Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Summer windows

It's not Summer yet, doesn't even feel like Spring. But it's never too early to start looking forward to it and brightening things up in your home.  I decided to take down our dark gray curtains and put up white ones. I needed some more natural light. These curtains are from Target, called Threshold Grayson Grommet Window Panel Pair in white. I purchased two sets.  But I'm thinking about heading back for some sheer grommet curtains to fill in the blanks. 


Here they are closed and you can see they still let in lots of light.


I think it's time to remove those curtain tie backs. Won't be using those at all.  


And a view you may recognize from last week of our entry way.  And oh, the curtains are a tad too short, so it looks like I may have to lengthen them in the near future.  We put up the curtain rod ourselves when we moved in, to fit the curtains we originally hung, so changing the curtains to store bought curtains unfortunately means they won't fit the same. A tip for future curtain installers.


xo
Cathleen

Friday, March 22, 2013

Entry Way updates

Now that our new flooring has been installed, it's high time I posted some pics of it!  Especially since I need to update the House Tour on this blog.  So here we have our entryway!  Some of the pics on the wall have been updated since the last post as well. 

This view is looking at the entry way from the front windows.


The flooring really ties all the colors together better than the old flooring.



The round art on the left is new from Urban Outfitters. It's a picture of two squirrels and says "I'm nuts about you."  It looks like an old embroidered piece of fabric.



I'm still loving our bright yellow door especially with the new spring wreath.


And one look down our hallway again, sans the rug so you can get a look at those rustic looking floors.


Happy Friday everyone!
xo
Cathleen

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Guest Bathroom clean up

It's not really our "guest bathroom" anymore, since we haven't had a guest sleep over in a long time, but it's the kid's bathroom. It was in serious need of some major clean up and decluttering.  I spent Friday night wondering how I could make it worthy of someone else wanting to use it, other than our kids who couldn't care less how it looked.

Again, here's how our bathroom looked when we moved in.


And here's how it looked on Friday before my plan took action.


My plan was to remove the shelves, mirror, picture frame, patch the holes, paint the holes, replace the shower curtain, and add white towels. Basically I wanted it to look clean and fresh, with zero personality. Joking. But honestly, if we plan to sell our house, which we've thrown around the idea recently, then it was time to start making it look brand new.

We spent several hours scrubbing all the grout in the bathroom (more on that later) so we could start with a clean bathroom. 

Here is the stenciled wall now, after the black and white London picture was taken down and I've added white towels for a cleaner look.


Here I've taken down all the stuff from that wall next to the mirror, patched the holes and painted.


I found Orla Kiely green soap dispensers at Target for each sink and added a little bunny soap to the soap dish.


My favorite update is this white ruffled shower curtain from Target. It's definitely a lot fresher and cleaner feeling than the off white one that was there before. I also replaced the shower curtain rings for new ones and also the clear liner.


Nothing beats a clean shower!  We haven't stained the grout in this bathroom yet, but we'll get to that this weekend. We're waiting for the Master bathroom grout to cure before starting on this bathroom. We need one working bathroom.


Definitely enjoying the clean and uncluttered bathroom.


Here's a view you probably haven't seen.  Eventually we'll take down all the hallway doors including this bathroom door and replace the rusty hinges and doorknobs (hopefully next month.)


Hopefully the bathroom will look this clean for more than a few days.  Who am I kidding?  :)

xo
Cathleen

Monday, March 18, 2013

$20 in my pocket

When I dropped off a donation to the Habitat Restore (our old kitchen sink to be exact) I had to stop in to look around of course! I got kind of lucky that day, cause you never know what you're gonna get at a thrift store.  And I only spent $20! Yes I had $20 in my pocket. 

I scored a beautiful white ceramic "Made in Japan" vintage china dish complete with gold edges for $2 bones.


Vanity Fair's "Hollywood" coffee table book for $3.




And this old waiting room chair that probably once lived at a University.  I figure with it's hyper-allergenic fabric, it would be great for the kid's to use. Plus it's lower to the ground.  $15!



