Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Traditional Home Makeover-Kitchen (Part 6)

My goodness! You must be thinking that this job is never getting done. In truth it is done. It is just taking me a lifetime to finish writing about it!  So I've already walked you through the front door (which has changed since starting this whole thing), into the office and powder room, and then on to the not-so-formal living room and dining room. Next up is the kitchen.

When we started this was the room that felt most dated and underwhelming to me. In spite of the natural light this room has it felt dark. The cabinets are a red birch and that next to the deep red/burgundy wall color made the room feel brooding and somber-not at all my homeowner's personality. The lighting was a scroll-y, heavy, wrought iron piece with amber shades that only emphasized the darkness. All this was complemented by heavy black and gold curtains over the slider to the deck.

My friend was as eager to get started as I was and when I came to meet the painters she had already taken down the lights and curtains so "before" pictures are actually "in-the-process" pictures.

The folded fabric was the old curtains.

Tiles on the backsplash were in desperate need of updating but we are keeping the black granite countertops.

This is the tile we settled on. I. Love. It.


The room will get a much lighter coat of paint, new curtains and new lighting over the table and island.

Here are some products we used in the room. You can click on the word "source" next to each picture to go to the website where we purchased the products:

Wood Framed Signboard - It Is Finished - Multiple Sizes              (Source)

Beautiful of-the-moment colors and bold pattern come together in our striking Torrance Collection. Power loomed in Egypt of microfiber polyester, each piece is exceptionally soft with deep color saturation.This rug is available at our San Antonio... (Source)
Sharman Counter Height 24" Bar Stool        (Source)

The first set of glass shades had a very coastal feel but the homeowners didn't like seeing the bulbs through the glass, feeling it was harsh.


Based on that "fail" we chose this light for the over the kitchen table table. There are white shade inserts that hide the bulb but keep the light from being yellowed.

Minka Lavery Parsons Studio 5-Light Smoked Iron Chandelier(Source)

We settled on these shades for the pendant lights over the island. They have a sense of movement to them that reminds me of water but they are a true white so we don't get an amber cast from the light.

Product Image 1(Source)

Can you see that it looks like water? 

The walls were painted in Sterling by Benjamin Moore and I feel like I can take a deep breath walking into the space, as if filling my lungs with salt air. Remember the idea in this whole project is to lighten and brighten and bring a touch of that coastal feel into the main floor.

                                          One of over 3,500 exclusive Benjamin Moore colors.

The tile for the backsplash was installed. *Just a brief note here. I hired a guy who ended up leaving us after taking the old tile off. Perhaps he was overwhelmed by the amount of cuts the new tile would need-not sure but it was disheartening. Integrity matters in every aspect of life. I contacted Home Advisor (a first for me) and was connected with a tile guy that not only could start the work that same day but he honored the price the previous guy gave us. If you're looking for a tile guy in Massachusetts, contact me and I will give you his info. You can also find it on my instagram account. Just look for picture of the tile.

This was his day 1: Gorgeous, right?!

We opted to install the tile giving us a horizontal pattern rather than vertical. I imagine on the diagonal would be beautiful, also.

And the finished product:

When ordering the the curtains for the slider to the deck we purchased an extra panel. My homeowner used that extra panel to make a faux roman shade for the window above the sink. I love this fabric! It is soft, almost like a velour but not. It has a beautiful weight to it. We used four panels for the slider, stitching two panels together, flanking either side of the slider.

See that runner! You will see that pattern again...

And, the kitchen table... with a slight peek into what is next...

Getting a full shot of this kitchen in perfectly clean order is nearly impossible in a home that consistently welcomes overnight guests, adding to the already busy home of a seven person family.

My homeowner loves color. The blues and grays give an airy feeling with a nice addition of color but she wanted just a smidge more. This is the artwork we used on the wall to the right when you enter the kitchen from the foyer:

I'm kinda obsessed with this piece! Having said that I didn't get even one picture of it up on the wall! It brings in a lot of different blues which is perfect for what we have been doing on the main floor of this traditional home.

