Kitchen Refresh

Good morning, friends!  I hope you had a great Monday.  I will admit to you — I have a Fall candle burning right now…  Don’t be mad at me, lol.  This is about the time of year that I start itching for Fall and cooler temps.  Bring on the sweaters and the hot coffee!  Until then, I’ll be here with the scent of pumpkin wafting through our house.

I wanted to write a little bit about some thoughts I have about a kitchen refresh that I am plotting for our home…

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I have some ideas about how I want to refresh this eat-in space as well as DIY-ing a couple of projects, like painting the cabinets and installing a glass-front door to the cabinet that holds our wine glasses and other pretty glassware.

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I have been pining for some wicker-type chairs in this space.  I just feel like it would look so much cozier and relaxed.  The chairs that we have are working out fine.  We bought them right when we moved in and I paid about $100 for all four.  A very big steal and so far they have been great.  But the longer we live here, I am craving different things than I did when we first moved in and I was purchasing a few things here and there as place-holders until I figured out what we would want long-term.

I found the above chairs while perusing At Home and I think they would work really well in our space.  I also love the taupe-y color, which will complement a lot of the other furniture that we have in our family room and kitchen.

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The Inspired Room

I am also so inspired by Melissa’s dining room at The Inspired Room, my all-time favorite blog.  🙂 Her home is the epitome of cozy and I just love how warm and un-fussy this looks.  It’s so inviting.  This obviously got my wheels a-turning.  🙂

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This is a floorplan I created for our kitchen.  I have wanted a white kitchen table for so long and an oval shape is also my dream, so by putting everything on a diagonal, it will make the space more interesting and will allow me to switch out the chairs and table when budget allows.  We will paint the cabinets a white-gray-taupe color (still undecided) and add hardware.  That’s pretty much all this room needs for a little refresh!

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This mood board has me so excited.  🙂  It’s all going to happen very slowly but I have a direction and that makes me happy.  I’ve been thinking about this lots and lots, so this feels very ‘us’ and also feels like home to me, even when I just look at this on a computer screen.

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I’ll keep you posted on any progress that is made!  Have a great day!

And Spring Turns to Summer

Good morning, friends.  Happy Sunday to you.  🙂

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It’s been a little bit.  I’ve been taking some much-needed time away from social media and blogging to get some priorities in order.  It was a good break, and I’m feeling refreshed and my Internal Gratefulness Basket is filled to the brim.

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We’ve slowed on the projects to do those boring homeowner responsibilities that you don’t think of when you buy a house…  Like paying for giant trees to be trimmed, new sprinkler timers, etc.  You know, the fun stuff.  😉

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But it has been nice to putter and just be in our little space.  Having a slower pace is helpful to me and I think to everyone.  Switching things up to see what is really important is, well, really important.

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We spent some time with my family in Telluride last week, and this week we are headed out again.  The time with my fam was amazing in so many ways.  I left feeling an incredible sense of renewed connection and love.  We are so blessed!

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My favorite trick for going out of town is to put clean linens on the bed right before we leave in the morning…  It’s such a treat to come home to a freshly made bed!  Just makes you want to crawl right in.  😉

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I’ve been thinking of my Gramma so much lately.  I miss her.  This picture hangs above our bed…  This was in all of her apartments that she ever lived in from the time I was really young, and she always told me that when she passed, she would be that swanky lady in the blue dress by the piano.  She was so sassy!  🙂 We recently framed it in this white IKEA frame.  Makes me happy.

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I switched up our Spring wreath for a Summer variety.  I will show you soon… very simple.  I kept the Summer decor very minimal this year.  I just didn’t feel up to it.  I was wanting more of a relaxed feeling around our house this time of year…  Not everything “vignette-ed.”  It’s been nice to have things a bit more casual — and less to dust!  Lol.

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We are feeling very blessed to call this little nest our home.  We’ve been loving on it in lots of small ways lately.  Makes me feel extremely at peace.

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Of course, this handsome man is forever my rock, protector, and best friend.  This house wouldn’t be a home without him.

I hope you have a great day!

Inexpensive DIY Coffee Station

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  We are gearing up for a busy week and weekend ahead — trying to soak in as much relaxation as possible before things get crazy.  😉

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Welcome to our kitchen!  Grab a cup of coffee and let’s look around a bit…

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A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about our hall entry from the garage and how we maximized organization in that small space using IKEA’s Fintorp system.  We were perusing IKEA one weekend and loved how there were so many ways to use it.  We decided we would purchase one for our entry, and one for our kitchen.

