Spring Home Tour 2019

Since I’m running a little behind on getting my spring home tour post out this year, I guess it can now double as our summer home tour also – LOL!!  It seems like I have these great plans of ALL the things I’m going to accomplish each week (or month)…..and then….well….laundry, cooking, cleaning, girls’ activities (you get the picture) get bumped into 1st place. 

So naturally, MY plans get pushed back to the back burner.  Plus… Mother’s Day is quickly approaching.  And I gotta make sure my last, final push for getting gifts from the fam is STRONG. 

Oh, that and my hopes of getting mother of the year – AGAIN this year- haha!!  Anyhoo…..who’s ready to see our Spring Home Tour 2019?

If you want to read the full posts to some of the pictures I am using, click  10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry, My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow, Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room, 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, and DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top.

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SPRING HOME TOUR 2019

You’ll notice quickly that my house kind of has a blue & yellow, and pineapple theme for the entry, dining room, and powder bath this year.  I do love yellow, ( because it just makes me happy) and I think our family needed a little extra “sunshine” this year.  

If you had to choose just one….. what would be your favorite spring color this year?  I’d love to know which color is the most popular choice for everyone – shoot me a comment.

SPRING ENTRY

 

 

 

You can also tell that I have a THANG for stripes – totally obsessed with them also!!  Want more info on the yellow striped throw blanket, click here.  I got the navy and white striped throw pillow and rug ( both) from Home Goods.

Want more info on the blue circle pillow, click here or the Aloha pillow, click here.  

 

 

To see more of our Spring Entry and learn how to incorporate color into your home,  click here.


SPRING DINING ROOM

 

 

I love how the different hues of aqua, turquoise, seafoam, and spa blue – all create interest and depth against the navy.  These blue-green colors also soften the stark contrast of navy and white when used as accents colors. 

What do you think? 

 

 

The yellows I used are all different shades also.  The yellow pitcher and daisy plates are more of a gold-yellow tone, the wreath is more of a green-yellow tone, and the place mats and farmhouse truck pillow (below) are more of a wheat-yellow tone.

These different yellow tones help keep the eye moving from place to place, and add visual weight to certain accent pieces.  

To see more of our Spring Dining Room Easter Tablescape, click here.


SPRING POWDER BATHROOM

Sorry that the pictures from our powder bath – are just not the greatest!!  I guess since this room does not receive any natural light, the pictures turn out a little bit stark. 

And it’s probably CAMERA-USER ERROR – lol!!  Just wanted to get that out there.  Hopefully, you can still find some inspiration  🙂

*** I will be doing a post of our powder bathroom remodel – coming soon ***

 

So, you can tell I am crushin’ on pineapples -still! 

Picture above: is an adorable hand towel that just makes me smile every time I go into our powder bath.  It comes as a set with an aqua towel.

Picture below:  Here is the 2nd towel (the top aqua towel in the wagon).  They are such fun patterns, and add the perfect pop of color to our bath.

 

 

I am loving my new blue and yellow bath rug by Opalhouse!  What do you think?  It’s a fun twist on boho style – right? 

I like that it incorporates the bright yellow and blue (more whimsical) colors versus the darker neutral (more muted) colors.  And that fun aqua fringe – yep – makes the whole rug!

The powder bath is the perfect room in your home to have some fun decorating with!!  It’s a small room that can add TONS of personality.  So, welcome your guests with a smile 🙂  


SPRING LIVING ROOM

I am using my emerald green and kelly green decor accents in my living room this spring.  They normally have a home in the dining room, but were moved due to the Easter Tablescape decor this year. 

But now….. I am kind of liking the green in here since it seems to connect the green from the outdoors as well.  I’ll keep ya updated if I decide to change it!! LOL!!

 

 

Yes – my “love & hugs” will always find a home somewhere in our house.  They just add a little daily encouragement, and can be seen from anywhere in the kitchen/living room area. 

And since these are the most used areas in our home – they do their job done all. day. long!!  It’s the little things!

 

I do love how the aqua color(s) also mix with the greens and the navy blues in here as well.  It is just a subtle shift in the color wheel, but it creates such a soothing environment.   

 

To see more of this post, click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.


SPRING PATIO/ SPRING OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE

Our outdoor patio area definitely received the most attention and updates for spring this year.  After we flooded, all of our attention (and money) went into remodeling the inside of our home.  So, the backyard was looking very sad!! 

We have replaced the fence (on one side for now), and have added some new cushions, plants, and rugs to freshen it up. 

Even though we have a long way to go (the flooring around the patio (cool deck) has started peeling away, and will also need replacing- ugh)……  I can see the LIGHT!!  God is so good!!

To see more of this post, click 9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space or DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top to learn how to paint planters blue.

If you are looking for more outdoor entertaining tips, summer decorating inspiration, or want to shop outdoor patio furniture try 10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials, 33 Stunning Outdoor Seating Inspirations, and 33 Best Outdoor Seating Options:  ALL Under $500.

 

If you would like more info on the ivory paisley mat, click here.

***  Want to learn how to paint the tops of your flower pots blue, try DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top. ***

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like more info on the navy mat, click here or the blue medallion mat, click here.

Hope you found some spring decorating inspiration and tips to bring fresh, colorful updates to your spring home.  Thanks for stopping by!

If you want to read the full posts to some of the pictures I am using, click  10 Ways to Add Color to Your Entry, My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow, Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space, and DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top.

Have a  Wonderful Spring and Summer!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

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10 Ultimate Outdoor Summer Party Essentials

9 Affordable Ways to Update Your Outdoor Living Space

33 Outdoor Patio Seating Inspirations

33 Outdoor Patio Seating Ideas:  All Under $500

DIY Painted Flower Pot Tutorial:  Blue Top

Master Bathroom Remodel:  Hardware Accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room

Out of all the changes that we have made to our home, opening up the kitchen wall to the living room was the best decision for us.  Now, it wasn’t our first choice (thank you Hurricane Harvey flood), but it definitely was the right choice!!  We had already opened up the kitchen wall to the dining room about 5 years ago, and then shortly after we had our kitchen cabinets painted whiteAND then we flooded – UGH!!  So…..needless to say, this was the perfect time to Open Up the Kitchen Wall To the Living Room.


OPENING UP KITCHEN WALL TO LIVING ROOM

So, where did it all begin?  From dark cabinets with 2 arches, to white cabinets, to flooded home, to open concept living area.  What a journey -right???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Now…..

