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- 02/18/14--10:11: Tiny Cottage Kitchen Makeover- Take 2
- 03/04/14--06:46: A Rec Room for the Whole Family!
- 03/13/14--06:48: Quick Fix: Dress up $10 curtains with ribbon
- 03/19/14--07:13: What is Faux Bois?
- 04/08/14--18:46: To match or not to match? That is the question.
- Height Symmetry
- Match your lamps
- Match the art over the nightstands
- 04/15/14--03:44: Ghost Chairs? Yes, please!
- 04/18/14--03:53: Dining Room or Office? Office or Dining Room?
- 04/22/14--10:17: Beautiful Spring-blooming Arbor
- 07/13/14--13:20: Flippin' out over beach house shutters
- 07/15/14--07:40: Step up your Staircase!
- 09/10/14--07:21: Adding Custom Cabinetry With an Existing Fireplace Surround
- 09/26/14--05:11: Pumpkin Topiary Tutorial: Don't worry, it's easy!
- 10/03/14--06:56: Dramatic Before & After-Powder Bath Remodel
- 11/28/14--19:11: Dream Kitchen Remodel with all the bells and whistles
- 12/05/14--07:37: Ikea Bletviva Life Hack: How to train your curtains
- 12/09/14--07:18: Faux River Birch Branches- EASY Tutorial
- 12/17/14--09:38: Holiday Gift Guide
- 01/29/15--09:19: The Family Room...A Tale of Two Curtains.
- 02/03/15--09:22: Why You Want a Vent-Free Fireplace
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Have a cramped dining space? A banquette can be your space savvy solution! It can be used as a casual dining spot, homework station, or a resting spot for reading the paper while sipping your morning coffee.
When there's limited space to move a chair in and out, a stationary seat is the better option. This banquette fits snugly here, but doesn't appear cramped, as chairs most certainly would.
I especially like the look of a corner seating area with a round table. How cozy!
This was the inspiration for Catherine's kitchen nook:
And this is how it turned out:
In case you can't commit to a true built in piece, there are other options. Like this curved, free standing piece from Overcourt.
World Market also has a nice option; the Hayden bench:
Whatever your size parameters, a built in banquette can be the answer to your decorating dilemma.
|From: Style Carrot|
The Girl Creative
There are 78.2 million pet dogs in the United States. One of the sweetest lives at my house. Unless, that is, you are a UPS driver. For whatever reason, Georgia detests our UPS guy. She hears him coming from a mile away and barks until he tosses my Amazon package on to the porch and runs away in fear for his life.
|Georgia, dreaming about a peanut-butter-covered UPS driver for lunch.|
The actual odds of a dog attack are in fact 1 in 9,953,955 per year, but people are irrational. My son Ben is afraid of mountain lions and other big cats. He has nightmares that one is going to sneak in his window and eat him in the night. See? Irrational. As if a mountain lion had opposable thumbs and could unlatch a window.
So, here's a little tip for my UPS driver:
Yeah, that's right, the FedEx guy gets it. But anyway, on to my blog post about having your house on the market with pets in the home......
Out of sight. Out of mind.
Irrational or not, if at all possible, keep your pet out of the house when you have a showing. Nobody wants an over-eager dog jumping on them when they walk in the door of a home. If your pet must be home, put him away in a crate or closed off area and make sure the showing instructions are clear about his whereabouts.
|Cynophobia: The irrational fear of dogs.|
People are really sensitive about pets and even the biggest pet lover doesn't want to walk into your home and see or smell your pet. Off-putting pet "aromas" are a darn good reason to turn around and walk right out. So clean the litter box, crate Kujo, clean up poop in the yard and remove all evidence of Fifi's existence.
|Consider hiding the litter box in an out of the way place.|
Fur Be Gone.
You spent hours de-cluttering and staging your home, but did you forget abut the pet hair? If you have carpeting that traps pet hair and odors, invest in a good carpet cleaning and have them clean any upholstery too. Vacuuming isn't enough.
Make sure any gnawed woodwork, scratched hardwoods or hole-y weather stripping has been repaired or replaced. Even small areas of disrepair can leave a potential buyer wondering what else has been neglected?
My Swiffer refills are due to arrive today at 11 via UPS. Maybe Georgia and I will wait for him on the front porch.
You may remember our attempt to gain some counter space in our TINY cottage kitchen at Oak Island.
