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- 04/12/13--09:40: _Wood Flooring 101
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- 04/18/13--05:27: _How to display your...
- 04/19/13--06:41: _Meet Arty, our litt...
- 04/22/13--07:03: _Stella & Dot: Baubl...
- 04/23/13--05:18: _2013 Color Of The Y...
- 04/25/13--06:43: _Nature Trend: Answe...
- 04/26/13--04:12: _Solution for short ...
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- 05/03/13--11:16: _Under the stairs an...
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- 04/04/13--07:13: Spring Tablescapes-Imitation is the best form of flattery!
- 04/05/13--06:55: RAWR! How to add animal prints...tastefully.
- 04/08/13--13:52: Easy, Budget Friendly Update: Add Scallops!
- 04/12/13--09:40: Wood Flooring 101
Less expensive option
- They are a good choice over a cement slab floor, and are frequently installed by being glued down.
Because of their thinness, they can be installed over existing flooring. This allows a homeowner to more easily transition between floors that are close in height.
- Engineered wood tends to be more stable - it is less likely to move or warp with changes in humidity or temperature. This is because the different layers of wood have the grain running in different directions.
- Engineered wood floors can last the lifetime of a home if properly maintained, while laminate floors typically last between 15 and 30 years.
Laminate floors can be made to resemble any type of wood or stone, while engineered wood floors take on the characteristics of the wood the top layer is made from.
Laminate floors are much easier to install than engineered wood floors. This can help save money on installation, as professional assistance may not be necessary for laminate flooring.
- Longevity. A solid hardwood floor generally has a thicker wear layer when compared with a typical engineered floor. This allows customers to sand and refinish their floors time and time again, even changing the color of the floor if desired.
- Grain pattern. Many engineered products have a top layer that is peeled from the log. Because solid boards are sawn from the raw log, the grain pattern is tighter and denser when compared with peeled veneers. In addition to the aesthetic difference between peeled and sawn wear layers, a solid sawn top layer adds durability to the flooring.
- Installation of solid hardwood can be more complex than that of engineered flooring. Requirements for proper subfloor moisture conditions, the flooring's moisture content, and the climate in which the flooring is to be installed all are usually more rigid than they are for engineered flooring.
- Most solid hardwood flooring must be installed via a nail-down or staple-down method, however, now there are a few manufacturers that produce products that may be glued or even floated, eliminating the need for a wood subfloor. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations. ! We'll be supervising the installation nextweek so we'll update more then. Have a great weekend!
- 04/16/13--09:21: A Music Room to make you sing and a Plow & Hearth giveaway!
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- 04/17/13--10:29: A Made to Order Farm Table!
- Determine your table size. Buying lumber by the board foot might need some explanation. A board foot of lumber is 1 square foot at 1” thick. If you desire a thicker table, each square foot will be multiplied by the thickness to get the total number of board feet. A table that is 3’ x 7’ and 2 inches thick is 42 board feet. This also varies if it is rough cut or finished. Your table will turn out best if you can either pick through the lumber or get lumber that is longer than you need. You may end up buying 60 board feet for your 3’ x 7’ table.
- 04/18/13--05:27: How to display your child's art
- 04/19/13--06:41: Meet Arty, our little blue friend!
- 04/23/13--05:18: 2013 Color Of The Year: Emerald Green
- 04/25/13--06:43: Nature Trend: Answering the call of the wild
- 04/26/13--04:12: Solution for short curtains; DIY room darkening drapes
- 04/29/13--07:01: Use it or lose it: the Formal Dining Room
- 05/01/13--11:10: WOW! Before and After: A Tiny Bathroom Lives Large!
- 05/03/13--11:16: Under the stairs and dreaming!
- 05/06/13--05:00: Trend Alert!! Quatrefoil baby!
- 05/09/13--06:04: Hanging the TV over the fireplace: To be or not to be?
- 05/14/13--05:26: Easy Update: Try Chevron
- 05/20/13--10:18: Headboards- Luxurious Tufting and Nailhead Trim--Oh My!
- 05/22/13--09:37: Let's Play! A SWOON worthy play room.
