Three Season to Four Season Sun Porch Transition

Hi All! Happy Monday!! I have been scheming to transition our sun porch from 3 season to 4 season for some time now.  We have hit the pause button on this project a few times because we are trying to foresee the big “issues” that may arise and impact the timeline and budget. However, I could reaaaaaalllly use a home office- one with a desk…and a door….that doesn’t also have to double as the dining room.  While I contemplate jumping into the project, here are some AMAZING porch pics:

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Have great week and good luck tackling the projects on your list!

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Best,

Kelly

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Small Kitchen Updates

Hi All!  As many of you know, Hubs and I are still going around and around on whether to sell or stay in our home having been here 8 years(!!)….. and having not yet found something we love enough to make us move on.  Sooooo, in the meantime we are doing some updates to refresh things in the kitchen.  The cabinets are in good shape so we started by retrofitting the pantry area to accommodate a 30″ double oven.  The oven that came with the house was closer to 24″ and never fit hubby’s prized turkey roasting pan that is still packed away in the attic unused.  We have already updated all the other appliances in the kitchen, so we bought a double wall oven to match (stainless as well) and I cannot wait (for hubs) to use it!

Oven being delivered here...still have some painting to do!
Oven being delivered here…still have some painting to do!

GE Double Wall Oven

I am also looking forward to replacing our laminate countertop and backsplash.  It has served us well (I still think laminate has gotten a bad name) but it is time to move on and try something new.  I painted all our upper cabinets Simply White (Ben Moore) and the lowers a gray color called Dragon’s Breath (also Ben Moore).  All the walls are a light gray called London Fog, so things are much lighter and brighter after making those initial changes two years ago.  I am using these inspiration pics for light and bright backsplash and countertop choices, and am sourcing different coordinating options ASAP.

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We are also building in the refrigerator that we purchased a few years ago and, like the current wall oven, it was too large for the space where it previously resided.  So we plopped it in another area and it has sat there sticking out into the room creating a bottleneck in kitchen prep.  Needless to say I am VERY excited to get the fridge in its own designated space.  We had gorgeous millwork done for the kitchen entry from the dining room, so I am planning on replicating that on the fridge built-in.  Although I also saw this gorg and practical (what!?) pic on Pinterest soooooo……

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In order to build-in the fridge we will be moving it 15″ , so we will gain new upper and lower cabinets that we are having made to accommodate more storage.  That will enable us to remove the IKEA piece we have been using as an island buffet, and instead add a nice eat-in area, possibly with a banquet under the windows.

Removing piece under the windows and adding eat-in seating
Removing piece under the windows and adding eat-in seating

I have been dreaming about these pics for inspiration:

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And here are some amazing organizational pics to get me inspired as I am getting closer to ripping things apart:

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Looking forward to getting the oven in this week or early next, and then tackling some of the kitchen projects around the Holiday Season toward the end of the year.

Best,

Kelly

 

 

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Mud Season

Good Morning All! AAAAK, it’s mud season here and I cannot keep up! I know I know….before you can have a beautiful Spring, you have to literally go through the mud… but with two dogs and young kiddos I am pulling my hair out! SO, in an effort to save my sanity, I took a look back at the reno photos of our mudroom.

Our little mudroom is definitely not big enough to accommodate a crowd all arriving at once, but it is helpful in corralling the mess as close to the back door as possible!  When we renovated there was no option to make it bigger, so we kept the same layout, utilizing the existing storage and bench that was already there. I don’t think we have ever actually sat on the bench in the seven years we have lived here, but it does come in handy to set groceries and backpacks on!

I remember that we began this project in late September and didn’t get it finished until right before Thanksgiving. We use it as the main entrance of the house, so it was tricky to keep walking through a construction zone.  We started by getting all the built-ins painted and worked around the room from there. Like many of my projects I started with gusto, even painting inside the built-in cubbies.  However, I can tell you that the insides of the doors still need a second coat of navy because the enthusiasm  quickly waned as my husband and I stayed up nights while the kids were sleeping to get it all knocked out.

