Thursday, September 17, 2015

Cloud Cover

I remember before we put an offer in on our house the Mr. said to me "I have a feeling if we end up moving here you are going to paint the house white." Does he know me well or what? My dream of living in a white house has come true! Our house was by no means ugly before we painted it, but I have always wanted a white house. Also every single house on our street is red brick so I wanted to to be a little different. For a designer you would think I could be a little more creative than white everywhere, but for some reason white is so soothing to me. I ended up painting the house Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover, the same color as every room inside the house. I did test a few other colors but I felt Cloud Cover was the best. It is a white that doesn't appear too yellow or too gray, and it is just a dark enough contrast for my crisp white trim work to pop. I originally was going to go for a slightly darker shutter and door color, but I ended up choosing Benjamin Moore Seattle Mist. I love the new look of our house, and am patiently waiting for my cherry laurel bushes out front to grow. I told the Mr. he was allowed to make all the decisions outside since he literally had no say inside. He has a long list of landscaping plans he wants to accomplish over the next few years, but even without the perfect landscaping I love the way our house has transformed since we moved in. 

 new lantern from Shades of Light 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Our New Living Room

Our new living room is slightly smaller than our old living room at the apartment so I was not able to use all of my pieces in the new space. My Oly Pipa coffee table was way too big for the new room but thankfully I did not sell my old smaller knock off version of the table because it fits perfectly. It is literally the most perfect coffee table for toddlers, they can't get hurt on sharp edges, they can climb on top and not break anything, and it's a statement piece so it does not necessarily need table top accessories. I miss the symmetry of our old living room. The fact that the sofa is not in the middle of the room or centered in between the window and the door to our porch drives me crazy, but it is what it is. Another thing you will notice that is missing in our new living room is a fireplace, unfortunately our house doesn't have one! We may add one some day down the road (where the sofa is) but for now we will just have to spend the night at Mom and Dad's house on Christmas Eve so Santa can deliver his presents to the kiddos! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Our Mudroom Before and After

Our mudroom is literally an Ikea Hack on steroids. Much like the kitchen the room was dated. It was a converted screened in porch with wood paneling on three walls and brick on another, and horrible popcorn tiles on the ceiling. Since I removed the closet in the living room I needed a coat closet for our first floor, and a space to put all of our stuff. Instead of keeping it as a breakfast nook which is how the previous home owners used it, I decided to make it a fully functional mudroom. I ended up covering up two windows with cabinetry and for now I just have blinds hung in them so from the outside of the house you just see window treatments. Since it is on the back of the house it does not bother me, but one day I would like to brick the windows in. In our mudroom I used part of the Ikea kitchen cabinets and part of their Pax closet system. For the bench and the wall shelf I used a desk top I found in the "as-is" section for $9 and had my contractor cut it in half. I literally have a place for everything in this room. We have floor to ceiling wine storage, a double coat closet for winter coats, work bags, and doggie items. A single closet that has the Mr's suit jackets and serving platters, and then floor to ceiling open shelves with baskets for hand towels, burp cloths, dog towels and diaper bags. Under the bench are two HomeGoods baskets for shoes, and then we have our microwave hidden in the lower cabinet since the kitchen was too small for a built in microwave. Jack loves fruit and veggies so much I was running out of counter space for fruit bowels so I got these amazing hanging baskets to hold all of his goodies; and last but not least a perfectly carved out niche for Hank's dog bowls! Here are the before, during and after photos! 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Our Kitchen Before & After

Oh my gosh there was so much wrong with the before pictures I don't know where to begin. When we first looked at the house I was so excited to see a dated kitchen. Most people would have looked at the kitchen and run for the hills but I was excited at all the potential the space offered. As you can see from the before pictures the kitchen was tiny tiny tiny. You couldn't open the dishwasher and the oven at the same time or the doors would hit each other. On the floor there were blue/purple sticky tiles, and a living room closet ate up valuable kitchen space which ultimately I took out in order to carve out a spot for our refrigerator. For the cabinets I used Ikea, specifically the White Lidingo cabinets which they have since fazed out and have transitioned to a new cabinet line. Our counter tops are the most beautiful honed carrara marble I have ever laid eyes on, and our appliances are a hodge podge of ones that came with the house, and purchased over time. In the dining room you will recognize my chandelier/pendant from the apartment, and the dining room table is the same one from the apartment with a larger marble top I had cut to go on it. The chairs are bistro chairs from Ballard, and the stools are from Target. Our old bedroom rug was able to be cut down so now half of it is in the dining room and the rest of the rug is in our mud room. Renovating the kitchen was definitely the best decision we made before moving into the house and I am so pleased with the way it all turned out. Even my honed carrara marble which people warned me not to use in a kitchen... yes it has a few spots here and there but I think it looks just as beautiful now as the day it was installed! 

The Dining Room before we took down the wall separating the space from the kitchen



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