My Favorite Room In Our Home – His Study

One of my favorite, if not my very favorite, rooms in our home to hang out in is Scott’s study/office.   My lacking photography skills and lack of a wide angle lens, etc don’t give this space justice.  He has the best natural light from the large windows on both sides of the space (not pictured) and the colors are quite soothing.  When he is out seeing customers (like today, as you can tell I had a chance to snap his office sans scattered papers), I often use this space.       I think the reason I love this space so much is because of what it took for me to get it like I had envisioned it from convincing my client (Scott) that stained wood built-ins would be too heavy for this space because of the wood floors and stained beams to designing the built-ins, stripping them of details as they were putting the cabinets in because my vision didn’t quite work and then redesigning again and winging it with the trim guys after the cabinet makers left.  It was quite the ordeal and in the end, it has the masculine details I was looking for while still fitting with the rest of our home.   I chose tone on tone warm gray for the walls and trim because I didn’t want the color palette to compete with the views from his windows.  Most importantly, I love this room because Scott is really happy with it which means a lot to me since he trusted my choices and let me run with it.

He definitely needs a new office chair. It just doesn’t fit the space and one wheel just broke off from rolling it over the jute rug over and over this past week.  I’m thinking a cool vintage brown leather one would be awesome with the gray, but unfortunately they are mucho dinero.  For now, he will have to do with buying a new set of wheels ;) .   If anyone knows of a cool rolling vintage leather office chair for a deal, I’m all ears.   The shelf and desk styling is a work in progress.    Styling shelves is always really intimidating to me!   I wish I had more time to go antiquing.   I always look forward to my trips to Marburger Farms  and the Warrenton Antique Fair and hope to find new treasures this coming April to add for more character.

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Our Fall Kitchen

This is my favorite time of the year over all other seasons. Perhaps it is because of the weather or that I really love how it appeals to the senses (especially the smell of Fall, the changing colors of leaves, the warmth of the indoors, etc.) Now that we are finally home, I’m embracing the chance to make our home hug us with “Fall” when we walk in.

I’ve made a few subtle changes from our last kitchen but it is otherwise very much the same. Besides the change in island color, we did a few other minor things. The one thing we did add are some cool cabinet features that I found on Pinterest like the cutting board that drops straight to the trash can and built-in utensil/drawer organizers.

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Love fall!

Sneak Peak: We are HOME!

It’s been an exhausting past two to three months but we have made it!  It’s taken a lot of blood, sweat, and tears to get here (literally).   Keeping it real…    Dreams don’t always come easy but it is so worth the sacrifices and hard work in the end.   Our journey has been filled with chaos and adventures these last few months and the girls have just rolled with all of it as if the chaos never even existed.  We moved in to a temporary “vacation” home for three weeks from our other temporary home while our permanent home was being finished and last Monday we finally got to move to our FOREVER home.  It’s similar to our last home in a lot of ways though I did make lots of tweaks.   We are really loving being here!  There is nothing like being home with your family.   As for layout and decor, some rooms are 100% different and some are 100% the same and some are just a little different.

Over the next few weeks and months, I’ll share more pictures as the rooms start to come together.  I have unpacked the entire house with the exception of all the wall and shelf decor.   My creative mind doesn’t work until things are organized.   So basically, unpack, organize, and then decorate.   I have the first two done but decorating is in progress.  Also,  painters are still here working on making everything perfect.   I’m looking forward to having the home to ourselves hopefully by this weekend.   We also finally got our stair treads finished on Monday because we did a special tread to match our reclaimed floors.  That was a mess.  Thank goodness it’s done.

On another note, this past Monday was my Dad’s birthday, two weeks ago was Matt’s birthday, Dawn and Matt have anniversary this weekend, and Scott has birthday this Saturday.

Our formal living and dining areas (not decorated obviously as you can see all the boxes of decor over in the back corner):
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I chose a different floor this time. I loved our walnut but it was just too soft so we decided to go with a reclaimed, distressed floor. The floor has lots of texture and an oil, matte finish that is supposed to be much better than stain and poly for long-term wear:
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Wanted to show my pumkins I picked up yesterday at Whole Foods. I will show a better view of the house when we get our awnings installed and our large globe boxwoods that will hopefully come in soon that we had to special order:
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Home Build: Kitchen Range

The design process for me this time around is so much more fun since most of the details are already thought out. I do have a dilemma though right now. I’ve been looking at different ranges because DCS changed the look on me from our last style. The last range we had was the DCS 48″ Gas Range by Fisher Paykel and I absolutely loved it. We had a Viking before that and I didn’t like how hard it was to clean under the burners and how it leaked gas when baking (our whole home smelled like gas) but the DCS was an A+ on both of these and performed perfectly while looking pretty. The new design that DCS has come out with isn’t my taste so I’m looking for either an old model or alternatives.

