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Monday, June 28, 2010

A brief hiatus

As you can imagine, I have quite a lot to do in the next week with a new house and such, so I will be out of the loop for a week.  But check back next week and hopefully things will start rolling again.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Before and After: Wrap up

This series was totally not intended to be a shameless plug, but....

Since this is my blog ;)

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Before and After: Living Room

Before and After: Living Room

I don't have as many pictures as I'd like.  And since my house is 80% packed, I can't remedy it. 



What we did:

-Painted, painted, painted.  Walls, doors, trim.
-Put down floating wood floors (though the last picture was pre-floors) :(
-Removed built in cabinet
-Added window treatments and art
-Painted Fans

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Before and After: Master Bath




This project, without a doubt, was our BIGGEST project.  I came home after a week away with my little boy to a totally gutted bathroom.  Apparently, my husband thought it was time to remodel.


Unfortunately, I don't have good before pictures of the other side of the bath.  Here is a shower/bath combo, with a linen closet on the left.














What we did:

Step 1: Remove sea turtle wall paper.

Seriously...I don't know where to start.  We redid absolutely EVERYTHING.

Most notable was my husband's crazy idea to lose our linen closet, steal a little of our master closet and add a separate shower.  I put the "in between" picture to show you the set-up.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Before and After: Master




What we did:

-Installed floating wood floors
-Painted the walls
-Changed the light fixture
-Put up a window treatment

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Before and After: Breakfast Room

Before:



After:





What we did:
-Changed out light fixture (On sale for around $100 at Lowe's)
-Changed trim color (throughout house)
-Lost the 1" blinds and put in easy cafe curtains I made
-Painted over the paintable vinyl wall paper
-Stained the grout

Monday, June 21, 2010

Before and After: Kitchen

Before and After: Kitchen

I think this is the remodel project we are most proud of.












































What we did:

- Painted the cabinets.  This was a HUGE job, used oil based paint and a sprayer, liquid sander, primer.  Then did a glaze on top. 
-Sprayed the pulls and light/electric switch plates with textured black spray paint.
-Replaced countertop with granite tile, and my awesome capable husband also routed new edging which we painted.
-Installed faux tin ceiling backsplash (it's super easy to clean and install!)
-Replaced the sink and faucet.
-And if you look past the refrigerator to the hallway you can see we also replaced the wallpaper below the chair rail with bead board.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Coming Soon...

BEFORE AND AFTER

I figured since we are getting ready to move into a new house (which means lots of decoration and remodel projects!) I would remember our dear old house here in Tally with a week of "Before and After" pictures.

So be watching for that next week, it's amazing what a little paint can do.

In the meantime you can feast your eyes on my soon to be master bath- Remodel Project #1.

Don't you just LOVE carpet in a bathroom?  Yeah, not so much.  And could it be any more plain?  On the positive, the bathtub is super nice, and I'm sure after the demolition and tiling I will need a soak badly.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Uber sized jewelry box...just right


We definitely need to add a full length mirror to our bedroom.  Isn't this one super cool?  I love that it has lots of pegs to hang jewelry as you know I have a need fr.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bedroom Spruce Up Part 2

I have made some small progress in my bedroom dilemma.  My goal is to have a couple of things in each room I really really like and build around them.  I picked up this lovely piece at my local TJ Maxx for $20.  Can't beat that.  It has what I was looking for- the teal color being picked up in my bedding and a couple of other colors to bring into the room, namely yellow and green.












I had been looking to find a couple of large prints or 3 pieces to hang in a traditional pattern over the bed.  Instead, I am planning to mix and match some different shapes and textures.  Maybe this star will relocate from my living room.  Or one of my bird pieces below, though since they are a pair, I might leave them together some other area of the room.







I saw a clock much like this one at TJ Maxx but couldn't justify buying too many things I'd need to simply pack to move.  But isn't a wall sized pocket watch pretty rad?  I'm thinking a decorative mirror might be in order as well.


I still like the idea of a yellow lamp, maybe this one from Target?





I promise pictures when it is done!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Goodbye Spring Garden


This is my last 'Tuesday Tending' post, at least until fall.