Weeeeellllllllll, as usual, that wasn't enough.
A: I couldn't leave well enough alone.
B: I wasn't satisfied.
C: I am a nut case who is looking for a project.
D: All of the above.
As much as I hate to admit it, if you answered D, you'd be right.
|Cottage Kitchen: Before|
Removing the weird laundry sink proved to be a major improvement. Bringing the refrigerator out so it opens into the living room opened up the galley style kitchen considerably.
And the countertops..... Can we talk about the counter space? Ahhhh. SO much better.
I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start with the demo.
It's always fun to take down walls and find that the wall that holds the wall-mounted bathroom sink was eaten alive by termites.
That, my friends is a chewed up piece of wood. Termite damage is no joke. Luckily, all the little boogers were dead and gone; eradicated by the last people who "renovated".
New framing. New plumbing. New wiring.
Our pooch, Georgia, did not like the vacuum. But she's going to love all the new space in the cottage.
Me: Can you just move the sink over a bit?
Patrick: You mean, move the plumbing?
Me: Well, yeah, that's not a big deal, right?
Patrick: (mean face)
Fast forward a few days and these two butts are under the cottage running pipes, electrical and other various ugly things that I don't care about.
I'll make a (not) quick road trip to Charlotte to get the fun stuff.
The Ikea Numerar Beech Butcherblock Countertop was actually IN stock. Everytime I check, it's out of stock, so there must be a lot of these counters in North Carolina. I am SO curious what everyone used to seal them.
Ikea Edsvik Faucet. How cute is this little guy? He's so retro and vintage and charming all wrapped up into one inexpensive faucet.
Ikea Fyndig Stainless Sink with Drainboard. No, there's no dishwasher in the cottage. The green side of me hates using paper products, so I figured I'd get a drainboard to encourage hand-washing.
Remember the score of the century, the gigantic lantern light fixture from the Durham Habitat store? And the Cheetah captain's chairs?
Well, this glossy subway tile has moved into first place in the category of awesome Habitat finds!
This image is on the Ann Sacks website but it does not do this tile justice.
In some lights it looks gray, and in some a little green, or even aqua. Depending on where you stand in the room and the light coming in, it reads blue-gray-white-green-aqua. Amazing tile!
I hope Patrick bought enough for the downstairs beach bathroom. Even if we have to order some more at full price, it will be worth it~
I want this tile everywhere!
After reading and re-reading many, many blog posts about how to seal the beech Ikea Numerar butcherblock counters, we decided to use Waterlox. I think Patrick put on a total of five coats, letting each dry thoroughly in between.
It was not a fast process, but we rent the cottage in the summer and I wanted these countertops to LAST, without having to worry about oiling and re-oiling.
Finally, I have a fun surprise! Patrick set up the GoPro camera and did a time-lapse video of the entire project. In just a few minutes, you can see how the whole thing went down. Just push the play button and enjoy. I love it!
Cottage Kitchen Update on Youtube
This family has a bonus room over their three car garage. It needs to grow with them and evolve as the children get older. They didn't want it to be too juvenile, because the adults in the family want to spend some time here too. First things first...paint.
We'll start with a wonderful green/gray paint color called Cashmere Grey by Benjamin Moore.
Let's go through each task of this hard-working room.
Homework & Study Area:
180 nights a year (give or take) there will be butts in a seat doing homework. While this sweet set-up looks fantastic, I actually HAVE three kids. I know good and well that they can NOT sit next to one another during homework time. Nope, even if they don't throw punches like my boys, we'll put these girls on opposite sides of the room.
Each girl will have her own craft and art area in the room with pegboard storage. You might remember we did something like this for another lucky little girl.
Homework Desks: Ikea Torsby tables, glossy white with chrome legs.
After all that homework, the girls will need somewhere to play. My suggestion is to build a little nook like this one under the eave.
The back of the door makes a nice place to store Barbies.
Now for some grown-up fun!
This wall is reserved for the 12 foot media screen. It's the perfect place in the house for the Home Theater.
Of course budget played a key factor in furnishing the room. Regardless of popular marketing strategies, you don't have to spend a fortune and it CAN be decent quality. One of the benefits of hiring a designer, is the guidance of when to SAVE when to SPLURGE.
This media console definitely falls in the splurge category at $600. But, it's modern lines and chalky grey color make it a perfect candidate for behind the sofa. The board games and puzzles will have a nicely contained home in this versatile piece.
