Interior

BP…BEFORE PAINTING

I just came across some of the first before pictures I took of the house and thought they would be fun to share.  Since the buying and painting process happened during Chris’ busy season I took care of the painting at night after I got home.  I was lucky and got to paint an empty house since we still had our apartment…not so lucky that we had to double up on rent and mortgage for a month or two.  Oh well, we’re home owners now.

I ended up getting primer on part/most of some walls before I remembered to take a picture.  Blame the excitement of first time home ownership!

Master Bedroom –  previous owners had their kiddos sharing this room, hence the ORANGE (it’s so “in yo face” that it calls for all CAPS).  This room is huge, at least to us, and as a sweet little bonus – two light switches to control the recessed lights…one right by what is now my side of the bed!

Master Bathroom – I love this room!  Why you ask, because, while I think it’s safe to say that our humble abode is of modest size, this.room.is.luxury.  Like bigger than my 1st dorm room luxury.  I honestly didn’t think we would be this lucky with the master bath in our first place – score!

Upstairs Landing/Closet – This is another room I’m pretty gosh darn thrilled about.  You guessed it, it eventually got turned into a closet area for me.  I usually try to stay away from “girly” decor/colors but I’ve even been debating pink lately.  The inner lover of gray in me just threw up a bit in her mouth at that last statement but it could really happen…just probably not the wall color.

Living Room – I consider this room our pride and joy currently.  Before moving in we agreed that we wanted to get one room uber comfy as fast as possible and more importantly, done right.  This room won with a new couch, new rug, new curtains, and an oar.

Dining Room – This room has probably been the most neglected since we moved in (until recently).  To be honest, we have yet to have a meal in there, mainly due to a lack of chairs.  We even had Zeke’s crate in there for the first 6 months or so…eye sore.

Guest Bedroom – Formerly known as the master bedroom to the previous owners is awesome.  Here are some guest room ideas,  It’s a great size and actually has two (small) closets.  We currently use one as a coat closet since our home doesn’t have one designated as such. Two walls were also painted the same burnt orange as the office.

Kitchen – This is another pretty small space.  The flip side, it’s still the largest kitchen either of us have had.  We have some pretty big dreams of a gut job that includes another wall coming down but that’s a few years away still.

Has anyone had any experiences with fun paint colors left behind by previous owners?  What drew/sold you on your home?

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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FALL IN LOVE ROOM MAKEOVER

Sometimes you just need friends to give you a swift kick in the arse to get something done.  I feel like a common theme among homeowners is to take care of common areas first which usually leaves the master a little ho-hum. We are the epitome of those ho-hummers, our bedroom is bad.

Thank goodness for these ladies!  Who knows how long it would have taken me to get to this room otherwise.

The main plans for this room is paint!  The ceiling had some work done over a year ago to repair some water damage and I have yet to paint that (seriously, who likes painting ceilings?  I might need a six pack to get through that).  The walls are going white and overall, I want a very calm and relaxed feel to the room.

We are currently on vacation (sharing more over here) and I’m hoping to find a few pieces we can add.  Ideally I want most of the additions to be thrifted or straight from a local Savannah/Charleston artisan.  I haven’t found anything that I can’t live without so hopefully my luck changes before we venture home.

I’ll be sharing some pictures of our master in its current state once we get home!  I can’t way to see what some of these ladies have up their sleeve!  Be sure to check in on their room updates as well!

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MINIMAL MASTER BEDROOM

Hey guys!  So, I’m pretty sure the actual words of this post are going to be pretty lame.  I’m a great procrastinator and one too many social media feeds informed me that Gilmore Girls is on Netflix now.  Gotta pick your battles I suppose.  However, our master bedroom is finished and I’m excited to share it! My design direction has completely changed over the past few years.  I’m in the process of scaling back our things and the Fall in Love Room Challenge was such a great opportunity and motivator to do so. We’ve accumulated way too many things over the past 8 or so years and it was getting kind of ridiculous.  We were surrounded by things that had no meaning to us and weren’t beautiful. I don’t feel like I can say that now.  It’s minimal, that’s for sure, but everything about it feels right.  Over time I would like to add a few more pieces, maybe a proper bed or at least a headboard.  I’m also thinking about swapping out our night stands. Another pretty awesome thing about this new set up, less to clean and easier to clean!  I can dust and run the vacuum in less than 10 minutes.  That has never happened and it just means more time for things I actually enjoy! I’m also pretty happy about all of the white.  It’s so refreshing compared to what we had before.  We have pretty low ceilings on the second floor and I really think that getting rid of the visual breakup that carpet/wall color/ceiling color can have was huge for us.  The room feels seamless now with the wall color and ceiling color being the same. And Zeke seems to be okay with it all too, just as long as he has his toys. So there you have it!  My poorly narrated version of our bedroom changes. Like I said…Gilmore Girls. Now is the time for me to tell you to go check out rooms of some awesome ladies!  I really don’t know what I would have done without this Challenge.  I’ve been putting this off for too long and their support and having an actual deadline was exactly what I needed!
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FALL/ISH CAPSULE WARDROBE

