Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Designer Profile | Amy Berry Design

I'm in love with the spaces created by Amy Berry. Her style is clean, classic, and very "young traditional" - all my favorite traits! Here's a peek at her portfolio:

That's some good stuff, and I see a lot of details that really speak to me. From the little touches of blue & white, to the paneling and trim, to the fabulous furnishings, I see many aspects I hope to accomplish once I finally get to the decorating stage of our new place!!

Hop over to see more from Amy Berry Design here. Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Reno Project Update | Kitchen Progress (With a DIY Twist)

Another week, another progress post for you! This time I'm honing in on the kitchen - the heart of the home. Above you can see the real estate photos as the kitchen appeared when we toured & purchased the house. Fairly typical layout, wood box fluorescent lighting, and the same oak cathedral-style cabinets that I had to tackle in my last home! They're following me!!

You can see the kitchen is separated by a bit of a partition in the wall, however due to the fact that this is a load-bearing archway, we opted to leave it alone as we knew our budget was tight. The kitchen is a space that can suck-up budget money (and fast!) so I knew I had to get creative on a few aspects in order to make it work without blowing it all in one space. The kitchen really turned out to be a lesson in learning which items to save on and which to splurge on to get the highest design and function impact, and of course the most bang for our buck.

Above you can see a spanned out view past the archway, there was this super-awkward and random cabinet door off on one wall (to the very right of the image), that opened into a mini-pantry. It looked totally out of place! Another problem to tackle. And of course one of the first things to go was the box-lighting:

Then we started to rip out portions of the cabinets, the little open shelves on either side of the window, and the decorative wooden-dowel railing off the top:

So now to get crafty. I couldn't afford all new cupboards, and I hated the empty space above the cabinets! Enter in my father-in law who just so happens to be a dry waller and was kind enough to appease my crazy ideas. We boxed in the cupboards to the ceiling with drywall!

And now for the dramatic side-by-side, we wanted this boxed-in drywall header to appear as a natural extension of the cupboards to the ceiling, so with the help of Metrie and their incredible trim and mouldings, we created a polished and modern look using a crown, panel mould, and screen mould build-up:

The trim finishings will also be wrapped around the cabinet on the far left to meet flush with the new Calacatta backsplash. We painted everything out in BM Chantilly Lace, and ordered new oak shaker-style door fronts (and at a whopping $1200, this budget-friendly alternative was a steal!).

Here's an inspiration shot that I used to get the look of extending the cabinets to the ceiling:

Another close up of those gorgeous Metrie pieces, we utilized 4 1/4" crown, combined with French Curves Collection panel mould.

Bright pot lights in place, and a lovely marble island counter that I'm sure we will stain like crazy, but I'm so excited to have!

This spot is going to have the wooden stove hood returned once painted, and a stunning jewelry-like Brizo Traditional pot filler on the wall! I can't even believe I'm going to have my very own pot-filler, is it weird to say that that's the stuff kitchen dreams are made of? It'll be paired with the new SmartTouch Technology faucet that I so cannot wait to test out, no more dirty hands touching the faucet lever!

I've also got French doors going in within the eating area, more on that to come soon! I plan on a little DIY using a frosted self-adhesive product from d-c-fix that can be removed and reapplied multiple times without leaving any sticky stuff behind.

The yucky pantry door before & after - we chose a Masonite wood 5 panel shaker door to keep things looking clean and modern:

Here's an inspiration photo to give you an idea of the style of lights that will be going above the island:

And a few other kitchens that have inspired me along the way, light bright and lots of polished nickel!

Some of the items going into our kitchen space are linked below, more to come soon! Thank you for following along with our adventures in renovating ;)

No. 1 - Metrie 4 1/4" crown combined with French Curves Collection panel mould trim and pine screen mould | No. 2 - Circa Lighting Darlana Lantern | No. 3 - Shaker cabinet fronts | No. 4 - Brizo Talo SmartTouch Technology faucet & soap dispenser | No. 5 - 3x6 Calacatta polished tile | No. 6 - Brizo Traditional pot filler and Traditional 18" towel bar

