I'm a stay at home mom of 4 cute kids. I love anything that has to do with homes & decorating. My husband Steve often gets recruited into helping me finish things that I start! We are making our house a "HOME" one project at a time!!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fireplace Inspiration

As part of our kitchen remodel, we decided to change our fireplace in the great room too. 
 I've been dreaming about a fireplace with a wooden mantel & decorative woodwork for a LONG time.
It is done and ready for paint.  I picked out tile today, but it was on backorder, so it might be a few weeks before I post a final picture.  
I have to admit, I was shocked at how beautiful it turned out!  
It's not even painted & it's gorgeous...that's always a good sign!  
Our contractor is AMAZING...I show him a picture & a few days later it's in my house!

Here are a few of the fireplaces, that I found inspiration from...
This mantel is gorgeous!!
We added planks like this above the mantel...
I love the herringbone tile...It looks beautiful!
We are hoping to have the kitchen done in two weeks.  
It's always a rush at the end to get everything finished.  I did shed a few tears on Saturday when they arrived to put in our wood floors.  They started and the wood we had purchased wouldn't connect with our existing wood floors.  Then there was panic that we couldn't match it at all, which would lead to ripping out all of our flooring!  That would be a big expense we weren't planning on. Luckily, they had sent us the wrong flooring!  They only had a few boxes of the flooring we needed on hand, but at least half of the kitchen flooring was able to be installed.  Hopefully, the rest will arrive in the next few days.  I'll admit,  remodeling has been more stressful than I thought it would be, but I know it will all be worth it when it's complete!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


We are in the middle of the "not -so -fun" part of our remodel.
Let's just say, it's a little overwhelming to have clutter & messes everywhere. 
 I don't function too well with clutter.  It drives me crazy!  
We have a fridge in the hallway...
 A microwave on the floor...
 You can grab a snack or bowl of cereal right in the living room...
Our great room is a cluster of furniture in the middle of the room...
 The basement is just plain scary, this is only one side of the mess...
 We have a few plastic walls to try & keep the dust down...
Then I walk into my "new" kitchen & get excited...
I was shocked at how open it feels after they took down the temporary wall. 
 It's messy, but I can finally picture what it's going to look like in the end. 
 I love planning where I'll put the table, pendant lights and a few other decorations.  
We still have a ways to go because we are changing the mantel on the fireplace in the great room and adding new trim around all of the windows.
They are going to be starting on our ceiling tonight.  
You can see a few examples of the ceiling I picked HERE.
These are the pendant lights I picked to go above my island...
This is the kitchen faucet that we will be installing...
I never thought I'd say this, but "I can't wait to be able to cook dinner again."  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Picking Out Windows...

Our kitchen remodel is moving along!  
The addition is enclosed, the roof is done & today they are installing windows!
Finding the right windows wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.  
I always have these great ideas of the style I want.  
Here are a few of my "inspiration" photos...

This was my "dream" window...It's perfect in so many ways!
It goes together so well with a farmhouse sink.

Unfortunately, reality changed my dream when we got the pricing.
This one window was more than double the cost of both of our kitchen windows.
We decided there wasn't room in our budget and started researching some cheaper options. 
 Home Depot was where we finally ordered ours from and they look beautiful!  

For the dining area, we picked a window like the one in the picture below. 
It looks like the window in the middle of the window seat.
It is a picture window that has the six squares at the top.
The window above our sink looks a lot like this one...
It will have four squares at the top instead of three and it will be white.
It is such a fun process to see everything coming together.  It can be difficult for me to picture the end result when you are in the middle of all the chaos, but it is definitely getting to the point where it's looking like a real room!  I'll get some photos of the progress tonight & show you how it's coming along.
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Monday, March 10, 2014

Construction Zone...

We are definitely in the "construction zone" phase of our remodel.
We decided to extend our kitchen and dining area out six feet.  The wall with the windows will be coming down too.
As of Saturday, our kitchen is GONE!
These boys took down the final wall with some karate kicks!
This was the final push!
We still have some tile to tear up & then we are ready for this to be DONE!!
I'm just glad these boys enjoy this kind of destruction!
 This little cutie takes after her mom ...
She came in the room and said, "Daddy, you need to clean this mess up!"
 Now comes the "fun" part of living without a functioning kitchen.  
Hopefully, things will keep progressing quickly!
As far as the exterior goes, they got the footings in & started tearing off some of the stucco...
 This is how it looks today...
They removed more stucco & have the wood for the floor's kind of an extension from our deck right now.
Of course, it's going to snow tonight! 
Let's hope it's not a bad storm & we can keep the progress going.
Does anyone have some tips they can share on how to survive a kitchen remodel?

