Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about plants. I am on a six-week (the plants are still alive) streak at our house since buying a few indoor plants. The debate over real versus fake plants is … well real. Did you know both types of plants have their own hashtags? But the more I read about the benefits of real plants in the home, the more I lean towards… [Read more…]
If you had to name the most popular room in your home, what room would it be? In our house, the kitchen is the epicenter of our home and family. Over the weekend, I took a few photos of our kitchen island which means an update is in the planning stages. A few years ago I shared my 37 minute kitchen island update here. And, now it’s time for a new kitchen island update or a puppy. #wink
Oh Jeez! We just bought windows! We called a guy for a quote and two hours later we signed the paperwork for 24 windows. Our home is almost twenty years old (crazy) and we bought it 14 years ago. #wheredidthetimego
So, our home needs a few makeovers and the windows are literally falling out of the frame. Last night Denver had a windy night and one of our windows just popped out of the frame and landed on the chaise below.
But, right this moment I am having minor price anxiety meltdown. Has anyone recently priced or installed windows? I included the rough estimate at the bottom of the post.
Buying windows was at the bottom of our home makeover list. But, the thought of new windows (without the grids) means unobstructed views of the pine trees and mountain views… takes a little of the price pain away. But, we are knee deep in tuition payments and a tech company startup.
I floated this alternative window design to my (current) husband.
Two years ago I painted our newly installed casement windows ) after we framed the windows for a more substantial look. Seriously, trim around doors and windows adds so much character for very little money.
Needless to say, this weekending is all about window trends and finds.
I found this photo on Pinterest and sadly the links took me nowhere. But, I love how the window became a little office with a view.
I saved this image for an idea for my current office update.
I love these black trimmed windows; like obsessed. But, the price to have the interior and exterior trim with a black finish adds like $300.00 (per window).
Okay, total aside, but I am in awe of those branches on the kitchen island. It looks amazing, but in my (not a trophy wife) house, it would look like a stuck an uprooted tree into a pot and called it good. It makes me giggle just thinking about my family’s reaction.
And, then there is always this option if I don’t get over my sticker shock in the next 24 hours.
You can read about this couple’s journey to this little glass cabin in the woods here.
So if you are wondering the cost per window, including installation and permit, the quote came to approximately $850/each. That includes a mix of glass panes, casement and the up/down sliders on our street-facing side of the house. The installation is higher because our home has brick and stucco which don’t always fair well during installation.
Now I am really freaking out. I need to talk to my (current) husband. Happy Weekend?!
Is it warming up where you are?
HI everyone! This year has been a busy one with my decision to return to real estate and goals to grow the other love in my life… my blog. #wink. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since this happened. Needless to say, I am a work in progress. And, my home office update continues to be a work in progress, as well.
I fell in love with this lamp I found at HomeGoods. I fell in love with the white and brass finishes; it was perfect to get me out of my patterned lamp shade stage.
Now that you have a taste of the new here was my office a few years ago. Let’s take a walk down memory lane.
I didn’t love this color so I repainted the walls while watching all three Bridget Jones’ movies.
Of the three Bridget movies, which one is your favorite?
I still have that chair, but because of Dropbox and online everything, I no longer need a 50-pound file cabinet.
And, I get my go-to files over here at Target.
And, then there are the large slider windows that face the backyard. I have switched my desk so I face towards the
window. And, I switched it around where my back is to the window. I get a little creeped out when I can’t
see what is outside the window. Do you?
Here’s my desk. I got in on clearance on New Year’s Eve. Pottery Barn keeps a list of interested customers for their floor model pieces. Score! Check with your local Pottery Barn store.
I tried placing my desk to the side of the window but didn’t like it. But, seeing this view below I may try it again.
The desk is a little too big; it gives me more space for stacks and paper. In fact, we use it as a second dining room table during the holidays.
I fell in love with this vertical chalkboard from Home Goods. But, it is just chilling on that huge wall from my previous office.
Stay tuned! I do have a thing for chalkboards.
And, finally here is this Bowerbank bookcase I bought here.
It’s a little crowded, but it’s a work in progress; just like me!
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Chic on a Shoestring Budget
Do you love craft paper? I have a thing for markers and paper. I buy rolls of wrapping paper at HomeGoods on a regular basis. And I did a fun upcycle project with wrap paper here. But what I was obsessed with was this wall mounted paper roll. My obsession took root when I saw this mounted paper roll on BHG.com.
