2018 Fall Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  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 Fall. If you are heading over from Alicia at Thrifty & Chic– Welcome!  Doesn’t Alicia have the most amazing DIY ideas?

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!  You will see what I mean when you tour my daughter’s new room!

I don’t normally do too much fall decorating.  Maybe it is because my birthday is in October and growing up I disliked orange and brown, and those were always the featured colors for my special month.  There are also some elements of my tour that are not per se fall, but I am so excited I wanted to show them to you anyway!  First off, we remodeled our kitchen and I am in love.  Second, I made over my daughter’s room.  I hope you enjoy and find inspiration in them even if they are not screaming fall.

So, let’s start the tour.  Starting first with our porch.  I was tickled pink when Trader Joe’s had pumpkins last week.  It is still soo hot here in Northern California, I was not sure if I could track down any real pumpkins.  This is about as fall as I get with our outdoor decor.  My girls are dying to have a graveyard and corpses for Halloween but it is sooo not me.

In the dining room, I went with rustic elements.  Eucalyptus just screams fall to me and I had these fun antlers to play into the rustic/glam vibe.

To the living room I just added some soft florals and added some new pillows.  I was so happy to find these pastel pumpkin pillows at HomeGoods. Orange and brown just do not go with the softer tones in my home.

To me nothing says fall like soup!  Our breakfast nook is where all of our cozy meals take place.  I adore these little lionhead soup bowls I found at Target.  I think they are a Williams-Sonoma knock-off.  I also used our vintage soup tureen to hold our fall-hued flowers.

Now here come the not so fall, but new spaces.  First  up is our kitchen.  We recently did a refresh by redoing the counter tops, backs plash, sink and appliances.

I will have a full post on it soon, but we went with Quartz counter tops that look alot like marble and beveled subway tile.  I am also giddy to report that I now have a deep farmhouse sink.  I was always sooo jealous of all of those Instagram photos of beautiful sinks with flowers haphazardly arranged (aka totally styled) in them.  Bam!  Take that social media.  I am now a flower in the sink kinda gal 🙂

 

Another one of my favorite features is doing one section of the back splash in this herringbone pattern.  Our floors are hardwood in a herringbone pattern, so I didn’t want to go crazy up top, but I didn’t want it to look boring either.  I think this small vignette is a compromise.

A few white pumpkins bring in a touch of fall.

Fall flowers were a bit sparse in our stores, so I went with the bounty of the season to display on our counter tops.

I also made over my daughter’s room and bit the bullet by wallpapering it in a wallpaper I have loved for years.  It is bold and bright and totally me!

So that’s it.  I hope you found some inspiration for fall and for seasons to come. Up next is Kristy at Starfish Cottage.  Her chic coastal style is not to be missed.  You can also find the full line up below.

Monday, Sept. 10th   

 A Stroll Thru Life  | Nesting With Grace  | Pink Peppermint Design  

Southern Hospitality | Decor To Adore | Cuckoo4Design 

Tuesday, Sept. 11

  ZDesign At Home  | Duke ManorFarm  | Setting For Four      

Simple Stylings  | Seeking Lavender Lane | Life On Virginia Street 

                                                                                          Wed. Sept 12

Our FifthHouse | Our Southern Home | Clean & Scentsible 

House By Hoff |  Follow The Yellow Brick Home 

 Remodelando La Casa 

Thurs. Sept 13

Inspiration For Moms | Life Love Larson |  Monica Wants It

Haneens Haven | My Sweet Savannah |  11 Magnolia Lane  

Friday, Sept. 14

Thrifty & Chic | Decorating Delirium  

 Starfish Cottage | Thistlewood Farm 

                                      Hymns & Verses Far Above Rubies 

Until next time  . . .

Sneak Peek of Charlotte’s Bedroom Makeover

Hi friends!!  I have an exciting preview to show you of Charlotte’s bedroom makeover.  I posted here about what I had dreamed up.  Only thing holding me up was the wallpaper which was quite expensive, once you included installation.  I can DIY a lot of things, but everything I had read said NOT to DIY wallpaper!

Well guys, I bit the bullet and did it.  Here are some quick preview photos.  I still have a ton of details to put into place like new curtains and curtain hardware, a new area rug and I need to hang the art.  In fact, as I look at these photos, the curtains and curtain rods drive me CRAZY!!  I have brass and acrylic rods on the way that I bought on sale Labor Day weekend at Ballard Designs.

Since the pattern on the wallpaper was pretty busy, I tried to keep the other elements in the room simple.  I got her new crisp, white sheets from California Design Den.  They are a classic percale sheet made with organic cotton.  I have washed them several times and they truly get softer with each wash.

