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.

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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

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 🙂

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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!

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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.

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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,

Fall Home Tour 2016

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 fall homes.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration. I have to admit that I don’t decorate our home a ton for fall.  I am not a huge fan of the typical fall colors.  Going into a craft store in fall is enough to make me pass out with all the orange, yellow and brown!   Coupled with the fact that it is still 90 degrees where I live, this tour will be filled with small touches that make our home feel cozy this time of year.

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If you are coming over from Life On Virginia Street– Welcome!  I just love Sarah’s style and her clean and neutral decorating.  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!

Welcome to our home.  Get yourself a pumpkin spice latte and come on in!

We recently painted our main living room this color blue.  The walls were DARK brown before, so I am loving the lighter look.  The gold mirror was a Craigslist score.  Had to travel about an hour to pick it up, but sooo worth it!

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As I said, I don’t do typical fall colors, but I do love gold.  Hence the gold mirror and candle pot.

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One of the few fall touches I have added are new pillows in a blush and rose color and a plaid throw.   fall-home-tour-2016-6

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I also like to decorate our fireplace with baskets of wood for fall.  If you are going to copy a similar look, I recommend going with birch logs (the beauty queen of wood!)

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I added these small green mums to my floral arrangement.  While I am not a fan of typical mums, these smaller green ones are compact and look more modern and fresh.

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Fall is a great time to bring in your more natural elements.  I brought out this trinket box made of natural stone.

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I recently moved some furniture around and my collection of obelisks.  Here is where they currently reside.  I actually have two more obelisks I added to my collection since these photos were taken.  Homegoods has had some recently for amazing prices!!

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I hosted a small event earlier this month and I created a table runner made entirely of eucalyptus branches.  It was beautiful and even cascaded over the sides of the table.  I added in some cream roses for more interest.

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We recently painted our dining room a deep purple, almost eggplant color.  I added a purple orchid and candles to compliment it.  I think deep purple or amethyst is a lovely alternative color for fall.

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Classic sunflowers adorn our breakfast nook.  I like the way it pairs with the blue and white wallpaper.

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What tour would be complete without a glimpse of the bar cart? I added some simple hand towels in a beautiful persimmon color from World Market to give a touch of fall.

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I hope you have enjoyed the tour and found some inspiration to use in your home.  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.  Or you can find me on Instagram or Pinterest!

Up next is Kristin from Bliss at Home.  I have followed her blog for years and she is an amazing designer, stylist and photographer.  She is kind of my blogging idol!  You must go see what she has in store.

Below is the full-week’s line up.  Make sure to stop by to see all of the fall inspiration.

Monday – Sept 12

A Stroll Thru Life

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Remodelando La Casa

Cuckoo4Design

21 Rosemary Lane

Decor To Adore

Tuesday – Sept 13

Haneens Haven

Pink Peppermint Design

Lynzy & Co.

Thrifty and Chic

The House of Silver Lining

Hymns & Verses

Wednesday – Sept 14

Life on Virginia Street

Decorating Delirium

Bliss @ Home

Simple Details

Duke Manor Farms

A Thoughtful Place

Thursday – Sept 15

Rain On A Tin Roof

Setting For Four

Dimples & Tangles

Nesting With Grace

Life and Home @ 2102

 Refresh Restyle

Fri – Sept 16

Simple Stylings

Our Fifth House

Making Home Base

 It All Started With Paint

The Chronicles of Home

Our Southern Home

A Tale of Two Mirrors

Hi everyone!  I hope your week is off to a great start.  We are on vacation this week, so I hope to relax and also catch up on some blogging posts I have been meaning to share with you.  For now, I want to show you a fun paint project I did that has made a big impact.

A ways back I scored a major find on Craigslist.  It was a vintage Henredon dresser and the price was right at only $200.

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What sweetened the deal even more was that it came with two beautiful faux bamboo mirrors.  It is so hard to find a set of matching vintage mirrors, so I could not believe my luck!  Here they are.

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I didn’t have room for them in our bedroom above the dresser, so I had long-term plans to paint them and use them in our dining room.  We recently painted out dining room a really deep purple, almost an eggplant color and I opted to paint them a very light shade of lavender.  Bold color choices, I know!

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All in all I am very pleased with the results.  The mirrors really complement the other pieces and accent colors I have going on in the dining room.  The room is starting to turn out pretty glamorous considering I found most of it on Craigslist!!  See you can have the look for less!