 

AND YES!!  I know my green lamp shades and pillows are supposed to be in the summer dining room – but we have our Easter Tablescape set up right now.  So, the green decor got a new home for a couple of months.  What do you think – do you like it?

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OPENING UP KITCHEN WALL TO LIVING ROOM

PROBLEMS WITH KITCHEN LAYOUT:

So, just like our kitchen wall to the dining room, we had similar problems with the kitchen walls to the living room.

  • PROBLEM #1:  Walls Blocked Natural Light
  • PROBLEM #2:  Limited Traffic Flow Into Kitchen
  • PROBLEM #3:  Limited Number of Guests for Entertaining
  • PROBLEM #4:  Angled Room

PROBLEM #1: Walls Blocked Natural Light

You can see from the pictures below, that both of the arched walls block off the natural light coming in from the kitchen.  And since both of these walls provided some sort of function, we had to figure out  what we could live without more.

The raised bar top provided extra counter top space, extra cabinet storage, and extra seating for guests.  The built-in bookshelf provided a mini “mudroom” space to store backpacks, shoes, and dog accessories.  In the end, you just have to decide what is more important for you and your family.

We chose more light – lol!!

***These are the last pictures taken from our home before we flooded.  The sheetrock is cut up to 4 feet, in case you are wondering why it looks like that.***

BEFORE PICTURES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROBLEM #2: Limited Traffic Flow Into Kitchen

This problem ties in a little with problem #1.  The only way we could enter the kitchen (from the living room) is through the larger arched opening .

In fact, we always had to push the living room furniture (sectional) into the corner so that it wouldn’t block that entrance.   You can see that it is still kind of hanging out into that opening.

On a personal note…..it does bring tears to my eyes to see our “former” living room.  Home is home – ya know – no matter what it looks like?  OK…..let ‘s get back to it 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PROBLEM #3:  Limited Number Of Guests for Entertaining

The layout of our former kitchen was great for setting up a buffet-style type of party, but limited the amount of guests we could have in one area.  We could put roaster ovens on the counter tops and keep hamburgers, or brisket, etc…. warm, and let our family and friends just move down the line.  But the angled cabinet/counter top design caused a traffic jam because you could only serve from ONE side, and you would bump into the island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now don’t get me wrong, this kitchen layout definitely served it’s purpose over the years.  But once open concept living started to take off in popularity, we (well – I) began to dream of a new kitchen design.


PROBLEM #4:  Angled Room

In the pictures below,  you can see that our kitchen/living room space is designed with this unusual angled  layout.  The home builder must have “bumped” this part out to enlarge the kitchen dimensions, but in doing so shrunk the living room dimensions.

This angled cabinet/counter top/ceiling structure created challenges for the living room furniture placement because the bar stools crept into the living room area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We couldn’t put the two club chairs closer to the hall entrance (by the clock) because we had to keep the walkway to the kitchen open (back to problem #2).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


REMOVAL OF CABINETS 

As soon as the workers cleared out all of the lower cabinets (due to the flood), we could finally begin visualizing the space.  I sketched drawings of the existing cabinets, and replaced them with 3 new cabinet layout options (so that I knew where that column would join the new island).

***NOTE***  I’ll do a separate post on kitchen cabinets – coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is amazing to see our kitchen like this because it looks so much bigger with the cabinets out – right?  Plus you can tell exactly where the cabinet bases sat, so it helped with the existing spacing needed.

We were not planning to move our plumbing or gas lines (to save money), and had to work around them when planning out the new design.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


REASON WE KEPT THE ONE COLUMN & BEAMS

We decided to keep the (one) column, and do the (two) beams installation due to money – period.  We were quoted ~ $5,000 for this option, but to remove both beams and support column (FULL open concept) we were  quoted~$20,000 – $25,0000.  HUGE difference in money!!    So, yeppers – the decision was pretty easy for us!!

I also knew that I could work around the beams and column, and try to make them “disappear” as much as I could.  And I haven’t regretted keeping them not once!!

***NOTE***  These prices were just what we were quoted, so it may be different in your area.


INSTALLING THE BEAMS

Now that the cabinets were out, it was time for the installation of the beams.  They used these framing boards to actually hold the second floor from falling down – really!!  Amaizng!  In fact, the workers asked that we did not stand under the framing or too close – in case something happened.  Safety first!!

Just a little FYI.  The left side of the wall was not load bearing, but the right side was.  So, we chose to do the left beam just like the right beam, so that they would look exactly the same.

Do you like the toilet (picture to the right)- haha!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture below right – the area to the left side (the half wall) was originally going to be a pony wall that had a small bookshelf in it.  Since we already had that small “mudroom” cabinet there before, I felt like we still needed something for backpacks, shoes, etc.

But once they cleared out the original framing, all I could picture was ONE large area.  Plus, the pony wall columns were done incorrectly anyway (and they would have had to be redone)!!  ARGHHH – the contractor STORY is a whole other post!!  Trust me!!

 

 

 

 

 

 


WRAPPING BEAMS WITH WOOD

There was never a question in my mind that the beams and column would be wrapped with wood.  The contractor wanted to cover the 2 support beams with sheetrock and then paint them…..and I knew that was not going to look good.  So happy I stuck to my guns – right??

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS

***Our trim, cabinets, and ceilings paint color is SW Snowbound 7004 – just a FYI***

***Shop: Bar Stools, Island Light Pendants, Breakfast Light Pendant***

SOLUTION #1:  Let in More Natural Light

By removing both of the walls to the living room, we now get a ton of light into this entire space.  We get all of the light from the kitchen breakfast area, as well from the kitchen island side.

Since our house faces west, we receive the best light in the evening through our dining room.  That is why we decided to open up that wall several years ago.

 

 

 


SOLUTION #2:  Better Traffic Flow Into Kitchen

Opening up both walls into the kitchen really helped with traffic flow from the former bar side of the kitchen.  We love this entrance!!  It is so much easier to go grab a snack from the pantry or grab a drink from the fridge because of this opening.  Plus, now we can use all four bar stools (instead of just 2) because the tv is viewable from all angles.  And if you have kiddos, you know how important this is!!

 

 

 

***Shop: Bar Stools, Island Light Pendants, Breakfast Light Pendant***


SOLUTION #3:  Increased Number of Guests In Kitchen for Entertaining

Now, guests can move around to the dining room, to the kitchen breakfast nook, to the outdoor patio, and to the living room……while still feeling like they are all together.  We can now serve from both sides of the L-shaped island, and also have guests sit at the island for extra seating as well.  Win-Win!!