My motto is everything is always better monogrammed, so this euro Matouk pillow case was monogrammed in the same pink hue as the wallpaper.

Here is some of the art I have chosen that still needs to be hung.

I wrote here about making over this vintage cane chair.  I am pretty sure I will never attempt to re-cane anything again!  The end result was beautiful, though.

I found this vintage pagoda lamp on Ebay which pairs perfectly with the wallpaper.

Here is one of the art pieces, which will probably be propped up on the wall for the next year.

So there it is.  It is big and bold and no one will ever want to buy our home should we sell it.  But I don’t care.  I love it and that is what creating a home that is uniquely “you” is all about.  I secretly have to admit that I now want to switch rooms with my 9 year old.  Have you decorated recently with wallpaper?  If so, did you go bold or for a more neutral pattern?

Until next time . . .

 

 

 

California Design Den provided the sheets for my review.  All opinions, as always are my own.

My Weekend Project

Hi friends!  It has been a while since I have done a hard core DIY project.  This weekend, I am working on re-caning a chair.  A ways back a friend of mine gifted me this lovely faux bamboo barrel chair for free.  Only problem was it had a huge rip in the middle of the seat.  Here it is below with the hole strategically covered by a throw.

 

Here is the chair in its present glory.

I called around everywhere trying to find someone who could fix it for me with no luck.  So, I found this site on Etsy that sells re-caning kits.  According to the instructions, the hardest part is removing the old seat.  Apparently, it takes quite a bit of elbow grease to remove the old binding and glue from the seat.  I may have to enlist the hubs.  I am sure he will be thrilled.

At the end of the day, I hope to paint them and have them looking like some of the gorgeous chairs below.  I may eventually opt to add a cushion.

So, if all goes well, I will have a before and after to share with you soon.  I miss doing these kind of projects, but they are just so time consuming.  These days all of our weekends are filled with soccer and swimming.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

 

2018 Summer Home Tour

Hi everyone!  If you are joining us from Life Love Larson- Welcome!  Wasn’t Andrea’s tour so vibrant?  Her love of plants definitely came through.  A huge thank you to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for putting this blog hop on.  It’s so full of seasonal decorating ideas each time.

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!

I had big plans for this home tour, much of which did not come to fruition.  We went on vacation the first week of June, only to return with a bout of strep throat for my kids.  The rooms I am sharing here today are honestly the only ones that do not have suitcases and piles of laundry in them.  I am sure some of you can relate!

So, come on in and check out my less than perfect summer home tour.

First up is our entry way. I recently purchased these statement making candles in a vibrant pink.    They are molded out of branches.

In the living room, pillows in blue hues and tons of flowers say summer to me.  Add in some faux coral and poof we feel like we are at the beach.

Up next is our breakfast room.  I often get asked about the bold wallpaper.  It is called Denim Blue Tinted from Walls Republic.  I love it.

These summery butterfly plates were a Homegoods find a few years back.

Nothing says summer like pink to me.  We painted our master bedroom a very pale pink called Pink Ground from Farrow and Ball and I adore it.  Some grocery store orchids add a tropical vibe when combined with the pink.

Finally, is our dining room.  Anyone who has known me for a long time knows my love of collecting seashells.  I wanted this table setting to evoke a relaxed coastal vibe.

As you exit our home, Merle as we call him will greet you.  This planter is the only Spring/Summer gardening I have done all year!

Well that’s a wrap.  Off to go finish unpacking those suitcases.  Next up is Karianne at Thistlewood Farms.  You must go see her tour and read her story.  It is so inspiring! Karianne is a legend in the world of Farmhouse style. The entire week’s lineup is here:

Monday – June 11

A Stroll Thru Life – Marty

Pink Peppermint Design – Tammy

Setting For Four – Heather

Nesting With Grace – Brooke

Cuckoo4Design  – Julia

Southern Hospitality  – Rhoda

Tuesday – June 12

ZDesign At Home  – Bree

 Inspiration For Moms  – Laura

Clean & Scentsible – Jenn

Simple Stylings  – Summer

Life On Virginia Street – Sarah

Remodelando La Casa – Cristina

Wednesday – June 13

Our Southern Home – Christy

House By Hoff – April

Our Fifth House – Carmel

Dimples & Tangles – Jennifer

Decor To Adore  – Laura

Follow The Yellow Brick Home – Amber

Thursday – June 14

Haneens Haven – Haneen

Monica Wants It – Monica

Duke Manor Farm – Laura

My Sweet Savannah – Melaine

11 Magnolia Lane – Christy

Life Love Larson – Andrea

Fri –June 15

Decorating Delirium  – Jennifer

Thistlewood Farm – Karianne

Thrifty & Chic  – Alicia

Hymns & Verses – Doreen

Starfish Cottage – Kristy

Far Above Rubies – Anita

Charlotte’s Room Refresh

Hi all!  It has been a long time since I last posted.  Things have been busy busy around here.  Working on a few design projects has sucked up the majority of my free time.  For ages, I have wanted to makeover my 8 year old daughter’s room.  It is the only room in our home that has not been painted since we purchased the house.  I have been indecisive on what to do with it.  I have also been wanting to use wallpaper in another room in our house.  I bit the bullet and wallpapered our breakfast nook and I just adore it.

