Monday, March 30, 2015

New Adventures In Renovating!

Hi everyone! Thanks for popping by today - I'm excited to finally have the first "before" shot of the home we recently purchased (and many more 'befores' to come soon!!). We haven't quite got our hands on the home yet, but soon enough we will be in demolition mode; there is plenty to  tear down including walls, a fireplace, pink carpets, and 1989 wallpapers everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. I'm nervous but excited. Any wallpaper removal tricks you may have are much appreciated ;)

For today, a look at the exterior of the home. It's on a great street and it's got good bones but needs a bit of re-working:

So here's what I'm dreaming up ... of course budget may come into play but if we can we would love to add shakes, replace the upper windows and the front door, add oversized lighting and shutters, paint, and re-do the landscaping. Here's a wee mock up of what I'd love to see happen to this little diamond in the rough:

Can you picture it coming into our current decade? I think little changes could go a long way in modernizing this home. I'd love to hear your thoughts and your ideas of what you would do if you were to renovate the exterior of this home! I'm quite thrilled to share the process along the way with you, honestly my first reno was the reason I even started blogging some 5 years ago. Thanks for joining in my next journey!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

House Tour | Chic In Chicago

Here's a lovely house tour via Style Me Pretty; homeowner Winnie, and Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme worked together to create perfection! Christine helped Winnie to design the little girls room (the stuff that dreams are made of!) and the family room, and this set the tone for the rest of the home. It's whimsical, classic, and comfortable all in one:

To see even more from this lovely home hop over to Style Me Pretty. Hope you are having a fantastic week!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dissecting The Details | Chango & Co.

I'm excited to be sharing another Dissecting the Details post over on La Dolce Vita today. I'm focussing in on the fantastic living room spaces designed by New York-based interior design firm Chango & Co. I've been pretty smitten with everything Susana and her team create! Here's a little sneak peek:
Hop over to see the full post on La Dolce Vita, where I analyze 3 key elements that really make these spaces sing. Also, you can click through to see more from the Chango & Co. portfolio.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Before & After | Luxurious Master Bath

I always love following along with the work of Style at Home design editor Jessica Waks - she's got the best before & afters time and time again! For her latest full bathroom renovation, she took a cramped and poorly laid out space and created a luxe look by using high-end finishes, removing a closet and borrowing a few feet from an adjacent room. You can read about the step by step process and all of the finishes on Jessica's blog here.

Here's a look at her newly configured space for the complete overhaul, and the official reveal!

Quite a stunning project! To see more from Jessica, including the recent reveal of her twin boys nursery, hop over to her lovely blog.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Weekend Inspiration | Spring Has Sprung

Happy first day of spring my friends! Hope you enjoy your weekend to the fullest ....


Thursday, March 19, 2015

House Tour | Caitlin Wilson

A lovely home tour for you today - interior and textile designer Caitlin Wilson created a bright and bold space with fantastic bursts of color and pattern throughout. I'm usually one to be drawn to monochromatic designs, however this was such a refreshing and creative take on color I was instantly hooked. Caitlin left several key 'fixed' elements white and bright (like the kitchen cabinets) and expertly added color through accessories and furnishings [click to enlarge images].

Quite inspiring! To see more from Caitlin's portfolio and textile shop click here.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Details | Sconces In The Kitchen

Creating a fantastic space is all about the fine little details - and one detail that I have always been attracted to is sconces in the kitchen. Sconces are usually reserved for the living room, entry ways, or powder rooms. But why not place a pair in the kitchen? This kind of attention to detail takes a normally sterile and utilitarian space to another level:

What do you think? Would you use wall sconces in the kitchen?
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