decorating

Another Reason to Love Target

Liberty Hardware Pulls

If you’ve read my blog at all you know that I have a crazy love for Target. We’re focusing on getting the repainted cabinets up and I’ve been scouring the web for beautiful glass pulls. Liberty makes the Victorian glass pulls above and quite a few stores sell them. What makes Target awesome is that their pricing on these (and other) items. Home Depot carries these pulls for $6.99 each while Target sells them for $5.69 each. Add on the Target’s 10% discount with your Red card and you just saved over $1.50 on EACH ONE. Buying just ten of these (which happens to be how many I need) saves you over $15. It’s not a million bucks but it’s basically like getting three for free! When you’re desperately trying to bring your home out of the late 60’s, you’ll take any savings you can get!

Glass Pulls

Don’t you love how they look here? The painted drawer blog refinished her drawers as well and the glass knobs look gorgeous!

The glass knobs and pretty traditional feeling and my husband is only now warming up to them. What’s your take- love’em or leave’em? And have you had similar experiences with saving cash by shopping at Target? I’d love to hear any deals you’ve scored!

-Katy

 

 


Tips and Tricks For Decorating Small or Awkward Spaces

The new place isn’t exactly small, coming in at just under 2,000 sq feet, but a few of spaces are small, or even just a bit awkward. I’m sure I’m not alone in having a few tricky spaces so I’ve put together a few tips to help others out there who may similar problems.

  • Decorate with pieces that are clear or have thin profiles. This little desk area is functional without creating a cramped feeling because the designer went with a ghost chair. Great seating with out breaking things up visually.

Ghost Chair Office

(Image Souce) (Chair)

  • Use mirrors to reflect light. Mirrors have a magic ability to make pretty much every space feel lighter, brighter and larger. The general rule of thumb is the bigger, the better!

Wall mirror for small spaces

(Image Source) (Mirror Options 1,2,3- under $100)

  • Look for alternate solutions. This next one is way more practical than pretty but sometimes your staircase is just only so big. Find furniture that can fold or be disassembled so you can actually get it into the space. This guy below is actually headed our way as I type.

Foldable Box Spring

(Image and Product Source)

  • Use large art. Sometimes people can think that using smaller art in a small space can help the space feel larger when really it does the opposite. Large art can help a space feel bigger and more interesting.

Large wall art

(Image Source) (Art Options 1,2,3)

Obviously this is not an exhaustive list of everything that you can do to decorate in small spaces but using just one two can make a huge difference in a room. Anyone else out there have issues with a space? Also, how magical is that folding box spring?

-Katy


New House: A Walk Through Our Staging Photos

Have you ever been so tired that your teeth hurt? I’m there right about now. This house has taken waaaaay more time than I thought it would and I feel like I have barely scratched the surface on what needs to be done. We’re moving in this weekend and finishing up resurfacing (read:repainting) the cabinets so I’m behind on updating the blog with progress. Instead of trying to kill myself attempting to balance work, blog, and moving, I thought that I’d show you what the inside of the house looked like when we walked through it (and fell in love).

You’ve already seen the outside so I thought I’d just show you what the interior spaces looks like. Later on I’ll show you before and afters but for now, let’s just take a virtual walk through.

Entry

Entry 1

 

Love the huge coat closet in the entry but let’s be real, that tile has to go. Soon. More on that later. Let’s just stare at the built ins and pretend we can’t see it.

Dining Room 

Dining Room

 

When you walk in, the first room you enter in the formal dining room. They staged it as an office but we’ll take it back to it’s original purpose- in fact, this room was one of the big selling points for us. We love to entertain so this will be well used.

Living Room

Living Room 4

 

On the other side of the floating staircase we have the living room with some awesome huge windows and great mantle and fireplace. The moment I saw this space I thought of decorating it for Christmas. It’s going to be soo fun. It feels like it was pretty much made for Christmas.

Staged Living Room

Breakfast Nook and Bar

Living Room 3

Look at that beautiful, open flow. This shot is from the sofa and looks into the breakfast nook and slightly peers into the kitchen. While it might be handy to have a little table and chairs in that space, we’re thinking of repurposing it into a piano room. It’s a bit bigger than it seems in photos and we’ve measured it out and a baby grand piano will fit into it perfectly. Imagine having the husband tickling the ivories while we entertain guests around the hearth. Doesn’t it sound dreamy? That’s why we’re pretty much planning forgoing eating bacon and eggs there in the AM, especially since the dining room is not that far.