Bonus: we can put lamps on it.
One of the (most important) ways this room will function is as a media room after the addition of a projector. Therefore, comfortable seating is a must have. Believe it or not, this is actually where the "save" comes into play.
Would you believe I found this sectional at Big Lots?
I am not above taking the cushions off and getting "all up in there" to inspect the construction of a piece of furniture. I hate when arms are insufficiently padded, or when the cushions are crap that will break down two months after you bring it home.
This one passed my five-year-test. (Read: a fair-priced piece of furniture needs to have a life of about five years and then still be worth something on Craigslist.) Now, if this were my main family room, we'd be talking a quality sofa with real longevity, but this is a room that will be used by children. I get that; my kids have jelly hands too!
It's made by Simmons and at $700, it's a great choice for a young family who may not want to invest in their forever pieces just yet.
With a reversible chaise option, the ottoman can slide to either end making it very versatile.
More Saves! These custom made pillows are made from an adorable dandelion print and cost just $20 each on Etsy.
To define the room, I like to use an area rug on top of wall to wall carpet. This can freak budget-minded people out a little bit when I try to convince them to put a carpet on a carpet. Trust me, I say! You will find it worth every penny. It's like choosing paint colors. It's my gift. (I have earned these bragging rights).
The two single windows will get some sort of Roman Shades which have yet to be selected.
To cozy up with the people on the sectional, this club chair from Home Decorators will be a nice addition.
Home decorators has a lot of good options for accent seating. Just make sure you read the reviews when you order online.
I put the "safe" choice in here as a neutral colored chair and ottoman, but what I really want to use in this fun play space is the Chloe chair from Macy's. If you can't have some fun in a rec room; then where can you?
The Arhaus Holden Coffee Table:
Is it worth it?
The bluestone top lends timeless quality that your children
In any bonus room there are 8 miles of wall to fill. Luckily the projector will take care of a huge chunk of space but what about the rest? Artwork!
Vintage travel posters make great artwork.
Another secret decorating genius?
The frames may cost you some money but the result is semi-custom, inexpensive art that can fill a large wall in high style.
One of the great things about our Some like it Haute package is that we give you the roadmap and you can implement the plan in stages or all at once-HGTV style! This allows you to go at your own pace as time and budget allow.
I'm looking forward to presenting this one to my clients. Everyone needs a room like this. Fabulous. Functional. Frugal. Yes!
Where can you find two 98" crisp, white curtain panels for $10? Ikea of course. If you want to jazz them up a little while still staying within a budget, try adding ribbon.
You may remember we used the Vivan curtains in Catherine's daughter's new "tween" room. They look great without embellishment too.
Again, a great look alone, but if you want a little extra umph........
If you aren't a fan of pulling out the sewing machine, ribbon can be glued on or ironed on with hem tape. Now, come on, you CAN do that. You have to iron the Vivan curtains anyway when you pull them out of the package. You might as well add a little embellishment.
Good tutorial on "little black door" blog.
So if you are looking for a fresh new look for spring, try adding some ribbon to dress up you curtains.
Right now, I'm working with clients that are really into symmetry. Trying to convince them that their nightstands don't have to match has been...um...challenging.
I love a little dimension in my decor. My first "student" was Catherine. When we met, she was a newlywed in her first home, trying to nest, while using her new hubby's bachelor pad decor and a few pieces she had acquired...on a limited budget. Dang! I'm good but a miracle worker? While I don't have pics of her first attempts at asymmetrical symmetry, here's where she is now:
If you're struggling with a few pieces that don't match (yea!), here are some tips for pulling it all together...stylishly.
Pair similar styles
Similar doesn't mean same. The nightstands can relate to each other in some way to create a sense of cohesion.
Perhaps one is a mirrored piece and the other has mirrored hardware. One may be a laquered chest with brass hardware and the other a traditional chest, also with brass hardware. Another safe bet is to choose pieces from the same manufacturer line. Often furniture companies will offer an open leg-style nightstand, and also a sturdy chest. This option offers similar style details
Utility vs. Style
Another part of the decision is the functionality of the room. If you need storage, you're not going to want to do a leggy desk and a skirted table.
Now, that you've found your two pieces of furniture, how do you make it look like they were meant to flank your bed?
Here are a couple of tips (I said tips, not RULES):
|Tiffany Leigh Interior Design|
They are perfect for smaller spaces because they take up almost no visual space AND provide extra seating.
