The Easiest Way to Add Brick to Your Home

The Easiest Way to Add Brick to Your Home

Happy Friday!!   I hope you’ve had a great week!  I first want to thank all of my local followers who entered to win a free ticket to this year’s BIA Parade of Homes.  I wish all of you could have won but such is life.  Winners were randomly selected and are as follows Debbie Y., Phyllis H., and Jennifer J. If you won please email me your address at providenthomedesign@gmail.com and I will mail you your ticket! For over five years now I have been working on making our builder basic (and a bit outdated) house a home that custom fits our family’s lifestyle (click HERE for my home’s before and afters).  Some of those changes have been functional but also many have been solely for aesthetic purposes. Most of us are not lucky enough to have had our home custom built for our family and our specific tastes. It may take a little elbow grease to slowly make your home a place you feel reflects your family and that brings you joy but…

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2017 BIA Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

2017 BIA Parade of Homes Sneak Peek!

Hello!  Yesterday I had the opportunity to go through my local Central Ohio 2017 BIA Parade of Homes a month before it opens to the public! Almost all of the homes were not decorated yet so it enabled me to focus on the bones and basics of the homes and I’m excited to share with you today the 12 current home trends I observed. (All photos in this post were taken by me while I toured the 2017 BIA Parade of Homes a month before it opened). A shot from the the only home that was decorated. Trend #1- Front Door with Lites.  Out of the 9 Homes in the Parade I believe all but one had a front door with a “window” in it.    Last year there were maybe a couple but this year it is a definite trend! Trend #2- Use of Black and White.  Many of the choices for kitchens and bathrooms and other design elements were black and white.  I especially noticed a lot of black leathered granite countertops in…

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Designer Spotlight- Kelly Nutt Design

Designer Spotlight- Kelly Nutt Design

First of all I wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last post about what paint color palette would look best on my home’s exterior!  Your comments were super helpful and much appreciated!!:-) A few years back I had a little series going where I spotlighted the work of my favorite interior designers.  I did maybe 3 of them and then poof just like the latest kid’s trend (think silly bands, rainbow loom bracelets, soon fidget spinners) my designer spotlight series was gone. I’m not even sure why.   It must have been one of my notorious brain farts (I’m really good at those…not to brag or anything).:-) Well, over the past month or so the work of interior designer, Kelly Nutt Design, has caught my eye on Instagram (you can join me on Instagram HERE)!   Her style is best described as overall traditional with a definite light and airy emphasis and she has a serious knack for creating spaces that are both relaxed and sophisticated–not an easy feat See for yourself! Love…

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House Exterior Paint Refresh

House Exterior Paint Refresh

Well, if the past month is indicative of how the rest of the Summer will go posting-wise then it may be sporadic until the end of August (when the kids go back to school)!  Thank you for bearing with me til then!! l’ve had exterior paint and color schemes on my mind as of late because I am trying to decide if I should change my home’s exterior paint color. Our home is 15 years old and it’s exterior paint has never been refreshed.  It is pretty dirty/dingy looking up close so a paint job is inevitable. I don’t mind it’s current color which I would describe as a light/medium greige. CURRENT COLOR But if I’m going to paint the house I’m tempted to go white (because I love big, white houses and I cannot lie). This one’s a favorite right now. via Pinterest SHOULD I GO LIGHTER? A photoshopped depiction of our home lighter. However I don’t think this is our forever home and my hunch is that more people would want to buy…

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A New Brick Step!

A New Brick Step!

I’ve been crushing on the classic beauty of brick porch steps for awhile now.  So timeless! Photo by C Kevin Coffey Dwellings  via Houzz   Highland Homes Inc. via Houzz When we first moved into our house there was no step up to our porch and I noticed quickly that the distance was too large especially younger children and older adults. So, I created a little make shift step out of concrete 8″x12″ slabs stacked on top of each other and called it good for a few years (pictured below). However as time has passed a slab or two cracked and I was ready for a more permanent solution.  I of course researched making my own brick step and although I was intimidated by the idea it looked do-able so I did it! HERE’S THE RESULT: Note: The black stuff in the before photo is not mold, it is dirt and debris from the concrete slabs that laid there for years. AFTER Because the concrete around the porch was already stamped into brick shapes I decided to…

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Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

Kitchen Makeover on a Budget Update

A few months ago I shared the plans of my friend’s kitchen makeover on a budget.  I promised I would give you an update on their progress once they had painted the walls, kitchen cabinets, and added trim on the area above the cabinets (the soffit)! Well, they did it and I’m here today to share their progress so far! First here is a reminder of what their kitchen looked like before they got started on the makeover.   BEFORE   Here is the progress! PROGRESS   I had suggested a light gray color (specifically Benjamin Moore Classic Gray) for the walls, however, the hubby loves color so color they got! BEFORE   The black arrow in the picture below indicates that they will be replacing the countertops next (probably to a black countertop) and the gray arrow shows that a backsplash will be installed after that (probably a marble one). PROGRESS   My friend was nice enough to write out all of the steps she took to get from the Before to the Progress.…

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One Room Challenge Week 6- Master Bedroom and Girl’s Bedroom Reveal!

One Room Challenge Week 6- Master Bedroom and Girl’s Bedroom Reveal!

Hello!  It’s the One Room Challenge reveal day and I’m excited be sharing two rooms! Doing one room makeover in 6 weeks is a challenge enough so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to complete two rooms. However, both rooms needed to be done and I’m happy to report they both got done (many thanks to my husband for cooking dinner and doing dish duty during this time or I probably wouldn’t have gotten them both done)!! If you are interested in seeing the Before photos and the Moodboards for these rooms you can HERE. My goal for the master bedroom was to create a serene space that my husband and I could both relax and work in.  The addition of a sitting area was an important part to accomplishing this goal.   MASTER BEDROOM   I loved the unique design the of this dresser and although it had awful knobs when I purchased it switching out the knobs for more simple ones did the trick. More DIY artwork! I really…

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One Room Challenge Week 5- One Week Left!

One Room Challenge Week 5- One Week Left!

Time is flying and we are already down to 1 week left in the One Room Challenge.  I am feeling the stretch to get two rooms completed so I am going to keep it short today to ensure I can get them both done! This past week I’ve been at the sewing machine quite a bit sewing up decorative pillow covers for the master bedroom and for my daughter’s room.       I also received the chairs I ordered from Amazon this week (you can get them HERE, affiliate link).  I bought two for my bedroom for only $180 each (which includes shipping)!  It is always a little nerve-wracking buying something like a chair online when you can’t sit in it and try it out. via Amazon Thankfully I’m really happy with them.  They look so much more expensive and although I would only rate them a 3.5 out of 5 for comfort (5 out of 5 for looks) I think that they will get more comfortable with time (sorry for the bad phone…

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The One Room Challenge Week 4

The One Room Challenge Week 4

Hello!  I hope you’ve had a great week so far!  I dropping in today to share some of the progress I’ve made on the two rooms I’m making over for the One Room Challenge! First I wanted to share a lamp makeover I did.  I have had these matching lamps for years that I bought from Homegoods for my family room sofa table.   Although I’ve loved the shape of them they have always been a bit short for space.  After finding some better scaled ones (at Homegoods again) I decided to use these in my master bedroom makeover. However, they were not the right color for my bedroom.  So this week I painted them. Before At first I thought I wanted the lamps to be gold so I took off the shades and taped the electrical parts and spray painted them gold with THIS spray paint (affiliate link). I didn’t end up liking the gold color with the room so I decided to paint over them in gray.  I used some gray sample wall…

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