Money Pit Update: New Floors for the Kitchen

Hi everyone! Happy weekend.  I have home projects swirling around my head these days.  We really need want a total kitchen renovation, however right now that is not in the budget.  We are however, going to start the process by replacing the floors.  Right now the floors are laminate faux wood flooring and it has seen better days.  We pulled up a portion of the floor hoping it had real hardwood floors underneath like the rest of our house, but found nothing but sub-floor. It was a  bit of a bummer because instead of just refinishing the floor, we have to completely replace it, which is much more expensive.

On the positive side, that means I get to choose what I want to put in.  Rather than doing basic hardwood floors I want to do a pattern to add some interest.   Of course, the bid was double the price of regular hardwood floors and my husband rolled his eyes at me.  Doesn’t he know me by now??  How fun is this pattern below?

I love the patterns in the images below as well.

Gorgeous, right?

We have the installation scheduled for August and then we will refinish the floors in the rest of our house, which will be a serious pain to move the furniture.  Stay tuned!

Do you have hardwood floors in your kitchen?  What are the pros/cons?

Until next time.

Jennifer

2017 Summer Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new!  If you are joining me from 21 Rosemary Lane – Welcome!  Barbara’s home was amazing.  Her style creates such a fresh, cozy and welcoming home.

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for summer.  If you are new around here, we bought our older home that needed lots of TLC almost two years ago and are fixing it up one room at a time.  We FINALLY finished our master bedroom makeover, which I have a preview of on the tour.

Let’s get started.  As you walk into our home, the first room you see is our living room.  It used to be awful shade of brown, so I added some color with this dreamy blue.

For summer, I switched up some of our accessories adding coral for a beachy vibe.  I also swapped out the pillows on our couch for these fun blew animal pattern pillows.  They are just beautiful and have tassels on each corner.  I found them at Homegoods and they were a steal.

Adjacent to our living room is our formal dining room.  For this room, I was feeling a tropical vibe with bright colors for summer.

Next to our kitchen (which I will not have photos of because it needs major renovation) is our breakfast nook. These beautiful pink and blue hydrangeas were perfect for this space.

I also added a combination of roses and peonies to my collection of blue and white jars.  I wish peonies were in season all year.  They are gone before I blink my eyes.

Up next is a sneak peak at our master bedroom makeover.  I am still waiting on some art and accessories, but it is 95% done.  You may think I am crazy, but I went with this beautiful pale pink color for the walls.

The bedding is from Ballard Designs and the x-benches are just benches from Target that I upholstered.

I added some tassel trim to basic Ikea curtains to give them some interest

The Chinoserie chandelier was a Craigslist find. It even came with the lampshades!

I am loving these burl wood boxes from CB2.  I can think of a hundred ways to use them to style various areas of my home.  I had actually never shopped at CB2, but am really impressed with the quality of the boxes, given their reasonable price.

One of my favorite things in the space are these three-arm sconces from Gabby Home.  They have gold leaf on the inside of the shades and add a glam touch to the room.

I kept the styling on our dresser rather simple.

I also added some touches to our master bathroom to tie it into the master.  First, I finally got rid of my old terrycloth robe and replaced it with this silk beauty.  I found it at Marshall’s one day and it is from high end lingerie designer Natori.  Definitely shoportunities to be had at Marshalls!

Pink accent towels tie in with the walls of the bedroom.

I found this fun vintage lion towel ring on Ebay.  I adore it!

I painted a chipped rattan stool I found at a flea market a glossy black and it totally transformed it.  I am glad to have a place to store our extra towels since before I was keeping them on top of the toilet- ICK!

Next up is Jennifer from The Chronicles of Home.  You are in for a treat.  Jennifer has the balance of modern and traditional down pat and her home is always a breath of fresh air.

Make sure to also follow along all week!  The full line of of home tours is below!