I added one next to my stairs for all these practical reasons.
It sure did come in handy for all the guests we had over Christmas!
What do you think of this trend?
...that we hardly ever used.
In fact, we wrote an entire blog post about the Dining Room Dilemma.
I spent gobs of time & money on furnishing and accenting the room because it was the first thing you saw when you walked in our home.
When we moved this summer, I was determined not to have a room that wasn't used. Since we downsized some, that wasn't really an option anyway.
Here's the layout for our first floor:
As you can see, the "dining room" is again the first thing you see.
I was so inspired by this picture from Duo Ventures.
How perfecto is this space??? The paint, the credenza, THE SHELF STYLING!!!!
I love it all.I don't have a ton of black furniture so I wasn't thinking about using gray as my neutral. I've always loved NAVY so I decided to go for it. At the front door no less!
Here's the blank canvas:
Here's what Jacki whipped up as a guide:
I love the emerald accents but I'll tell you, for the Pantone of the Year 2013, it sure was difficult to find any in home decor.
It all starts with a little paint, Sherwin Williams for Pottery Barn, Naval.
Here's how it turned out:
Still working on the shelf styling but I love these Ikea Vittsjo Shelves that I painted silver:
For the "foyer" side of the room, I found this buffet on Craigslist. It is perfectly accented by lamps & a mirror I already had.
The plant on the other side of the arbor isn't doing quite as well.
If you'd like the plans to build one of these yourself, I'll have to climb in the brain of my creative husband and draw something up for you. It's a combination of about six different photos I showed him. (And it was ten years ago.)
The climbing Hydrangea vine, which can tolerate some sun, isn't climbing as high as I had hoped. I know it needs some sun to flower, and it has enough shade to keep the foliage happy, so what is up?
It's been in the ground for six years and has ONE bloom. Can any of you green thumbs tell me what I'm doing wrong?
|One lonely bloom on the climbing hydrangea vine.|
I'll share a little tidbit about my husband and I: we are CRAZY for copper. Copper lanterns, copper bathtubs, copper roofs, copper gutters; basically anything copper.
He custom designed the arbor to have curving copper pieces that will weather to a pretty, green patina.
Even the post caps are copper. I thin he would copper-plate his car if he could. I'm going inside now, as the pollen hasn't quite made it's way North just yet. Hope you all enjoyed my Spring photos!
Alas...as many weekends as possible and a stolen week or two it is...for now!
Over the winter I decided we needed to amp up our curb appeal by swapping out the plain jane shutters for something to flip for!
True to form, Patrick turned my stroke of genius into reality by building flip flop shutters...
Then we painted them to match the current color scheme of the beach house.
Georgia carefully supervised the Flip Flop Ops!
|Good job Mom & Dad!|
Are you looking for an inexpensive update for your 90's home?
If you have the typical, builder-basic oak banister and painted white spindles, why not replace them with iron?
Remember this room from our Use it or Lose it, formal dining room post? Kelly replaced her spindles with beautiful wrought iron balusters.
You can visit a home improvement store with photos of your existing stairs and a count of how many spindles you need.
Wrought iron spindles come in different colors and designs to compliment most any home style.
|View Along the Way|
If you're up to it, Interior Design Info has a list of steps (all puns intended) on how to replace the spindles yourself!
|Denver Finish Carpenters|
Once you have picked your new wrought iron spindles, you need to remove the existing spindles. Cut each spindle only 3/4 through around the middle to prevent the stair spindle from falling out. Once a section is cut, grab at the cut point and pull it towards you.
Remove all of the unnecessary nails using pliers and discard the broken stair spindles.
|Oval iron. Houzz.com|
Measure the space between the hand rail and the floor for each new spindle individually, then add 1" to 1-1/4" to each measurement. Cut the bottom of each spindle to the correct length.
Put the new wrought iron spindle in the hole of the old spindle by putting the top of the spindle in the hole first, then add a shoe to the bottom.
Glue the top and bottom of the new wrought iron spindles and shoes using epoxy.
Budget can't handle 60 new wrought iron spindles? Try paint!
The use of black paint in a traditional setting is particularly stunning. Here, they painted the banister, the newel posts and the spindles in black.
Side note: The whitewashed floors are fantastic too! Having a blond dog makes me question my decision to go with dark floors!