What do you think?  Have you ever sacrificed a vintage piece in order to make it your own or are you a purist who thinks it should be kept in its original condition?

Until next time.

xoxo,

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Our New Delta In2ition Showerhead + a Giveaway!!

Hi friends and Happy Friday!  I don’t know about you, but I am just now feeling recovered from the 4th of July!

As some of you may know, we recently remodeled our master bathroom, and went with a black, white and brass theme.

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All of the fixtures were from the Delta Trinsic line, so I was thrilled when Delta wanted to partner with me to upgrade the shower head in our other bathroom.  They sent me the amazing Delta In2ition to try out.  It is exclusive to the Home Depot and you can find it here.

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I love the traditional look of our guest bath, but the shower head left much to be desired.

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How wimpy and sad does this little shower head look?

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I cannot say enough about how easy the installation of this shower head was.  I mean, like two minutes. I am embarrassed to say that I had my Dad come over in case I needed help, and I was able to do it myself really fast. Voila!  For a two-in-one shower head, the installation was effortless.

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The shower head has a detachable handheld head.  I have to say that after taking a shower using the hand shower mechanism, I am hooked.  Calgon take me away! What a luxury and my kids love it too.   The flow I used was a medium spray, but it also offers three heavier spray patterns, including a thumping massage—and with that long hose, it’s easy to reach down to massage sore feet or legs.  The hand shower—like most hand showers—also features a temporary-shutoff button, a necessity when rinsing off kids or pets.

My hair has never looked so good.  Does anyone remember that Seinfeld episode where their building replaced all the shower head with low-flow heads and everyone had terrible hair?  In addition to benefitting my hair, this shower head is water-efficient as well.  By controlling the speed, movement and droplet size of the water, this showerhead creates the feeling of more water while actually using less.

Want to try one out for yourself?  Delta has generously offered to provide a Delta In2ition showerhead to one lucky reader!  This baby is valued at around $100.  All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below.  Good Luck!

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xoxo,

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This is not a sponsored post.  Delta did provide a showerhead for my review, but all opinions, as always, are my own.

Summer Home Tour 2016

Hi everyone!  It must be summer, because it is summer home tour time.  I have teamed up once again with the fabulous Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and many other talented bloggers to show you our summer homes.  There is so much talent and so many different design styles, these tours are chock full of inspiration.

If you are coming over from Our Fifth House- Welcome!  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!

Welcome to our home.  Come on in!

There have been many transformations in our home over the last few months, but one of my favorites has been using wallpaper in our breakfast room.  It is the perfect small space to experiment with a fun pattern.

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I love my collection of blue and white jars, they are so versatile.  You can use them so many ways in so many spaces.  Some are vintage and some are Ross and Homegoods finds!

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I found these prints at an antique fair intending to use them just for the frames, but when I put them against this wallpaper, I fell in love.

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We also recently renovated our master bathroom.  I went with black, white and brass fixtures and love the simplicity.  We added some interest with pattern in the subway tiles and dark grout for a graphic punch.

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Why must we have light switches, or cords for that matter???  The design nerd in me cringes at the switches in this photo.

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My cousin, who is an artist, painted the swan print.  My first piece of commissioned art- I feel so grown up!

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We FINALLY got new sofas for our living room.  Our old sofas were my husbands before we got married, so about 14 years old!!  We ended up going with two Kendall sofas from World Market in Midnight Blue. They were super affordable and the style I wanted.  Since they were not a splurge, I will not bite my 6 and 4 year olds’ heads off if they spill something on them.  In a few years, I will splurge on higher-end sofas.  For now they work!

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I love the combination of blue and orange, and when I found fun napkins embroidered in orange, I had the colors for my summer table.

We recently painted our dining room a deep shade of purple, almost and eggplant color. It was a bold move, but I love it.

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I found the napkins at Marshall’s, the flatware is from Target and the tumblers are vintage.

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Finally, I recently made over my daughter’s room for Calling it Home’s One Room Challenge.  You can see the entire transformation here.

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For summer, I wanted to add these fun flamingos I found at an antique fair.  I thought they went well with her new pale pink curtains!

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I hope you enjoyed my tour.  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.  Or you can find me on Instagram or Pinterest!

