A Few Simple Updates to a Beautiful Living Room

 Today I’m sharing some before and afters of a living room I did a while back.  This client’s home is absolutely beautiful but she felt a little stuck with this room and called me for help.  She already had some great pieces to work with (sofa, rug, chairs) so she just needed me to add some finishing touches to make it feel complete.

Here is the room before my client let me “do my thing”…

Now what I mean by “do my thing” is when my clients let me come into their home (usually when they are gone for the day) and let me bring in some goodies and freshen up the room.  It’s my favorite thing to do for clients.  My goal is to use what they already have, but then add just a few new things.

Here is how the room turned out…

 So after I do my thing, I usually go home and nervously anxiously await a response from my client and hope and pray that they like what I did.  In this case, they loved it.  In most cases, my clients are ecstatic with the changes.  It’s fun for them to be able to just come in and be surprised.  Some have compared it to feeling like Christmas morning:).  I love being able to incorporate their own items and breath a little new life into furniture or decor that they thought they were tired of.  There’s always a few items that end up being returned but for the most part, my clients keep the treasures I find.  Never any hard feelings if they don’t!

So this is my very mini version of “Extreme Home MakeOver”.  Best part of my job!!!

In case you’re curious, here is a source guide:

Sofa and tufted chairs- client purchased from Pier 1

Linen chairs by fireplace- client purchased from TJ Max, hadn’t found the right spot for them

Beaded Pillows- Client purchased from Pottery Barn

Ottoman- Homegoods

Wooden tray, mercury glass on mantle, candle stick, aqua pillows- TJ Maxx

Grass pot and mantle mirror- Pier 1

All other items were things my client already had.

Thanks for visiting today!

Natalie:)

 

admin - Thank you so much for your encouraging words! It was a really fun project. The house was already amazing, but it just needed some “bling” and color to make it come alive. Thanks for visiting JJ!

Miss Kitty - This mini-room makeover is just fabulous!!! In the “before ” pictures, I was thinking the room looked dark and drab and wondering how it was going to be “fixed” in a day but you worked your magic. Thanks for sharing how you make such a big difference in just a day.

A Dramatic Kitchen Renovation~ Before & Afters

 Today I wanted to share with you an awesome kitchen renovation I did in 2014 with a local remodeler in town, J&J Remodelers.  The homeowner was ready to make major changes to their 1970’s style kitchen and I was lucky enough to be able to assist them through the fun process.  Lynn, the lady of the house was so much fun to work with throughout the whole process.  I find that I get pretty close with my clients from time to time, especially when we go through a kitchen remodel together!

Here are the before photos…

 

 And here are the afters!!!

 

This was a pretty dramatic transformation!  This kitchen really reflects my clients personality.  Very warm, welcoming, lots of character and personality, and a little eclectic.  We decided to do a mix of stained alder with distressed black accent cabinets.  The simple travertine field tile was the perfect surround to accent the beautiful artisan copper accent tiles.  My client loves copper so I found these great copper pendants to hang over the peninsula and then she found the beautiful art glass pendant to hang over the dining table.  The countertops are Cambria, Bradshaw.

What a fun project this was to work on!

One last look at the before & afters…

 Hope you enjoyed todays post!  Feel free to “Pin” any photos to Pinterest or share any on Facebook.  Have a great day!!

Natalie:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shelves and Lighting in Kim’s Dining Room

Well, the fridge is leaking all over the kitchen so the laundry room has no progress.  Life.

We did however, add some lighting in the Dining Room {well, almost} . . .

What do you think?  As you can see, we are still deciding and have not fully committed to hanging it.  Seriously, what do you think?  Comments welcome.

We also added the shelving using a leftover board that was too beautiful to waste.  All it needed were a few L-brackets and we had instant shelving.

So, next to me as I shoot these photos,  is the fridge.  Floating in the middle of the room.  Pulled out to inspect all sides.  I think it may be done for.  New fridge?  I’m not that broken up about it!!

Progress on Kim’s Living Room

I have been ignoring all that needs to be done to my home lately.  It’s been busy here and too many details have been put aside for other details.  Well, I am finally ready to get going on finishing some things around here.  I worked a bit on the Living Room.  I still have several key elements to go but this is what has changed this past week…

I added the sign from the Office.  Partially because I needed to take it out of the office to make way for new shelving coming and partially because I wanted the sign and lighting above the couch.  Now…to hide the cord.  In this photo you can see we also added some curtains and a wooden valance.  It is salvage wood and a few cuts and screws.  Easy and free.

Before . . .

I found the side table in great shape at a TN yard sale last Summer for $15.  The fan and typewriter are also from sales.  The lamp is from Kirkland’s for $30! The couch is Macy’s floor model from many years ago.

This coffee table {weighs a ton} is simply salvage wood with logs as legs.  Completely free and a conversation piece.  It lived outside for a very long time {and with different legs that didn’t last} but recently found it’s way inside because we desperately needed a coffee table!

It used to be here in my MN home . . .

I am still unsure about the fireplace.  I want to rip it apart and start over.  There is a huge crack in the marble and it just needs to be updated.  Stay tuned for this.  For now, I ripped out a few pages of a book about pencil drawings and hung them with a single nail.  I like the simplicity of it all.

