Friday, September 19, 2014

Painting the kitchen white

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This probably isn't what half of you thought about when you read the title :) You probably thought my cabinets were going to be painted white. I have decided to do everything I can to brighten up the kitchen without painting the cabinets. The cabinets will be the last thing to do...and that's if the hubs lets me do them. While painting the kitchen walls, he finally told me what he really thought about painting the cabinets. And he is so against painting them that he would rather buy new stainless steal appliances instead. That's like $7,000 worth of hate towards painting the cabinets lol. So...we'll see if that really ever happens ;) I don't know, maybe I'm crazy, but I'm more for painting the cabinets, which may cost a couple hundred, rather than spend thousands.
Anyway. This project was quite the feat to do while pregnant. I'm just super lucky I didn't get too sore of a back from it. Painting the ceiling and the walls above the cabinets was super fun :) I thought this would be so easy to do  since there wasn't a lot of wall. Ummm. Nope. Wrongo. The only way this got done was doing a few sections at a time.

It has made quite a difference. It's so much brighter in here. But truth be told...now the cabinets drive me more nuts. So, it didn't help. Yes, it brightened it up, but it also made the cabinet color stand out that much more for me.
As I was painting, I was thinking more and more about possibly staining the cabinets an ash brown. But realized that might look ridiculous with the black granite. What do you think? It won't be too dark of a brown...just a medium. Kind of like this:
 
I'm not sure if that's going to be more work..probably. But at least it would keep the character of the wood.

I also decided to change out the light switch plates for some stainless steal ones. This made a great difference. Not brightness-wise, but style-wise.

Here's the before of the kitchen. Before the change of blinds, roman shade and painting.
And now:

A little difference. The best difference is at night when everything isn't cast in a yellow haze anymore like it used to be. It's just super nice and bright :)

You can see how dark the walls and ceiling used to be when you look at the paint in the herringbone pattern. Crazy how dark that really was huh?
Next up? Big plans for that little island! I'm so excited to get started! :)

Oh, and since I usually get paint color questions, the paint I used is Glidden's Pebble White in Eggshell. It's not super white like the Linen White I usually use; it has the perfect amount of cream in it. Love it. And it goes with my baseboards too so I don't have to waste time painting them :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Model Home Monday {UV Parade of Homes #26}

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Happy Monday! This weeks home tour is beautiful...and huge! Like over 16,000 square feet huge. Like indoor gym, spa, and theatre room huge. Like two-story complete town play house huge. Get my point? lol And you can have it all for $2.5 million :) It has 7 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.
Enjoy!

Front room/office:
 Living room: check out the scale of this fireplace!
 And the mill-work on these walls. Amazing.
 I like this view since it gives you a good idea of how to break up a large room into little conversation zones.
 The in-kitchen dining area:
 The kitchen: This kitchen was a ton bigger than this, just couldn't get any good pictures :(
 The formal dining:
 Master bedroom:

 Master bathroom:

 Guest bedroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Guest bedroom:
 Girls bedroom:
 Girls bathroom:
 Boys bedroom:
 Girls bedroom:
 Girls bathroom:
 Basement living area:

 Basement kitchen:
 Candy bar...and the thing of my husbands desire..and envy :)
 The theatre:
 Cute idea for under stairs:
 The most amazing laundry room you'll ever see:
 Mud room:
 And the 2 story play house that pretty much took up a whole wing of this house:
 The amazing backyard:
 And the house itself!
How would it be living so large? I don't know if I could keep up with cleaning all these rooms...let alone ever find my child. She would be forever lost in the playhouse lol.

Credits:
Builder: McEwan Custom Homes
Interior design: Detailed Design

Friday, September 12, 2014

Living Room Updates

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 I can't believe it's already pumpkin spice weather! I love Fall :) I think Fall is the most anticipated season of the year...unless you're a kid, then I'm sure it's Summer. But as adults, I don't know anyone who doesn't like seeing Summer leave and bringing in those nice crisp mornings of Fall. With all this Fall talk, you would think this post was Fall-esque. Well, it's not :) I'm just smelling my pumpkin candle and the thought inevitable has gone into my writing lol.

I'm about to start decorating for Fall, but every time I think about it, I think that the pumpkins will be around until the end of November. That's like two and half months of pumpkins. I really really do love fall and pumpkins, but I'm not sure about seeing it in my decor for so long. lol. So, as I was sprucing up my living room, I started realizing how much change has taken place in it since I last shared with you guys :)