Up next on the tour is Kris from Driven By Decor, who will not disappoint.  Her classic, elegant style is a winner every time and her master bedroom reveal in the past One Room Challenge was one of my favorites!!

Here is the full weeks’ line-up, so stop by and see all of the summer decorating inspiration.

Monday – June 6th

A Stroll Thru Life

Life on Virginia Street

Remodelando La Casa

Thrifty and Chic

Rain On A Tin Roof

Duke Manor Farms

Tuesday – June 7th

Life Love Larson

Haneens Haven

Claire Brody Designs

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The House of Silver Lining

Hymns & Verses

Wednesday – June 8th

Dimples & Tangles

Our Southern Home

Simple Details

Decor To Adore

A Thoughtful Place

 21 Rosemary Lane

Thursday, June 9th

Our Fifth House

Decorating Delirium

Driven By Decor

Making Home Base

Simple Stylings

Cuckoo4Design

Friday- June 10th

Refresh Restyle

Splendor Styling

Monica Wants It

Life and Home @ 2102

 It All Started With Paint

Far Above Rubies

 

xoxo,

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One Room Challenge Reveal!!

Hi everyone!!  The big day is finally here.  It is week six of Linda at Calling It Home’s One Room Challenge and that means it is the reveal time.  I have to admit that while I felt organized and up to the challenge, completing this space in 6 weeks was definitely a challenge.  However, I am very pleased with the results.  I ended up achieving my goal of creating a feminine and sophisticated space for my daughter.

This makeover was really very budget friendly and included tons of DIY’s including a DIY cornice, DIY mongolian fur stools, DIY framed wallpaper and much more.  I will have full tutorials up on the blog soon.  Until then, enjoy the photos.  Let’s start with the before:

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And at long last, here is the after:

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I hope you enjoyed following along with my progress.  I am so glad this project is completed and we can enjoy her new space.  If you enjoyed these posts, consider subscribing to my blog updates by subscribing here:

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Until next time!

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One Room Challenge Week 5: Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Hi everyone!!  If you are joining me from Linda at Calling it Home welcome!  To get you up to speed, I am making over my daughter’s nursery into a big girl room.  My color scheme is grey and pale pink. I am going for a soft and feminine feel.

This is Week 5 and man is the pressure on.  My week can be summarized by the phrase Blood, Sweat and Tears. I spent the whole weekend doing DIY projects for the room. I wallpapered the MDF wood panels in between soccer games and managed to cut my finger pretty bad on the board (this is the blood).  The good news is all I have left to do it cut, paint and attach the trim and these will be done.

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Next, I tackled my semi-DIY cornice board.  You may recall that I ordered the cornice board custom from a company called Ready to Cover.  I spent the weekend upholstering it.  Why do such projects always seem so simple?  Just use a staple gun and cover the board, right?  Not so much.  This project took hours and my husband helped me with most of it.  Yes, we are still married (this is the sweat and the tears part.)

First, we had to cover it with batting to give it a padded look and mask the wood.  Then we upholstered it with the fabric.  The problem was I did not calculate the yardage I needed correctly.  I had a bunch of extra fabric from making the drapes, but I would have needed to order 3 more yards to get it to cover the length of the board without a seam.   So, in order to save money and time we made do with the remnant fabric and just have a slight seam on each side.

Now all that needs to be done is hanging it.  But this thing is HEAVY and after having my husband help me upholster it, I don’t think I can bear asking him to hang it.  Cue in the handy man.  He came over today to measure and get the hardware required to hang it.  Whew!  Marital crisis averted.

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Here is what I have done from my initial list.

  1. Paint room
  2. Wire and install light fixture
  3. Sew drapery
  4. Upholster and hang cornice board
  5. DIY mongolian fur stools
  6. DIY framed wallpaper panels
  7. Cover Ikea dresser with O’verlays
  8. Move out all of the one-eyed dolls, naked Barbie dolls and princess castles
  9. Style and photograph the room (hope there is time for this)

Not bad considering it has only been 5 weeks.  Participating in this challenge has definitely lit a fire underneath me an kept me accountable.  Oh, the pressure of a deadline.

Head over to Calling it Home to follow along with the participants and linking participants.  And don’t forget to check back next week for the final reveal.  In the meantime, you will find me wandering aimlessly around the Home Depot looking dazed and hopped up on Starbucks looking for supplies to finish up this project!

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