Well…gettin’ there.  I need more seating, a rug and a few details that will add color and make the room feel complete.  I’m working on a ton of things right now and I’ll be sharing over the next couple of months.  Lots new!!

admin - The design and look of the fireplace was one of the main features we loved about this home…and one of the few things we didn’t change. I still like it but a huge crack in the marble plus the giant gaps around the opening to the fireplace {where we took out the old gold surround} is a great excuse to change it up!! I’ll post photos of a closeup of the issues. We would love to see photos of your space…feel free to send!!

admin - Thank you! I get creative when shooting to avoid highlighting the cracks and flaws. There really is a bummer of a huge one. I can live with it but it’s an excuse to renovate!!

liz - Love the sign, it really makes that wall a great focal point. Funny thing about your fireplace, I just redid mine and now it looks exactly like the one you want to rip out and update. I love the new look of my fireplace with its marble surround and white mantle, but am very curious to see how you update yours.

Melina - It looks so pretty!! I really love the marble fireplace-the crack isn’t visible in the photos at all.

Homemade Pillow and Doll

Happy New Year Friends!!  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 is off to a happy and healthy start for you!  In looking back at our 2014 posts, I found some drafts of posts that I never quite finished but still wanted to share with you.

Today I (Natalie) am going to share a sewing project I did a year ago when I became an aunt again to my darling niece, Maevin. In October my mom,sister,and I flew out to my other sister’s home in CA to celebrate my niece’s 1st birthday.  If you have followed our blog for a while, you may know that I am a “beginner” at sewing.  Pillows are pretty much the only thing I have attempted to create.  But last fall I became inspired to test my skills.  I saw a “The Black Apple Doll”  on Martha Stewart and decided it would be the perfect gift for my new niece.

It was touch and go but in the end, it turned out pretty darn cute.  I even made a coordinating pillow with an appliqued design to go with it.  I used fabric scraps that I had on hand that would coordinate with her nursery.

Here are the fabrics I used for the pillow.

And here is a photo I took of the final product with my phone.

I wish I could show you a step by step tutorial on how I did the doll, but like I said…It was touch and go.  You’d be better off following the tutorial I linked to above on Martha’s site.

Here is the finished project…

And here is my beautiful niece with her dollie at 1 year old.

We had a wonderful time in CA celebrating little Maevin.

admin - Thanks you Amy!!!

Amy Peterson - Sooooooo cute!!! Beautiful job on both Nat!!!!

Laundry Room Flooring and In-Progress Shots

These are kinda before photos.  I forgot to snap a few of this space before we touched it at all.  In this photo I have already painted the walls {from a peach color} and freshened the doors and trim with a white gloss.  We have also moved in our Washer and Dryer from the old house, including the table top thing that we had over the appliances.  We have also hung hooks on the walls…an ASAP/temporary project to hold our jackets, school bags, etc.

To keep costs down and still have a good looking and functional floor for a room with water and traffic, we ended up going linoleum again.  What??!?!!  Yep, we chose a checkered B&W pattern in tiles and used glue to get ‘em down.

You can see where we removed the quarter-round from the bottom of the floor molding.  I needed to sand/scrape down the dried paint pooled where it used to meet the quarter-round and then repaint that trim because the new flooring was going to be shallower.

You can see the lovely LAYERS of linoleum in this room.  What was lucky about this combo is that the sticky brown tiles are on top of the white layer that wasn’t glued down…so taking up the floor was pretty easy {easier than the ultra-sticky kitchen tiles}.

We went with these tiles/glue:

Standard Excelon Imperial Texture 12 in. x 12 in. Classic Black Vinyl Composition Commercial Tiles {about 90 cents per tile}

Armstrong Premium Floor Tile Adhesive {about $15 per gallon}

Here is where we are currently {and working on it}…

The light bulb hangs from the ceiling because {yet again} the lighting was not installed correctly.  We have to do an overhaul on that before we can add lighting…hence the poorly lit photos.

I painted the top half of the walls and ceiling a fresh new white.  It helps to open up the shorter ceiling in this space.  Brant added some great shelving to replace the yucky wire ones.  I stained them dark and I am still working on all of that.  I am going to re-paint the bottom half of the walls, work on the washer/dryer area and add coat storage and more.

This space needs some major personality added but the flooring made a huge difference.  Keep your eyes peeled for updates on this space for organization, shelving, lighting and more.

Pallet Wood Christmas Trees

 Today I want to share a fairly simple DIY Christmas decoration or gift idea.  You’ve seen many fun projects done with wooden pallets over the last couple of year, but here is one I came up with last year getting ready for a holiday sale. 

 Pallets are pretty accessible these days.  You’ll often find them free on the side of the road or on Craigslist.  Even if they aren’t free they are usually pretty inexpensive.  So other than a pallet, you will need a saw to cut through them as well as some sand paper.  Here is the basic idea of how I cut the pallets to get 2 trees.

See, not too difficult!!!  Hope you are enjoying this holiday season so far and the Christmas spirit is filling your heart with warmth!  Have a great day!!