Welcome Home: Come On In | Callington Cottage |

I am back with another installment of Welcome Home: Come On In.  I love to do these posts and introduce you to women who are creating beautiful homes for their families.  I hope this post inspires you to look at your own home and see the beauty and potential it has!

photo courtesy of Salt & Light Photography

Let me introduce you to my darling and insanely talented friend, Judie.  Her husband was the pastor at our church when we first started attending back in 2005.  Both John and Judie spoke right to our hearts and shepherded us for several years before and after our salvation in Christ from the pulpit, to visits in our home to bible studies and everything in between.  John was serving a short-term mission in Africa when he died suddenly.

Shortly after, Judie sold their home they shared together and found this house.  It was a foreclosure, with broken windows, sky high weeds, and even a dead cat in the basement.  When others would run for the hills, she saw potential.

Isn't that just like the analogy of Christ, in our wretchedness, He saw potential in each of us! I hope you find inspiration in how Judie transformed this house into a home. 

For over a year, she worked with so many people to renovate a house and make it her home.  You will not believe the transformation.  Her son Jon (pictured above) was the general contractor behind the project but she says every time she looks at items in her home, from the windows to the bannisters, she sees the people who poured their heart into this project.  

Let's take a look at her transformation as Judie answers some questions about her home, shall we?

Exterior Before

Exterior After complete with a happy pale pink door
photo courtesy of Salt & Light Photography

Do you know any history about your home?  

It was built in 1917. So happy birthday this year! It was built by Mr. Ankeny but he built it to rent to the railroad workers, he never lived in Ankeny.  The original train depot is across the street. 

What features do you love about your home? 

There is a quaintness that can only be found in older homes.  It has sloped eaves in the bedroom which make it so cozy.  There is shiplap on the kitchen wall which used to be the exterior wall of the home.  One of my favorite features is the enclosed front porch which i have made into a “sleeping porch” - not much sleeping happens but its a wonderful place to curl up with a good book and watch the world go by!  The hardwood floors are original - so beautiful and easy to maintain.

Sleeping Porch Before

Sleeping porch after

Looking back at the entry door from the day bed

Before -- looking into the front entry and family room from the dining area

Family room after

Family room after looking out the front window

Family room after looking into the dining area

How does your home work for you family?  

I have a large fenced in backyard which is great for the grandkids.  I entertain a lot and have bible studies in my home and can easily seat 16 people in the dining room!  The house seems small from the outside but in taking down walls it is very open concept and ideal for groups.

Dining area looking into kitchen on the left and bathroom on the right

Dining area after looking out onto the sleeping porch

Dining area after looking onto the kitchen

kitchen after

kitchen after

kitchen after

breakfast nook off the kitchen after

main floor full bathroom before

main floor powder room after

What are small indulgences you have around your home? 

Some of the lighting fixtures are vintage and were purchased for less than $5.00 and refurbished.  I purchased English wallpaper in the powder room (seen above) from Ebay.  I love cutting flowers from the gardens and having small arrangements in the rooms.   

Stairs and guest bedroom before

stairs after

guest bedroom after

Upstairs under construction to form a bedroom, bathroom, laundry and office nook

Upstairs looking onto office nook and bathroom/laundry area

master bedroom after

office nook 

master bathroom with laundry adjacent off to the right

master bedroom from the bathroom

How does your family influence how you outfit your home? 

Since I am a single woman i have some freedom in how I decorate!  Lots of pinks! 

How has your home changed since you purchased it? 

Completely renovated.  The house was empty for a year prior and was in pretty bad shape. Every piece of trim, doors, and some walls were torn out.  The entire kitchen and bathroom were demolished.  An upstairs bedroom was renovated into a bathroom and laundry room.  On the exterior there is new siding and a new roof.

Where do you shop for your home? 

Overstock, TJ Maxx, IKEA.  The kitchen cabinets are all from Ikea.  The chandelier in the dining room was from Overstock.  I repurposed a little table for the bathroom vanity.  My son found the lamp in my office at a project he was working on and thought I would love it, I did! 

Where do you find home inspiration? 

My oldest son had a vision for the home and acted as general contractor and he incorporated so many unique features.  My good friend, Laura, (her house is featured here) helped design the kitchen and bathroom and her creativity inspires me. My daughter-in-laws gave ideas and I gleaned from Pinterest also!

Why do you love calling this place your home?  

When my husband passed away, I was devastated.  My whole world changed and I had to sell the home we lived in for 10 years.  This home was an answer to prayer - an ugly duckling that was transformed!  My family, my friends and my church came together to make a house a home.  One of my favorite things about the home is that my friends and family wrote scripture verses on the beams and floor boards before the drywall was installed.  Another plus is that i am just steps away from the bike path, uptown shops, and the farmer’s market.  In England many people name their homes so I named mine “Callington Cottage” after the town in which I was born. 


I am so inspired by all the work Judie and her friends and family did to make this forgotten house a beautiful sanctuary and home.  What was your favorite spot?  What did you think?  I hope it left you inspired as well.  Her home has been featured in both local and national magazines, so don't be surprised if you see it the next time you are flipping through ;).

For more of the Welcome Home Series, Check out these --

Our Home

Laura's Colonial Bungalow

Until next time, keep on keeping on!  #tribekoko

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