Monday – June 12

A Stroll Thru Life

Pink Peppermint Design

Cuckoo4Design

Nesting With Grace

Life On Virginia Street

Decor to Adore

Tuesday – June 13

Thrifty & Chic

21 Rosemary Lane

Decorating Delirium

The Chronicles of Home

Hymns & Verses

My Sweet Savannah

Wednesday – June 14

Life Love Larson

Making Home Base

Inspiration for Moms

Duke Manor Farm

ZDesign At Home

Our Fifth House

Thursday – June 15

Life & Home @ 2102

It All Started With Paint

Simply Stylings

11 Magnolia Lane

Remodelando La Casa

Southern Hospitality

Fri – June 16

Refresh Restyle

Far Above Rubies

Our Southern Home

Simple Details

Haneen’s Haven

Common Ground

Until next time . . .

Bedroom Makeover Progress

Hi friends!  Happy Friday.  Today, I wanted to share with you some of our master bedroom progress.  If you want to get caught up, you can read about my plans here.

To say that things have moved slowly is an understatement. Slow and steady wins the race, right? First, we had to have the door leading outside from our master replaced and reframed.  That took about 2 weeks and went relatively smoothly. Then, I had this great idea to move the lighting for our chandelier so it was centered in the room.  That turned into me filling in our ugly can lighting and having sconces wired in.  I went with sconces because our bed is now larger, and I need smaller bedside tables that likely will not accommodate lamps.

What has this resulted in, you may ask?  Holes!  Lots and lots of holes.  Our home is old and has the original laven plaster on the ceilings.  This tends to crack over time.  So, in order to cure this, we are having a new layer of drywall “floated” on top of the exsiting plaster.  This is a process and we are sleeping on the couch until it is done 🙂

See the lovely cracks??

After that, all that is left is to paint and install the electrical.  I am super excited about the lighting. The chandelier is this one below I found on Craigslist and the scones are from Gabby Home. They were a bit of a splurge- don’t tell my husband.

Here is what has been completed thus far.  Our new upholstered bed arrived and so did the bedding.  I am in the process of sourcing throw pillows to give the bedding more interest and texture.

We also reupholstered our X benches in this fun abstract blue pattern.  I wrote a tutorial here about upholstering the Target X benches (similar here) to customize them. The best part is you can take it off and start over once you tire of the old fabric. Below is what the benches looked like before.

So that is it for now.  Hoping to complete lots more in the weeks ahead.  This weekend, I plan to sew a new trim onto our drapes for a quick update.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend friends!

xo.

 

Our 2017 Spring Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new!  If you are joining me from Simple Stylings – Welcome!  Summer’s home was amazing.  I love her modern, relaxed style.

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life has done it again and has a team of 30 bloggers ready to show you their homes decked out for spring.  It might still be a bit cold outside, but get ready for some major spring inspiration.

So, let’s begin the tour.  As you walk in our entry, you are greeted by our beloved bunny Floppy who only makes an appearance in our home this time of year.

Fresh flowers from the farmer’s market make it feel like the perfect spring day!

Moving into our living room, I  added a few decor elements to brighten the room up for spring.

A rose colored tassel throw from Homegoods and some pink graphic pillows do the trick!  I also also added some crystal objects I found a Homegoods.  I have been collecting obelisks for a while and this small one is just right for the coffee table.

Also, if anyone out there is a fellow Gamma Phi Beta, my flower arrangement is in honor of you. Pink carnations are their designated flower, in case you were wondering.  In addition to being full and lush and a nice pop of color, these flowers last FOREVER!

Moving on into our dining room which is decked out for a spring brunch.

The mini tulip wreaths were a Marshall’s find and they are the perfect size to add to the back of a chair.

Also, one frequent question I get here on the blog is where the wallpaper in this room is from.  It is called Denim Blue Tinted and is from Walls Republic. I love this wallpaper and it makes this room one of my favorites in the house.

 

Next up is my daughter’s room.  I don’t typically do much seasonal decorating in the kids’ rooms, but this year, I added a fun print and vases from the Oh Joy line for Target.

I found the print at Homegoods and just had to get it.  Does it look familiar? It is very similar to a photo I took several years ago for a spring home tour.

