Monday, September 1, 2014

September before and after!

Hello all and welcome to the before and after link up, Labor Day edition! Hope you’re having a lovely holiday weekend!

I’m kicking this month’s highlights with a few kitchens that caught my eye – yes, I’m now unabashedly in love with white kitchens. I think they are classic and never age – you have SO many opportunities to play with color, textures and wood tones in a white kitchen.

I love Jessica’s touch of brick on her kitchen island:

DIY brick wall

The brick is an unexpected touch that adds some warmth and color that I love!

Laura’s kitchen is gorgeous as well – she painted her cabinets and the backsplash and the difference is astounding:

painted cabinets glass doors

Her floors, decor and countertops keep a warm feel in this space. It is gorgeous!

I’ve been watching Sally’s kitchen renovation for months and the final result did not disappoint!:

white kitchen long island

That big island has all kinds of storage and functions, love it all!

OK, I’m done with the kitchens for today. ;) I’ll always love a good DIY orb light fixture and Kristi’s turned out beautifully:

DIY orb light fixture

Saving a couple hundred bucks is always a good thing!

I have a feeling I’ve highlighted some of this room before, but it’s so good I don’t even care. ;) Jennifer shared her son’s finished room and it looks SO good:

wood plank wall boys room

I LOVE that wood wall and the colors she used throughout. There’s some great storage in there too.

And finally, I was shocked when I read that this floor in Jessica’s bathroom wasn’t tile:

hexagon vinyl floor

I LOVE it! You can see what it is and how to install it here.

As always, there is so much talent at this party every month! If you’d like to be considered for next month’s round up, copy and paste this code at the end of your post or just include a link: 

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Now it’s time to see what you’ve been up to! If you’ve been up to any fall projects already feel free to include those. ;) I am so excited for my favorite season of the year!!


Friday, August 29, 2014

Showing off Angela

Happy Friday to you all! Whoot! Any fun plans this holiday weekend? I’m hoping to get to the pool one last time and get some more done in the family room. Otherwise nothing big planned here. 

Today I’m sharing a blogger who is actually a friend of mine – and the funny thing is we live near each other have some mutual friends but only met when we attended a paint workshop together years ago.

It’s so nice to have friends close by who you can talk “blog” with sometimes. :) Angela’s blog is called Unexpected Elegance and her home is beeeautiful. I think you’ll agree. She has mad decorating skills and makes it all look effortless.

Her kitchen (with pot filler!) is so pretty and classic:

pot filler above oven

And I just noticed we have the same chandelier in our kitchens:

weathered table and chairs

Told you she has good taste. ;) I love every single piece of decor in her home. Every one!

I love that Angela knows how to decorate but isn’t afraid to tackle DIY projects too. You may notice the door in the photo above. She took a regular hollow core door and made it into a Dutch door:

DIY dutch door

THAT is the kind of stuff I love. Taking what you have and making it an interesting and unique spot in your home.

She uses a lot of vintage finds in her home – she used to sell painted furniture and decor and I ALWAYS found something I had to have at her booth. I love how she used a barn door and some old legs to make this pretty table in her mud room:

stacking washer and dryer

She made a small area work really well when she made over that space.

So this one was one of the coolest ideas I’ve seen yet – creating that vintage stamped look on wood by using wax paper

wax paper transfer unexepected elegance

It makes sense when you go read and it is WAY easier than trying to paint all the words. Brilliant!!

Angela’s style is soft and light with lot of wood tones and it works so well together. Not only is her dining room table beautifully styled, but she made it herself:

DIY zinc table

She used a beautiful old base and then made her own zinc tabletop. It is SO cool. I’m not sure I’d have to guts to tackle that one but it looks so good I’d consider it. ;) 

Lovely right? You can see more of Angela’s beautiful home here. It will be great reading while you relax this holiday weekend – I hope there’s some relaxing in there for all of you!

Have a great one and I’ll see you next week!