Kelli’s Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

Kelli’s Kitchen Makeover Reveal!

Eight months ago I wrote a post sharing my client/friend’s kitchen.  In that post I discussed some of the plans we had to give it a makeover on a budget!  A few months ago I gave you an update on it’s progress (you can see HERE)! And today I get to show you the After and I’m just a little bit excited!!!!!! As a reminder (or if you are new here) I’ve included some of the Before pictures.   BEFORE     The goals were a “white kitchen” with color (hence the wall color which is Sherwin Williams Watery), more up-to-date features, and a light and airy feeling while still balancing masculine and feminine elements. What do you think?   AFTER                               Looks like a different kitchen, right? I helped with the design decisions, cutting the tiles for the backsplash, and painting the table but other than that Kelli did the rest of the work and I couldn’t be more proud of…

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Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Interview with Organizing Guru, Jane Stoller!

Happy Friday!  Today I have an interview to share that I did with organizing guru, Jane Stoller, author of “Organizing for Your Lifestyle”.   The title of her book caught my attention because it states Organizing for YOUR lifestyle (not Bob, Sue’s, or your best friend’s lifestyle).  I liked that the title acknowledged that we all have different needs when it comes organizing our homes because we all have different lifestyles.   I think that organization can be frustrating at times because we try organization systems that work for other people but fail for us.  After this kind of repeated failure it is easy to have negative thoughts about ourselves and/or about organization in general.   Over the years I have learned that an organized home is not created by a one size fits all method.  It truly takes thoughtful pondering of your family’s needs, personalities, activities, and time capabilities.  Only then can you develop organizing systems that work for YOUR life. via @designers_of_insta   Systems are steps or actions that you set up to get…

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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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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 2 (includes painting laminate)

One Room Challenge Week 2 (includes painting laminate)

Hello!  I hope you all have had a great week! The weather has been beautiful here in Ohio this week which has been great for throwing open the windows and painting, painting, and painting some more! This is week 2 of the One Room Challenge!  And although it is the One Room Challenge I am attempting to do Two Rooms,  my master bedroom and my daughter’s bedroom (in case you missed it you can check out the plans for the bedroom makeovers in THIS POST), Out master bedroom has an attached “office” space.  Here is the BEFORE.   I got the desk years ago free from a friend who was moving and didn’t want to take it with her (it’s a biggie).  The hutch was a steal of a deal for only $22 from the Cincinnati Ballard Designs Outlet. For years the two toned nature of the pair hasn’t bothered me.  But I’ve now come to the point where I’m ready for the piece to have some continuity so painting the massive laminate desk was…

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DIY Floating Bench

DIY Floating Bench

Hello!  I hope you doing well!  Last week I got in the mood to clean out my kids’ closets (all four of them) . It’s not something I get in the mood to do very often so I took advantage of this rare feeling and spent quite some time going through all of their clothes– putting aside clothes that don’t fit, have stains, or aren’t ever worn and organizing like a mad woman. It feels so good to have their closets organized again (we’ll see how long it lasts)! A couple of months ago I shared a bedroom makeover I helped design for my friend’s daughter.   One of the most fun parts of the makeover was creating a reading nook by adding a custom “floating” bench.  My friend’s handy husband built the bench for around $100.  Here are the steps he took to build the bench!   How to DIY a “Floating” Bench  Determine where you want the bench to go.  This was the perfect empty space for a little reading nook.  They did not remove…

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A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

A Tiny Toilet Room Makeover & Painting Cabinetry Advice

Hello!  Now that I’m done with most of the big projects and makeovers in my home (at least for now) I’ve been working on some of the smaller projects that I’ve been putting off. This week I was able to mark one of those projects off my “small project to-do list” (I had actually forgotten to put it on the list but you better believe I will put it on just so I can have the satisfaction of marking it off)! So what was the small project that I did?  I painted the tiny toilet room and the tiny toilet room’s cabinetry.  Do you guys  know what a tiny toilet room is (or maybe you call it by a different name like my friend who calls it “the pooper”)? I don’t know how common it is but in our master bathroom there is a sink, a tub, and shower and then a separate tiny room within the bathroom that holds the toilet (think airplane bathroom small). Although I’ve done a lot of work on my…

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Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Beginnings of a New Kitchen!

Hello!  I’m excited to share a new project I’m going to be working on with a client friend.  She is interested in getting direction in updating her kitchen. As usual we will be working on a budget and I am confident we will be able to make this kitchen a beautiful, up-to-date space!   Here is our plan of attack:   1. Paint walls–Paint the walls Benjamin Moore Classic Gray     2. Paint cabinets –Paint the cabinets Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace (a bright white) or Sherwin Williams Alabaster (more of a creamy white).  I think we will be using the same method I used for my kids bathroom vanity to paint the kitchen.   I’ve always wanted to try it out on kitchen cabinets because I’ve loved the result in the kids bathroom–it’s so durable and has a lovely smooth finish.  You can find the tutorial, Here   Sherwin Williams Alabaster   We plan to paint the soffit area above the cabinets the same color as the cabinets and add trim to it to create…

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Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Laundry Room Makeover Reveal!

Alas today I’m sharing my laundry room makeover reveal! I asked The Home Depot if they would be willing to partner with me on this makeover and I am thrilled  that they said yes!:-) I shop there all of the time but a few months back when my three year old needed to use the restroom (he’s at the age where he wants to check out the bathroom of every store we go into!) I noticed a bunch of beautiful unfinished cabinetry  against the back wall near the restrooms.   When I went to inspect them closer I was floored by how affordable and nice they were.  They are about half the price of the pre-finished ones and in the shaker style that is very classic and popular these days! I immediately thought of using them in my upcoming laundry room makeover. When we moved into our home 4.5 years ago  the laundry room was as basic as you can get with just a rack above the washer and dryer. I didn’t like all of…

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