So, this wall paper from Thibaut was my starting point for the room.

I ordered a sample and it is definitely more fushia pink in person that the online image.  Here is the rest of design board I am using for inspiration.

Only thing holding me back is purchasing the wallpaper.  It is expensive and I need quite a few rolls.  And then I have to pay to have it hung.  No way I am attempting to DIY that one.  Strong is a woman who knows her limits.

What do you guys think?  Wallpaper is such an investment, and I do hope to move to our forever home someday.  But, we might be in our home forever, so I am also thinking seize the day!

Until next time  . . .

 

What’s New Around Our Home

Hi friends.  Happy Monday.  The weather in California has been heavenly (like 70 degrees), so I have been coming out of my winter hibernation.  I wanted to let you know about a few updates around our home.  Decorating is never done, so I am always tweaking and rearranging, so here a are a few of my recent updates.

If you came on my holiday home tour this year, you may have noticed these beautiful urns from Ballard Designs on my china cabinet.  They are by Suzanne Kasler.   I wasn’t paying that much attention when I ordered them and they are larger than I expected.  I love where I have placed them for now, but they could truly work in any room in the house.  There are 4 different shapes to choose from.

Up next is this abstract art piece from Target.  I had it in this roundup of Target finds and I thought I would try it out.  It was only $65.  Given the size and chic frame of this art, it is such a steal for the impact it provides.  The colors are also very calming and relaxing  I have it above the media table in my bedroom.  Sorry for the ugly TV in the photo!

 

 

Finally, I recently updated the mirror in the girls bathroom with this glossy black pagoda mirror.  I also found this adorable embroidered pagoda hand towel on Etsy.  Now I just have to keep my girls from trying to use it!  As usual, I made more of a project out of it because after I replaced the mirrors, the sconces didn’t look right,  So, new sconces are on the way soon.  My husband loves it when I do this.

 

Have you made any quick updates to your home lately?  I have some bigger projects on the horizon, including replacing some widows, painting the exterior of our home, replacing the flooring in the girls’ bathroom, and if there is a Lord above, doing a refresh of our kitchen.  I have to propose all of these slowly to keep the hubs from having an anxiety attack, even though he knows it all needs to be done!

Have a great week!

xo

Our 2017 Holiday Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  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 the holidays. If you are heading over from Southern Hospitality – Welcome! Don’t you just love Rhoda’s down to earth style and her holiday home tour is no exception.

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 let’s start the tour.  Grab some hot coco and come on in.  On our porch you will find a welcoming scene.  The santa and sleigh were my husband’s grandmothers and we love that it reminds us of her.   This year, I added these holiday pillows made by a local maker called Allie Studio.  We live in an area of our city called East Sacramento and she makes the most amazing holiday pillows.  She does them for all of our city’s neighborhoods and has expanded to cities all over California and beyond.  They could cutomize one for your city!

No tour would be complete without a photo bomb.  I always have my little helpers around when I take photos.

As you enter our home, I added wreaths to our long, narrow hallway and it makes a nice impact.  This year, I opted for red and white on the ribbons.  As you will see, I tried to incorporate a bunch of different themes in my tour.  Classic red, jewel tones and even winter white.

Our tree is mostly jewel tones, and since I am not in the market for all new ornaments, it will probably remain that theme for a few years!

Here are some of my favorite ornaments.  We recently traveled to Bodega Bay and we bought these fun mermaid ornaments for our girls.

This ornament is sentimental as I picked it out right before our first baby was born.

In the dining room I tried to go with a silver and white theme.  My girls loved the fun white snowflakes.

I rarely show our kitchen on the blog as it is need of a major renovation, but we recently redid our hardwood floors in a fun herringbone pattern and got a new runner from Caitlin Wilson Designs that I love, so I thought it was worth a few pics.

 

My daughter’s room is much softer in calm pastels.

I rarely decorate our bedroom, but opted to this year.  Garland seems like a good idea on the bed until it starts to drop needles!

Well that is it.  I hope you enjoyed the tour and that you got some inspiration for your holiay home.  Up next is Doreen with Hymns and Verses.  Her style is so curated and cozy.  You simply must head over and see what she has in store this yer

Here is the the entire week’s lineup.

