HI Everyone! How was your weekend? We had so many firsts in our family this weekend and I can’t wait to share in the weeks ahead. My oldest son flew to Minneapolis for a weekend on a lake with his college friends (and a set of parents), but not before boarding and reboarding his flight three times over ten hours. So while he waited to get a mile high view of Denver, I had fun capturing a mile high view of the living room. [Read more…]
Hi Everyone! How are you? This is my busy season with real estate buyers and sellers. Everyone wants to get settled before the new school year. Realtors tend to look 30-45 days out all year long! So my mind is already in the first week of August! Ha! And with the busy season in full gear my own house tends to be ignored (more than usual). And, the laundry room is at the top of the list. I have stacks of half-folded t-shirts and random dryer sheets lofting in the corners. But while waiting for the wash cycle to finish … [Read more…]
Hi everyone! This post is about the ongoing transformation of my living room hutch. Collective eye roll from my family. Ironically, I don’t think anyone in my family noticed the living room hutch. I am on hutch 3.0 at our house. Here is what Hutch 2.0 looked like after I painted the exterior of the hutch but before I painted the interior hutch 3.0. Stay with me! It’s a fun sneak peek of the painted Hutch 3.0.
Happy Friday! Do you have a fun Memorial Weekend? We had a family bbq and much needed time at home to regroup and work in the yard! Sound familiar! This is my busy season and the Denver market is crazy! At our house, the first room to show distress is the kitchen. And, with my college-age son home for the summer with his new found love of cooking, my kitchen sink looks like the dump. Here is how to keep the sink pretty. My initial inspiration was from this picture from BH&G.
Is this the prettiest sink ever? We have a similar faucet and I don’t see any pasta sauce splatter or water spots on this one. I love the porcelain sink. And, that tray!
Here’s my version of how to keep the sink pretty! I pulled a few key elements and continue to play with it. We have a corner sink so it chews up the valuable counter real estate. I started with a mini cake plate (from Target dollar section). I had this next to the sink for about 12 minutes and decided the cake plate could be better used.
So when I “won” a gift basket of Meyer cleaning products at a school auction I had plans for the petite stand. And, how pretty is this when all the cleaning products are the same brand? I usually have a hodgepodge of brands. But, it looks pretty with matching labels, doesn’t it? Something to think about on my next trip to HomeGoods!
And, if there’s a sink there needs to be towels! I found these cute Turkish towels at one of my favorite online store here. The towel rack is from a Pottery Barn outlet years ago. I love the look and the towels stay dry with the sunshine streaming in from where I will have this door.
I love real plants next to the sink because it’s near a water source. The plant’s chance of survival increases dramatically if in close proximity to the sink.
The sink and the surrounding area stays clean because all the essentials are on display and within reach. Not excuses.
How to Keep the Sink Pretty
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Hi everyone! It’s been a busy few weeks. As a real estate agent in the Denver-metro area, I preview and show homes across the city. And, those previews offer a range of home updates. One of my favorite home updates is to replace door hardware and hinges. And, don’t forget the door hinges. Replacing door hardware makes a big impact in a room because most homes have more than a few doors. Meaning, our home’s doors are in every room and around every corner. They literally are at every turn and around every corner.
And, this is why it makes so much sense to update or upgrade the features that are used as often as the bathroom (that’s another favorite home update). Don’t get me wrong I know the thought of updating door hardware is overwhelming (and pricey) and the last thing anyone wants to do on a weekend, but stick with me; it makes a difference. See paragraph one.
What I suggest when the decision is made to replace the interior door hardware, is to break it down into manageable and budget-friendly timelines. For example, we have dozens of doors across multiple levels in our home. The “Jack and Jack” bathroom between our boys’ bedrooms has four doors in one bathroom. Yes, that’s four door handles and 12 hinges.
And, no one sees or uses this bathroom except my sons.
So we skipped their shared bathroom and started with a door that would be out in view to everyone, every day.
We started with the main floor bathroom and pantry and worked our way up and down the house. Over the course of several months and weeknights when there was nothing new on Amazon, we tackled a door.
We love the look. And, like all trends, the door hardware finishes change in popularity, but quality tends to outweigh the finish trend of that year. I admit I have my eye on this bathroom hardware for a future bathroom update (my other most favorite home update). And, don’t forget those door stoppers. I shared a video here about a pet peeve when homeowners forget to change the behind the door hardware.
My family knows me well. Apparently, after I paint a piece of furniture; its only a matter of time before it ends up in the annual community garage sale. So when I painted the interior side of the living room hutch the bets were placed. I was in love the finished look of the previous all black hutch to a new white interior. It was all good in the hood. It was an easy paint transformation and I was content until …
Hi Everyone! I am excited to share a sneak peek at the new rug for the living room.A few weeks ago I shared a huge home improvement (investment) that is scheduled for our living room in June. So while we wait for new windows I decided to take a good look at “the bones” of the living room. This room was love at first site so many years ago. A good friend of mine suggested when feeling stuck (with a room) to empty the room and put it back together. This method raised a few eyebrows when the family came home to the living room furniture in the hallway. But, if mama ain’t happy no one is happy.
Here was our living room last week.
There is no color in this room; even with the furniture. And, the previous rug was a cheap, quick fix to add a little color. I spent my free time searching for rugs on popular sites like Wayfair.
And, then I saw Karianne’s post about her new rug and more importantly where she found it.
I had a few specs for a new rug (thank goodness for the handy filter option on shopping sites). The new rug needed to be a medium shade of blue so I could go on either side of the blue color wheel for window treatments and accessories. I am a cautious color girl. And, I wanted a wool rug, but not one that would break my Nordstrom addiction.
Finally, the rug had to be soft underfoot because the living room (and that chaise) that is the family’s favorite room to relax and enjoy the Colorado views. I love this rug so much!
And, then I found this rug at Overstock. It’s available in different colors, sizes and as a bonus, it is on sale. I was so nervous when it arrived on my front porch. What if I didn’t love? How would I return a 50-pound roll of wool? What if my family hated it?
My son helped me drag, pull and push the new rug up a flight of stairs. Before the big reveal, I added a rug pad. I read that not only does it protect the wood floors (not that I would be opposed for a reason to refinish the floors), but a rug pad adds an extra layer of cushion.
I was this close to buying a larger rug, but then I found this reference for rug placement on Home Depot’s blog.
Stay tuned for more updates to this space! Where do you find new rugs?
Hi Everyone! My camera broke over the weekend. After 10+ years and thousands of “good enough” photos, the shutter shut down. I learned (learning) how to take photos in manual mode with that camera. I shared my crazy [Read more…]
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