And with the kitchen done it brings us to the final room in this project which is the family room. I will take you in there in the next installment of this traditional home makeover.

Thanks for spending time with me and following along. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Patriotic Summer Porch

Waiting for spring and summer this year seemed to be especially hard. What I did not find hard was deciding what I wanted to do this year for the front porch. Last year, on a trip to Kennebunkport, Maine I saw this...

Our small town holds a Memorial Day parade every year and since we live right off the parade route our little street sees a lot of traffic. I like the house to look nice for the celebration. This year I embraced Old Glory and ran with it.

I pulled the same theme around to the planters on the back deck.

Geraniums, potato vine, vinca, and white petunia fill the window boxes on the shed.

In the area that used to be home to one of our old, gigantic maple trees now sits a pretty little metal bench with a potted geranium tucked into my favorite blue pot. That color makes my heart so happy!

The bench on the front porch needed some patriotic color and I have seen tons of pretty little pillows but thought they would get filthy so quickly with all the pollen. Instead I bought a plastic red and white table cloth from the dollar store. I folded it and wrapped an old pillow inside, tying a knot on the front and tucking in the ends. In the back there is a folded over pocket of sorts and I placed a heavy rock in there so it is less likely to blow away from my porch. That same week I found an "outdoor pillow" for $5 to accompany it. 

This 200 year old house looks most authentic adorned in the red, white and blue.

 I had pulled it together for Memorial Day and I will keep it up through Labor Day this year. 

How fun are these pinwheels I found in the dollar section of a local store? Who can resist? And, true to form, I had to get a little beachy/coastal touch in there with some starfish. 

A defective cabinet door from our kitchen renovation got a coat of chalk paint and a copper tape border. A little word with big meaning declares what makes my country so great.

Flag overkill?

Nah, I'm loving it. About a week after it was done Mister noticed someone sitting in a car outside our home. The woman behind the driver's wheel had her cell phone out taking pictures. (Glad to know I am not the only one who does that!) I was thrilled that my home has become one of those homes that people like to stop and look at.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Traditional Home Makeover-Dining Room (Part 5)

Welcome back! I had to split my last post on the makeover into two because it got waaaay too long! But then I wrote a super long post about time away with my friends... I can't explain it.

Last time I showed you the formal living room. That room and the dining room are pseudo-separated by an archway and pony/knee walls but totally visible to one another so they have to play together nicely, color and style-wise.

Before: We are keeping all the furniture in this room and the art work which was one of two similar pieces that served as our inspiration for this makeover. 

The homeowner's table and chairs are dark and heavy... and red leather! Since they are staying I tried to find curtains to pull everything together with the old wall color but still lighten it up a bit. I love this fabric!

Not bad but not quite what the mister of the house was wanting; just a bit too feminine for him. So, now what?

Painting the dining room the same color as the living room gave us a soft neutral canvas that could almost seem white. Red... white-ish.... and blue! Since he is ex-military he would appreciate this, right? I chose a navy blue, solid panel. The homeowner found the white panels with the same navy blue in the pattern. (Source)

A vase from Hobby Lobby and some faux dogwood dress the table. The light fixture (she originally thought she may want to change) works well with the new paint color. And, believe it or not, their wedding china from 20+ years ago is navy blue...perfect. 

Two lanterns purchased on sale from Pottery Barn sit on the knee walls between the two rooms to keep clutter from gathering there. 

I am so glad that we painted these rooms and I love how they have turned out. It makes me want to breath deep every time I walk through the front door and while there is a hint of formality that is insinuated by the trim work and floor plan the dressings don't leave either room feeling to stuffy or precious. 

My homeowners love the spaces and that's what it is all about; loving the space you live in. What do you think? 

Next time we'll move on to the kitchen!

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