Kitchen

Kitchen

This room is the one that will see some of the biggest change. We’ve talked about how we’re making changes to it now, but later on next week I’ll introduce our two step plan to bring this area into 2015 and make it feel a little bit more like “us.”

Powder Room

Powder Room

Off the kitchen there’s the laundry room (too boring to photograph apparently) and the powder room. If this looks familiar, it’s because I talked about plans for it here.

Landing

Landing 1

This landing area upstairs will also need some love. Don’t you love that HUGE doorbell? Yeah, it’s not staying despite my husband’s pleadings. Too huge and too ugly, plus it’s hard to see here but it’s actually missing two chimes. Dated and broken means it’s time for it to go.

Office and Guest Room

Office 1

Guest Room 1

These two rooms are nearly identical except that the last one has a huge walk in closet which will be perfect for storing all of that Christmas decor we talked about earlier. Both rooms are decently sized and I’m sure I’ll share more about them when I get to setting them up and styling them but for now imagine them in a crisp white.

Guest Bathroom

Guest Bath 1

This is currently the least cared about room in the entire house which is surprising considering the walls are currently a light pink. We’ll care about it sometime, but for now I’m just happy that the husband is color blind and thinks it’s off white. 🙂

Master Bedroom and Bath

Master Bedroom 1

This was the other space that really sold us on the house. Most (almost) 50 years old homes have small master bedrooms but this one is pretty large and the window provides great natural light. The light plum color on the wall actually inspired us to go super dark in the room and I couldn’t be more excited! We’ll talk specific colors soon!

Master Bath

This space will also need a bit of love. It’s not bad but it’s not good. Carpet doesn’t belong anywhere near a sink and if you’re sitting on the toilet and someone opens the door, your knees are getting banged up. #reallife At some point we imagine ripping all of this up and configuring it in a way that makes it feel more open and definitely less off-white.

There are a few spaceS that weren’t photographed like the laundry and the master walk-in closet. I’ll get to photographing them soon and including updates but in the meantime, let’s talk about some things we love and don’t love so much. What’s your favorite room? Any features you love or hate? Any recommendations on updating? Leave a comment- I love and read them all! 🙂

 


Checking in To Say Hello!

Hello Doormat

 

You guys, this week is nuts! We’re still painting like crazy (I’ll have more pictures on that later next week) and we’re trying to pack things up and get them off to the new house while working and fitting in some sleep. I’m going to try to get posts up this week, but if not, know that I’m hustling trying to keep my life together and things will be back to normal in no time.

In the meantime, how adorable is this rug? It’s on sale for less than $15 which is nuts- I’m thinking about putting it on the back doorstep where things don’t have to be as serious. Anyway, hope you’re all having a fabulous day and I’ll check in soon!


Think-Free Thursday: Defining Your Style

Define Your Style

So my husband and I are lackadaisically looking for a house. We’ve toured a few homes, some of which I like and some of which he’s liked. Turns out our aesthetic styles are quite a bit different. He craves everything modern while I love more of a Southern traditional feel. We’ve done our best over the years to blend our tastes (with mine winning over most of the time) and over time I’ve found that both of our tastes have changed just a bit. I’m leaning slightly more modern these days while he has definitely come to appreciate Grecian columns.

As I’ve been soaking up Elements of Style’s Book (and checking out her blog), I’ve made the husband pick out his preferences when we get to pages like these:

Elements of Style Book

I love being surprised by his choices and it’s a fun way to talk about our “dream” rooms. In the five short years we’ve been married, it’s remarkable how much our styles have converged, and thankfully, he doesn’t mind spending a few minutes talking about pillows, textiles and light fixtures with me. These chats have definitely helped me gain more of an appreciation for all things sleek and I certainly love his growing interest in design.

I’ll admit that I feel almost a compulsion to take every decorating style quiz out there and usually try to cajole my sweet husband into taking them too. If you’re tired like I am (hello, long week) and need a fun way to spend few minutes, try taking a few of these quizzes below.

Better Homes and Garden always hits the nail right on the head for me.

Houzz is a fun quiz that includes questions like what type of pet you like or where you prefer to eat.

Stylish Home seems to be the most accurate assessment of my style and the pictures are beautiful!

My Domaine feels more contemporary and has more customized results.

I got traditional, European chic, and even contemporary. While these tests certainly aren’t a refined science, they are a bit fun. Were your results what you expected?

And don’t forget about the giveaway!