- a place for arts and crafts
- a place to display masterpieces
- a dress-up area
- a place for family movie night
- additional room for overflow, overnight guests
|Decor You Adore|
|Emily A. Clark|
|Lorie's Favorite Things|
I guess that's pretty decent advice for all aspects of home decor...unless you have the patience, time and money to fix it if you hate it. For animal prints, start with accessories. They're out there...by the boatload. With accessories, you haven't made a huge investment. If you decide you don't love it after awhile, you can easily change it. If you are digging the call of the wild, you can get a little more daring and go for a rug or a piece of furniture.
|Beautiful Scallop designs are everywhere in home decor. Layla Grace|
|Scallop Coastal Mirror: Pinterest|
|Scallop Mirror, Pinterest|
|Lantern: Colleen and Company|
|Source: Cutting Edge Stencils|
|Hobby Lobby Cobalt Knob $3.99 each|
|If you like to sew, check out the Destination Craft Blog for tips on how to create these cute panels.|
|If you really want to go all out with the scallops, check out this statement scallop tile. Wow! Source: Pinterest|
If you aren't quite ready for a commitment like ceramic tile, simply add a couple of throw pillows like these from an Etsy shop.
We'd love to see how you've used scallops in your home decor. Post in our comments section!
|Linking up today with The Dedicated House--|
|Kitchen is cleared out and floors removed. Subfloor is prepped and ready for installation|
She choose 3/4" solid hardwood white oak that will be finished on site. They were delivered yesterday and must acclimate to prevent warping for at least 72 hours. Keep checking back for the beautiful finished product. Meantime, I've summarized the jargon for you in case you are facing the possibility of replacing your own floors. Good Luck!
Engineered wood floors are made like plywood. They are made up of several layers of wood or wood composite that are laminated together. The top layer is made of hardwood and depending on it's thickness, can be sanded and refinished. Most engineered wood floors are prefinished and can only be sanded and refinished once in their lifetime.
A solid piece of hardwood, generally cut into 3/4" thick planks. Hardwood flooring comes in a variety of lengths and widths and still remains the most popular choice for homeowners. Solid Hardwood flooring comes unfinished, which is then installed and finished on-site; or prefinished, which is completely finished at the factory with several coats of durable finish, before it's ever delivered to your home, then simply nailed down.
Often the answer to the useless formal living room is to turn it into a study, but our client already has a home office upstairs. A very talented musician lives in the home, and, oh, yeah, a gigantic baby grand piano too.
Solution: Turn her under-used room into a cozy, curl up, read a book, listen to music, bright and inviting Music Room that you want to enter.
Keeping only the piano and the round accent table in the room basically gave us a blank slate on which to create a functional, fabulous and frugal design. We presented two different mood boards for the client, the first involved opening up the staircase to reveal a more open concept.
For inspiration, we played off the black lacquer of the piano and added the client's favorite color: apple green. Green is a tricky color, it can read juvenile or whimsical, which is fine if you are designing a playroom. But our sophisticated client wanted an updated color scheme that was classic and tasteful, while still youthful and inviting.
|This tablescape portrays our vision for the color palette in the room. Source: Pinterest|
In lieu of two facing chaise lounges, we elected to go with two small scale club chairs with ottomans, and found these at Plow and Hearth.
Two options for our room are the Cream or Kiwi linen. The chair is $399 and the ottoman is $199. A GREAT price for quality, US-Made furniture. Online shoppers can also take advantage of additional savings sent directly to their inbox by signing up for the Plow & Hearth newsletter.
|Our final mood board presentation.|
|Check out these gorgeous silk draperies|
Are you ready to start a decorating project of your own? Our generous friends at Plow &Hearth have offered a $50 gift certificate to help get YOUR decorating project underway.
|The indoor/outdoor traversing curtain rods that I am using on my patio makeover are from Plow & Hearth and I am loving how I can swoop my curtains all the way across the rod without obstruction.|
Here are some more of our favorite Plow & Hearth finds:
|Jacki's awesome new farm table!|
You may recall our post on lightening up a few weeks ago.......We're revisiting that as it relates to Jacki's awesome, new farm table.
Jacki was pining away (all puns intended) for a farm table for her eat-in kitchen. Since her handy hubby put the kabash on her dropping $2,000 at the local Restoration Hardware, he had no choice but to whip out some power tools!
|Metal bar supporting table|
|It seems that the multiple chandelier's over the dining table are trending right now.|
|More contrast needed? But, I do love the light wood and the rustic look!|
This barn ceiling started out as 16 foot planks. They were cut in half to create a perfect 8 foot table size.