Friday, November 20, 2015

10 Fabulous Photos From The One Room Challenge

Just in case you missed - the One Room Challenge, put on by the fabulous Linda of Calling It Home, finished off another crazy round of making over rooms in a (very) short 6 weeks. It's always so fun following along with the participants of this challenge and watching the before & afters unfold. Here are 10 images that stopped me in my tracks in the final reveals (follow the links to see each bloggers process):

Hope you have a wonderful weekend everyone, please hop by early next week for an update on our kitchen reno, I can't wait to share!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Reno Project Update | Living & Dining Room Progress

Here we go everyone! A post LOADED with before & progress shots for you today (finally!). It's been mayhem between growing a baby, working full-time, and climbing this mountain they call "renovation." Just for future reference, these things should never be combined - scary stuff my friends, scary stuff.

All jokes aside, we are finally feeling like we are getting somewhere :) I want to start with the beginning of the story for the living/dining space - a large scale room that you see immediately to your right when entering the front door of the home. Here are the legit 1989 befores (the real estate photos we viewed when purchasing the home back in May):

Ok - so now you get the feel for the awkward step down, the pony wall separating the two spaces, the big bare-ness of the vaulted ceilings with zip-zero soul or personality. I think that was the point that bothered us the most, this was a large space, with loads of potential but it appeared so bare and boring with literally NO architecture. This quickly became our main plan and priority for the room! In our last home, we saw that the efforts we put into panelling a few feature walls was a huge appeal, and a major selling feature that we strongly believe got us the most bang for our buck, an investment that was so worth it.

First thing to get knocked out was that darn pony wall:

We rebuilt the step going all the way across the room instead (imagine these all covered in gorgeous oak wood flooring!!):

Carpets were of course ripped up, and the gas fireplace insert was removed. Lucky we pulled it out as we discovered a water leak in desperate need of repair. That's the not so pretty part of renovating, and it's been bumps in the road like these that have really added to our overall timing.

We chose to conserve the old mantel as it is in good condition, and with a new brighter white coat of paint I think it's going to work well with our vision:

Notice how far apart the sconces were on either side of the mantel? It was too widespread for my liking so I had our electrician bring them in closer on either side before we closed everything up with drywall again:

Then I started my hunt for inspiration. There are so many things you can do with a vaulted ceiling, I wanted to try something a bit different, not just faux wood beams, or bead board as you've likely seen in many spaces. I remembered a room designed by one of my favorite designers, Colleen McGill, that had always stopped me in my tracks, and I knew that it was going to be my inspiration:

Paint out the ceiling, create a tray ceiling that breaks up the wall with crown, and go heavy on the trim and moulding on the lower portion of the wall - these were just the interior finishings we needed! I found several other painted out vaulted ceilings to serve as examples:


So we had the core of our plan, and we set out to execute it using the French Curves Collection from Metrie. Scene I of this collection suited exactly what I was looking for, young-traditional style with a perfect mix of ornate and contemporary elements. We chose a large-scale crown to encircle the entire room and began to panel the lower half with panel moulding. So for dramatic effect, remember it without any trim:

And now that same corner, voila!

We are head over heels in love with the transformation, and it hasn't even been filled or painted out white yet!!

We added a little bit of framing detail above the fireplace similar to what you see in the photo below, I think that is the fun of planning and creating with trim and moulding, you can really let yourself get creative!

And even with an all-grey ceiling, the white will keep the room fresh and lively (I've selected BM Chantilly Lace which will be going up soon!).

We are actually planning on leaving the fireplace non-functional but pretty for now, so in the coming weeks I'm going to be styling it up with sconces and birch logs much like this one from Club Monaco in NYC:

Can you picture it all? Here's a bit of a mood-board of my continued plans for this space so you can get a feel for where I am headed with it, much much more to come soon! And stay tuned for an update on kitchen progress in the coming week.

No. 1 - Metrie French Curves Collection Scene I, 7 1/4" Crown, Panel Mould, and 5 1/2" Baseboard | No. 2 - Crate & Barrel birch logs | No. 3 - Circa Lighting Symmetric Twist sconce | No. 4 - Benjamin Moore's Escarpment | No. 5 - Circa Lighting Classic Ring Chandelier | No. 6 - Lamps Plus Convex mirror
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