone says:

    I love the children’s bedrooms, particularly the purple ceiling and chevron wallpaper. Most of all though I loved that your son was born in his own room. A true family home you have so lovingly created.

  15. Grrretchen says:

    WoW. Fantabulous! home Sarah and Jay.

  16. Tracy Gunn says:

    Where is your purple duvet from? Love it!

  17. Debbie says:

    One year later, seeing this now via the 10 Best Kitchens post. Love it all. So unique and fun. The chest of drawers re-made by the husband…awesome. I covet the “Private” door…so much fun. Congrats on a beautiful home

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