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House Tour: It’s What’s Inside that Matters Most


Y’all, I’m going to show you an amazing house today, owned and decorated by my friend Kris.  Kris is a southern gal, transplanted to central Iowa, where she and her husband live with their 5 (almost 6!) children.  She also blogs at Our Thrifty Nest of 7.

I met Kris on a local facebook swap site.  She was selling a bunch of HomeShed style home décor.  After seeing her décor online, I really wasn’t prepared when I drove up to her house and saw this…

machine shed house

I’d heard of a few “machine-shed houses” but had never been in one.  Boy was I in for a surprise! The outside might not have been much to write home about, but the inside is amazing.  I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

balcony loft

black and white gallery wallIMG_5800pitcher and lantern


queen anne chairs

queen anne chairs and diy farm table

diy harvest table

board and batten

pottery barn knock off buffet


wood burning stove

open shelves

open shelves kitchen

stairway art

board and batten

Was that what you were expecting to see?  Just goes to show, you can’t judge a book by its cover, or a house by its exterior! 


I took a LOT more pictures, including the transformation of the exterior and kids rooms, which I’ll show you next week.  Until then, hang out with me on facebook and check out the transformation of MY exterior!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Simply creative, beautiful, and inspiring!

  2. WOW! I nixed this idea back when we were thinking about it, but I hadn't seen a model that had this kind of living space! Do they use part of it as a shop? If so, are the walls sound proof? Cool Beans!

  3. Love this. Can you ask her what her paint colors are? I love the living room & hallway color. Beautiful home.

  4. We live in the whole space. My husband is in the home improvement business, and wanted an exterior that wouldn't need much maintaining. We designed the inside ourselves, and wanted an open concept with a growing family.

    My living room is painted "winter flannel" by Lowes Valspar.
    And the kitchen and downstairs hallway is "relaxed khaki" by Sherwin Williams.

    Thanks y'all for nice comments. :)

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  6. WOW! what a cool house! i love the colors!

  7. That is awesome. I too have seen machine shed homes but have never been in one. All I can say is - Wow!

  8. Wow - when I saw the first picture and hadn't started reading yet, I thought it was just a drive shed on a property. I never would have guessed that would be the house! So cool.

    Do people do that because it's cheaper? I've never heard of it before.

  9. Definitely wouldn't have expected that on the inside! Gorgeous house!

  10. Oh my word! Scott can never, ever, EVER see this post! He has been begging me for YEARS to build us a machine shed house and I won't have any part of it! But wow! Looking at her home, makes me want to reconsider. Look at all that space! It's absolutely gorgeous!

  11. WOW!!!! I did a *gasp!* when I started scrolling through the indoor pictures! BEAUTIFUL!!! I'm writing down those paint names for future reference! GORGEOUS!!!! I can't wait to see more of the house!!!!


  12. I would love a layout of the up and downstairs. Would love to show my husband hoping he will reconsider

  13. I would love a layout of the up and downstairs. Would love to show my husband hoping he will reconsider