Size: 2,479 square feet, four bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths
Year built: 1996
Year bought: 2011
Architectural style: Traditional
Favorite architectural element: The arched entryway that leads into the living room
Renovations: Major changes included adding new premium laminate flooring, ceramic tile backsplash and changing the look of the cabinets, using a Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kit, in the kitchen. In the family room, they updated the fireplace with mosaic stone.
Interior design style: Modern take on traditional
Favorite room: The nursery, which has a re-purposed dresser and original artwork.
Favorite pieces of furniture: The nursery dresser and stained dining room table, which Erin says are her favorite DIY projects. The dresser was an item they owned; the dining room table was purchased off Craigslist and stained in a chocolate color for a new look.
Favorite artwork: Paintings in the dining room, family room and nursery by Erin Marshall's sister, Chicago artist Dana Todd-Pope.
Favorite "a-ha" idea: The family room did not have built-in bookshelves, so they added IKEA bookshelves on both sides of the fireplace. Adding crown molding at the top and base molding could create the illusion of built-ins, Erin said.
Decor tip: Make your house your own by adding elements that are personal and functional for your family. For example, she added a storage bench and shoe dresser to the entryway and made up for the lack of built-ins in the family room with the IKEA bookshelves. "Functionality is the biggest thing for me. If it doesn't work for our everyday lifestyle, it doesn't work for this house," Erin said.
Resources: Furniture from Ashley Furniture, Marshalls, IKEA, Target and Craigslist; accessories from Target, Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby and thrift stores; rugs from Rugs USA and overstock.com.