Sidenote: Up until 30 seconds ago I thought the painted floor was the steps leading up to the kitchen sink. #opticalillusion. I love everything about this photo.
I created this wall mounted paper roll on the fly. My goal was to use what I had on hand. I even had the brown paper. I purchased the solid iron hooks last year on Etsy. That gives you a look at how to long it takes me to get a project to production.
I decided to build this wall mounted wall mounted paper roll under the DIY farmhouse kitchen shelves.
It was a strategic decision after we removed our upper cabinets to make way for our largest project (1/2 wall removal). One of us was a little too aggressive pulling out the cabinets and a chunk of the backsplash came out with the cabinet.
Wall Mounted Paper Roll Supplies
- Craft paper roll (Ikea in children’s department)
- Metal Hooks
- Wood Dowel (Home Depot or Michaels) I think HD was cheaper
- Scrap Wood
- Stain (my favorite stain project).
This next photo shows how quickly I put this together.
I only had two black screws long enough to drill through the wood and wall.
The significance of the wall mounted board is it adds the necessary depth for the wall mounted paper roll can … well… roll.
That’s the extent of my technical description. Oh and there’s that chunk of tile behind below the wall mounted roll.
Hi there! If there is one trend we were ahead of it was the barn door trend ten years ago (I can’t believe it has been that long). We replaced every builder grade white, hollow door with either stained solid doors or barn doors in our basement. We installed a set of double barn doors and then a single barn door. This was before a quick Google search locates affordable barn door hardware and track systems. In fact, ten years ago when we called the big box home improvement stores they referred us to large animal feed stores. Over the years we duplicated our barn doors and learned how to make barn doors for less money. [Read more…]
Do you love the faux fur/flokati movement? For the purposes of this post, I am referring to it as faux fur, because it rolls off my tongue easier than flokati. I love the idea of faux fur accessories! Over the course of last year, I purchased and returned faux accessories and rugs multiple times. The side table selected for the faux fur makeover was next to the stairs behind a table in our living room.
I was in a constant purchase-return-purchase cycle that likely got me flagged at several discount home stores for excessive return activity.
Why the indecisiveness? [Read more…]
One of my favorite things to read is the Pottery Barn catalog. Seriously, it takes me longer to read a Pottery Barn catalog than the latest issue of People magazine. After 30 minutes I have pages torn out or tagged for inspiration. But with tuition and mortgage payments and the startup costs with my husband’s digital health company, the catalog usually ends up in the recycle bin. But, not last month. Last month I found my new dining room hutch.
The dining room hutch on my wish list since we tore out 1/2 a wall between the dining room and kitchen.
And, the irony is I didn’t find it in the catalog, I found my new dining room hutch in a hallway next to the bathrooms at Pottery Barn with a hold tag.
So I ripped the hold tag off!
Just kidding! I did not rip the hold tag off!
But, the story doesn’t end there at the store. No, I went home and checked out the details (price) and dimensions. And that’s when, in the final hours of a Sunday evening, in the top right-hand corner of my screen was a 24-hour flash sale
with a bonus round of **FREE SHIPPING.**
Sometimes non-essential dreams do come true.
I think this is where the term angel investors originated. #wink, #snarky.
Because once the hutch was in my shopping cart I got my sign from the angel investors; the Bowery reclaimed storage hutch was back ordered.
Backordered status translates to no credit card charge until the hutch shipped from Chicago.
I had time to pay it off before it shipped.
I now refer to this as mom’s angel investor club (entirely different meaning in my husband’s vernacular).
So the best part of this new dining room hutch was that it fit perfectly in my little dining room niche AND It paid in full before it shipped.
The dining room hutch was made from reclaimed wood with rough edges and dark brass hardware. It matched the industrial vibe and the existing dining room table we found on clearance years ago at a furniture store in Denver.
I finally have a place to store the dishes after we tore out the cabinets when we removed the wall. [Read more…]
We dropped our son off at college in the fall. Actually, we stuffed his suitcases to capacity and headed to the airport. I preordered his Bed Bath & Beyond dorm essentials to be picked up in Minneapolis. Erich refused to check his tennis bag because he said his racquets cost more than anything he packed in the suitcases. Smart kid… I mean young man.