I love this La Cornue Stainless Cornufe:

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The LaCanche:

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My Old Standby (the old DCS Range that I had and loved but has to be found from a dealer who has the old design).  Though it isn’t quite as fancy as the two ranges above, it’s spot on in cooking/function and I like the clean design so it’s a safe option:

DCS Ranges 48-Inch Propane Gas Range With Griddle

What to do?   I’m stuck!

Home Tour

A very sweet reader (whose blog I was already stalking before she ever found mine) asked if she could do a feature of my home on her blog. I was extremely flattered! My home is still very much a work in progress though. If you are interested, she’ll be posting pictures of my home (including ones that I have not shown on this blog such as Avery’s room, entrance, etc.) throughout the week at A’ La Mode Maven. There are several posts that she did throughout the week. Also, her home is So gorgeous! Make sure to check out what she did with her home. I’m absolutely in love with her office and her little girl’s nursery is perfection. She has great taste!

Visit her blog by clicking here:

Our Bedroom

You asked so here goes….

Our bedroom is very much a reflection of everything I love: lots of natural light, light gray walls, crisp white bedding, and subtle details with an overall calm and clean look. I had help with the furnishings and fabric for the pillows from Urban Grace. I love working with them!

The only things not finished include my intaglio grouping (almost finished with this project) which will be hung over a pretty table on the side of the room I didn’t photograph and accessories for end tables which I like to collect over time. I may or may not add a bench to the end of the bed. I like the idea of finding a unique antique bench and adding a custom fabric to complete the room….one day.
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The Master Bathroom:
Our bathroom space was designed so that we each have our own personal space. We each have our own vanity, built-in armoire for all of our things, and closets.
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My Side:
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His Side:
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Olivia’s Nursery

I’m almost finished with Olivia’s nursery. My designer distraction disorder creates a challenge for me because I keep moving from room to room without completely finishing the task at hand :) !

The inspiration for this room started before Olivia was conceived. I knew when we decided that we would have another baby that I wanted a room that wasn’t pink or blue but rather neutral and while perusing on Etsy (yes, I’m addicted), I found this great photograph. I had the photographer shoot a few more coordinating photos of the carousel so I could frame the set. I based everything in the room off these photos.

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This little Angel sleeps here in her crib during the day and in our room at night. She is just the sweetest girl! She loves, loves, loves to be talked to and will reward you with huge smiles and laughs.
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Her nursery turned out just as I had hoped as it is a very calming space:
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The view from her room is one of my favorites from our entire home:
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Details:
Wall Color: SW Sea Salt (in the pictures above it looks light blue but is a really pretty light blue/green color)
Crib and Side Tables: Stanley Young America – Passed down from Avery
Armoire: Was stained Dark Brown and from an old bedroom suit so I repainted Sherwin Williams “Westhighland White” and added knobs from Anthropologie
Knobs: www.anthropologie.com
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Lamb: a gift
Woven Baskets: www.potterybarnkids.com
Peter Rabbit Prints: Ebay
Frames: www.potterybarnkids.com
Carousel Photographs: Etsy
Custom Frames: americanframes.com
ABC Print: Etsy
Crib Bedding: Customized at www.carouseldesigns.com
Moroccan pouf: Ebay (much cheaper than serenaandlily.com)
Birdie Mirror: Laurie’s Home Furnishings
Chaise: From our last home
Carpet: Godfrey Hirst

Avery and Olivia’s Bathroom (Jack and Jill):
Olivia’s side:
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I’m going to have to get a custom made shower curtain because the length is too tall. I have yet to find the perfect fabric:
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Avery’s side:
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Nesting – Room by Room!

Now that I have some energy again, I’ve been thinking about how to decorate the house.   I’m back into nesting mode!  Isn’t it funny how having a baby does that to you.  My problem is I am having a hard time focusing on one room and keep getting distracted by others. I’ve decided the best way to handle this is for me to focus on Olivia’s and Avery’s room to get those done and to have one of the talented designers I love to focus on our family and breakfast rooms and then I’ll move on from there.  Being in the house now for a month has given me a better idea of what I want to do.   I think having a plan of action will help me stay on track.

The Master was designed in collaboration with Erika and her team at Urban Grace Interiors - www.urbangraceinteriors.com.   It is a work in progress as things are on backorder.    She’s very talented!  I’m anxiously awaiting a few final pieces and hopefully everything will be complete by May.   I love the way it is turning out and look forward to seeing it all pulled together.   On that note, I love blogging about design but do struggle with what to share or if I should share more.   I love  pouring through blogs and reading about others and how they decorate their homes and the progress pictures.   There are so, so many talented people out there and I love finding inspiration from them.  It’s so fun seeing how a room can be transformed and it is something I thoroughly enjoy.  I think it is awesome that others open up and share their spaces but it is their personal space  and taste and I know how vulnerable they are to being hurt by commenters.      

For the Master, I pulled different ideas from different inspiration pictures I had in my file. 

I love this bedroom and its neutral tones.   The play on tone on tone and texture is beautiful and I like that the pillows can be changed out to create a different look depending on your mood. 

