Monday, June 22, 2015

Atlanta Homes Sensational Style

The 2014 Home for the Holiday's Showhome was such a stunner, I already look forward to what will come this Holiday season! You can see the full home tour and the complete list of designers on the Atlanta Homes website, but here is a little taste of some of my favorite spaces. That dining room above literally stops me in my tracks every time. I mean, just look at that ceiling and those black lacquered walls!! Glamour at it's finest.



Monday, June 15, 2015

Designer Profile | Becki Owens

California-based designer Becki Owens has quite a stellar portfolio. Her work can be described as bright, airy, and elegant with an underlying relaxed vibe. I love all of the clean white she uses in her spaces. Punches of color are kept restrained, which is just the way I like it! Becki has also collaborated on several projects with fellow designer Nicole Davis (as seen above). Let's take a look at her fantastic work:

So much goodness here that I feel like I need to 'file away' for future inspiration! Better get pinning ;)Be sure to follow Becki on instagram for a behind the scenes look at her work, and see more from her portfolio here.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Latest Fabric Crush | Vanderbilt Velvet

Ending off your week with a fabric I have been seriously crushing on lately - I do a double take every time I see it used in a project. Schumacher's Vanderbilt Velvet by Mary McDonald; it comes in three lovely shades and can be purchased through DecoratorsBest. You can also purchase ready-to-go pillows via this Etsy shop. I need to use this somewhere!

Any fabrics catching your eye? I'd love to hear! Have a fabulous weekend!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Top 10 Tips For Moving Day

Well it's been several weeks now since we moved - and everyone who has gone through a move can likely relate when I say it sure is a lot of work! We still can't believe how much stuff we had packed in our little rancher, and honestly we are the kind of people who like to regularly purge so it came as a little bit of a surprise. Along the way, I learned several 'moving hacks' that helped to make the process as smooth as it could possibly be. Here are my top ten tips:

1. My favorite on the list, purge before packing! - We had a big Garage sale prior to our move and it was one of the best things we did to prep. As I began to pack the house, anything I didn't want, I put into a "yard sale" pile. We ended up with a sell/donate/toss category system in the end. Those of you who aren't moving any time soon - try this principle when organizing, do a 'virtual move' and ask yourself, "would I pack this item if I were moving today?"

2. Start early with packing items you never use - In the early weeks I started doing all the glassware in my pantry, and decorative items and books that I knew I could do without. Extra tip: wrap breakables in towels and linens that you know you have to pack any ways!

3. Make sure you stock up on all the tools - A box cutter, a tape measure, that awesome tape gun, furniture pads, sharpies, sheets of clean packing paper, and garbage bags ready and on-hand will contribute to lowering your frustration with the tasks at hand.

4. Move your clothing straight on the hangers - I didn't purchase garment boxes, as I found they could get quite heavy, so instead I bundled about 10 or so hangers together with an elastic band and slid them directly into a makeshift garment bag (a clean garbage bag) right over top.

5. Cut handles into the sides of cardboard boxes for easy lifting - We had some boxes come with the side handles cut out and it made moving them sooo much easier!

6. Change your address in advance - In Canada, we have a simple step process through Canada Post's mail forwarding system that can help with forwarding your mail to your new address for up to one year.

7. Start collecting boxes early - And just so you know, you will need more than you think you will. I asked friends, collected several from work, & went to local stores. And apparently you can even check Craiglist's "free" section for free moving boxes!

8. Pack tight - It helps not to leave any "air" space in your boxes, the tighter the better, as even seemingly indestructible items can get damaged in shifting. Stuff towels and packing paper in ever crack and crevasse. Extra tip: label like crazy, with either color coding or sharpie labels, written on the side of the box rather than top. Draw arrows with "This Side Up" and Fragile where needed.

9. Take kiddos and pets to daycare - We were blessed that our family offered to take our doggie for the day, as moving is a confusing stress for little ones. It really ended up taking stress off of us and little Yoki!

10. Pay it forward - It's always kind to leave the house clean, so in our rushing we hired a cleaning company and it was one of the best things we did. They even got all the grim out of the oven! It's also nice to leave info for your old place’s new residents; we left a note with useful info about the neighbourhood/street, the names of all the paint colors in the house, appliance warranties, and favorite local spots. It’s a small gesture, but a sweet one.

Any tips you would add to my list?


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Our Reno Project | The Full Before Tour!

Happy June everyone! We've got a good start on the tear down stage of our summer reno project in the last few weeks, but for today I am going to start at the very beginning!! The full house tour of the home exactly as it was posted on the MLS website (taken by the realty company), complete with the 1980's furnishings and wallpaper. This home is approximately 2600 sq ft and was built in 1989; it's 2 floors and has 4 bedrooms upstairs and 3 bathrooms total. It's got good bones, and it's in our preferred neighbourhood. We are crossing our fingers that through this reno we can make it our own and be happy here for years to come. Let's start with the entry way:
Pink  carpets and wallpaper with borders every where you turn. This place was honestly a time capsule in that way. And truly everything was kept clean & in good condition. You can just get a peek of the powder room to the left (more on that in an upcoming post!). To the right is the living room/dining room:
These entry rooms are fairly decent-sized, and lots of light. The mantle is actually in good condition but we will be knocking out the surround and the actual fireplace unit. Do you find it interesting how far apart the sconces are? Definitely need to change that!
We've got this funny pony wall separating the living and dining space, and from this view you can see the drop down with 2 steps. For budget's sake we are going to keep the step-down here, but we will knock out the pony wall and create steps the entire width of the space.
Dining room is pretty standard - definitely going to be switching out all of these tulip-style light fixtures ;) Can't wait to show you what's going in in place of it!
I'm excited to see some decent changes in the kitchen. We are blessed that the home came with a new oven & fridge, but we will need to replace dishwasher, and of course cupboards, counters, backsplash and more. And that light-box!! It followed me from our previous home's kitchen! Too funny.
The kitchen eating area is a little tight, so we've gotten rid of our large kitchen table and I'll be hunting for a smaller round one. We'll also replace the French doors in here. Gotta love that tulip-style light fixture again ;)
This family room is really the part I dislike most about this home. It had me second guessing putting an offer on the place. But I think I've got some tricks up my sleeve to make it work - including getting rid of the step down and the entire fireplace in here. More to come on this yucky space soon!
 The den on the main floor:
Main bathroom on the second floor:
Bedrooms are pretty standard boring stuff for now:
Our master is rather huge, the first time I toured the home I kept saying, "Why couldn't they have borrowed a few square feet for the tiny family room??" But I do think it will be quite fun to create a sitting area in here eventually:
And finally the master ensuite, also huge, and a total gut-job. Scary thing is that we are afraid it'll eat a huge chunk of our budget so we will have to wait and see but it may be left as a future project at this point. I definitely want to do this space justice and do it right!
So that's our official starting point!! I'll be updating you more frequently now on the progress. I'd love to hear any ideas or thoughts you have for these spaces! Follow along on instagram for some current updates as well. Wish me luck ;)

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