Many homes built in the last couple of decades have the pre-fab stair kits where the spindles are not installed into the stair treads. By painting the top banister and the bottom "rail", it gives the staircase a more updated and custom look.
If you are feeling bold, why not do both? This version features black, painted newel posts and banisters and an installation of iron spindles.
If you don't care for scuff marks on your stair risers, paint them black too!
When used sparingly, black in your interior provides drama and sophistication in design.
Painting your banisters black is a quick, easy and budget-friendly update you can do in a weekend!
We get this question a lot, so I thought I'd do a quick post to show that you can have custom built ins even if your builder didn't put your fireplace in exactly the right spot!
Typically, custom cabinetry surrounding the fireplace is possible when the fireplace juts out into the room.
But that doesn't mean you can't create a similar look if your fireplace is flush with your walls. Here are some great examples from Houzz and Pintrest:
This is a clean, simple, and most of all, timeless look.
This one caught my eye because of the way they tied in the hearth with the built in cabinetry and used the furniture base molding to finish off the entire facade.
For a classic, traditional look, panel above the fireplace. It's the perfect balance of book/accessory space and display space.
This example shows how the homeowner left the flush hearth and added the built in cabinetry without disturbing the flow of the fire box and hearth.
Enjoy and be inspired to tackle some custom built ins for your own home!
This urn was lying around the backyard, so I tossed out the dirt and the dead plants to up-cycle it for its new purpose; my base.
These are the three pumpkins I chose, mostly because that's all that was left at A.C. Moore. Geez, do I have to start my fall decorating in July? The fall section was almost wiped out already.
Some natural burlap-y ribbon for my bow on top.
My garland was on sale for about $4 a strand. I used two.
Ok, I'm back. Hmmm, I still have some holes where you can see the dark abyss of the bottom of the concrete pot.
Solution: Stuff the holes with random fall picks, twigs and berries.
|Do you recognize this wagon? So multi-purpose!|
Well, now that the hot glue gun is out of commission, I had to get creative and come up with a way to affix the pumpkins so they'd withstand some fall breezes and rowdy trick-or-treat'rs.
Continue adding pumpkins until you are happy with the height of your topiary.
Now, you repeat Steps 2-4 until you have the desired number of layers. If you go higher than three I would suggest adding a dowel to the center for support.
Hers is a little more "embellished" than mine. I promised last week I would show you how I made my pumpkin topiaries, so here they are.......
This is what my front porch pots look like most of the year. I add spring flowers and Christmas lights, so these planters are very versatile.
I kept mine fairly simple since there are two planters and they are four pumpkins tall.
I used a dowel rod on my topiaries for support.
This year I added some grapevine to my pumpkins to give them a little more texture.
Here's how I replaced the faded flower buckets! For $25 I couldn't pass them up!
To sum it up, this year, I added a fresh coat of spray paint, a new fall garland and some grapevine. I have some Halloween bat lights that I'll bring out in October along with whatever kind of crazy jack-o-lanterns the kids carve.
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. We'd love to see what you create with artificial pumpkins!
For more fall decorating ideas check out
As you may know, we moved recently. While the house is great, it needs my finishing touches. One of the projects on my looong honey-do list was a powder bath update.
You may remember my last powder bath:
I told you all about how to fill a blank wall on a shoestring in this post.
Today, we're on a little more than a shoestring but not much...
*Spoiler alert* Here's what we ended up with:
I'll let you take a moment to bask in the glory of the finished space.
Here's the before:
perfectly functional, but a tad dark don't you think....
This dark cabinet behemoth is not really my taste. Good thing it was somebody's taste because I sold that bad boy on Craigslist! And, that's how you pad your budget friends!
Then it got ugly...
That Williamsburg blue color is depressing me. 1980 called and they want their interior back.
Painting is our least favorite task, but it has to be done. A gallon of the trim paint was $50. Ouch, and before you ask--no, it didn't have gold flecks in it.
After about three days of no progress, and polling all my friends I decided to go for it. What put me over the edge was something that my husband said to me. "That's what people love about your style; that you combine modern and rustic in a unique way." Thanks for that boost of confidence sweetie! I <3 him! And, he's crafty too! How do you think I got that $0 labor?
It only took one and 1/10th rolls, so the second roll is now reserved for another future project coming soon.
Soooo happy with the choice. Isn't that light fixture fancy??