Finally, I moved my blue and white vase collection out into the entry way for a nice fresh pop of color.  Isn’t it fun to move things around and see how they look in a different space? The daffodils, which are abundant right now in our grocery stores, compliment the blue and white.

I also added some coral pieces this year to my blue and white jars.  For some reason, I love the combination!

I hope you enjoyed my tour.  I am in the process of making over my bedroom, which will be revealed in the weeks ahead.  So, if you would like to follow along, you can follow me on Pinterest here and Instagram here.  If you would like to follow along with the progress of the rest of our home, consider subscribing to email updates which you can do here.

Up next is Jennifer from Dimples and Tangles.  I have been following her blog for years and she has such an eye for color and mixing pattern.  And she is an amazing thrifter and DIY’er to boot!

Don’t miss out.  Here is the full week’s line up of homes:

Monday – Mar 20

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Decor To Adore – Laura

Southern Hospitality – Rhoda

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

 

Tuesday – Mar 21

Setting For Four – Heather

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

 Refresh Restyle – Debbie

Haneens Haven -Haneen

Simple Stylings – Summer

 

Wednesday – Mar 22

 Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer 

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Remodelando La Casa – Christina

Sand & Sisal – Kim

Common Ground – Debra

 

Thursday – Mar 23

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

It All Started With Paint -Linda

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

 Bliss At Home – Kristin

Rain On A Tin Roof -Jenna

ZDesign At Home – Bree

 

Fri – Mar 24

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Far Above Rubies – Anita

Life and Home @ 2102 – Vel

Making Home Base -Chelsea

Until next time . . .

xo

 

A Bohemian Update

Hi everyone!  Happy Presidents Day.  While most of you have been enjoying leisurely activities an outdoor adventures with your loved ones this holiday weekend, I have spent mine tweaking my living room.  Call me crazy.

If you have been following the blog for a while, you know that my living room tends to lean toward the traditional.  I have been wanting to give it an eclectic and global influence for a while now.  When I was contact by Kilim Pillow Store and Unique Rug Store, I leaped at the chance to try out their rugs and pillows in my space.

You simply have to check out their sites.  If you want to add a layered, collected look or a global vibe to your home, they are the source!  I could spend hours perusing through their sites.

Here is the overdyed Persian rug I selected in our living room.  I just love the  deep, saturated color.

Here are some of my other favorites from Unique Rugs.

Here is the Kilim Pillow from Kilim Pillow Store.  The one I selected is so vibrant an colorful.  Each pillow is fashioned from an unused Kilim rug that is 30-40 years old.

Here are some other gorgeous options from the Kilim Pillow Store site.

What do you think?  I think even the most traditional room needs something bohemian and eclectic to add some interest and personality to a space.

Head on over to Unique Rug Store and Kilim Pillow Store to see their truly unique products.  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

*This is not a sponsored post.  Kilim Pillow Store and Unique Rug Store did provide a pillow and rug for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

Zebras, Peacocks and Swans, Oh My!

Happy Friday everyone!!  It has been super rainy and dreary in Northern California this last week, so the weekend can’t get here soon enough.  Last weekend I was refreshing the girl’s bathroom with some black and white swan prints (it is actually wrapping paper that cost me $12), when I realized how many animal influences I have in the decor around my home.

Apparently, I am drawn to more exotic animals such as zebras, peacocks and swans.   See how they are peppered throughout our home in little vignettes.

This vibe could easily be created by incorporating animals or birds into art work.  I think all of these beauties would look good in any space.

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What do you think?  Yay or nay?  Have you ever incorporated animals into your decor?  I may have been a peacock in another life!

xoxo

 

Plans for the Master Bedroom

Hi Friends!

I wrote here earlier this month about updating our master bedroom this year as one of my house goals for 2017.  I am glad to report that plans are actually in the works.  We have some behind the scenes work do to such as ordering new doors and moving the electrical, but I have been busy dreaming up the specifics of the space.

On top of it, I found this beauty on Craigslist for only $60. Cue happy dance!!  It will be the new light fixture for the space.  All it needs is a fresh coat of paint and it will definitely add interest and whimsy to my space.  Right now we have an awful ceiling fan, so anything is an improvement!