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BEFORE- Red door peek-a-boo

The flagstone floor would allow moisture in and there was little to no insulation before we started.   We added some additional insulation where we could while we have the walls were ripped apart, and then had radiant heating installed under the new floor tile. Best.Investment.Ever.  It helps to keep the small room toasty in the winter and we have not noticed an increase in our heating bills.

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The bright aqua paint was a color match to a jacket my daughter had. After searching and buying way too many samples, I took the jacket into Lowes for a direct match and love the vibrant result.  The navy paint is Admiralty by Olympic- a perfect match to the wallpaper and it hides the dirt well!

The wallpaper was a tough find at the time, and turned out to be really hard to hang! My mom is an expert wallpaper-er and we were both spouting expletives a few minutes in.  The wallpaper is a large scale trellis pattern from York which can be found here. I would still recommend it because it gave me the look I was hoping for without busting the budget, but just give yourself extra time to get it up.  Or better yet, hire it out!  The paper is very thin and tended to shift and rip easily so go slow and definitely recruit friends to help!

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The Aqua Door
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Starting the wallpaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the final product.  I still have ceiling trim to add FIVE years after the fact, and am still looking for the PERFECT blind that can stand up to a sunny mudroom window, but these things take time, right?  I love the overall look and it makes me happy coming home everyday, so all in all, mission accomplished!

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Have a wonderful day all! We are getting closer to Spring!

Best,

Kelly

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Master Bedroom Refresh

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Morning All! Today is rainy with a chill in the air, the perfect day to take a nap sit and focus on a project I have put off for years! We had our master bedroom painted professionally over three years ago, and I have yet to pull the room together by way of artwork, accessories, throw pillows or rugs. Sigh. I typically DIY painting, but this room took over a week due to plaster repairs and multiple coats of gorgeous requisite gray paint to cover the kelly green walls. Yes, I previously chose that green color, and even though admittedly it glowed in the dark as my husband and I stayed up late to finish painting, I was sure it would mellow as it dried. It didn’t.  Anyhoo, I was too exhausted to change it so we lived with it for way too long before hiring someone to “fix it.” (We also ripped out the carpet revealing stunning floors that were in beautiful shape, but alas, I still have that builder’s basic ceiling fixture).

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So on the list of “to do” is to find artwork that brings in pops of color, along with adding trim to the white canvas curtains I purchased from West Elm. I had always envisioned adding a fun trim or utilizing a lovely fabric to add detail. I just have not been able to commit to accent colors and am stuck in the state of analysis paralysis.  So right now I have requisite gray walls, urbane bronze closet doors (which I LOOOOVE) and plain white curtains. Not exactly inspirational. So what is a girl to do? Spend hours on Pinterest drooling over inspiration pics and searching Etsy for amazing pillows and artwork, of course! Then put them in a shopping cart to checkout? Why NO! That would require commitment to an accent color! Sigh. So now you know how I got here. But this HAS to change because I cannot have this level of #crazyspringfever and sleep ONE.MORE.NIGHT. in a neutral bedroom.

I have decided to start with artwork and then choose fabrics etc. from there. Here are my top inspirational picks in order to bring in COOOOOLOOOOOOR (that was my Oprah moment):

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Parima Creative Studio
Parima Creative Studio
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So hard to narrow this down but I am ordering up a storm today, including pillows and fabric for the curtain trim so check back next week and I will report in on progress (nothing like giving myself a public deadline to light a fire)!

xo,

Kelly

 

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Happy Spring!

Happy Spring!

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Today the sunshine is streaming through the windows and while I try to ignore the dust, I am so excited for Spring! Here are a few things that signal Spring in our house:

Mrs. Meyers Geranium scented candle:

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The fun Lilly Pulitzer for Target floor pillow comes out to add a pop o’ floral (on ebay here):

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And I swap out frames with awesome Spring Printables! Here are a few I have incorporated into our home decor this season:

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via jones design company (P.S. They have similar awesome Essentials prints for other seasons! L.O.V.E!)

In my book, you can never go wrong with a flamingo:

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Lots of color choices:

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So many amazing beginnings can happen in Spring. Wishing you all the best friends!

 

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