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DIY Entryway Organization

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This is the 22.5″ rail (we used the 31″ rail in our hallway).  The hooks come in a pack of 5 for $2.99.  WHAT?!  That’s a lot of joy for under $5.  😉  We did buy these mugs at IKEA for just a few dollars each.  I’m really excited to display our Spode mugs during the Christmas season.  The little basket is from Target from a while back and holds our Nespresso pods.

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You might be wondering about these chalkboard signs.  My brother made these for us for our wedding and a couple of Christmases ago, he restored the writing and sprayed something over them to make it permanent.  To this day it is my favorite gift I have ever received.  These will follow us from house to house, always.  I love that he did this for us.

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I wrote about our Limoges china a while back and our set includes these adorable tiny mugs that are perfect for espresso shots.  Usually I have some small Duralex glasses resting on top of this tray, but I think these flowery sipping mugs are perfect for Spring.

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  😉  Here’s to a great week!

Design Trick For On-the-Go

It’s Friday!  🙂  This has been a long-awaited day for me this week — it’s been crazy.  Looking forward to not over-scheduling myself this weekend and being pretty darn relaxed.  I hope you have a fun one ahead of you.

Last week I wrote a post about our long-term design ideas for our living room.  I mentioned in that post that we have a new rug layered on top of our sisal rug from IKEA.  Today’s the day we talk a little bit about it!

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Let’s get the most important development out of the way — Kuma loves this rug!  That’s obviously the most pressing matter.  😉  He lays on it all the time.  It’s very soft underfoot, and has that perfect pop of blue that I want in this room and in the other rooms in our house.  Remember — I’m trying to keep the palette cohesive throughout since our house is pretty tiny (just over 1,000 square feet).

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We found the rug on a random trip to HomeGoods and I really liked the colors in it.  The rug, as a whole, I was kind of undecided about.  But we brought it home, laid it out, and I took a couple of days to consider it.  It wasn’t like those instant love-at-first-sight kind of things…but I knew that this rug had all of the colors I wanted in this room.

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What was throwing me off were my accessories in this room as it is now.  The furniture all works with the rug — I have purposefully kept everything really neutral because I always wanted to be able to change out accessories, not furniture pieces, if we wanted to do any kind of room refresh.  It’s easier on the budget to switch out accessories than it is to get brand new furniture!  😉  Currently, my accessories are not really doin’ it for me.  I’m excited to bring in some new fun things in this color palette — especially that beautiful blue.  Which brings me to…

The design tip!

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The colors in this rug are very specific, which makes them difficult to shop for when I’m out and about.  We’ve all had that experience where we find the perfect pillows that we just have to have while we’re out shopping and we get them home and they don’t look right.  I hate that!  So I wanted to come up with a way that I could carry around the colors with me so that I can have a reference for anything I want to bring home.

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I brought out my trusty paint decks and started trying to match the colors.  And I found some that were really good!  Then I went to Sherwin-Williams and Dunn Edwards and picked up the samples.  If you don’t have a paint deck, try taking a picture of the color with your phone and then grabbing a few samples from the stores that you think would match.  Oh, and make sure you do this with plenty of natural light in your space.

Of course, lighting in stores is going to factor into color perception a little bit, so I’ll need to be mindful of that.  But overall, this is going to be a great way to have a pretty solid representation of the color that I’m searching for at the ready so that I can hopefully make fewer mistakes and returns.  😉

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See?  Goin’ in for a little relaxation on the rug again!  Love him so much.

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I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Gettin’ Organized

Hey, friends — happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was a good one, spent with family and a little bit of thrift shopping that ended with an awesome find.  More on that another time.  😉

Slowly but surely we’re getting organized around here.  I’ve mentioned here before that our house is itty bitty, so I am constantly trying to pack as much functionality as possible into our little space.  Grey and I were wandering around IKEA a few weeks ago and randomly we saw an awesome solution that we decided to use in not one, but two places in our house.  The area I’m showing off today is right by the door leading from our garage.

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Just to orient you, this hallway leads straight back into our master bedroom and also looks out into the living space with the cut-out.  I’m so grateful we have that cut-out because it keeps the living room feeling more open.  Someday we’ll put some kind of artwork on the hallway wall and it’ll show up in the living room, too.

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The goals for this space were: a place to put mail when walking in the door (to be sorted later), as well as a place for outgoing mail; drop-zone for keys, sunglasses, and my market bag.

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We used this system from IKEA and so far we’re loving it.  This is the longer version.  The letter board is from Target (similar) and it’s been fun to put up new sayings every little while.  The mail organizer is from HomeGoods — they always have a ton of these!