I love the blue color mixed with brown legs, gold wheels, and metal nail head trim.



I'm happy about my purchases, you know sometimes you can regret them. But I think these three things will look great for a long time.



Happy Monday everyone! Did you score some great finds this weekend? I'd love to hear about them!

xo
Cathleen

Friday, March 15, 2013

Purple & Gray Master Bedroom


It's been a while since I've made a mood board, but I was really excited by a recent article in Good Housekeeping featuring a room that was made for both a man and a woman to love. It had both plaids and florals, grays and purples. I remember liking plaid a lot in the past and it's definitely making a comeback. Especially mixed with other patterns.

Source List:
Ceiling Lamp -Lamps Plus
Chevron Lamps -Overstock
White Lamp -SchoolHouse Electric &Supply Company
Flannel sheets - Ralph Lauren Bloomindales
Floral bedding - Zara Home
Floral bolster pillow - SchoolHouse Electric &Supply Company
Black Dresser -Bedroom Furniture Discounts
Purple Dresser-Vintage
Wall Color -Sherwin Williams Whimsical White
Flooring -Hardwood by Lumber Liquidators

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Whooo is a keeper?

I walked past this owl vase/jar about 14 times at Home Goods literally trying not to buy it.  I even left the store and went to Michaels next door only to realize I couldn't live with out him. He needed a good home. My home, where he'd be free to be what he was meant to be. My new kitchen utensil holder.  


I don't know what else you could use this metallic owl vase/jar for, maybe flowers? But those cut out holes leave me thinking he was meant for this new life.


He's my new favorite kitchen addition (besides of course our new white subway back splash.)  And I have no regrets about the purchase either. I am always a little scared to spend money on anything. But I feel like I earned it saving all that money on doing to the trim painting ourselves on the floor. :)


Have you purchased a non-kitchen item to use in the kitchen to serve a very functional purpose?  

xo
Cathleen


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Wreath

Found myself a cute Spring wreath finally, after testing out a Peacock wreath that didn't really work out. 


I think it does a great job at toning down the yellow door too. Oh and don't mind the lock box on our handle. We're still waiting on our reconstruction company to come by and finish up paperwork on the kitchen.


So cheery right?   I found it at Michaels for 50% off the $34 price tag.  I think it would have been much more to make this myself.  


Glad it's finally spring time!

xo
Cathleen

Monday, March 11, 2013

Kitchen Reveal

Ah, so glad to have our kitchen complete. It's been a long three months after we came home to the kitchen disaster following our Christmas vacation. Just to remind everyone, we came home from California in early January to a flooded kitchen due to a faulty dishwasher.  So, we got new floors, new painted cabinets, new counter tops and a new kitchen sink. We also got new floors (due to the flooding) in the eat-in-kitchen, formal dining room and down our hallway.  The flooring was continuous in these rooms so all got replaced.  We decided to do some of the work ourselves, like painting the trim, adding a tile backsplash, opening up the cabinets, painting the insides of the doors, and adding new hardware (including hinges and fun bin pulls.) We replaced the appliances and range hood a few years back so those did not change.   But let's get to the pics shall we?  We couldn't be happier with the finished kitchen, not only because it's pretty but because we love to cook!





















A reminder of what our kitchen looked like when we moved in.


As for the product list here we go!

Floors -by Kronotex, Wilmington Collection in Jasper Oak. $1.69/square foot. 
Counter tops -Formica Flint Crystal etchings. 
Sink - Elkay Neptune Stainless Steel with 8" deep double basins. From Lowes.
Faucet - from Overstock.com
Tile - White Subway tile, American Olean from Lowes.
Appliances -Home Depot.
Chairs - Allmodern.com
Table- Custom hand made bowling lane table.
Rug -Overstock.com
Print -Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's framed record.
Gray Paint inside of cabinets -Sherwin Williams Gray Matters

xo
Cathleen
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