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Power Of Paint

I think one of the biggest things you can do to change the look or feel of your home is paint!
I was reflecting back on how our home has changed over the years & paint has definitely been the most dramatic way we have changed things around here!

Here are a few examples:
Our exterior...
This is the "before" when we first bought our home.
Here it is now....
This transformation occurred in a few phases.  
If you'd like to read more about it, you can find it HERE.
Another dramatic transformation was our entry way.
Here is the before...
 I stained the rails a walnut color & my husband added board and batten, which we painted white.
Here it is is now...
You can see the whole transformation HERE.

I also love taking an old piece of furniture & making it new with paint.
I have done this a number of times, but my favorite transformation was my daughter's dresser.
It was in pretty bad shape, but I only paid $20 dollars for it.
Here it is now...
I love how it turned out!
We just recently transformed her whole room with paint.  
You can see the reveal HERE.
The only part of our home that hasn't been painted since we moved in is our main floor.
We will be doing that when they finish our kitchen.
I really want it to be bright and fresh.  
Here are a few of the colors that I'm considering:

This is a paint by Benjamin Moore and it is called Marina Gray...

This one is by Sherwin Williams and is called Accessible Beige.
The trim is also by Sherwin Williams and is called Alabaster.

It is really hard to decide what will look best with our furniture.  
I'm leaning towards one of these colors.

The thing about paint is, even if you don't always love it the first time, you can always try again!
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Planked Kitchen Ceilings...

Our kitchen remodel hasn't moved along much at all.  
We have been waiting for the city to approve our plans to bump out the kitchen & then we changed the plans, so we are hoping it gets started soon!
We are going to add some faux beams to our ceiling, which really has me excited!
Here are a few of my inspiration photos...
These two photos have the beams formed in a grid. 
I think it looks really elegant!

Another favorite style of mine is a planked ceiling with beams...
Traditional Kitchen by San Francisco Architects & Designers Taylor Lombardo Architects

It's amazing how it changes the whole look of the room.

If we had a vaulted ceiling, I'd love to do something like this room.  
It is gorgeous with the planked ceiling and decorative beams...

This is the type of ceiling we will be putting in...
It combines the planks & beams, which I love!

It's hard to imagine my kitchen actually being done...
This is what it has looked like since the end of December.
Let's hope things get moving soon!!
Which ceiling do you like best?
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Coral, Yellow & Blue Girl's Bedroom

My daughter's room before...
Here is her room after...
It turned out so colorful!  My daughter loves it!
I have to admit it is one of my favorite rooms too, it's just so bright & cheery!

She knew she wanted to use the colors: coral, yellow & blue. 
 We also decided to add a variety of patterns with the curtains, lamps & her vanity.

We actually found the coral colored paint in the clearance section.  The gallon was only $7.00!
We used it to paint her bed...
Her vanity...
You can see the before picture HERE.
This owl above her bed...
We also used it to paint a few frames!
I recommend always checking the clearance section of paints, because you never know what color they may have!
My daughter also LOVES owls...
 We incorporated them with these cute lamps!
We found this cute pillow at Hobby Lobby.
We added board & batten all the way around the room...
 She also wanted a chalkboard to write different quotes on.
It looks great on her $20.00 dresser that we painted a few years ago.
It's amazing what a little paint can do...You can find the before picture of her dresser HERE.

 Well, like the quote above her bed says, "Do what makes you Happy!"
Changing her room has definitely done that!

Here is a list of where we purchased some of the items in her room:
-Paint from Home Depot:  It is Behr paint & the color is "Balmy Seas".
-Curtains: World Market
 ( I actually just bought one at 50% off and cut it down the middle & sewed the sides)
Owl lamps:  Walmart
Lamp Shades:  World Market
Chalkboard: TJ Maxx
Yellow quilt:

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