 

 

***Shop: Bar Stools, Island Light Pendants, Breakfast Light Pendant***


SOLUTION #4:  Able to Move Furniture into Middle of Room

Now that we don’t have to worry about the angled living room, our furniture can be moved away from that corner.  We still have to keep the walkway open from the foyer to the kitchen, but at least the couch is in a better central position.

 

 

 

So, what do ya think?  Was it the right decison?  Let me know!!

 

If you have any questions about anything, shoot me a comment.  I’d love to help with anything I can!

Have an Awesome Weekend!! 

Love & Hugs 🙂

 

Want more inspiration try:

12 Best Modern Farmhouse Bar Stools

55 Incredible Barn Doors

41 Shiplap Ideas

35 Brick Fireplace Ideas (part 1), (part 2)

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Home Tour: Summer Dining Room

Hi and welcome to our Home Tour:  Summer Dining Room.  I am excited to share our updated look for the summer this year with navy + green.  (Well, really it’s spring – but you know what I meant) – ha!  And nothing says “hello spring/summer” more than signs of beautiful green grass and Easter celebrations.  Click 26 Gorgeous Easter Tablescapes To Try or My Easter Tablescape:  Blue & Yellow to see more spring table inspiration.

So, how you decide which color to use each year? Well, it depends on what colors draw you in and just make you smile.  Especially…..if you can use it with some of your existing decorations, then you have a winner.  Are you picturing it yet?  You know the one…..Yep – that’s your color then!  Is it green like mine?


HOME TOUR:  SUMMER DINING ROOM

It’s funny how some colors come and go in trends, but green is always in.  And why is that you ask?  Because green is the color of all things nature-related.   Whether you use it as an accent (decor) item, as greenery (plant), or even as food (apples) …..it just shouts fresh, crisp, and clean!!  Use lighter shades of green for spring, and darker shades of green for summer….  but. just. use. green. please!!  OK-   Let’s get to it then!!

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HOME TOUR:  SUMMER DINING ROOM

***PAINT COLORS:  Navy Accent Wall – SW Naval, Side Walls – SW Silver Strand***

You can shop more of our home on the home page now at Shop Our Home.  Please let me know if there is anything you have questions about or if one of the links is not working properly.   I try to update this page frequently, but sometimes my “mom” duties interfere – lol!!


DECORATING PLAYBOOK

I have to admit that our dining room is my favorite room to decorate, because #1:  it is the easiest to change out and #2:  it is the easiest to clean.    Plus, it does not get as cluttered as the living room and kitchen with all of our “daily junk,” and that means less work!!   Who else is with me here – LOL??!!  I just have to move the backpacks, shoes, and loose homework paper to another room and voila – it’s clean!!

So, what makes it so easy to change out?  The reason for this is that I have my core items in place, and then I can sprinkle in my accessories as needed.  Here is a list of the 2 groups to help me explain it better.

CORE ITEMS:

  • Rug
  • Lamp Base
  • Mirrors – Gray and White
  • White Slipcovered Chairs
  • Chandelier
  • Buffet
  • Table
  • Candle Sconces
  • Candle Sticks

ACCESSORIES:

  • Lamp SHADES
  • Table Runner
  • Floral Arrangement
  • Throw Pillows
  • Wreath (if I want color on the mirror)
  • Table/Place Settings
  • Candles
  • Ceramic Orb Balls (in candle sticks)

 

By keeping the core (foundation) items of the room relatively the same, I can just simply “pop” in some accessories (accent items/colors) and get a whole new look.  This keeps my decorating costs down big time….and it allows me to “feel” like I am getting a New ROOM!!

Plus, this helps me with seasonal changes as well.  I can easily “add in” the accent color of the season or holiday and not have to change the entire decor.  I can use yellow or pink accents for Easter, orange and gold accents for Fall/Autumn, and red accents for Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Christmas.  Love this!!

Here are some pictures so you can see what I am talking about.  I am a visual person, so attaching a picture along with the core items and accessories will help join the 2 elements together.


CORE ITEMS

Mirror + Lamps + Candle Sticks

 

Round Mirror

Click here for tutorial on White Round Distressed Mirror or Click here 15 Best Round Mirrors.

 

Buffet + Rug

 

Candle Sconces

 

Candle Sticks

 

Chandelier

 

Slipcovered Chairs+ Table

 


ACCESSORIES

Table Centerpiece:  Cobalt Vase + White Flower Stems

 

Green Striped Lampshades

 

Green and White Pillow

 

Solid Green Pillow + Green Buffalo Check Summer House Pillow

Click here for 10 Ways To Add Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank).

 

Blue Ikat Table Runner

 

Closeup of Blue vase + White Flowers

 

Closeup View of it together

So…… will you now want to try decorating or adding some green decor this spring/summer?  And where will you use it?  Can’t wait to see some pictures!!

If you have any questions, please shoot me a comment!  I’d love to hear from you!!

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Summer Hugs 🙂

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SHOP OUR DINING ROOM

  1.   chandelier – with glass hereno glass here, no glass – 2 sizes available here
  2.   rug –  here, here, here
  3.   table – here, here, and here   
  4.   chair + cover (dark legs) – here, brown/white legs option also
  5.   chair frame  (white legs) – here, brown/dark brown legs option also
  6.   chair cover only – here
  7.   buffet – here, here
  8.   large rectangular mirror – smoky blue mirror here, beaded mirror here, arched mirror here
  9.   white round mirrorhere
  10.   lamp pair  – white pair here, green pair here,  navy lamp pair here
  11.   green striped lamp shades – white cotton lampshade here, white linen lampshadegreen 2″ ribbon here
  12.   white candle sticks trio – here, here, and here
  13.   navy and white orb balls – here, here
  14.   blue and white table runner – buffalo check runner here, blue stripe runner  here,  green table runner here
  15.   cobalt vase  – single vase here, trio set here
  16.   white flowers – magnolia stem here, cherry blossom stem here, dogwood stem here, hydrangea stem here
  17.   green pillows – kate spade dot pillow, green striped pillow, solid green pillow,
  18.   summer house SIGN  – here
  19.   gold sconces –  round here, round with mirror here

 


***** PICTURES OF ITEMS *****

(Click on the picture to get to the webpage for more information)

 

Carmen 6-Light Foyer Pendant

 

Isoline 4-Light Geometric Chandelier

Plumville Blue Area Rug

 

Grieve Cream/Navy Area Rug

Naples Park Hand-Tufted Ivory/Navy Area Rug

 

Tiphaine Extendable Dining Table

Bleau Extendable Dining TableArtur Extending Dining TableHENRIKSDAL Chair with long cover IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.