I'd like to say that this is simply because we are moving and I have to leave my precious spring garden behind.  This would be partially true.  Also true, however, is that the worms are reeking havoc on my tomatoes and cucumbers and my zucchini never recovered from their smashing.

So- here is what I learned from my very first garden and I count it a smashing success as far as first times go!

1- Give zucchini more space to grow.  Also, 3 plants produce FAR MORE zucchini than one family can consume.

2- One green bean plant will produce enough green beans at a time for one small child.  Plant more green bean plants.

3- Prune, prune, prune.  My grandfather-in-law has a hugely successful tomato harvest every summer.  When I saw his garden I realized where I'd gone wrong.  He grows each plant up a post and prunes them very thin keeping one main stalk.  Mine have become so wildly bushy in their cages I can not reach tomatoes to pick them and I can not spray well enough to ward off worms.

4- Do even more cutting flowers next year, it's so lovely to have fresh flowers in the house.

5- Plant spices in batches so that when some start to bolt, others will continue to sprout new.


WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED THIS YEAR IN YOUR GARDEN?  I'd love to know, and so would our other readers.

Monday, June 14, 2010

I'm becoming a junkie...again

I have gone almost 2 years without watching the HGTV channel or DIY network.  This wasn't some strange media fast or the like, just a natural phase that comes after remodeling every room.

Well I am back.  I have found myself scanning as many design blogs as I can find and constantly clicking "Save Image As" to add ideas to my portfolio.  I feel like looking at other's spaces helps me develop my own vision.

I like the decorating in my house for the most part but seeing this picture in a magazine helped me realize where I have gone wrong.


I have not done any real planning in my decorating beyond finding a fabric I like and trying to fill up walls and spaces with things that have similar colors.

We are getting ready to move and I feel like new rooms give me a blank canvas to work with.  My goal is to plan what I want the overall rooms to each look like instead of just getting them finished as quickly as possible.  Have you tried this?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Bedroom Spruce Up

This is my bedroom.  It needs a little somethin' somethin' if you know what I mean.  

I bought the bedding from Target, part of their Shabby Chic collection and I like it.  I chose the paint color a while back and I do not like it.  That can be changed, so try to imagine a nice grey/beige.  I wanted the cool neutral colors to evoke a peaceful space but now I find myself thinking it is just boring and needing some zing.



My gut feeling is that I need to settle on a bright accent color to bring in.  Maybe get a piece of art or a print that is mostly neutral with a splash of the color?  Then add some funky lamps?

The flower next to the bed actually goes nicely, but I'm pretty sure my husband is not going to dig a pink space.

I spent some time digging through Etsy.  Birds seem to strike my fancy, my husband says they weird him out.  Humph.  Here are some I liked.  The lamps were all google shopping.  What do you think?  I'd love some feedback.





















Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Breathtaking kitchen

I am in LOVE with this kitchen.  It was one from a Southern living design home.  Do you ever look at a picture and try to figure out why you love it?

Is it the cleanness of white and stainless steel light fixtures?  The rustic finish in a modern grey color?  The styling of the legs on the island?  I know I love white swirly marble.  Not totally sure what makes this kitchen so perfect but I know I could sit and drink coffee in this space and totally relax.  





Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Confessions of a New Gardner


What a bummer.  My cherry tomatoes are so huge and awesome that they weighed down and bent both my tomato cages and fell to the ground.  They are so heavy I can't lift them.  We'll see if I can get my husband to rescue them.

See?


This was last week before the plunge.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Sweet Girl Nursery

My mother went a little crazy at a Target clearance sale and bought my daughter every piece of this shaggy-chic set.  Pretty isn't it?

At the moment she shares a room with her brother but one of these days she'll have her own. 

I was cruising Design Sponge archives yesterday and I came across this beautiful nursery.  You should check out the whole thing, but this is the picture that caught my eye.  Wouldn't something like this be lovely with the bedding?  I'm picturing it in the pale sea foam green instead of grey.



Also spied this on the Ikea Family Live inspirations blog.  Something about the colors and elements just made me sigh a happy sigh.


So glad for other people's creativity that inspires me.