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Nursery Inspiration

13 Oct

With a baby girl on the way, I’ve been madly pinning cute nurseries, color schemes and decor ideas on Pinterest. Lots of room rearranging and clever space planning needs to happen before I can just start decorating the nursery, but I think I have finally honed in on the look and mood I want to create. She is due in February, so I have some time, but as with other aspects of this pregnancy, I have noticed my nesting urge kicking in pretty early this time around.  Here are a few photos of looks that I have consistently come back to:

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All of these photos and more are on my Pinterest board, Baby Girl Nursery.

With a color scheme of pale aqua blue and various shades of coral and peach, I want the nursery to be vibrant, but relaxed, and girly, but not too precious. I’ve actually already got most of the key pieces I need, waiting in the basement-  a combination of furniture and decor cast offs from the house and some pieces that I intended to sell at flea markets. As always, I am on a serious budget, so lots of homemade and vintage love is going into this space.

First, we have to move our bed out of its current room and into what was formerly our office. Then, I can really get crafty. Little Thomas, almost four now, has already been quite the helper, from painting to adding ideas of his own. I can’t wait to share the transformation of our cozy home, as we make room for this little bundle!

Pellet Stove Face Lift

12 Aug

When we bought this house eight years ago, I cringed at the unslightliness of the black and white pellet stove, dominating a corner in the living room. In my mind I thought, “We’ll tear that thing out and get a retro wood stove or a sleek gas fireplace”.  There were lots of projects I was foolish enough to think we could accomplish as new homeowners. Plus, until I experienced the soul warming heat that my pellet stove put out in the winter, I had no clue what a gem we had in it, unsightly or not.

Earlier this past spring I got to thinking about how I could give it a fresh look, without building some sort of surround. I settled on changing what bothered me most about it- the white laminate base that it was sitting on. It was scratched up, and always got soot on it when cleaning out the stove, plus it looked cheap. Covering it with chalkboard paint was a quick change and immediately helped the stove recede into the wall a bit. Plus, I like the idea that I can get a bit creative and sketch out some seasonal illustrations.

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A Bed for Thomas

23 Sep

I just bought this twin bed on craigslist for $15! It needs a little love, but is is just the piece I was looking for! I’m not sure exactly what I’ll do to it, but I just know it’s going to turn out cute.  Any suggestions?

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bed 1

Bling for Your Kitchen?

8 Jul

Yes please! I just love the new trend of using antique mirror as a kitchen back splash. I think it adds just a hint of sophistication and loads of old world charm, without looking dated. Pair it with modern appliances and sleek cabinets to up the modern-rustic quotient, and I think you’ve got a winning combo. Equally suited for white caesar stone as honed black granite or polished concrete, an aged mirror back splash adds texture and warmth. This glass tile is difficult to source, but Ann Sacks  offers a couple of colorways in their Versailles collection.

Here are a few images that have inspired me.  If I was renovating my kitchen right this moment, I would be right on top of this trend!

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Making Plans

4 Feb

I’m starting to make plans for a few updates in the kitchen.  Here is what I won’t be changing: the floors, the counter tops and the appliances.What else is there, you say? Well, let me just fill you in:

I will be painting the walls, painting the cabinets, painting the buffet, adding hardware, shifting cabinets, bringing in a marble element, changing light fixtures and shelving…. It’s actually A LOT.

I’m on a tight budget and can’t do it all at once either, so the project will be broken down into lots of little tasks, the first of which is to paint the walls. I’d like to share a kitchen renovation from Cottage Living’s December 2008 issue, that has been haunting me for just that long. It’s pretty much exactly what I’d like my kitchen to look like someday. The floor plan is so similar to mine, and all of the changes seem so do-able, and not to expensive. It’s too bad CL has been out of business for the last four years, but thank goodness the photos could still be found online!  Anne Turner Carroll, I admire your classic and cozy style.

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As I said, I am starting with paint, and I’ll update you as I go! Hooray for a new project!

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