 

HENRIKSDAL Chair frame IKEA You sit comfortably thanks to the high back and seat with polyester wadding.HENRIKSDAL Chair cover, long IKEA The washable cover to HENRIKSDAL chair frame is easy to put on and take off.

Colborne SideboardSaguenay Sideboard

Misty Blue Wash 32x48 Mirror

Beaded Wall Mirror, 12"x48"

Ashley Oengus Accent Mirror, Bronze Finish

 

White Distressed Round Wood Wall Mirror

 

Moira 32.5" Standard LampBilski Table Lamp Set

Parker 31.5" Table Lamp

 

 

Green Matte Grosgrain Ribbon - 2"

 

 

Deco 79 Distressed White Wood Candle Holders with Spiked Candle Plates, Traditional Style Table Decor, White Candlesticks Accent Decor | Set of 3: 4”, 6”, 8”

 

 

 

 

Brookville Runner

Wilber Stripe Runner

 

Dulin 5 Piece Sculpture Set

Skeens Floral Design Decorative Balls

 

Barski Glass - Handmade - 8" H - (8 inches High) - Barrel Vase - Cobalt Blue - Made in europeBlooms Table VaseFaux Magnolia White Branch

Faux Cherry Blossom White Branch

 

 

 

Faux Cream Hydrangea Stem

 

 

kate spade new york Random Dot Square Throw PillowLydia Jane Pillow, Emerald and Kelly Green and Ivory, Polyester Filler, 22"

 

Anley Pintucked Pillow Cover

Summer House Wall Décor

 

Oval Mirror Candle Holder Wall Sconce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get House Organized: Top Ten List

Happy New Year Everyone!!  I am wishing all of you a year filled with love, good health, and tons of laughter.  At our home, I get excited for all of the new and wonderful things that will happen for our family, and I also reflect and thank God for all of the past blessings from the previous year.  And then …..  I get into “CLEAN UP” mode around our house – LOL!!  I start going through cabinets, closets,  and drawers like a crazy madwoman.  I begin making mental notes of what needs to go, what needs to stay, and then what needs to get organized.  Nothing is safe – really – not even my husband or girls – JK!!   So, who is ready to…. Get House Organized:  Top Ten List.

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GET HOUSE ORGANIZED:  TOP TEN LIST 

  1.   Shelf Paper

  2.   White Containers  (small) – Makeup

  3.   White Containers (medium/large) – Kitchen

  4.   White Divided Container – Kitchen/Office

  5.   Metal/Woven Baskets – Pantry

  6.   Silver Metal Rack – Pantry

  7.   White Expandable Shelf – Pantry

  8.   White Lazy Susan (Turntable) – Kitchen

  9.   Clear Shoe Box w/Lid – Crafts

  10.   White Shoe Rack (hack) – Laundry, Kitchen


These 10 items are a must-have at my house, and therefore my Top Ten Picks for house organization.  The only one that I do not own yet is the lazy susan #8, but it is on my list to purchase asap!!

***TIP***Even though you think an item is for a kitchen, a closet, etc….. don’t let that distract you.  Just because it says “shoe rack “or “shoe bin”, doesn’t mean you have to use it in your closet.  (see my #9 and #10).

Let’s get to it!!


1.  SHELF PAPER

I use shelf paper in ALL of my cabinets and drawers -period.  It is first on my list because it is a life-saver for the bottoms of all drawers and cabinets.   Over time, cabinets and drawers get scratched with pans, utensils, laundry detergent, etc…. so why not protect it before it happens.  Here is a picture of it – yep- even my spice rack get its!

Now YES it IS a little time consuming to install and does cost a little money.  But definitely less expensive than having to repaint all of the cabinets in your house just because they look dinged up and dirty.  Plus, shelf paper helps with spills or drips from household cleaners, wet sponges, makeup, etc…. so that it doesn’t destroy your wood.  Use different patterns in different rooms for fun, or keep the pattern universal for your entire house.

 

 

 

 

Click Adhesive (pictured) or Non-Adhesive.

 


2.  WHITE CONTAINERS (SMALL)

I use small containers to group things together so that they don’t roll around or damage the shelf liner.  I love these little white containers (they come in different sizes) to keep all of my makeup, toothbrush/toothpaste, jewelry, glasses, etc…. organized.  They also connect to each other which helps them from sliding around your drawer – love this!  If you prefer acrylic containers over white, I have linked those as well below.

I also use these containers in my kitchen to organize extra batteries, tools, nails, etc….. for the same purpose.  They help keep batteries from rolling around, and help me keep all of my tools (screwdrivers, wire cutters, etc…) all in one spot.

 

 

Click here white pack of 8 – (pictured below), acrylic:  long, skinny, medium, square


3.  WHITE CONTAINERS (MEDIUM/LARGE)

These containers are sooooo versatile!!  They come in different sizes, shapes, and also different depths to hold a large variety of household items.  I use the more shallow containers for extra kitchen utensils like spatulas, potato peelers, wine openers, etc…. and the deeper containers for bulkier items like notepads, extra packing tape refills, furniture pads, rope, etc.   They are perfect for under-the-sink item like cleaners, extra sponges, rubber gloves, etc.

You could use these in the laundry room for clothespins or stain removal brushes or use in a playroom for kids art supplies or toys.   Use them in the bathroom  for extra toiletries or in the pantry for chips, paper towels.  The possibilities are endless.  I am constantly finding new ways to use these containers – now my girls are even using them!!

 

They come in 5 stylish colors and an adorably cute weave pattern:  white, black, gray, jade green, and beige.

Click here 5-piece containers large (pictured below), 3-piece containers medium, 3-piece small, and individual sizes small, medium,  and large cube.

 


4.  WHITE DIVIDED CONTAINER

If you are looking for something to organize your “work area” in you kitchen or office, a divided container works best.  This container has a place for scissors, tape, paper clips, stapler/staples, rubber bands, small notepads, whole punch, etc…. to keep everything in it’s place.  I keep mine on the top drawer for easy access, and make sure all of the items stay in their individual compartments.

The same concept is essential for keeping silverware organized.  I have been using a metal one (personal preference) for awhile now, but I linked some that are plastic, metal,  bamboo, and also expandable.  I could not live without one of these divided containers for our utensil drawer.