Monday – Dec 4th

A Stroll Thru Life

Life On Virginia Street

Clean & Scentsible

Nesting With Grace

Cuckoo4Design

Pink Peppermint Design

Tuesday – Dec 5th

ZDesign At Home

Life Love Larson

Dimples & Tangles

Remodelando La Casa

Seeking Lavender Lane

Inspiration for Moms

Wednesday – Dec 6th

The Chronicles of Home

Our Southern Home

Decor to Adore

11 Magnolia Lane

Our Fifth House

Rain On A Tin Roof

Thursday – Dec 7th

Setting For Four

Life & Home @ 2102

Southern Hospitality

Decorating Delirium

Hymns & Verses

Simple Stylings

Friday – Dec 8th

Thrifty & Chic

Tidbits & Twine

Far Above Rubies

House By Hoff

Duke Manor Farm

Common Ground

Until next time . . .

2017 Fall Home Tour

Hello friends both old and new.  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 fall. If you are joining me from Deb at Seeking Lavender Lane- Welcome!  Wasn’t Deb’s tour amazing? She pulls off elegant farmhouse style perfectly!

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!

Full disclosure here. It is still in the mid-90’s where I live and there is not a pumpkin or gourd in site.  So, the fall touches you see will be more of an end-of- summer/ start-of-fall tour.  In addition, right before this tour went up, we had our hardwood floors re-surfaced (you can read about it here), so much of my home was under construction or at least under a layer of dust.  So, the spaces you see here are the salvageable ones.

So, let’s get started with the tour.  As you walk in our home we have a very small entry table that I decided to adorn with this rustic vase I found at an antique fair.  It is brown and wavy.  It is kind of like a tree trunk.  The inside is painted the most beautiful aged gold.  It is a very unique piece and adds the rustic touch I wanted for fall.

The entry leads into our living and dining rooms.  In our dining room, I swapped out some pastel pillows for an animal print bolster.  Reds, oranges, and browns don’t really go with my decor, but I will take an animal print any day!

In our dining room I have touches of fall on a bold tablescape.  The hammered gold vases are from Target and I love them.  They can stand alone on their own or make a lovely vessel for flowers any time of the year.

I opted for simple eucalyptus branches to tone down all the gold.  I used pears in a variety of colors as the centerpiece (no pumpkins remember!!)

I used my favorite fall napkin rings with a gold leaf on them. I purchased them at World Market years ago.

Moving into the breakfast nook, I have a simple flower arrangement next to the soup tureen that has been in our family for years.  Once fall finally arrives in my neck of the woods, homemade soup is definitely on the menu.

No home tour would be complete without a photo of our vintage zebra.  Here I have some velvet pumpkins in jewel tones adorning his feet.  Who needs real pumpkins when you have velvet ones, right?  I have wanted some for years, so I finally but the bullet this year!

I hope you have enjoyed the tour and found some inspiration for your home.

Up next on the tour is Christy from Our Southern Home.  You have to check out her vintage French Country style!

Here is the entire weeks’ line up.  You have to check out each tour.  There is so much inspiration to be found:

Monday

A Stroll Thru Life | Inspiration for Moms | Cuckoo4Design | Clean & Scentsible | Life On Virginia Street | Decor To Adore

Tuesday

Life Love Larson | Remodelando La Casa | Thrifty and Chic | Seeking Lavender Lane | Decorating Delirium | Our Southern Home

Wednesday

The Chronicles of Home | Erin Spain | Nesting With Grace | 21 Rosemary Lane | Our Fifth House

Thursday

Z Design At Home | Simple Stylings | Life & Home @ 2102 | 11 Magnolia Lane | Rain On A Tin Roof | Hymns & Verses

Friday

Far Above Rubies | Haneen’s Haven | Tidbits & Twine | House By Hoff | Common Ground | Refresh Restyle | Duke Manor Farm

Until next time . . .

New Floors in the Kitchen

Hi everyone!  I am sorry I have been MIA lately.  We went from vacation, to back-to-school craziness, to back-to-school bugs!  Both the kids were sick and staying home by the second week of school.  Whew!! Not much extra time for blogging.

I posted here here about wanting to install new hardwood flooring in our kitchen and breakfast nook area.  Well, after 5 days of dust and debris, we have new floors.  I went with a herringbone pattern and could not be more pleased.

Here are the results:

The old laminate faux hardwood floor was raised higher than the current floor, so now we need to paint the baseboards.  I swear the projects never end.

Also, next we will be refinishing all of the hardwood floors throughout our home.  So not looking forward to the chaos that comes with moving all the furniture.  At least, I will have the use of our kitchen again.

I will keep you posted!  Off to clean more dust of of every surface in our home 🙂

xo,

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