I am in love with everything about this room except I’m not a huge fan of that particular color. I am a huge fan of Suzanne Kasler’s work and my files are filled with images of her work. I have several things from her different lines like my lanterns in the kitchen.

Intaglios……LOVE them! I will have framed intaglios in our bedroom.

This bedroom is one of my all time favorite bedrooms. Incidentally, this home was two blocks from the house we just moved from and I love her entire home. I’m all about white!   This room speaks to me :) The drapery is gorgeous and the seagrass adds warmth.

Organizing!

I’ve come a long way the last two weeks unpacking and most importantly organizing all of our “stuff”. Scott thinks I’m a wee bit over the top when it comes to organizing but I love being organized. It provides a sense of calm for me when I see things in order. Ha! I’ve been a great customer to Target, Container Store, and Bed Bath and Beyond this month, that’s for sure :) .

I’ve pretty much organized every nook and cranny of the house and Scott helped organize as well (much to his dismay). He’d rather do other things which I can certainly understand.

Here is Olivia’s beginnings of her closet. My Mom and Hillary helped me out a ton by pulling all this stuff out of the boxes and lining it all up for me. Her closet is very large so there is plenty of room to grow in here. I’m very fortunate that she is pretty much set as far as clothes go. I have 0-6 months on that back wall and 6-12 months on the side wall and everything else is boxed away for now.

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One of the best parts of this house is closet space and an enormous attic. We have designated a separate closet upstairs for all of Olivia’s toys so we can access them as she grows into them. This way, all toys have a place, and can be tucked away while not in use. On my to-do list is to pick up a couple more of these Itso cubes for Olivia’s toys and for her closet.
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This is Avery’s closet. It’s smaller than Olivia’s but has awesome built-ins behind the closet door which makes it so easy to keep nice and neat. You can see Avery here wearing her pink tutu. As long as she is at home, she has it on.
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My closet is one of the first things I organized so I could find my very “limited” amount of maternity wear. I’m loving having my own closet and plenty of shelf space for my shoes and things. However, the shelves go all the way to the ceiling at 12 feet high so I’m probably going to have to install a library ladder.
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I learned how to fold my sweaters on the internet! :)
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We have three junk drawers in our kitchen so we have to keep them in order to be able to find things:
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This is another toy closet that is down stairs off of our family room. All of Avery’s toys reside here so she can pull them out and play. There still are two or three more boxes of toys in the attic that I have yet to unpack but I figured she hasn’t missed them for the last 5 months so we can pull them out a bit later.

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A glimpse into my craft room space:
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Pantry:
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For my own reference, here are a few places I love to visit for organizational inspiration:
1. www.penelopeloveslists.com
2. www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/
3. www.russellandhazel.com/
4. www.seejanework.com
5. www.deliciouslyorganized.blogspot.com
6. www.bobsyouruncle.com
7. www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/office/index.html

Thinking About the House

The past few weeks the house has been moving along quick which means I better get to work!

The latest happenings:
The roof is pretty much 80% finished and I really am in love with it. Thank heavens because I’ve been sweating it a lot  since it was custom ordered; we were stuck with it love or hate. I know Scott will never let me forget what it took to get that roof.  The first part of the stucco work is finished so next week I get to go look at Round 2 of color samples. I didn’t realize the mixture would change the actual paint color to make it darker so I’m having to wing it (scary!). However, I’m really glad that the stucco won’t be painted but rather will be mixed into the texture. We are going to do a very smooth skip trowel method. I’m going for a clean look with just a hint of old world texture. I’m anxious to see it when it is finished.

Apparently, I better get on the ball because it is time to order tile selections. Though I know mostly what I want, I keep flip flopping back and forth between two entirely different looks for our kitchen which is causing me to lose sleep at night. The kitchen is the most important to me out of all the rooms. My OCD is coming out! One thing that is for certain….nothing is ever certain when it comes to me choosing things because I change my mind constantly. I do know I want everything to be classic.  I keep falling in love with cool tile (it’s amazing the options that are available now….my favorite is Walker Zanger; that place is overwhelming) but then I have to remind myself that my taste changes like the wind and I’ll probably get tired of it in 2 years. That is what is actually most challenging for me at this stage in the design process. I need to choose materials I will still love in 10 years….hopefully! 

Next week, I’ll try to post a few pictures of some of the house. It is sheetrocked. Yay! I meet with trim guy next week to show him my cabinet designs so they can start on those. From here on out, it should really move along.

My latest project has been trying to design custom arched doors to act as shutters for the arched window over the Master bathtub.   I’m using these doors as my inspiration because I love the architectural detail they add to the room rather than doing curtains.    I also love the bathtub here and had already planned on doing something almost  exactly the same (and everyone looks at me like I’m crazy when I explain to them I want a drop in bathtub paneled out to look stand alone because I love the detail of the panels rather doing an actual standalone) and when I saw this image, I knew that my vision wasn’t so crazy after all.    We currently have a standalone and I do love it but I wanted just a little something extra.

I would love to credit this image but don’t know where I got it anymore.

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