So I think I’m gonna do it, I think I’m going to try this whole capsule wardrobe mumbo jumbo.  The gist of this to limit your wardrobe to 37 (or so) pieces for 3 months, during which you do zero shopping until it’s time to plan for your next capsule wardrobe.

As crazy as this seems, the whole lack of shopping won’t be that hard for me – my 2013 NY resolution was zero clothing purchases, so this should be easy in the purchasing department.  The thing is, I’ve never really planned much when it comes to my clothing.  For the most part, I stick to neutrals with clean lines and I’m not one for prints, patterns, bright or trendy colors, or embellishments.  However,  I am no a stranger to a little emotional shopping and that’s when I get the stuff (usually fitting one or more of the categories I just listed) that lasts a season, if I’m lucky.  Once my confidence is restored, those pieces are the last I reach for.

This past year I’ve slowly learned this about myself and while I occasionally digress, I’ve also seen a lot of progress.  Over the past 2 years, I would say I’ve reduced my wardrobe by around 70%.  I’m going in the right direction but I don’t feel like I’m close to finished.

In addition to scaling back, I’m also trying to be smarter and more resourceful with purchases.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely willing to splurge on well made, quality pieces but I stalk sales like it’s my job.  Additionally, I’ve recently taken to dying.  These gray jeans had a weird wash on the thighs that was super unflattering but they are the most comfortable pair I own.  Around the same time I was thinking of donating them, I had begun to casually look for some black jeans.  It eventually clicked that I should just dye the ones I already own, problem solved! (They are the jeans I’m wearing in the top right picture below – not jet black but pretty great!)  I now have a robe and blouse I want to dye next!

So that’s a lot of blabbing without me really talking about the capsule wardrobe.  Honestly, this challenge has me a little nervous.  I think I may take a page out of Natalie’s book and allow myself to do a transition during my first go of this.  It’s still pretty warm around here so I’m not really ready to give up my sandals and tanks quite yet.  My goal is to make the swap for some warmer options around Halloween.

I’m also debating the total number I want to land on.  I need to do a bit more planning so I have enough options for work but still be happy with my “regular life” wardrobe.  I like pretty casual clothing so I’m really not a huge fan of professional attire on me but…I gotta do it.  I want to hunt down a few more pieces that can make the transition from work to life a bit better than some current options.

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Accessories

Crushing: Black Accessories

This post is brought to you by my good friend, the color black.

I’m beginning to have a hard time with my New Years Resolution to not purchase clothing for the year.  It was going just fine until about June/July and my will power has been tested ever since.  Lets just say this isn’t something for the faint of heart.  Since my hands are tied I figured I could do a little virtual shopping and show you what I would be buying if I could.  Sure enough everything is black and I didn’t even plan it that way.

On a side note – this week has been super busy but I have a lot I want to share with you.  Flea market finds and a couple of new MCM dressers, you know the works! I also went a bit crazy town at my hair appointment last night and had layers cut for the first time in YEARS.  Seriously friends, if I ever try to go without layers just slap me upside the head.

I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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DIY Jewelry Dish

During our trot around town after The City Flea a few weekends back I saw some really pretty gray and metallic jewelry dishes.  The price ended up being more than I was will to fork over so I thought I would take a stab at it myself.

My version definitely has more of a handmade feel to it but I tend to lean towards things with imperfections.  I dig it.  It’s also one of the cheapest (and easiest) projects I’ve done, less than $3 for everything used.

one: roll Sculpey clay around in your hands to heat it up for it to become playable
two: shape your dish/bowl, I actually used a large serving spoon to help with this step
three: smooth out the creases, edges, & nicks
four: heat in oven at 275 degrees for 15 minutes (per 1/4 inch)
five: let it cool
six: apply rub ‘n buff, for the whole dish I used a little less than a pea sized amount (I used my finger to apply)

I may be heading back to Michael’s to stock up on some more Sculpey clay.  This stuff can make a DIY dummy feel like a genius!

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