Spring has sprung!!

Spring is here and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve made my first (of many, I’m sure) Homegoods run to deck the place out 🙂 I always luck up at this store…remember my amazing Homegoods find for my dining room? Get ready for pastels, flowers, and pops of fun!

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The family room is the center of our home, so I had to give our fireplace mantle a little TLC.

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For this Spring, I wanted to bring the outdoors in. I can almost hear the birds chirping!

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It’s amazing what switching out a few accessories does for a room. It makes it feel brand new!  

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New pillows and a few spots of Easter charm warms our living room.

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My favorite spring accessory didn’t come from a store…

photo (7)These little surprises just popped up in my garden 🙂

Happy Spring!

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DIY- Powder Room Renovation

As we updated our first floor, the one room that was  screaming for attention was our powder room. I found myself constantly apologizing for the harsh red reminding visitors that we had “grand plans for this room!” One weekend, I had just had it and decided to make it over from top to bottom– without the help of Mr. H. My goal was to take our builder’s grade bathroom and turn it into something with more personality. Here’s a quick “Before and After” so you can see how far this room has actually come:

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Before…

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After…

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Doesn’t it just feel so much lighter and more fresh??

I changed EVERYTHING in this room except the toilet and floor. I also left the vanity since the previous homeowners already updated it.

The wall color we chose to go with was called “Bleach Shadow” by Valspar. It’s such a pretty taupey grey. I even attempted my first stencil project on the wall with the window! (I’ll do a tutorial in a follow up post).

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One of the easiest ways to update your bathroom is by installing a new light fixture and mirror. It instantly changes the tone of the room!

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I even ripped out the old ceramic toilet paper holder and towel bar to give the room a more modern look. Definitely requires a lot of muscle power, but totally worth it!

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Makeover tip: When updating a space, don’t forget about the small details as well! Changing out door handles and light plates are inexpensive ways to complete your new look!

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What do you think? I am so happy with it so far. And the best part is that what you see only took me 1 weekend to complete!

Any other weekend warriors out there? What’s next on your project list to tackle?

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Dining Room Makeover- Discovering my Inspiration

Believe it or not, having a dining room was on my “must have” house hunting check list. I know, I know, this is the least used room in the house (right next to a formal living room….which was also on my must have list…). But for me, all I could think of was hosting formal dinner parties for friends, Thanksgiving celebrations, or even just a space to use for crafting get togethers with the girls! And above all, I feel so grown up by being able to say I have a “DINING ROOM”! Is it silly–yes. Does the thought of this room make me smile inside– absolutely. So, there you have it.

Because this is one of the first rooms you see when you enter into my foyer, I knew that I wanted to tackle this space immediately. Below are a few photos of what it looked like when we first moved in:

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Not terrible. The bones were definitely there:

  • The floors were in great shape and a nice color
  • The chair rail and crown molding were already installed
  • The room got a lot of light due to the bright front window

All this room needed was a little paint and some creativity!

Whenever I start designing a new space, I like to work off of a piece of inspiration. This inspiration can come from a movie I saw, a room I saw on pinterest, or simply a fabulous pillow I found at HomeGoods! What’s great about using a piece of inspiration is that it helps you to streamline your thoughts and focus on what you really want the space to evolve into. You know you want the room to be “pretty”, but what does that really mean?

For my dining room, my inspiration came from makeovers done by fellow bloggers:

Dining Room Inspiration Photo coutesey of houseofhydrangeas.com

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I knew I loved the spaces above, but exactly what was I trying to convey in my space and how would I get there?

The easiest way to use inspiration, especially when in the form of a photo, is simply to copy. If you are new to decorating or just love everything in your inspiration space already, then go ahead– go out and try to recreate the room piece by piece. If you can’t find the exact pieces, follow the same furniture lines or curtain patterns and you’re sure to be successful in your design.

However, if you’re like me and you want to put your own spin on an idea and make it truly your own, then follow my 3 Inspiration to Imitation Guidelines:

  1. Hue
  2. Mood
  3. Elements

Let’s look at them each in a bit more detail.

1. Hue I use the word “hue” instead of “color” on purpose. You don’t always need to copy the exact colors in your inspiration to have the same feel in the room so avoid using specific colors to describe the hugh of the room. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes you’ll want to find that same wall color because it’s sooo right (as you’ll see I did below), but it’s not always necessary.

In my inspiration photos, what really spoke to me about the hue was the fact that the room was light and airy. I knew I wanted to focus on flowing fabrics and cool neutral tones.

2. Mood- When evaluating the mood you want to create, ask yourself “how does my inspiration piece make me feel?” Do you feel vibrant? Do you feel welcomed? Do you feel serious? Do you feel playful? Make sure it’s a feeling you want because chance are if you feel that way, your guests will too!

For me, my inspiration piece feels both elegant and casual. It is well put together but not overly thought out. I don’t feel uninvited to the party as I would in something perhaps a bit more formal. But I also don’t feel that I would want to crash in the room with my sweat pants on!

3. Elements- Once you figure out the mood, you need to identify what elements make you feel that way. If you’re using a pillow, maybe it’s the fabric or the shape. If your inspiration is a place, perhaps it’s the vibe of the city. This is where you can start to get specific.

The mood I felt from the photos was casual elegance. Some of the elegant elements I love are the wainscoting in both photos and the fabric chairs in the second, while the casual elements include the light window treatments instead of heavy drapery and the use of a wooden farmhouse table rather than glass. I also love that neither blogger chose to go with a traditional crystal chandelier.

Now you’re ready to identify what you want to keep from your inspiration, what you want to change, and what you want to add to the space.

In my design, I want to keep the wall color, the white molding, and the fabric chairs. However, I want to change the curtains to something with a more floral print and will not be using a china cabinet. To really make it my own I would love to add a bit of shimmer through my accessories.

Here’s a quick look at how I’m doing so far!

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Still have a long way to go (you’ll notice I don’t even have my table yet!) but having a little inspiration goes a long way! Keep in mind the 3 Inspiration to Imitation guidelines and you’ll have the space you’ve always dreamed of!

Here’s to hoping your inspiration finds you!

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