Here is my tentative plan for the space.

 

For the walls, I have chosen the color Pink Ground by Farrow and Ball.  It is truly the faintest shade of blush.  It is like the color of a ballet slipper.  I think it will pair well with the navy.  The bedding is from Ballard Designs.  I wanted something simple and classic, where I can switch it up by swapping out accent pillows.  I was also offered to try out one of the Unique Rugs Store’s vintage Persian rugs!!  I will let you know all the deets once it has arrived.

For our new bed, I am thinking something like this:

We are FINALLY upgrading to a King.  With two kids and a dog, our queen bed is busting at the seams.  I often find myself moved into my 5 year old’s bed in the middle of the night.  Can anyone else relate?

What do you think?  Do you like it?  If anyone has suggestions for nightstands that are affordable and on the smaller side, please let me know.  Now that we have a King bed, I have to downsize our nightstands.

I can’t wait to see it all come together!

 

 

Home Goals for 2017

Hi everyone!!  We have done a lot to our home since we bought it in 2015.  We have remodeled a bathroom, done electrical work, and painted almost every room in the house.  Did I ever tell you that when we purchased the home, the City required that we replace a huge chunk of sidewalk on the side of the house??  It cost around $2,500 and definitely not where I wanted to put my home improvement dollars! So, alas, for this year, we have many more projects on the horizon.

Here are my top 4 home goals for 2017.

First, we want to refinish the hardwood floors in our home.  They are beautiful, but looking pretty weathered.  We also found out that the floor in our kitchen are not real hardwood.  So, we are going to be pulling them up and replacing them with wood to match the rest of the house.  I am really tempted to do a fun pattern like this one.

Next up is our garage.  Who am I kidding, I should really call it a storage unit.  Many of the homes in our neighborhood were built in the 1920’s and have very little storage, because well, in the 1920’s, people did not have nearly as much crap as we do.  I find that very few people in our neighborhood actually put cars in their garages. Rather, it is an overflow space used for added storage.

That is what we have been doing and right now our garage is so full of junk you can hardly walk around.  It is where I store extra kids toys, furniture for future DIY projects (my husband loves this), and storage containers.

So, my goal in the new year is to donate or sell the items, so we can use the space in a functional way.  Here is my dream garage, but I will settle for just being able to walk around.

Third, I really really want to redo our master bedroom.  The bedding we have is from our wedding 12 years ago and it is tired and dirty.  When we moved in several years ago, I made do with what we had and paired everything with our existing bedding which was cream and tan.  It is officially the room I like least in our house and that is just a shame considering how much time I spend in it.  I am ready for a big refresh, including painting the walls, new bedding and even maybe a new bed. I am thinking about going with navy and blush as my color scheme, but I also like this navy and green.

Finally, I want to improve the exterior of our home.  I would really love to paint it this spring. However, I am having such a hard time deciding on colors.  Compared to the inside of a home, the paint choice feels so permanent! According to the records on the home, it was not painted that long ago, but there are certain areas that are starting to show wear.  Of course, with this, I would also like to replace window frames and some windows, so that is where things get expensive.

There you have it.  I tried to keep my list to something practical, both time-wise and budget-wise!

Do you set home goals in the new year?  If so, tell me yours in the comments.  I promise to hold you accountable!

xo,

Our 2016 Holiday Home Tour

Hi everyone!!  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our holiday homes decked out in holiday cheer.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration.  A huge thank you to Marty for putting this all together.

If you are coming over from Pam at Simple Details– Welcome!  I just love Pam’s chic style and eye for detail, and man can that girl spy a Craigslist find!  If you are new here, I’m Jennifer – a Human Resources consultant by day and a design enthusiast and blogger in the wee hours of the night! Our family recently purchased our dream home that we rented for 3 years, so are so excited to fix it up and make it our own one room at a time. Bye bye beige walls and hello color!

So, without further ado, welcome to our home.  Get yourself a hot chocolate and come on in!