 

Click here for white divided container (pictured below)

Click here for silverware plastic expandable container, metal container, bamboo container, bamboo expandable

 


5.   METAL/WOVEN BASKETS

I use metal baskets in my pantry to store items into groups, to eliminate extra clutter, and to help save money when shopping.  For some reason, I have a hard time with plastic packages (like pasta bags, chip bags, rice bags,) or anything that is “loose” in structure!!  YEP – someone call in an OCD therapist for me – lol!  For real!! ha!

It is so much easier to put several packages into a basket or tub so that they stand upright (for easier viewing) and also to gain more space in the pantry.  I personally like the metal baskets (vs. woven baskets) just because I want to be able to see all of the contents.  But the woven baskets tend to hold more items – just a FYI.  Either way, using baskets will give the pantry a cleaner look and a more organized feeling.  My silver metal baskets have been discontinued (I’ve had them over 10 years, cry-cry – sniff-sniff), but I found something similar below.

 

Click here – white metal basket, white open front metal basket, woven basket set, bronze or silver metal

VonHaus Set of 4 Seagrass Storage Baskets with Insert Handles Ideal for Home and Bathroom Organization - 12(L) x 9(W) x 6(H) inches


6.  SILVER METAL (EXPANDABLE ) SHELF

I love these racks for can goods, snack boxes, and extra storage for dishes.  They come in a variety of depths so that the more shallow depths fit better in the pantry, and the deeper ones fit better in kitchen cabinets.

I personally used the silver expandable ones in my pantry so that I can double up on height.  These allow me to keep all of the can goods in the same area, but I can store a ton on top and underneath this rack.  The white ones I use in my kitchen cabinets to store corning ware, mixing bowls, pans, etc…. for the same reason.  I can fit more items into a drawer or cabinet by using the space underneath the rack.

 

 

 

Click here silver (expandable) rack,  white metal rack,


7.  WHITE EXPANDABLE 3-TIER SHELF

These shelves are perfect for smaller items.  Some people use these racks for can goods also (which is great), I use them to store peanut butter, pam, olive oil, vinegar, food coloring, and our “extra” take out food sauces that are leftover – LOL!!  Basically, anything small that gets lost in the pantry.  ***Mine is 2-tiered, but I would love to have one extra shelf***

You could also use these in your kitchen cabinets to store medications, bandaids, thermometers, etc…. so that you can see all of the smaller items.  Or use them for spices, coffee mugs, or even keurig coffee pods.  Again, these shelves are so versatile.

 

Click here white expandable shelf, white non-skid shelfbamboo rack, bamboo expandable rack, silver metal rack

 


8.  WHITE LAZY SUSAN (TURNTABLE)

There is always that ONE spot (or more) in your pantry or cabinets that just isn’t functional – right?  No matter what you do, it’s a blind spot, or corner, or just plain tricky!!  And it’s a complete waste of usable storage space- enter in the lazy susan.

This little device is a genius, and really can be used almost anywhere in the house (fingernail polish- hint, hint).  Use it for spices, cleaning supplies, arts/crafts – you name it.  It will make your life soooo much easier….well your organizational life that is!!  Leave it out on top of your counter also….you don’t have to “hide” it.  This is definitely on my list to buy asap!

 

Click here white turntable, white set of 2white stand, bamboo turntable, acacia turntable



9.  CLEAR SHOE BOX WITH LIDS

I have been using these boxes for years, and years, and years -they are not just good for shoes!!  They come in so handy for just about everything small.  Use them to store craft supplies or kids’ art supplies (like acrylic paints, markers/map pencils, crayons) or use them in your sewing room for thread, scissors, and extra needles.

You can also use them for extra toiletries like deodorant, lotions, hairspray, etc…. to keep items from falling over.  Or use them for fingernail polish, polish remover, extra nail file, cotton balls, etc….  Once you have them, you’ll find hundreds of ways to start organizing items in your house.  Plus, you can stack them – win-win!!

 

Click here clear shoe box with lid,  set of 6

 


10.  WHITE SHOE RACK – HACK

I LOVE this little guy here!!  He is not just for shoes and the closet!!  If you have any cabinets if your house that have no shelving, or need shelving….this rack comes in soooo handy!!

I use these racks in my laundry closet to store extras rags, sheets, and towels.  I can roll up the linens so that they work perfect in the 2 smaller shelves, and then I can stack the other linens on the very top shelf.  It’s like I have custom built-in shelving….and I don’t!!  I also store my decorative vases, smaller knick-knacks, and books on these as well.

In my kitchen, I put 2 of these racks back-to-back to make ONE large shelf over my ovens.   This allows me to store all of my china and Christmas china in one cabinet.  The smaller racks work perfectly for coffee/tea cups and also for stacked plates.  Then I use the top portion for glasses and serving bowls.

Pictured below is just ONE rack put into the  cabinet.  I can store so much more in here with the shelves, plus I can see everything when I need to rotate out my decorating accessories.

 

Pictured below are the TWO racks put back to back over my ovens.  These over-the-oven cabinets are built deep to allow for the depth of the oven space, so they are perfect for these shelves.  Now, I can stack all of my China and stemware here.

 

Click here white shoe rack, espresso shoe rack

 


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!!  LOVE & HUGS 🙂

 

Want an organized kitchen?  Click 15 Easy Solutions:  Kitchen Organization

Need some kitchen inspiration?  Click 12 Kitchen Upgrades (You Can’t Live Without) or 5 TIPS:  Painting your Kitchen Cabinets White.

 

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My House Paint Colors: House of Blues

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed spending time with family and friends!!  Christmas is always such a magical season each year and I hang on to all of the memories as long as I can….and then it’s back to work – LOL!!  So, here we go!!  My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues.

To continue along with this magical theme, I decided it was time to do a post about entire house paint colors.  I have been wanting to do a post on the colors we used downstairs in our rebuild (FOR.EV.ER), but time has just breezed by this fall.  There is something truly magical about the way paint color transforms a room, and I wanted to share the names and paint colors we chose for each room.  I hope you find tons of inspiration to begin your 2019 off with a bang!!