Next came the X base created from much larger reclaimed barn beams.
|Bob welding a frame to straighten out the warp in the wood. This frame was attached to the underside of the table and a faux oil rubbed bronze finish applied.|
|Jacki was so excited, the table got to come in before it was finished for a quick test drive!|
|We had a good time beating the table to smithereens to create the distressed look.|
|Not quite the stain color envisioned. Sigh..|
|With the brown floors, the brown stained chairs, the HUGE eight foot BROWN stained table, we're talking a LOT of brown.|
Spring was the perfect excuse for some lighter, brighter camouflage! |
Found this cute tablecloth at Homegoods.
|What a wonderful difference the rug makes! The dark stain is growing on me.|
|The cheetah chairs were $30 each at Habitat. Thank you to whomever donated those~ Score!|
Speaking of Craigslist, it's a perfect source to find old barnwood to create your own DIY farm table. I found this one nearby in Efland, NC. Here's the link: Barn on Craigslist
3. Prepare the lumber. If you get the wood from an old barn, it is very likely that the lumber will be rough cut and need some finish work to prepare for a table.
4. Once you have 2 parallel sides, you can start joining your boards to get the total width of the table. Use glue and good clamps.
5. Sand, sand, sand. You will likely need a belt sander with a very rough belt (36 or 60 grit)to get the rough cut finish knocked off.
6. Cut the end of the table to length.
7. Build the legs.
8. Attach the top.
9. Apply your stain and finish.
yesterday's post to enter to win our $50 Plow & Hearth gift card!!!
Linking up with Not Just a Housewife!
When I moved into my current house and had a stainless steel refrigerator, I had to get creative about displaying my most prized art collection. We added a chalkboard (for fun) and a magnetic board for displaying good grades, fine art, invitations, birth announcements, etc.
Here are some more out of the box (read: off the fridge) ideas:
How cute are these pillows??
And, if you don't have children and are longing for some of this fine art, call your niece or nephew for some of their best work.
Don't forget about our $50 Plow & Hearth gift card giveaway. Click here and scroll to the bottom for details on how to enter. Contest ends tomorrow so you better hurry!
Linking up with House of Hepworths today!
|I like how Arty echoes the color of the back of the bookcase.|
Today's post will be brief but I couldn't resist introducing you all to Arty! Isn't he lovely? A few weeks ago when Jacki & I were shopping for a client, I found a little something for myself. You may remember that I'm in the process of moving and paring down but still trying to infuse a little color without breaking the bank (or my marriage)!
Arty is beautiful and a guy that won't cause trouble in paradise (read: he cost $12). But, his original state left a little to be desired. This can only mean one thing...Jacki's about to get up close and personal with a can of paint. She's the crafty one remember?
Poor Arty sat on my kitchen counter for a month before Catherine
I was in the middle of painting my front porch furniture and had paint all over me, so I brought Arty outside and gathered my supplies.
|This is what I needed, but of course I didn't have THIS color, so I had to mix.|
Oh, Arty, you are looking more "Tiffany Box Blue" and
So, I poured in some of the apple green paint I was using on my porch glider and mixed some more for the second coat.
|Is that a PAINT DRIP? Uh oh, I hope |
And after a coat of spray gloss, here's Arty after his makeover:
|Isn't he lovely? I think he's perfect-o!|
Now for Jacki's allegations:
I left cutie-Arty out in my driveway for Catherine to pick up. When I arrived home from dive practice with my family, there was a 10-31(crime in progress); a full-on
|Source: BHG.com. Snowball Bush Viburnum|
Begrudgingly, I cut some for her and sent her, Arty, and half of my Viburnum bush on their way.
|What was left of the Amazing Viburnum Snowball Bush blooms in my family room. She's lucky I didn't call the cops!|
Check out these other blue projects at The Dedicated House. We're also linking up with Liz Marie and Chic on a Shoestring today!
And, don't forget to enter our contest for a $50 Plow & Hearth gift card. The drawing closes at 5pm today and we will announce a winner on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!
Good Morning! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. The temps around here have been kinda chilly for late April but the blooms have remained beautiful!
I'm a bit off topic today since we usually focus on making your home more adorable. However, I couldn't resist letting you all know about a lovely lady I met a few weeks ago! Her name is Leslie and she is an independent Stella & Dot stylist. And let's be honest, who doesn't want to make herself a little more adorable too??
I was invited to her launch party and bought a few things and absolutely fell in love with their unique jewelry. I always see other women's jewelry and think how great it looks. I sometimes even wish I had a different piece to adorn the day's outfit but I NEVER seem to think of it when in the position to acquire jewelry. Leslie offers great ideas for outfit/jewelry pairing and Stella and Dot has tons of classically styled, yet trendy pieces to add the finishing touch to any ensemble! Check out her site, http://www.stelladot.com/sites/lesliebarton for all the goodies! You can shop now and/or create wish lists for later (super handy for hubbies for Mother's Day and birthdays).