I thought it would be fitting to start with the entry to our home.  This is the only place where you will find traditional holiday green and red.  Here, Santa is in his sleigh full of gifts for good girls and boys! I embellished it by adding garland, a poinsettia and some birch accents.

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As you walk into our home we have a small entry table and a long hallway.  This hallway was recently painted and declutterd and we added sconces.  The runners are from Home Decorator’s Collection and they look vintage and a great price.  I get compliments on them all the time.

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Our tree is very similar to last year’s with a few additional ornaments.  I have collected jewel-toned ornaments forever, so while it is tempting to want to go with more traditional colors, it would be expensive to start over.  Maybe one of these years!

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Our jewel-toned tree blends great with our new navy sofa and walls in the hallway.

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I thought I would give our gold faux bamboo mirror its own bling with a magnolia leaf wreath with a few of the leaves painted gold.

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I added some white bottle brush trees from Target to my obelisk collection and voila- instant Christmas decor.

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One thing I did this year was to decorate my daughter’s rooms for the holidays.  I just did a few embellishments based on the colors already in their rooms.  This is my older daughter’s room and I added to already bright decor with pinks and greens.  The wreaths are Smith and Hawkin from Target.

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I used simple craft store tassels and faux gems to dress up the gift packages.

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My younger daughter’s room is much more neutral, so I went with winter white, grey and pink.  I found the fun “Let it Snow” banner on clearance at Homegoods last year after Christmas.

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These are a few of the Eiffel Tower ornaments I have collected over the years.

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This is the first year I have decorated our breakfast nook.  With the new wallpaper, I thought that blue nd white colors would be fitting and I threw in some very pale pink with ribbon and Amaryllis flowers.

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I added tons of wreaths and even put garland on the Chinoiserie chandelier.  Some vintage white peacocks top it off. It makes it look like a birdcage to me!

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I am so glad you stopped by.  I hope you enjoyed the tour.  I love decorating for the holidays so much.  Now it is time to spend quality time with my family and enjoy the decor and the season.

Make sure to follow along with all the Christmas Tours- starting again tomorrow with Barbara at 21 Rosemary Lane. Her classic, cozy style will make you want to come on in and stay a while.  Here is the line up for the entire week:

Monday – Dec 5

Common Ground – Debra

Life on Virginia Street – Sarah

Decor To Adore – Laura

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Tuesday – Dec 6

Cuckoo4Design – Julia

It All Started With Paint -Linda

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Remodelando La Casa – Christina

Simple Details – Pam

Decorating Delirium – Jennifer

Wednesday – Dec 7

21 Rosemary Lane -Barbara

Lynzy & Co. – Lindsay

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

The Chronicles of Home – Jennifer

Simple Stylings – Summer

Design Post Interiors – Beth

Thursday – Dec 8

Thrifty and Chic – Alicia

Our Southern Home – Christy

Setting For Four – Heather

Life and Home @ 2102 – Vel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Fri – Dec 9

Making Home Base – Chelsea

Inspiration For Moms – Laura

Far Above Rubies – Anita

The House of Silver Lining – Shauna

Duke Manor Farms – Laura

Rain On A Tin Roof – Jenna

xoxo,

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Visual Comfort Basil Flush Mount

Hi friends!!  I have a new decor crush and I am so excited to share it.  I have been on the look out for new flush mount lights for our entry hallway.  Since we bought our house a year ago, I have painted our entry, rid the walls of clutter and added sconces.  The final change was getting rid of the outdated flush mount lights.

Flush mount lighting, or what I call “boob” lighting is not my favorite.  See what I mean?

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Visual Comfort’s flush mounts are like the Rolls Royce of flush mounts (is there such a thing??)

The Basil flush mount reminds me of a four leaf clover!!  I finally bit the bullet and ordered one.  For me, these are on the pricey side, but once I saw it in person, it was so worth it.  Here is how it looks in some different spaces.

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Gorgeous, right?  I am hoping to decorate my entry hall for my Christmas Home Tour, so stay posted!!

Hope you are having a great week and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

xoxo,

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