Monday, December 15, 2014

3rd Floor Bath

Along with the 3rd floor guest room, we also did some minor updates to the 3rd floor bath, mostly painting and accessorizing. It still needs new tile floors (the linoleum is beyond dated and ugly), new bath fixtures, a new toilet, and new mirror. I think we will tackle those projects this summer, but for now we just wanted to spruce it up!

Something that I think is essential for a guest bathroom are easily accessible toiletries in order to make them feel at home. I picked up these adorable baskets from Target for $14.99 each. You can't tell from this picture, but the top basket has toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, soap, and ibuprofen. Also easily accessible to guests are kleenex and TP. Just like a hotel, I think having these things handy for guests can make them feel much more comfortable during their stay!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

3rd Floor Renovation - Guest Room Setup!

After working our you-know-whats off for a solid month, I'm happy to say we were able turn our third floor into a pretty comfortable temporary guest room for Thanksgiving. From start to finish, here is what we did:
  • Painted the walls Martha Stewart's Flagstone (From Home Depot)
  • Sanded the floors and stained them Sherwin William's  Interior Classic stain in Pickled White (2-Coats)
  • Installed new baseboards
  • Installed new trim around the windows
  • Put up new curtains
By far my favorite part is the transformation of the hard wood floors. I would never be daring enough to stain the floors this color in a more prominent area of the house, but I LOVE the result! Like love it so much I want to marry it. I can't stop going and looking at it and just sighing! haha :) 

The permanent plan is to turn it into my office, so I look forward to transitioning the room over Christmas break for that purpose! Here are some pictures of the transformation: 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Snapshots - Thanksgiving 2014

I know Thanksgiving is SO over, but here are some pictures of our day! I just had to share.

Stay tuned for the "after" pictures of our third floor makeover! Coming soon :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Bright, Light, & Fun Thanksgiving!

I know this is a little overdue, but I wanted to share some pictures of our wonderful Thanksgiving! Since it was our first time hosting I was a little bit nervous about how it would all turn out, but everything just seemed to fall into place. The day was beautiful, the food was delicious, and having so much of our family here made our house feel as happy and warm as it's ever felt! Pretty much a perfect day!

Setting the table was obviously my favorite chore ;) I wanted to do something bright, light, and fun! Hydrangeas (of course!) and bright orange tulips were my inspiration. I picked up some orange tapers and beautiful orange french striped linen napkins from Williams-Sonoma, and some fun paper placemats. Overall super easy and super casual, exactly what we were aiming for. 

And here is the table at the end of the day once the meal (and desserts!) were long gone and the family had retreated to the living room to play Scrabble in front of the fire. Such a cozy feel!

Overall I don't think I have ever had a Thanksgiving where I was more thankful. Having this sweet baby boy in our lives is just the biggest blessing, words can't even describe! 

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Third Floor Finished by Thanksgiving?

Soo we are taking on a major(ish) project in a short timeframe. We are OVERHAULING the third floor before our Thanksgiving guests arrive! The goal is that in just two shorts weeks, we will have this room freshened up to the point it will make a suitable guest room for my brother and his girlfriend. We are doing a super deep clean, painting, installing new baseboards, reframing the windows, white washing the floors, and setting up a cozy guest bedroom and bathroom!

So far we have completed deep clean #1, ripped out all of the carpeting, removed the terrible trim, and painted the walls (My favorite color, Martha Stewart's Flagstone, of course!

The walls look GREAT! Such a transformation. The floors are in really bad shape, however. Even after sanding (which I don't have a picture of yet), they are still not very pretty.  It is good thing we are going for a bit of a rustic feel with the finish, because that is what we will have!  Here are some pictures of the room post carpet removal and painting:

I love the wall color with the bedding:

This is hilarious... Miles slept in his moses basket in the master bathroom while Evan was upstairs sanding. BEST NAP he has ever taken! EVER! This boy loves white noise. 

Tomorrow my goal is to finish the second coat of paint and whitewash the floors (my mother-in-law is going to watch Miles!) Then hopefully Saturday and Sunday we will install the beautiful, new trim and put a coat or two of poly on the floors. I have been day dreaming about tiling the bathroom floors next weekend, but in reality know that is a HUGE stretch! But maybe????? We'll see how this weekend unfolds. 

Overall it feels SO GOOD to have a house project going on again. It seriously gets my blood flowing and makes me feel so inspired! I can't wait to share with you the final result! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

If I had $900,000.....

Occasionally I skim Zillow just to see what's out there, to get ideas, and to dream. Today I stumbled upon a house I LOVE!!! I love the white brick, the wide planked dark wood floors, planked wall, gorgeous windows, and glass interior doorway to the den.

I've been seriously itching to overhaul some of the rooms in my house (or build a completely new one!) and these features are on the money. (Of course I would go for more of a gray vibe in the kitchen with marble or a different granite). Isn't it beautiful though? Only $899k :)

What do you think?


You can see the full listing here.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Friend's Houses: Meet Kelly!

As I mentioned yesterday, and I am very excited to share with you my good friend Kelly's BEAUTIFUL home! What you can't tell from these pictures is how far this home has come since Kelly and her husband John bought this house several years ago. They have transformed every inch of this space!

Most recently they updated their family room with these incredible navy blue walls. I'm in LOVE! It makes me want to go paint all of the walls in my house blue!

Their dining room contains this incredible harvest table. John made the table top and they attached it to an existing table base. It looks amazing and it seats ten people, so perfect for the upcoming holidays!

Kelly also made the slipcover for the chair below. Love the fabric and the ruffle at the bottom!

Below is their beautiful kitchen! I wish I had some of the before pictures because you would never even recognize the space. Upon moving in, they removed numerous walls and an oddly placed half bath and made the kitchen open to the dining room.

Most of the time we are here we are gathered around this awesome island drinking wine! :)

They are currently refinishing their basement, so I may have to invite myself back to take some pictures of that transformation when it is complete! Thanks for sharing your home with us John, Kel, and Jack!

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