***I’ll do a post on How to Choose Paint Colors in the next post.  This post will just contain pictures and names of our house paint colors.***

 


  My House Paint Colors:  House of Blues

***ALL SHERWIN WILLIAMS –  Latex, Eggshell ***

  • FOYER –  Tinsmith (SW 7657)
  • DINING – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent  Wall – Naval (SW 6244)
  • KITCHEN – Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  • LIVING ROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  • OFFICE – Aqua-Sphere (SW 7613)
  • POWDER BATH – Lakeshore (SW 6494)
  • HALL – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent Wall – Tempe Star (SW 6229)
  • LAUNDRY – Aqua-Sphere (SW 7613)
  • MASTER BEDROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057), Accent Wall – Naval (SW 6244)
  • MASTER BATHROOM – Silver Strand (SW 7057)

***All Trim/Cabinets/Vanities – OIL BASED Semigloss***

  • KITCHEN CABINETS/TRIM – Snowbound (SW 7004)
  • MASTER BATH VANITIES – Naval (SW 6244)

My House Paint Colors

So you can tell from the colorsnap tool, that our house paint colors have a  blue/gray base to them, with hints of a green undertone.  I personally tend to lean green (because I am a nature lover) – so my paint colors reflect that in their base color.  I also choose paint colors with a blue-base rather than a yellow-base.  Those are the colors I wear in clothing, and therefore the ones I like to work with.

If I had to pick a decor “style” for our house from my color palette, I would describe it as coastal farmhouse chic…..kinda – LOL!!  What do you think?  What is your style?  Let’s get to some colors!!


LATEX PAINT

FOYER:

 

***Want to see more foyer pictures, click Fall Home TourFall to Christmas Decorating, or Smoky Blue Console Table.***


DINING ROOM:

***Want to see more dining room pictures, click Christmas Dining Room or Setting a Fall Table.***


KITCHEN/LIVING ROOM:

 

***Want to see more kitchen and living room pictures, click Five Secrets for Fall Decorating or Hurricane Harvey Flooded House Makeover (part 2).***


OFFICE:

 


POWDER BATH:  

 


HALL: 

 

 


LAUNDRY:


MASTER BEDROOM:

 

***Want to see more master bedroom pictures, click Master Bed Frame Makeover or Nightstands Makeover.***


MASTER BATHROOM:

 

Want to see more master bath pictures, click Master Bath Remodel .***


OIL-BASED PAINT

CABINETS/TRIM/BARN DOORS:  WHITE


BLUE VANITIES:  NAVY


So, which color is your favorite?  And will you use one of the colors in your house?  Let me know what you decide!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019 FRIENDS!!!  

LOVE & NEW YEAR HUGS 🙂

 

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Christmas Dining Room: Navy + Red

Well, it looks like Christmas decorating is starting a little earlier than usual these days….. for everyone!!  With Thanksgiving falling earlier in November this year, and all of the dept. stores pulling out Christmas decor in like JULY, more and more of us are moving to that same trend.  And I gotta admit- I ain’t hating it!!  LOL!!  Not to dismiss Thanksgiving or anything fall related, Christmas is a magical season that brings people together!  And where does that take place (- in the bellies )….- well really in the dining room- where we gather with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!!  AMEN!!  So, here is my Christmas Dining Room:  Navy + Red.


CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM:  NAVY + RED

So, I set up my Christmas dining room with a couple of quick swaps from my Fall Dining Room.  Click here to see Setting a Fall Table in 8 Easy Steps.  It is a very informative post that helps you get ready for hosting Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and gives you the tools to transition from one holiday to the next with little effort.  WOOHOO!!  And that means more time to spend with your family and do some Christmas shopping.  Click here to see my dining room before we flooded Blue Christmas Dining Room.

I love how easy it is to change out a couple of decorating items, and basically you have a new “season.”  Stay tuned for my next post Going from Fall to Christmas: Dining Room – coming soon!!  Click 33 Ideas Decorating Stairs for Christmas or 20 Best Christmas Door Wreaths for more holiday decorating inspiration.

***TIP***  Make a wreath to form an “O” from a pom pom pick or floral (greenery) pick by bending the wire.  You could always use a candle ring too….like the red ones on my 3 candle sticks. 😉

Remember to use what you have on hand to help save extra money.  I found my red napkin rings in one of my buffet drawers – that I had from 10 yrs ago.  Just never know when you may need something small to add a big punch of color.  It’s your Christmas Dining Room, so use YOUR goodies!!

Adding Christmas words like joy, merry, hope, peace, and noel help add a touch of whimsy to a formal decor palette.  Use them on walls, pillows, signs, or even on dishes.

Want more buffalo check ideas….click Buffalo Check Snowman Using Embroidery Hoops or Buffalo Check Christmas Ornament Balls.

Don’t forget to add a couple of sparkly ornaments to your chandelier.  Use different sizes and shapes to add interest, and also hang them at different lengths.  Just remember to use light-weight and shatter proof ornaments.  I think I dropped all but one when trying to figure out where to hang mine – HA!!

Add some colored glasses to bring in a little holiday cheer.  I used my red glasses that my dear friend gave me over 5 years ago.  Not only to they add some fun to the table, I think of her every time I glance over at my table – LOVE THIS!!

Make sure to add a couple of candles in your Christmas Dining Room for a little ambience.  Use white, red, gold,  or silver – for some lower lighting.

And don’t forget to light them – LOL!!

Now, sit back and relax……well for about 30 minutes until one of your kiddos or husband needs something!!  And then- use one of those “red martini – or wine glasses” – AND FILL IT!!

Hope you love my Christmas Dining Room & your’s too!!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!  LOVE & HUGS 🙂

Want more Christmas Party inspiration or DIY craft ideas – try  Let it Snow Donut Christmas Party, Donut Ornaments Using Pool Noodles, Christmas Snowman Cotton Ball Wreath.

Need a gorgeous bow for your tree – try How to make the perfect Bow

 

 

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HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED HOUSE MAKEOVER (Part 2)

All I can say is…..wow!  Our flooded house makeover after Hurricane Harvey has been LONG, extremely draining, emotional and painful.  I am not going to sugar coat this horrible situation at all – just gonna keep it real!! Some days I didn’t know if I could even get out of bed and go through our “normal” routine; it was really that bad.  Even now as I go back through the pictures, my tears flow uncontrollably.  It will be an experience that we will never forget, and will change the way we view our lives forever.

It has been over 11 months, and we are still unpacking boxes and getting settled in.  BUT…. through the grace of God, and His Spirit moving in and taking over – our family has survived!!    We are beginning to see a glimpse of hope and wonder of what God has in store for our family.  And this house – well, it is now turning back into our HOME again!! AMEN!!   If you want to view part 1 click HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED – THE DESTRUCTION (Part 1).

