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Progress: Kitchen

Just like the Family Room, our Kitchen is a mix of old and new elements. With its location adjacent to the Family Room, we decided to stick with the same color palette. I like to call it Lemon/Lime/Licorice:

The table is from our previous home’s dining room. It’s by Sitcom Furniture, and I purchased it from a interior design warehouse around 7 years ago. The new chairs are Ikea’s VILMAR seat shell and VILMAR chair frame for $39 each. I love the graphic print and the fact that they’re durable and easy to clean! I’ve learned my lesson from my old dining chairs (that got pretty beat up) that fabric on dining chairs and children don’t mix well. The rug is from Rugs USA; when I ordered it, they were having a 70% off sale with free shipping. For the 6 ft. round, I paid $35. The table runner is new, Target clearance for $5. The round tray (Ikea) and apples (Marshall’s) are from the old house.

The lined, grommet-topped window panels are from Ross (2 pairs for $20/pair) and pole and hardware from Ikea for $8.

The green stools are Target clearance bought in-store for $66.48 for a set of 2. Again, no fabric for easy cleaning. 🙂

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Green vase on counter top was a clearance find at Home Goods for $9.

The new wall art is $7.50 from Garden Ridge, marked down by 50%. Gray vases and potted plants above cabinets are from Ikea (from the old house). And the metal art above cabinets is from Big Lots (also re-used from the old house).

A red-line through a bar code at Garden Ridge means the item is marked down, either 50% or 75% off, depending on which signs they have displayed.

                                                                                    

I’m pleased with the progress of the Kitchen, although I’m sure there will be more changes…paint, more accessories, new light fixture over table, back splash? We’ll see! If you haven’t learned anything about me by now, I love a good deal! Clearance stickers and markdowns are the best, and  I don’t believe that you have to pay full price to get the look you desire.

                                                                                     

Foyer Drop Spot

With all the space that our new home provides, there’s still something missing…a place to store jackets and shoes. There’s no coat closet or mud room, so I needed an affordable solution to store/hide shoes, jackets, and bags when we come home. Luckily, when we went to Value City Furniture to pick up our sectional, we found this cute, functional piece:

It fits perfectly on the wall between the door going to the garage and the door to the Powder Bath.

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We added a small coat rack that we had from our 1st home (originally from TJ Maxx), framed art from Ross, a wooden cross from Hobby Lobby (bought with a 40% off coupon) that I painted, and a couple pillows (one that I made on Shutterfly).

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Shutterfly pillow with photo taken by Jnelly Photography

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When you open the hinged top, there are slots made to hold at least 8 pairs of shoes, as well as space for bags.

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This space-saving piece conceals everything that we need to put on right before leaving through the garage or front door. The kids can sit right on top to be helped with putting on shoes. It also serves as a great place to drop bags off when going in and out of the garage. Nice look, great function and size, and not bad on the pockets!

No More EXPEDIT by Ikea!!!

No More EXPEDIT by Ikea!!!

Ikea may be discontinuing the EXPEDIT collection. Say it ain’t so!!!! I love mine so much; and if you love it, let Ikea know! Join the petition on Facebook.

Paint?

Now that the Family Room is in some type of order, I’m thinking about adding some paint to cover the boring white walls. I still have some more things to add to this room, but rather than dig for accessories and family photos in the mess of a garage, I decided to play around with the Sherwin Williams Color Visualizer. My first thoughts were to paint the walls a neutral light gray or neutral light green/yellow, but then I just started to experiment a little. So here’s a photo of the Family Room as it is now, with no paint:

After I uploaded my photo to the Color Visualizer, I started dropping different colors on the walls.

Serious Gray SW 6256

Serious Gray SW 6256

Gauntlet Gray SW 7019

Gauntlet Gray SW 7019

Mink SW 6004

Mink SW 6004

Ancestral Gold SW 6407

Ancestral Gold SW 6407

Bamboo Shoot SW 7733

Bamboo Shoot SW 7733

Ryegrass SW 6423

Ryegrass SW 6423

Cascade Green SW 0066

Cascade Green SW 0066

Interesting Aqua SW 6220

Interesting Aqua SW 6220

Gingery SW 6363

Gingery SW 6363

Fabulous Grape SW 6293

Fabulous Grape SW 6293

I don’t think my husband would go for the last two, but at least I can play around with some different ideas without putting actual paint on the walls. Of course, it’s best to see a color sample in person and probably apply a small amount of your paint of choice on the walls just to be safe. The Color Visualizer just gives you an idea of some choices to try; the scene it creates does not accurately portray the paint colors. But if you’re thinking about paint and don’t know where to start, give it a try!

I’m not exactly sure yet which color choice is best…any opinions?