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The little pop of greenery is a fun touch but we can use the tin basket for something else in the future if we want to.  The small basket that holds sunglasses is from Target a while back.

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So there you have it!  Our little space made more functional — I’m telling you, it’s small projects like this that get me SO excited.  Even more so than larger projects, I think.

I hope you have a great day!

Long-Term House Plans: Living Room

Hey, friends!  I hope you’re having a great week so far.  I can’t believe it is already Thursday — this week is flying by for me.  I’ve got my eyes set on Fri-yay!  😉

When we first moved into our house back in November of 2016, our living room looked like this…

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

Cute and cozy…  I can tell by looking at these pictures that I was busy loving on this house all the time during those first few nesting weeks.  🙂

Lately, I’ve begun to realize how this room has transformed so beautifully over the course of just about a year and a half.

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wake up every morning and pinch myself that I live here.  It’s kind of crazy… we hoped and prayed for a house for so long, and now this one is ours.  And it’s adorable!  I figured eventually we’d have a house, but I didn’t realize it would be quite this cute.  😉

I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… This room is starting to evolve in all the ways it’s been meant to, and I am so excited about it.  You might be surprised to find out that our zebra rug has been relocated to our kitchen, and that we have a new rug in our living room now that is inspiring a new color palette.  It’s not that I didn’t love the zebra rug — I did and do!  What I was having trouble with was my design direction as far as colors go.  I wanted a consistent pop of color, and the zebra rug made me all confused because it is black and white.

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Our house is very small.  It’s just over 1,000 square feet.  Which made my brain think…wouldn’t it be nice to have a consistent color palette all throughout the house so that each room flows nicely together?  We learned this in design school — it’s a good way to keep everything cohesive, especially for a small house.

My taste is super eclectic — I like a whole mix of styles and I love putting modern with traditional.  But as far as colors go, I knew I needed a rug to do the hard work for me by showcasing colors that inspired me so that I could pull from them (full post on how to do this coming soon — I have a good tip for you!).

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I’ll start with a disclaimer…this isn’t the rug we chose.  But you can see what I want my pop of color to be — dark blue!  I’m a water girl, and blue is the color that makes me feel most calm and soothed.  Oh, and Greyson likes it, too.  😉

A lot of these pieces we already have.  The lamps are sourced from one of my trade accounts and they’re on the pricier side, so I’m open to finding something that I love that is less expensive.  This board is mostly about the ideas.  I just want to prioritize simplifying, elevating, and pulling this room together a little more.

When we moved in, I was so excited about filling it up and having a space to decorate that was all ours, I brought some things into our house that I’m not in love with and didn’t really give time to let my design ideas brew and direct me.  Mostly all of the furniture is staying — except I do very much want that gold console table with the marble — that is from a trade resource and I see that in our future.  It’s mostly just about adding accessories that work well with the colors in our rug, which we found at HomeGoods on a random trip there.

SO!  If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this post — thank you!  Coming soon I’ll be sharing a really simple way to take colors that are in a rug, artwork, etc. that you are using as a springing-off point for your design and carry them around with you while you’re shopping.  Stay tuned!

I hope you have a great rest of your week!

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Long-Term House Plans: Living Room {Details Blog}

A Small Front Porch Update

Hey, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was busy but a lot of fun.  Saturday we spent time with family and Sunday we did some work on the house.  I have lots to share — just need to make time to photograph!  Movin’ slow today, ha.

A little while ago, I shared our front porch and how that was shaping up.  We had just purchased a new wreath, and we potted a gardenia plant in the planter we received as a Christmas gift.  Our little space looked like this…

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Almost immediately after posting this, I realized what this space was lacking that I felt it really needed.  Typical doormats are this size, but I wanted something larger that would fill up the space better.  So I went in search of something that was budget-friendly and also made the size statement that I wanted.

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And I found it!  This one is from Target and is actually the “estate” size, which cracks me up because our house is teeny tiny.  😉

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I love this rug.  So far we’ve had it for about two months and it has held up really well.  I’ll keep you posted.  The DIY wreath is still looking the same — I just took down the ‘Happy Easter’ sign.

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We have a little carriage light by our front door and I’m really wanting something different and BIGGER!  The ones on the front of our house are pretty cute so I may just change this one to something different than the other two.  Ideally I would love them to all be the same, but we’ll see.

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So far, no blooms on the gardenias but I’m keeping up with watering them.  With the change in temperature they got a little crispy for a day or two because their water needs increased and I wasn’t prepared.  They’re hangin’ in and I’m hoping they bloom soon!