So, today I am posting before and after pictures of our house.  Some are before the flood, after the flood, the rebuilding, and the areas that I am working on.   I will show more “staged” or decorated pictures as I get rooms completely done, but wanted to show pictures of the progress while unpacking.  NOTE:  things are not clean, nor are these the best quality of pictures.  Hopefully soon I can do some updates.  As for now – here they are!!  woohoo!!

Leave me some feedback- I’d love to hear what you think.  And please continue to pray for those who are still without their homes.  It means the world to them 🙂


REBUILDING AFTER HURRICANE HARVEY: 

FLOODED HOUSE MAKEOVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am loving my custom x-shaped double barn doors for the office/piano room.  I know they were a lot of work for the guys to install since they they were so heavy….but they do dress up the entrance to this room don’t ya think??   My husband has been able to work from this room now, and can close the doors easily for a little quiet time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening up the walls from the kitchen to the living room has made a huge difference in the flow of these 3 areas.  I always felt like we had a living room section, a breakfast table section, and then the kitchen.  Even though they were only separated with the double arches and bar top, they still felt closed off.  Now we have a ton of natural light and can access both sides of the island.

 

 

 

 

 

Yep….my Boomer always likes to pose for the pictures!!  He is such a glory hound – no pun intended!! l can’t wait to set up the bookshelves with some family photos and personalize this shiplap wall.  It is still one of my favorite things that we decided to add to the remodel.

 

 

 

I am soooo happy I decided to paint the bed, nightstands, and dresser (not pictured -yet).  You can actually see the bed now, and it looks so dreamy!!  Here is the tutorial for the nightstands here, and I’ll get the bed and dresser tutorials up soon.  I painted them with a different technique (dry brushed ) than the nightstands (glazed/antiqued), so the tutorials are not the same.  Just a FYI 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will post more pictures soon, and provide some closeups pictures also.  This is just a little sneak peek at all of the changes we made.

 


HOME. SWEET. HOME

 

 

SO….. Whatcha think??  I am loving how it is all coming together, and can’t wait to get everything unpacked.  I know I am feeling more like myself already because I am already thinking of decorating for fall – LOL!!

Love & Hugs 🙂

If you want to see my fall decorations from last year – right before we flooded – click Blue and White Fall Dining Room, Blue and Orange Fall Living Room, Halloween-Fall Foyer, and Halloween Fa-BOO-lous Breakfast Party.

 

 

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5 TIPS: Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made)

White kitchen cabinets have been trending for several years now, and don’t seem to be going anywhere any time soon.  It does seem like there has been a slight shift toward other colors such as gray and navy, but white still remains to be the most popular choice. 

If you have been wanting to paint your dark kitchen cabinets white but still can’t seem to commit,  you are not alone.  It took me 5 years (yikes!!) to decide to have our cabinets painted white, and immediately I wished I would have done it so much sooner!!  Let’s Get to It:  5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made).


5 TIPS:  PAINTING DARK KITCHEN CABINETS WHITE

(And The Mistakes I Made)

***Just wanted to give you a FYI for this post- these are NOT my best pictures. *** But I am kind of happy about it because there is absolutely no staging here- just real life.  I took these pictures before and after we had our cabinets painted, and then we flooded during Hurricane Harvey. 

So, I never had the chance to go back and “stage the kitchen.”  In fact, some of the pictures are actually after we flooded….I just cropped the pictures to take out the missing sheetrock/walls.  I am thinking I might show that part too.  Anyhoo…..just trying to keep it real.

Here are some before and after pictures to help you visualize.  BEFORE…… 

and AFTER…..


5 TIPS:  PAINTING DARK KITCHEN CABINETS WHITE

(And The Mistakes I Made)

TIP 1:  HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COLOR

MY PAINT COLOR:   Sherwin Williams Alabaster (SW 7008)

How do you decide on color?  Look through pinterest & houzz.com and make inspiration boards……. or ask friends what color they used.  It will give you a starting point so you can narrow the paint color choices down to 3 colors.  Then get samples of the 3 choices and paint them on your existing cabinets (or paint poster board, etc… and hang them up on your cabinets).   

If you are still having problems deciding…..go back and look at your inspiration boards.  What accent colors are in the pictures you saved?  Do the accent colors lean more towards warm tones (yellow- based like oranges, cinnamon reds,  & golds) or cool tones (blue- based like pinks, purples, & silvers)?

Look at the flooring color also.  Hardwoods and tiles with reddish or gold tones will pull out more yellow (warm) tones, and white tiles will bring out blue (cooler) tones.   You saved all those inspiration pictures for a reason….it’s YOUR likes.  Trust yourself- you got this!!


BEFORE….

and AFTER…..


TIP 2:  HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR PAINT TYPE

MY PAINT CHOICE: Oil-based

I know there are people who have used latex paint, and I have seen some people even using chalk paint, but I (personally) prefer oil-based paint for the cabinets.  The look of the cabinet is clean and smooth, plus you can wipe grime right off.   Latex paint seems to “hold” onto smudges more than oil based, and is less durable with scratches, etc. 

I think chalk painted cabinets are fine to do if you are not looking for long term results.  Since we have 2 kiddos AND 2 dogs, choosing oil-based paint was an easy decision for that reason alone.  Now with that said…..the SMELL is horrible!!  And I mean for about 2- 3 days horrible- really!! 

And the cleanup is much more difficult with oil based paint (turpentine clean up) vs. latex paint (soap & water clean up). Then in about 2 weeks, you have forgotten that it was done and all is good again.


BEFORE…..

and AFTER….. (area under the oven is part of where it shows the flood damage).


TIP 3:  HOW TO CHOOSE TECHNIQUE

WE CHOSE:  Sprayed Technique

I chose to have our cabinets sprayed (by a painter who used a high grade paint sprayer), not hand painted.  I have seen cabinets painted with both techniques, and I personally prefer the sprayed look better (***for me***).  I do not want to offend anyone here. 

The hand painted cabinets are gorgeous, especially if they are aged or antiqued with dark glaze.  The hand painted technique gives the cabinets a more authentic look and seem to fit more in a traditional style home.  I feel the the sprayed technique gives a smoother, cleaner look and seems to fit more in a transitional or modern home. 

The sprayed technique doesn’t look “painted,”  looks like they were manufactured that way.   Really it’s just a personal preference – they are both great techniques.  Either way you will finally have your white cabinets 😉


BEFORE…..

AFTER…..


TIP 4:  COVER EVERYTHING/MAKE PREPARATIONS

WE DIDN’T:  Mistake

Move or cover all of your kitchen contents.  If not, you may get over spray (with sprayed technique) or paint splatter (hand-painted technique).  Bottom line:  if you even THINK that something will get damaged or don’t want to clean the inside of your cabinets afterwards, make the necessary preparations.

