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The House That DIY Built

A 65-year-old home in Phoenix, Arizona, gets new life with DIY creations and vintage gems.



Classic patterns and farmhouse pieces overlow in the cozy living room. Homeowner Maryal Miller Carter spotted the wallpaper on an episode of Fixer Upper. “My mom had seen the episode, hunted the wallpaper down and sent it to me. It was just the ticket!” she says. The white end table completes the farmhouse aesthetic with cottage appeal.

“This house hasn’t just been the backdrop of it all—it has truly been at the forefront of it all.”

Maryal Miller Carter doesn’t look at her house and simply see a house. According to the Phoenix, Arizona-based blogger of Love + Specs, the 1954 home she shares with her husband, Chris, is a central character in their love story.

Five years ago, Maryal was living in a Phoenix neighborhood that she describes as “pretty brown and unvaried, and it was a little bit uninspiring.” Then her sister moved to the Arcadia neighborhood. After spending time there, Maryal began to adore the area’s charm and beauty—the friendliness, the fragrant citrus trees and scores of people walking their dogs. When she decided to look for a house there, she toured around 50 homes. As soon as she walked into the house she now lives in, she says she was a “goner.”

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