This mama remembers his first tennis tournament…
Returning home to his bedroom was about 90 seconds of twisted knots of emotions.His room once housed bunk beds for him and his younger brother. It housed a rock climbing bed inherited from a dear friend. This same room is where he outed the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, Easter bunny and the Leprechaun from his younger brother’s imagination and belief system. We can laugh about that outing now.
But on the evening of our return, as I surveyed the hangers on the floor and the button down shirts that didn’t make the final college wardrobe selection, my eyes began to dart around the room.
My husband knows this look- it terrifies him.
But on this day, knowing I was on an emotional cliff, he kept quiet. Smart man. Deep breaths. And I knew the best way for me to handle this milestone was to give his childhood room a college-age bedroom makeover.
And, because his younger brother has almost an identical room, separated by a Jack & Jill bathroom (or a Jack & Jack bath), I completed two bedroom makeovers.
College Age Bedroom Before
This was a photo I took before listing his bed on Craig’s List. I sold his captain’s bed in less than an hour. It made it so much easier to paint with the bed out of his room.
While I cleaned out his room I took a few photos to capture a few mom memories. His closet played a major role in the bedroom makeover. Before boxing up his trophies and awards I snapped this picture.
With a new mattress, boxspring and bed framed scheduled for delivery, I cleared, donated and stored the contents of his room I got to work on a neutral paint color.
I chose Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter. It matched the paint colors we chose when we had our house painted last year.
The lighter paint color brightened the room immediately. Nadal stayed. In the photo below you can see the inspiration for the previous paint color. Yep,r I chose the shade of blue based on a Babolat tennis bag and banner.
Keep your eyes on those bifold closet doors on the right.
Next up was finding a queen size bed. I found this one at Wayfair and it did not disappoint. Once I got the first bed frame I reordered a second for my other son’s bedroom. I was nervous to order something so large from Wayfair, but the reviews for this particular bed got high marks.
With wood and metal elements it was exactly what I wanted for an updated, industrial look for the college-age bedroom makeover.
Here’s a peek at the barn doors to replace the bifold closet doors. No love lost on the bifold doors. They were constantly jumping the track.
My husband found the solid pine doors at Home Depot on sale because of scratches on one side of the doors.
Perfect for a closet.
I found this lamp on Etsy a few years ago and it never found a permanent home, until now.
A reminder of where he came from…
More details to share on the updated bedrooms for my teenage sons, but I am so excited for the direction the rooms (and them) are headed! Proud mama!
It’s the second day of February! When I started this post (earlier this week) it said, “this is the last day of January!” My son is away on a school retreat and my husband was in Kentucky on a business trip. With a few days to myself, I spent the time tackling several ongoing projects. One of them was my home office. It is where I spend the majority of the day with my real estate transactions and our manufacturing company. And, of course, where I write the entertaining DIY projects for this site. Here’s a sneak peek and the last look before my office makeover.
I wanted my office organized, functional and pretty. To appreciate the makeover, here’s a few pics of the office before the makeover.
It’s a really bad photo, but it illustrates the chaos inside and outside a creative mind!
It is the reason my husband can’t even walk into my office. When he returns home from his office he will pop his head in to say and head to the living room muttering, “I can’t think in here.”
That’s why some guy invented man caves.
This is the same room after I repainted it Revere Pewter. And, that’s not a cocktail on my desk it’s this drink with a splash of cranberry juice. And, that drink is how I finally kicked the soda habit. If you have a new year resolution to kick a Diet Coke or sweet tea habit, check it out.
I was not joking about the poor lighting. It felt like a cave in more ways than one. My home office faces north so it receives little light and I usually wear a down vest when working.
Check out the hammer on the window ledge; it was there for weeks.
Does anyone else have a desk that looks like this? This is an older image, but if I took of photo of my desk right now.. it would look almost identical. Except now I have a small printer on the corner of my desk.
I started this office makeover by sorting through folders and folders of receipts, documents, warranties and every child’s immunization record going back to the 1990’s!
And, then I made the decision to remove the shutters. It was long overdrawn decision and one with no regrets. My office window looks into our backyard and if you follow me on Instagram you saw one of the many visitors who stop by over lunch. This is right outside my office window. How much was I missing outside with those heavy wood shutters?
And, I’m going to leave you how I greeted you with this sneak peek at my long overdue office makeover. No shutters…