Patrick wanted to rip out the floor, but I didn't hate it, so it stayed. It's a porcelain tile that mimics slate. I'd rather actually have slate, but I'm trying to stay on budget here.
The faucet was an easy choice. I wanted something with a high arc and an 8" spread. Moen Banbury Faucet in Chrome finish.
Isn't it marvelous? Don't you just want to come over and use the facilities? Sometimes I go in there just to find my happy place. It's in there.
Bonus: ANY color towel and accessories will work because the whole room was kept neutral. Are you seeing aqua at Easter and a rich green at Christmas? Why do I doubt myself?
Since we've all spent a fair amount of time either cooking or eating in the past few days, I am inspired to share a kitchen renovation completed by Poovey Construction nearly a decade ago.
The lesson is that design trends may come and go but you simply cannot go wrong with classic, cherry cabinetry.
The client wanted a timeless design without being trendy.
If you use timeless materials and your kitchen will never look dated.
I love the depth the contrasting island granite brings to the room without making the space seem dark!
Appliance garage with retractable doors-convenience without the clutter of devices "on" the countertop.
Although cost wasn't an issue in this case, a smaller version of a large copper sink is one way to have "budget luxe".
What is your preference? Trendy or Timeless?
Alas, one thing missing--the windows need dressing. Nothing cozies up a room like some curtains, right? Hang 'em HIGH ladies; it'll make your ceilings seem taller.
While our clients hire us for our expertise, there are always new products coming on the market and this fun job allows us to shop constantly (and our husbands don't even mind!). Several of our clients have purchased the these curtains and we never cease to be amazed at how AWESOME they look. These are the Ikea Blekviva Curtains in Gray Stripe and only cost $50 FOR A PAIR! I think they look way more expensive. They even have blackout lining to darken the room for sleeping! Seriously?!
Having worked with a seriously high end decorator years ago, Jacki DEFINITELY has champagne tastes and a beer budget. These are great straight out of their package but to get the "designer look" they needed a tweak. This is the look she was going for:
I give you the cereal box life hack:
Check back with us in a couple of weeks or so, after they've had time to behave themselves and fall into perfect pleats. Jacki will "release" them just before her guests arrive for Christmas.
She started out with simple dowel rods from the home improvement store. Amazon has them too if you like the convenience of delivery to your doorstep.
Simply paint your dowel rods and then loosely apply some newspaper shreds using a tacky glue like Aleene's.
Leave some of the edges curled up for a great birch effect.
After your stick is covered and painted, just stipple on some brown craft paint to simulate the birch knots in the wood.
|$11.52 from Amazon|
|Jacki's dog-loving eldest son's room|
Here are a few ideas, all under $30.
You can give a mirrored frame. $43 for a set of two.
Everyone appreciates a pretty frame especially when you include a meaningful photo.
Faux croc tray. $19
They come in various colors and everyone needs to corral their junk. See Tray Chic.
Latitude Longitude Bracelet $23.
Jacki wants one of these with the coordinates of her charming beach house on Oak Island. Does your loved one have a special spot? This is just the token to remember it!
Great "guys" gift too.
Luminara Candle $28
LED candles with built in timers are the most brilliant design of this century. No more leaving candles lit and scraping wax off your Grandmother's antique end table. What makes the Luminara candle extra special is the faux-flickering-flame! It dances around like a real candle.
And, last but not least. Let's not forget Rover. That guy (or gal) that sticks by you until you wrap the very last present on Christmas Eve.
|Georgia waiting patiently to go for a walk.|
|Catherine's beloved, Buster|
The Gulpy! $8.65
Jacki uses her gulpy every day! It's perfect for keeping (wo)man's best friend hydrated on the go.
P.S. We celebrate Christmas but you can apply these gifts to whatever you're celebrating. Hannukah, Festivus, Kwanzaa or Tuesday.
And from our keyboard to your screen,
I am a window treater. That's it. I like to have something beyond the blinds on my windows.
Here's a tale of two curtains. It was painful. But stay tuned, it's going to be awesome.
It started when I saw some chairs I loved in Pier 1 a few years ago:
But, I thought the pattern would be limiting for the rest of my living room decor. Time passed but I didn't forget that pattern.
Enter the captain's chairs at my breakfast table:
It was a way to ease into the pattern. It's a transitional room so the chairs in the "eating area" kind of tie into the living room.
I really loved the chairs and if a little is good, more is better, right?