Progress: Family Room

So, after a little over 3 weeks of living in our new home, we were finally able to get the sectional we wanted for the Family Room. Before we moved we had decided on one that we liked from American Signature Furniture; unfortunately, that store doesn’t exist in Charleston. We looked around at some local stores but weren’t impressed, so we decided we had to order it online and drive to Columbia, SC to pick it up from Value City Furniture (affiliate store of American Signature). So here it is:

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It’s modern and the dimensions make it a perfect fit for the corner between the 2 windows. I love the dark gray color (great for hiding any spots caused by my kids) and the fact that the back pillows are attached. It’s causal enough for our family and everyday lounging but it looks great as the focal point of the room.

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As for other design elements in the room, they’re a mix of old and new.

Lime Pillows (old): originally bought from Marshall’s for 2/$20

Woven Nate Berkus Pillows (new): Target clearance for $7.50 each

Multi-colored Chevron Pillow (new): Ross for $11

Bolsters (old): free from Mom 🙂

Storage Ottomans (old): American Signature/Value City Furniture

Rug by Surya (old): HomeGoods

Floor Lamp (old): Ikea / Paper Shade (new): World Market

4 Chevron Window Panels (new): World Market for $30 total (They’re having a sale right now for 50% off and you can use a coupon for $10 off a purchase of $30 with their Explorer program).

Drapery Pole & Hardware (new): Ross for $5 each

End Table (old): Target clearance

Table Lamp (new): Ross for $15

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Chairs (old): Target clearance for $75 each

Gray pillows (old): Target clearance for $12.50 each

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TV Unit (old): Ikea

White fabric bins (new): Ikea sale for $2 each

Chevron basket (new): TJ Maxx for $15

Accessories (new): Garden Ridge Clearance

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Overall, I’m pleased with how this room is coming together. I’ll continue to add accessories, family photos, etc. Eventually, I would love to add some paint to the walls because the builder white is so boring! I will probably get a larger ottoman or cocktail table to replace the 2 cube ottomans, and I need something on the wall behind the 2 chairs. I would love to hear what you think and if you have any suggestions. And if I left out any info about pieces in the photos, just ask…I don’t mind sharing.

 

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Our New Home

And here it is…our new home!!! It’s a newly constructed single family home with a little over 2800 square feet. There are 5 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a den, dining room, family room, and 3 car garage. The builder had already chosen all the exterior and interior finishes, but I’m more than pleased with the choices. This home has everything we could have asked for…an abundance of space, granite counter tops, ceramic tile flooring, wood flooring. As Ephesians 3:20 states, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” Here’s the floor plan:

Floor Plan

And here are photos of the exterior and interior:

We are so grateful and still quite amazed by what God has done! Starting with a clean slate is a designer’s dream! I can’t wait to start making this place feel like home.

Charleston, Here We Come!

God never ceases to amaze me! In the summer of 2013, I decided to start a blog to have an outlet and inch my way back into the design field hoping to fill the creative void that being a stay at home mom (SAHM) can leave. In June, my husband and I visited Charleston for a week for the very first time. While there, I started thinking about my blog, colors I liked for the layout, ideas for a logo. I had no clue what I was doing and no idea what to talk about. So, I enlisted (begged/harassed) my younger graphic designer sister to help me out. Thank God for her because she helped with all the technical aspects like the background, menu options, tabs, creating my logo from a simple sketch I made, and all other hard computer things I don’t quite understand. Once the layout was created, then it was time to add some words and photos. I wrote up an “About Me”, added some photos of past projects I did when I worked for a model merchandising firm, and some photos of my home. Then I thought, what else can I possibly write about? My home at the time was pretty much complete and I had/have no clients to speak of to help with before and after makeovers! So, I just shared whatever I could…clearance deals, knock offs of furniture and such, updates on my home decor.

Then in early October 2013, my husband’s boss revealed that there would be a position in Charleston opening up for the same thing my husband already did. He asked me what I thought about him taking the position and after my “why not?” response, he contacted his boss to ask some hypothetical questions and let him know he was interested. His boss was so excited and thought it would be perfect for him to make the move. After prayer and consideration, we acted on our little bit of faith and started the relocation process. We staged our house and put it on the market on November 1, had an open house a couple weeks later and no one showed up! We got no calls and had no viewings. Thanksgiving came around and still nothing. We came back from a family trip to Florida for Thanksgiving and I started my Christmas decorating for the first of December. We had considered lowering the asking price, just to get some traffic. Then in God’s perfect timing someone called to see our place and had an appointment for the first Friday in December. After a mishap with the wrong keys being in the lockbox, they agreed to come back on Saturday to see the place and fell in love with it! After just 2 viewings, we had a contract on our house for the price we deserved and closed in mid January. We were able to find a home in Charleston that we loved and that met all of our needs right before Christmas and closed on it 1 week after closing on our old house. To God be the glory! Only God knew that the city we visited and fell in love with in June would become our permanent home less than 7 months later. We are so excited for this next adventure and to see what God has in store for our family. I’m most excited about making all the design choices in our home and hopefully helping some other people with theirs. Here are some photos of Charleston, the city we are now blessed to call home. Photos of our new home will follow soon, so stay tuned!