I am actually hosting a virtual party that ends today. You can go to http://www.stelladot.com/ts/ciro5, order today and have your baubles by the end of the week! They have really fast shipping. You will also be entered to win a pouf like this one if you place your order today:
|I already have a navy tank like this one and white jeans! I'm totally adding some of these jewels to complete the look!|
I hope you find something beautiful for yourself or someone else from Stella & Dot!
Thank you to everyone who entered our contest for a $50 Plow & Hearth gift card. Our winner is Angie! I'll be getting in touch with you later today to get your gift card to you.
We are also linking up with Keeping it Simple and of course our friend Kathryn at The Dedicated House. Head on over to both of these blogs for endless ideas on home decor and more!
|Source: Signet Rings and Preppy Things|
|Source: Show Home|
Check out the table they used on the sun deck at the HGTV Smart Home 2013. It's not green, but I love the bold look of such a large piece.
About two years ago, I found these awesome shop lights at the Charlotte Metrolina Antiques Market. I took a picture and sent it to Patrick who was NOT thrilled with the rough, worn, GREEN lights coming into our home. I've been looking for something to go over my
Normally I don't recommend upholstering your large, investment pieces in a trendy color or pattern, but WOW, this emerald green velvet sofa rocks.
For me, I'm crushing on this cute recycled glass table lamp from Shades of Light.
We're also linking up today with Lolly Jane! Head on over and find some brilliant ideas to spruce up YOUR space!
If you're anything like me, you love cute, cuddly animals...when they're cast in cement. I have to admit I love nature...from the comfort of my living room mainly. Seriously though, the great outdoors is definitely a miraculous wonder to behold. And many of you may ACTUALLY be answering the call of the wild. As for me, I unleash my inner beast in more subtle ways: my inner animal and my new bestie.|
Apparently, I'm right on trend. Check out what we've seen out and about lately:
|White deer mount: Antropologie|
|Antropologie: Bling Squirrel vases-LOVE!!|
|Ravensburg Vintage Metal Canisters: Ebay--'Shrooms anyone?|
|Owl Wallpaper-Who's there?: Antropologie|
|Old school owl Macrame! OK, maybe not!|
|Concrete bunny bench: Wayfair|
|Mercury glass acorn|
When we were building our house five years ago, I had a very limited decorating budget and big dreams. I absolutely swoon for custom window treatments. Seriously, I want every room in my house to have decorator-perfect, tailored drapes on expensive rods. Like these........
|Pinterest: Dreamy blue silk drapes.|
Solution! I bought both panels and took them to a seamstress and had her add a band of one to the other. Here's an example from World Market, because I didn't take "before" pictures.
Let's say I want the blue curtains, but they aren't long enough. I took the stripe of the second set of panels and banded the bottom to create more length. To hide the seam, I used some decorative trim that I hot glued on. Yep, hot glue.
With the remaining fabric, I made some pillows for the room.
Excuse the mess of computer parts, but here's how they turned out:
Back tab panels slide nicely on a rod. They DO have a little bit of a sheen to them, which screams, POLYESTER, but remember the budget.
If you are looking for a nice, soft blue that doesn't read "nursery", my paint color is called "Quiet Moments" by Benjamin Moore. There aren't many quiet moments in this playroom, but the paint is nice!
I personally never go in this room, unless it's movie night, so I was completely grossed out by the empty Dorito's bags, candy wrappers, and soda cans strewn around. I had a complete hissy fit and made my boys come clean it up. Now to get my husband to do something with that old computer......
Today we're making the rounds of the blogosphere, linking up with:
|Urban Grace Interiors|
So I've come to a decision...drumroll please... I will not be having a dining room going forward. For our family, it is truly a wasted space. And since we're moving, now is the time to make the change. Seriously, as we speak my dining room furniture is on my beloved craigslist. (Yep, that was a shameless sales pitch.) I'm not exactly sure what I'll do since most dwellings have a dedicated dining room. Buckle up and join me for the journey. Here are a few ideas from some of my peeps:
Like myself, Jacki had the full blown table for ten, complete with china cabinet and buffet, in her last house.
|Jacki's former, formal dining room.|
|Jacki's Billiards room, otherwise know as the formal dining room.|
We all know Jacki's a trendsetter... Check out what her friend Kelly did with her formerly unused formal space.
|Before: Kelly's Dining Room|
|After: Kelly's Billiards Room|
|Formal Dining Room|
I love the idea of turning the formal dining room into a home office. You can still use it for dining on those special occasions.