So, I got busy and found the matching curtains.
Being a Certified Master Returner, I called Home Decorators to get my return authorization. Guess what? No dice. Apparently if you order one of the "additional colors available" that is considered custom and therefore non-returnable. Rut-ro.
Enter Craig and his fab list.
Hmmm...this is not good.
So, now I have 2 108" super floral-y curtains that I hate on the windows. Of course I got them on sale but that is no consolation since I hate them (on the windows). A sale item that you can't use, might as well be, dare I say, full price (hoarders, take note).
At the very same time that my floral curtains were taking up space in a drawer, the holidays were quickly approaching. And, I had two empty curtain rods in my living room. The absolute horror.
I went back to my old friend Pottery Barn and ordered two, plain white panels. Yes, I do see the ironic 180 that just happened here.
OK, problem solved for the moment.
Then the holidays pass and I need the drawer space for holiday decor. The curtains need to go. I love the pattern. I'm confused.
Epiphany strikes! I have been looking for the perfect fabric for a table topper for the skirted round next to the couch. This could be it.
|Don't judge me for all the beige and tan. Rome wasn't built in a day people.|
|Curtain, folded in half for a visual trial run.|
|Sorry about the glare and the two dog butts. They ignored repeated pleas for them to move.|
Fireplaces have always been among THE amenities for prospective new homeowners. Just behind patios, decks and porches, fireplaces are at the top of home-buyers' wish lists.
|Family room fireplace before transformation: gas insert in a wood burning fire box.|
|The old fireplace (gas insert removed) turned around to the exterior of the house. More on the screened in porch to come!|
My wall color is SW Worldly Gray in case you were wondering.
I found this split-face quartz stacked stone at Lowe's. It took about 60 square feet to finish the fireplace. I love how Patrick cut the edges. It looks seamless.
It's called Dessert Quartz Natural Ledgestone and costs $4 per piece.
Now, for a mantle. I was inspired by Thrifty Decor Chick's amazing fireplace transformation. LOVE the gray color. I like the dark charcoal gray in her room, but for mine, I wanted something a little lighter.
I'm considering SW Anonymous which has a slight green undertone.
When remodeling our tiny little beach house bathroom, I wanted some kind of WOW factor. When I was looking online for tile, there wasn't much out there in a bright, fun, beachy color. Then I found this aqua tile at Lowe's. How's this for wow?
I wanted a large tile that was relatively quick to put up and didn't have a lot of grout to keep clean.
The tile is Interceramic Aquarelle Sky Blue. I ordered it online, which is risky, but I absolutely love the color and size of it.
But before I get into the details, I have to show you the yucky "before" pictures of this dark, tiny bathroom.
One of the biggest problems with the bathroom aside from the finishes, was the layout.
The toilet and sink were crowded together, and there was this weird step up when you entered the room.
We quickly learned when doing the demo that that step was hiding an atrocious amount of plumbing bits and pieces.
You can see in this picture that the vanity was only about 21" wide. and the toilet was one of those round, short bowls. Not good. Time for an upgrade!
The cement board and new shower pan went in. Ready for tile!
After grouting the shower tiles, we installed new wood paneling. The beach house was built in 1960, so there isn't any wallboard in the entire house. The paneling really fits with the era of the house.
A couple coats of paint on the paneling and the toilet and sink can go back in.
We picked up the sink, faucet and vanity stand at our local Habitat Restore, but they sell them at Lowe's. Here's the link for the stand and the sink basin.
If you want to see more of our adorable beach escape, go here for the tour!
Loving the color too! Benjamin Moore Seattle Gray.
It's fun making selections for a beach house. I tend to still lean toward keeping it simple, without getting too theme-y. I think it turned out great!
What Is My Design Style?
You prefer to mix and match different styles rather than be totally traditional or modern, but you like to use the clean looks of more modern pieces. You love figuring out how to combine different designs into one cohesive whole. You are:
Explore the difference between Modern and Contemporary Design
There’s something dynamite about a space that resists the urge to meticulously match items in one design style.
Many of today’s new furnishings are inspired by vintage pieces, so it’s easy to go eclectic by combining them with other statement items.
Explore the do's and don'ts of Eclectic Style HERE
It’s important to remember that texture adds interest to your room. The contrast that comes with texture will make important elements stand out. So go ahead and play off of your home’s architecture and create a canvas of textural wow’s.