I definitely change up my living room more than I blog about it. I just don't see the sense in sharing a new living post every week because I added a pillow :) But! This time around, I added more than that...color and pattern and wood! My living room feels more complete now than ever. Don't get me wrong, I super love my living room all white and neutral, but it was about time to change it up. Plus, I really get tired of my husband giving me crap about having everything white. Although, most things are still white and neutral, I think the added wood tones and color sure amped things up a bit :)
Living room design and decorating ideas
 I didn't change too much in my furniture layout, just switched around the two chairs and added a cute little side table to a super empty wall. I did have some frames hanging from that wall when the white chair was by it, but once I moved the white chair and put the brown chair in it's place, the other two corner walls felt really empty. I'm not sure why since this chair is much more substantial, but it felt like it needed some art above it...and well, the frames and the art clashed so bye-bye frames. Hello empty wall!  I moved this end table from my front room and realized how much I loved it here...so now I'm off on a quest to find another table for my front room. :)
Living room design and decorating ideas
 Now for the pillows! I wanted to go with a mint and coral type color theme, but couldn't find any fabric I liked for either. So, it ended up being turquoise and salmon. But, just having two colors felt blah, so I added some gold with the houndstooth pillow (which I will share with you how I made and designed it next week!). I also traded out all my pillows for down-filled pillows. I can't tell you what a difference it makes with presentation...and of course, comfyness for your head :)
mixing pattern and color with pillows
And these lamps. Aren't they fab?? I've been eying them for awhile now at Target and was just waiting for them to go on sale so I could justify buying two :) They are super large and quite substantial and oh so perfect for this table. And the wood is beautiful...perfectly distressed. I love how this wood ties in with the wood from the side table and kitchen table.
Living room design and decorating ideas
Another big purchase? A new rug! Yep. I couldn't handle the other one anymore. I loved the trellis pattern, but it was too bold...and a little too trendy for me. So, I went with something a little more neutral and easier to match patterns with. I didn't realize at the time of buying it, but this rug really brightens up the living room. I love it! It's a little bit pricier than I would prefer, but the hubs okayed it. So...how could I not get it? lol.  This rug is an 8x10, which means most of it is hidden under the sectional. We tried going back to a 5x7 but it just felt way to small and made the room feel that much smaller. So, even though it was $100 more, figured it would be better to be happy with a purchase than just okay with it :)
Living room design and decorating ideas
 See how perfect the pattern is from far away? It's the perfect large scale pattern..and the perfect colors! I kept wanting to buy a colored rug, but really hated the idea of being limited to what colors I could use in my other decor. So, this works perfect :)

I always get questions about my rugs, so here's the answer before I get the questions lol. I got the rug from Home Depot. It's by Mohawk and called Simpatico in biscuit/starch. It was just under $200 with tax. They do have the 5x7 for $87.
Living room design and decorating ideas
I still can't believe how far my living room has come in the past 5 years.  This was pretty much just our apartment furniture here. I think the only thing I still use in this picture is the couch which is now in my front room. I love blogging just for the fact that I can back to old pictures like this and reminisce :)
Tuscan living room before picture
 Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll have some fun fall decor going on in my house. We'll see :) Until then, I'll just enjoy the pumpkin candles lol.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Toddler to Teen Girl Bedding Sets That Won't Break The Budget...And Aren't Themed!


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Toddler to Teen Girl Bedding Sets for under $75 that won't go against every decor sense in your body :)

I'm in the process of decorating a room in my mom's house for our little girl. It will be her first 'big girl' room. It needs to be timeless and grow with her throughout the next years so she can continue to use it until she's in her tweens or teens. I love redecorating...so, if it were in my house, I wouldn't mind buying a different comforter every year for her :) But, since it's at my moms and my mom's money, I figure I should get something that can stay for awhile. Also, she won't be using it too often so I want to go for something that a guest could possibly use also and not feel like they were trapped in pink throw up or something :)   While looking for 'little girl' or even 'girl' bedding sets, I ran into a lot of gawdy ones, a lot of themed ones, a lot of ones that hurt my eyes and many that went against every design sense I had in me. So, I decided to share some of the contenders with you all that fit none of the categories above :) ....at least not in my eyes. But, we do all have our opinions :)

When  clicking publish, all of these were available and the twin sizes were under $75.

Xhilaration Textured Comforter Set - White $47.49 -Comes in White, Grey, Turquoise, and Purple

















2-piece Soft White Pink Ruffled Comforter Set Twin Size $18.99 ( I don't know how this is so cheap! Maybe quality??)
Toddler to Teen Girl Bedding Sets for under $75 that won't go against every decor sense in your body :)

















Cozy Beddings Allium 2-Piece Reversible Down Alternative Floral Comforter Set, Twin -$46.69
Toddler to Teen Girl Bedding Sets for under $75 that won't go against every decor sense in your body :)

















Brylanehome Jessie 4-Pc. Comforter Set -$69.99
Toddler to Teen Girl Bedding Sets for under $75 that won't go against every decor sense in your body :)

















Ikea's Lyckoax Duvet Cover and Pillowcases in Lilac -$24.99
Toddler to Teen Girl Bedding Sets for under $75 that won't go against every decor sense in your body :)

















Ikea Klanglilja Duvet Cover and pillowcases in grey -$29.99
Toddler to Teen Girl Bedding Sets for under $75 that won't go against every decor sense in your body :)
What are your thoughts? What would be the best comforter to grow with her and to possibly house guests? I'm really leaning towards the Medallion Comforter Set...but it's a little girly for older guests. And of course, probably the most 'little' girl-sie one of the bunch :) Figures. lol

And to get better deals that these, especially the ones listed at Target, make sure you signup for Cartwheel and the RedCard! Cartwheel currently has 20% off of Xhilaration and Room Essentials Bedding :)
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