Move your contents out or have your painter put something to block your contents….AND double check their technique.  I asked our painter, and he said that I did not need to move everything out of our cabinets and I ended up with this (see below)!!! 

This is NOT DUST, IT IS PAINT.  It took me 2 weeks to clean EVERY. SINGLE. THING……and I mean EVERYTHING!!  I had to soak it all for about 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub gently with the scouring part of the sponge- BRU-TAL!!! 

When I asked our painter about it, he said that for some reason, our cabinets were made differently than other cabinets (he had done) and the paint got through.  He should have checked…..AND I should have checked also. 

So, now I am strongly encouraging you to check.  It will be worth your time in the end.

Those rings (below) are PAINT rings….not dust rings.  Just thought it was important to show you so this does not happen to you too 🙂


BEFORE…..

 


TIP 5:  TIME WITHOUT KITCHEN

OUR TIME:  One week

This is an important consideration when planning your kitchen cabinet paint job.  You will be completely out of your kitchen if you get your cabinets sprayed, but will still have partial use of your kitchen if you have your cabinets hand painted. 

When they spray the cabinets, they will have to put plastic/tarps up to protect appliances and between the connecting rooms…. so you will have little to no access.   If you choose to get your cabinets hand painted, parts of the kitchen will still be covered to protect things, but you will have access into the kitchen.  You don’t have to worry about over spray with hand painting either.

***FYI*** If you are going with the sprayed technique….have your painter put plastic or covering up on BOTH SIDES of your connecting rooms/openings.  Our painter covered/taped up from the inside of the kitchen opening, and it STILL went through. Have them put plastic on the connecting room side also (like living room or dining room sides). 

That way if the over spray passes through the kitchen side, the connecting room side will block it.   It’s just an extra precaution, and so worth it.  Otherwise you may end up like me. 

The picture below is a PAINT LINE, not dust- again!!  The problem with this, is that I couldn’t even tell until I moved our couch and rug back.  Just trying to save you any headaches before they happen by sharing some of my nightmares!!  The PRICE we pay for gorgeous cabinets- right??!!

 


BEFORE….. 

AFTER…..  

(I don’t have the exact picture – sorry)!

I love the pictures showing the opening to the dining room side.  We decided to open that wall up (had a small doorway), and it opened up the kitchen and let so much more light in. 

It’s amazing what paint and a little remodeling can do to make a space feel bigger and brighter.  Want more info on the this, Click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room.  Want to see what it looks like now click:  Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.

BEFORE…..

AFTER…..

Would I do it all over again….YES,  even with all  of the mess.  I LOVED how much brighter our kitchen looked.  There is just something special about a white kitchen. 

UPDATE:  We are making all kinds of changes to our kitchen right now, and I can’t wait to show yall!!  Stay tuned for more details and pictures coming soon!!

***POSTS ARE READY***  Click Opening up Kitchen Wall to Living Room, Hurricane Harvey Flooded:  The Makeover (part 2), DIY Bar Stool Metal Foot Rest Tutorial. 

So, what is your preferred choice?  What was your experience like- good or bad?  Shoot me a comment- learning is living.

Have a Great Week!! Love & Hugs 🙂

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HURRICANE HARVEY FLOODED – THE DESTRUCTION (Part 1)

As much as it breaks my heart that I will not be able to decorate (and celebrate) for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year in our traditional way, I try to focus on what I CAN DO….. be THANKFUL for what I do have.  I am blessed with my beautiful family & 2 dogs that are safe, a home where I can still live in & rebuild , and a support system of family, friends, & community that God has placed into our lives to help us through this disaster.

We were one of the unfortunate families that flooded during Hurricane Harvey.  A devastating storm that tore up the Texas gulf coast, and then continued to beat down torrential rain for several days in the Houston, TX region.  Our house backs up to the Barker Reservoir (retention tank) that crested & spilled over into our neighborhood- flowing upstream.  Flooding was NEVER supposed to happen, yet it did. We evacuated by walking through thigh high water, and loaded our dogs, crate, and luggage on an air mattress to get to safety.  And I consider us lucky- it could have been much worse.


PART 1:  THE DESTRUCTION

DAY BEFORE WE FLOODED:  FRONT PORCH/YARD

 

 

Here is a picture of what the front of our house looked like the day we decided to evacuate.  Note water line at grass area at this picture and then 4th picture.  This is in the morning.  There is a grass median where that tree and shrub are, in the middle of the cul-de-sac.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are my 2 girls and husband leaving with the girls’ suitcases to go to our friends’ house.  Note the top of the fire hydrant to left (close to tree).

 

 

 

 

 

This is the last picture we took before we left- note the water line (over grass).  This was right after lunch.


THE PHYSICAL DAMAGE:  INSIDE

 

BEFORE                                                    AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

The blue air mattress (on sectional) is what we used to evacuate our dogs and luggage on, while wading through the high water.


THE PHYISCAL DAMGAGE: OUTSIDE

BEFORE                                                         AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 


MORE: AFTER PICTURES

 

 

Coming into our street on a canoe …..yep this is supposed to be a street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


THE EMOTIONAL DAMAGE:  IN OUR HEARTS

No one can prepare you for the emotional stress that a flooded house puts you under.  We only had 4 inches, but the destruction that comes with sitting water in a house is indescribable, as well as the smell.  It was awful.  All of the walls were cut up to 4 feet to allow for the drying process to take place.  And here is what that destruction looks like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People have said that a “house is just a house, people make it a home” or “it’s just things.”  Well, those items are OUR things, OUR mementos.  The structure and furnishings might make up a house, but the MEMORIES made within a house along with the members inside of that house are what make it a HOME.

Our house can be rebuilt, but there is a period of mourning over the past…. that we were not ready to give up.  We did not choose to remodel or to move to another house.  There was no time to emotionally prepare and say our goodbyes to the “old.”  This is a loss of something taken without permission, and for things we will now forget.  It will take years before we remember some of the items that were damaged or destroyed in the flood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PART 2:  THE REBUILD (STAY TUNED)

 

We are KATY/HOUSTON STRONG!!

Thank you soooooo much to all of you who have helped us during this roller coaster of a  ride- words can NOT express how much it means to us to have you in our lives- BIG HUGS!!!!  Please continue to pray for our communities & cities affected.

LOVE & HUGS 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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