Check out what Emily Clark did with her dining room:
I love all these ideas! Stay tuned to see what I end up doing at my next home...
Tell us, what's going on in YOUR dining room? Are you USING it or LOSING it?
You may remember our post a few months ago about the lovely peach bathroom that was screaming for a makeover. Here's where we spilled the dirty deets!
I'm happy to report that the project is finished and for a small space, it is LIVING LARGE!
Can you believe the transformation?
Before the remodel, the shower measured a tiny 22" wide. Eek! How did she shave her legs in there?
Working within the same footprint, but moving the fixtures around, opened up the space to allow for a larger shower. The glass enclosure also makes it feel larger.
The honed Carrera Marble was the perfect choice for the space. A subtle color palette also creates the illusion of space.
The homeowner had a history of leaks in the shower and a fool-proof and leak-proof shower was at the top of his wish list. Patrick installed the Schluter Kerdi Shower Kit to nip that in the bud!
|THAT is HAWT!|
This was the original design board presented to the client. When you hire Decor You Adore to design a room in your home, this is where we start. From there, all the selections are finalized and a detailed, scaled drawing is created.
|Beautiful marble inset framed with pencil molding.|
|Cararra marble subway tile (approximately $8 per square foot)|
|Floor Cararra mosaic: Approximately $12 per square foot.|
We chose a bypass door instead of a swinging door to save space and gain an added towel bar. Clear glass was the best choice to allow a visual flow throughout the space. If you have more room, "rain glass" is also available as an option. You can see the Kohler Bypass Door from Home Depot Here.
The homeowner custom made this medicine cabinet in his woodworking shop. Don't you love the detail of the outlet inside the door to charge the toothbrush? Brilliant!
The Martha Stewart Seal Harbor vanity is painted in Glidden Sharkey Gray.
|Glidden Sharkey Gray|
The wall color is Sherwin Williams Sea Salt.
At just $399, this vanity from Home Depot is a great value.
If like the look of this inset toiletry shelf, it was custom designed and installed by Patrick (Poovey Construction). Contact the Decor You Adore design team to have one of these masterpieces installed in your home.
Have a happy humpday adorable readers! Today we're linking up with Not Just A Housewife!
Without further ado:
Isn't this clever? Many of us use the closet under the stairs for storage, but very few do so THIS stylishly!
Seriously? You could host a party in this space under the stairs:
|pinterest via House Beautiful|
OMG!!! To die for....
|Wallpaper from Lowe's|
We're linking up today with The Dedicated House.
I hate to start the day off with SUCH a controversial subject. Of course a fireplace should be the focal point of a room but can the TV share the spotlight? It sure is convenient because you can see the TV from every angle in the room. But, does it invite more TV watching and less personal interaction? Hmmm....
It should ABSOLUTELY NOT be a tangle of visible cords and components. Here's Jacki's keeping room off the kitchen, a beautiful example of getting it right:
TV's over fireplace done RIGHT:
Here's one of our client's family room. Where IS she going to put the tv? We're thinking over the fireplace is the frontrunner! We'll keep you posted!
Tell us, what do you think of hanging the TV over the fireplace? Does it emphasize TV watching too much?
Today we're Hookin' up with House of Hepworths, head over and check out all their goodies!
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to update your home decor; try chevron!
Kristen has a great DIY tutorial for painting a chevron design on curtain panels on her blog here.
I know Catherine has her eye on some chevron details in her new home (wherever that may be); where will you try chevron?
As I have mentioned, my family and I are in the midst of moving and hopefully downsizing. Therefore, I have been selling furniture like cRaZy! I've even contemplated selling (read: listed on Craigslist) my bedroom furniture in an attempt to lighten up. I've already successfully sold my cherry sleigh bed that I used in our guest room. While it is beautiful, it is also bulky. This is another one of those situations where I used what I already had but I really want something else. I've looked at this little number from Target.
*IF* I can sell our bedroom furniture, I would love to have something like this in our master:
What do you think of upholstered headboards? Do you have one or more in your own home?
Today we're linking up with The Dedicated House. Head on over and check out some great tips and tricks from around the blogosphere!
Our client(s), mom and daughter, want something that can be used by the whole family. Some of their requests are:
You can see from our mood board up top that our vision for this room is bright and cheery! And, we will address the wishlist to make this room fully function for everyone, especially Jacki's little BFF.
We're just getting started so you will have to stay tuned for the finished project. Here's a peak at the room's closet and our vision for the dress-up area that will be hosted in there:
OK, seriously, you're as excited as we are... I know it. Thanks for stopping by and come again soon!
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