Kitchen Nook: Adding Some Love

Happy Monday. Hope you all had a nice weekend and Mother’s Day! Here on the East Coast, it finally felt like May- 75 degrees and sunny!! The warm weather inspired me to add a bit a life into a spot of our home that gets a lot of use but hasn’t gotten my full attention: our Kitchen Nook.

I’ve been toying with what to do with this space for a while but couldn’t decide what to do. Before we redid the walls, the eat-in space was clearly defined with the vertical molding on the wall. We hated the molding, but it did serve a purpose.

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We smoothed the walls out to give the room a seamless look. However, as cleaner as the room looked after we renovated,  we lost the separation that screamed: “You are now in our eat-in kitchen!!!”

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My first attempt at creating definition was by adding a console table flush against the couch to “partition” the room.

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This helped, but we were still missing a focal point behind the table.

So this weekend, I decided to dress up the wall. Here’s how it looks now!

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I love it! I think it’s so sweet and keeps the space nice and airy while creating interest. And the best part…everything came from Target! It was super inexpensive but makes a big impact.

And now for some detail shots 🙂

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So what do you guys think??? Any other tips on how to create definition in an open space?

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Updated House Tour!!!


I cannot believe that this past weekend marked 8 months in our home!! It’s crazy how quickly time is flying. Although we still have a lot left to do (almost the entire 2nd level, basement, add wainscoting to dining room, paint foyer and living room, etc) I wanted to recap the projects that we’ve tackled thus far through an updated house tour!

Entryway

When you first enter our home, you are welcomed into our foyer. I love the two-story entry!

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Dining Room

The dining room has become one of my favorite transformations. Click here to see how far this room has actually come. I am still on the lookout for the perfect server to go the back wall.

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Living Room

Our living room sits in the front of the house and gets the most amazing sunlight! Lots of fun projects coming this summer in this room!

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Family Room

If you ask Mr. H what his favorite room makeover has been so far, he’d say the family room. Remember him tearing down the old built-in in the corner?  I am also sooo glad there’s no more stucco on the walls! Click here to see more on this transformation.

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Kitchen

We were so fortunate that the kitchen was in great shape when we moved in! Just a few decorative touches and the space feels like a continuation of the family room.

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Powder Room

Now THIS is where my hands got really dirty! From tearing out old fixtures to patching walls, I pulled out the stops in this room. Click here to read more on one of my favorite weekend makeovers.

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Laundry Room

I actually really enjoy doing laundry in our new laundry room! It’s so bright and cheery 🙂 Thanks, mom, for helping me organize the space! Click here to read more.

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Master Bedroom

I painted the vaulted ceilings!! I know that this may not sound like much of an accomplishment, but 5’2″ me is proud! I am loving the way this room is coming together. It’s been such a wonderful place to retreat to at the end of a long day. Not shown is our en suite master bathroom which is home to the most relaxing soaking tub you could imagine. More touches in this room coming soon!

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Guest Bathroom     

Haven’t done much here yet– simply accessorized with some old favorites from our former apartment. Is is so nice to give guests a space of their own. Click here to see progress on our guest bedroom which is currently being made over!

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Back Yard

Serene, private, oasis = three words I’d use to describe our backyard. We love entertaining out here. Whether we’re roasting s’mores in our fire pit, reading in my natural garden canopy, watching the frogs and turtles in our pond, or keeping an eye out for a family of deer, you can guarantee that when the sun is shining that this is where you’ll find us.

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Oh that last picture? Yea, that was the  bear that visited us last fall.  Next outdoor project is a fence!!!

 

Ahh..having all of these photos in one place makes me realize how much we’ve accomplished! (Go us!) I can’t wait to get started on the rest of the house. Thanks for following me this far 🙂

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Laundry Room Reveal!

One of my least favorite household tasks, hands down, is doing laundry. I absolutely hate what seems to be endless cycles of sorting, washing, and folding. In an attempt to make this daunting chore a bit more enjoyable, I decided to completely makeover the space.

Here is a photo of what the room looked like when we first moved in:

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It was dark, it was drab, and it was down right depressing.

Well, not anymore! Here’s how the space looks now:

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HUUUGGGEEEE difference! I absolutely love the transformation!

The first thing that definitely had to go was the dingy beige. I knew that I wanted to brighten up the space and since I am obsessed with blue (the color I’ve chosen for the majority of our house), that’s the initial direction my mind went in.

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However, Mr. H quickly vetoed this color choice and  expressed that he thought a pop of color would be fun. So we picked a more daring color on the wheel- yellow!

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I’m actually glad we went in this direction! Totally not something I would have typically done.

Once we had the color selection down, we still wanted to have some more fun with the space.  I’d been toying with the idea of painting stripes and decided that this was the perfect room for this project.

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Once the stripes were up, we got our washer and dryer out of storage and added a few accessories.

Here’s another look at the final room:

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I think I may actually be inspired to start my spring cleaning and put this space to use!

What do you think of the transformation? I’d love to here from you!!

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 Don’t forget to check back in on Monday for our first challenge!!!

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